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Hanoi - Halong and Surroundings

Hanoi - Halong and Surroundings
Trip length:6 days
Trip style:Vietnam Comfort Tours
Trip themes:Explore
Physical rating:*****
Start / End cities:Hanoi / Hanoi
Price from:Upon request
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Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival
Arrive in bustling Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. As you will be arriving at various times today, there are no planned activities. On arrival, you are welcomed and picked up by your guide and driver and transfer to the downtown of Hanoi for hotel check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure to recover from the jet lag. There could be some activities if time permits.

Overnight at a centrally located hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi city Discovery
Start your city tour of Hanoi this morning at 8.00 AM, the featured spots of the city includes the complex of Ho Chi Minh President’s Mausoleum, one-pillar pagoda, the Temple of Literature which is considered as Vietnam’s first university, then continue to visit the West Lake with Tran Quoc pagoda and Quan Thanh temple. End the day with a relax cyclo ride around Hanoi's Old Quarter – a maze of streets, each one traditionally devoted to a different product or industry, witness local daily life in this lively area. Lunch with Hanoi’s specialty at a restaurant.

Spend one more night in Hanoi.
Day 3: Halong bay Cruise
Depart from your hotel in Hanoi at 8:00 AM. The drive takes around 4-hour drive to Halong City includes a short break at the midway. The road journey is through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta. Through the windows of your private van you can enjoy the daily life of Vietnamese villagers as they are working in the rice paddy-fields, taking pigs and chicken to the markets on motorbikes and ploughing the fields with their water buffaloes. Around noon, you arrive in Halong pier and board your day wooden junk for the cruise on the emerald green water of Halong Bay.

The Boat is heading to the main part of the bay and gently cruising among the thousands of spectacular limestone islands. A fresh seafood lunch will be served on board. The cruise includes a short hike-up to an island for a visit to a limestone cave with many beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and cruising by a fishing village where you can see how is life on the water and their making living there. The open deck on the top of the boat with relaxing chairs is a great place for you to enjoy the landscape. Your boat will start cruising back to Halong City where your vehicle will be waiting for you to take you back to Hanoi. Arrive at your hotel around 8:00 PM.

Overnight in Hanoi
Day 4: Hanoi - Duong Lam Village - Mai Chau valley
Today, we departs from Hanoi at 08 00 am. The morning drive takes about 1,5 hours to Duong Lam Ancient village. The village is famous for its old houses which were built with laterite bricks and many of them are as old as 400 years. The special architectures of the village gate and communal house also give its typical characteristics. Upon arrival, stroll through the small alleys of the village from the Old gate with a banyan tree, a catholic church, communal house and visit the ancient house of Mr. Hung. Lunch at the old house cooked by the family. After lunch, continue our drive to the mountainous Hoa Binh province with beautiful Mai Chau valley where the White Thai ethnic minority inhabited. Check in the homestay and rest for the late afternoon. Dinner today is also cooked and served by the host family. In the evening, enjoy the traditional dance and music by the village’s girls and boys (optional).

Overnight on stilt houses.
Day 5: Mai Chau trekking - Hanoi
After the breakfast at the host family, we will have 2, 5-hour hike to explore the surroundings and visit some other villages, rice paddies and gardens. This is the best time for you to experience the local life, their agriculture and beautiful handicrafts.
Back to the family for refreshing before getting back on your bus and return to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi about 5:00 pm.

Dinner and overnight in Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi - Departure
Enjoy your free time at leisure until getting transfer to the airport for your onward flight.  Safe travel and see you again!

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