5D4N – Wonder of Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Ninh Binh Program
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVE
Arrive in Noi Bai airport, our driver greets and transfer you to Ha Noi – Vietnam’s capital is one thousand year old city with peaceful lakes, French styled buildings, old quarter streets, three lined boulevards, brightly painted temples and pagodas. Ha Noi is one of Asia’s most charming cities. Check in hotel. Free at leisure.Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI – NINH BINH (Breakfast/Lunch)
Breakfast at hotel,
08:00 Drive south of Hanoi, 110 km, approximately 2,5 hours driving to Ninh Binh province, famous as the so-called “Dry – Halong bay”. The same limestone rocks as Ha Long bay but lying on rice fields with winding stream instead of the sea.
10:30 Upon arrival, you will take a sampan ride along the spectacular scenery to visit Tam Coc caves with huge limestone columns rising right from paddy field valleys. Tam Coc, which literally means three caves, is known to travelers as Vietnam’s “Inland Halong Bay” with limestone mountains set amongst rice paddy fields. This area used to be under sea level some million years ago. Vestiges of the ocean still remain through the erosion of the mounts-Caves. You will be offered a leisurely sampan cruise on a creek across three vast stretches of rice field, go through these caves with fresh air is unforgettable experience.
12:00 Lunch at one of the best local restaurant in the area.
14:00 Continue to visit Bich Dong pagoda, the 15th century Bich Dong Pagoda complex sets on a limestone mountain three pagodas were built, the Lower, the Middle and the Upper pagoda.
The area is very popular among French tourists since the filming of the movie “Indochine” here.
15:30 Transfer back to hotel in Hanoi.
18:00 Arrive in your hotel in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 3: HANOI FULL DAY CITY TOUR (Breakfast/Lunch)
Breakfast at hotel,
08:30 Our guide meets and start the city tour, drive through the various Government offices, the preservation colonial French residences to visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, the One Pillar Pagoda. Visiting this site, you will understand more about the life of President Ho, a great leader, Hero of national liberation and a great man of world culture.
Our next visit is the Temple of literature, which is built in 1070 and it is the first university of Vietnam.
12:30 Have lunch at a local restaurant
13:30 Visit The Ngoc Son temple & Hoan Kiem lake, just to the south of the bustling Old Quarter streets, is an oasis of calm right in the city centre
15:30 Enjoy the great shopping in the Hanoi old quarters, covers an area of 100 ha, just north of the central Hoan Kiem Lake. The original 36 streets that make up the Old Quarter are named after the goods once sold there such as silk, paper, silver, fish…
After that, strolling around the Hanoi food street, brings you a great feeling of our Vietnamese cuisine. Treat yourself a coffee or a local beer at a traditional house in the old street for a panoramic view of the city. Wondering in the food streets, you can easily find the typical Vietnamese dishes such as Pho, Nem….
17:30 Return to your hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 4: HANOI – HA LONG BAY – HANOI (Breakfast/Lunch included)
08:00 Our guide picks you up and depart for Halong bay, 165 km east of Hanoi. You will have a deep experience about a nation whose 80 percent of population leaving on rice while moving through the countryside.
12:00 Upon arrival, embark our sailing boat and start for 04 hours cruising on the bay which will bring you an unforgettable memory. Seafood lunch is provided on board while the boat passing by the most beautiful place of the bay with the famous islets such as Stone Dog, Incense Burner, Fighting cock islet, one of Ha Long symbol. Boat brings you to explore the Thien Cung grotto which is considered as the most beautiful sightseeing places of Halong Bay. Some of the caves still remain prehistoric era’s vestiges.
16:00 Disembark the boat and return to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi after 4-hour driving. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 5: HANOI – DEPARTURE (Breakfast included)
Breakfast at hotel. Free till our driver sends you to the airport for your departure flight.
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