Tonight you will be picked up at your hotel/ residence and transferred to Hanoi station by your private tour guide who will assist you with your check-in and escort you during your journey. The train departs approximately at 9:10 pm. Enjoy some drinks at an on-board restaurant before retiring to your cabin for a good night’s sleep.
Overnight on A/C train
Upon early arrival at Lao Cai (app 4:30 am), a border town to China, you will be picked up and transferred ascending to Sapa (formally known as the Hill Station) by your private guide and private van for breakfast. After breakfast in the hotel, you will have a stroll around town, visiting Sapa Market where the minority people, including the Red Zao, Hmong and Tay people, gather for trade. You can also climb Ham Rong Mountain for a panoramic view of Sapa below and its environs.
The rest of the day will be yours to explore this beautiful town at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.
Overnight in Sapa
The day commences with a jeep ride to the trekking route. From here, you will start walking through the incredibly scenic “Ban Ho” valley. There are lots of opportunities to visit and explore the wooden houses, which traditionally belong to the Tay ethnic minority. You will then continue to walk to Thanh Phu village where you will stop for lunch in a local house.
After lunchtime, you will head to another village – Sin Chai, home of Red Dao minority where the night will be spent in thatch house. The remainder of the day will be yours to freely explore the area. You will be attracted by the wonderful hospitable atmosphere of the Red Dao.
Overnight in Sin Chai
Today’s trek will take you through several villages where you will be able to meet Tay, Hmong and Xa Pho ethnic minorities. You will have time to photograph the beautiful rice paddy terraces and spectacular mountains. On the way, you will make a stop to visit a local school. Lunch will be prepared and served in a local house.
In the afternoon, you will head back to Thanh Phu village of Tay minority. Here you will spend our second night. Check into the homestay and relax. Tonight your dinner will be served with some beautiful Vietnamese dishes.
Overnight in Thanh Phu
On the last day of the trek, you will cross several suspension bridges and trek through lush rice paddy fields and stunning scenery. You will have a unique opportunity to meet Xa Pho minority in My Son village, one of the smallest group ethnic living in Northern Viet Nam. These people always maintain their unique costume and nomadic life for many years. You will continue to trek uphill to Nam Toong, a village of Red Dao minority, where we have lunch in a local school.
In the afternoon, your trek will be firstly downhill to Ban Ho village where you will have time for a swim in the river. You will then climb toward Su Pan. The car will pick you up and bring back to Sapa. Some day-use rooms will be provided for the shower. After that, you will return to Lao Cai station with your entire luggage for the night train back to Hanoi.
Overnight on A/C train
You will arrive at Hanoi station at around 5:00am, take a short private transfer to your hotel to drop your bags and have some breakfast. End of tour or start another adventure.
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- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Private Vehicles and Drivers
- Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Your International Flights to and from Vietnam
- Vietnam entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
- Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Any bank fees or charges at your end
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Tips for guides and drivers
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Vietnam Luxury Vacation Review: Sightseeing, Culture, 12-Day Travel
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Sightseeing, Rice Fields, Boat Rides, 18-Day Trip
We started searching for our tour for Vietnam / Cambodia back in October 2022 to start the tour in the first week of January 2023. We selected this travel agency, and contact name provided to us was Elly. She was extraordinary with her communication with us. Excellent English speaking language capability & excellent in communication on Whats app and email communication. We went back & forth few times to arrange the tour we wanted. She was very accommodating in arranging our schedule. We requested automobile tour for both countries, just for two of us.
We requested SUV FOR OUR COMFORT AND WE GOT IT!
We requested to get the high end hotel in each city and she gave us choices and not only that but send videos of each hotel for each City and then waited for us to decide which hotel we select. All the Hotels turned out to be one of the best we would expect to be. M/s Elly, personally came to visit with us on the evening of our first day tour. Very respectful and asked if she could do anything for us.I had requested before in our communication, if she would arrange for power converter for us, since my camera chargers are all in 110. So brought two power converters for us! Something, not everyone will do this kind of service. So all the kiddos to her!
as to the drivers in each city were very courteous, very professional and very careful in how and where they have to do driving.
our Guides in each city were so friendly, courteous and knowledgeable in where ever we visited. How ever wish two guides in Hue An and Ho Chi Minh City spoke English more clearly.
We only wish we had one extra day in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, , however, there is so much to see in the world! Perhaps next time will visit Vietnam.
As to Cambodia, same thing to express about site seeing and our Guide and drivers. Guides and drivers really made our travel thro’ the countries where we do not speak that language, made it so comfortable and enjoyable.
Hi Lam…hope you don’t mind me contacting you directly. My wife Barb & I (Paul) have just arrived home after completing a great tour of Vietnam which was organised through your company Asia Pioneer Travel.
We want to tell you personally how impressed were were with the level of service that we received…it was amazing and the best that we have experienced anywhere. After we made initial contact with you, you handed us over to Chloe to arrange the trip which she did in very quick time and the amount of detail that she went to was fantastic. From the moment that we walked out of Hanoi airport on arrival to see our guide waiting, we knew that we were in for a great trip. The drivers & guides were fantastic and Chloe was in contact by email constantly making sure that everything was going to plan & that we were happy. At one stage we need to vary the itinerary by extending accommodation & changing air tickets and Chloe did that without any fuss or bother.
We also met some wonderful Vietnamese people along the way and Ive got to say that they are our kind of people, very generous & friendly.
Enough of my ramblings, thanks for a great visit to Vietnam, and a special thank you to Chloe for looking after us in such a terrific manner…she is a very special caring lady.
Kind regards & I hope that we have the opportunity to use Asia Pioneer Travel again….Paul & Barb Little from Newcastle Australia
Superbly organised and very flexible
We travelled to Vietnam for two weeks, booking the whole trip through Lizzie at Asia Pioneer, including hotels, excursions, trips, guides and internal flights. Lizzie was so helpful and flexible, accommodating changes to our schedule until the last minute, especially as we missed our connecting flight in Dubai and arrived a day later than planned (our fault). Nothing was too much trouble, including getting my wallet back to me after I left it in the car taking us to the airport.
We started in Hanoi in the North and worked our way south to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon), taking in Ha Long with its amazing sea stacks and sleeping on a boat, then to Sa Pa on the overnight sleeper train from Hanoi, with its wonderful countryside and rice terraces. Afterwards, we went to Hoi An for three days of relaxation. Hoi An probably my favourite place and three days are enough to cover it. Then onto Hue, the original capital, my least favourite place and then finally on to HMC, which was a real contrast to the North.
The 3-star hotels that Lizzie picked were very good and comfortable, and the guides were very knowledgeable. I would definitely use Asia Pioneer again for future Asia trips.