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5 Days Photography Tour and Wildlife Holiday in Vietnam
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Hon Gai International Harbor, Vietnam

Nature and Wildlife Holiday Vietnam

Pack your bags and have a wonderful trip to Vietnam to discover all the natural beauty that it has to offer. Take some leisure walks, explore the prosperous villages, and have the chance to sleep overnight in a cruise and a train trip on the way to Lao Cai. Prepare yourself as well for the stunning views over the surrounding mountains and lush forests belonging to Hoang Lien National Park.

Overview

  • Minimum group size: 2 persons
  • Starting point and ending point: Hanoi
  • Main wildlife to be viewed: Forest animals

Highlights

  • Wildlife viewing and sightseeing
  • Cruising the magnificent Bai Tu Long bay
  • Exploration of the market place and nearby villages
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Hoang Lien Range
  • English-speaking, knowledgeable guide
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 4 nights accommodation

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Accommodation

The cost includes four nights of accommodation. The first night will be spent in Dragon Pearl Cruise, and the second night will be spent in a four-berth soft sleeper train cabin of Chapa Express. On the third and fourth nights, you will stay at the Sapa Unique Hotel.

Sapa Unique Hotel

Located in the heart of Sapa Town, Sapa Unique Hotel is the perfect place for all tourist and business whose prefer to stay in a quiet and comfort location setting surrounded by greenery, close to the main attractions, but away from the chaos.

The cozy hotel is run by a small team of young, professional, friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic Sapa local tour guide who have been guiding for a long time and having a lot of experience in tourism service. Coming to Sapa Unique Hotel, you will have the chance to experience the five-star quality service with your limited budget.

Dragon’s Pearl Junk

Dragon’s Pearl Junk is the bigger cruise option for groups in the Indochina Junk family. The three Dragon’s Pearl boats were modeled on the traditional Chinese junks which sailed long ago. The boat features 11 cabins and 3 decks with both outside and inside dining areas. Each cabin is beautifully decorated in a traditional style and equipped with modern amenities for a comfortable stay.

Large sea view windows allow you to enjoy the fantastic landscape outside, from the comfort of your room. The sundeck on top will be a great place to view the bay at sunset and have an enjoyable time with your friends.

Whether you are dining in the restaurant, lounging on one of the two sundecks or relaxing in the comfort of your cabin, you will be surrounded by the handcrafted teak and oak fittings that make the Dragon’s Pearl such a wonderful sailing vessel.

Like all the other boats of Indochina Junk’s fleet, Dragon’s Pearl Junk provides an off the beaten track cruise experience to Bai Tu Long Bay with many interesting activities. The crew works hard to ensure you are completely satisfied until the last second of your trip.This classic junk is ideal for parties for larger groups (up to 20 people) or corporate incentive groups.

Alternatively, you can book a berth and get to meet new friends as you cruise the bay.

Program

Day 1: Hanoi, Hon Gai Harbour, Bai Tu Long Bay, and Thien Canh Son Cave

  • 07:30 to 08:00 Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter area
  • 12:00 to 12:30 Embark at Hon Gai International Harbor
  • 12:30 to 13:00 Check-in, enjoy welcome drinks, followed by cruise briefing
  • 13:30 to 15:00 Have lunch while cruising the magnificent Bai Tu Long bay and admire the fascinating formations on the way
  • 15:15 to 15:40 Explore the well-hidden Thien Canh Son cave
  • 15:45 to 18:00 Enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach at Hon Co island, swimming, or kayaking
  • 18:00 to 19:00 Back to junk for refreshments before having dinner on board
  • 20:00 to 21:00 Relax, enjoy fresh air, and stay overnight on board

Day 2: Vung Vieng Fishing Village to Lao Cai

  • 07:30 to 08.00 Morning view of the bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee, followed by breakfast
  • 08:30 to 09:30 Visit to Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat
  • 10:00 to 11:45 Check out of the cabin, then start cruising towards the harbor while an ala carte lunch is served
  • 11:45 to 12.00 Disembark, then drive to Yen Duc village in Dong Trieu province
  • 14:00 to 14:30 Enjoy the water puppet show performed by local artists
  • 14:45 to 17:30 Arrival in Hanoi, then followed by free time at your own leisure

At 21:00, the guide and driver will pick you up and then transfer you to Hanoi Train station for the night train to Lao Cai which leaves at 22:00. Breakfast and lunch are included in this day.

Day 3: Lao Cai to Bac Ha Ma

You will be arriving in Lao Cai at 06:30 a.m, and then you will be welcomed by the local guide. You will have breakfast and freshen up at the nearby restaurant before being transferred to Bac Ha Town via Lao Cai City. You will arrive to the market place at about 09:00 a.m, right at the most crowded hours.

You will spend two hours joining the local tribal peoples including Flower H’mong, Black Zao, Phu La, and Tay for the market activities and festive atmosphere. People in their best traditional costume gather every Sunday for shopping, but socializing is of great importance.

