HANOI - NINH BINH - HANOI - HALONG - HANOI
6 DAYS | 5 NIGHTS
From Ha Noi, one of Asia’s most fascinating cities and the city is rich in culture and history, to Ninh Binh taking a boat ride through the stunning limestone peaks and the lush paddy fields in Tam Coc and and cruise around the limestone peaks of picturesque Halong Bay, the Natural Wonders of the World with over 2000 incredible islands rising from the emerald waters, the best way to experience Ha Long Bay is none other than an overnight cruise
Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, you will be welcomed by your guide and transferred to hotel for check in. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the capital of Vietnam, a city that celebrated 1.000 years in 2010 has countless fascinating cultural and historic sites with tree-lined boulevards, French Indochinese architecture and tranquil lakes of this unique city.
Enjoy a famous Water Puppet Show, the art form which originated in Vietnam at least 1,000 years ago, the content of show related to daily life of Vietnamese farmers (cultivating, tending buffalo, catching fishes…), communal entertainment (swimming contest, dragon dancing…), or historical legends, and the must-see in Hanoi
Overnight in Hanoi
Leave the city behind with a short drive through rural northern Vietnam to Hoa Lu, Vietnam's first capital. Visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh Dynasty (968-80) and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le Dynasty (980-1009). Then proceed to Tam Coc for lunch before boarding a private sampan ride through the rice paddies and enormous limestone karsts to reach the sacred Tam Coc Caves, the enormous limestone karsts jutting out from the green rice fields, which is why this area is often referred to as “Halong on the land”. End your visit with a climb up to the Bich Dong Pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain dating to 1428, comprising three structures: Ha, Trung, and Thuong Pagodas, in ascending order for panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Return by the sampan to Tam Coc town before returning to Hanoi.
Note: an alternative to Tam Coc, visit Trang An grottoes, similar to Tam Coc but with many more caves to pass through, where limestone hills surround a peaceful river while rowing through Trang An grotto in the quiet, fresh air of the peaceful countryside, with only the sound of birds and the oars stirring the clear water
Overnight in Hanoi
Leave Hanoi after breakfast. We head to the stunningly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay. Arrive at your jetty in Halong City towards noon then board your traditional wooden junk boat, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay and pass by the emerald waters soaking up the panoramic vista of the thousand or so karst limestone islands that stud the bay.
In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on board. Towards the end of the day, the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.
Overnight on Halong Bay
Enjoy the sunrise over the Bay and explore the Surprise Cave (Sung Sot). Your breakfast is served (brunch on some boats) while the vessels cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Disembark and transfer to Hanoi, the rest of the day is at leisure
Overnight in Hanoi.
This morning will start with a first stop at the Temple of Literature, built in the 11th century as Vietnam’s first university before we proceed to the One Pillar pagoda, built by Emperor Ly Thai Tong who ruled from 1028 to 1054, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples. Then, we continue to visit the Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, the rest place of the greatest hero of Vietnam – Uncle Ho, the one was admired by millions of people in Vietnam and other countries in the world, and the former presidents house on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. His former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary. (Viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from Oct-Nov).
In the afternoon, visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, contains more than 10,000 objects, 15,000 black and white photos, hundreds of video tapes and cassettes which depict all aspects of life, activities, customs, and habits of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Then heading to the bustling Old Quarter for a walking tour, the quarter consists mainly of 36 Old Streets divided and named according to their craft guides in the past, and remain most of that working system until now, it’s the great place to take some great photos, explore thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers, learn about its rich cultural, artistic, culinary history and shopping.
Note: an alternative to the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, visit the highly acclaimed Vietnam Women’s Museum (closed Monday) where displays women’s role in Vietnamese society and culture, the memories of the wartime contribution by individual heroic women that are most poignant. It’s also showcase a stunning collection of propaganda posters, as well as costumes, tribal basket-ware and fabric motifs from Vietnam’s ethnic minority groups.
Overnight in Hanoi
After breakfast, you will be free at leisure until time to transfer to airport for your onward flight.
Ground transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
Accommodation based on twin/double sharing room with daily breakfast.
All meals mentioned in the itinerary.
English speaking guide throughout the itinerary.
All entrance fees, boat trip, water puppet show as indicated in itinerary.
2 bottle mineral water per day per person.
We saw, learned, heard, tasted a lot and really got to know these 2 countries better. Thanks a lot for organizing our tour.
My husband and I are now home and we'd like to thank you for an extraordinary trip in Vietnam and Cambodia. Thu, you did a terrific job in planning it and all details were perfect and everything happened like clockwork. We loved...
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