Explore North Vietnam in depth when you take this amazing 5-day circuit from Hanoi. Idyllic emerald ocean waters, expansive rice fields, beautiful ancient cities, and much more await you on this fantastic adventure.
5 Day Circuit of North Vietnam
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise
We'll pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi at the scheduled time before heading to Halong Bay, where the boat will be waiting for us. We set sail on the serene emerald waters and enjoy the fabulous views of the karst islands while enjoying a delicious traditional meal on board.
With our batteries charged, we then climb in some kayaks and spend an hour paddling close to the shores of the islands. Then back on board the boat, its time for a fantastic yoga class as the sun sets over the horizon. We then end an unforgettable day with a delicious dinner on board the boat.
Day 2: Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi – Sapa
It's 8 am and time to get up and enjoy the spectacular views of the bay while reenergizing with a delicious breakfast. Then we continue sailing as you take part in a fantastic Vietnamese cooking class, and tasting your own creation at the end.
When the boat is finally back at the port, we will drive back to Hanoi. There you will have three hours of your own free time until the sleeper bus picks us up and takes us to Sapa. We spend the night on the bus during the journey.
Day 3: Sapa – Ta Van – Lao Chai – Y Linh Ho
Just as we wake up in the morning, we will reach Sapa. We'll drop the luggage at the hotel, have a tasty breakfast and then set off on a brilliant hike through the landscapes of Ta Van. The route, of almost 10-miles long, will take us through beautiful rice paddies, and to the traditional villages of Lao Chai and Y Linh Ho, where we will have lunch and meet the local inhabitants. In the evening, we will raise a toast with tasty rice liquor while enjoying a succulent dinner.
Day 4: Ta Van – Hanoi
We will get up early to enjoy the sunrise while having breakfast and then prepare for another fantastic trek. We will climb up the hills to enjoy fantastic views of the rice fields and visit a beautiful waterfall where you can take a dip in the picturesque pool. In the afternoon, we will return to the hotel, crossing through an idyllic bamboo field along the way.
After lunch, we head back to Hanoi, arriving at the hotel at around 9:30 pm. where you can have dinner on your own.
Day 5: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hanoi
On the last day, the bus will pick us up at 7:15 am before we drive to the city of Ninh Binh. There, we will visit the district of Hoa Lu, the former imperial capital of Vietnam, and the Mua Cave (Cave of Dance). The climb of 500 steps to the viewpoint is rewarded with a stunning panorama across the surrounding region.
We then eat in a traditional restaurant before boarding a boat for a wonderful hour and a half cruise along the river. Along the way, if you are lucky, you may even spot Delacour's langur, one of the most endangered species in the world. Finally, we return to Hanoi by bus where our fantastic adventure finishes and we bid farewell at 6:30 pm.
This 5-day circuit includes 4 nights accommodation at the following hotels:
- 1st night: cruise in a standard cabin with own bathroom.
- 2nd night: bus seat on a sleeper bus.
- 3rd night: traditional accommodation in Sapa, Ta Van, in private bungalow with a capacity for 2 people maximum.
- 4th night: Republik Backpackers Hostel or similar, in private room.
Hotel pick up
The tour includes pick-up from the main hotels in the historical center of Hanoi. If you are staying in other areas, we will contact you to provide an alternative meeting point.
Changes in the itinerary
If you do this circuit on Wednesday and Friday, the itinerary will be slightly different. We will start with Ninh Binh on the first day, and then spend the next two days in Ha Long Bay before going to Ta Van.
The minimum age to take part in this activity is 3 years old.
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Tour in English
Children from 10 to 3 years oldUS$ 281.90
* A reservation for one person will include a supplement.
The tour is exclusively in English.
Hotel pick up and drop off (only accommodation in the central areas of Hanoi).
Transport in bus.
English speaking guide.
2 day cruise on the Halong Bay.
4 nights accommodation.
Kayak trip on Halong Bay.
Vietnam cooking class.
All other visits and guided tours included in the description.
Drinks during the cruise.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?
A - this activity requires a minimum of 2 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).