Could a scenic holiday of marvellous mountains reflecting their shape on crystal clear water make a dream to you? Within just less than a week, you will have the chance to admire this spectacular natural beauty – right in this tour, from Ha Long Bay – The world’s wonder to Ninh Binh – a land of splendor.
Highlights of Impressive Vietnam Vacation tour trip:
Visiting highlights of historical and cultural site around the city of Hanoi.
Experiencing Hanoi old life by using cyclo to move around the old quarter.
Joining fun activities of swimming and kayaking in Lan Ha bay – a wonderful bay in the world.
Overnight in wonderful bay-view cabin on cruise in Ha Long bay.
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The mark of Vietnam tourism map:
“Vietnam is simply beautiful. It almost has every kind of natural landscape all within one country.” - Tripzilla
“South of Hanoi, Ninh Binh province is blessed with natural beauty, cultural sights and the Cuc Phuong National Park. Highlights include boat trips amid karst landscapes at Tam Coc and the Unesco World Heritage-listed Trang An Grottoes.” - Lonelyplanet
“Ha Long Bay sits off Vietnam's northeastern coast, and has incredibly serene emerald waters that are home to multiple small limestone islands covered by rain forests. It's a popular spot for boat tours and cave explorers, and no trip to Vietnam would be complete without seeing it.” - Businessinsider
Brief and Route map
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh
Day 3: Hanoi – Ha Long
Day 4: Ha Long – Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi Departure
DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL - HALF DAY CITY TOUR: A THOUSAND-YEAR-OLD CITY
Welcome to Vietnam: after a long time on the airplane, you will reach Vietnam – the S-shaped land, where 54 different ethnic minorities inhabit.
You will be warmly welcomed by our guide and driver at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city center of Hanoi.
Enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant
In the afternoon
After saving energy with local lunch, you will leave for the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam.
It is estimated to be 2 hours at the museum then you will be transferred back to the old quarter and visit Hoan Kiem Lake.
Finally, you will sit in front of Cyclo to move around the Old Quarter and experience the local life in 45 minutes before coming back your transit hotel which is near Hanoi train station to freshen up and relax.
Meals included: __/Lunch/__
Parameter: Airport – City Center: 30km/Driving: 40 minutes
Today useful note(s):
Wearing formal clothes (cover your knees and shoulders) to visit some spiritual/cultural sites.
Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 2: HANOI - HOA LU - TRANG AN: HA LONG BAY ON LAND
In the morning
At 08:00, after enjoying delicious breakfast at your hotel, you will leave Hanoi for Ninh Binh - our destination today, which is about 1 hour and a half driving to the South.
The first visit in this legend area is Hoa Lu, the capital of Dai Co Viet (an old name of Vietnam). Being the capital of the first fundamental Government of Vietnam, Hoa Lu witnessed many important historical events: the union of Vietnam after “12 Lords Rebellion”, the war with the Song dynasty, the defense against the ancient Cambodian, and the formation of Hanoi nowadays.
Coming to the local restaurant for lunch at the noon time.
In the afternoon
After having lunch, you will take a sampan on river through the rice paddies to the grottoes of the sacred Trang An Caves. Enormous limestone karsts jut out from the green rice fields giving rise to this place’s other name, “Halong Bay on land”.
At about 17:00, your tour will come to the end in the late afternoon then you will be transferred to your hotel in Hanoi.
DAY 3: HANOI - LAN HA BAY: A NIGHT N A PEACEFUL BAY
The following program for Halong bay trip belongs to V-Spirit premier cruise
In the morning
At around 09:00, after breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up at the hotel lobby by the staff and driver of V’Spirit Premier Cruise and transferred to Got Pier.
At around 12:00, you will reach the harbor and enjoy a welcome drink while waiting for the staff to prepare the finals then once they complete you will embark and be welcomed by cruise members.
In the afternoon
At around 13:00, after check-in on the cruise, you will have a fresh lunch whilst cruising into the magnificent maze of thousands of Limestone Mountains.
Then you will have a short rest and free time to hunt the wonderful photos of this World Heritage before getting on the sampan boat ridden by local residents to explore the Dark and Bright cave, two gorgeous caverns with a vast and enclosed lake on the other side. Swimming is also available here.
At 17:00, you will return to V’Spirit Premier Cruise for shower, refreshing and enjoy the sunset party on board or join a cooking class run by the talented chef.
In the evening
At 19:00, you will enjoy a fantastic dinner along with a very special performance of traditional Vietnamese music in the dining room or on the top deck (depends on the weather conditions). Before you retire to your cabin tonight, perhaps you would like to head to the bar, the spa or join the crew for some squid fishing.