The cattle and clothing sections are the most interesting until 11:00 a.m, and then comes the food section where people meet, talk, enjoy food, and especially drink a kind of locally made corn-wine. Lunch break will be in a local restaurant. You will then leave Bac Ha for half an hour road ride downhill to Trung Do village which is beautifully set in a valley on the eastern bank of the mighty Chay River.

You will take an hour leisure walk to explore this prosperous village of the Tay ethnic people who live in large stilt houses and have maintained well their traditional way of life. You will walk to the boat pier in mid-afternoon, boarding a boat for cruising downstream the Chay River for an hour to Bao Nhai.

The boat cruise will end at Bao Tan Village, near the motorway. You will be picked up and transfer 45 kilometers to Lao Cai City, and then you will spend half an hour to see trading activities at the border gate and have coffee break before being transferred to Sapa Town. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included on this day.

Day 4: Sapa to Binh Lu Valley

At 09:30 a.m, you will depart for the Silver Waterfall. The Silver Waterfall is located about half an hour from Sapa town which offers stunning views over surrounding mountains and lush forests belonging to Hoang Lien National Park. You are advised to stop by a farm for a cup of tea and talk with people to understand their local life.

After that, you will drive to Tram Ton Pass where you will trek 30 minutes through the forest. Along the way, you will have chances to see wild flowers. Trekking along the Golden Stream, you will arrive at Love Waterfall. It is the best place for relax in Sapa, returning to Tram Ton Pass.

Then, you will continue your drive uphill to the Heavens Gate, the highest stretch of road in Vietnam as well as the provincial border of Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces. Enjoy fantastic views over the valley since from Heavens Gate, the scenery and views are amazing. You will now begin a sometimes steep descend towards the Nam Mu River.

The road conditions here are both good and bad. You will be taking it easy, until you reach the village of Chu Va which is inhabited by the Black Hmong minority. It is still going downhill, and the ride will bring you to Binh Lu. In Binh Lu, you will make a break for a glass of local tea at the local house and after that you will look around in the village and enjoy the local life.

From Binh Lu, you will restart to Tam Duong, and along the way, you will appreciate that amazing scenery and discover all the long the way the Tai Lu, Tai Laos minority people whose textiles are intriguing. After the village of Tam Duong, you will still have lunch at the local restaurant before being transferred back to Sapa. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included on this day.

Day 5: Muong Hoa Valley and Ban Ho Village

You will be leaving the hotel after breakfast, and the road ride will take you southwards of Sapa along the only narrow road to Muong Hoa Valley. The spectacular scenery of the highest part of Hoang Lien Range, including Fansipan Peak, can be seen in the first seven kilometers of the road trip with many photo stops.

The valley suddenly opens wide as you reach to Lao Chai. From high elevation to the road you can see the whole valley, the Muong Hoa River winds its way through the valley bottom and small villages and hamlets of the Hmong and Dzay peoples scattering on the other side of the river, even very high on hill slopes.

Leaving the main road, you will take a walk following the foot path downhill and then crossing the river to the other side to pay visiting to Lao Chai village of the Hmong and Ta Van of the Zay during which you will drop in several local homes for experiencing their hospitability as well as observing the traditional living way.

After lunch in a beautiful village lodge, you will continue your trip to Ban Ho Village where you can see another beautiful scenery of the rice paddy and mountain range. Finally, you will be transferred back to Sapa for shower before catching the bus to Hanoi at 04:00 p.m. You will be arriving in Hanoi at 09:00 P.M, and this marks the end of the tour. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Included excursions

  • Cruise along the magnificent Bai Tu Long bay and Chay River
  • Stopover in a farm for a cup of tea and talk with people
  • Village leisure walks
  • Visit to Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat

Location

This tour will be held in various places in Vietnam, including Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Hon Gai, Bai Tu Long Bay, Thien Canh Son cave, Vung Vieng fishing village, Yen Duc village in Dong Trieu province, Hanoi, Lao Cai, Bac Ha Town, Trung Do village, Bao Nhai, Bao Tan Village, Sapa Town, Silver Waterfall, Hoang Lien National Park, Tram Ton Pass, Chu Va village, Binh Lu, Tam Duong, Muong Hoa Valley, Hoang Lien Range, Lao Chai village, and Ban Ho Village.

Food

Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • All sightseeing tour
  • Services of an English-speaking guide
  • All meals as specified in the program
  • Private car transfer along the trip in Sapa
  • All entrance fees and permits
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • One-way train tickets from Hanoi to Lao Cai
  • One-way limousine luxury van tickets from Sapa to Hanoi
  • Roundtrip bus transfer Hanoi to Ha Long Bay and back

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Air-tickets
  • Other meals which is not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses
  • Arrival visa
  • Extra accommodation in Hanoi

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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