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Our most recommended Northern Vietnam Outdoor Activities

Hanoi: All-Inclusive Overnight Halong Bay Tour with Cruise

1. Hanoi: All-Inclusive Overnight Halong Bay Tour with Cruise

Treat yourself to a night on an Aspira cruise boat in Halong Bay, where you can enjoy Vietnam’s pristine waters in comfort. Enjoy the experience at your own pace, with the option to kayak, enjoy a boat ride, go swimming, or even enjoy a Tai Chi class. DAY 1: Ha Noi – Halong - Lan Ha Bay (L/D) With the option for hotel pickup in Hanoi (contact the cruise operator for more detail), begin your adventure at Tuan Chau Marina. Check in for your cruise, and receive a welcome drink and a cold towel. Get the safety briefing, place your belongings in your cabin, and head to a luxurious lunch in the ship's restaurant. Along the way, admire the beautiful canals of Halong Bay. Then, arrive at the Dark and Lights Cave, where you can kayak or board a bamboo boat, rowed by the local people. Return back to the boat, and enjoy swimming nearby the ship. As night falls, take in the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin, and relax in the seasonal Jacuzzi. Dance the night away during the sunset part, and enjoy happy hour deals in all the bars onboard. Take the option to join a traditional cooking class or enjoy deep relaxation with a massage. Workout in one of the onboard fitness centers, looking out over the top deck, with panoramic views of the ocean. Before dinner, the experienced captain will choose the most tranquil area to anchor for overnight. Afterward, take in the landscape of the bay at night or try your luck at squid fishing. DAY 2: Lan ha Bay -Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (B/L) Wake up early to start your perfect day with a Tai Chi class or watch the sunrise on the top deck. Explore Lan ha Bay, the most beautiful natural bay in Vietnam. Feel free to try kayaking during your free time and see the sea-level view of Halong Bay. Return the boat and check out the cabin. Then, have brunch in a restaurant while the boat sails back to the pier. Settle the bill at the end of the trip and head back to port.

From Sapa: Waterfalls, Trekking and Tribal Villages Tour

2. From Sapa: Waterfalls, Trekking and Tribal Villages Tour

After meeting your local guide and driver, head about 30 minutes out of Sapa Town to visit the Silver Waterfall, Love Waterfall and Tram Ton Pass. Explore the area before leaving for the traditional village of Ban Khoan. From there, begin your trek. The trek, about 4 hours and 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), takes you along mountain trails and through remote tribal villages. Enjoy amazing views of the surrounding rice paddies, and take plenty of photos as you learn about the unique cultures of the Hmong and Red Dzao people. Take a break for a picnic lunch before continuing the trek to the home of the Red Dzao tribe in Ta Phin Village. In the afternoon, meet your driver to begin the 30-minute transfer back to Sapa.

From Hanoi: Mai Chau & Moc Chau Multi-Day Adventure Tour

3. From Hanoi: Mai Chau & Moc Chau Multi-Day Adventure Tour

Day 1: Start your adventure with pickup in a private vehicle from your hotel in the Old Quarter or designated meeting point. Set off to Mai Chau and stop on the way at Thung Khe mountain pass to see the impressive scenery of the North-West. Explore Lac Village and then stop for a local lunch at 12 PM. Taste and learn about authentic Vietnamese cuisine. In the afternoon, your tour guide will take you to visit the valley of Mai Chau. Get to know the locals and learn about Tai Dón culture. See how they craft unique brocades by hand. Head off to Moc Chau, with its immense fields of tea and an infinite variety of wildflowers. Check in to your accommodation and dig into a dinner of local specialties. Enjoy your free time and before turning in for the night in your homestay or bungalow. Day 2: Wake up to the beautiful morning with the sound of nature. Fill up on breakfast and start with a visit to the Dai Yem Waterfall and the Dong Son Moc Huong Cave (Doi Cave). Admire the cave’s beauty and listen to the legends described by your tour guide. Continue to the next beauty spot, the pine forest of Ang Village. Explore the surrounding nature including a lake, rolling hills of wildflowers, and fruit tree orchards. Use your free time after lunch in Moc Chau to go biking along hilly trails or investigate the town center. You can also join the locals in picking tea leaves. Additional optional activities include baths in fresh milk and fresh tea. Dine on local dishes at 6:30 PM and stay overnight in your homestay or bungalow. Day 3: Feeling recharged after breakfast, start your journey through the valleys, forests, and mountains to arrive in the villages of the H’Mong ethnic minority. Discover the local ways of life, their traditions, and sample the local food. Check out after lunch and take the bus back to Hanoi. Arrive back in Hanoi around 5.30 pm and get dropped off at the meeting place or your hotel in the Old Quarter.

