DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL
Arrive at Noi Bai Airport. Meet and transfer to hotel. Take a glimpse of Ha Noi on a short city tour to see the cultural richness of the capital of Vietnam. Tour includes Ngoc Son Temple or pagoda of the jade mountain standing at the northern end of Sword Lake which provides relaxing atmosphere. Then proceed to the Old Quarter consisting of 36 commercial streets, each lined with ancient architectural works harmonized with lakes lying between. Overnight stay in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR
Continue the sightseeing tour in Ha Noi by the first visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the body of Ho Chi Minh is well kept. Then visit his house built on stilts situated nearby. Followed by the visit to One Pillar Pagoda, built by the Emperor Ly Thai Tong in 1049; it was built of wood on a single stone pillar, designed to resemble a lotus blossom which is a symbol of purity. Afterward, go for the Temple of Literature with its ancient Vietnam architecture, dedicated to Confucian cult which broke the Buddhist monopoly in education. The temple was then regarded as the site of the first university of Vietnam Continue the route to the Art museum which gathers a collection of prestige artifacts of Vietnam. Historical Museum is the next destination; here you will see the all encompassing Vietnam, its past and also its future. Enjoy the remarkable evening in Hanoi with Water Puppet Show which will make you appreciate the cultural background of Vietnam with the spectacular techniques of performance. Overnight stay in Ha Noi.
DAY 3: HANOI - SA PA
In early morning, depart for Sapa by a ten-hour-road trip. On the way, enjoy the majestic greatness of Western North Mountains. Check-in at hotel upon arrival in Sapa and have dinner as well as overnight.
DAY 4: SA PA TREKKING TOUR
Start a day in Sapa with a trek for five kilometers. On the trail, you will visit Catcat Mountain to experience the traditional life of Black H'Mong people living around the region and then see the electric-hydro waterfall built by French in 1925. Along the way, enjoy panoramic view of the entire area with many terraced paddy fields. Continue to visit Silver waterfall, one of the famous attraction in Sapa and O Quy Ho pass which offer magnificent view. In the afternoon, visit Dragon Jaw Mountain and overview Sapa Town from the height. After dinner, attend “Love Market” of Red Dao minority people, one of the characteristic cultures of minority people in Northwestern highlands of Vietnam (every Saturday evening). Overnight in Sapa.
DAY 5: SA PA - LAI CHAU
Transfer to Lai Chau inhabited by a large number of hill tribe people. On the way to Phong Tho, visit some ethnic villages. Continue to Lai Chau to have dinner an overnight.
DAY 6: LAI CHAU - DIEN BIEN PHU
Today, you will be lost in the memory of wartime. Firstly, visit the museum of the battle field, and headquarters of Colonel Christian Catries. Old French tanks and artillery pieces can be seen here also. Dinner and overnight in Dien Bien Phu.
DAY 7: DIEN BIEN PHU - SON LA
Transfer to Son La and touch the air of historic event at French prison. Then relax and free your mind at Hot Springs and natural caves in the area. Dinner and overnight in Son La.
DAY 8: SON LA - HANOI
Return to Ha Noi while visiting small ethnic hamlets scattering along the way from Yen, Chau, Moc Chao to Hoa Binh (Muong Tahi people). Arrive in Ha Noi and overnight
DAY 9: HANOI - DEPARTURE
Transfer to Ha Noi AIRPORT for departure