Hanoi and Halong Bay discovery
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This is the perfect tour combining Hanoi and Halong Bay where you can visit the main cities and towns of Hanoi along with day cruises around the magnificent Halong Bay. Hanoi being the capital and also the country's second largest city of Vietnam may be one of the most beautiful cities in all of Asia. Along the Red River, people have settled here for a thousand years. Hanoi is the cultural capital of Vietnam is a fabulous introduction to the country and its culture. Hanoi is colonial city with a distinctive Asian city to travel around as there are a lot to see and do. Large areas of present-day Hanoi were built during the French occupation, reflected in its broad boulevards and the amazing mix of French colonial architecture provides the city a specific appeal.
Ha Long Bay is the World Natural Heritage site with thousands of tiny islands most of which are limestone and all in different shapes and sizes rising from the clear sea. Halong Bay is famous for its beautiful ocean karst topography and it is also an ideal place to appreciate the beautiful waters, sailing among limestone cliffs and turquoise seas, to visit a mysterious cave, swim in the warm waters or feast on fresh seafood. Swimming, kayaking, climbing Ti Top Island and visiting cave are some of few exciting activities to carry out.
If you are someone looking for a right place to relax, sight sees and an adventure, this is a perfect place. Both Hanoi and Halong Bay are the most beautiful tourist destinations of Vietnam and definitely both are worth visiting.
Have a look at our detailed itinerary to know what this combined trip of Hanoi and Halong Bay discovery will be like.
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong.
Day 2: Halong - Hanoi with cultural show.
Day 3: Hanoi – Departure.
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong
Upon arrival, all the guests are welcomed cordially at Noi Bai International Airport by our local guide and then transport. After lunch, you will be driven through the countryside from Hanoi to Halong Bay (165 km east of Hanoi) - a World Heritage Area having stupendous natural beauty, you will be familiar with a rural area spread with villages, rice fields and farms endowed with the many parts of the nation with rice, fruits and vegetables. On the way, halt for a brief break and you will arrive at Halong city after 3.5 hours of driving. Check in to a hotel after reaching at Halong and free at your personal leisure time. Overnight in a hotel in Halong bay.
Day 2: Halong - Hanoi with cultural show
After breakfast (6-7AM), in the hotel, you will be transmitted to the harbor where you can board and start comforting in an amazing journey through Halong Bay, leaving behind peculiar rock creation. You will find out Halong Bay listed as a World Heritage of wonderful natural beauty, known as “Dragon descending to the sea” in Vietnamese. The striking Halong Bay comprises of thousands of limestone islands that are mounting from the clear emerald water and several of them hold stunning caves. You will visit Thien Cung located on the south-west side of the bay, 4 km from the dockside outer of Halong City. The way to Thien Cung grotto is covered up on both sides by dense forest. Entering a slender gate, there opens up cave’s long perimeter which is 130-meter tall. Getting in, you will be more amazed to see the very vibrant and fabulous exquisiteness which is made from the stalactites. The east wall of the cave has an extravagant and impressive portrait with characters of tales. As you go out of Thien Cung grotto, you will get an impression of just watching a distinctive, scrupulous, fascinating fine-art museum which is all set by nature. This cave is one of the most spectacular ones in Halong Bay. Legend has it that beautiful young lady named May (cloud) caught an eye of the Dragon Prince and he fell in love with her. They got engaged and their marriage continued for seven days and seven nights in the very centre of the cave.On reaching Hanoi, you will travel around the eminent Hanoi old quarter on 36 streets & take pleasure in your shopping or taking photos at attractive Hoan Kiem Lake and also enjoy the famous water puppet show. The Vietnamese conventional art of water puppet show has origin that dates back to the 10th century when it started off in the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam. The farmers in the region celebrated festivals and harvests by performing this exclusive art type. It has been a kind of custom passing on as a family secret - this skill of working on the puppets.It takes a great deal of ability and since the puppeteer’s hands are underwater, it is effortless for them to conceal their techniques. The central stage is beneath the waterline and the puppeteers stand in the waist-deep water which is quite an interesting. Though a cane drape puts them out of sight, they can still see the stage and the spectators through the bamboo planks. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Departure
This morning you will travel around Hanoi city to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday, Friday and during the entire months of September & October) and his previous residence with Humble House on Stilts, One-Pillar Pagoda and Temple of Literature known as the first university of Vietnam and built over 1,000 years ago. We proceed to Noi Bai International Airport for your international flight back home.
We hope you had an exciting holiday with us making it a memorable experience to remember!
- 3 meals a day.
- English speaking licensed guide.
- Drinks, tip and expenses of personal nature.
- Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
- Travel Insurance.