Almost one week to discover life of the Red River Delta... From the charming Hanoi capital with amazing culture to awesome food, follow the trails leading to suburban villages to get closer views of the local community. Chance for you to witness a totally different side of Hanoi - no traffic jams, no noise, and no pollution - just old houses and warm-hearted people with smiles on their faces. Then it is Old Capital Ninh Binh province with breath-taking landscapes and historical values. The last destination is a cruise relax in the middle of less touristy Bai Tu Long Bay which is famous as one of seven wonders of the world.
Tour Code : GED11
Travel Style : Experience & Discovery
Duration : 06 Days - 05 Nights
Route : Hanoi – Street Food On Foot – City Discovery – Hanoi Off Road Biking – Ninh Binh – Ha Long Bay
Upon arrival in Hanoi you will be greeted by your guide and taken to your hotel where you can relax for the rest of the day.
16h00 : Your guide will pick you up and take you to waterpuppet show theater where you have chance to understand more about Vietnamese culture and tradition via wooden puppets and their stories.
17h00 – 17h30: Meet your guide again, start your 3 hour walk around Hanoi old quarter to taste authentic food and drink. Chance for you to witness real life of Hanoians and enjoy the evening atmosphere of this 1000 year old city. If weekend (from Friday night to Sunday night), you are likely to join a night market or some traditional street performances.
After your tourguide pick you up at your hotel at 8 AM, begin your day trip around Hanoi with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and hear about the man who led Vietnam’s campaign for independence from French colonial rule. After dedicating his life to the liberation of his country from foreign rule, Ho Chi Minh died in 1969 and his body was preserved for posterity. During the year, the mausoleum is closed for a month and Uncle Ho is given a bit of a spruce up! Then wander the grounds to see the One Pillar pagoda and the Presidential palace. Next, visit an 11th century relic, the Temple of Literature, which was built in homage to the Chinese scholar Confucius.
In the afternoon, pay a visit to Museum of Ethnology to understand about 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam and their culture. After 1.5 hours there, return Ngoc Son temple set on a tiny island in the middle of picturesque Hoan Kiem lake. You’ll hear how it got its name from a legend of an emperor, a magic sword and a giant turtle!
Spend the last 1 hours on a breezy cyclo ride through the Old Quarter’s 36 streets named after the products that were sold from their shops.
Beside a traditional, antique beauty of a-thousand-year history, we will explore an peculiar aspect of Hanoi. Outside bustle, narrow crowded streets and markets, in front of our eyes, there are emerald paddy fields with serene ambience in Red River delta, unique architecture of Co Loa ancient citadel from 250 B.C, and fruit farms where we can pick up fresh tropical fruits from trees. This is a fun experience to get off the beaten track out of daily Hanoi center and meet local people in the countryside. Get on bike and start your discovery!
After pick-up at your hotel at 8 AM, start your trip to Hoa Lu – Tam Coc in Ninh Binh province. Arrive at Hoa Lu ancient capital after 2.5 hour drive. Pay a visit to King Dinh and King Le’s temples and hear historical stories about this holy land.
12.00: Enjoy a buffet lunch with traditional Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant.
13.00: Get on sampan boats through Tam Coc grottos (known as Ha Long bay on land) and admire countryside landscape. Arranged by local people here, the boat is rowed by both hand and legs. The boat will take you through 3 specular caves with hundreds of limestone on the way. If harvest season, chance for you to see many terrace rice fields in golden colors.
15:00: Back to Tam Coc wharf to chill out and start 1 hour biking off the beaten track around the countryside. On the way, chance for you to stop at a local bungalow in the middle of emerald terrace rice field to enjoy some cookies and Vietnamese tea. What a relax!
07.30 – 12.15: Transfer to Bai Tu Long Bay on a 5-hour drive from Ninh Binh province.
13.30 – 15.00: Have lunch while cruising to thebay. Admire the fascinating formations on the way.
15.15 – 15.40: Explore the well- hidden Thien Canh Son cave.
15.45 – 18:00: Enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach at Hon Co island, swimming or kayaking.
18:00 – 19.00: Back to junk for refreshing before having dinner on board.
20.00 – 21.00: Relax, enjoy fresh air & overnight on board.
07.30 – 08.00: Morning view of bay’s landscape before breakfast in the fresh air.
08.30 – 09.30: Visit Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat.
10.00: Check out of the cabin. Start cruising towards the harbor while lunch is served.
11.45 – 12.00: Disembark. Back to Hanoi on a 4-hour drive
Please note that accommodations mentioned in this list are for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed.