Hanoi - Halong - Ninh Binh - 5 days

Hanoi - Halong - Ninh Binh - 5 days
Halong Bay - Photo by An Bui
Hanoi- the capital of Vietnam since the 11th century still retaining a charming air from its colonial days, visitors are often impressed with the quietness and subtle beauty of Hanoi.

Ha Long Bay is recognized as the World Heritage since 1994. The process of nearly full erosion and weathering on karst created the unique Hạ Long Bay in the world. In a not very large area, thousands of islands with different forms look like glittering emeralds attached to the blue scarf of a virgin. The area where many stone islands concentrate has spectacular scenes and world-famous caves and is the center of Ha Long Bay Natural Heritage.

Hoa Lu, 100 km south of Hanoi, was the capital city of Vietnam under the Dinh Dynasty. Apart from the historical aspects, the area is also one of astounding natural beauty with limestone peaks. It is true that this area is often referred to as the Ha Long Bay on land.



***TOUR DESCRIPTION

DAY 1: HANOI ON ARRIVAL

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International airport- Ha Noi, you will welcome by tour guide and transfer to hotel for check-in. Orientation tour (If time permit): Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Pagoda. Dinner & O/N in Ha Noi.

DAY 2: HANOI / HALONG

Start the tour by visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho's final resting-palace. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts where he used to live in the past. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is theOne Pillar Pagoda, built by King Ly Thai To in 1049 the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Continue to visit the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam - Vietnam's first University constructed in 1070. Its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam’s past. Proceed to Ha Long, one of the World Heritage recognized by UNESCO since 1994. Dinner & O/N in Ha Noi.

DAY 3: HALONG / HANOI

Depart from Halong City’s main peer, then cruise amidst limestone islets and join Thien Cung’s magnificent grotto, one of the major ones in the archipelago. Accessible after a short walk up an islet amidst the rain forest, this recently discovered 130-meters long cave is now a real attraction, with amazing shapes and state-of-the-art lightshow. After this visit, the cruise will get back to Halong City. Our guide and driver pick you up and drive back Hanoi. Arriver Hanoi about 5pm. Check in hotel. Have dinner at local restaurant. Dinner & O/N in Ha Noi.

DAY 4: HANOI / NINH BINH / HANOI

Morning, meet our guide and transfer to Ninh Binh provice - located 110km from Hanoi to the South, Tam Coc cave is one of the most spectacular sights in Vietnam. It is also called Halong Bay – on-land. A river trip to Tam Coc and through three caves of Tam Coc is wonderful for photo hunters, especially when local residents come to harvest the rice planted along the river or when they transplant seeding for the next crop. Next to Tam Coc is Hoa Lu, the relics of the ancient capital of Vietnam in 10th century. What remains are temples dedicated to the two heroes: King Dinh and King Le whom chosen Hoa Lu to build the citadel of the capital city. Dinner & O/N in Ha Noi.

DAY 5: HANOI DEPARTURE

After breakfast, free at your own leisure till the time transfer to airport for the flight back your destination. End of service.
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