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Vietnam Family Friendly Tour 10 days

This Vietnam family friendly tour gives you a best chance to discover the less traveled beauties as well as friendly locals in northern mountainous provinces: Sapa and Bac Ha where the charming essence of these lands remains authentic and unchanged. Explore these lands by hiking around unparalleled routes, meeting people of several ethnic minorities and visiting villages Sapa Ochau NGO school and typical hill tribal markets. Aside from it, you will discover the authentic part of Ninh Binh and Tam Coc. 

TRIP FACTS

  • Travel Style: Vietnam Holiday Tour with Kids 
  • Trip length: 12 days - 11 nights
  • Start / Finish: Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City
  • Departure: Departs daily on a private basis

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Witness lives of the local and their smiles
  • Explore hill tribal market in the north of Vietnam
  • Explore culture and local life of H’Mong Peoples
  • Cruising along Chay River from Coc Ly to Bao Nhai
  • Cruising into the hidden part of Bai Tu Long bay with luxury cruise service
  • Explore the tipical northern Vietnam village Duong Lam
  • Explore the hidden gem of Vietnamese streetfood
  • and more...

BRIEF ITINERARY
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
Day 3: Hanoi – Duong Lam Village – Hanoi Street Food
Day 4: Hanoi – Drive to Bac Ha
Day 5: Bac Hà Market – Sapa 
Day 6: Sapa Trekking - Sapa Ochau School visit
Day 7: Sapa Trekking – Drive to Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi – Ha Long
Day 9: Ha Long – Ninh Binh
Day 10: Ninh Binh – Hanoi - Departure

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The stages of your trip:
Hanoi, Sapa, Bac Ha, Ha Long, Ninh Binh
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Full Itinerary
  • Car
  • Hotel

Day 1: Arrive Hanoi – the Capital City (-/-/D)
Upon arrival, meet with your guide at airport for a private transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure

*Service Notes:
Meals: N/A
Trasportation/Guide: private car and tour-guide
Accommodation: Apricot Hotel

Important Note: For the Vietnamese Visa on Arrival, please make sure you have 1 passport sized 4 cm x 6 cm photos and $25 for the stamping fee.

  • Car
  • Hotel
  • Walking

Breakfast at hotel.

At 09:00AM, our waiting guide and driver will welcome you at your hotel and transfer us to Temple of Literature. Following is a visit to The Presidential Palace (formerly Palace of the Governor-General of French Indochina), Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilt and nearby One Pillar Pagoda. Then followed by Van Mieu literally translated “Temple of Literature” which is wel-known in Vietnam for a combination of Confucian sanctuary and academy, the centre also housed the country’s first university, founded in 1076. We have time to wander through the stone tablets and soak up a thousand years of learning with our local guide.

Continue to visit Museum of Ethnology where they keep and display all of items belonging to ethnic peoples in Vietnam. A good opportunity to understand Vietnamese culture in deep.

Lunch at Koto Restaurant (Koto means Know One Teach One) – Charity project to teach a job for homeless or children from poor family

In the afternoon, we visit Vietnam History museum or others upon your choice. We then leisurly walk to nearby Hanoi Opera House for photos of the most beautiful French architecrural buildings left in Hanoi. 

Next is Old Quarter Walking tour

Followed by, we travel by rickshaw cyclo (traditional bike-propelled cart) and foot along tree-lined boulevards and through the 1000-year-old Old Quarter, exploring the markets and taking in some of the city’s great colonial architecture.

We finish day by attending a thousand year old Water puppet Show.

*Service Notes:
Meals: N/A
Transportation/Guide: private car and tour-guide
Accommodation: Apricot Hotel

Drive back to hotel and free time to relax.

 

16:00PM. Start you Hanoi Street Food

 

Take a little walk to Hanoi hidden cafe to witness how they make Egg Coffee, a special coffee of Hanoi and you will have Bun Cha for dinner, grilled pork meatballs served with rice vermicelli.

 

From here you will walk to Dong Xuan Market. Here we will have a chance to check out the vegetable market where Hanoians buy their daily good and have a chance to taste Banh My Kep and Banh Khuc before enjoying Banh Cuon for (literally "rolled cake" – or you could call it Hanoi pancake) is a dish from Hanoi only. It is a crepe-like roll made from a thin, wide sheet of rice flour filled with ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom, and other ingredients and a Cup of Bia Hoi, draft beer.

There are also some food demonstration likes: Trung Vit Lon (half hatched duck egg) or Ga Tan Thuoc Bac (stewed chicken).

There are many food choices for you to taste during the evening time and tour ends at around 20:30Pm.

*Service Notes:
Meals: N/A
Transportation/Guide: private car and tour-guide
Accommodation: Apricot Hotel

  • Car
  • Hotel
  • Trekking

08:00AM drive to Bac Ha. Upon arrival check-in at your hotel.

Afternoon take an easy walk (2.5km) to visit Ban Pho of Hmong Flower and the Hoang A Tuong Palace. If you love to make longer walk, you could make 10km from Ta Van Chu to Bac Ha. This is roadless trek for tourist in Bac Ha.

