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Holiday type : Family Holidays
Vietnam is perfectly suited for a family adventure. Varying activities and ease of travel is the key to its success. You will spend your days in exploration of Vietnam’s ancient capital, crafting ceramic products in villages renown for the same trade, trekking in the gorgeous valleys of Sapa and taking time out along the endless stretch of beaches off Halong bay.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Bat Trang Ceramic - overnight train to Sapa
Day 3: Lao cai Station - Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Sapa
Day 4: Sapa - Cat Cat - Sin Chai - Lao Cai Station - Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi - Halong Bay - Paradise Cruise
Day 6: Paradise Cruise - Halong - Hanoi
Day 7: Hanoi Departure


  • Bat Trang Ceramic
  • Bat Trang
  • Giay Ethnic Minority
  • Halong Bay
  • Hmong Ethnic Minority
  • Paradise Peak in Halong Bay
  • Paradise Peak Superior Suite
  • Terrace Farm in Sapa
" A must do if you are travelling to North of Vietnam... " Mr. Tom Hanks .
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  •  Attend a traditional water puppet performance in Hanoi’s old quarter
  • Craft your own ceramics at Bat Trang village
  • Walk amongst the clouds in the mountain retreat of Sapa
  • Sail spectacular Halong bay onboard the luxury Paradise cruise
Detailed Itinerary
  Day 1: Hanoi arrival (DP):   
Arriving at Noi Bai airport about 30 km out of Ha Noi, you will be met and taken to your hotel in the city centre. Take some time to relax after your long journey before setting out to explore the city and the wealth of wonders located within its walls. Walk around the maze of streets the comprise Hanoi’s old quarter and get a taste of the city’s vibrant nightlife.
  Day 2: Bat Trang Ceramic – overnight train to Sapa (B, L, G):   
Bat Trang is one of North Vietnam’s most famous ceramic villages, and is located just 15km from Hanoi’s city centre. Known for its quality ceramic and bargain prices, you’ll have the opportunity to wander through a market overflowing with pottery of all shapes, sizes and designs. For those skeptical of the ability to get a beautiful ceramic piece home, there are expert packaging services available. Your guide will take you on an buffalo cart through the busy tourist area to the old part of the village where you can stroll through the narrow streets to watch the manufacturing process and meet the craftspeople. You can even try your hand at making a ceramic product, from spinning it, molding, drying and then painting.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure wandering Hanoi’s Old Quarter, with its eclectic combination of French colonial architecture, oriental styles and emerging contemporary buildings. In the evening transfer to the train station for your overnight trip to Sapa.
  Day 3: Lao Cai Station – Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Sapa (B, L, D):   

You will arrive at Lao Cai train station early in the morning and catch your 40 minute transfer up the winding road to Sapa Town. You will arrive in Sapa in the midst of a mountain sunrise. Check into your hotel and leave your luggage in your room before setting out for breakfast. You’ll embark on a trek into the valley of Muong Hoa. Feel free to catch up on your rest with a restoring nap back at the hotel. In the afternoon after you feel refreshed and rejuvenated you’ll embark on a trek into the valley of Muong Hoa. You’ll navigate small winding paths and trails etched into the mountainside before you reach Lao Chai and Tavan villages where you will visit the Tay and Day tribes. A car will be waiting to take you back up to Sapa for your overnight stay at the hotel.

   Day 4: Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai – Lao Cai Station – Hanoi (B, L, D, G):   
Have breakfast at sunrise and then check out of your hotel, getting ready for your last trek. You first sneak through the market, already abuzz with activity, then continue to leave the busy town behind. You will stop by an impressive waterfall and a nearby hydroelectric station. Take a rest here before you trek downhill to get Sin Chai village, where you’ll might see the tribespeople at work dying cloth, embroidering patterns, tending the fields or huddled over a hunk of stone, attempted to carve figurines to sell at the market. Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery on the way back to Sapa town for lunch. You will have free time to discover the town yourself in the afternoon. Back to hotel for shower and then our car will transfer you to Lao Cai station for the overnight train back to Hanoi.
   Day 5: Hanoi – Halong bay (B, L, D, DP):   
After you are collected from your hotel in Hanoi’s city centre begins the 3-4 hour drive through the lush rice fields, agricultural lands and small country towns of the Red River Delta. Keep a look out for some of the quirks of Vietnamese traffic!

After lunch you will board the cruise and head for Sung Sot cave, where you will marvel at caverns walled with cascades of glittering rock and dripping with stalactites thousands of years in the making. From here you will head to nearby Titop island, where an ascent of over 400 stairs will find you with all of Halong bay spread at your feet. You may opt for something a little less strenuous and recline on the golden sand at the island’s base, or go for a swim in the tranquil waters. Return to the boat and it will head to its overnight anchorage place, a quiet and secluded area away from the main stream of Halong traffic. Spend some time to chat with your fellow passengers, meeting people from all over the world before you get the chance to enjoy a culinary tapestry of international and Vietnamese flavors at the buffet dinner served in the dining room. The evening is spent at your leisure; make the most of the cruise’s happy hour, try your hand at squid fishing with the crew, or just recline and revel in the night scenery.
  Day 6: Halong - Hanoi (B, Br, L):   
Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. After breakfast we continue sailing past the thousands of islets scattered like roughly hewn gemstones in the clear green water. Your Paradise Cruise will come to an end between 10.30am and 11.00am, after which you will be collected for transfer back to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi estimated at around 4pm. Spend the evening hunting down some of Hanoi’s finest cuisine, at a refined restaurant or from a friendly faced street vendor. Take a night walk around Hoan Kiem lake and enjoy the cool breeze off the water.
  Day 7: Hanoi departure (DP):   
Your fantastic holiday comes to an end. After breakfast relax until your driver will come to take you to airport for your ongoing flight.

Prices per person in USD from 1st Oct, 2014 to 30th Sep, 2015

Number of pax 1 2 3-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 Over 16 SGL
Superior 1,109 700 657 598 571 561 558 220
Deluxe 1,561 958 915 856 829 819 816 414
Tour prices include:
  • Breakfast and 6 nights’ accommodation in twin or double room
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary except the Halong shared bus
  • Train ticket: Hanoi/Lao Cai (4 soft sleeper cabin)
  • Experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • All entry and sightseeing fees if any
  • Lunches and dinners (if specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants
  • Visa processing fee
  • Taxes and services charges
Tour prices do not include: 
  • International flight tickets and airport tax
  • Visa stamping fee
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Insurance
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Trip note
 We understand that families come with different needs and interests, so If you like the sound of some of these destinations but not others we will be pleased to create a fully tailor-made exotic vacation with dates and itinerary customized to your personal preferences.

Triple share is possible and must be requested at the time of booking. Please be clear whether a double bed plus extra bed is required or whether three separate beds are preferred. Where separate rooms for children are booked, interconnecting or adjacent rooms will be requested (subject to availability).

As this tour covers the North of Vietnam, you should take note that it can be colder in the winter. Therefore, if visiting late or early in the year, you should bring a varied style of clothing.

As some of the activities involve climbing stairs / Hiking, guests should also bring walking shoes/boots.

The itinerary may be subject to change due to the unfavorable weather conditions


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