SINGAPORE – HANOI – LAO CAI
Pick up from your Hanoi Old Quarter to the train station for your overnight train to Lao Cai (train departs at 10pm; approx. 8-9 hrs).
Accommodation: Sleeping berth in train
SAPA – TROM TON PASS – LOVE WATERFALL – BAN KHOANG – TA PHIN
(4-5 hrs trekking; L, D)
Upon arrival at Lao Cai train Station in the morning, you will be picked up by our friendly guide to a local cafe in Sapa for breakfast (approx. 1 hr drive). After breakfast, you will be transferred to the 1900m high Trom Ton Pass (approx. 30 min drive) – the highest mountain pass in Vietnam. The pass is aptly named Heaven Gate and is the best place to take in the magnificent view of the Tonkinese Alps. You will trek for an hour through beautiful bamboo forest to the 100m high Love Waterfall with crystal clear waters that originates from the peak of Fanispan. Thereafter, you will be transferred by vehicle to Ban Khoang (approx. 1 hr drive) where you will start the trek through gentle rolling hills and terraced fields to visit the villages of the Red Dzao and Black Hmong tribes. Picnic lunch will be served during the trek. Today’s trek will end at the picturesque Red Dzao village of Ta Phin where you can try out some specialty cuisine like Ruou thoc (Red Dao’s wine), Banh Chung Den (Black Chung Cake), corn cake, colored sticky rice etc. End your day with a authentic traditional herbal bath to sooth your aching muscle.
TA PHIN – MONG SEN – TACKO – SAPA – HANOI
(3-4 hrs trekking; B, L)
After enjoying your lunch amid a tranquil environs, you will follow the unbeaten trail to the small but untouched village of Mong Sen where you can observe traditional farming lifestyles of the villagers. Look out for the free roaming domestic animals like water buffaloes, pigs, ducks and chicken that might criss-cross your path. You will have a rest at the bank of a beautiful stream in the jungle before proceeding to Tacko where the vehicle will be waiting for you to fetch you back to Sapa for lunch. Free and easy at your own leisure in the afternoon till transfer to the bus terminal to catch your coach to Hanoi.
HANOI – SINGAPORE
Free and easy at your own leisure at your own leisure till airport transfer for your flight home.
- One way train ticket from Hanoi to Lao Cai (4 sleepers berth)
- One way bus ticket from Lao Cai to Hanoi
- Two way transfer between hotel and train/bus station in Hanoi
- All trekking arrangement (English speaking guide, homestay, meals, drinking water, entrance fees to villages, herbal bath)
- All meals indicated in above itinerary
- Travel insurance*
- Vietnamese VISA (ASEAN citizens are VISA-free up to 30 days)
- All meals not indicated in above itinerary
- Tips for guide
- All expenses of a personal nature
AIG Travel Guard Insurance can be arranged on your behalf.
Best Season to Visit: During the dry months from March, April, May, September and October
Temperature: It can get very cold during the winter months. Warm clothing are necessary.
Our adventure through bustling Hanoi, breathtaking (figuratively & literally) Sapa and unbelievably stunning Halong Bay was an absolute blast. iwannatravel could not have arranged it any better. This was all done up in two days as we made a very last minute decision to fly out to Vietnam instead of our original plan (Surabaya, Indonesia). Despite the last minute change, iwannatravel went the extra mile to ensure that our Vietnam adventure well planned. Through the entire trip, iwannatravel also touched base with us to ensure that we were doing ok. If you are looking for hassle-free and fun-filled adventure, look no further already!
– Shawn & Tricia on a 5D4N trip to Sapa & Halong Bay in Oct 2016
I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone’s safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT’s first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*
– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mount Fansipan & Halong Bay in Mar 2016)
Coordination with IWT was a breeze. Ying was quick in responding to queries and very helpful, giving tips according to her own experience climbing Pelapah Falls. Prasanth, the driver, was on-time, friendly and skillful. Despite the hours of driving and waiting for us, he always wore a smile on his face. Nan, our guide, was very experienced. He was like a fatherly figure who knew exactly what he was doing and that brought a lot of assurance to us. Pelapah Falls has its challenges but it was such a good experience for my friends and I. We had to tread through cooling rivers, climb using ropes, avoid giant ants and manage a few leeches but the amazing and therapeutic waterfalls made it all worth it. All of us were counted as beginner hikers and we all made it. So don't worry. Just do it!
– Xiuqing (Group of 5 on a Pelepah Falls & Kota Tinggi Trip in Feb 2017)
Guide and driver were very nice people. Caring, considerate, conscientious, patient, nice and fun people. Car was driven with care so that we were comfortable and did not feel car sick during the long rides. I enjoyed the trips to ijen, bromo and the waterfall at batu. Views were very scenic. Our guide Vinda and the local guides which she got along the way brought us to scenic spots (esp @ the waterfalls) and helped to take great pictures.
– Alexia (Group of 3 on a 5D4N Ijen Crater, Mount Bromo & Batu in Sep 2016)
Everything was great! From planning til the end of the trip, everything was organised. The activities were fun and itinerary was well planned. We did not feel that we were rushed at all and we get to enjoy Borobudur and Mount Bromo in our own pace. Our guide, Bayu, was very friendly and helped us a lot especially when it comes to ordering food :). This is the most relaxing, hassle-free trip I've ever had! Thanks Iwannatravel 🙂
– Sunshine (Group of 7 on a 4D3N trip to Bromo & Borobudur in Aug 2016)
I really enjoy the whole travel experience. The driver is always contactable and prompt, and transport it’s quite comfortable. The mountain guide is friendly, and is knowledgeable and ensures that the last person is not left behind, and there are 2 guides provided to us for a group of 10 which I think is quite good. The accommodation at Melaka is quite clean and it’s within the tourist attraction; Jonker Street and there’s also some free and easy time to explore with driver provided.
– Xian Ying (Group of 10 on a 2D1N trip to Mt Ophir in May 2016)
I liked how fast HS was able to plan the itinerary for our group, making it flexible to suit our preferences and how he was very prompt to answer our questions and give suggestions on things that we can do. We only ask assistance for bookings on our Vietnam trip (Mt. Fansipan trek, Lao Cai- Hanoi train tickets and Halong Bay Day Cruise). However, upon knowing that we are also traveling to Laos, HS has gone an extra mile and help us map out our Laos itinerary too. Transport provided both for Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Day Cruise were awesome as they picked us up from our hostel right on time. Our Fansipan guide was very helpful and patient and ensured everyone's safety during the trek. While our Halong Bay Cruise guide was quite informative and very entertaining as she makes us laugh without even trying. Our group was very much satisfied with the food served to us both during the Fansipan trek and Halong Bay cruise. And of course, we definitely enjoyed all the activities we did: trekking up to the summit of Fansipan, riding a sleeper train from Lao Cai to Hanoi and kayaking in Halong Bay. Organization of our trip is superb knowing that we were IWT's first customers to book for their Fansipan trek and Halong Bay Cruise trip. *^_^*
– Michelle (Group of 3 on a 4D3N trip to Mt Fansipan & Halong Bay in Apr 2016)
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