Sapa - Vietnam

Best of North Vietnam: Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay

9 days
Price per person from 580 USD

Arrive in Hanoi free of any hassle and explore the city on your own. It has many hidden gems and you can easily spend a few days in the capital city of Vietnam. Why not drop by our Travel Center for some free travel advice from our local travel experts?
From Hanoi, you will go by night train to Sapa in the Northwest of Vietnam which is a very interesting and beautiful area.

Sapa is home to many different ethnic groups, and you will experience the lives, culture and the costumes of these groups. Sapa is also known for its amazing nature and trekking routes. This tour includes trekking and an overnight at a homestay to experience the culture and local life at its best.

You will also discover the impressive UNESCO Halong Bay and its thousands of limestones islets. Explore limestone universes covered in rainforest with eagles cruising above. Then relax on-board your ship or explore the caves and cliffs around you.


Tour highlights
  • Arrive in Hanoi free of any hassle
  • Explore and feel the atmosphere of Hanoi and visit some of the top attractions
  • Experience the beautiful Sapa and meet the ethnic minority groups of Sapa
  • Put on your trekking boots and surround yourself with the beautiful nature of Vietnam
  • Overnight stay at local homestay in Sapa
  • Discover the impressive UNESCO certified Halong Bay and its thousands of limestone islets.

your Itinerary

Day 1:  Hanoi Arrival

Hanoi Arrival

On arrival in Hanoi you'll be pick-up and transported to Hanoi's Old Quarter. Why not drop by our Travel Center for some free travel advice from our local travel experts?

Meals: N/A
Accommodation: Overnight at Medallion Hotel*** or similar.

Day 2:  Hanoi City Tour

Hanoi City Tour

Around 08:30AM you'll be picked up from your hotel for a city tour. We'll drive to visit Ho Chi Minh complex, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and One Pillar Pagoda – all historical attractions in Hanoi. We leave One Pillar Pagoda and drive to West Lake to visit Tran Quoc pagoda and have lunch.

After lunch, we'll visit the Temple of literature and the Museum of Ethnology. This is one of the most interesting museums in Hanoi, with many different things relating to the 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups. After that, we'll go visit Hoan Kiem Lake (Restore Sword Lake).

The last place of the tour is the old quarter of Hanoi, where you will be dropped off at your hotel and you'll have free time to walk around.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at Medallion Hotel*** or similar.

Day 3:  Hanoi and night train to Sapa

Hanoi and night train to Sapa

Enjoy the day on your own before we pick you up at 7.30-8.00PM and transfer you to the train station for the night train to Sapa. The night train leaves at around 9PM to Lao Cai.

Please let us know if you need help to plan a half day tour or activity in Hanoi.  

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight in a night train

Day 4:  Sapa Minority Trek

Sapa Minority Trek

You'll arrive at Lao Cai Railway station early in the morning. A shared bus will pick you up and take you to your hotel in Sapa. Check in upon arrival if the room is ready. Otherwise, the hotel can store your luggage.

The guide will come over to greet you. Together with the guide you’ll depart from Sapa to the trekking base. The trek will take you through Ma Tra to Ta Phin village, inhabited by Red Dzao and Black H’Mong ethnic minorities. It will take about 4 to 5 hours (approx. 12 km). On the way you’ll trek through terraced valleys and pass rice paddies, bamboo forests, and minority villages.

When you arrive in Ta Phin village, the Dzao host family will welcome you to their home where you will share an ethnic style dinner and stay the night.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at local house in Ta Phin village or similar.

Day 5:  Sapa Minority Trek

Sapa Minority Trek

After breakfast, you say farewell to the host family. The way back to Sapa will take you via Mong Sen village, inhabited by black H’Mong ethnic people. Enjoy each pace up and down, the happiness is in the voyage itself.

Lunch will be served at a nice spot then followed by an easy walk to rejoin Sapa. Transfer to your hotel in Sapa.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at Cat Cat View Hotel*** or similar.

Day 6:  Enjoy Sapa and afternoon bus to Hanoi

Enjoy Sapa and afternoon bus to Hanoi

After breakfast, you can enjoy the day on your own in Sapa town or go explore waterfalls a short ride from the town. 

Check-out from your hotel before 12:00PM. Then we will arrange a taxi for you to the bus station where you’ll take the bus from Sapa to Hanoi departing at 1:30PM.

The bus arrives in Hanoi at about 7:00 – 7:30PM and you will be dropped off at the drop-off points around Hanoi's Old Quarter.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at Medallion Hotel*** or similar.

