8 Days Vietnam Nov 2012 Itinerary

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Took quite a bit of research to plan for this trip. There wasn’t as much information compared to popular destinations like Japan and Australia. Transport infrastructure was also not as developed. In the end, I chose a local travel agency, Halongsapa Tours, to help plan my free and easy trip for 6 adults and 2 kids. It was pretty easy liaising via email with the owner, Cham. Her command of English was ok and she was flexible in customising the following itinerary for my group.

Day 1: Overnight Train to Sapa

  • arrive at Noi Bai International Airport
  • van pick-up to Hotel Elegance Diamond Hotel for dinner and wash-up
  • van transport to train station to take Sapaly Express to Sapa

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Day 2: Sapa

  • arrive at Lao Cai train station
  • one hour van ride to Sapa Eden Hotel for breakfast
  • van transport to Victoria Sapa Resort & Spa for check-in
  • walk to Sapa Cuisine Restaurant for lunch
  • van transport to a one and a half hour hike to Golden Stream Lovers Fall with a local guide
  • van transport back to Victoria Hotel
  • walk to Sapa Cusine Restaurant for dinner

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Day 3: Sapa

  • hotel buffet breakfast
  • van transport to a 6 km hike through Lao Chai village, Muong Hoa Valley and Ta Van village with a local guide
  • lunch at a village home
  • van transport back to Victoria Hotel
  • free time to explore Sapa town centre
  • walk to Nature Bar & Grill for dinner

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Day 4: Overnight Train to Hanoi

  • hotel buffet breakfast
  • trek to Cat Cat Village and waterfall with a local guide
  • van transport to Sapa Eden Hotel for lunch
  • van transport back to Victoria Hotel
  • free time
  • van transport to a restaurant in Lao Cai for dinner
  • walk to Lao Cai train station to take Sapaly Express to Hanoi

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Day 5: Halong Bay

  • van pick-up to Rising Dragon Hotel for wash-up and breakfast
  • one and a half hour van ride to Halong Bay Indochina Sails waiting lounge
  • lunch onboard the boat
  • take bamboo sampan to tour bat cave
  • take small boat to Titov Island to climb to the peak for a view of Halong Bay
  • buffet dinner onboard the boat
  • squid fishing

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Day 6: Hanoi

  • take small boat to Surprise Cave
  • brunch onboard the boat
  • dock at Halong Bay jetty
  • van pick-up back to Hanoi, Hotel Elegance Diamond Hotel
  • dinner at hotel roof top restaurant

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Day 7: Hanoi

  • hotel buffet breakfast
  • free time to explore Hanoi city centre
  • lunch at Madame Hien
  • free time
  • dinner at hotel roof top restaurant

 

Day 8: Singapore

  • hotel buffet breakfast
  • final shopping
  • lunch at hotel roof top restaurant
  • van pick-up to airport
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