Vietnam Sapa Trek & Ha Long Bay

Hanoi, Vietnam

Trip Highlights

  • Mountains of Vietnam
  • Big Rivers & Beautiful Views
  • Home-stay Lodging
  • Amazing Vietnamese Cuisine
  • Village Cultures of Vietnam
  • Remote Villages & Rice Paddies
  • Ha Long Bay Cruise


“Xin Chao” from Vietnam! We start this epic Vietnam trekking adventure off in the ancient capital city, Hanoi, where we pick you up from the airport and transfer you to our hotel. We acclimatize in Hanoi and subsequently travel via train to Sapa, which lies on the Northwest border of Vietnam and China. Sapa sets our scene for the hiking portion of this trip as we trek through beautiful rice paddy terraces to remote ‘hill tribe’ villages. The trails we walk on connect village to village and are backdropped by rolling hills, pristine rivers and terraced mountainsides. We experience the lives of the Black H’mong, Red Dzao, Green Dzai and White Tay hill tribes by sleeping in comfortable homestays, making personal connections and trekking from village to village. After the trekking portion of this trip, we head east to the South China Sea for a luxury cruise of Ha Long Bay. The World renown limestone archipelago is a must for any travelers who visit Vietnam and no better place to end our adventure tour of Vietnam. The cultures, mountains, trekking, food and Ha-long bay make this trip one of the best trips in the world!

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10 Days
$3800 Per Person
$540 Single Supplement

$540 Single Supplement

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Trip Type: Inn-Based Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 2-12 Guests
Trip Length: 10 Days
Distance: 35+MI / 56+KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This trip features some long days of hiking with 9-10 miles in a day and moderate elevation gain/loss. The weather can be quite humid, which adds to the difficulty.
Hiking Distances:

Up to 10 mi
Backpack Weight:

10-15 lbs

Lightly Rugged
Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 2,000 ft
Heights Exposure:


Physical requirements:

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 10-15 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on variable, uneven terrain
  • River and creek crossings
  • Hiking in humid conditions


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Vietnam hiking tour a solitude 3. You can expect to have hours of solitude at a time while hiking.


For this Vietnam trek you will need to fly into Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Day 1, no later than 12 P.M. We will pick you up at the airport. An orientation meeting, dinner and accommodations are included on Day 1. Your return flight should be scheduled for the final day of the tour at 5 P.M. or later.

Flights to and from Hanoi are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Hanoi from many international airports including those in Hong Kong; Seoul, South Korea; Beijing, China; Guangzhou, China; Taipei, Taiwan and others. Flights to Vietnam from the USA and Europe are often quite affordable.

Minimum of 2 Guests

We require a minimum of 2 guests to confirm this trip. If a trip date is not confirmed yet, you can register and will be notified when the trip is officially confirmed. We recommend not making final travel arrangements until your trip meets the minimum number of guests and is confirmed.

In most cases, if a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, be refunded your payments in full, or you may have the choice to pay a supplemental fee to run the trip with fewer guests. We make the final determination for these trips 45 days before the departure date.

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Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 2
  • 4-5 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 6-10 People: Rate x 1.15
  • 11-12 People: Rate x 1

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Welcome to Vietnam and Southeast Asia! Get ready for new sounds, smells, and sights as we enter a unique, vibrant and colorful culture. Your Wildland Trekking guide will pick you up from Noi Bai International airport in Hanoi, Vietnam and transfer you approximately 1 hour to the Hanoi Essence Hotel & Spa for the night. We will enjoy dinner with our guide(s) and group as we get to know each other and talk about the details of our upcoming Vietnam trek.


Today will serve as a sightseeing and rest/acclimatization day from our International travel. After breakfast, your guide will host you on a tour of this historic city. Among Hanoi’s sightseeing highlights is the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where we will see ‘Uncle Ho’ (Ho Chi Minh) laid out to rest. Ho Chi Minh was the founder and president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and a very important figure in the development of Vietnam. We will also visit the Hanoi Hilton museum where John McCain and other prisoners were held during the Vietnam-USA War; the Ethnology museum and the Temple of Literature, which serves as an excellent example of Vietnamese architecture. We will have lunch during the day and return to the hotel in the late afternoon. We will have free time until meeting up for dinner. After dinner, we will return to the hotel and pack our bags to head to the train station for our departure for Sapa around 10PM. No Vietnam adventure would be complete without taking an overnight sleeper train (ours has air conditioning and very nice bathrooms.)


