Vietnam has a lot to offer with its beautiful mountains, breathtaking coastline and the friendly people, it is Northern Vietnam that promises to deliver some of the most spectacular sights and awe-inspiring experiences, particularly if you are the one who likes to tread on unbeaten paths. A trip to North Vietnam is incomplete without a visit to Ha Long Bay, where irregular limestone islands and rocky caves weathered over the centuries by wind and water resemble the spews of a dragon popping out of clear blue water. Others highlight of this place is Ninh Binh, called ‘Ha Long Bay on land’, where a rowboat will take you along river, between towering limestone cliffs and also through the dark tunnels carved by river Ngo Dong itself.
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ninh Binh
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL (Guide)
Upon your arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, our tour guide and car will welcome and take you to the hotel for check-in. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR & SHOPPING (Guide / Breakfast)
Pick up and transfer for visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an important place of pilgrimage for Vietnamese, Ho Chi Minh’s House on Stilts, built in the style of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities, surrounded by verdant and peaceful gardens, One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th century, of wood on a single stone pillar resembling a lotus blossom, symbol of purity, rising out of a sea of sorrow. After that, you will take a visit to the Hanoi Old Quarters where you can experience the real daily life activities of local people in the oldest area of Hanoi for around one hour on the interesting electric car with stopovers at Opera House is very famous site en route to take photos and enjoy the Old Quarters.
Transfer to shopping malls with international brands and high quality Vietnamese brands, some big shops with Made in Vietnam clothes where local people are regular; lacquer workshop (great traditional Vietnamese handicraft products). Back to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 3: HANOI – NINH BINH – HANOI (Guide / Breakfast)
Pick up and transfer to Hoa Lu – the ancient citadel of 3km2 – to visit the temples dedicated to Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang of the Dinh dynasty (968-980), and Emperor Le Dai Hanh of the Le dynasty (980-1009).
Continue to have a boat ride in Trang An – an ecological tourist site where the rowing boat brings you through many amazingly nature blessed caves and rice fields. Back to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 4: HANOI – HA LONG – HANOI (Guide / Breakfast / Lunch)
Prepare your energy and your camera for a long day to the famous World Heritage site. Depart from Hanoi in the morning and arrive at the scenic Ha Long Bay area around noon. From here you will board a charming traditional wooden junk for the afternoon cruise. The mystical landscape is where over 3,000 limestone rock islands with sheer vertical sides and topped with thick jungle vegetation rise out of the emerald sea. The wind, rain and sea have carved out dramatic caves and grottoes in some of the islands that can be explored. Many have been named after the shape of the rocks such as Stone Dog, Incense Burner (Dinh Huong) and Fighting Cock (Ga Choi). At the core of the islets, you will visit a wonderful grotto named Thien Cung (Heavenly Residence Grotto) before returning to Ha Long pier. Disembark at Ha Long pier and return to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 5: HANOI DEPARTURE (Guide / Breakfast)
Free until check out time at 12:00 PM. Car transfer to airport for the departure flight. Goodbye Viet Nam.
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