China Vietnam border crossing is a unique and exciting adventure tour. Visit Jianshui and the second largest Confucius temple in China. Explore ethnic towns, vegetable markets and rice terraces. Cross the border to Vietnam and wander around the streets of Sapa. Take an overnight train to the capital of Vietnam Hanoi!
- Explore Jianshui – A 1200-year-old town with a vast collection of historic heritages
- Visit China’s second-largest Confucius temple
- See a Pavilion-style Double Dragon Bridge with seventeen arches
- Sapa – A small market town facing the hazy blue peak of Fan Si Pan Mountain.
- Trek through the bamboo jungle to Lao Chai and Ta Van village
- Explore Bac Ha – the biggest market of the area
- Visit the old palace of H’Mong King
Day 1 Kunmin meet and greet, stay 1 night in Kunming (no meal)
Day 2 Drive to Jianshui, stay 1 night in Jianshui (breakfast)
Day 3 Drive to Yuanyang, stay 2 nights in Yuanyang (breakfast)
Day 4 Yuanyang exploration (breakfast)
Day 5 Drive to Hekou, board to Vietnam and drive to Sapa Town, stay 2 nights in Sapa (breakfast)
Day 6 Sapa Town exploration (breakfast)
Day 7 Drive to Bac Ha, drive to Lao Cai, train ride to Hanoi, overnight on train (breakfast)
Day 8 Hanoi arrival, the trip ends (breakfast)
Duration: 8 days
Activities level: Moderate
Transport: Private air-conditioned vehicle, rickshaw, boat, overnight train in air-conditions superior cabin with 4 soft berths
Meals: 7 hotel breakfasts
Price: CNY 9980 per double occupancy, CNY 12230 per single room
Size of group: min. 4 persons
Day 1 Kunming meet and greet, stay 1 night in Kunming (no meal)
Arrive in Kunming on your own.
After airport formalities, meet your guide and be transferred to hotel. Serving as the capital of Yunnan, Kunming is historically and culturally renowned throughout the country. It is the center of politics, economy, culture, science, and technology in Yunnan. With an annual average temperature of 15 degrees Celsius, it is well known as the City of Eternal Spring without bitter cold in winter and intense heat in summer.
Day 2 Drive to Jianshui, stay 1 night in Jianshui (Breakfast)
Hotel breakfast and check out.
Meet at hotel and overland drive of 180 kilometers (around 4 hours) via Mile and Jijie to Jianshui. En route, you may see vineyards and sugar-cane fields. Arrive in Jianshui and check-in at hotel in Jianshui.
Jianshui is a 1200-year-old town with a vast collection of historic heritages. More or less a living museum of old buildings or residences, it boasts more than 100 architectures built in Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, 50 odd-arched ancient bridges, and quite a few old residences that were built in the Qing Dynasty.
If time allows, visit the Zhu Family Garden. The Zhu Family Garden is a complex of nearly 100-year-old buildings built in late Qing Dynasty of 42 courtyards, covering a total area of over 20,000 square meters. It’s a typical private garden with a local touch. A small portion of the garden was renovated in 1999 to 28 rooms that are scattered in 4 sections, namely “Plum Hall”, “Orchid Courtyard”, “Bamboo Groove” and “Chrysanthemum Garden”.
Day 3 Drive to Yuanyang, stay 2 nights in Yuanyang (Breakfast)
In the morning, visit the Confucius Temple, the Double Dragon Bridge, and the Family Zhang Garden. Begun in 1285 and enjoyed over 40 renovations, the Confucius Temple is China’s second-largest Confucius temple, after the one in Qufu, Confucius’ hometown. The temple complex runs along a 625-meter-long axis and comprises six courtyards and 31 buildings.
Family Zhang Garden, also called Tuanshan village. It has currently 237 households and over 90 percent still bear a common family name of Zhang. With four gates at the directions of east, south, west, and south, the village was self-sufficient. A dozen of old residences, fine work of wood carving and stone carving can be found all over the village. With seventeen arches, the pavilion-style Double Dragon Bridge is a Qing Dynasty masterpiece built of stone and one of the best examples of its type all over China.