This morning between 6 and 7 AM our train will arrive at the Lao Cai train station in the mountain city of Sapa. Our driver will be waiting for our arrival and transfer us roughly 1 hour to our hotel, the Aira Boutique Sapa Hotel and Spa. After check-in, we will have breakfast at the hotel. We will meet up for lunch and dinner, and between meals you will have time to explore this amazing town. Sapa is known for its colorful markets, friendly people and beautiful textiles. You will love and be intrigued by this amazing place!


  • Hiking Mileage: 9 miles
  • Elevation Loss: 1,914 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours

This morning after breakfast we will begin our hike. We will meet our local Black H’mong guide and begin our beautiful trek through the mountains. Expect there to be many local women walking with the group, asking to sell us goods. It is awesome to get to know the people, their culture and how they live their daily lives in Sapa. We will have lunch along the way and continue trekking through beautiful terraced rice fields, until we reach Ta Van Village, where we will check into the Ta Van Ecologic Homestay for the night. Ta Van Village is nestled in the mountains and provides a great opportunity to be immersed in the local village life of the Black Hmong and Red Dzao people. The majority of people in Ta Van are rice farmers and our local guide will be able to answer all of the questions we have. Upon arrival at the Ta Van Ecologic Homestay, we will be welcomed by our local ‘host mother’ who will be in charge of cooking dinner and breakfast for us. We may even have the option to help prepare spring rolls or appetizers! Getting to know the local people is one of our favorite things about this trek!

Day 5

  • Hiking Mileage: 10 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: appx 500 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 7-8 hours

This morning after a hearty breakfast, we will pack our bags and begin walking to the village of Giang Tai Chai. The rolling hills and rice terraces of this area shape the local people’s culture and it is evident how the environment plays an impact on the people’s lives. Along the way, we will have lunch and then continue on to Ban Ho village where we will stay for the second night of our trek. Ban Ho is one of the most interesting and diverse villages in the Sapa area. Black Hmong, Red Dzao, White Tay and other minority hill tribes all live together here. Ban Ho is a lovely village surrounded by rice terraces, glistening streams and traditional stilted houses. We check into our accommodation at Uncle Chu Thanh Homestay. We will have free time for showers, rest or village exploration before our delicious dinner is served. Our guides will provide the plan for the next day.


  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain: appx 500 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours

This morning after a hearty breakfast, we pack our backpacks and set off for the village of Thanh Phu. Our trek today starts off by climbing roughly 600 ft until we level off near Nam Tong village. The terrain is sub-tropical and the trails are used by local people to connect the villages. We will have lunch in route and continue trekking until we reach the village of Thanh Phu. Upon arrival at Thanh Phu, we will be picked up and transferred to the Topas Ecolodge where we will check into our luxurious accommodation for the night, the Topas Ecolodge! We will have free time for showers, village exploration or rest until dinner is served. Our guides will provide the plan for the following day.


  • Hiking Mileage: 4 miles
  • Elevation Gain: appx 500 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 3 hours

This morning we have a leisurely breakfast, pack our day packs and hike to Lech, a Red Dzao minority village. Upon arrival at Lech, we will visit with the Red Dzao people and learn about their culture and daily life in their village. After our visit with the Dzao, we will head back to the Topas Ecolodge, have showers and free time until lunch is served. We then board our private mini-bus for our 5 ½ hour ride back to Hanoi. We will arrive back to Hanoi, check into our hotel and all go to dinner together. It will be roughly 8:30pm when we arrive back to Hanoi, so we will have some snacks and drinks in route. Our guides will provide the plan for the next day.


This morning we will enjoy waking up at the Hanoi Essence Hotel & Spa in Hanoi. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and then we will depart between 9 and 10 am to Hai Phong. We arrive to Hai Phong before noon and will be welcomed to the Orchid Cruise’s lounge. Around midday, we will transfer by a smaller boat to the main cruise ship, which is waiting for us in the Cai Trap Canal. We will enjoy a welcome drink and receive a briefing from one of the crew members. Our cruise will set sail through the amazing Ha Long Bay, towards Da Chong Inlet and lunch will be served on board. After lunch, we continue sailing towards Con Vit and Gia Luan Islands where the amazing limestone karst structures rise up out of the water! It is absolutely amazing! Upon arrival, we have a road transfer to a 2000 year old cave called Trung Trang. After visiting the cave we will board the vessel and make our way to Lan Ha Bay for time to swim and relax. Back on board, we have the option to join a traditional cooking class, in which the chef will instruct us in making of some traditional Vietnamese dishes. We then have dinner and will enjoy the landscape of Ha Long Bay, while relaxing and soaking up the views.


