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Family best of North

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Highlights: Hanoi - Sapa - Halong bay
  • This tour offers the best attractions in a short time span. Starting out in the capital city, you will visit many wonderful sites. Visit Sapa and trek along the spectacular landscapes & colorful hill tribe people. Cruise the spectacular Halong Bay on a romantic old style Vietnamese Junk boat.

Guest name: Mrs. Janet McGillivray & family from New Zealand
Number of pax: 03 people
Travel date: From 16th to 24th of Sep 2013
Type of tour: Private tour ( except Halong bay tour )


From: Janet McGillivray
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 5:41 PM
To: Tailor Made Vietnam
Subject: Janet and Neil McGillivray Thank you
Thanks for the email I was going to drop you a note as well
Yes we were very pleased we booked through you as we quickly learned we were in safe hands.
We felt that if we had a problem you were available and would get it fixed for us quickly

Really appreciated
1)      Being picked up and dropped off at destinations. We did not have a lot of time to spend on our holiday and you took a lot of the mundane getting around stuff away from us …thank you
2)      All the guides were very polite and noted particularly the guide called Drong was very knowledgeable about the history and city of Hanoi
3)      All our drivers were considerate and very conscientious with SAFETY.
4)      The trip was well thought out and we feel we learned and saw a lot in both Hanoi and Spa and Halong Bay
5)      The hotel was also very good in Hanoi- good sized rooms and very good friendly professional staff.

Tour Program

Day 1 ( 16th of Sep 2013 )- Arrive to Hanoi ( D )
15:30pm: Arrive at Hanoi airport, you will be met by your guide on the other side of Immigration. Pick up and transfer to your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. Welcome dinner and O/N at hotel in Hanoi.
Note: If your family want to enjoy water puppet show this evening, extra cost is USD5/one ticket for first class & USD3 for normal class.
Accommodation: Quoc Hoa hotel – deluxe city view room

Day 2 ( 17th of Sep 2013 ) – Hanoi city – night train to Laocai ( B/L/D )
For the early risers, may we suggest a stroll along the picturesque Hoa KiemLake. Where each early morning, groups of locals gather to do their exercises along the lovely tree lined promenade. You may cross over the red bridge at the north end to Ngoc Son Temple and the Tortoise Tower on a small island.
After breakfast, you will have a full day of your own to see the city so good walking shoes are a must. You will have many options to choose from:
- Temple of Literature, built in 11th Century and the country’s first University
- Ho Chi Minh’s (HCM) Mausoleum and Presidential Palace
- HCM’s Stilt House
- O¬ne Pillar Pagoda
- Ethnology Museum
- Opera House
- Hoa Lo prison which is also known as the “Hanoi Hilton”
- West Lake & Pagoda
- Have shower free at Gyms area
Then have a leisurely dinner at the restaurant of hotel while waiting for the 21:00 departure on the deluxe Night train to Lao Cai.
Overnight on train in air conditioned cabin.
Accommodation: Soft Sleeper private Cabin 4-berth with AC – Sapaly Express

Day 3 ( 18th of Sep 2013 )- Lao Cai – Sa Pa - Cat Cat & Tafin villages ( B/L )
Arrive at Lao Cai Train station at about 6.15, welcome by our local guide and take a ride to Sapa. Have breakfast at local restaurant and relax before exploring SapaTown. Take a 2km trek to Cat Cat Village, home of H’mong Ethnics. Meet &talk with locals to learn more about their daily life. Lunch at local restaurant, In the afternoon, continue the ride to Tafin village(12km from Sapa) home to the Red Dzao minority. Visit Tafin Cave, Tafin handicraft shops and explore the daily life of Red Dzao. Here you have good choice to buy woven and textile brocades, which are hand made by ethnic people. Visit a small hamlet of Black H'mong people here too
Accommodation: Chau Long hotel – New Wing ( ROH room )

Day 4 ( 19th of Sep 2013 ) - Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van villages (B, D)

