Hanoi - Mai Chau - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay | Authentic Experience - 07 Days

Hanoi - Mai Chau - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay | Authentic Experience
Overview
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  • Start/End: Hanoi/Hanoi
  • Visit: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Pu Luong - Ninh Binh - Hai Phong - Lan Ha bay
  • Duration: 07 Days
  • Travel style: Authentic
  • Tour schedule: Daily departure
Highlight

Explore Northern Vietnam in a unique way with this unforgettable experience. Venture from Hanoi to the mountainous region of Mai Chau. Stay with a local family in Van Long and enjoy an overnight cruise on Lan Ha Bay - a less-travelled part of the Ha Long Bay World Heritage Site.

  • Visit Hanoi’s highlights.
  • Interact with the Thai ethnic minority culture
  • Homestay experience
  • Visit a traditional village in the Red River Delta
  • Overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay
Note
  • Mai Chau: Walking shoes are recommended.
  • Bring swimming suits, hats and sunglasses.
Itinerary Expand All
  • Day 1,Hanoi35km - 0.75hThu, Apr 2, 2020
    Welcome to Hanoi, walking tour

    Landing at the Noi Bai airport, you are welcomed by professional tour guide and driver at the pickup lobby. Enjoy 45-minute driving to the city center (Hanoi Old Quarter) with city's briefing information about the most visited spots, culture, traffic and cuisine....Arrive in your hotel, check in and have a rest. 

    Continue the day with a walking tour. Start with a small pagoda named Ba Da quietly located in a small alley - only few steps from the Hanoi Great Cathedral, built by French colonialism since the 19th century. Your tour guide also takes you to typical streets of Hanoi such as Lan Ong Street selling traditional medicine, Lo Ren Street where metal items are produced ... Stop to visit the Dong Xuan central market - the largest in Hanoi. Continue walking to the famous area for night activities and street food - Ta Hien street, where you can see the vibrant streets with a lot of the amazing local foods and drinks. Trying to taste some for an unforgettable experience.

    End at your hotel.

    Note: If your flight arrives late or you are jet leg after long flight, the walking tour will be moved to the city tour day.
    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Gondola Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    31 Hang Hanh street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
  • Day 2,HanoiFri, Apr 3, 2020
    The center of culture & education Van Mieu, outstanding museum of ethnology, visit French Quarter

    9:00 AM: Get Pick up by tour guide to the Temple of Literature which was built under the Ly dynasty in 11th century for worshipping Confucius and teaching Royal children. Enjoy a walk in the garden to the city’s symbol Khue Van Cac. You will then visit the World Heritage "stone steles” which shows the name of outstanding students. Continue to explore the Quoc Tu Giam which is considered as the first national university of Vietnam.

    Next stop at the Ethnology Museum (closed every Monday) which offers a deep insight into Vietnamese culture through traditional costumes, tools, musical instruments and traditional houses of many ethnic groups. To fully explore this interesting museum, it takes you around two hours. 

    In the afternoon you visit the French Quarter – it is a “little Paris” in Hanoi with tree-lined boulevards, government head offices and a big square. Visit (outside) Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum before having a leisurely walk in the botanical gardens to visit the Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where he used to live and work. Towards the unique One – pillar pagoda which is one of the city’s symbols. It takes us from 1 to 2 hours to explore this complex, depending on the number of traveler.

    Come back to city center and have a rest before enjoying the water puppet shows that is the unique performances, first appeared in the 11th century. In these shows, the daily life, culture and belief of Vietnamese people are described by puppets on water. The show usually integrates a traditional music performance as well.

    Come back to hotel. End of the day

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: Breakfast
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    Entertainment / Show: Water puppet show
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Gondola Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    31 Hang Hanh street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
  • Day 3,Hanoi - Mai Chau145km - 3.5hSat, Apr 4, 2020
    Muong hamlet & scenic views at Thung Khe, Authentic life of Thai in Mai Hich, Sam Khoe, Buoc villages

    8:00 AM: Meet tour guide and driver then depart to Mai Chau. On the way, visit a Muong village. Continue to Thung Khe pass where you can view magnificent panoramic views of the valley before arriving in Mai Chau town. Mai Chau is a beautiful valley located 145 km away from Hanoi. It is great place with harmonious landscapes, green mountain ranges, rice terraces and White Thai ethnic villages.