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Today useful note(s): Sun cream, sun glasses, swimming suits and wide brim hats are suggested
Parameter: Hanoi – Lan Ha Bay: 150km/Driving: 2.5 hours
Overnight on the cruise
DAY 4: LAN HA BAY - HANOI: NATURE EXPLORATION
In the morning
At 06:00, if you would like to do some exercise to begin your new day, let rise early and practice Tai Chi on the top deck as the sunrise greets us from behind the mountains.
At 07:00, breakfast will be served in the dining room at the middle of fresh and peaceful bay.
After breakfast, you will explore Tra Bau area with kayaking. Then you will return to the cruise to prepare for check – out and a farewell lunch with the crew.
In the afternoon
After lunch you will disembark the cruise and say goodbye to the cruise members to get back to the car and head to Hanoi.
Around 15:00, you will arrive at your hotel in Hanoi for a free leisure night.
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/__
Today useful note(s): Sun cream, sun glasses, swimming suits and wide brim hats are suggested.
Parameter: Lan Ha Bay – Hanoi: 150km/Driving: 2.5 hours
Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 5: HANOI DEPARTURE
Depending on your flight time, our driver will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.
Meals included: Breakfast/__/__
Parameter: Hotel – Airport: 30 km/Driving: 45 minutes
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Useful information for travel in Vietnam
What’s the difference between 3, 4, and 5 -star hotels?
We usually arrange centrally-located and Western-standard hotels. Five-star hotels are usually palatial with huge lobbies and comfortable rooms, their standards not quite matching the best of Paris or New York, but very close. Four-star hotels have quality facilities, but not as luxurious as five-star hotels. Three-star hotels meet the needs of most Westerners, but breakfasts have less choice. We also recommend some courtyard hotels or Vietnamese-style hotels with local features and architecture. These hotels have a good ranking, or positive feedback from our customers, and TripAdvisor. Usually, hotels in big cities, small cities, and rural areas are a bit different, even if they have the same star level. We try to use the best available hotel in each place.
Passport & Visa Requirements
You may be required for visa to Vietnam. Please check the list of countries which need visa to Vietnam in this links: Who need visa to Vietnam? Vietnam Visa is issued by Vietnam Embassy in your country or “Visa on arrival”. Travel Sense Asia will offer free visa to Vietnam for you (except some difficult countries). You will need one clear page (per visa) in a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your departure from Vietnam.
As currency exchange rates in Vietnam fluctuate, we suggest you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com or www.vietcombank.com In 2015 the USD & VND has been around 22.500VND per USD. There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Master card, but these are limited to cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travelers checks in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but they may charge a 2–4% transaction fee.
It is customary to tip service providers in the travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected — though not compulsory — and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (3 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service. In additionally, you will sometimes use rolling boat, cyclo riding, porter which you should give a small tip to these local people.
Eating is an important part of your Vietnam experience. Generally, breakfasts are included in the itinerary and offered by hotels. Travel Sense Asia recommend local Vietnam restaurants that are popular with local people for lunch. You can order dishes with the help of your guide. We usually leave dinner for your own choice — Western food can be found in most large cities. If you are vegetarian or you are looking for e.g. halal food, please feel free to inform your travel advisor, who can arrange a restaurant to fit your needs.
We use comfortable sedans or vans with air-conditioning. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well maintained and always very clean. Our drivers take pride in their vehicles. Our car and van are always available space for a comfortable trip. Luggage - All clients are limited to two items of luggage each; a suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg and one piece of hand luggage with a maximum weight of 7kg. It is essential that your luggage is lockable. Please note that authorities will only allow bottles onto the aircraft if they have been checked in as main baggage. Bottles in hand luggage may be confiscated.
What are train conditions like in Vietnam?
A soft sleeper is recommended for overnight and long-distance travel. Each soft sleeper compartment is enclosed, and contains four bunks, two on each side. The bunks are wider and more comfortable than hard sleepers, with decent bedding. Soft sleeper compartments may vary between trains. For route Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi, it also has VIP cabin with 2 soft sleeper beds, please make quest if you prefer a private cabin. You may have both over-head storage and under-bed storage, or just under-bed storage. Fastest train is about 70kph. The railways is small here and it’s not as comfortable as train in developed countries.
In Vietnam the standard voltage is 220 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A / C / G. Below you find pictures of these power sockets and corresponding plugs. And we provide more information about the voltage and frequency. Climate - You will find a complete packing list and a helpful climate chart in the ‘Suggested Packing List’, which is included in the pre-departure information link sent within your deposit documentation. Seasonal weather patterns can be quite unpredictable. Up to the minute information on worldwide weather can be found on www.weather.com.
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