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Vietnam Tours: Sapa-Halong-Nha Trang 13 DAYS
Trip Code: T-266
Destination: Hanoi capital - Halong bay - Sapa mountain - Nhatrang beach
Valid Date Till: 31/12/2018

Sapa

Sapa ranks along Ha Long Bay and Hoi An in terms of attracting tourists solely on the merit of its natural beauty and surrounding attractions. It’s particularly rich in opportunities for treks, homestays and (on clear days) the kinds of panoramic views that leave travel writers searching for fresh adjectives and a larger camera memory card.

Mountaintop Sapa began life as a hilltop retreat for French colonialists desperate to escape the searing heat of the Vietnamese plains. They chose the lofty cool of Fansipan’s surrounds, and it’s easy to see why — the humidity of Hanoi peels away as you ascend the mountain peaks skirted with finely-sculptured, emerald-green rice terraces.

If you’re only in Sapa for a few days, be forewarned that the views do not come with a money-back guarantee. The best time to visit Sapa is in the summer months of August to December, when skies are more likely to be clear. These months are rainier but they are also warmer, and sometimes you can’t beat a nice summer rain for atmosphere — showers are typically brief, but it pours in buckets. Winter can be cold, foggy and rainy, but every three or four days, the weather clears and the views are more gorgeous than they are any other time of year.

No matter what time of year you arrive, Sapa has its drawbacks and advantages. Your top priority when selecting a room from December to February should be heat. Some places have electric blankets or heaters built into the bed frame, but that means the rest of the room is going to be freezing. Electric space heaters are better, and best yet, many places come with wood-burning fire-places. Make sure the fireplace works before you hand over your passport -- some we saw were only ornamental -- and check on the price of firewood as it rarely comes free and burns quickly.

Around Sapa you may come across a multitude of ethnic minorities. Chief among them are the Hmong (pronounced MONG), often referred to as the Black Hmong partly because their dress is a very dark, almost black, indigo ornamented with colourful brocade and silver jewellery, but mostly because of their black, fez-like headgear. The second largest group are the Dao, who also dress in dark clothes. The women of those referred to as Red Dao wrap up their hair in a bright red scarf bedecked with silver-beaded tassels while those of the Black Dao wear distinctive headwear — a pile of coiled, braided hair, with an elaborate, rectangular ornament of silver metal sticking out of the top. They will happily remove their headdress for tourists to show that it’s just a hat and not their real hair.

Since the advent of tourism these tribes have reinvented themselves as hawkers of handmade trinkets and textile goods. They are the genuine ’native’ inhabitants of the area, and they clearly regard all of the political nonsense that has been going on for the past 1,000 years as background noise. People invading and leaving. Governments coming and going. Many tribes straddle the border with China, which they ignore, circulating freely on both sides. As far as they are concerned, the lowland ethnic Vietnamese who have shown up in recent years to make a buck are simply arrivistes.

Halong Bay

Halong Bay was recognized as a World Heritage site since 1994 for its magnificient beauty spots as well as its geologic and geomorphology value, which is reflected through thousands of natural islands.

The Bay lies within the Gulf of Tonkin, in the North-East of Vietnam (about 150km from Hanoi). Halong Bay abuts Cat Ba Island in the southwest. Toward the west is the 120km-long coastline. It comprises a total area of 1553 sq.km with 1969 islands, 989 islands among which have been named.

Viewed from above, Halong Bay resembles a vivid landscape picture with stone islands, clear water set under the deep-blue sky. The Bay is also a region of highly-concentrated biological diversity with different ecosystems of mangrove forest, coral reefs, and tropical forests featuring thousands of species of floral and fauna.

The everlasting beauty of Ha Long is constituted by three factors: stone, water and sky. The island system is multicolored with a variety of shapes which provoke the imagination: Dinh Huong (Incense Burner) implies spiritual significance; Ga Choi (Fighting Cocks) the symbol of Viet Nam tourism, Con Coc (Toad) recalls the passage of time, waiting thousands of years to seek justice in Heaven. There are islands that resemble a resplendent throne - a Vietnamese mother’s curved back carrying her child, a roof, an old man, a human head and so on.

