5 days Hanoi, Bai Tu Long Bay, Halong Bay & Sapa

Day 1 Hanoi sightseeing

Our day of sightseeing in Hanoi begins with a visit to the solemn Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a revered monument honoring the country's beloved leader. As we pay our respects, we also explore the nearby Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh's living quarters, gaining insight into his life and legacy. Our journey continues with a visit to the iconic One Pillar Pagoda, a symbol of Vietnamese spirituality and architectural splendor.

Our exploration of Hanoi continues with a visit to the serene Temple of Literature, a revered symbol of Vietnam's rich cultural and educational heritage. As we step through its ancient gates, we're transported back in time to a place of profound significance. Founded in 1076 as the country's first university, the Temple of Literature served as a center of learning and scholarship for generations of scholars and intellectuals. Today, it stands as a testament to Vietnam's enduring commitment to education and enlightenment.

Continuing our journey, we venture to the Museum of Ethnology, a vibrant showcase of Vietnam's diverse ethnic minority groups. Through its colorful exhibits, both indoors and outdoors, we gain a deeper appreciation for the cultural mosaic that defines the nation. Continuing our exploration, we take a stroll through the enchanting alleyways of Hanoi's Old Quarter, where guilded streets lead us to the bustling Dong Xuan Market. Here, we witness the vibrant hustle and bustle of daily life, immersing ourselves in the sights, sounds, and flavors of the Old Quarter.

As the afternoon draws to a close, we take in the architectural splendor of Hanoi's French-colonial buildings and unwind with a leisurely stroll along the picturesque shores of Hoan Kiem Lake. Surrounded by lush greenery and ancient temples, the lake offers a tranquil oasis in the heart of the bustling city. In the evening, we attend water puppet show, a tradition that dates back centuries. Accompanied by traditional Vietnamese music, the enchanting performance brings to life scenes from rural Vietnam with its charm and artistry. After the show, we retired to the hotel for the night. (Lunch and dinner are included)

Day 2: Hanoi - Bai Tu Long Bay

Departing Hanoi from your hotel betweern 8:00 am to 8:30 am we reach Bai Chay, the gateway to Bai Tu Long Bay. Upon arrival, we embark on a boating adventure, gliding through the serene waters of Bai Tu Long Bay. Discover hidden coves and towering karst formations as we explore this pristine marine landscape. Our journey continues to Cap La, where we have the opportunity to embark on a kayaking excursion. Paddle through crystal-clear waters, marveling at the beauty of the surrounding limestone cliffs.

As the sun begins to set, we make our way to Cong Do, where we will spend the night aboard our comfortable boat. Relax on the deck and soak in the tranquil atmosphere as you enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by our onboard chef. Fall asleep to the gentle lapping of the waves, surrounded by the beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included)

Day 3: Bai Tu Long Bay - Halong Bay - Hanoi - Board an overnight train to Lao Cai

After a serene night spent on the boat in Cong Do, we wake up to the stunning vistas of Bai Tu Long Bay. Our journey continues as we make our way to Vung Vieng floating village, a captivating community built on the waters of the bay. Explore the village and learn about their traditional way of life. Next, we head to Halong Bay before our boat returns to Bai Chay, where our adventure in Bai Tu Long Bay comes to an end. From there, we embark on our journey to Hanoi, arriving there by 4 pm.

Upon arrival, we check into our hotel for some refreshment. Late in the evening, we are transferred to Hanoi railway station to board an overnight train departing Hanoi at 10:00 pm and arriving in Lao Cai around 6:00 am the following morning. (Breakfast and lunch are included)

Day 4: Sapa hike & trek - Spend the night in a hotel

Upon our arrival at Lao Cai Railway Station in the early morning (approximately 5:45 AM to 6:00 AM), we will meet our driver and board our waiting vehicle for the journey to Sapa. The trip weaves through winding roads, promising stunning panoramic views of rice terraces and mountains below.

After a refreshing shower and breakfast at our hotel, we will set off on a trek through Y Linh Ho, a spectacularly beautiful valley and home to the Black H'mong ethnic people, who emigrated from China 300 years ago. The H'mong people are easily recognizable by their dark-blue or black clothing. The dye is made from the indigo plant, which is native to the area. H'mong women wear long aprons with embroidered waistcoats.

We will pass along buffalo paths and trails, as well as through peaceful ethnic minority villages. This is a spectacular hike, winding through stunning scenery and sculpted rice paddy terraces. We will eat lunch while enjoying the magnificent views over the lush valley and soaring mountains.

Finally, we will trek down to the hilltribe villages of Giang Ta Chai, nestled in a spectacular region and home to the Zay ethnic people. The Zay are adept at rice cultivation and are responsible for tending the manicured terraces that stretch as far as the eye can see. Tonight, we stay overnight in a hotel. (Breakfast and lunch are included)

Day 5: Sapa hike & trek - Board an overnight train back to Hanoi

We will enjoy a scenic hike to the villages of Sa Seng and Hau Thao, home to dramatic mountains, lush fertile hills, and the Black H'mong ethnic people. Hiking through the stunning rural countryside and meeting the friendly locals offers us a wonderful glimpse into their way of life. Next, we will meet our vehicle for a short drive back to Sapa. Here, we will have a couple of hours to explore the township.

Later in the afternoon, our driver will pick us up from our Sapa hotel to transfer us back to the Lao Cai train station. We will have some free time for an optional dinner before boarding the overnight train, which departs Lao Cai at 9:30 PM for Hanoi. The trip ends upon our arrival at Hanoi Railway Station around 5:45 AM. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included)

The facts…

Physical activities: Our itinerary includes easy walks, hikes, kayaks and bicycles with:

  • A 1-2 hour kayak ride on Day 2
  • A 1-hour bamboo boat ride on Day 3
  • A 8-12 km hike on Day 4
  • A 10-15 km hike on Day 5


  • Air-conditioned vehicle (Car or Bus)
  • Boat
  • Kayak
  • Overnight train

Tour Guide: Our experienced, friendly and professional tour guide speaks good English. He is knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.


  • Hotel (2 nights)
  • Overnight boat (1 night)
  • Overnight train (2 nights)

Comfortable and clean trains with soft berths.



  • 4 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 3 dinners

We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes. We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking

Trip cost: 


  • $436USD per person for a group of 2 to 8 people
  • $369USD per person for a group of 9 to 12 people

The cost of the trip includes: 

  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Tour guide
  • Meals listed on the itinerary
  • Purified drinking water
  • Entrance fees
  • VAT and other taxes


The cost of the trip does not include:

  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks (soft drinks, alcohol)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Other personal expenses

What to Bring:

Pack essentials for a few days away from Hanoi, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, jacket for evenings. It is essential to bring your passport on this trip.

Take a small day pack for walking, hiking and trekking. We also recommend packing: comfortable hiking shoes, rain coat, sun hat, insect repellent and torch.

Have a great journey!!!