Hanoi Rocks!

9 days from £1,700 pp incl flights, accommodation & transfers

Northern Vietnam offers Sa Pa near the Chinese border with the Hmong people ready to offer your their hospitality. Hanoi's old city and the delights of Ha-Long Bay says even more about this part of the country

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Hanoi tends to look down it’s nose at the upstart Ho Chi Minh City. It’s wide boulevards and French quarter point to something rather grand and the old city should become a world heritage site any day now

Fashionistas!

Even away from the agricultural fields, the traditional wide hats are prevalent here among the ladies selling on the streets

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Hanoi is moving forward at breakneck speed though, but as in other parts of Indochina there is definitely a graceful and dignified old worldly charm which envelopes all visitors
Day 1 - Hanoi

• Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi, you are picked up and transported to your hotel with an afternoon free to explore or free to recover from jet lag!!

Day 2 - Tulico train

• Day 2: Breakfast at hotel. Morning Hanoi city tour: visit Ba Dinh square, Mr Ho’s museum, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, HCM’s House on Stilts, The One-pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature built in the 11th century as Vietnam’s first university and a stroll around the 36 streets Old Quarter. You then take dinner and then board a night train for Lao Cai (a tour guide will accompany you to Sa Pa). Berths in the air–conditioned compartments (Tulico train) are provided. Overnight on the train

Day 3 - Dzay

• Day 3: You are collected at Lao Cai Station in the morning by bus. Arriving at Sapa at around 8:00 AM. After a full breakfast trekking will commence at around 11:00 AM towards the first village of the Black H’mong (Catcat), visiting people in their villages with a detour to the hydro electric power station built by the French during colonial times. Trek along a path along between rice paddies to get to Lao Cai village. Enjoy the overall scenery of the villages amongst the rice terraces. Visit the H’mong people living in wooden and bamboo houses. You then continue on to Tavan village to visit the Dzay ethnic minority. Stay the night in Tavan with a Dzay family. Picnic lunch on the way and dinner at home stay. Overnight in Dzay

Days 4-5 - Unification Express

• Day 4: Up early in the morning to enjoy the daily rhythms of life of the local people in the village. Breakfast. Afetrwards you take the road to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Dzao ethnic minority via the paths between the rice terraces and through bamboo forests. After visiting Silver waterfall and the Rattan suspension Bridge, visit the people of the village and then cross the Muong Hoa River up to the mountains to visit the last village on the trek – Supan village of the H’mong ethnic minority. Dinner is taken after which you leave Lao Cai for Hanoi. Overnight on the train

Day 5 - Hanoi

• Day 5: Arrival in Hanoi in the early morning with a transfer to the hotel and then a free day to roam around in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi

Day 6 - Ha Long Bay

• Day 6: After breakfast at the hotel we commence on a two day trip to Ha Long Bay arriving at Ha Long around 12:15PM, board the Huong Hai Junk (hey, you are really going to be on one of those!), check-in. time is 12:45pm. The cruise commences at 1:00pm with lunch on board. By 1:30pm you’re set on a fantastic cruise of Halong Bay, visiting Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island and Sail Island. There are also the Sung Sot caves and possible swimming at Titov Beach. Around 5:30pm you’re sampling Vietnamese wine and enjoy the grand sunset. At 7:30pm you take dinner on board and at 9:00pm you settle down for the evening spending the night on board ship

Day 7 - Hanoi

• Day 7: The itinerary for this second day is as follows. 7:00am: Breakfast. 7:30am: A morning cruise to visit Man’s Head island. Afterward we also take in Tortoise Island also visiting Luon Caves via a small bamboo boat launch and Bai Tu Long Bay. At 10:00am you’re to assemble luggage for checking out. 10:30am lunch on board ship. 11:45am: Arrival at Ha Long quay and back to Hanoi with a stopover at a ceramic and hand crafting embroidery workshop. Dinner and overnight in Hanoi

Day 8 - Hanoi

• Day 8: Hanoi, free day to pick up any mementos and to take in the last of Vietnam before your departure. Overnight in Hanoi

• Day 9: Departure to your next destination or back to the UK

Hanoi Rocks! hotels

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    Hmong Hilltribe Lodge

      A hill tribe lodge will be another of those unforgettable stays and this is no exception, this place is half an hour outside of Chiang Mai and at 2,700 feet above sea level the windows on the rooms are sturdy, heating is there and the rooms make you feel as if you are indeed the ambassador to a magical kingdom. It is set within picturesque grounds and the bucolic setting is all an enhancement to your stay here

      The Hmong Hilltribe Lodge offers guests a unique opportunity to experience traditional Hmong culture amidst striking natural beauty. Conveniently located in the Mae Rim district, just an hour's drive from Chiang Mai, our jungle lodge combines simplicity and style to create an environment of rustic elegance and serenity. With an elevation of 2,700 feet above mean sea level, the weather at Hmong Hilltribe Lodge is pleasantly mild and cool all year round.
    Location: Amphur Mae Rim, Chiang Mai - Thailand

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    Huong Hai Junks

      The Huong Hai company runs this boat plying the waters of Ha Long Bay where you’ll be spending one or two nights. As you can see it is a large size and therefore able to accommodate passengers in some degree of comfort. As you can imagine wood furnishings are de rigueur here and designed in an old fin de siècle style befitting the opulent traditions that permeate this part of South East Asia
    Location: Hon Gai Port (Vinashin Dock), Ha Long - Vietnam

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    Quoc Hoa Hanoi Hotel

      The Quoc is situated in Hanoi’s old city 36 Streets district and is accredited with being one of the first boutique style hotels in the city, there are 37 rooms and all the accoutrements that help to fuel the people driving the tiger economy, it also curiously has a backup generator, so yet another reason to trust the hotel in keeping you in in luxury in what must be one of the prettiest capital cities in the world
    Location: Hoan Kiem, Hanoi - Vietnam

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    Fortuna Hotel Hanoi

      Located in central Hanoi, Fortuna Hanoi Hotel is a 10-minute walk from Giang Vo Exhibition Centre. It features 3 restaurants and a swimming pool. The spacious rooms include a minibar. May Man Restaurant serves Chinese dishes. Japanese cuisine is available at Emperor KTV Restaurant. Tiffin Coffee Lounge offers a breakfast buffet and serves international food and local specialities all day
    Location: Ba Dinh District, Hanoi - Vietnam

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    Tulico Express Train

      This is part of the Unification Express which ply’s the coastline between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and the Tulico is part of that. These will be first class air conditioned carriages and believe me, the passing scenery will bestow upon this the most picturesque moving accommodation that you’ll encounter for a long time! Surely the very best way of seeing the length and breadth of this long narrow country

      The Tulico Express deluxe train offers comfortable air-conditioned soft sleepers. This is a good value for money train carriage. It is good and clean cabin, especially the deluxe 2 berth cabin ( for 2 persons only) between Hanoi and Lao Cai. While this is is not a luxurious train it offers good alternative transportation to get to Sapa from Hanoi. It is soft sleeper, A.C and clean 4 berth cabin. The train provide you one bottle of water, small snack and a napkin
    Location: Hanoi and Lao Cai - Vietnam

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