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HANOI, HALONG BAY DAILY TOURS & SHORT STAYS

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01/ HANOI CITY TOUR: DAY TRIP
Tour around Hanoi: With ochre-colored colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Hanoi is full of charm. Start the tour at the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Mon & Fri, all afternoons and from Sep 10 until Dec 10 for re-embalmment); an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” resides. A short walk from the mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda - resting on a single stone pillar emerging from the water, shaped like a lotus flower on its stalk. Inside is a statue of the Goddess of Mercy with its legendary “thousand arms and thousand eyes”. Wind your way afterwards to the Temple of Literature, the first University for the sons of mandarins, for an overview about Hanoi culture and ancient Vietnamese architecture. The serene Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mon) is 30-min drive out of town and offers a chance to get to know Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups better. Including simple daily objects such as fishing instruments to priced items such as jewelry, as well as an outdoor area with ethnic houses, the Museum’s rich displays showcase the cultural heritages of Vietnam’s diverse communities. Enjoy a walking tour through the Old Quarter to enjoy the bustling local life. Then cap a fun day with a show at the Water Puppet Theatre - a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes of rural life and episodes of national history. End of services (hotel accommodation today is not included)

RATE FOR JOINING TOUR (DAILY DEPARTURE): US$ 25 / 01 Person

RRATE FOR PRIVATE TOUR REQUESTED:

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2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

USD per person

57

44

31

21

20

Inclusion

Exclusion

  • All transportation on tour
  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Water puppet show (1st class ticket)
  • Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus
  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Meals with drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tipping/gratuities
  • Others not mentioned in the itinerary

 

02/ HANOI - PORTRAIT OF THE COUNTRYSIDE: HALF DAY
Note: Apart from making rice paper, Tho Ha village is known for raising pigs. Please don’t be alarmed with the hygiene here. This trip gives you an authentic portrait of a Vietnamese village.
 
Duong Lam village
Traditioanal and ancient Duong Lam village tour: In the morning, embark on a 1.5-hour drive to the ancient village of Duong Lam, an agricultural village in the north of the Red River delta. Boasting around 300 houses built three or four centuries ago with lateritic bricks, wandering along Duong Lam’s narrow alleyways offers the opportunity to explore rural life and Vietnam’s ancient architecture. The cultural and historical vestiges of Duong Lam include Mong Phu Communal House, Princess Mia Pagoda (built in 15th century), and the old church. The village well - the traditional feature of communal life is also worth a look. End the trip at the ancient house owned by The Tien couple where you can interact with the friendly owners and share their life experiences. Drive back to Hanoi. End of service (hotel accommodation today is not included)

RRATE FOR PRIVATE TOUR REQUESTED ONLY:

Ranges

2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

USD per person

63

48

33

23

22

Inclusion

Exclusion

  • All transportation on tour
  • Permit on tour
  • English speaking guide
  • Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus
  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Meals with drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tipping/gratuities
  • Others not mentioned in the itinerary

03/ HANOI - HOA LU - VAN LONG: DAY TRIP
Tour to Hoa Lu and Van Long will take a 2-hour drive to Ninh Binh province will bring you to Hoa Lu ancient capital, the economic, political and cultural center of the first centralized feudal state in Vietnam from 968 to 1010 C.E. The ravages of time have destroyed the ancient citadel, but some vestiges including King Dinh and King Le worship temples still stand to this day. From there, drive to Van Long eco-tourism area, an astounding place of natural beauty with limestone peaks. A 2-hour boat trip along the river offers stunning scenery composed of fields, limestone mountains and caves. Bring along binoculars you might encounter some rare langurs or birds. Return to Hanoi after a simple lunch at a rural place. End of services (hotel accommodation today is not included)
Meals included: Lunch

RATE FOR JOINING TOUR (DAILY DEPARTURE): US$ 50 / 01 Person

RRATE FOR PRIVATE TOUR REQUESTED:

Ranges

2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

USD per person

84

67

52

42

39

Inclusion

Exclusion

  • All transportation on tour
  • Entrance fee and boat cruise
  • English speaking guide
  • Lunch as specified (meal only)
  • Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus
  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Drinks & Other personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping/gratuities
  • Others not mentioned in the itinerary