After lunch, drive 120 kilometers, or 3 hours, to Yuanyang. Set near China-Vietnam border and with Yuanjiang River flowing through, Yuanyang is well known for its unparalleled terraced paddies and diversified ethnic cultures of the Hani, Yi, Dai, and Yao.
Day 4 Yuanyang exploration (Breakfast)
You will explore the Hani villages, Yi villages, and terraced rice paddies.
The Hani minority in Yuanyang has been renowned for creating a harmony between man and nature in the village, forest, river and terraced paddies. Here, paddy fields are terraced from the foot of the mountains onto the very top. During February to early April and September to early November, when water is filled in the paddies after harvests, a natural grandeur of thousands of mirrors are formed when the sun is low near the horizon at both ends of the days (05:00-06:30 AM and 17:00-18:00 PM).
Populated 1.3 million in Yunnan, Hani minority single out themselves in their traditional costumes with silver accessories and mud-brick houses roofed with pine leaves that look like mushrooms from a distance.
With over 4 million people scattering all over, Yi minority is the biggest ethnic group and has been playing an important role in the history of Yunnan.
Day 5 Drive to Hekou, board to Vietnam and drive to Sapa Town, stay 2 nights in Sapa (Breakfast)
Drive to Hekou 180 km. 2.5-3 hours in the morning.
Arrival in Hekou Border (2 km far from Lao Cai Town) in Lao Cai province – a boundary town in the range after range of mountains with China. Cross the border and clear the custom on your own. Your guide & driver will meet you after you have entered Vietnam and drive to Sapa town (40km from Lao Cai Town).
Sapa Town, a small market town perched dramatically on the western edge of a high plateau facing the hazy blue peak of Fan Si Pan Mountain. The refreshing climate and vaguely Alpine landscape struck a nostalgic chord with European visitors. On 1,600 meters above sea level, is the kingdom of colourful Orchids, a big summer resort, the homeland of Nung, Dao, Tay, Cao Lan, Paxi, and Xa Phong ethnic minorities. Sapa’s invigorating air is a real tonic after the dusty plains, but cold nights make warm clothes essential throughout the year.
Day 6 Sapa Town exploration (Breakfast)
After breakfast, we will start the trip for admiring the panorama view of the town and then the valley from the main road. After 4km on the main road, we start going down to the valley by the small trails through the terrace rice fields to get to Y Linh Ho Hamlet, a small village of the Black Hmong people.
From Y Linh Ho village, we go along the river to go to Lao Chai village (means “old village” in the local dialect). It is time for you to visit the local families, listen to your guide’s explanation about the local culture: how they live, way of building the traditional house, techniques of making clothes… or listen about the way of treatment for a sick person.
In the afternoon, we leave Lao Chai to continue to Ta Van village, the Giay people’s residence. The guide to bring you into some family: listen about their life, enjoy some green tea, learn about the differences of their culture from the other hill tribes even they leave close to each other.
Quitting Ta Van, we head up to the main road where the car will pick up us to tranfer back to Sapa.
Day 7 Drive to Bac Ha, then to Lao Cai, train ride to Hanoi, overnight on train (Breakfast)
In the morning, you will walk to the top of the Ham Rong Mountain for having beautiful scenery of the town and its surrounding area. You will pay a visit to an orchard garden and a mini-museum which tells you a lot about ethnic minority people living in Sapa and the northwest region.
Then, drive up the hill to see the famous Silver Waterfall and then onto the Tram Ton, the highest mountain pass in Vietnam at 1,800 m above sea level for enjoying the magnificence of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range as well as the spectacular landscape of the whole area, stretching endlessly. Drive back to Lao Cai Train Station for taking a night train to Hanoi with SP8 19.30-04.30+1 or similar. Overnight train to Hanoi with 4 berths/cabin.
Day 8 Hanoi arrival or optional wooden junk cruising tour (Breakfast)
The train arrives at Hanoi Railway Station at 05:00 AM. Have breakfast at a local restaurant in Hanoi.