    Arrive in Mai Hich village, check in your accommodation then enjoy lunch cooked by the host. Later explore Mai Hich by walking along the trails and concrete roads. You will be seduced by the gorgeous landscapes as the villages, rice fields, mountains and streams are in perfect harmony with one another. Do not miss the opportunity to communicate with the friendly local people who are always willing to welcome you into their house to enjoy a cup of tea.

    Continue trekking along the Ma River, passing the rice field and small communities to Xam Khoe and  Buoc village, a Thai villages that is still not touristic. Enjoy the harmony of nature's beauty and rich human culture. At the end, get a pick up by driver then transfer back to your accommodation.

    Note: Private traditional music and dancing show by local people is available with extra cost of $35/group. Please ask our guide to reserve if you are interested in.
    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Private transportation
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Mai Chau Homestay (Sharing homestay)
    Mai Chau district, Hoa Binh , Vietnam
  • Day 4,Mai Chau - Pu Luong - Ninh Binh140km - 4hSun, Apr 5, 2020
    Excursion to Muong community in Eo Ken & Ban Hang villages

    8:00 AM: Depart from Mai Hich directly to Eo Ken, 30km away, where the Muong ethnics live. Walk down the slope and enjoy the spectacular view of Pu Luong Nature reserve, rice field terraces and mountains. Visit a Muong ethnic family in Eo Kenvillage and discover their authentic life. Continue walking through this beautiful landscape and cross a stream to reach HangVillage.

    Pick up by car then transfer to Mai Chau for lunch. After that, depart to Ninh Binh, stop on the way to meet the local people and take pictures as you command. Arrive in Ninh Binh in the late afternoon and check in to your accommodation. 

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Private transportation
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Van Long family homestay(Double Room)
    Gia Van commune, Gia Vien district, Ninh Binh , Vietnam
  • Day 5,Ninh Binh - Hanoi100km - 2hMon, Apr 6, 2020
    Biking to Thung La temple with authentic drum performance, boat trip in Van Long Nature Reserve, embroidering experience

    8:00 AM: take a 15km bike ride (optional) or walk through the villages. A journey along the dyke will offer you gorgeous landscapes of rice fields, a river and limestone mountains. There are several stops for you to take beautiful photos or encounter the locals then walk to discover Thung La temple, dating back to the 11th century. Meet Mr Tuong, the temple guardian, and enjoy an authentic conversation as well as a 20 minute drum show.

    Continue to take a sampan boat trip along the stream and among the limestone mountains to discover the beauty of Van Long nature reserve. If lucky, you might get to see white monkeys and egrets on the cliffs. After the boat trip, visit an embroidery village and take part in an embroidery course under the instruction of local craftswoman, Mrs Lam. She will proudly explain the techniques of her traditional craft. This will be a good opportunity for you to practice on fabric like a real craftsman.

    Leave your bike at homestay and say good-bye the host. End of the day, transfer from Ninh Binh to Hanoi. Enjoy the journey passing Red River delta with a lot of chance taking pictures of rice fields, peaceful countryside.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
    Boat: Van Long sampan boat
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    Bike: Tam Coc
    Entertainment / Show: Thung La temple music
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Gondola Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    31 Hang Hanh street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
  • Day 6,Hanoi - Hai Phong - Lan Ha bay140km - 2.5hTue, Apr 7, 2020
    Cruising in the mesmerizing Lan Ha bay, swimming & kayaking, cooking class

    9:00 AM: Pick up at your hotel (in the Hanoi Old Quarter). Enjoy two and a half hour drive from Hanoi to Lan Ha Bay on the national highway No5B. Your journey will pass the series of villages and rice fields in the Red River Delta. Have a stop for drink and restroom. Continue driving to the harbor around noon, get warmly welcome at cruise reception.

    12:30: Transfer by tender to the PEONY CRUISE

    13:00: We welcome our guests onboard the PEONY CRUISE and then check in, enjoy Welcome Drink, receive cruise briefing, safety instructions and check in. Start cruising and explore Halong Bay - one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.

    13:15: PEONY CRUISE proceeds to Da Chong islet, where you can see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago. Have International Buffet Lunch while passing via the islets of Con Vit area. These amazing limestone karst formations rise up out of the sea in an impressive manner. This area is untouched, as not many cruise ships use the route via the Cat Ba Island - Thoi Quyt area - Coc Ngoi islet - through Gia Luan area where is belong to Cat Ba National Park

    15:30: explore the bay in the area where Ao Ech is situated. You enjoy on your own for kayaking at Ao Ech area to discover the hidden charm of Lan Ha Bay with its quieter.

