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Hanoi - Sapa Tour 5 Days

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Tour code: ASW -VN- SPHN5D

Duration: 5 days

Destination: Hanoi - Sapa

US$ 493 US$ 449 per person

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A truly an excursion to discover the cultural and natural charms of the historic Hanoi and authentic Sapa highland town. See the diversity of Vietnamese culture during 5 days of experience and discovery!

trip highlight

  • Experience the luxurious night train from Hanoi to Sapa with King Express train
  • Conquer the 'Roof of Indochina' - Fansipan on the height over 3000m by cable car. 
  • Trek to Sapa's most beautiful villages such as Cat Cat Village, Y Linh Ho village, Lao Chai and Ta Van village 
  • Explore Hanoi with a full day city tour to see both the traditions and the modernity of the more than 1000 year old city

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Day 1: Hanoi arrival - Night train to Lao Cai

No meal

Welcome to Vietnam. Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, obtain your Vietnam visa, and then clear Immigration and Customs. After collecting your baggage, exit the airport to meet outside a local Guide.

From the airport, you will be privately transferred to your lovely hotel.

At night, our driver will transfer you to Hanoi train station to catch the night train to Lao Cai.

Overnight on train in A/C wooden 4 berth sharing

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Day 2: Sapa – Cat Cat Village – Fansipan Mount by cable Car

things to do in sapaMeal: Breakfast, Lunch

Arrive Lao Cai train station, you will be welcomed by our local tour guide and transferred to a local restaurant near the railway station for showering and a breakfast. Then drive uphill to Sapa. Along the way, you can stop anywhere to admire of green valleys, rice terraces, and local people – hill tribes working on the slope of hill, water buffalo or pig on slope of mountains.

Set your feet in Sapa town, start a day tour to visit:

Cat Cat Village, 2km from Sapa Town, is an age-old village of H'Mong ethnic group remaining unique customs and practices that are lots in other villages. Visitors to Cat Cat have an opportunity to admire a lively and colorful picture. That is the image of young women sitting by looms with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds.

honeymoon in vietnamThen, we head to the Sapa Cable Station for very amazing trip to Indochina’s Rooftop – Mount Fanxipan by cable car. This is particularly interesting in these northern mountains of the country, where travelers seek the rice terraces and traditional arts of a minority peoples.

Cultivating the land to an altitude of around 2,200 meters are the ethnic minorities the lowland Vietnamese generically call ‘Meo’ – savages – and above them looms the bulk of Hua Xi Pan: “giant protruding rock”. You can challenge yourself when hiking 600 stone stairs more to reach the rocky peak of The Roof of Indochina.

After all, you will be privately transferred back to your hotel and have your own leisure time.

Stay overnight in Sapa

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Day 3: Sapa – Lao Chai Ta Van – Hanoi by Shuttle bus

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

From Sapa, we trek via Y Linh Ho through beautiful scenery to the Black H’mong Village of Lao Chai where we spend time looking around the village and learning about life in the village.

Then, we walk through rice terraces and on local paths to the Zay village of Ta Van.

This is the only village in the Sa Pa area where the Dzay people live. We spend time looking around the village.

At 14:00, you get on shuttle bus to go back to Hanoi (no guide).

Stay overnight in Hanoi

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Day 4: Hanoi full day city tour

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch 

In morning, we start our day tour to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum.

Closed by, the famous One Pillar Pagoda which is built of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25 m in diameter.

It is designed to resemble a lotus blossom, which is a Buddhist symbol of purity, since a lotus blossoms in a muddy pond. The mausoleum is the last resting place of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam’s great revolutionist.

It is a symbol of gratitude and respect of Vietnamese people for president Ho Chi Minh. The Ho Chi Minh Museum is the preserver of everything memorable related to Ho Chi Minh.

The Museum consists of five extensive floors and was inaugurated on 2nd September, 1990, celebrating the 100th birthday occasion of the beloved President.

Then, visiting the Temple of Literature (Vietnamese name is Quoc Tu Giam) – The Vietnam’s first University, which was built in 1070 in honor of Confucius, his followers and Chu Van An, a moral figure in Vietnamese education.

After that, visiting Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Almost no foreign tourists to Hanoi refuse to visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, where they can look into a vivid picture of the miniaturized Vietnamese ethnic community’s life.

Sip a cup of coffee at the trendy railway coffee, where you have an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness massive train passing through tiny residence of local people.

We visit Ngoc Son Temple which is located at the northern end of Sword Lake From the shore, walking on the The Huc bridge leads to the island.

Admire buildings of the temple, including the Pen Tower, the ink-slab,
the Moon Contemplation Pavilion and the Pavilion against Waves,
all of which has symbolic meaning.

Take your time for wandering and exploring the Hanoi 36 Old Quarter streets.

It is an area well-known for the history, the architecture, the enormous amount and diversity of products and even the everyday life of its residents.

The Old Quarter is a reminder of Hanoi’s storied past-its history has long been tied to the ebb and flow of conquerors and traders over the past thousand years.

Continue with Hanoi Street food tour through wet market to grilled pork, fried pan cake, Vietnamese traditional bread, dried beef salad, mixed fruit, Hanoi beer, dessert sweet soup or coffee with chicken egg (you can eat as much as you can - pay on your own).

Stay overnight in Hanoi

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Day 5: Hanoi departure

After enjoying breakfast at your lovely hotel, you will have your own free leisure time to sample souvenir and relax before heading to the airport.

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Our prices shown are 'per person',  based on a traveling party of at least 2 adults, and sharing a room.  If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher. However, you can share button above to invite your friends and family, traveller forum's members to book this tour with you.
The 'Single supplement' applies for single travelers who require their own room and needs to be added to the tour price.

What's Included:

+ 03 nights at hotels with breakfast on a private double/twin room

+ 01 night on a sharing A/C wooden 4 berth train

+ Meals mentioned in the itinerary

+ Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the program

+ Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver

+ Private English speaking guide in each region

+ 01 bottle of mineral water/ pax/ day and souvenir

+ All taxes and service charge

What's Excluded:

- Bank fees for both sides

- Visa to Vietnam

- Early check in and late check out at all hotels

- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping)

- Tipping for guide, driver

- Drinks and other meals which are not indicated in the program

- Travel insurance  

- International or domestic air ticket and airport tax

- Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, flood), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc…

- Other services which are not mentioned clearly in the “Including” item

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Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.


  • Private Local Tour Guide You will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. Asianwaytravel.com will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.

  • Private Drivers & Vehicle Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

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  • Local Flavor Meals Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asianwaytravel.com will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.
    We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.

  • Well-Selected Hotels Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!

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Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.


  • Step 1: Provide us your application details
     • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
     • Your gender
     • Your date of birth
     • Your nationality
     • Your passport number
     • Your passport expiration dates ( valid for at least 6 months)
     • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
     • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
     • Arrival airport
  • Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application
    We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.

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Step 3: Send the visa approval letter via email to you after 2 working days
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).

Step 4: Get your visa stamp on your arrival
Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($45 for single entry visa; $65 for 1 month multiple entry visa and $95 for 3 multiple entry visa). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.

Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

What are the differences between this process and getting visa at Vietnam embassies?
It is only applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air. You only need fill out the visa application form online instead of visiting the Vietnam embassies or sending documents to Embassies over by post.The online visa application does not require sending your passport away.You get a visa approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department indicating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam and have your visa stamped upon arrival at one of Vietnam international airports.

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