Inside the bigger islands are the mysterious yet wonderful caves and grottoes. Dau Go Cave (Wooden Stakes) dazzles the senses with many huge stalactites hanging poised in mid air and stalagmites growing majestically upwards. Then there is Thien Cung Grotto (Heavenly Palace) with its small, narrow entrance, but the inside looks like a marvelous palace, and many other caves, each of which has its own attraction and beauty.

Ha Long’s sea has always been the same: blue, smooth and still. Ha Long’s beauty changes by seasons. In Spring, buds of trees burst on limestone islands. In Summer, it is cool and clean with many sparkling sun rays reflecting from the sea’s surface. In Autumn, especially at night, moonlight illuminates the mountains so they appear just like gold, inlaid into the earth. In Winter, with pervasive frost, Ha Long is glamorous as “a floating flower basket on smooth wave” (by writer Nguyen Tuan).

Ha Long Bay is a mature karst landscape developed during long time of warm, wet, tropical climate. The sequence of stages in the evolution of a karst landscape over a period of 20 million years requires a combination of several distinct elements including massive thickness of limestone, a hot wet climate and slow overall tectonic uplift.

Another special feature of Ha Long is its bio-diversity, which is an important natural resource and needs to be preserved and conserved to maintain the ecological balance of the whole region. Bio-diversity is the general term used to reflect diversity and abundance in nature including all living things.

The total number of floral species remains unknown as many islands remain unexplored. There are probably over a thousand species of floral, the distribution of which is not uniform. Instead, several different communities (species of plants that always grow together) have been found, such as: mangrove, seashore plants, those of the slopes or sheer cliffs, the summit plants and those that grow around the mouth of caves and in gullies.

In 2002 a survey on assessing and auditing Ha Long Bay’s bio-diversity was conducted by the management authorities and researchers. They surveyed 9 areas in Zone 1 of the World Heritage and all sites had maintained its bio-diversity and species diversity, and more new species were discovered.

In recent years, Halong Bay has attracting a large number of tourists both domestically and internationally. It has been honored to welcome many international delegations, including the leaders of many countries all over the world.

Nha Trang:

Nha Trang beach city in central parts of Vietnam, some 2 hours flying from Hanoi and 1 hour from Saigon, if you want to find a beach place in Vietnam for Family Vacations, exactly this city is your choice!

Nha Trang is becoming increasingly popular in recent years because of its pristine beach, best scuba diving center of Vietnam as well as lots of interesting places and delicious food to enjoy.

Considered Vietnam’s most famous seaside resort-town, Nha Trang attracts foreign tourists for not only its stunningly pristine beaches but also the urban atmosphere of a young tourist city.

Together with the heavenly beaches, the hot springs, diversified kinds of fish, and the colorful coral reef underwater have made Nha Trang become one of the best spots for scuba diving and snorkeling. Coming to Nha Trang in the period from January to August, one will have the chance to experience the most wonderful weather for swimming and sunbathing.

