5D/4N Hanoi & Halong Bay Cruise Holiday Package
5D/4N Hanoi & Halong Bay Cruise Holiday Package
Hanoi is a city of stunning visual and audio contrast. The rickety sounds of cyclos (pedicabs) fight for airwaves amidst the blasting horns of motorbikes, and the Nike swoosh wallpapers the French-styled building facades in the Old Quarter.
The Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi's commercial nucleus, ripples out from the lake of the same name. The lake's name means Lake of the Restored Sword, according to a legend dating back to the mid-15th century.
The tangled streets of the Old Quarter, which spread from Hoan Kiem's fringes, is like Hanoi's intestines. Originally a snake- and alligator-infested swamp, the Old Quarter, or 36 Pho Phuong (36 Streets), is now transformed to an outdoor shopping mall and stomping ground for backpackers.
Just south of West Lake, the Ba Dinh district is the old French administrative center where several new flashy hotels are located, eagerly anticipating the growth of a much talked-about business center. Aside from the complex devoted to Ho Chi Minh, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Botanical Gardens and the Temple of Literature are tourist attractions here.
The city is fairly spread out and cyclos or motorbike taxis will get you from one area to another. Once you have picked a spot, wandering on your feet affords the best view of Hanoi's chaotic street life.
A visit to North Vietnam is not complete till you visit Halong Bay. Designated as one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, it is in most people travel list as “one of the places to see before you die". Halong translates as "where the dragon descends into the sea".
Set in the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, the stand out feature is a series of tiny islands with mountainous terrain. The scenery is storybook stuff and as an added interest, there are numerous illuminated caves you can explore as well.
Day 1 ARRIVE NOI BAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, HANOI (D)
Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi where our tour representative will meet and transfer you to a city tour. Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex which contains the mausoleum of the nation's founder Ho Chi Minh, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts. Close to this complex is the One Pillar Pagoda, whose origin dates back to the foundation of Hanoi.
Next, visit the Temple of Literature which is well known as Vietnam's first university, and the History Museum which displays an excellent collection of artefacts illustrating the Vietnamese history.
After dinner, enjoy the famous water puppet show - a remarkable Vietnamese art form that combines traditional music, fireworks, underwater puppeteers, and elaborate puppets floating gracefully over water before checking into hotel.
Day 2 HANOI - HALONG BAY CRUISE (B,L,D)
After breakfast, proceed to the legendary Halong Bay, one of Vietnam's most impressive scenic sights. Embark on Huong Hai Junk for check in registration with greetings from the boat crew and a welcome drink followed by a special seafood lunch. Cruise around the bay to visit Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi island, Dog island, Sail island, Sung Sot cave and a swim at Titov beach. There is ample time for swimming and sunbathing (weather permitting) as the Huong Hai anchors for a night in the Bay. Enjoy a wonderful sunset dinner in the beautiful restaurant before retiring for the night to the comfort of your cabin.
Day 3 HALONG - HANOI (B,L,D)
After breakfast, relax on deck to enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of the bay with the boat passing the most beautiful of karsts islets like Man’s Head island, Tortoise island.
Using small bamboo boat to visit Luon cave at Bai Tu Long bay and proceed to lunch on the boat we return to Halong wharf for transfer back to Hanoi.
Upon arrival at Hanoi, visit the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred temple and proceed to the bustling 36 Old Quarters for some bargain hunting.
After dinner, free at your own leisure for the rest of the day.
Day 4 HANOI - NINH BINH (B,L,D)
Morning, meet and transfer to Ninh Binh province - 100 Km south of Hanoi – is known to travellers as Vietnam’s “Inland Halong Bay”. You will be offered a leisurely sampan cruise on a creek across three vast stretches of rice field. Upon arrival, visit the Dinh King and Le King built on the site of the Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel. Sampan trip along the stream to Tam Coc caves (Three limestone caves) all adorned with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. Lunch at Anh Dung restaurant (seafood) Afternoon, drive back Hanoi and free at leisure for shopping at Dong Xuan market & Hanoi old quarter.
Day 5 DEPART HANOI (B)
After breakfast at hotel, free at your own leisure till transfer to airport for your flight back home.