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Ninh Binh & Sapa Tour

Code: SP11  | Duration: 05 days  | Style: Moderate to Challenging  | Type: Private  | Operate: All year round | Route: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Sapa - Hanoi
ITINERARY IN BRIEF

 

DAY 1: Drive to Ninh Binh for Sampan boat ride and countryside bicycling.

DAY 2: Hike Ngoa Long Mountain and walk around the paddy field before the drive to a silkworm village.

DAY 3: Morning easy bicycling to visit the peaceful countryside and learn the local sericulture. Afternoon drive to Sapa

DAY 4: Spend the whole day trekking along Muong Hoa Valley toward Topas Ecolodge (or to Ban Ho for the homestay)

DAY 5: Free morning at leisure or doing optional tours, Afternoon Drive back to Hanoi

DETAILED ITINERARY

NINH BINH AND SAPA TOUR

Code: SP11  | Duration: 05 days  | Style: Moderate to Challenging  | Type: Private  | Operate: All year round | Route: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Sapa - Hanoi

DAY 1: THUNG NANG SAMPAN BOAT RIDE & BICYCLING

From 8:00 AM, you will commence from your hotel with your private car for a 2,5-hour drive to Ninh Binh province. Upon arrival at Thung Nang boat dock in Trang An Heritage Complex, you will enjoy a 2-hour sampan boat ride along a little river that is winding in between towering limestone karst mountains. You may also be able to view some rural activities by the locals along the row. The rowing trip is also through two tunnel-like caves. Back to the dock and transfer to a restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, you will embark on an easy bicycling tour around the area and visit  Bich Dong Pagoda, built on a steep mountain. Dinner and overnight in Ninh Binh.

  • Included meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Accommodation: Hotel room

DAY 2: HANG MUA HIKE & WALK

After the breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to Hang Mua Mountain for a hike to the highest summit in this so-called "Inland Halong Bay" to admire the stunning landscape of the karst formations (The 500-step hike is not recommended to senior people in hot days or those with high-blood pleasure). After Hang Mua summit, we will continue on with a walk on the flat ground through a village and to rice fields, along the feet of the mountains. This takes about 2 hours. This is also a great time to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of a beautiful part of Trang An UNESCO's heritage. After lunch, we will drive toward Hanoi. Check back in your hotel for the night.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Approx: 5km on the ground & 500 steps to the summit/ 3 hours

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: DRIVE TO SAPA & TREK SA XENG

 

You will be picked up at your hotel in Hanoi early in the morning (about 7.30 AM). This morning, you will travel to Sapa on the HW Noi Bai – Lao Cai. This is the longest highway in Vietnam. The scenic drive from the Red River Delta, through the midland to Lao Cai province, will be a good start for your trip. Arrive in Sapa by noon. Have lunch at a restaurant in town. After that, we will transfer to a trekking point in Sa Xéng Village, have a short stop on the way to take photos of Muong Hoa Valley. Arrive at Hau Thao, get off your vehicle and start the afternoon trek to Sả Xéng. The trek is on a small back road winding along the uneven Valley. Most of the way is gently downhill, passing several villages and views of rice terraced fields. Get picked up at the end of the trek and make your way back to Sapa town. Check-in a hotel for the night. Dinner is on your own account.

  • Approx: 7 km/ 2 hour trekking.

  • Included meals: Lunch

  • Accommodation: At a hotel in Sapa Town

DAY 4: MUONG HOA VALLEY & DRIVE BACK TO HANOI

After your breakfast at the hotel, at 8:30, you get picked and transferred by the car to a trekking point to Y Ling Ho Village, Muong Hoa Valley. Muong Hoa is the biggest valley in the Sapa region and bottomed by a rocky river. This is one of the most scenic trekking paths in Sapa. Begin with a slope to the valley, the scenery of the rice terraces along your way is very beautiful and could be the highlight of the day. Cross the river on a small suspension bridge and continue on the trek uphill. This is rather challenging when it is wet but definitely offers you a spectacular view over the valley. Finish your trek at Lao Chai Village where your private vehicle awaits you. Get on your vehicle and keep viewing Muong Hoa Valley as your drive just follows the length of the valley. Lunch is served at a local restaurant on the way. The afternoon is spent to drive back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Approx: 7 km/ 2.5 hour trekking

BRIEF ITINERARY:

 

DAY 1: Drive to Ninh Binh for Sampan boat ride and countryside bicycling.

DAY 2: Hike Ngoa Long Mountain and walk around the paddy field before drive to a silkworm village.

