HANOI – HALONG BAY – HOA LU – TRANG AN (6 DAYS)

  • This 6 day trip takes you discover capital city of Hanoi, then heading to the tranquil islands of Halong Bay. Having an insight to traditional Vietnamese lifestyle through a trip to former capital Hoa Lu in Ninh Binh province and enjoy boat trip through ranges of toweing limestone mountains and grottoes in a very diverse ecosystem.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi City tour
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An
Day 6: Hanoi Departure

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

Upon arriving in Hanoi, our tour expert will meet you at the airport and transfer to Hanoi’s downtown for check in hotel.

At 17:00, We start our excellent street food walking tour in the old quarter of Hanoi along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Your expert English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. We eat as we go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty French-inspired snack from a street cart.
Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we tempt our tastebuds with the famed Hanoi dish such as Bun Cha Hanoi, Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, we wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago.
Our next two snack stops are at outdoor barbeque stalls. We sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavour. It’s then time for dessert as we venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed iced and condensed milk – this speciality is one not to be missed!
Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste top ten street foods in Hanoi is Banh My Hanoi, Vietnamese Rice Wine and famous Egg Coffee. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the narrow street inside the old quarter of Hanoi. Or, if coffee is not your style, a cold beer awaits!. At the end of the trip you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide will assist  you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.
Meals: Street food
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi***

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B/L)

Morning meet our guide and driver at the hotel, (Breakfast is at the hotel).
Today features the most highlights of Hanoi including Ho Chi Minh Complex, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, His House-on-Stilts, One Pillar pagoda…
You enjoy an hour Cyclo Tour through the Old Quarter of Hanoi, heading to Ho Chi Minh complex, the old quarter is also known as the 36 streets and guilds, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally each of the street’s names was related to the products being sold there.
After that we will visit the Temple of Literature – a temple to Confucius, this is also known as Vietnam’s first University dating back to 1070.
Lunch today at a local restaurant.
After having lunch you enjoy a drive out to the outskirt of Hanoi to visit Museum of Ethnology, widely acknowledged as the best museum in the country and it has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. As well as the comprehensive array of exhibits inside, there are also traditional tribal houses reconstructed within the ground. Then, we go back to the centre of Hanoi to visit Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem Lake. In the late afternoon, you can enjoy the famous traditional water puppetry show in Thang Long Theatre where you will have a chance to experience an overview of daily life in Vietnam’s rural areas in dramatic form.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi***

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)

After breakfast, we will depart for Halong Bay – designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasting scenery made famous by the French film “Indochine”. Wondrous Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. We embark on a boat to explore some of the many beautiful islands and grottos. Sailing past the evocatively shaped islets and dramatic caves of Halong Bay can be a magical experience. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Halong Dragon Cruise***

Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi (B/L)

We will wake up in the morning to the calming sound of the waves breaking on the nearby islands. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning and relax. Sitting on the upper deck, we can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear waters of the Bay. The peace here is absolute; we can hear only birds singing, cicadas chirping and the gentle lapping of the waves against our boat, the perfect soundtrack to accompany the fresh air and gentle breeze.
Later, we will explore Sung Sot (Amazing) cave and then swim and relax at Ti Top beach. The boat will then start cruising back and brunch buffet will be served. After arriving back at harbor by 12.00 noon, we will drive back to Hanoi around 16.00. The rest of day free a leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi***

Day 5: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An (B/L)

Highlights: Hoa Lu is the relics of the ancient capital Hoa Lu – the remains are the temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the two heroes who lived in 10th century and chose Hoa Lu to build the citadel of this ancient capital city. From time to time, archaeologists have excavated buried parts of this citadel with rusty weapons and ceramics. The temples are said to be built on the old foundation of their original palaces in 11-12th centuries and restored in 17th century.
Trang An grottoes which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam.

8.00 AM: Our tour expert pick you up at your hotel, travel to Hoa Lu. Along the way, we may take some stop-over for photo and refreshment while enjoying rural stunning scenery on the way. Arrive in Hoa Lu which is the former capital of Vietnam (968 – 1009) under Dinh and Le dynasties. Visit Dinh temple, Le temples and surroundings.
Have lunch at local restaurant with local food.
After lunch, take the amazing boat trip to visit Trang An grottoes which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam. While rowing through Trang An grotto in the quiet, fresh air of the highlands, with only the sound of birds and the oars stirring the clear water and surrounded by magnificent forested mountains upon which graze white goats, visitors enjoy a heaven on earth.
16.00: Leave Trang An and drive back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi around 18.30.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi***

Day 6: Hanoi Departure

Breakfast is served at the hotel.
Our tour expert will pick you up at your hotel and transfer back to Hanoi airport for boarding your flight back to home.

All rates are USD per person.

Group Size 2 – 3 4 – 6 7 – 10 10+
Price 359 339 319 299

Trip Inclusions

+ Accommodation
+ Entrance fees
+ Meals as indicated
+ English Speaking tour expert
+ Transportation by private car as tour indicated
+ Sharing boat trip on Halong Bay
+ Tax and service charges

Trip Exclusions

– All international and domestic airfares

– Visa arrangement

– All service non-clearly mentioned before

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