Or optional Halong Bay cruising tour. Transfer to Halong Bay, 175 km from Hanoi, the highway is smooth and it takes around 3.5 – 4 hours usually. HALONG BAY is nearly a hidden bay with thousands of limestone islands densely rising from the blue jade water in a sea area of over 1500 square kilometers. It astonishes visitors with quite different fascinations. In the caves and grottoes of stone islands, you will discover and admire how many impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Overnight on board.
Day 9 Hanoi departure, the trip ends (Breakfast/Lunch)
– 6:30 Wake up
– 7:00 Having breakfast while the boat cruising toward Luon Cave, passing by Dau Nguoi islet (Men head islet), Con Rua islet (tortoise islet).
– 7:45 Transfer to a small boat to visit Luon Cave
– 8:30 Back to the boat and continues cruising. Pass by Hoa Cuong area, Ngon Tay islet (Fingers Islet), Ga Choi islet, Lu Huong islet, Ba Hang area, Dog islet.
– 10:45 Lunch is served in the restaurant.
– 11:30 Check out then disembark. End the trip.
The driver will be waiting at the pier and driving back to Hanoi. Transfer to Hanoi airport or the city, departure for your next destination. The trip ends.
CNY 9980 per person twin or triple sharing
CNY 12230 per person single room
based on a minimum of 4-6 pax
– 7 nights’ hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
– Day 1 & 8 Airport round transfers with local English speaking guide
– Private air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking guide
– Entrance fees and sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.
– Overnight train with 4 berths/cabin from Sapa to Hanoi on Day 7
What’s Not Included
-In and out flight or train (pls ask our assistant)
-Travel Insurances (pls ask our assistant)
-Personal expense, beverages and meals, and highlights or sightseeings, which are not indicated in the itinerary
-Tips to guides, porterages & drivers if service is satisfied
Kunming Hotel: Kunming Cachet Boutique Kunming Artime
Information: Located in the heart of Kunming, Cachet Boutique Kunming Artime features lavish guestrooms with elegant and comfortable interiors. It has a top-floor fitness center and convenient access to transportation hubs. Free WiFi is accessible throughout the entire property. Hotel is only a 2-minute walk from Eastern and Western Pagodas and a 10-minute walk from Golden Horse and Jade Rooster. It is a 10-minute drive from Kunming Railway Station while Changshui International Airport is a 45-minute drive away.
Jianshui Hotel name: Ting Zi Yun Resort (boutique)
Information: The Ting Zi Yun Resort provides a great place for travelers to relax after a busy day. Free in-room Wi-Fi is available at this property.There’s plenty to do nearby, with Zhu’s Garden, and Jianshui Confucius. Temple all just a both distance away.After a long day of sightseeing, guests can retire to the comfort of the hotel. This hotel is consistently one of the most popular choices for .travelers to Jianshui.
Yuanyang Hotel name: Xiangban Yuanshe Azheke Hotel (boutique)
Information: This hotel is an ideal choice for travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of Yuanyang. It’s easy to keep connected with the property’s Free in-room Wi-Fi.After a long day of sightseeing, guests can retire to the comfort of the hotel. For guests’ convenience, airport pickup can be arranged.There’s never a dull moment at this hotel, guests indicate that the facilities are excellent.
Sapa Hotel name: Sapa Pistachio Hotel
Information: Sapa Pistachio Hotel is not only an ideal residental place for tourists when travelling to “the misty township,” it is also artistically decorated as a “scaled-down museum” – which preserves the unique cultural value of highland ethnicities, subtly blended with the neotetric style of a high-class resort. Located on Thac Bac Street in the middle of the town, hotel is literally an oasis in the heart of Sapa, overlooking the spectacular view of majestic Hoang Lien Son mountains and the poetic Muong Hoa valley from brilliant sunrise to magnificent sunset. All you need is to open the balcony door, let the clouds pour into your room and you will be able to touch the “fairyland”, at the same time experience the distinctive appeals of this land.