Adventure is within the hills and the water on this 9-day trip through Vietnam that will take you along the hills terraced with rice paddies and a bay strewn with over 1,000 islands. For the active and adventurous, the explorers and wanderers, you will spend your time within the tremendous hillsides of north Vietnam cycling along undulating mountains in the Lao Cai region and kayaking within the emerald waters of Ha Long Bay. The endless wonder is within the adventurous routes, beautiful landscape,...
Let Adventure Begin
Your adventurous time in Vietnam begins with your arrival in Hanoi, the capital city which bustles with energy, and bursts with the combination of both modern and historic architecture and culture; it’s a place where crossing the street can sometimes be as adventurous as trekking through the hillsides. You are met at the airport by a private transfer who will soon have you at your hotel and settling into the comforts of your surroundings. Hoan Kiem Lake is surrounded by a series of temples and pagodas where branches and leaves dangle over the water and reflect in the surface.
The city is a mixture of the fast and the serene where you can venture at your own pace through the Old Quarter. The scent of fresh ginger and frying garlic hangs in the air. The culture remains unbounded as you watch women bicycle down the streets passed by motorbikes, their conical hats shaping their faces while a large circular tray filled with oranges and limes balances on their handlebars ready for market. Letting the bright colors of the new city wash over you brings the heart to life, ready to venture out and explore the lush landscapes and experience the remarkable cultures that will soon be within reach.
A Ready Exploration
The Morning Wonder
The Hills Come Alive
Stepping into the Hills
A Mountainous Encounter
A Day by the Bay
Good Morning Exploration
The Adventurous Home
- Experience a kayak tour through the exquisite landscape of Ha Long Bay
- Visit the cultural markets in the Lao Cai region, where hill tribes continue to live in traditional ways
- Wind through the northern mountains of Vietnam on a bicycle tour
- Trek through the iconic rice paddy terraces around Sapa
- Visit the ancient culture of the floating fishing villages of Ha Long Bay
- Discover the vast history and celebrated culture of Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city
Let adventure guide you through the mountains and waters of Vietnam on this custom tailored tour meant to stimulate your heart and your thoughts. Filled with the unparalleled landscape within North Vietnam, you will witness the picturesque mountains brushed with morning mist and the local markets brimming with colorful harvest. Venture through the fabulous landscape of Ha Long Bay and experience a floating village whose ancestry dates back millennia. Best visited when timed with the Saturday Market at Can Cau, rest assured that from Hanoi to Sapa your heart will race from excitement, joy, adventure, and more.
Your active tour of Vietnam begins with your arrival in Hanoi, the capital city. The grandeur of the streets sits within the city’s ability to combine its past and present without encroachment, from opulent lakes to immaculate high-rises. Tour through the city to find the wonder of the old neighborhoods, from the Old Quarter to Hoan Kiem Lake, each one giving you a sense of calm within their energetic inhabitants. Make your way north into the Lao Cai Region on a comfortable overnight train, arriving in time for the Saturday Market where the surrounding tribes bring colorful textiles and fresh produce to trade, sell, and buy.
Your cycle tour begins within the hills around Lao Cai, stretching through the grand mountains and coming to Bac Ha. The following day you will visit the Sunday Market of Bac Ha filled with a variety of gregarious villagers from the surrounding mountains before riding to Ban Pho for lunch and tea with a local family, returning to Bac Ha in the evening. Once in Sapa you will spend two days trekking along the stunning landscape, experiencing the hospitality of the local Dzao people before returning by overnight train to Hanoi and continuing onward to Ha Long Bay. Once along the bay you will be ferried to the secluded camp on the shores outside of Cat Ba Island. Traverse the emerald waters on a kayak, meeting the local floating village tribe, and venturing beneath naturally carved tunnels along the way. You’ll spend two days enjoying the surrounding beauty. The following day you will have a private transfer to the airport to make the journey home.
$2,101 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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