Breakfast at hotel and check out at around 9:00-10:00am. You’ll use a private car to visit Lao Chai village of Black H’mong people. Then trek a little to visit Ta Van village of Dzay ethnic people. Drive back to Sa Pa for lunch at your own arrangement. A short shopping in town before moving to Lao Cai station. Dinner at local restaurant in Lao Cai. Have a train trip back to Hanoi.
Accommodation: Soft Sleeper private Cabin 4-berth with AC – Sapaly Express

Day 5 ( 20th of Sep 2013 ) : Hanoi – Halong ( B/L/D)
Around 5.00 – 5.30AM: You will be met by your guide early this morning at Hanoi’s railway station to your hotel for breakfast and have shower at Gyms area if require .
08h00 – 08h30 Pick-up at hotel and start the scenic, 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the landscape of the Red River Delta country side and have a short break on the way. 12h00 – 12h30 Embark on V’Spirit Classic Cruise followed by a short cruise briefing. 13h00 – 15h30 Savor a delectable lunch as V’Spirit Classic cruises among the limestone islands. 15h30 – 16h30 Kayak among the hidden areas of the bay, around the Luon Cave area. 16h30 Back to the V’Spirit Classic. 16h30 – 17h30 Cruising to Soi Sim island. Go swimming and relaxing at the beach of Soi Sim or climb up to the top of the island for a panorama view of Halong Bay. 17h30 Return to the main boat for a shower. Relax or snap photos as the sun starts to set. 19h00 Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, fish for squid, or just laze around. Overnight on board
Accommodation: V’Spirit Cruise – deluxe cabin

Day 6 ( 21st of Sep 2013 )- Halong – Lan Ha Bay (B/L/D)

06h30 – 07h00 Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt
07h00 – 08h30 Have breakfast on board.
08h30 Transfer to a Day Boat for a cruise to Lan Ha Bay.
08h30 – 12h00 Explore the Light and Dark Cave by kayak. Swimming and relaxing at the beaches
12h00 – 14h00 Return to the day boat. Enjoy a barbecue lunch on board. Kayaking more to explore Lan Ha Bay or just leisure at the beaches.
14h00 – 14h30 Visit a floating Pearl Farm and learn the technique for making high quality pearls.
If the weather permits, we continue along to Three Peach Beach for swimming.
14h30 – 16h00 Cruise back to the main boat
19h00 Enjoy dinner and overnight on board
Accommodation: V’Spirit Cruise – deluxe cabin

Day 7 ( 22nd of Sep 2013 ): Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L)
06h30 – 07h00 Join Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07h30 – 08h30 Have breakfast at sunrise.
08h30 – 09h30 Explore the amazing Sung Sot Cave – the nicest cave in Halong Bay.
09h30 Return to the boat. Freshen up and check out of your cabin.
09h30 – 10h30 Continue your cruise exploring the Bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.
10h30 – 11h30 While heading back to the harbor, watch the cooking demonstration before enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch.
12h00 – 12h30 Disembark V’Spirit Classic Cruise
12h30 Transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi city center.
16h30 – 17h00 arrive to your hotel. O/N at hotel in Hanoi.
Accommodation: Quoc Hoa hotel – deluxe room

Day 8 ( 23rd of Sep 2013 ): Hanoi free day ( B )
Free and easy today. O/N at hotel in Hanoi.
Accommodation: Quoc Hoa hotel – deluxe room

Day 9 ( 24th of Sep 2013 ) – Departure from Hanoi.

7.40AM: Our driver pick up your family at hotel and transfer to Noi Bai airport for departure flight back to your home at 10.40AM. End of beautiful trip.

Please note that you should be in the airport 2 hours before international flight departure and about 40 - 50 minutes from hotel to the airport.

- Transportation by private car
- Hotels bases on one double + one single rooms with daily breakfast and free wifi
- Soft sleeper in cabin 4 berths with A/C – Private cabin
- All entrance fees
- English speaking guide in day tour
- Meal as mentioned in program: B: Breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner
- Package tour in Halong bay – group tour
- Transfer to and from the train station in Hanoi.
- Approval of letter for Vietnam visa on arrival – one month single entry

- Early check in and late check out
- Drinks, except otherwise mentioned
- Travel Insurance
- Personal expenses & Tips

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