Discover the North of Vietnam
Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Pu Luong - Halong Bay
|Price/p Hotel||Twin Share||Single Traveller|
Note: The price doesn't include International flight tickets
Featured among our best Vietnam tour packages, the tour promises to take you to some beautiful destinations in Northern Vietnam including Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Pu Luong and Halong Bay. Furthermore, you will have a chance to learn more about history, culture, and custom of Vietnam as we will approach lesser-known local villages. Are you ready? Let's get your Vietnam adventure started!
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Welcome to Hanoi, you will be collected by our local guide at Hanoi Airport and transfer to hotel for check-in. The room is at your disposal from 14.00 onwards. The balance of the day is free at your leisure. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning, enjoy a walking tour to one of our most vibrant markets - Hang Be Market, nestled smack in the heart of the Old Quarter of Hanoi, 5 minutes’ walk from Hoan Kiem Lake. The market offers all a market in Vietnam kinds of goods that might be of need by the people of the Old Quarter of Hanoi, be it uncooked meat, cooked meat, fruits, dry food, worshiping items... It will bring you an interesting approach to the life of the people in the Old Quarter of Hanoi.
Afterward, we transfer to Tran Quoc Pagoda - the oldest of its kind in Hanoi, dating back to the 6th century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De Dynasty (544 - 548). The Buddhist shrine has undergone several changes throughout the years, particularly it is renaming from An Quoc to Tran Quoc (protecting the country) by Emperor Le Huy Tong in the 17th century.
Then we will move to Ho Chi Minh Complex where the great President Ho Chi Minh rests in peace. We will visit the traditional stilt house and the respected One-Pillar Pagoda, the special pagoda with a particular structure.
In the afternoon, visit Temple of Literature - famous for being the first university of Vietnam. You will recognize that this is a popular place for Vietnamese students to take commemorative photographs when graduating.
Afterward, our tour guide will take you around the Old Quarter for street food tour tonight. Eat as you go, walking through the maze of bustling streets, trying seasonal fruit and sampling tasty French-inspired snacks from a street cart. Try the famed Hanoi dishes such as Bun Cha Ta (a grilled pork and noodle dish) and Banh Cuon at a local eatery and watch as the skilled chefs demonstrate how this tasty dish is put together.
The next two snack stops are at outdoor BBQ stalls. Sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavor. It’s now time for dessert!
Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best-kept secrets - Banh My Hanoi - a hidden street food restaurant where you can taste the top street foods in Hanoi including Vietnamese Rice Wine and the famous Egg Coffee. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the narrow street inside the old quarter of Hanoi. Back to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
Please note: If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know so that we can accommodate your needs and wishes.
In the morning, you will be picked up and transferred 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).
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
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. Then you will be transferred to the hotel in Ninh Binh city to check in. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.
In the morning you will be picked up to depart for a 4 hours drive to Pu Luong Nature Reserve via breathtaking mountain pass of northern Vietnam which giving you a panoramic view of the rice field, villages and valley. You arrive at Pu Luong around noon, take walk down about 800 meters to local homestay and enjoy the homemade lunch served with traditional local food. After lunch, make your own way to explore the beauty of surrounding, with its captivating panoramic views over the rice terrace field and villages.
In the afternoon, you will transfer by car to a suspension bridge over the Cham River, where you start your walk through the field for searching of stunning bamboo water wheels. Get up close to each wheel and discover how water is transferred from river to handmade bamboo aqueducts via simple constructions of all sizes.
Continue the foot-path to a local fisherman’s house where you have a short rest for brief and preparation of rafting adventure with Mr. Dinh and his team. Float along the calm river and enjoy the views, in between learning how to paddle and steer your handcrafted rafts.
Arriving at scenic Tan Lap bridge, disembark and be transferred back to the homestay for dinner. Overnight at the homestay.
Summary: Walk through rice fields, water wheels: 2.5 km easy walk – 1.5 hours | rafting: 2 km – 1.5 hours
Start early to descend into the beautiful valley facing the Retreat where you walk around tumbling rice terraces. Trek through small paths shrouded in vegetation to slowly reveal a picturesque village sitting at the base of a towering mountain. Your camera will not be able to sit still!
Continuing to the base of the valley, you weave between roads and farmland, villages and wild fields, ponds and rivers, mountains and open land. Savor the ever-changing scenery as you trek to a beautiful spot. Then you will be transferred back to Puluong Retreat for lunch.
