Hanoi located on the banks of the Red River, is one of the most ancient capitals in the world, where travellers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city centre. A great place to explore on foot, this French-colonial city is also known for its delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, silks and handicrafts, as well as a multi-cultural community that’s made up of Chinese, French and Russian influences. Meanwhile, its tranquil countryside is a short drive away, featuring lush parks, verdant mountains, and traditional villages, and not forgetting, the iconic Ha Long Bay. If you’re a first-time visitor to the Vietnamese capital, our Hanoi travel guide has everything you need to know for a fulfilling holiday, including the best accommodation, restaurants, attractions, shopping, and detailed information on the local culture, currency, climate, and transport options.
Halong Bay is in northern Vietnam, 170 km (105 miles) east of Hanoi. The bay is famous for its scenic ocean karst topography and is often included in lists of natural wonders of the world. Halong Bay is a bay located in the area of the Gulf of Tangkia, north of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. It has an area of 1,500 square kilometers and has a coastline about 120 kilometers away from Hanoi.
Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival (Meal: L) lunch
Day 2: Arrival Hanoi- HoaLu- Tam Coc (B/L)
Day 3: Hanoi – Halong bay – Halong Cruise (Meals: B/L/D)
Day 4: Halong bay – Hanoi (Meals: B/L)
Day 5: Hanoi free and easy – Airport transfer (Meal: B)
DETAIL ITINERARY :
Hanoi Arrival- Free walking tour(Meal:L)
Arrival in Ha Noi, be transferred to your hotel for checking in ( if rooms are available you can check-in early). The rest time is free at your leisure.
Having Lunch at restaurant
Overnight in Hanoi
Arrival Hanoi- HoaLu- Tam Coc (B/L)
08:00 Leave Hanoi Capital for Ninh Binh, enjoy the beautiful sceneries of the rural areas on the way. About 10:00 arrive Hoa Lu, visit the two temples of King Dinh and King Le in the 10th century, finding out the heroic histories of this two Kings in Chinese Wars. After that, we go to Tam Coc (10 km far from Hoa Lu). King Dinh Tien Hoang chose this mountain location as the water systems fed from the mountains were perfect for both agriculture and defence. Enjoy the sight of palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions built by different dynasties and visit the Dinh and Le Temples, the two remaining architectures of Hoa Lu. Have lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch you will get on bamboo boat – rowed by the local people – in Hoang Long river to visit Tam Coc (three caves) on the way, you also have a chance to see the paddy field if you visit Tam Coc in April or September.
Then visit Bich Dong Pagoda comprising three pagodas located at different levels on a green mountain and the setting of the French film ‘Indochina’
Back to the Harbour for the transfer to Halong city. check-in hotel
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi – Halong bay – Halong Cruise (Meals: B/L/D)
Pick you up from your hotel and transfer to the pier to board a superior cruise where welcome drinks await. After check-in, enjoy a delicious seafood lunch while cruising through the magical bay where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the water like dragon teeth. After lunch, take a short trek to a nearby summit for a panoramic view of the bay. Swim on a quite beach, or sunbathe on the deck. In the afternoon, back on board for the sunset view and have a chance to enjoy a cooking class at a restaurant then enjoy the meal you have prepared.
Overnight on the cruise
Halong bay – Hanoi (Meals: B/L)
Tai chi lesson
Optional early wake-up call to admire the dramatic sunrise on the bay. relax with a tea or coffee cup before departing to the splendid Sung Sot Cave where stalactites hanging from the high ceiling. Enjoy lunch with Vietnamese cuisine onboard while cruising back to harbour for a transfer back to your hotel in Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi:
Hanoi free easy and Shopping– Airport transfer (Meal: B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you are free to discover Hanoi until the time to move to Noi Bai Airport for your next flight. Smiletravel says thanks for choosing our services. See you again!