Explore North Vietnam and Hoi An

Price from 2,250 EUR / person

This active journey takes you to high mountains in North Vietnam, long white beaches in Hoi An and green islands in Lan Ha Bay. Along the way, you stay at Topas Ecolodge at 1000 meters altitude and locally with a Vietnamese family.

The journey offers a host of different experiences, from visits to the minorities in the mountains, local food in the big city of Hanoi and bike ride around Hoi An.

All this combined with the most beautiful scenery, lovely food and friendly Vietnamese people.

Travel day by day

  Activity Accommodation
Day 1 Departure from home country
Our travels are based on departure from international airports in EU, but if you are interested in departing from other airports, we can of course also help with that.

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Day 2 Hanoi on your own Hong Ngoc Dynastie
When you land in Noi Bai, Hanoi Airport, our driver welcomes you and drives you to your hotel in Hanoi.

The rest of the day you can get a first impression of colorful Hanoi on your own or relax after the journey.

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Day 3 Hanoi Insight Tour Hong Ngoc Dynastie
After breakfast you will be picked up at your hotel by our local guide.

On the tour of Hanoi you will both see the well-known highlights such as. the literature temple, the French quarter of the colonial era and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. You get close to the locals in the narrow and hectic streets of the old quarter where life is still alive on the streets.

Our guide will take you safely to the sights, both on foot, by bike and by bus. Along the way there is a visit to a local restaurant where you can taste Vietnam's world-famous street kitchen and perhaps enjoy a Bia Hoi - a freshly brewed beer from Hanoi.

To get to the heart of the city, Hoan Kiem Lake, we jump on a local bus, an adventure in itself, and later we take a cyclo (bicycle taxi) around the lively commercial streets of the old quarter.

The tour ends at your hotel in the late afternoon

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Day 4 Minorities of Sapa Topas Riverside Lodge
Early in the morning, Topas Mountain Express will pick you up at the hotel in Hanoi, and then head off to Thanh Phu Bridge and Nam Cang, where, after a short walk through the village, you will be heading for a late lunch in the comfortable Nam Cang Riverside Lodge.

In the afternoon we explore a typical village inhabited by the Red Dao people. We are in the more pristine end of the Sapa area, and here the Red Dao women still carry some of the most colorful and richly ornate costumes among all of Vietnam's ethnic groups.

Red Dao especially unfolds their talents in healing baths, natural medicine and embroidery. Along with the local guide, you explore the village and see how the Red Dao produce rice paper, silver jewelry and embroidery.

Back at the lodge you have the opportunity to try one of the healing baths with special herbs that your host has collected in the jungle, which begins just behind the house. A very special and life-giving experience.

Dinner is served at the log's large wooden table or on the terrace overlooking the river.

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Day 5 Hike the jungle Topas Ecolodge
Today we are going to the jungle. Together with the local guide, we go from the morning to the discovery of the untouched nature, which fortunately are plenty of here the Sapa area. We must both experience the wild nature with all the scents and sounds and also meet the people who live in and by nature.

The higher you move up, the wilder and more impressive the landscape, trees alternate with bamboo, dense forest with open pieces. Familiar with the cardamom cultivated right here on the slopes, which is an important spice in many of the local dishes.

The locals you meet up here will often go barefoot, and why not you ... Take a well-deserved break at the little stream that runs out of the mountain, throw your shoes, enjoy the water's ripple and just dip your feet in the cool water. Maybe even a dip.

Today is a day where you are good at enjoying the surrounding nature, listening to the jungle birds and just being in the midst of all the overwhelming greenery.

You eat lunch along the way and are driven back to the lodge during the afternoon.

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Day 6 Free morning on Topas Ecolodge Hong Ngoc Dynastie
Most of the day is at your own disposal in and around Topas Ecolodge. Here is great to be, so maybe it's just what you need - enjoy the facilities of the place, the pool with mountain views, the spa department, relax with a book or go around the area where there is plenty to see. If you want a little further around, you have the opportunity to borrow one of the lodge's good mountain bikes.

You can also take the bus to Sapa, the nearest major city and a tourist and local center in the area. It is also possible to take a half-day trip to the highest mountain in Indochina, Mt. Fansipan (3.143 m.h.) with a newly created cable car.

Topas Mountain Express runs from Sapa at. 14 and from Topas Ecolodge at. 15 and will take you directly to the hotel in Hanoi.

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Day 7 Bike to Tam Coc Amira Homestay
You will be picked up at your hotel at. 8 in the morning and after a couple of hours driving you are in Hoa Lu.

Hoa Lu was formerly Vietnam's capital under Dinh and Le Dynasties in the 10th century, and here you visit the well-preserved Buddhist temples from the 16th century. . The road goes through one of Vietnam's most beautiful valleys with rice fields, villages and limestone cliffs that rise steeply and dramatically from the valley. Not without reason is called the area of ​​the dry Halong. The landscape is really the same - just on land.