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL HANOI, VIETNAM
Pick you up on arrival and transfer to the hotel, check in and free time at leisure on your own of exploration the city. Overnight Hanoi
DAY 2: HANOI - NIGHT TRAIN SAPA
Have breakfast in the hotel and free time on your own of exploration the city. Meet our car at Hotel at 09.00 Pm and transfer to Le Duan Train station for night train to Lao Cai of Sapa, the train depart at 9.45 Pm. Overnight on Train (B)
DAY 3: ARRIVAL LAO CAI- SAPA VILLAGE TREKS
Arrive in the early morning at Lao Cai station, near the Chinese border, take a scenic drive to the hill station of Sapa, enjoy the spectacular views of rice –terraced mountains and black H’mong and red Dao hill tribe people dressed in their colorful wares walking along the roadside. On arrival, check in hotel and have breakfast (your own account). From here we will start to hike down slope from the main road in Cat cat to visit black H’mong village, continue to hike from Cat cat to Sin chai village before returning back to Sapa town for lunch in local restaurant. Free time this afternoon for your own of exploring the town. Overnight in hotel in Sapa (L)
DAY 4: SAPA VILLAGE TREKS
After having breakfast in a hotel we embark on a lovely trek that will take us along buffalo paths and trails and through several hill tribe villages Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to Black H’mong, and Day people. This is an absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Once on the valley floor you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraced fields and scattered villages. Back to hotel in Sapa and free time, Overnight in Sapa (B/L)
DAY 5: SAPA VILLAGE TREKS- LAO CAI-HANOI/ Night Train
Have breakfast in the hotel and next will start our car trip to visit Ta Phin village, the home of Red Zao ethnic minority.
On arrival, start our trekking to explore around, some 2 hours before return back the town, check out the hotel and going to down town for lunch, after lunch, free time on your own of shopping time in local market, this afternoon, will meet our car back at hotel to transfer back Lao Cai town where will take our night train for Hanoi, the train leave at 9.15 Pm. Overnight on Train (B/L)
DAY 6: ARRIVAL HANOI- HALONG BAY/ ABOARD
On arrival Le Duan Train station early this morning, meet our car and guide to transfer to a local hotel for fresh up and have breakfast (your own account), next will depart for Halong Bay, some 165 km away from Hanoi. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life.
Welcome on board of Bai Tho Junk and set sail through the bay while lunch is served. Passage into the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons' teeth.
After lunch, we cruise to the inside of magical landscape of Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island, Binh Phong mountain, Sung Sot Cave, Round over Titov Beach. Enjoy sunset on the top of the Titov mountain or you take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnels with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon.
Back on board Junk, enjoy dinner on boat. Overnight on board junk. (L/D)
DAY 7: HALONG BAY- HANOI-NHA TRANG
Rise to the sound of the ocean coming to life for another lovely day. Before breakfast, you may have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, we cruise to the Bai Tho Mountain in the other beautiful Bai Tu Long Bay and we cruise back to the Halong dock.
Lunch on boat before checkout is at 11:45. Boat arrive at harbor by 12:00 free time for shopping .
12h45 Transfer back to Hanoi airport by road, takes your flight heading for Nha Trang, some one and half hours away, meet our car and driver at Cam Ranh airport and transfer to the hotel in Nha Trang city. on arrival check in hotel and free on your own at leisure.(B/L)
DAY 8: FREE DAY FOR RELAXING & SWIMMING
Have breakfast in the hotel, free time for your own of relaxing and sightseeing today. Overnight Nha Trang (B)
DAY 9: FREE DAY FOR RELAXING & SWIMMING
Have breakfast in the hotel, free time for your own of relaxing and sightseeing today.Overnight Nha Trang (B)
DAY 10: FREE DAY FOR RELAXING & SWIMMING
Have breakfast in the hotel, free time for your own of relaxing and sightseeing today.Overnight Nha Trang (B)
DAY 11: FREE DAY FOR RELAXING & SWIMMING
Have breakfast in the hotel, free time for your own of relaxing and sightseeing today.Overnight Nha Trang (B)
DAY 12: FREE DAY FOR RELAXING
Have breakfast in the hotel and free on your own of relaxing today .Overnight Nha Trang (B)
DAY 13: NHA TRANG- HANOI (FLIGHT)
Free at leisure until transfer to Cam Ranh airport for flying to Hanoi capital, there will be connecting flight onwards. Tour ends (B)
Tour prices in low season/(Per/person)
( Low season from 1 May- 1 Sept)
Hotel rates/group 1 Star 2 Star 3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
2 Paxs------------1,612 $----
Single Supplement0 $0 $0 $564 $0 $

