Hanoi 2-7 July 2014

This is where you find all the information related to the upcoming Hanoi trip.

Note: I’m updating this map to include places and food we should try… If you click on certain POIs, you should be able to see the description as well

Flight information:

Booking number: J6L1NV
2JUL AK516 KUL-HAN 0630-0850
7JUL AK517 HAN-KUL 0920-1340


Hotel information:

Hanoi Holiday Diamond Hotel (http://www.hanoiholidayhotel.com/Holiday2.html)
Address: 5 Nguyen Sieu Street, Old Quarter, Hoankiem District, Hanoi City, Vietnam
Tel: (+84) 43929 0646 Fax: (+84) 43929 0648

Sapa Eden Hotel (http://www.sapa-edenhotel.com/)
Address: 60 Fansipang Street, Sapa, 330000, Vietnam


Full High Level Itinerary:

Day 1 (2/7)
– Arrival
– Free & Easy
– Half day tour with Hanoi Kids (2pm start, Old Quarter and French Quarter)

Day 2 (3/7):
– Free & Easy
– Full day tour with Hanoi Kids (9am start, Temple of Literature, West lake area, Hoa Lo prison and Museum of Ethnology)
– Night train to Sapa

Day 3 (4/7):
– Sapa
– Overnight in Sapa

Day 4 (5/7):
– Sapa
– Night train to Hanoi

Day 5 (6/7):
– Arrival
– Ha Long Bay

Day 6 (7/7):
– Depart for KL


Budgeting (Per person):

Item Price in MYR Price in USD
Flight 313
Executive Room (Twin sharing) 106 33
Family Room (Triple sharing) 122 38
Food 180
Admission 100
SaPa 512 160
HaLong 128 40
Unaccounted (Tipping)
Unaccounted (Baggage)
Total (Based on Executive Room) 1467

Other useful information:

Sa Pa Itinerary:

First night: 2000 – 2030 pick you up at your hotel or your place to Tran Quy Cap station. Night train to Laocai station.
Day 1: Lao Cai – Sa Pa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai (B, L, D)
Arrive in Laocai station at 0620 – 0700: Pick up by minibus to Sapa. Check in hotel. After having breakfast and shower, we’ll start the trip to Cat Cat and Sin Chai villages of Black H’Mong tribe. Visit H’Mong hydro electric built by French and enjoy the waterfall in Cat Cat and very beautiful sceneries along the way. Then back to Sapa for lunch in our beautiful mountain view restaurant. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the town on your own. Dinner in hotel and enjoy the night in Sapa town (Enjoy the Love Market by yourself if on Saturday).

Day 2: Sa Pa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – La Cai – Hanoi (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you’ll check out and leave your luggage in the hotel and trek down to Lao Chai village to visit the Tay and Dzay tribes, keep going along the bottom of Muong Hoa valley to get Ta Van village which is the most beautiful ethnic village in the area. Have lunch in Dzay family. Transfer back to Sapa by motorbike/Jeep, get fresh with a shower in the hotel then head to Lao Cai station for night train to Hanoi. Have dinner before getting the train at 19h35.

Day 3: 0500 arrive in Tran Quy Cap station, Hanoi. Tour finishes.

The itinerary above may be changed at the time of booking

The best time to witness the scenic beauty of Sapa is in April and May. Before that period, the weather might be cold and foggy; after that period is the rainy season. In April and May, Sapa is blooming with flowers and green pastures. The clouds that settle in the valley in early morning quickly disappear into thin air.Located at 1,500 m above sea level, Sapa lies on the side of the Hoang Lien Son Mountains, 333 km northwest of Hanoi. Sapa’s flora is diverse, ranging from flowers to tropical fruits; among the most popular fruits produced in Sapa are apples, pears, peaches, and plums.Sapa has many natural sites such as Thac Bac, Thuy Cung Grotto, Gio Cave, Troi Gate, and Truc Forest. Sapa is also the starting point for many climbers and scientists who want to reach the top of Fansipan Mountain, the highest mountain in Vietnam at 3,143 m. Hoang Lien Son Mountains is also called the Alps of the North Sea area since Fansipan Mountain is not only the highest peak in Vietnam, but also in the Indochina Peninsula. The pyramid-shaped mountain is covered with clouds all year round and temperatures often drop below zero, especially at high elevations.To reach Sapa, one can take a train to Lao Cai and then a bus to Sapa from Lao Cai. On Sundays, Nung, Dao, Tay, Cao Lan, Paxi, and Xa Phong minorities ride down the mountain in their colorful clothes to take part in the Sunday market at the foot of Fansipan Mountain.

Included: Return train tickets (Hanoi – Laocai); Bus transfer; English speaking guide; all meals; Entrance fees; Accommodation in Sapa;
Excluded: Beverage, Single room, Personal expenses, Tips for tour guide and drive…
Necessary things: Sun cream, Insect repellent, hat, sunglasses and trekking boots.


Ha Long Itinerary:

0750 – 0840: Our modern bus and tour guide pick up at your address, start an interesting trip to Halong Bay, on the way, passing Bac Ninh province where Folk Songs the traditional singing are very famous. You can take photos of the green rice fields in the countryside. Stop for a rest at the local shop where some disabled children are working to make the lovely hand made products.

1215: Arrive in Bai Chay tourist wharf, welcomed by crew and enjoy welcome drinks, take photos

1245: Start a dreamy cruise to stunning scenery with thousands of limestone mountains and have seafood lunch (we serve you with Vietnamese traditional dishes, in case you are vegetarian, we have other food options for you) while cruising through the emerald water passing by the Dog Stone, the Burning Incense islet, stop at fishing village for kayaking. After that visit Fighting-Cock rock and the Heavenly Palace (Thien Cung cave) – which has opened to the public since 1998 with stalagmites and stalactites. Back to the boat. Our staff serves you cold tissues and fresh fruits.

1630: Back to Tourist wharf and get on bus to Hanoi.

2000: Arrive in Hanoi. Our tour guide and driver say goodbye to you at your address.

Food List:

Cafe Giang

39, Nguyen Huu Huan
Specialty: Coffee with eggs

Note Coffee

Pho Bat Dan

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