At Tam Coc you eat lunch at a local restaurant and are - filled with new energy - ready for today's next great experience. You now need a rowboat ride on the river that cuts through the karst landscape. Besides the beauty of the landscape, you also get the opportunity to visit caves and caves - and just worry, you have a local beetle in the boat.

You can enjoy the evening with your host family.

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Day 8 Cruise in Lan Ha Bay La Pinta
After breakfast, it's time to head for Lan Ha Bay. Lan Ha Bay is the neighboring bay to the more famous and crowded Halong Bay. In Lan Ha you have the same impressive nature, but share the space with fewer people.

You will be driven directly to the sea and the pier, where a smaller boat will take you to the larger ship, which will sail around Lan Ha Bay. The ship will also be your home the next few days, and therefore you get a good introduction to the ship and the safety aboard during the welcome drink.

Along the way to Cat Ba Island, you sail past lots of small islands, through canals and out through the Cat Ba National Park. Hundreds of beautiful limestone cliffs rise up from the sea, birds of prey circles and fishing boats churn back and forth.

After a delectable lunch with everything from the sea, caught right outside, there is a gangway on Cat Ba Island, where a bus takes you to Trung Trang cave in the protected forest in the middle of the island. On a short guided hike in the forest you will be introduced to the national park and the tropical nature.

Then there is the possibility of bathing and kayaking.
Back on the boat, the chefs will introduce you to traditional Vietnamese cooking. Maybe you will learn a few new tricks that can dup home in Denmark…

Dinner is served on board.
After dinner, try the squid fishing or enjoy your free time on the private balcony of your cabin.

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Day 9 From Lan Ha to Hoi An Hoi An Garden Villa
It is hard to imagine a more beautiful place to wake up than out here in the middle of Lan Ha Bay. Enjoy the sunrise over the countless islands and take an early morning walk out to a bank where the fishermen are already in full swing. Back on the cruise ship you can enjoy your breakfast.

After breakfast you will be sailed to the Dark and Bright Cave, which you can explore in a smaller bamboo boat.

Back on the boat, lunch is offered while we are slowly approaching land. Photo opportunities are unique and from the boat you have a good look over the beauty of the archipelago.

After landing, a bus drives you to the airport in Hanoi and after a short flight to Danang you meet by our driver who drives you the last short distance to your hotel in Hoi An.

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Day 10 Bike to Hidden Beach Hoi An Garden Villa
After breakfast you will be picked up at the hotel and today's menu is a full-day bike ride. First, the trip takes a local ferry a little up the river, where the first stop is a visit to Cam Kim village, which is especially known for its carpentry and wood carvings. The trip continues along quiet small roads through rice fields to a local market before we take a boat to Cam Thanh village. Here, the brave can try a trip on the water buffalo. The bike ride continues to the peaceful An Bang beach and a delicious lunch at a local family.

The afternoon is for relaxing on the beach, but why not try to catch fish with nets or from the small curve boats? The locals will gladly help you and it is a wonderful experience.

At the end of the day we cycle back to Hoi An

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Day 11 Relaxing day in Hoi An Hoi An Garden Villa
Today you are on your own in Hoi An and here is plenty to look at. The old town is intersected by canals and you can find everywhere traces of the many traders who have visited the city for centuries. Portuguese, Dutch, Arab, Chinese, French - everyone has been here and left their mark. With the many interesting buildings from the different eras, it is natural that the city has the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Sailors have been shopping here and got their clothes sewn in Hoi An since the city's heyday. The harbor is sandy to-day, but it still teems with good and cheap tailors who sew on purpose and deliver from day to day. Is it in Hoi An you need to renew your wardrobe?

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Day 12 Transfer to Danang and then flight home
Your return journey is from Danang airport, only an hour's drive from Hoi An, and you can spend the day getting the last experiences before the driver drives you to the airport.

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Day 13 Arrival in Denmark

From 2,250 EUR / adult

From 1,720 EUR / child

+ 328 EUR for solo travellers

The price includes

  • Seat in coach Limousine to/from Sapa
  • Water & snack on excursions in Sapa
  • Kayaking & bamboo boat
  • Bicycle
  • Public bus ticket
  • Cyclo ride
  • Domestic flight ticket Hanoi – Danang (Economic class)
  • Flight from international airport in europe
  • All local transport in private car with driver unless othervise stated
  • Local english speaking guide during excursions
  • Sim-card and phone hot line to local Topas employee in Vietnam during entire
  • Accommodation at indicated hotel (twin shared room)
  • Meals as indicated above (B = breakfast, L = lunch, D= Dinner)
  • All entrance fees to the indicated places
  • Airport taxes and fees
  • Contribution to the Travel Guarantee Fund

The price does not include

  • Drinks and meals not mentioned in the detailed program (approx. USD 5-15 pr. meal)
  • Visa
  • Personal insurance, travel insurance and cancellation insurance
  • Tips for tour guide and driver
  • Personal expenses

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