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BOOKING TOURS FORM
Number of adults
Number of children (Under 12 years old/ 50% of adult fare)
Hotel Category
Number of SingleSupplement
Arrival Date

Tour prices in high season/(Per/person)
(High season from 2 Sept- 31 April)
Hotel rates/group 1 Star 2 Star 3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
2 Paxs------------1,671 $----
Single Supplement0.0 $0.0 $0.0 $584.8 $0.0 $

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BOOKING TOURS FORM
Number of adults
Number of children (Under 12 years old/ 50% of adult fare)
Hotel Category
Number of SingleSupplement
Arrival Date
Hotels or Similar Standard
Hotel namesCategoryRoom typeLocation
Sunrise Beach Resort5Deluxe Sea ViewNHA TRANG
Victoria Sapa Hotel4Superior RoomSAPA
Silk Path Hotel Hanoi (Hang bong)4Deluxe RoomHANOI
Inclusion

All Private transportation and transfers (AC, New)
Private deluxe cabin on boat in Halong Bay (twin shared cabin)- Bai Tho Junks
Train ticket 2 ways: Hanoi- Lao Cai- Hanoi
English speaking guide
Meals as indicated in tour itinerary
Relevant permits and fees
All accommodation based on twin share basis with daily breakfast

Exclusion

International flights
International departure tax
Flights from
+ Ha Noi- Nha Trang = 80 - 140 USD/ One way ticket (Eco Class)
( Airfare can be changed upon request)

Vietnam visa approval letter = 20 USD/ per person
Drinks on boat or in restaurants
Early check in and late check out
Travel insurance
Personal expenses
Tips and gratuities
= 3-5 $/ pax/ day

Note

+ Check in time at 02.00 pm and check out at 12.00 am
+ B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= dinner

BOOKING TERMS


Vietnampathfinder commitment is the delivery of bespoke, safe and best services
With a focus on experience, guest safety, quality control and service delivery,  we will check every details to make sure that our travel sevices or your booking travel with us a most enjoyable. Each request is dutifully responded to within 24 hours unless negotiations and special requests are required on your behalf; our team of Vietnampathfinder will ultimately inform and follow up or you also can call us any time at 084. 913323 977 (Mr Pham).
 

Payment

20% of the total tour cost to be deposited upon commitment of the tour, this deposit is non-refundable. The remaining 80% of the total tour cost to be paid 45 days (for FIT Booking ) and 60 Days (for GIT Booking) prior to arrival date. If booked less than 45 days from arrival, full payment is required immediately.

Where deposits and advance payments are required from contractors/third parties, these will also be invoiced to the client for payment (in addition to the 20% deposit). This will be required for Vietnampathfinder to secure services contractors/third parties. Pre-payment procedures during high/peak seasons may also vary, depending on the accommodation policy to guarantee the booking. Vietnampathfinder will inform you accordingly about this for each individual case.


We do accept payment methods:

 

+ Bank transfer = 25$/ 1 time bank fees/ whole amount (takes 3 days to complete and easy, this is low bank fees for big amount)

+ Credit card = 2.7% bank fees is levied in addition to the invoiced amount. Kindly make sure you include the invoice number or contact our Accounting Department for an invoice number so that your payment can be identified. Please also check with the bank who issued your credit card to ensure that no other bank fee is applied.

+ Paypayl online = 4.7%, fast but high fees

+Cash on arrival:  50% deposit for booking services (after confirmation) and the balance by cash on arrival Vietnam ( collect by tour guides, drivers directly from tour leader or your clients).


Cancellations & Refunds

Any cancellations should be made in writing to VietnamPathfinder Travel (email at: info@vietnampathfinder.com ). Cancellations beyond your control subject to Force Majeure can be covered under travel insurance. We recommend you buy Travel insurance before you complete payment of your travel and review its relevant product disclosure statement.


