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Do not miss the chance to discover the most highlighted places in the north of Vietnam. Discover the bustling Hanoi, its gastronomy, history and interesting mixture of architectural styles. Delight your senses in the most beautiful landscapes in Vietnam: Halong Bay (World Heritage Site) and in Ninh Binh, where you will also learn about the millennial Vietnamese history in Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Join us in this fantastinc trip around the north of Vietnam!
Driver wait you at the airport. Transfer to hotel in city center and check-in.
After relaxing time, Our driver and tour guide will pick you up at your hotel, then transfer to Ho Chi Minh Complex, including the mausoleum of the nation’s founder and leader. Here, large crowds gather to pay their respects to the man that they simply call Uncle Ho, as they silently file past his glass sarcophagus. The Presidential Palace and Uncle Ho’s wooden stilt house can also be seen here. One of must-see places in the complex is One Pillar Pagoda dating back 11th century. From far view its shape looks like a huge lotus flower.
The next stop is the Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam, the site of Vietnam’s oldest university and dedicated to one of the world’s most famous scholars, Confucius. Inside the temple grounds, huge steles rest on the backs of even larger stone turtles (in Vietnam’s culture, the turtle represents longevity). The stele recorded the names of the successful candidates who later became mandarins in the Emperor’s court.
From here, we continue the walking tour around the Hanoi Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake , the focal point of the city. This is not only a beautiful spot but also is the historical site of the legend of King Le Loi and Golden Turtle God. Our guide will tell you about the legend of the lake and how it became one of the must-see places in Hanoi.
After touring the Old Quarter, come back to the hotel.
Meals on your own.
Enjoy this day exploring Hoa Lu and Tam Coc, the two most favorite sightseeing places of Ninh Binh, which are located in the southeast of Hanoi.
08:00 pick up from Hanoi Hotel and drive to Ninh Binh – 100 km south of Hanoi. After about 2,5 or 3 hours, arrive at Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. It was the capital of Vietnam from 968 until 1010, and preserves many tangible and intangible historical treasures. Here, you will have the chance to involve yourself in the historical and mysterious world of the ancient capital by visiting two temples of King Dinh and King Le.
Around midday, have lunch in a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, enjoy a 3 hour boat trip on Ngo Dong River exploring 3 caves of Tam Coc or “Inland Halong Bay”. Boating through the caves, tourists can be amazed by the spectacular limestone formations. We will find some temples along the way from the first cave to the third one.
After that, bike to visit Bich Dong Pagoda – built on Bich Dong Mountain. (~2km biking)
Around 16:00, drive back to Hanoi.
Enjoy the rest time to relax.
oday, we will leave the charming Hanoi in a 3.5 hours drive to Halong Bay – World Natural Heritage site.
Welcome on board of a junk cruise, and set sail in the bay. While lunch is served, the junk passages slowly through the fabulous sightseeing of the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth.
After lunch time, take a stop at a peaceful island, so you can have a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay. Besides, swimming on cool water, walking along beautiful beach or sunbathing on the sundeck are also interesting.
Late afternoon, visit an interesting fishing village, interact with fishermen who have been living in the bay for almost three generations, and understand daily life of local people.
At sunset, kayak or simply take a bamboo row boat to discover a water tunnel with many coral reefs in a scenic lagoon.
Back on board, watching the peaceful sunset, and other sparkling boats while enjoying great dinner at restaurant
Wake up on the bay among the sounds of waves and bird welcoming. Start a new day by doing Taichi and admiring sunrise over the bay, your mind seems to be peaceful and closer to nature.
After breakfast, visit a beautiful limestone grotto. Back to the boat for a final glimpse of Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock.
Drive back to Hanoi.
Halong Bay Cruise Option:
Free & Relax until the driver take you to Hanoi Airport for your onward flight.
Bestprice Vietnam hope see you next time!
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