Culture abounds on this custom tailored tour through North Vietnam. The hillsides are textured with unparalleled paddy fields creating terraces up the foothills. Ethnic tribes wear colorful textiles displaying intricate patterns. From the incredible towering karsts that decorate Ha Long Bay to the unique traditions of minority tribes within the mountains near the Chinese border, your time through the capital city and the countryside will show you the traditions of northern Vietnam within this...
Hanoi – Capital Expressions
Welcome to the beautiful city of Hanoi, an eclectic mixture of the present world that encompasses its history like a proud badge of honor. You are met at the airport and taken to your hotel where you can relax within the modern luxuries. Soon you will bet met by your guide who will take you to experience the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the surrounding grounds, a point of pilgrimage for Vietnamese and an impressive display of architecture that connects to a vibrant past. The marble edifice is impressive and tall with columns that hold the strong pediment. You can see the guards in unmistakably snowy-white military uniforms.
The path behind the mausoleum brings you to the bright yellow façade of the old Presidential Palace. The opulent building was once home to the government official and was built by French colonialists. The structure stands within the manicured garden as a reminder of the country’s occupied past. A nearby traditional house on stilts sits along small pond which reflects the home and surrounding trees. This quaint household was said to be where Ho Chi Minh chose to live instead of the opulent palace. Within the home you can see the modest lifestyle of the former leader, down to the bookshelf on the upper floor that holds his typewriter.
Hanoi – The Old and the Cultured
Mai Chau – Among the Hills
Sapa – Village to Village
Sapa – Throughout the Misty Mountains
Overnight Train – Morning Markets and Night Trains
Ha Long Bay – Karsts and Caves
Hanoi – Through the Water Once More
Hanoi – Expressing Awe
- Experience the variety of ethnic minority cultures within the northern hills of around Sapa
- Discover the tremendous tradition situated within the tranquil heart of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam
- Cruise through the sensational scenery of Ha Long Bay filled with emerald water and limestone karsts
- Adventure deep into the spectacular caves within the islands along Ha Long Bay
- Witness the idyllic valley of Mai Chau surrounded by lush paddy fields
- Visit traditional stilt houses in the countryside overlain with palm leaf roofs and bamboo-slat floors
- Enjoy the lively morning market of Sapa where villagers from around the mountains showcase handmade goods and quality ingredients
Stroll through villages and wander through a unique blend of tradition and modernity on this 11-day tour meant to show you the true culture of North Vietnam. Whether you’re an amateur anthropologist or a traditions enthusiast, an avid explorer or just looking for a rare travel experience, you will spend your days within the unparalleled scenery and sensational cultures that are set throughout the countryside. From marvelous islands to inspiring villages, traditional markets to modest temples, your journey through Vietnam will be sure to show you the depths of the north.
Your journey begins when you step onto your flight that is ready to whisk you away to the wonders of Vietnam. After you cross the International Dateline you will arrive in Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam and a fantastic city with its heart in the countryside. A guided tour will take you through the ancient history of the city that continues to thrive today, from the market in the Old Quarter to the oldest university in the country. The following day you will explore Mai Chau, a slice of countryside surrounded by mountains and occupied by many White Thai villages. In the evening you will board a night train that will take you northbound to the mountain city of Sapa, located near the Chinese border.
The next two days will be spent adventuring through the amazing landscape filled with undulating mountains, terraced paddy fields, and the vibrant culture of the ethnic minority tribes of the area. Your night train back to Hanoi will take you from the city to Ha Long Bay for your overnight cruise. The islands and karsts sit along emerald water allowing you to swim, sunbathe, and even venture into the cave systems that burrow deep within the limestone islands. You will have one last evening in Hanoi before you’re private transfer to the airport where you will make your journey home.
$2,101 per person (excluding international flights)
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