Duration: 11 days 10 nights
Location: Kunming, Stone Forest, Jianshui, Hekou, Sapa, Hanoi, Halong Bay
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Trip code: 2104 Book now

General

 

China to Vietnam  Kunming to Halong Bay overland via Hekou/Lao Cai (#2104)

 

 

Day 1: Kunming (no meals)

Today you will be landing in Kunming, the captial City of China’s southwest Yunnan province. As one of China’s most diversified provinces, Yunnan is certainly one of China’s most alluring destinations. Yunnan is home to more than one third of China’s ethnic minorities and over half of the country’s plant and animal species. The province is blessed by its mixture of traditional folk cultures as well as breath-taking scenery. Kunming, Yunnan’s capital, resides at an elevation of 1890m and boasts a milder climate than most other Chinese cities. Celebrated as the “Spring City,” Kunming has neither severe winters nor extremely hot summers and can be visited at any time of the year. You will be greeted by the local guide and the private bus will transfer you to your hotel. After a short break in the hotel, you will visit two major sites: Yuantong Temple and Yunnan provincial Museum.
Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 2: Kunming – Shilin – Jianshui (B)

After breakfast you will be visiting the famous Forest of Stone (1.5 hrs drive) which lies about 80 kms to the southeast of Kunming. A geological phenomenon, the Stone Forest was a vast expanse of sea during the Paleozoic era–some 270 million years ago. Later, the movement of tectonic plates altered the earth’s crust, causing the sea to recede and its limestone bottom to appear, thereby forming land. Due to the constant seeping of rain through the cracks in the limestone, some of the stone formation dissolved and the fissures broadened, producing a group of great sculptures of different shapes, all molded by nature. Visiting to this site needs at least 3 hours. Finally in the afternoon, you will be driven to Jianshui (3 hours) which lies in the south of Yunnan province,on the north bank of Hong He River. It is a national cultural town of more than 1200- year-old history. Since the Tang Dyansty (7th century AD), Jianshui has been the political, economic, cultural and military center of Southern Yunnan.
Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 3: Jianshui (B)

Among numerous historical and cultural sites, we will choose the most famous for you to see: the Confucius Temple which is originally constructed in the year 1285 in the Yuan Dyansty. After more than 40 large-scale renovation, Jianshui Confucius Temple becomes one of the famous three confucius temples all over China (the other two are Confucuis temple in Beijing and Qufu) whose architecture follows the traditional north-south symmetrical axis style, all main buildings are on the line of this axis.The next site you will see here is the local architecture complex – Zhu Jia Garden which was constructed in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1910). The construction work lasted for more then 30 years – the combined traditonal Chinese Han architetural and local ethnic architecture made this garden one of the most typical in Southern Yunan. It is also called the “Grand view Garden” in Southern Yunnan. Rest of the day you can walk in the ancient town of Jianshui yourselves.
Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 4: Jianshui – Yuanyang (B)

This morning you will be driven to Yunyang (2-3 hrs drive) which lies to the south of Jianshui. The unique natural sites here attracts numerous tourists all over the world,you will visit a local Hani village lies in the moutain, more than 150 families are living here, birds sing in thick forest, original country atmosphere surrondes every tourists who came here. Forest, villages, terraced fileds and Water (river) are hence the core of Hani culutral. Another main site you will see is the world-famous terraced-fields by this village, those fields covers an area of 170000 acres, they are a huge ecological system, root of Hani people’s live and product of nature and culture, worhing visiting and strongly recommended.
Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 5: Yuanyang – Hekou (China border)/Lao Cai (Vietnam border) – Sapa (B)

Breakfast and leisure until transfer to Hekou (5 hours drive you will be arrving the China-Vietnam border). Customs clearance and formalities
Our representative will be waiting for you at Lao Cai border (Vietnam side) and ready to drive uphill Sapa to check in at hotel
Leisure time
Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 6: Sapa – Ham Rong Mountain – Cat Cat village (B)

Having breakfast at hotel and relax before explore Sapa Town.
At a elevation of 1600 meters, Sapa is a delightful old French hill station situated in the mountainous region of Vietnams’ northwest, close to the Chinese border. The region is home to many ethnic minorities groups all wearing their traditional and colourful attire.
We will have a short walk to Ham Rong Mountain. On the way, stop at local market, ethnic minority people of different groups wearing their traditional costumes made by themselves comes every day selling local products includes vegetable, bamboo shoot, mushroom, medicinal herbs and souvenirs…there are chances for making acquaintance and taking photos.
In the afternoon, drive to the direction to the South West of Sapa ( around 4 kms ) to get to Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong minority, a waterfall and a hydroelectric power station built by the French in the past. Continue to trek another village, Sin Chai before going back Sapa (this trek depends much on your health, pls freely discuss with your local tour guide if you prefer to trek more/less).
Overnight at hotel

 

Day 7: Sapa – Lao Chai/Ta Van – Silver waterfall – Tram Ton – night train back Hanoi (B)