04/ HANOI - THAY & TAY PHUONG PAGODA: HALF DAY TRIP
Tour to Thay and Tay Phuong pagoda will takes a 45-minute drive southwest of Hanoi, reach Tay Phuong Pagoda built in the 17th century, very famous for the valuable collection of 18 jackwood Arhat statues coated with lacquer. There are 239 laterite steps uphill to the pagoda, and from this height opens a wonderful aerial view of the surrounding fields, laterite mountains and villages. Eight kilometers away is Thay Pagoda, first built in the 11th century. Located in a tranquil and beautiful village, it is the combination of a Buddhist pagoda and a Taoist Temple. Drive back to Hanoi. End of services (hotel accommodation today is not included).

RRATE FOR PRIVATE TOUR REQUESTED ONLY:

Ranges

2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

USD per person

60

45

30

21

20

Inclusion

Exclusion

  • All transportation on tour
  • Entrance fee
  • English speaking guide
  • Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus
  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Meals/drinks & Other personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping/gratuities

05/ HANOI - HALONG BAY CRUISE: DAY TRIP
Note: Day trip to Halong bay would be strenuous for elders, as the drive time is almost seven hours. You may encounter large crowds at the boat docking station, as Halong Bay is a popular destination, but once you are out on the bay, the crowds will be far behind. Also, sunbathing or swimming is subject to weather conditions, as November to February is the cold season.
 
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s most spectacular natural wonders. The tiny limestone islands, with beaches and grottoes created by the wind and the waves, provide an excellent backdrop for relaxation and swimming. A 3.5-hour drive from Hanoi with a quick rest stop en route at a handicraft center (this place is quite touristy but the best stop available); you will reach Halong City by noon. Board your private junk to begin a 4-hour cruise through the spectacular bay, stopping along the way to explore magnificent grottoes where stalactites hanging from the high ceiling form numerous designs and shapes. Whilst on board indulge in a delicious seafood lunch. Drop off at the boat docking station and transfer back to Hanoi. End of services (hotel accommodation today is not included)
Meals included: Lunch

RATE FOR JOINING TOUR (DAILY DEPARTURE): US$ 40/ 01 Person

RRATE FOR PRIVATE TOUR REQUESTED:

Ranges

2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

USD per person

90

71

53

42

39

Inclusion

Exclusion

  • All transportation on tour
  • Entrance fee and boat cruise
  • English speaking guide
  • Lunch as specified (meal only)
  • Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus
  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tipping/gratuities
  • Others not mentioned in the itinerary

06/ HANOI COUNTRYSIDE ON PEDALS: DAY TRIP
Hung Yen - Pho Hien - Bat Trang (60 km biking)
Biking tour start at your hotel around 8h00: Around 30km out of Hanoi in Hung Yen province are the remains of Pho Hien, the forgotten city. Once the North’s premier port and vibrant commercial and cultural melting pot for traders from all around the world, a few traces of its illustrious past are visible still today. Enjoy a leisurely bike ride of 10km around this small town where the attractions include the Temple of Literature, Chuong pagoda, Portuguese cemetery and Mau Temple, where the foliage of old longan trees outside offer a retreat from the heat. Continue biking or transfer to Van Giang Commune, where a 20km bike ride winds through immense paddy fields & kumquat gardens, where you can chat with locals en route. Stop by at Saint Chu Dong Tu and Princess Tien Dung Temple – ask your guide about the legendary love story here. Built in the 11th century, war and time ruined its original façade, and it was last renovated in 1980. Bike to the village dike where during harvest, you can ride on the village paths filled with straw. Take a break at the historic village pagoda, enjoy the packed lunch and head out for another 30km bike ride to Bat Trang village, known for its beautiful ceramics. The village is now filled with wall-to-wall shops selling ancient and modern lines in ceramic, but still gives an overview how people are keeping the traditional craft alive. Chat with the artisans at work or try sitting behind a potter’s wheel. Return to Hanoi. End of service (hotel accommodation today is not included)
Meals included: Lunch

RRATE FOR PRIVATE TOUR REQUESTED ONLY:

Ranges

2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

USD per person

76

62

50

42

41

Inclusion

Exclusion

  • Private transfer and transportation on tours
  • Bike & helmet
  • English speaking guide
  • Lunch as indicated (meal only)
  • Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus
  • Accommodation and breakfast
  • Other meals and Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tipping/gratuities
  • Others not mentioned in the itinerary
07/ LIVING CULTURE - MAI CHAU