In the afternoon, we will transfer back to Hanoi, you will arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
Summary: 4 km easy walking –3 – 3.5 hours
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be taken by cruise shuttle bus to another fascinating land – the gem in the north of Vietnam – Halong Bay. The drive takes you through beautiful paddy rice and mountains of the Red River Delta. Visiting the bay, you will experience the magic of the wonderful wonder of the world.
From the harbor, board our boat for a cruise among the numerous limestone karst rising from the emerald water. Make a stop en route to visit a grotto of spectacular stalactites and stalagmites and anchor for a relaxing swim in a hidden cave. Meals will be served on the cruise. Overnight on the cruise.
Note: You are recommended to bring an overnight bag to keep your necessary luggage. We are afraid that there is not enough space to store all the luggage of every passenger on board. Moreover, after an overnight stay on board, you will turn back to the same hotel in Hanoi, so your remaining luggage will be sure to be kept safe.
After breakfast, enjoy your time to swim, sunbathe and relax in the fascinating background of the bay. After lunch on board – around 11.30am, transfer back to Hanoi to check in the hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
You are free to relax until being transferred to the airport (without tour guide) for your departure flight. Room is at your disposal until noon time. Meals on your own. End of tour.
List of hotels we use: Best price, strategic locations, carefully-checked.
|Budget||3 - Star||4 - Star||5 - Star|
|Hanoi||Adamas||L'Heritage||May De Ville Old Quarter||Melia Hanoi|
|Halong Bay||Lavender Cruise||Oriental Sails||V'spirit Premier Cruise||Athena Luxury Cruise|
|Ninh Binh||Yen Nhi Hotel||Tam Coc Ricefield Resort||Ninh Binh Legend||Emeralda Ninh Binh|
|Halong Bay||Lavender Cruise|
|Ninh Binh||Yen Nhi Hotel|
|Halong Bay||Oriental Sails|
|Ninh Binh||Tam Coc Ricefield Resort|
|Hanoi||May De Ville Old Quarter|
|Halong Bay||V'spirit Premier Cruise|
|Ninh Binh||Ninh Binh Legend|
|Halong Bay||Athena Luxury Cruise|
|Ninh Binh||Emeralda Ninh Binh|
This is an ideal tour for travelers who want to explore deeper Northern Vietnam.
If you love the mountainous areas with ethnic culture, you should have a look at this program. It is absolutely different with the place where you are staying and you will many interesting to tell your family or friends about Vietnam experiences when you travel back home.
What are the best things you will have:
+ Explore Halong Bay on land - Ninh Binh - where the film King Kong had too many amazing scenes.
+ Learn more about Vietnamese ethnic minorities and enjoy the remote, rustic and supremely beautiful Pu Luong
+ Relaxing time on Halong Bay - World Natural Heritage
You can travel all year around for this itinerary. Just notice that it will be cool during December until February but still very comfortable.
You may want to add on other excursions in the Center and the South of Vietnam if have more time:
Our prices are valid for daily departures (except some special case as explained below) for groups from 1 to 6 pax. If your party has more than 6 adults, please send us an email, we will advise our best price for your group.
For children, please note:
+ Children under 2 years old: Free of charge (maximum 2 adults with 1 child under 2 years old)
+ Children from 2 to 5 years old: 50% price of adults
+ Children from 5 to 11 years old: 75% price of adults
+ Children from 12 years old: as adult
Our prices are not valid for some special occasions and peak season as below:
° Christmas and New Year (normally, there will be surcharge for Gala Dinner on 24.Dec and 31.Dec Eves – applied for 4 and 5 star hotels)
° Vietnam Lunar New Year – from 25.Feb.2020 – 03.Mar.2020 – if you travel during this period, there will have surcharge for some services – we will advise you clearly at the time of booking
- 7 day tour in Northern Vietnam
- 6 nights' accommodation.
- Delight your taste buds with Vietnamese cuisine with 15 meals included.
- Shuttle bus for Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi
- All airport transfers
- English speaking guide (in each location you will have a different guide).
- Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
- VIETNAM VISA LETTER
- Service charges and government VAT tax
- International flight tickets – We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from South Africa to Vietnam are approximately $700-$1100 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw! Let’s contact us for more details.
- Vietnam visa stamp fee: 25USD per person
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
- Travel insurance
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