    16:30: Peony Cruise gets in the less populated area at Tra Bau where is located in Lan Ha Bay. You will enjoy the green emerald and cool water by swimming.

    17:30: Returning PEONY CRUISE, you can watch the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin. Onboard you may join a traditional cooking class. Our chef will instruct you in the making of some Vietnam dishes. In the early evening the boat has its Happy Hour deal

    Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu)

    19:30: Sumptuous Candlelight Deluxe Dinner Set Menu is served. Enjoy delicious local food prepared and served for you by our wonderful onboard catering staff. This is a delightful meal in an intimate romantic setting

    21:30: Enjoy the landscape of the bay at night up on the top deck. Relax whilst enjoying drinks from the bar. Try your hand at night squid fishing, watching a movie in the restaurant. Overnight on board.

    Option: Massage service available. Please book with Cruise Manager directly (please see massage menu)

    23:00: End of Day One program

    Included:
    Shuttle bus: Hanoi - Got Ferry
    English speaking guide (on board)
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Entrance fees
    Kayak: Halong bay
    Entertainment / Show: Beach swimming,Squid fishing
    Cooking class: Halong bay
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Peony Cruise - 2D1N(Deluxe Balcony )
    5/33B Pham Ngu Lao street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
  • Day 7,Hai Phong - Lan Ha bay - Hanoi140km - 2.5hWed, Apr 8, 2020
    Explore Trung Trang Cave, visit Cat Ba National park, Hanoi departure

    06:15: Why not rising early to witness the bay at its very best whilst enjoying an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck; after which we serve the breakfast. Upon completing breakfast continue our journey and head out to explore the bay.

    07:45: We progress to Trung Trang cave by our bus on Cat Ba island which is located in the middle of Cat Ba National Park with Kim Giao forest around the cave.

    Trung Trang Valley is the largest valley on Cat Ba Island. The valley covers an area of approximately 300 hectares, has a depth of 10m to 30m and is around 15km in the middle of Cat Ba National Park. Trung Trang Cave measures 300m lengthwise through the mountains. The cave was carved by nature for more than 2000 years. The cave has many stalactites that take on various shapes that will awe and inspire visitors to use their imagination.

    09:45: Peony Cruise welcomes you back on board and it is time for fixing the bill and checking out

    10:00: Whilst cruising back you can enjoy a delightful brunch

    10:30: Enjoy the Tea Ceremony served at the restaurant. You will learn how to enjoy Vietnamese tea and Vietnamese cultural at this ceremony. Joining Tea Ceremony with our crews team and have great fun with us!

    12:00: We return to the quay side in the south of the bay, where our visitors disembark. We bid farewell at GOT ferry, this is the end of the program

    Welcome by driver at the harbor then enjoy 2 and a half hour travel back to Hanoi on the new highway No5B crossing the Red River Delta and villages. Drop off at your hotel (in the Hanoi Old Quarter).

    Private driver will pick you up at the hotel lobby (Hanoi Old Quarter) for about 45 minutes to Noi Bai airport (international or domestic hall according to your request). Thanks for the visit to our city.

    Note: International flights require you to be at the airport 3 hours and domestic is 2 hours before departure time.

    Included:
    English speaking guide (on board)
    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    Entertainment / Show: Morning Tai Chi
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
Inclusions
  • English speaking tour guide following itinerary
  • All entrance fees and tickets mention on itinerary
  • Selected Accommodations with daily breakfast
  • Cruise: Peony Cruise - 2D1N
  • Boat: Van Long sampan boat
  • Private transportation following itinerary
  • Shuttle bus: Hanoi - Got Ferry
  • Meal: Breakfast: 06, Lunch: 05, Dinner: 03
  • Bike: Tam Coc
  • Kayak: Halong bay
  • Entertainment / Show: Water puppet show, Thung La temple music, Beach swimming, Squid fishing, Morning Tai Chi
  • Cooking class: Halong bay
  • 01 bottle of water per pax per day
  • Service charges and Taxes
Exclusions
  • International flight from/to your country
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and Gratuities
  • Other not mentioned in the program


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