Famous sites in the North in 12 days


An unforgettable colorful trip to discover the main places of North Vietnam, from the hectic capital Hanoi to the spectacular Halong Bay and the limestone peaks of Tam Coc through the colorful traditional markets and the authentic ethnic villages of the mountain people.


  • Meetings with several ethnic groups
  • Excellent local cuisine
  • Magnificent mountainous landscapes
  • Magical night on board on Bai Tu Long bay

Vietnam Evasion difference

  • Traditional shows included in the program
  • Walking tour on the less touristic paths
  • Easy bike ride
  • Diversified activities
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Itinéraire en bref:

Day 1 : Hanoi arrival

Day 2 : Hanoi visits - Night train to Lao Cai (B)

Day 3 : Lao Cai - Sa Pa (B)

Day 4 : Sa Pa - Bac Ha (B, D)

Day 5 : Bac Ha - Night train to Hanoi (B)

Day 6 : Hanoi - Mai Chau - Xam Khoe (B, L, D)

Day 7 : Xam Khoe - Pu Luong (B)

Day 8 : Pu Luong - Ninh Binh (B)

Day 9 : Ninh Binh (B)

Day 10: Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay (B, L, D)

Day 11: Bai Tu Long Bay - Hanoi (B, L)

Day 12: Hanoi - Return Flight (B)

(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)


Day 1 : Hanoi arrival

Arrival at Hanoi airport, welcome by Vietnam Evasion driver, then transfer to the hotel.

The rest of the day is free for rest and personal discovery at your own pace.

Our hotel is located in the heart of the old quarter in the center which allows us to stroll easily for a complete change of scenery by immersing us in the lively and populous streets.

Night at hotel

Day 2 : Hanoi visits - Night train to Lao Cai (B)

The whole day is dedicated to the visit of Hanoi, a fascinating city with many facets.

After breakfast, we will visit Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum where the father of the nation rests and the single pillar pagoda.

And then the visit of the ethnographic museum which gathers costumes, tools, musical instruments and exposes some typical houses of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam (closed every Monday).

We then visit the Temple of Literature which is the "first university of Vietnam".

A walk in the alleys of the old quarter of Hanoi.

Attend the puppet show on water.

In the evening, transfer to Hanoi train station for the night train to Lao Cai.

Night on board the train in comfortable air-conditioned berths (4 persons/cabin)

Day 3: Lao Cai - Sa Pa (B)

Early arrival, a shower and breakfast in a mini-hotel near the station allow us to start the day in a state of well-being.

Transfer to Sa Pa. Perched at an altitude of 1600 m, near the Sino-Vietnamese border, Sa Pa is the starting point for various excursions in the middle of nature. Overlooking huge rice terraces and vast green valleys, this former colonial highland resort hosts an important market that attracts hundreds of Black Hmong and Red Dzao mountain people every morning. Mount Phan Si Pan (3143m), the highest in Indochina, is less than ten kilometers from the city.

Stop for a walk in the Ma Tra village (1h30) with black Mong people. Walks through the beautiful rice terraces with wooden houses where locals raise buffaloes, black pigs, chickens..., meeting with local people.


Visit the public garden Ham Rong.

Then visit the cathedral and the market.

Night at hotel

Day 4 : Sa Pa - Bac Ha (B, D)

Morning :

Walking tour in Lao Chai and Ta Van villages, consist of mountains, hills, covered with greenery including rice terraces and vast valleys, dotted with fields and hamlets, populated by the Hmông and Dzay minority.

Visits to schools, meeting people and discovering the daily life of the locals on the way.

Afternoon drive to Bac Ha.

Night at homestay.

Day 5 : Bac Ha - Night train to Hanoi (B)

Morning :

Visit a weekly multicolored market in Bac Ha where the different tribes from the surrounding mountains gather. Each ethnic minority wears its traditional costumes and speaks its own language. The atmosphere is particularly picturesque: the mountain people in colorful traditional dresses go to the market with their horses, agricultural products and children. These ethnic minorities coming from far away hamlets sell animals (buffaloes, oxen, pigs, dogs, horses...), fruits, vegetables, forest products, basketry objects, clothes... The market is not only the place for commercial exchanges but also for reunions and meetings. A truly authentic place where the locals still preserve cultures and traditions.

Afternoon :

Walking tour in the minority villages around Bac Ha to meet and contact local people. The village is framed by a sumptuous landscape of traditional houses, hills covered with vegetation between rice fields.

Transfer to Lao Cai station for the night train to Hanoi

Overnight on board the train in comfortable air-conditioned berths (4 persons/cabin)

Day 6 : Hanoi - Mai Chau - Xam Khoe (B, L, D)

Early arrival in Hanoi, a shower and breakfast in a mini-hotel next to the station allow us to start the day of visits in all serenity and well-being.

Departure for Xam Khoe via Mai Chau (Xam Khoe is 25 km from Mai Chau, still authentic and much less touristic).

This valley surrounded by green mountains and dotted with lakes, rice fields, rivers and houses on stilts of the Thai minority, is an excellent breath of fresh air.