Hike down to Lao Chai village to visit the Tay and Day tribes. Continue along the bottom of the Sapa valley to get to Ta Van village, which is supposed to be the most beautiful one in the area. Today you will spend abt 4 hours hiking. It depends on you if you want to hike more or less. At least you can see one village – it is a must (!), once in this region! Return to Sapa by car for having lunch at local restaurant on your account.
In the afternoon, drive up hill to see the famous Silver Waterfall and then onto Tram Ton, the highest mountain pass in Vietnam at 1,800 m above sea level for enjoying the magnificence of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range as well as over viewing spectacular landscapes of the whole area, stretching endlessly..
Then transfer back to Lao Cai station for the night train back to Hanoi by soft sleeper, 4-berth sharing compartment on tourist train.
Overnight train trip

 

Day 8: Hanoi arrival – Hanoi halfday sightseeing (B)

Arrive early in the morning
You will take meter taxi to 3* standard hotel for refresh and bring you back to shape (we suggest you to take Mai Linh taxi and please tell them to turn the meter on!)
Breakfast at hotel
Free time
13.30: Hanoi, a city between the rivers, built from lowland, Hanoi has many scenic lakes and sometime is called “city of lakes”. Among its lakes, the most famous are Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, Halair Lake, Bay mau Lake…As the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is considered to be the cultural centre of Vietnam, where every dynasty has left behind their imprint. Even though some relics have not survived through wars and time, the city still has many interesting cultural and historic monuments for visitors and residents alike. You will visit Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem lake with Ngoc Son temple (the lake of the Restored Sword), our architectural and our way of with small street and its name and explore Hanoi old streets by one hour cyclo ride.
Rest of time free at leisure or shoppings.
Overnight in Ha Noi.

 

Day 9: Hanoi arrival – Halong Bay (B, L, D), no escort guide from Hanoi, guide on junk or cruise!

Have breakfast at hotel

 

PROGRAM WITH GLORY CRUISE
08.00: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong City through the paddy fields in the Red River Delta on shuttle bus
10.00: Stopover on the way for a refreshment break
12.00: Arrive at Tuan Chau wharf – Break and photography time
12.30: Board Glory Cruises for departure. Welcome drink will be served
13.00: Lunch is served while cruising through the bay
15.30: Visit exciting Cua Van fishing village. The village is free of busy roads and streets, electric lights, houses and high rise buildings. Instead, there are only herds of little boats and rafts. You will have the chance to discover the traditional culture and customs of the fishermen.
16.30: Enjoy kayaking or swimming (if the weather permits).
17.00: Back on board and continue cruising to Drum Cave (Hang Trong) to dock.
19.00: Dinner is served.
21.00: Take some leisure time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing.
Relax and spend a romantic night on Glory Cruise.

 

PROGRAM WITH BHAYA CLASSIC CRUISE
08.30: Pick up you at your hotel in Hanoi by shuttle bus. Travel to Ha Long city for about 3,5 hour drive
12.00 – 12.30 Check-in at Bhaya Café, Halong City. Embark on Bhaya Classic for a Welcome Cocktail followed by a cruise briefing.
13.00 – 15.30: Savor a delicious Vietnamese buffet lunch as Bhaya Classic heads to Bai Tu Long Bay passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and Vung Vieng fishing village.
15.30 – 17.00: Visit the fishing village by tender (30 minutes each) then return to the vessel for free time at your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Discover the fishing village by local rowing boat
Kayak into the village or swim near the boat
Optional onboard activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, etc.;
Trip by tender to an isolated pristine beach for swimming, snorkeling, etc.
17.00: Bhaya Classic cruises through the Bay to its overnight anchorage near Ho Dong Tien.
Happy Hour & Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the Sundeck.
19.30: Sumptious Seafood Set-dinner onboard.
21.00: Retire to your cabin or join the fishing program.
Overnight aboard Bhaya Classic

 

Day 10 : Ha Long Bay – Hanoi, guide on junk or cruise, no escort guide back Hanoi!

 

PROGRAM WITH GLORY CRUISE (Brunch)
07.00: Coffee and tea will be served
08.00: Continue cruising
08.15: Visit splendid Sung Sot Cave
09.00: Check out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay, passing Dinh Huong Island, fishing villages, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island and Sail Island.
09.30: Buffet brunch while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier
11.30: Arrive at the pier. Time to say goodbye to the crew.
12.00: Return from Halong to Hanoi on shuttle bus
14.00: Stop over in Dong Trieu town to visit a ceramics workshop.
16.00: Arrive in Hanoi and drop off at your hotel.

 

PROGRAM WITH BHAYA CLASSIC CRUISE (Brunch)
06.15: Start your day with Tai Chi on the Sundeck while complimentary tea & coffee are served.
07.00: Bhaya Classic weighs anchor to cruise through the Bay passing beautiful spots like Trong (Drum), Trinh Nu (Virgin) and Me Cung Caves, Coc Ngoi (Toad) Islet, etc.
08.30: Explore the Surprise Cave (Sung Sot).
09.30: Return to Bhaya Classic. Buffet brunch is served onboard. The vessel cruises leisurely back to harbor.
11.00: Disembark at Bhaya Café
Return to Hanoi on shuttle bus and drop off at your hotel
Overnight at hotel

 

Day 11: Departure Hanoi to your home country or next destination (B)

Transfer to airport (no guide) for departure flight.