Option 01: Mai Chau - 02 days / 01 night

DAY 01: HANOI - MAI CHAU
Tour to Mai Chau: Located in Hoa Binh Province, about 3 hours drive south-west of Hanoi, Mai Chau offers a splendid vista of a valley surrounded by lush landscape and stilt houses inhabited mainly by the White Thai ethnic group. Leave Hanoi at 8am – there are many great photo opportunities along the way. On arrival, check in at Mai Chau Lodge and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, embark on a fun buffalo cart ride to the nearby Thai villages of Pom Coong and Lac and see beautiful handicrafts weaved by the local artisans. Afterwards, take an excursion to the limestone karst cave attached to the Lodge. A team of local hill tribe people looks after the cave, formerly a military base. Return to your hotel to relax. Dinner is accompanied by a traditional dance performance by the local Thai tribe. Overnight at Mai Chau Lodge.
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 02: MAI CHAU - HANOI
After breakfast, either join a two-hour cycling tour on local bikes or trek through the beautiful valley of Mai Chau. Chat with local hill tribes to learn about their daily lives such as planting rice, herding buffalos and building traditional houses. After lunch at the lodge, return to Hanoi. End of services (hotel accommodation today is not included)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

RRATE FOR PRIVATE TOUR REQUESTED ONLY:

Ranges

2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

USD per person

163

135

106

90

85

Inclusion

Exclusion

  • Accommodation at Mai Chau Lodge
  • Private transfers and transportation on tour
  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking guide from Hanoi
  • Meals as indicated (meals only)
  • Traditional dance performance by the local Thai tribe
  • Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus
  • Vietnam visa
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tipping/gratuities
  • Others not mentioned in the itinerary

 

Option 02: Mai Chau - 03 days / 02 nights

DAY 01: HANOI - MAI CHAU
Mai Chau os located in Hoa Binh Province, about 3 hours drive south-west of Hanoi, Mai Chau offers a splendid vista of a valley surrounded by lush landscape and stilt houses inhabited mainly by the White Thai ethnic group. Leave Hanoi at 8am - there are many great photo opportunities along the way. On arrival, check in at Mai Chau Lodge and enjoy lunch before driving to the Hang Kia Village. Inhabited by the H’mong hill tribe and located 1,000m above the sea level, the fresh, cool breeze is one of the best things about this two-hour trek through the lush landscape peppered with plums, animals and wildlife. Tonight you will be treated with local culinary delights complemented by rice wine from the village. Experience a homestay! Homestay overnight.
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner

DAY 02: HANG KIA VILLAGE - MAI CHAU
After a simple breakfast, say goodbye to the host before transferring back to Mai Chau Valley. Lunch is at Mai Chau Lodge. In the afternoon, embark on a fun buffalo cart ride to the nearby Thai villages of Pom Coong and Lac, chance to see beautiful handicraft weaved by the local artisans; Followed by an excursion to the limestone karst cave attached to the Lodge. A team of local hill tribe people looks after the cave, which used to be a military base. Drive back to your hotel to relax before the dinner accompanied by a traditional dance performance by the local Thai tribe. Overnight at Mai Chau Lodge.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
 
DAY 03: MAI CHAU - HANOI
In the morning, take a relaxing walk to Pom Coong and Lac for handicraft shopping, strolling around or enjoining a cup of coffee with the friendly villagers. After lunch at the lodge, drive back to Hanoi. End of services (hotel accommodation today is not included)
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

RRATE FOR PRIVATE TOUR REQUESTED ONLY:

Ranges

2 persons

3-4 persons

5-6 persons

7-10 persons

11-15 persons

USD per person

234

198

162

142

135

Inclusion

Exclusion

  • One night at Mai Chau Lodge
  • One night home stay in Mai Chau
  • Private transfers and transportation on tour
  • Entrance fees
  • English speaking guide from Hanoi
  • Meals as indicated (meals only)
  • Traditional dance performance by the local Thai tribe
  • Mineral water and cold towel on car/van/bus
  • Vietnam visa
  • Other meals and Drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Other personal expenses
  • Tipping/gratuities
  • Others not mentioned in the itinerary

 

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