Private Hoang Lien National Park & Tribal Village Trek

4. Private Hoang Lien National Park & Tribal Village Trek

Meet your local guide and driver at your hotel in Sa Pa Town at 09:00 AM. Depart for the first tour stops, located a 30-minute drive away, visiting the Silver Waterfall, the Love Waterfall and Tram Ton Pass. After discovering this area, leave for the O Quy Ho Pass, where the trek will begin. The trek is a 10km long dirt trail through the bamboo forest of Hoang Lien National Park, offering great views of the surrounding rice paddies. Enjoy a picnic lunch at 12:30 PM, being served at a beautiful spot in the wilderness.  Continue your trek after the lunch break to Sin Chai village, where the community-based tourism in Sapa takes place. Proceed with the tour to visit the nearby village, inhabited by the Black Hmong people, one of the largest ethnic minority groups in the Sapa area. Explore some native houses to learn more about the culture, customs and handicraft skills. Take the transfer back to Sa Pa in the early afternoon. You will arrive at around 03:00 PM and will be dropped off at your hotel in Sa Pa Town.

1 Day Group Tour to Ta Phin Village

5. 1 Day Group Tour to Ta Phin Village

Your tour guide will come to pick you up from your hotel in Sapa. Your journey will begin with a hike down hill to MaCha, where you start descending on a dirt trail through a Black Hmong village. You will be able to enjoy spectacular views over rice paddy terraces and cornfields. You will stop for lunch at a nice spot, hosted by a local Dao family. After lunch, you will have a stroll and discover the local daily life of the Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities, the two largest ethnic groups in Sapa. Enjoy a welcoming cup of green tea and have fun with the local people; your Sapa minority guide will tell you about their traditions and culture. After your hike, you will return to Sapa.

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What people are saying about Northern Vietnam

Local guide ping (lady from neighboring village) take us for this tour. She was really good in explaining all things & not tired to answer our never ending questions. Really get lot of information about locals life from her. First we visit waterfalls in national park, specially path going to love waterfall through mountain is really beautiful. Mountain, forest, water stream & we walk along with it & moving fog around us. It was memorable experience for us. When we visit top most point in national park, it was cover with fog & unable to see entire valley. For village trek, it mainly from rough road in village, but path is up & down. At some points we can see beautiful valley. We can see rice terraces, corn field, cabbage, sun flower, orchids. Walking through 6 feet tall corn fields & bamboo forest was amazing experience. Total you will end up walking around 12 Km (up & down), please carry some light snacks on way to eat. Its good trip to experience nature.

Personally I highly recommend this tour, the guide asked us which distance we prefer (8 or 10km) explained and showed us a lot of interesting things that allowed us to understand more what we have in front of us. She was really nice with us and really made this experience fantastic. You will enjoy every single moment of this tour.

We had some bad luck with the weather, was raining the whole time but still enjoyed our time during the trekking and sights. Would definitely recommend. Our tour guide Chai, very friendly and nice. Her english is good and even during the rain was in good spirits!

We had a great guide Lan that was very knowledgable and told many stories and facts about the area. The tour was at a great pace and we appreciated the choices to customize our experiences. Lunch was wonderful spread by a local. Overall we enjoy the trek very much

What an incredible experience and our guide was so lovely and informative. I really recommend. We really enjoyed this!