Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Sapa 5 days

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What To Expect

Hanoi, Ninh Binh and Sapa are always in the list of must-visit-place for any trip to Vietnam. By joining “Sapa tours from Hanoi”, you are discovering Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam, Ninh Binh – the land surrounded by a stunning landscape of lush green paddy fields and striking limestone outcrops in main sights, Sapa – a lovely hill station town in Northern Vietnam near the Chinese border and it is culturally rich with different hilltribe minorities, lush mountain ranges, rice fields. Your trip travel from Hanoi to Sapa will be unforgettable.”


Highlights of Hanoi to Sapa tour trip: 

  • Contemplating the most unique historical and cultural vestiges in Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Observing and experiencing life of locals ethics in mountain village
  • Enjoying quite atmosphere and breathtaking beauty of terrace fields, stream, imposing mountain chains and tiny houses interposing anywhere.
  • Learn more about the history of Vietnam and the culture of the local people
  • Experience the uniqueness of local life


Day 1: Hanoi arrival – Half day City Tour

Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Night train to Sapa

Day 3: Lao Cai – Mong Sen – Ta Phin 

Day 4: Cat Cat – Heaven Gate – Hanoi 

Day 5: Hanoi departure 


ItineraryRoute map


Hanoi welcome: After long time on airplane, you will reach Vietnam – the S-shaped land, where 54 different ethnic minorities inhabited. The first destination is Hanoi –  the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences.

In the morning

You will be warmly welcomed by our guide and driver at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city center of Hanoi.

Lunch time: 12.30 – 01.30 p.m in the restaurant of Top Chef Vietnam

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In the afternoon

After saving your energy with lunch, let’s get ready for upcoming sightseeing this afternoon

  • You will firstly leave for the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam.
  • It is estimated to be 2 hours at the museum then you will be transferred back to the old quarter and visit the Temple of Jade Mountain sitting on a small island in the northern part of Hoan Kiem Lake and dedicated to the King Tran Hung Dao
  • After that, at 5:00 p.m, you will spend around 45 minutes in the theater enjoying the Water Puppet show – a traditional show of Vietnamese people.
  • Getting out of the theater, you will sit in front of Cyclo to move around the old quarter and experience the local life in 30 minutes. The cyclo tour will take you back to your hotel and the day tour finishes at around 6:00 p.m.

Meals included__/Lunch/__

Parameter: Driving: 30 km/45 minutes

Today useful note(s): wearing formal clothes (cover your knees and shoulders) to visit some spiritual/cultural sites

Free time idea(s):

  • Enjoy the must-try cuisine: Bun Cha, Cha Ca La Vong, Pho, Egg coffee, beer on Ta Hien street
  • Night market is available at the nights of Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Overnight in Hanoi


In the morning

  • At 08:00 a.m after enjoying delicious breakfast at your hotel, you will leave Hanoi for Ninh Binh – our destination today.
  • You first visit Hoa Lu, the capital of Dai Co Viet (an old name of Vietnam). Being the capital of the first fundamental Government of Vietnam, Hoa Lu witnessed many important historical events: the union of Vietnam after “12 Lords Rebellion”, the war with the Song dynasty, the defense against the ancient Cambodian, and the formation of Hanoi nowadays.

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Lunch time: at 12:30 – 01:30 p.m in a local restaurant

In the afternoon

  • After having a delicious meal, you will take a sampan on river through the rice paddies to the grottoes of the sacred Trang An Caves.
  • You will enjoy the enormous limestone karsts jut out from the green rice fields giving rise to this place’s other name, “Halong Bay on land”.
  • Your tour will come to the end in the late afternoon then you will be transferred to your hotel in Hanoi.
  • In the evening, you take the night train to Sapa.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Driving: 1.5 hours
Boat: 2 hours
Train: 8 hours

Overnight on train (4-berth sharing cabin)


In the morning

  • At 06:00 a.m, the train will reach the station in Lao Cai and you will be warmly welcomed by our guide and driver. Then you will have breakfast in a local restaurant and short time for relaxing.
  • At 08:00 a.m, you will reach your hotel in Sapa town. If the room is already available, you can check in and take a short rest or else you will go downhill to Mong Sen where you start a dirt trail through rice fields and villages. Along the way, it is a wonderful scenery with a full of green.

trek sapa (1)

Lunch time: 12:00 – 01:00 p.m in a local restaurant or local house

  • After lunch, you continue your trek downhill towards Taphin village inhabited by Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities. These are two largest ethnic groups living in Sapa area.
  • Then you make a stop by some houses to meet local people and talk with them to understand their culture, customs and traditions. Late afternoon, we will trek back to to main road to get on our vehicle for the journey back to Sapa.
  • At around 03.00 p.m, you will get out to the main road and our private car will take you back to your hotel

Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Driving: 2 hoursWalking: 4 hours/Lunch: 1 hour

Free time idea(s):

  • Visit the Stone Church in the heart of the town
  • Go to the night market for unique local products

Overnight in Sapa.


In the morning

  • At 09:00 a.m, you will leave Sapa market town and go downhill to Cat Cat village. Enjoy beautiful landscape and scenery along the road.
  • Upon reaching a waterfall and a hydroelectric station, you will take a short rest before continuing your trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraced fields. The area is still covered by rain forest under the protection of Hoang Lien National Park. You will arrive in Y Linh Ho village inhabited by Black Hmong people where you will have one more rest before climbing toward the main road.
  • At 12:00 p.m, our vehicle will pick you up there and drive back to Sapa.

trek sapa (4)

Lunch time: 12:30 – 01:30 p.m in a local restaurant

In the afternoon

  • After lunch, you will depart for the Silver Waterfall. The Silver Waterfall is located about a half hour from Sapa town which offers stunning views over surrounding mountains and lush forests belonging to Hoang Lien National Park.
  • Then you continue the trip uphill to the Heavens Gate, the highest stretch of road in Vietnam as well as the provincial border of Lao Cai and Lai Chau provinces. Enjoy fantastic view over the valley!
  • At around 03:00 p.m, you will get back to your hotel and have your own free time before being transferred to the station for your night train back to Hanoi.

Meals includedBreakfast/Lunch/__

Parameter: Driving: 4 hours/ Walking: 4 hours

Today useful note(s):

  • You may have dinner on your own in a local restaurant around the station before leaving.
  • You will reach Hanoi in the early morning of the next day and be free on your own.

Overnight on train (4-berth sharing cabin)


Depending on your flight time, our driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals included: Breakfast/__/__

Parameter: Driving: 30 km/45 minutes

Today useful note(s):

  • Check all your luggage and belongs before checking out and make sure you miss nothing
  • Walk around the old quarter for shopping if you have much free time in the morning



  • Twin/double sharing rooms in the best recommended hotel/cruise
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • All entrance fee and sightseeing tickets
  • Delicious included meals as being clarified
  • Door-to-door transportation as being clarified above
  • 2 bottles of water each day
  • Service charges
  • 4-berth sharing cabin on train Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (Private cabin is up on request)



  • Meals, Beverages which are not specified in the program
  • Any unclarified flight tickets
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any gratuities and tips to driver and tour guide
  • Bank fee



  • Prepare 2 passport size photos for Stamping visa at airport on arrival
  • Itinerary can be run in reserve
  • Check in time is normally at 14.00; check out time is normally at 12.00. Early check in or check out is upon on availability of the hotels.


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Sapa Sapa Lodge Hotel Amazing Sapa Hotel Victoria Sapa hotel & resort
Train Orient Express/ Sapaly Express/ Chapa Express Orient Express/ Sapaly Express/ Chapa Express Victoria Express

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