Lunch at a local's house in the village.


Walking tour (2h) in the villages, meeting people, discovering the daily life and the beautiful landscapes: green rice fields, karst mountains in the shape of "hump, sugar loaf" covered with lush vegetation, fertile crop fields, fish farming and garden...

In the evening: participation in the folkloric dance and music show presented by the villagers.

Night at homestay

Day 7 : Xam Khoe - Pu Luong (B)

Departure for the Pu Luong nature reserve.

We then walk through the small green rice fields in the villages of the Thai ethnic group located along the way in the mountains, beautiful rural and natural landscape, immersion in daily life and contact with local peasants.

The landscapes, rice fields warm up our camera.

Night at hotel

Day 8 : Pu Luong - Ninh Binh (B)

Transfer to Ninh Binh.

This trip allows us to observe the landscapes, the Vietnamese countryside and the activities of the local daily life.

Visit the great Bai Dinh pagoda with its recognized records.

Then visit the Dinh and Le temples in the ancient capital Hoa Lu

Night at hotel

Day 9 : Ninh Binh (B)

In the morning, we embark on a small rowing boat (1h30 of boat) to discover the caves of Tam Coc. We pass under the successive tunnels carved by the passage of water. Fairy-like atmosphere in the middle of the peaks and limestone sugar loaf, a natural landscape made of karst mountains overhanging an exceptional aquatic landscape.

Transfer to visit the stone cathedral of Phat Diem (30 km from Tam Coc). The architectural complex of Phat Diem is one of the most original centers of Catholicism in Vietnam with a dozen stone and wooden structures built in a style combining the architecture of Buddhist pagodas and Catholic churches.

Return to Tam Coc.

A climb on Hang Mua offers a panoramic view on the region.

Then bike ride through villages, rice fields and limestone forest around Tam Coc to Hai Nham, Thung Nham and then Thai Vi temple.

Night at hotel.

Day 10 : Ninh Binh - Halong Bay - Bai Tu Long Bay (B, L, D)

Departure in the morning for Halong Bay.

Arrival around 12:30 pm, boarding on a comfortable traditional junk for an extraodinary excursion to the splendid Halong Bay then continuation to the less touristic Bai Tu Long Bay.

Lunch is served on board while the junk sails along the turquoise water in the paradisiacal setting with its 1969 islands and islets, "sugar loafs and peaks" of all shapes and sizes emerging from the emerald water surface in an area of 1553 km².

During the cruise, we make a stop for a sampan ride around a floating fishing village.

In the late afternoon, the boat drops anchor to spend the night in the bay. It is then possible to take a bath in the middle of the sea or to rest on the upper deck.

Dinner is taken on the junk in the middle of the idyllic landscape.

Night on board a junk.

Day 11 : Bai Tu Long Bay - Hanoi (B, L)

Morning: We wake up early to watch the sunrise over Lan Ha Bay.

Then we will continue our cruise in this bay by sailing through the thousands of "sugar loaves" emerging from the waves. We will have the impression to be in a world of fossilized animals millions of years ago.

Bike ride in the beautiful village of Viet Hai on a small path between fields and limestone peaks.

Return of the cabins around 10:00 am.

And then the junk sets off peacefully towards the pier. The return cruise allows us to discover other corners of the bay.

Early lunch in the form of brunch on board.

We disembark in the late morning, transfer back to Hanoi.

Day 12 : Hanoi - Return Flight (B)

Free time for your personal discoveries until transfer by our driver to the airport for your return flight.

This trip is private (no other person will join your group), modifiable according to your desires, your own rhythm and your budget.

Most of our tours have a package rate which includes all services on site except the international flights (because they are more expensive if purchased in Vietnam).

This rate varies according to the elements:

  • The number of participants: the more you are, the less you will pay.
  • The choice of hotels and the choice of room category.
  • Activities in the program.
  • The tourist period of the year.

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Le prix comprend

  • Vietnam Visa Authorization and Formalities
  • Hotels (2 persons / room) as mentioned in the list.
  • Meals in local restaurants clearly mentioned in the program (B= Breakfast; L= Lunch; D= Dinner).
  • Air-conditioned and comfortable vehicles for all transfers and land travel.
  • English speaking local guides.
  • Tour boats as described in the program, comfortable boat in Halong Bay with private cabins.
  • Entrance fees to the sites.

Le prix ne comprend pas

  • International arrival and departure flights and associated airport taxes
  • Tips and personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Personal insurance
  • Bank charges related to the payment
  • Drinks, telephone and anything not clearly mentioned in the "Price includes" section

Vietnam Evasion offers a complete and varied range of accommodation options, where comfort and warmth of welcome are always at the forefront. All establishments are chosen according to strict criteria in order to guarantee quality services to visitors.

Apart from hotels, bungalows, resorts, it is possible to stay with locals in some authentic places such as: Mekong Delta, Mai Chau, Nghia Lo, Sa Pa, Bac Ha, Thac Ba, Ba Be...

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