For FIT booking (group of less than 14 People travel together)

Cancellation fees of loss of deposit will be applied if a confirmed booking is cancelled 22 days or more prior to arrival date

For bookings that are cancelled by the passenger or agent 21 - 15 days prior to arrival date, loss of 50% of the total tour cost will be applied.

For bookings that are cancelled by the passenger or agent 14 - 8 days prior to arrival date, loss of 75% of the total tour cost will be applied.

Vietnampathfinder reserves the right to claim 100% of the total tour cost should the cancellation happen within 7 days before departure.

For GIT booking (group from 14 People up travel together)

Cancellation fees of loss of deposit will be applied if a confirmed booking is cancelled 60 days or more prior to arrival date

For bookings that are cancelled by the passenger or agent 60 - 31 days prior to arrival date, loss of 50% of the total tour cost will be applied.

For bookings that are cancelled by the passenger or agent 30 - 15 days prior to arrival date, loss of 75% of the total tour cost will be applied.

Vietnampathfinder reserves the right to claim 100% of the total tour cost should the cancellation happen within 14 days before departure.

Depending on airlines, hotels, cruises and third party cancellation policies, the above conditions may be modified on application. Vietnampathfinder will aim to negotiate with suppliers to waive or minimize these charges to you at best.


Refund & Non-Refundable


+ Any refund may takes from 15 days to 3 Months and We reserve the right to modify these refund policy without prior notice.

+ A Non-refundable  of 100 USD for booking tours when complete the booking confirmation


Hotel Ratings & Accommodation

Although hotels/guest houses/accommodation in the region may provide you with information about their qualification, the properties used and offered by Vietnampathfinder in this part of the world may not all have official star qualification issued by an official government-accredited hotel association in the country of operation. Vietnampathfinder provide you with its own internal star qualification which is based on its own experience and certain criteria to ensure you have an interpretation of the qualification. Vietnampathfinder cannot be held liable in any way for this star qualification.

There are limited hotels/resorts, with standard triple rooms in their inventory. These are commonly double/twin rooms with an extra (rollaway) bed, limiting space within the room. Please inform all concerned accordingly to correctly manage expectations. Extra bed rates / triple sharing room rates are available in the confidential tariff.

Single room supplements are indicated in the confidential tariff. It is common that the provided rooms are twin/double rooms for single use only.

Preferences such as smoking/non-smoking, interconnecting rooms, king-size beds, and location of the room cannot be guaranteed or confirmed in advance and are subject to hotel policy and availability at time of check-in.

Hotels or Similar Standards, this mean, we will book your accommodation in a similar hotel standards that based on room, service quality and star category, we will email to inform and will only confirm when get final decision from you before block the services.

Child Policies
( Must be under 12 years old upon travelling date)

We will apply the tour rates as following when you process booking online our packages

* Child in half twin shared with 01 adult                           100% of adult fare

* Child in extra bed, shared room with 02 adults               75% of adult fare

* Child without bed, shared room with 02 adults               50% of adult fare

* Complementary for kid under 5years old shared bed with parents

As you can see when booking online, we only charge the child with 50% of adult fare and accept this term, mean, the hotel room will arrange with a twin or double bed (or without an extra bed) and your Child will share room with 02 adults (Parents).
So, if you will request an extra bed after completed our online booking, we will add surcharge further of 25% of adult fare and this payment will be collected on arrival


Last Minutes Booking Policies

Last minutes bookings if the bookings are made in 72 hours, 48 hours or 24 hours before departure

Less than 24 hours before your trip departure, please email us  at: info@vietnampathfinder.com or Call at 084 913323977, we shall inform with our available services that with the same quality, standard as the package tours or any our travel services you wish to book on our website: www.vietnampathfinder.com, before process the final booking.

Refund and amendment will not be applied for last minute bookings.

 

Compulsory at Peak Season & Surcharge

Hotels or Boats (Halong bay, Mekong delta) will request during Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year period, we will inform you via email this special surcharge and your own account
 

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