*Service Notes:
Meals: N/A
Transportation/Guide: private car and tour-guide
Accommodation: Sao Mai hotel, 2 stars hotel but it is the best hotel available in Bac Ha.

08:30AM, take an easy walk to visit Bac Ha Market, a colorful market of hill tribe people such as Flower Hmong, Phu La and Dao Tuyen gathering here to exchange goods.

After the market we drive to Coc Ly to take a a boat trip where we experience the magnificent sight of the beautiful caves, the Raining waterfall. Arrive at Trung Do Village - inhabited by Tay minority, you could take a brief visit before the go back to the boat an slowly downstream to Bao Nhai.

Stop for simple lunch at Bao Nhai before drive back to Lao Cai to visit Tran Hung Dao temple, the century banian tree, the 12 zodiac-signs park, and the Chinese Vietnamese borderline. Heading to Sapa, upon arrival check-in at hotel.

Notes:
+ Boat itinerary is change due to the water level, if it is low you could take only boat trip from Trung Do to Bao Nhai

*Service Notes:
Meals: N/A
Transportation/Guide: private car and tour-guide
Accommodation: Sao Mai hotel, 2 stars hotel but it is the best hotel available in Bac Ha.

  • Hotel
  • Trekking

Breakfast at hotel. Depart for Ma Tra and Ta Phin village where you could choose to make another trek from Ma Tra to Ta Phin Village (5km trek). Drive back to Sapa for lunch.

Visit Sapa Ochau school – a non profit organization to suppport H’Mong children, a shelter overight, food and classes to change their lives. Many H’mong tour-guide are graduated from this school.

After a visit drive directly to Topas Ecolodge. Check-in and enjoy 2 day relaxing in Topas Ecolodge

*Service Notes:
Meals: N/A
Transportation/Guide: private car and tour-guide
Accommodation: Topas Ecolodge – Executive Bungalow

  • Car
  • Hotel
  • Trekking

08:00 AM. Drive to Muong Hoa Valley where you can do some trek.

We trek along the vast Muong Hoa valley decorated with terraced fields to Lao Chai and Ta Van; villages of H’Mong and Zay peoples. There are some trekking option: Soft trek (~ 3 km),medium trek (~ 6km) and long trek (~12km).This is great opportunity to explore the local daily life, get to know their culture and meet with H’mong, Dzao, Dzay people who well preserved their unique culture and traditions.

Drive back to Topas and have free time at easy and drive to Xuan Giao junction and take a highway to Ha Noi.

*Service Notes:
Meals: N/A
Transportation/Guide: private car and tour-guide
Accommodation: Apricot Hotel

  • Car
  • Overnight on board

Have breakfast in hotel and drive to Halong Bay (180km about 3.5 hours) passing the countryside of the Red River Delta to the UNESCO World Heritage site. Shuttle bus service and guide in group (small group of 2 persons and private car for group more than 3 persons)

A traditional style Vietnamese Junk Cruise is awaiting your arrival and will set sail at noon today for the 23 hours cruise on this magnificent bay. Lunch will be served on board amidst spectacular views of the bay. Afternoon will visit one of the largest caves in Halong Bay and a beach stop where you can swim in the refreshing waters of the South China Sea. 

Tonight enjoy a fresh seafood dinner onboard your Junk.

Note: The following Halong Bay itinerary is a sample for our standard service on a 3 star junk/cruise. Different programs are available through our luxury cruise itineraries (Please contact us for more details). Tour-guide are generally stay on the land while the guests are served with tour-guide by cruise

*Service Notes:
Meals: lunch, dinner
Transportation/Guide: private car and tour-guide
Accommodation: Dragon Legend Cruise

  • Hotel
  • Kayaking
  • Walking

Participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply watch the sunrise over the magnificent bay. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee or juice before setting out to the nearby cave on a row boat. Watch for monkeys high on the cliff tops. Return back to the Junk where breakfast is served, while sailing around Bay Tu Long bay where the movie “Indochine” was filmed.

Your cruise will end at noon and you will meet your guide & driver and drice to Ninh Binh. Check-in at your hotel and free time at lesuire.

*Service Notes:
Meals: breakfast, lunch
Transportation/Guide: private car and tour-guide
Accommodation: Tam Coc Garden

  • Car
  • Hotel
  • Sampan

Breakfast at hotel then drive to Ninh Binh.

Upon arrival, you will have lunch at a local restaurant then you will visit Hoa Lu – the former capital of Vietnam, about a two-hour drive from Hanoi . On arrival, you will visit two temples, one of them dedicated to Emperor Dinh and the other in memory of Emperor Le, followed by a brief visit to the remains of the Old Palace . Feel ready to star our cycling for one more hour to Tam Coc (12km), passing scenery of paddy fields or small stream. You will have lunch in Tam Coc, enjoy the taste of Vietnamese cuisine.

You will visit Tam Coc (three caves), a peaceful valley among limestone ‘karst' hills, There, you will be rowed along a gentle river between paddy fields and through the caves. In the late afternoon, you will return to Hanoi to take flight home.

Note:
You could make also a visit to Trang An complex instead of Tam Coc

*Service Notes:
Meals: N/A
Transportation/Guide: private car and tour-guide
Accommodation: N/A

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