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Overview

  • Day 1: Hanoi – Overnight train to Sapa
  • Day 2: Sapa – Arrival
  • Day 3: Sapa - Ban Ho - Sin Chai
  • Day 4: Sin Chai - Nam Nhiu - Nam Than - Thanh Phu
  • Day 5: Thanh Phu - My Son - Nam Toong - Sapa - Train to Hanoi
  • Day 6: Hanoi – Arrival

Full Itinerary

[*Notes]

- This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible.
- We can tailor this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.

Hanoi – Overnight train to Sapa

Tonight you will be picked up at your hotel/ residence and transferred to Hanoi station by your private tour guide who will assist you with your check-in and escort you during your journey. The train departs approximately at 9:10 pm. Enjoy some drinks at an on-board restaurant before retiring to your cabin for a good night’s sleep.

Overnight on A/C train



Sapa – Arrival

Morning
Upon early arrival at Lao Cai (app 4:30 am), a border town to China, you will be picked up and transferred ascending to Sapa (formally known as the Hill Station) by your private guide and private van for breakfast. After breakfast in the hotel, you will have a stroll around town, visiting Sapa Market where the minority people, including the Red Zao, Hmong and Tay people, gather for trade. You can also climb Ham Rong Mountain for a panoramic view of Sapa below and its environs.

The rest of the day will be yours to explore this beautiful town at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own.

Overnight in Sapa
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/_)



Sapa - Ban Ho - Sin Chai

Morning
The day commences with a jeep ride to the trekking route. From here, you will start walking through the incredibly scenic “Ban Ho” valley. There are lots of opportunities to visit and explore the wooden houses, which traditionally belong to the Tay ethnic minority. You will then continue to walk to Thanh Phu village where you will stop for lunch in a local house.

Afternoon
After lunchtime, you will head to another village – Sin Chai, home of Red Dao minority where the night will be spent in thatch house. The remainder of the day will be yours to freely explore the area. You will be attracted by the wonderful hospitable atmosphere of the Red Dao.

Overnight in Sin Chai
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



Sin Chai - Nam Nhiu - Nam Than - Thanh Phu

Morning
Today’s trek will take you through several villages where you will be able to meet Tay, Hmong and Xa Pho ethnic minorities. You will have time to photograph the beautiful rice paddy terraces and spectacular mountains. On the way, you will make a stop to visit a local school. Lunch will be prepared and served in a local house.

Afternoon
In the afternoon, you will head back to Thanh Phu village of Tay minority. Here you will spend our second night. Check into the homestay and relax. Tonight your dinner will be served with some beautiful Vietnamese dishes.

Overnight in Thanh Phu 
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



Thanh Phu - My Son - Nam Toong - Sapa - Train to Hanoi

Morning
On the last day of the trek, you will cross several suspension bridges and trek through lush rice paddy fields and stunning scenery. You will have a unique opportunity to meet Xa Pho minority in My Son village, one of the smallest group ethnic living in Northern Viet Nam. These people always maintain their unique costume and nomadic life for many years. You will continue to trek uphill to Nam Toong, a village of Red Dao minority, where we have lunch in a local school.

Afternoon
In the afternoon, your trek will be firstly downhill to Ban Ho village where you will have time for a swim in the river. You will then climb toward Su Pan. The car will pick you up and bring back to Sapa. Some day-use rooms will be provided for the shower. After that, you will return to Lao Cai station with your entire luggage for the night train back to Hanoi.

Overnight on A/C train
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)



Hanoi – Arrival

You will arrive at Hanoi station at around 5:00am, take a short private transfer to your hotel to drop your bags and have some breakfast. End of tour or start another adventure.

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Useful Information

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Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements.

What’s Included?

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
  • Private Vehicles and Drivers
  • Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes

What’s Not Included?

  • Your International Flights to and from Vietnam
  • Vietnam entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
  • Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Any bank fees or charges at your end

  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers

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"Vietnam with Indochina Pioneer"

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"A Foodie & Adventure Trip to Vietnam with Friends"

I took a trip to Vietnam with 3 girlfriends in September and we had an absolute blast. Although we only went for 10 days we filled every moment with adventures and experiences across 5 different destinations in Vietnam. Where this could have been an exhausting nightmare, it wasn’t due to the expert travel arrangements done for us my Kata at Indochina Pioneer.
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Oct 7, 2019
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David
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"Wonderful family holiday – exceptional customer service"

Our family of four (myself, husband and two boys) just returned to Australia from a wonderful 16 day trip to Vietnam. Kata organised and tailored a trip in line with the places we wanted to see and organised transport, private tour guides, drivers and excellent accommodation for each place. It was our great pleasure to see beautiful Vietnam from the north to the south and we came back with many fond memories of the sights and the people, including our wonderful, knowledgeable, English speaking tour guides. Kata was always available to help and assist with any queries before and during our trip. Her fantastic organising, advice and outstanding service helped ensure we had an amazing trip. We highly recommend Indochina Pioneer. Highlights were the enchanting Halong Bay, Sapa and Mekong Delta (Can Tho). Thank you, Kata!

