There is a Vietnamese saying goes: Halong bay – “Descending Dragon” and Hanoi – the heart of Vietnam. This 4-day private tour (2 days Halong Bay from Hanoi) includes the popular Halong classic wonders and the highlights in Hanoian culture.
Enjoy the deep-rooted cultural and traditional music show in Hanoi, relax at breathtaking karst scenery in Halong bay, taste the exquisite lifestyle by being a guest in a traditional-styled Vietnamese family with 3 generations living in one house. Let’s immerse into the rich and diverse Vietnam Hanoi to Halong Bay.
DAY 1: Hanoi arrival – City Tour/The Past in the Present
Welcome to Vietnam: after long time on airplane, you will reach Vietnam – the S-shaped land, where 54 different ethnic minorities inhabited.
In the morning
On your arrival in Hanoi airport, you will be warmly welcomed by our guide and driver then transferred to your hotel in Hanoi
You will visit a local restaurant for lunch
In the afternoon
At 14:00, you will firstly leave for The Tran Quoc Pagoda, which is the oldest Buddhist temple in Hanoi, is located on a small island near the southeastern shore of Hanoi's West Lake. Then you may spend time walking around the West lake to enjoy the fresh air of the biggest lake in Hanoi
Next you will be transferred to Dong Xuan market. This is the largest covered market of Hanoi where the wholesale traders sell everything from clothes, household goods to foodstuffs.
Walking along the street you will reach Temple of Jade Mountain sitting on a small island in the northern part of Hoan Kiem Lake and dedicated to the King Tran Hung Dao
Afterward, you will sit in front of Cyclo to move around the old quarter and experience the local life in 30 minutes. The cyclo tour will take you back to your hotel
Today useful note(s): wearing formal clothes (cover your knees and shoulders) to visit some spiritual/cultural sites
Overnight in Hanoi
DAY 2: Hanoi – Halong/A Night on a Peaceful Bay
In the morning
At 08:00 – 08:30, the shuttle bus will pick you up and transfer you to Halong bay, which takes you around 0 hours through small villages with beautiful fields of rice and vegetable.
Ariving in the habour, board the cruise and have lunch in the restaurant
In the afternoon
13:00 – 15:00: A sumptuous lunch is served while cruising into the magnificent Halong Bay with its thousands of extraordinarily shaped limestone islands, considered as the heaven on the Earth.
15:30 – 17:00: Explore the Lờm Bò area and be charmed by this outstanding masterpiece of Mother Nature. Visit Mê Cung Cave – one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay and climb up to see the panoramic view of the bay from above.
17:00 – 19:00 p.m: Return to the LaFairy Sails for a Sunset party to admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set. Take pleasure in a fruit carving demonstration.
In the evening
19:00: Savor a sparkling and dreamlike dinner on top deck under the light of a thousand stars in middle of the tranquil Bay with extremely delicious food and be awed by a fascinating fruit and vegetable carving show. Delight in traditional music performances. Afterwards, socialize with the artist, new friends and crew members, join squid fishing.
Meals included: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Parameter: Driving: Hanoi – Halong: 180 km/ 4 hours/way
Overnight on cruise
DAY 3: Halong – Hanoi/The Flavors of the Bay
In the morning
06:30 – 07:00: Start your day with Tai Chi exercises or a photo hunt.
07:15 – 07:45: Enjoy breakfast in the fresh air and peaceful beauty of the Bay.
08:00 – 09:15: Visit Titov Island for swimming in the emerald water. Then hike up to the top of the island to take the breathtaking panoramic view of the Bay.
09:15 – 09:45: Relax and enjoy the marvelous sights from the top deck.
09:45 – 10:15: Pack your luggage and check out of the cabin while cruising towards the harbor
10:15: You have lunch in the restaurant on the cruise
In the afternoon
12:00 – 12:30: Disembark the cruise
12:30: You will be transfer back to your hotel and in Hanoi and it will be a 3.5 hour journey again
The accommodation in twin/double basis with breakfast (central location, highly recommended on Trip Advisor)
Experienced English speaking local guide
All entrance fee and sightseeing tickets as listed
Delicious meals with local food and tastes as listed (others are upon your request)
Air-conditioned transfer during the whole tour
Complimentary 1 bottle of water each day
Service charges and government tax
Meals, Beverages which are not specified in the program
Any unclarified flight tickets
Personal travel insurance
Any personal expenses
Any gratuities and tips to driver and tour guide ($3-5/person/day for both guide and driver)
Any surcharge for holiday
Check in time is normally at 14.00; check out time is normally at 12.00.Early check in or check out is upon on availability of the hotels.
At last minute, Halong Bay cruise can be canceled due to bad weather, typhoons. We will then refund the cruise back to you or will change your itinerary to day trip or somewhere else if possible.
Price is different indifferent period of time so please contact us for the best price for your travel time
Kid < 5 years old
Kid < 5 years old
50% tour price
5 =< kid =< 12 years old
50% tour price
5 =< kid =< 12 years old
75 % tour price
Kid =< 12 years old
95% tour price
Kid >= 12 years old
100% tour price
Policy for flight tickets will be issued by the Airlines
*S.R.S: Single Room Supplement. If you want to have your own room, you will pay extra amount for this.
*At the time of quotation, Travel Sense Asia reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.
Sarala (Malaysia) Visited June 2018 - FromTripAdvisor said:
Henry, the consultant assisting us, was able to understand our requirements quickly and arrange a Halong Bay 1-day cruise that starts from Halong Bay early in the morning (instead of from Hanoi). Email communications were prompt and he was able to provide the answers and arrangements as needed. The actual tour guide who followed us was knowledgeable, helpful and flexible... Read more
What a great experience we had in Hanoi Vietnam Halong Bay. After seeing a picture on a email, me and my brother decided to travel to Vietnam for 16 days. After a long search on google for the place where the picture was taken, I finally gave up and contacted Travel Sense Asia. Julie, one of the travel advisers, gave me an immediate reply of where the place is, and that she can arrange a day trip for us tot Trang An. Needless to say, we ended up using Travel Sense Asia, without any regrets. We pretty much decided what... Read more
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 2016 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.
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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