Overview

Prepare to see the exotically riveting land of Vietnam, from a whole new perspective. Explore Vietnam's trailing green mountains, deeply interconnected caves and the hearty food, backpacking style. 

8 Nights 9 Days 08 Mar
Highlights
  • Dong Xuan market
  • Old Quarter
  • Trekking Sapa
  • Fansipan trek
  • Ha Long Bay tour
  • Lan Ha Bay
  • Dark and Bright cave
  • Kayaking/ Bamboo boat
  • Vietnamese cooking class
  • Viet Hai Village
  • Ba Trai Dao beach
  • Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel
  • Dinh King Temple
  • Trang An Grottoes
  • Lam Cave
  • Vang Cave
  • Dai Cave
  • Thanh Trout Cave
  • Suoi Tien Temple
  • Vu Lam Temple
  • Mua Cave
  • Ngoa Long mountain
Itinerary

DAY 01

Welcome to Hanoi...

Upon arrival you will have the entire day to immerse yourself in the centuries old architecture of the city.

Overnight @ Hanoi Buffalo Hostel (Breakfast) 

 

DAY 02

HANOI

After breakfast, we will be walking around the peculiar and narrow streets of the Old Quarter and losing ourselves in the Dong Xuan market to sample as much of the street food as possible. You will have plenty of time to explore Hanoi before we regroup for dinner and take a night bus to Sapa 

  • Dong Xuan market
  • Old Quarter

Overnight @ Sleeper bus 

 

DAY 03

SAPA

Arrive early morning and grab breakfast, then we will begin trekking Sapa the beautiful scenery around you (Hike 5-6 hours). Then you have the day to relax and explore. 

  • Trekking Sapa

Overnight @ Mama Mao Homestay (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

 

DAY 04

SAPA

After filling up on breakfast we will be trekking the day away. We will be doing Fansipan trek, soft green trails mapped out in a soothing perfection, unraveling an undetermined path ahead of you.  When you're standing in that endless patch of green, you will realize why Vietnam is a holy land that tourists can't help but return to. Later we will take a bus back to Hanoi. 

  • Fansipan trek

Overnight @ Hanoi Buffalo Hostel (Breakfast)

 

DAY 05

Ha Long Bay 

We start our day with breakfast, and move to our next destination sunny Ha Long Bay tour where we will be spending the next 3 days. We will be exploring Lan Ha Bay, visiting the Dark and Bright cave, famous for the pristine natural beauty. Here you will have the option to enjoy a bamboo boat, kayaking or just swimming in the crystal clear waters. We will then enjoy a nice sunset party on the boat. On board you have can join an authentic Vietnamese cooking class for fully immerse yourself in their culture. We will then have dinner and call it a night

  • Ha Long Bay tour
  • Lan Ha Bay
  • Dark and Bright cave
  • Kayaking/ Bamboo boat
  • Sunset party
  • Vietnamese cooking class

Overnight @ on Boat (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) 

 

DAY 06

Cat Ba Island 

After starting your day by watching a breathtaking sunrise on board, we will have breakfast and start exploring. Our first stop will be Viet Hai Village, where we will explore the village by bike, through all the rice fields and beautiful scenery. After lunch we will visit Ba Trai Dao beach. This beach is out of this world, you will be able to spend your time here swimming or kayaking.  We will then watch the stunning sunset, enjoy dinner, and dance the night away. 

  • Viet Hai Village
  • Ba Trai Dao beach
  • Swimming/Kayaking

Overnight @ Cat Ba Paradise Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

DAY 07

Ha Long Bay 

After enjoying breakfast with fresh air and peaceful surroundings. Then we are going to explore the Tra Bau floating village. Here you can kayak and visit fish raft and interact with local fisherman to explore daily life and traditional fishing methods. After enjoying lunch, we will make our way back to Hanoi. 

  • Tra Bau floating village
  • Visit fish raft
  • Kayak

Overnight @ Hanoi Buffalo Hostel (Breakfast)

 

DAY 08

Ninh Binh

After enjoying breakfast, and start our bus ride through the verdant landscape of the country side. We will visit Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel with Dinh King Temple dating back to the 17th Century. We will enjoy a lunch with great local cuisine, and then we will leave for the Trang An Grottoes, a truly magical place. We will explore numerous caves: Lam Cave, Vang Cave, Dai Cave, Thanh Trout Cave, Suoi Tien Temple, Vu Lam Temple, and many many more... We will arrive at Mua Cave and start an amazing trek up to the top of Ngoa Long mountain and see amazing views. We will then return to Hanoi. 

  • Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel
  • Dinh King Temple
  • Trang An Grottoes
  • Lam Cave
  • Vang Cave
  • Dai Cave
  • Thanh Trout Cave
  • Suoi Tien Temple
  • Vu Lam Temple
  • Mua Cave
  • Ngoa Long mountain

Overnight @ Hanoi Buffalo Hostel (Breakfast) 

 

DAY 09

Departure

Time to say our goodbyes... 

 

Accommodation Details:

Day 1,4,7,8 @ Hanoi Buffalo Hostel

 

Day 2 @ Sleeper Bus 

 

Day 3 @ Mama Mao Homestay

 

 

 

Day 5,6 @ overnight boat - Cat Ba Paradise Hotel 

 

Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • All accommodation 
  • All transport and transfers per itinerary 
  • Airport pick up & drop off 
  • Professional English speaking guide 
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Kayaking 
  • City tour 
  • Cycling 
  • Halong bay Boat ride 

What is NOT included in the tour

  • International Flight Fares 
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Personal spending 
  • Visa fees 
Important Notes

Pocket Money

200$-400$

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than others. 


Adventure Leader Description

The Adventure Leader's mission is to make sure you have a smooth experience and to help you have the best experience possible. They will offer recommendations for things to do and see, great local eating venues and help the group interact and get to know each others (most of the time this actually happens on its own). While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge is needed.


Group Size

Maximum: 16 pax


Meals

Food is an essential part of traveling. Traveling with Gazef we try as much as we can to help you experience the different kinds of food available in each destination. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this at all times though. We usually leave out some of the meals excluded from the itinerary to give you the flexibility to choose what to eat based on your personal preference. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility. Your Adventure Leader will be able to suggest good restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited.


Solo Travellers

Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a mandatory single supplement unless requested. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. 


What to Pack

A Packing List will be sent to you as soon as you book the trip. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. Suitcases are not recommended–most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!). You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other belongings.