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"Professional & Excellent Customer Service"

I have had the pleasure of working with Ryan for the last few weeks to get an itinerary down for a trip to Vietnam. Due to unforeseen circumstances we had to postpone the trip, but I was extremely impressed with the amount of time and detail Ryan put into making our itinerary. Fingers crossed we are able to make a trip work in the future!

Sep 18, 2019
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Michael
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"Fun family vacation in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos"

We had a great experience with Indochina Pioneer. Elly was our travel consultant and helped us plan a family-friendly trip. She tailored our itinerary and made numerous modifications based on our questions and suggestions. Our family of six, with kids ages 5-13 all enjoyed activities that included basket boat, foot massages, lantern making in Hoi An; Cu Chi tunnels and Mekong Riverboat ride near Saigon; elephant riding, waterfall, bear sanctuary in Laos; Angkor Wat, waterfall and floating houses in Cambodia. Hotels were great. The guides all spoke English well and were accommodating for any itinerary changes based on kids preferences. And the price was very reasonable for what we received. I highly recommend them.

  

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Raymond Steve
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"Great Experience in Vietnam and Cambodia"

Our family of five just got back from a wonderful experience exploring Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Saigon, the Mekong Delta, and the Angkor temples. Kata Tran customized a tour based on our interests (and not only kept in touch with us via WhatsApp during our visit but also took the time to meet us in Hanoi), the local guides were knowledgeable and spoke excellent English, and the drivers delivered us safely to our destinations (no small feat given the often challenging traffic patterns) and kept us hydrated. Highlights were the Hanoi street food tour with Trang, visiting the Ba Na Hills Golden Bridge with Snow, biking through rice fields with Toan and a cooking class at the Kumquat Hoi An restaurant, crawling through Cu Chi tunnels and exploring Saigon and the Can Tho floating markets with Hiep, and ascending to the “Heaven” level of Angkor Wat with the assistance of Mister Pasquale.

Aug 18, 2019
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"Amazing Trip!"

We wanted a trip for 2 of us, somewhat last minute, and didn’t feel like putting in all the effort to plan it. Hien skyped with us and put together a trip that was AMAZING. We loved Cambodia, but suggest 2 half-day tours of the temples instead of one or two all-day tours. You will get templed-out. Everything will blur together. Definitely try The Bug Cafe. It’s definitely something to talk about later. Our favorite city in Vietnam was Hoi An and we wouldn’t have thought of it if it wasn’t for Hien. Bring your favorite dress and they will remake it for you in 48 hours, buy leather, and try all the delicious food. We highly suggest adding on a cooking class or a lantern class. Hien even came and met up with us at the end of our trip to meet with us personally.

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David Oliver
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"All excellent"

All excellent. Fantastic travel agent. Elena was fantastic and very kind. A great professional. No doubt highly recommended.

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Elizabeth
New Zealand

"Very enjoyable tour by Indochina Pioneer!"

Used agent Lizzie who looked after us very well from start to finish. We wanted boutique hotels with pools as like to steer clear of large multinationals and each one selected was superb. We had done our research prior so knew where we wanted to stay so Indochina Pioneer was flexible. Coming from NZ, we found Halong Bay disappointing – polluted water and too many boats. But loved Luang Prabang, Laos just a 45 min flight from Hanoi. It was the highlight for us. No large tour groups & lovely colonial French architecture. Quieter than Viet’s hot spots. Buddhist culture, elephant conservation, serene waterfalls.
Lizzie kept in touch the whole way & adapted our itinerary as requested. Our guides in Hanoi and Laos were excellent. Use a Vietnam based agent like Indochina Pioneer to plan your land content. Nothing beats the local knowledge and back up if things go wrong. Thanks Lizzie & Indochina Pioneer for a great trip.

  

Aug 9, 2019
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Kyle
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"Fulfilled Promises – Use Indochina Pioneer when traveling to Asia"

For about a month, I solo traveled through Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia and enjoyed the most beautiful trips of my life. Although nervous about doing this trip alone, Mr. Lam Duong promised my safety came first. Each guide in each city took care of me like I was family. Everywhere I went throughout SE Asia, the guides and the locals make you feel at home. The sights are one thing, but the culture is true beauty. I had a blast every single day knowing I was safe, and knowing that I had a full itinerary every day. Each guide was flexible to the itinerary as well. If you are ever planning on traveling to Asia, I 100% recommend using Indochina Pioneer. My itinerary was fantastic, my guides took care of me, and the hotels were beautiful. Thank you again for all of your help Lam!

Must See Destinations: Hoi An, Sapa, Siem Reap, Luang Prabang.

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