A fabulous experience to highlights of North Vietnam!

From capital city of Hanoi to emerald water bay of Halong up to green mountains of Mai Chau and down to rustic country of Ninh Binh, each day of your tour is filled with interesting sights and tastes. Our friendly and knowledgeable guide will also help you to reveal the hidden charms of Vietnam!

  • Hanoi City tour
  • Food tour in Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Halong Bay cruise
  • Mai Chau valley & home stay local house
  • Boat rowing in Tam Coc
Trip Length: 5 days | Trip Style: Comfort travel| Trip Theme: Local life & Culture, Explore| Physical Rating: | Start/End city: Hanoi/ Hanoi
Places visited: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Mai Chau - Hoa Lu Ancient Capital - Tam Coc
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Itinerary Details

Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

Welcome to Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, the city of thousand years history blended with a very hustle dynamic modern life. You will get picked up from the airport and transferred downtown to hotel for check in.

Lunch with Vietnamese specialties at a local restaurant and in the afternoon we will start sightseeing to the Temple of Literature – the Vietnam’s first university established during the construction of the capital then visiting to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (view outside), and his former residence, his impressive house-on-stilts, the fish pond.

After this we will go to the Old Quarter for sightseeing the Hoan Kiem Lake (restore sword lake) with Ngoc Son temple and enjoy water puppet show before enjoy your dinner by a fascinating walking tour that will introduce to you some of Vietnam’s finest authentic street foods. Walking through narrow streets and small alleys in the Old Quarter is the great chance for you to learn about the local daily life, taking photos and shopping at thousands shops….

Led by your local guide and hear stories of the ingredients and history of Hanoi’s food culture and sample Northern Vietnamese cuisine. The menu has been chosen together between you and the guide from the lunch time and we will start with some light food such as fried sour spring rolls, crispy Hanoi “pillow” dumplings, varieties of sticky rice, yoghurt with fermented wild rice … and finish the food tour at a nice coffee shop famous with the “egg coffee” in the Old Quarter.

Overnight in hotel in Hanoi centre.

Summary of inclusions

Private airport transfer
lunch and dinner
sightseeing hanoi
Hotel in hanoi
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Depart Hanoi at 8.00AM for the 3.5-hour scenic drive to Halong Bay. Journey there through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta, observe everyday life of Vietnamese villagers as they work the rice fields, take pigs to the market on motorbikes and plough the fields with their water buffaloes.

Dubbed as one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the natural wonder Halong Bay is a huge body of emerald water that dotted with thousands of limestone islands of special shapes that formed by winds and waves through millions of years. The place was twice recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage for its exceptional natural and cultural values.

Board the wooden junk and enjoy sumptuous fresh seafood lunch as you wind your way through spectacular bay of dramatic islands, floating villages and mirror like water. Enjoy swimming bay in the turquoise water in the middle of quiet and visit to a huge lime stone cave that filled with beautiful stalagmite and stalactites. Get back to the quay at 4.00PM and there the vehicle will be waiting for you to take you back to Hanoi; arrival time will be in the early evening.

Summary of inclusions

Private vehicle
ha long cruise
Breakfast & lunch
Mai Chau, Vietnam
Mai Chau, Vietnam

Leave Hanoi and drive through spectacular country and mountain sceneries to Mai Chau, a beautiful green valley home to beautiful White Thai minority villages, approx 150km from Hanoi. This is a great place to enjoy natural beauty and observe traditional hill tribe culture and life style that is well preserved.

After a home lunch, take a light trek around the valley through villages for sightseeing, visit local homes, enjoy local interaction and perhaps join with locals at their farm work. The rest of afternoon is for your relax by the fish pond with a dink or just simply wander more around your village of home stay for further sightseeing.

Excellent home dinner will be served along with some local rice whiskey before you take part in a traditional dance and music performance.

Overnight home stay in a local house on stilts.

