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Northern Vietnam Escape

Sapa and Surrounds

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The one that takes you from Hanoi to the hills, uncovering the dazzling greenery of north Vietnam’s world heritage sites

5 Days
6 places

Visiting Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Overnight Train to Lao Cai, Sapa, Overnight Train to Hanoi, Lao Cai

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Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Max 20 people

Transport Style

Mini-Coach + Train


  • See UNESCO World Heritage site Trang An
  • Visit Temples of the Dinh and Le dynasties
  • Take a slow boat journey and admire the scenery of Tam Coc
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Pay over time, interest free
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  • No booking fee, no change fees
  • Financing available with UpLift

What's included?

4 nights accommodation

1 night in Hotel, 2 nights in Overnight Train, 1 night in Homestay

This trip is all about saving you valuable travel time, using overnight trains so you wake up in a new destination each time. You'll also have an authentic homestay with a local family where you can learn the local customs, eat some delicious Vietnamese food.

7 Meals

4 Lunch, 3 Breakfast

You'll be sampling some regional delicacies as we travel across Vietnam, with included lunches and plenty of opportunities to try the local food, from rice paper rolls to rich bowls of pho.


Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

You'll be guided round Sapa by our super knowledgeable, fun and friendly Trip Manager, who will teach you about the local history, the regional delicacies and generally how to have a good time in this beautiful part of the world, while having your back with anything you want or need.


All transport included during the trip

Overnight trains will whizz us from jaw-dropping destination to jaw-dropping destination, saving us precious travel time. The 4-person lockable compartments are comfy and clean, with your own dining table to eat, drink and play card games, while the bunks have proper linen so you're ensured a good night's sleep.


12 included


- Take a serene boat ride through the glittering waters and natural cave formations of Tam Coc
- Enjoy a authentic home stay with a local family in Sapa
- Visit the homes of the Red Dzao and Black H'moug
- Try your hand at agricultural activities such as catching crabs and fishing followed by a cooking class and lunch with a local family in Ninh Binh
- Enjoy an overnight train from the tranquil villages of Sapa to the big city of Hanoi

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs

This Trip takes you out of the hustle of Hanoi and into North Vietnam's glorious national parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Comfy overnight trains aren't just fun, they save you precious travel time, and will carry you through the jaw-dropping Ninh Binh province, the shimmering waters of Tam Coq and the rolling hills of Sapa, where you'll fall in love with the serenity and spectacular natural beauty of Vietnam, with included experiences like a boat ride through cave formations and and a local homestay showcasing an authentic side to this fascinating country.

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Northern Vietnam Escape Sapa and Surrounds

12 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See UNESCO World Heritage site Trang An
  • Visit Temples of the Dinh and Le dynasties
  • Take a slow boat journey and admire the scenery of Tam Coc
  • Savour a traditional Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant in Hoa Lu
  • Take a bike ride through the romantic scenery of Tho Ha Village
  • Try your hand at agricultural activities like crab-fishing & transplanting vegetables in Ninh Binh
  • Learn to prepare family recipes from locally sourced ingredients in a family-run cooking class, Ninh Binh
  • Eat a homemade group lunch with a local family in Ninh Binh
  • Hike to Muong Hoa Valley and see the Largest terraced rice fields in Sapa
  • Visit the Black H'moug Village
  • Trek toward Ta Phin Village
  • Meet members of the Red Dzao and Black H'mong tribes in Ta Phin Village & learn about their distinctive culture & customs

0 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip


Nights spent per location

  1. Hanoi

  2. 1 1 night

    Ninh Binh

  3. 1 1 night

    Overnight Train to Lao Cai

  4. via via

    Lao Cai

  5. 1 1 night


  6. 1 1 night

    Overnight Train to Hanoi

  7. Hanoi


Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Asian trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your trip. In Asia, some visas – but not all – can be purchased at the border with US$ or local currency. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry & deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they intend on staying only for a short period. Important to consider:
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to
miss part of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent before you leave home. Be aware that some visas can be purchased & arranged on arrival.
4. It is very important that the entry & exit dates are correct on the visa. Your travel agent will contact Contiki for full details. In these cases passport photos and US$ will be required and your Trip Manager will explain the process.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Asia trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) – 15kg in India – plus one piece of hand luggage suitable as a carry-on for flights.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Asia – from a trip to an offshore island, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more

Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
- Cost of a local lunch
- Cost of a local dinner
- Cost of a local taxi
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
Remember, there’s a big budgetary difference between a country like Japan & a country like Thailand, so do your research.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki Asia is mostly hotel accommodation with great amenities like WiFi. We have also included accommodation that reflects Asian culture, too. Like a family-run Guest house in the Mekong, a traditional junk boat in Halong Bay & an authentic local guesthouse in Laos. At these Special Stays, take the time for a digital detox and soak in all of that natural beauty.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From the Dhonk centre in India to the COPE visitor centre in Laos, our projects in Asia are all about giving something back. Find out more at

How do I pay for my Free Time Add Ons?

Free Time Add Ons in Asia are paid for in cash with local currency and USD only. Payments with other currencies (eg. AUD) or credit card cannot be accepted.

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).


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