Day 7:  Hanoi to Halong Bay

Hanoi to Halong Bay

We’ll pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter between 8:00-8:40 AM and we'll drive you to Halong Bay. You’ll enjoy the peaceful scenery as we drive through the countryside and admire the endless rows of rice paddies.

By noon we’ll arrive at Tuan Chau harbor, board on our boat, relax and enjoy your lunch as we cruise along Halong Bay.

We'll head to Titop or Soi Sim Beach to swim, relax or take pictures. If time permits, we can go for kayak or explore the Ho Dong Tien (Fairy Lake Cave) or the Sung Sot (Surprising Cave). We’ll return to the boat and learn how to make spring rolls.

In the evening, you’ll enjoy a dinner on the boat and relax or party with the on-board karaoke, squid fishing or just knock back a few drinks on the sundeck. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at the boat.

Day 8:  Halong Bay to Cat Ba Island

Halong Bay to Cat Ba Island

Rise early to enjoy the sunrise before breakfast is served. We’ll be cruising and enjoy the view over Halong Bay beauty. Around late morning, you’ll arrive to Gia Luan Pier to take another transfer by bus to Cat Ba Town. Once we arrive to Cat Ba Town, we’ll drop you off at your hotel to check-in.

Before afternoon, you'll head to Beo harbor by bus and board on boat to continue to Lan Ha Bay. Your lunch is served on the boat. Once we arrived at Van Boi area, you can go for swim, high jump and kayak. If time permits, we'll also go visit the Monkey Island.

By late afternoon, you’ll get off the boat and take the bus back to your hotel in Cat Ba. Dinner is served at the restaurant of your hotel. The evening is free for you to enjoy.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Cat Ba Palace Hotel** or similar.

Day 9:  Cat Ba Island to Halong and to Hanoi

Cat Ba Island to Halong and to Hanoi

Wake up early and have breakfast at your hotel before checking out from your room. You will be picked up by bus for your trip to Cat Ba National Park at 08:00AM, where you will be doing a 1.5-hour trek at the national park.

By late morning, you'll arrive to Gia Luan Pier, board on the boat, enjoy your lunch that will be served while cruising along Halong Bay. Around noon, you'll be back to the mainland and take the bus to Hanoi. You’ll arrive to Hanoi Old Quarter by late afternoon.

For your future travel plans in Vietnam, if you haven't done already you are welcome to drop by our Travel Center for some free travel advice on Hanoi as well as the rest of Vietnam, from our local travel experts.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

tour details

Duration: 9 days 8 Nights

Duration: 9 days 8 Nights

This tour is 9 days and 8 nights.

Start Destination: Hanoi

Start Destination: Hanoi

The tour starts in Hanoi.

End Destination: Hanoi

End Destination: Hanoi

The tour ends in Hanoi. 



  • Meals: 7x Breakfast, 6x Lunch & 3x Dinner
  • Accommodation: 3x in Hanoi, 1x night in night train, 1x night at homsestay in Sapa, 1x night at hotel in Sapa, 2x nights Halong Bay
  • Transport: Transfer to hotel in Hanoi, night train from Hanoi to Sapa, transfer to hotel in Sapa, bus from Sapa to Hanoi, transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay
  • English speaking tour guide according to the itinerary
  • Miscellaneous: All entrance fees
Included Experiences

Included Experiences

The following experiences are included in this itinerary: 

  • Arrival package Hanoi 
  • Hanoi City Tour
  • Trekking in Sapa
  • Halong Bay Cruise
Not Included

Not Included

  • Tips for guide and drivers
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Any other expenses not specified


Minimum is 1 person. 

Physical rate: 3/5

Physical rate: 3/5

The physical rate for this tour is 3 out of 5.

Tour Disclaimer

Tour Disclaimer

While we love to travel to remote places and operate many tours in these areas, infrastructure can be limited, and conditions can be unpredictable. This might influence the course of a given tour, and while It is our intention to follow the program described in the itinerary, it might not always be possible to do so. We have also on occasion taken the liberty to deviate from the program if for the better of the experience due to local experiences taking place.

The itinerary and tour description are general guidelines to what you can expect of a given tour, but should not be considered as guarantees, nor should the mentioning of possible sightings of animals, specific destinations. Heights, driving time, trekking time and any other travel times listed are approximations.  

Best of North Vietnam: Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay

9 days | Vietnam
Price per person from 580 USD
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Best of North Vietnam: Hanoi – Sapa – Halong Bay

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