Summary of inclusions

Private transfer
mai chauvillage & town sightseeing
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
homestay in mai chau
Ninh Binh, Vietnam
Ninh Binh, Vietnam

Scenic drive through the lush paddy fields and jagged limestone escarpments of the region to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc, sometimes known as the ‘Halong of the rice fields’. Visit ancient temples dedicates to great Kings of the Dinh and the Early Le Dynasties from 10th and 11th centuries and take a rowing boat trip along dramatic karst formation through the labyrinth of caves, tunnels and emerald streams for a fascinating visit before returning to Hanoi.

Summary of inclusions

Private transfers
rowing boat trip
Breakfast & lunch

Today is departure day. Enjoy some free time for last purchases or simply relax before your transfer the airport for your flight home. Safe travel!

Summary of inclusions

private transfer airport
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Number of Persons 2 3 - 4 5 - 6 7 - 8 9 - 10 11 - 12 13 - 15 Single supp
Price Please contact us for best price upon your travel date, number of travelers and specific needs


  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room.
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Water & cold tissue in car
  • Cellphone for use during your visit
  • Government taxes & Service charges


  • Other services than mentioned
  • Visa & International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips, Travel insurance
  • Bank transfer fee if any

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Tour itinerary:This tour itinerary is designed based on local travel conditions, logistics and availabilitis of transportation between visited destinations. It is for you to see how the trip should go, what you can do, see and enjoy during the trip. The itinerary can be tailored by adding more of desired visitng destinations, activities or removing any you do not like to meet your travel time frame, style, budget and expectation the best.

Tour price:Travel Authentic Asia focus on quality and affordable package prices with the best value. The price is based on number of traveler taking the trip, the accommodation category you wish to stay, the mode of transportation, meals provided….

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Tailor your itinerary base on this trip:If you wish to tailor your own itinerary with your favorite destinations, activities, accommodations and so on, you can do it right away by clicking the button "Tailor this trip" and send us an enquiry with as much as detail possible. Our travel consultants with their extensive knowledge and experience will answer all of your questions, offer suggestions and give knowledgeable advice, helping you to make a pleasant-enjoyable-worry free trip of best possible value that perfectly suits your travel needs. Please keep in mind this is your private tour so feel free to ask your travel consultant to make any changes you wish to make, at any time!

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Payment:A deposit of 30% of total price is needed to initiate the tour booking after the itinerary is finalized. The balance for the trip is due 15 days prior to your arrival.

Arrival and departure flights:You are advised to make your own booking for international flights from/back your home country. This allows you to determine better the travel time frame, budget and to deal with insurance claim when needed. Travel Authentic Asia team will base on your flight schedule to work out the best itinerary for you or/and to modify the itinerary to get it matches.

Travel documents:You must carry a valid passport and have obtained all of the appropriate visas, permits and certificates for the countries in which you will visit during your trip. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the duration of the trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas, permits and certificates for your trip. Travel Authentic Asia accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the failure of clients to obtain appropriate documentation.

Travel insurance:It is your responsibility to get your own international travel insurance and read the insurance policy before you travel and ensure that the insurance scheme provides with the requisite level of cover. Insurance should cover personal accident and medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of vacation. In some cases, travelers may have pre-existing medical conditions which their travel insurance company will not cover.
Other than local travel insurance(s) included in sightseeing tickets at sites, Travel Authentic Asia does not provide any kind of travel insurance on the trip except required and paid separately from the tour price.

Weather: The weather in this part of Southeast Asia is varied depening on the region and season. In the winter time from Nov to Feb, the temperature in some area such as North Vietnam, especially mountainous areas can be as low as 2-4 Degree Celsius (35 Degree Fahrenheit) and pretty cold. Other parts can be warm with temperature up to 36 Degree Celsius or more (96 Degree Fahrenheit). So, to know the weather condition of destination you visit, please consult our travel consultant or you can check it here on our website

What to take: What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. It is advisable to have your backpack or suitcase with wheels. An overnight bag with a shoulder strap or little backpacks is convenient to carry water and a camera etc for day trips. Warm clothes and light jacket are needed for the North Vietnam and northern Lao during the winter time from November to March. Sunblock, swimsuits and a light raincoat is advised all year round.

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