DAY 3: Morning easy bicycling to visit the peaceful countryside and learn the local sericulture. Afternoon drive to Sapa

DAY 4: Spend the whole day trekking along Muong Hoa Valley toward Topas Ecolodge (or to Ban Ho for the homestay)

DAY 5: Free morning at leisure or doing optional tours, Afternoon Drive back to Hanoi

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

 

DAY 1: THUNG NANG SAMPAN BOAT RIDE & BICYCLING

From 8:00 AM, you will commence from your hotel with your private car for a 2,5-hour drive to Ninh Binh province. Upon arrival at Thung Nang boat dock in Trang An Heritage Complex, you will enjoy a 2-hour sampan boat ride along a little river which is winding in between towering limestone karst mountains. You may also be able to view some rural activities by the locals along the row. The rowing trip is also through two tunnel-like caves. Back to the dock and transfer to a restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon, you will embark on an easy bicycling tour around the area and visit  Bich Dong Pagoda, built on a steep mountain. Dinner and overnight in Ninh Binh.

  • Included meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Accommodation: Hotel room

 

DAY 2: HANG MUA HIKE & WALK

After the breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to Hang Mua Mountain for a hike to the highest summit in this so-called "Inland Halong Bay" to admire the stunning landscape of the karst formations (The 500-step hike is not recommended to senior people in hot day or those with high-blood pleasure). After Hang Mua summit, we will continue on with a walk on the flat ground through a village and to rice fields, along the feet of the mountains. This takes about 2 hours. This is also a great time to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of a beautiful part of Trang An UNESCO's heritage. After lunch, we will drive toward Hanoi and then onward to another rural area in Vinh Phuc province. Arrive at Bac Binh Village, check in a local house for dinner and overnight.  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Approx: 5km on the ground & 500 steps to the summit/ 3 hours

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 3: SILKWORM VILLAGE VISIT AND DRIVE TO SAPA

This morning, you will take a walk to the neighborhood and visit a family where you can learn the sericulture (is the rearing of silkworms for the production of silk). After that, get back to the homestay for breakfast. you then take an easy bicycling ride to the fields and villages. This is another opportunity for you to learn more about the local agriculture in the region. You will see that there is big variety of cereals and vegetables are planted beside the wet rice. You may have a chance to visit a workshop that is run by a family who specializes in reeling cocoons and you can see how a silk yarn comes from. Around 10:00 AM, bid farewell to the host family and set out for our drive toward Lao Cai province. Lunch is on the way. Arrive in Sapa town, check in  the hotel and rest. Dinner and overnight in Sapa

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 4: MUONG HOA VALLEY TREK

After breakfast, you will start the day with a short transfer by car to a trekking point at Su Pan 2 village - Home to H'mong and Red Yao ethnic minorities. You begin the trek through the rice terraced fields and along Muong Hoa Valley which is bottomed by a rocky stream. The scenery is spectacular. This is one of our less traveled paths in Sapa region. You will arrive at Ban Ho Village for having a break and lunch. In the afternoon, you continue on the trek by passing the suspended bridge and gently up to Nam Toong Village of the red Yao people. After 2 hours, get picked up again and transfer to the homestay at Muong Bo village for the night.

  • Approx: 11km/ 5 hours

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Early lunch

  • Accommodation: Homestay on a stilt house (The alternative is at a comfortable bungalow of Topas Ecolodge)

 

DAY 5: MORNING FREE AND DRIVE BACK TO HANOI

If:

Topas Ecolodge stay: The morning is at your leisure at Topas Ecolodge. You can either relax or borrow free of charge mountain bikes from the lodge for an exploration to the neighboring villages. You can also check out of your room and take a drive back to Sapa town to spend the remainder of the morning in town to do your own things.

Homestay: After breakfast, packing up and bid farewell to the host family and drive back to Sapa town for the remainder of the morning free to stroll around the town yourself (suggested optional things to do: foot massage, taking fasipan cable car ride, shopping). Lunch is on your own account.

In the afternoon, you just take the 5-hour drive back to Hanoi. Arrive at your hotel and finish the adventure. 

  • Included meals: Breakfast

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PRICING INFORMATION

This is a sample itinerary that has been enjoyed by many of our past travelers to the region. It can be custom-made to meet your expectation. The prices very much depend on your group size and type of accommodation. Please send us a quote request and we will get back to you with the detail.

 

INCLUSIONS:

  • Private air-conditioned vehicle and transfers

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast

  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

  • English speaking tour guide

  • Local way leader while trekking

  • Sightseeing tickets and permits during guided time

  • Sampan boat and bicycle rides in Ninh Binh

  • Bottled water on the car

 

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Travel insurance (Compulsory)

  • International flight tickets

  • Hotel in Hanoi (On request)

  • Drinks and other meals

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Others are not mentioned clearly in the INCLUSION list

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