 

Interested?. Please email us for detail costings

 

Price inclusive

  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast at hotel as mentioned
  • Private car with airconditioning
  • Mineral water and wet wipe
  • All entrance fees, boat fees, river cruise fees
  • English/French speaking local stationed guide except where mentioned ‘no guide’
  • Fullboard on cruise in Halong Bay
  • Junk cruise fee (with kayaking – 2 people per kayak)
  • Breakfast on arrival Hanoi from train and early check with refresh
  • Train ticket Lao Cai – Hanoi
  • Vietnamese visa arrangement fee (promotion)

 

Price exclusive

  • Early check in/Late check out (Standard check in time is 14.00, check out time is 12.00) except the early check in on arrival from Sapa train
  • Chinese visa arrangement fee and stamp fee
  • International flight to Kunming, exit Hanoi and international airport tax
  • Vietnamese visa stamp fee at Embassy or at airport on arrival
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals where not mentioned
  • Personal expenses & tips

 

Hotels used for Superior 3* class

City Hotel & room type Website
Kunming Kunming Jinjiang Hotel www.jinjianghotels.com
Jianshui Jianshui Hotel Not available
Yuanyang Yuanyang Yunti Hotel Not available
Sapa Boutique Sapa hotel (Muong Hoa valley deluxe)
Sapa Luxury hotel (deluxe room)
http://boutiquesapahotel.com.vn/home/
www.sapaluxuryhotel.com
Halong Bay Glory Cruise (deluxe cabin)
Alova Gold Cruise (deluxe cabin)
www.halongglorycruise.com
http://alovacruises.com/
Hanoi Medallion hotel (deluxe room)
The Boss hotel (superior room)
www.medallion-hanoi.com
www.bosshanoihotel.com

 

Hotels used for First 4* class

City Hotel & room type Website
Kunming Kunming hotel www.kunminghotel.com.cn
Jianshui Jianshui Hotel Not available
Yuanyang Yuanyang Yunti Hotel Not available
Sapa Victoria hotel & resort (superior room) www.victoriahotels-asia.com
Halong Bay Bhaya Cruise, deluxe cabin http://www.bhayacruises.com/
Hanoi Golden Silk hotel (deluxe room)
Church boutique hotel (roh room)
www.goldensilkhotel.com
http://www.churchhotel.com.vn
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Inclusions

Price inclusive
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast at hotel as mentioned
  • Private car with airconditioning
  • Mineral water and wet wipe
  • All entrance fees, boat fees, river cruise fees
  • English/French speaking local stationed guide except where mentioned ‘no guide’
  • Fullboard on cruise in Halong Bay - Junk cruise fee (with kayaking - 2 people per kayak)
  • Breakfast on arrival Hanoi from train and early check with refresh
  • Train ticket Lao Cai - Hanoi
  • Vietnamese visa arrangement fee (promotion)
  Price exclusive
  • Early check in/Late check out (Standard check in time is 14.00, check out time is 12.00) except the early check in on arrival from Sapa train
  • Chinese visa arrangement fee and stamp fee
  • International flight to Kunming, exit Hanoi and international airport tax
  • Vietnamese visa stamp fee at Embassy or at airport on arrival
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals where not mentioned
  • Personal expenses & tips

Hotel used for packages

Hotels used for Superior 3* class
City Hotel & room type Website
Kunming Kunming Jinjiang Hotel www.jinjianghotels.com
Jianshui Jianshui Hotel Not available
Yuanyang Yuanyang Yunti Hotel Not available
Sapa Boutique Sapa hotel (Muong Hoa valley deluxe) Sapa Luxury hotel (deluxe room) http://boutiquesapahotel.com.vn/home/ www.sapaluxuryhotel.com
Halong Bay Glory Cruise (deluxe cabin) Alova Gold Cruise (deluxe cabin) www.halongglorycruise.com http://alovacruises.com/
Hanoi Medallion hotel (deluxe room) The Boss hotel (superior room) www.medallion-hanoi.com www.bosshanoihotel.com
Hotels used for First 4* class
City Hotel & room type Website
Kunming Kunming hotel www.kunminghotel.com.cn
Jianshui Jianshui Hotel Not available
Yuanyang Yuanyang Yunti Hotel Not available
Sapa Victoria hotel & resort (superior room) www.victoriahotels-asia.com
Halong Bay Bhaya Cruise, deluxe cabin http://www.bhayacruises.com/
Hanoi Golden Silk hotel (deluxe room) Church boutique hotel (roh room) www.goldensilkhotel.com http://www.churchhotel.com.vn

Price

Interested?. Please email us for detail costings