This morning you can sleep in or rise early to witness Ha Long bay at sunrise! After breakfast, we will continue our journey and head out among small, wooden rowing boats to explore the bay in the area where the Ao Ech is situated and enjoy some time exploring by sea-kayak. After the morning of activities, we will return to the boat to complete the check-out procedure and enjoy a delightful brunch and tea ceremony and then cruise back to port. We arrive at the quay on the south side of the Bay where we will disembark in the late morning. At the quay, we will meet our driver, begin the drive back to Hanoi and have lunch before arriving at our hotel. We have the afternoon free to do some last minute shopping and/or site seeing before gathering back for our celebratory dinner.

DAY 10

After breakfast, your Wildland guide will meet you in the hotel lobby for your transfer back to Noi Bai International Airport. We will ensure that you arrive in time for your flight back home or you can continue your adventure in Vietnam. We hope you have had an amazing time and thanks for choosing Wildland Trekking!

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: lodging/campground availability, extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.

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Trip Details

Trip Details


  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
  • Lodging for the duration of the tour
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast the final morning
  • Professional, certified Wildland hiking and tour guides
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!


  • Transportation to Hanoi
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills, wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Clothes, rain gear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Gratuity for guide(s) and crew (industry recommendation is 10-20% of total trip cost; please tip your lead guide and they will distribute responsibly to the crew. USD or local currency is acceptable.)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.


This Vietnam hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guide. For the most part we’ll be enjoying in-town meals for dinner and some breakfasts and carefully-selected restaurants and lodges, and lunches are prepared on the trail by your guides.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you’re interested in.


We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)


We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important.


When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics


Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!


We will meet you at Noi Bai International Airport (in Hanoi) on Day 1 and transport you to the first night’s hotel (included), where we’ll conduct an orientation meeting the first evening (your flight needs to arrive before 12PM). Your guide will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.


Your safety is our top priority. This trek is led by professional hiking guides along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

In the interest of your safety, it’s important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.


This trip is led by expert, local Wildland guides. Our approach to international travel is to combine the best of two worlds: the dialed-in details, professionalism and consistency Wildland trips are known for; and the cultural immersion and intimate regional knowledge that only locals can provide. To excel with this approach, we vet and hire the best local guides, welcome them into the Wildland family and train them to meet our standard of excellence with every aspect of a trip. But along with managing logistics and safety, your guides will teach you about the area’s history and culture, and provide a level of familiarity and intimate detail only locals can.

Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


The standard group size on this hiking tour is 12 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

If you secure an insurance policy please bring a copy of it to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.


The weather in the mountains of Northern Vietnam is often rainy with moderate temperatures and relatively high humidity.

Month Hi Low Precip
March 64° F 52° F 5 in
April 70° F 55° F 7 in
May 75° F 64° F 15 in
August 75° F 64° F 18 in
September 73° F 61° F 12 in
October 68° F 55° F 8 in





This exceptional hotel is an unrivalled luxury boutique just steps from the “Lake of the Restored Sword,” Hanoi’s most famous body of water. Nestled in the vibrant, exciting historic district, this hotel puts us right where we want to be to begin exploring Vietnam.



Nestled at the base of a lush mountain slope and just far enough away from Sapa’s busy downtown center, this luxury hotel provides a peaceful but modern experience. We will soak up the comfort and tranquility here before we begin our trek.



Homestays offer an opportunity to learn about and be intimately part of the locals’ daily lives, sharing their home. Expect these stays to be fun but also rustic and basic, as we’re hosted by villagers. This is a wonderful cultural experience and often the highlight of the trip. There will be a mix of bungalows/rooms and dormitory set ups (beds/mattresses with fresh linens, hot showers and clean shared bathrooms).



One of National Geographic’s certified “Unique Lodges of the World,” this fantastic, boutique inn is perched on a hilltop deep in the mountains of Hoang Lien National Park. With amazing mountain bungalows and a swimming pool built at the edge of a precipice, this is one “hotel” you’ll never forget!

Orchid Cruise

1 Night

Orchid Cruise offers authentic 5 star luxury. With premier service, wonderful meals, luxurious rooms and stunning scenery, Orchid offers a top-notch experience. Our time cruising on Ha Long Bay many guests say was one of their favorite parts of this extraordinary journey through Vietnam.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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