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The North Trail Vietnam - Sapa - Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba Trekking 5D4N

The North Trail Vietnam - Sapa - Halong Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Cat Ba Trekking 5D4N
The North Trail Vietnam
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  • Authentic and longer trekking on less touristic routes in the Muong Hoa valley around Sapa
  • Experience local lunches at traditional Hmong families
  • Traditional and local run homestay with fantastic service and food
  • Non-touristic kayaking at Dark and Bright Cave and Ba Trai Dao beach in Lan Ha Bay
  • Cruising the most beautiful lagoons in Lan Ha Bay
  • Cycling around Viet Hai Village on Cat Ba National Park
From $87
We at Get Up And Go Vietnam specially designed The North Trail Vietnam for (backpack) travellers who want to travel on a shoestring but who are looking for off the beaten track experiences and enjoy the company of fellow travellers.



Itinerary Details Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa

Our guidance service will pick you up at your hotel in the old quarter of Hanoi at around 9.00 – 9.45pm and transfer you to the bus stop for the overnight journey to Sapa.

Transportation: A/C sleeper bus

Meals: N/A

Guide: English-speaking tour guide

Accommodation: N/A


Itinerary Details Day 2: Sapa – Ta Van

The bus arrives early in Sapa, at around 3am but you’ll be able to stay on the bus till around 6am. Please go the the office of the bus company. They will arrange a transfer to our partner hotel where a morning shower will be offered followed by breakfast together with amazing scenery over Sapa town and the Muong Hoa valley.

Enjoy a very warm welcome from our local (Hmong) tour guide who will guide you through this stunning piece of Vietnam. From the lush terraced rice paddies to the rustic charm of the native dwellings, Sapa and its surroundings is a place you’re sure to fall in love with!

Many diverse groups like the Dzay, Dzao, Tay, Xa Pho or Hmong populate this richly cultural northern territory. You’ll sample their unique delights as you pass through each village.

At around 9 a.m. she will meet you at the hotel where your trekking adventure will kick off. We'll start our trekking with a visit at the market to buy food and fruit for lunch, on the way, before we’ll start this fantastic trek to Ta Van, down in the Muong Hoa valley. 

During the 15 km walk we’ll visit three villages of ethnic populations. Enjoy the spectacular views of the beautiful valley that leads towards Fansipan, the highest peak in Viet Nam and Indochina. The trek leads through the village of Black Hmong people, where you can learn how they weave and embroider their incredible clothes. Further along our descent we’ll enjoy the many colorful rice paddy fields until we reach Ta Van village, inhabited by the Dzay people. We’ll have a filling lunch on the way at a local family and dinner with your host in a beautiful and traditional Hmong homestay, by far the most cozy accommodation in Ta Van!

Transportation: N/A

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English-speaking local Hmong tour guide

Accommodation: Homestay (dorm based)


Itinerary Details Day 3: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai - Sapa - Hanoi

After a traditional breakfast we leave Ta Van and continue our trek to visit the Red Dao people in Giang Ta Chai village. We pass some stunning scenery and a lovely waterfall along our route. As their name suggests, red is used extensively in the Red Dao women’s clothing and scarves.

Our journey leads us along the small paths edging the rice fields, across the Muong Hoa River and lunch will be on the way at a fantastic spot. We’ll head back to Ta Van after our second amazing trekking in the early afternoon where you can enjoy a refreshing shower before we bring you back to the bus stop in Sapa for the afternoon bus back to Hanoi. Expected arrival time is around 9.30pm and drop off will be at your accommodation (excluded) in the Old Quarter.

Transportation: Comfortable A/C (sleeper) bus

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Guide: English-speaking local Hmong tour guide

Accommodation: n/a


Itinerary Day 4: Hanoi – Lan Ha Bay - Halong Bay

7:30 – 8:30 Your tour guide will come to pick you up at your accommodation in the Old Quarter of Hanoi for the 3.5-hour journey to Cat Ba.

12:30 Embark at Cai Beo harbor, Cat Ba Island. Transferred by small tender boat to the cruise where you’ll be greeted by the crew members followed by welcome drinks. We’ll have a short cruise briefing before you can check into your cabin.

13:00 Enjoy a lovely lunch on board while we start cruising to the center of Lan Ha Bay and Ha Long Bay.

15:00 Explore Dark & Bright Cave by kayak or bamboo boat and go for swimming at some of the remote beaches nearby. We return to the cruise to enjoy the sun set party and cooking demonstration.

18:00 Dinner will be served.

19:15 Enjoy some free time or try your luck with squid fishing…

Transportation: A/C transportation by bus and ferry & Cruise

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Guide: English-speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Private cabin on the cruise (based on 2 people sharing)


Itinerary Day 5: Lan Ha Bay – Cat Ba NP – Viet Hai Village - Hanoi

07:00 Enjoy a new day with complimentary tea and coffee served with a light breakfast on board.

07:45 We ride the bikes through the forest to Viet Hai Village (5km) where we take a short hike through the forest. We return to the harbor by bicycle.

10:00 Check out time and some time to relax and enjoy the views while cruising back to Cat Ba town.

10:30 Brunch will be served on board.

12:00 Disembark at Ben Beo Harbor. Say good bye to Lan Ha Bay, we start to go back to Hanoi.

16:00 Tour guide drops you of at your accommodation in Old Quarter where the tour ends.

Transportation: Cruising, cycling and A/C transportation by bus and ferry

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: N/A

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