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SEE ALL EAT WELL: Northern Vietnam - 5 days

The tour begins in the bustling, yet charming Hanoi; famous for its sprawling street food scene, architecture and long history. Here you’ll visit the city’s best museums and see its most important sites: like Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum, Hoan Kiem Lake and the Temple of Literature. From Hanoi you’ll head to the gorgeous Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh and take a row-boat journey along the winding river, to marvel at picturesque caves, temples and mountains. After Ninh Binh you’ll venture to the breathtaking Halong Bay, known for its emerald water and jutting limestone cliffs before being traveling to a village to enjoy a traditional water puppet show by local artists.

Itinerary

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day 1
HANOI ARRIVAL

Xin chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam! You are greeted at Noi Bai Airport for your transfer to the hotel.

Hanoi is one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, full of culture, history and the engaging contradictions of a rapidly developing and deeply traditional society.

In the evening, there will be a briefing from your tour guide and advice about safety precaution when you are on tour. This will also be the chance for you to get to know other members in the group.

Meals: Nils

Accommodation: La Belle Vie Hotel – Deluxe Room 

DAY 2
HANOI: CITY EXPLORER

After breakfast at hotel, head out to Ba Dinh Square and start the day with President Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum and house-on-stilts plus the nearby One Pillar Pagoda.

Next is a visit to the Temple of Literature, dedicated to Confucius, built in the 11th century. It was the first university in Vietnam and students still come here to burn incense. You will find a peaceful atmosphere tinged with incense smoke, and sunken lotus ponds populated by fish and turtles.

Lunch at at KOTO, a well-trained restaurant, with the slogan “Know One, Teach One”. KOTO is a non-profit center where disadvantaged youths are given job training.

Drive through the busy city to visit Ethnology Museum, the place gives an excellent overview of the country’s ethnic groups. The large outdoor area features genuine houses and compounds as built by the many different ethnic group.

Back to the Old Quarter in the mid afternoon, a place you must experience while in Hanoi. You will find shopping and cultural / historical sites all wrapped into one. Walk to the central lake, located at the heart of the city, Hoan Kiem Lake is a historical site and one of the symbols of Hanoi, with Tortoise Tower and Ngoc Son Temple on the lake’s two islands. Back to Hotel for refreshment before heading out for a cozy dinner at Lý Club.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: La Belle Vie Hotel – Deluxe Room 

DAY 3
DRIVE TO NINH BINH, TRANG AN SAMPAN RIDE

Continue with your journey to Ninh Binh.

You first visit Hoa Lu, the capital under the Dinh and Early Le dynasties in Vietnam in the 10th and 11th century. Its palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions, built by different dynasties, still carry the features of an ancient imperial capital.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon, board a sampan for an extended journey along the winding river lined with trees and Trang An’s limestone mountains. You will stop at several small, historic temples which are the pride of the area’s inhabitants. The lush forests, clear river water, fresh air, magical caves and dramatic mountains will charm you from first glance.

Back to your hotel and spend your leisure time to explore the surrounding.

Free time for dinner. Our suggestion is Buffalo Restaurant, opening from 19.00 to 22.00. The restaurant is located in the middle of garden and lake which is divided into indoor and outdoor spaces. The restaurant a-la-carte menu offers tasty European and authentic oriental dishes which bring the cozy and home-like ambiance. If you don’t feel convenient to go out for the meal, the Restaurant of the hotel offers room service as a comfortable alternative.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Buffalo Eco Garden – Deluxe Garden View Room

DAY 4
NINH BINH - HALONG BAY: CRUISING DAY

After breakfast, depart for Halong Bay, one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world, a picturesque blend of harmonious transition between the mountains and the sea.

On arrival, board a traditional junk and head out into the Gulf of Tonkin amongst the huge limestone outcrops and emerald waters. You spend the rest of the day cruising the myriad of tiny islands and many grottoes created by wind and the waves over the centuries.

You will get to visit a cave and participates several activities on board such as “Master Chef Competition” and fruit carving demonstration.

Lunch and dinner on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Bhaya Classic Cruise – Deluxe Cabin 

DAY 5
HA LONG - HANOI - EVENING FLIGHT TO NEXT DESTINATION

Start off your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with complimentary tea and coffee being served. Rejuvenate your body and mind with the slow movement of Tai Chi and enjoy the dawn on the bay.

Light breakfast is served onboard. The boat weighs anchor to sail to Cua Van floating village, you will take your time to visit the village which is voted as one of the 11 insanely beautiful small towns around the world by Huffington Post. You can choose either kayak or traditional rowing boat to go around discovering local life on the waters.

Return to your boat and relax. Enjoy the brunch before checking out.

Back at the dock at around 11.00, you will be met and transferred to a village where you will enjoy the water puppet show by local artists, a traditional art form springing from rural society of the Red River Delta. Performed in a pool of water, the water surface is the stage, while the puppeteers stand behind a screen and manipulate the lacquered wooden puppets using bamboo rods and strings beneath the water surface. Enjoy the show, straight your legs and get to know the local life.

After the show, you will head straight to Noi Bai airport where you will board a flight to your onward destination.

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch

Tour Price Includes:

  • 03 nights’ Accommodation in twin/double hotel room with daily breakfast (check in and check out around noontime)
  • 4 lunches, 2 dinners at “Eat well” standard
  • 2Days/1Night on shared cruise in twin or double cabin in Halong Bay
  • All transfers with air-con vehicles
  • English speaking guide
  • All entrance fees as program
  • 02 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only
  • Complimentary visa letter to Vietnam (applied for some specific citizens from United State, Australia, NewZealand… contact us for full list )

Tour Price Excludes:

  • International & Domestic Airfares
  • Single supplement for those wish staying in Single rooms/ cabin
  • Any extra arrangement for before & after tour (transfer, tour, accommodation and all other services)
  • Meals (other than those mentioned in the program)
  • Gratuity for tour guides and drivers. This is entirely a personal gesture, however, it is highly recommended that you allow around US$ 3 – US$ 6 per day per traveler.
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation

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