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From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

1. From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

Travel by air-conditioned bus from Hanoi to Tam Coc and ride a Sampan boat to impressive caves. Experience local life as you cycle through picturesque villages, explore ancient temples, and enjoy a Vietnamese lunch. Start your tour early with pickup at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter. Hop into the luxury van to visit Hoa Lu, an ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit Dinh king Temple and Le king Temple from the 10th century, and hear about the heroic histories of the two Kings during the Chinese Wars. At midday, sit down for lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant. Continue to Tam Coc and take the sampan go (traditional river boat) along the Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc's three caves. Head back to Tam Coc wharf, take your bicycle, and cycle around traditional villages and Tam Coc town. Visit Mua cave, which attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. Climb 500 stone steps to see all the way to Tam Coc, and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. In the evening, return Ha Noi.

Hanoi: 2-Day Halong-Lan Ha Bay 5-Star Cruise

2. Hanoi: 2-Day Halong-Lan Ha Bay 5-Star Cruise

Explore Lan Ha Bay on a 2-day cruise. Enjoy hotel pickup from Hanoi, relax in your luxury cabin, and kayak through the caves in Ao Ech. Day 1 Begin your adventure with a pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's old quarter. Head to Tuan Chau marina to board your cruise and enjoy a welcome drink. Meet the captain and crew and join a briefing about your upcoming cruise and hear some safety instructions. Enjoy lunch in the luxury dining room with indoor and outdoor dining areas. Cruise through Con Vit Islet, Thumb Islet, Gia Luan Harbor, and Lan Ha Bay. Drop anchor for kayaking or swimming at Ba Trai Dao Beach or visit Dark Cave and Bright Cave, depending on the weather. As the sun sinks into the horizon, gather on the sundeck to enjoy the brilliant colors in the sky and relax with tea, coffee, and a cooking demonstration. Make new friends at the sunset party or relax in the onboard Jacuzzi pool. Learn how to make the famous traditional Vietnamese spring rolls at the cooking demonstration before enjoying dinner. After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection of cocktails at the panoramic bar or play board games, watch a movie, go squid fishing, or get a massage by request (massage service is not included in the price). Day 2 Start your day with a 6:30 A.M. Tai Chi session on the sundeck to help focus the mind and condition the body. Enjoy a light breakfast while taking in stunning views of the Bay and its dramatic limestone islets. Sail through the calm emerald waters to Ao Ech for a kayaking trip of the caves. After exploring the caves either on your own in a kaya, enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. Disembark from the cruise and take a speedboat back to Tuan Chau Marina before driving back to your Hanoi hotel.

From Hanoi: Ha Giang Guided 3-Day Trip

3. From Hanoi: Ha Giang Guided 3-Day Trip

Day 1: Ha Giang City – Yen Minh town – Tham Ma pass - H’mong King palace - Dong Van (B,L,D) The tour starts at 8:00 am, when your guide picks you up from the hostel. You will quickly see a big change in the scenery as you drive into the mountains before the town of Tam Son. We will cross Bac Sum Pass and go up the Heaven Gate to enjoy the twin mountains and the whole view of Tam Son town. The drive will continue towards the town of Yen Minh, where you can enjoy delicious lunch. After, we will drive towards Dong Van, through picturesque Chin Khoanh pass. The whole Dong Van Karst Plateau is a major geoheritage sight in Vietnam. You will see unending rice fields, thousands of limestone rocks and breath-taking views. You can observe the lives of hill-tribe villages where local people work on the land. A few kilometers before reaching Dong Van Town, we will stop in Hmong King’s Palace, a home for Voung’s family in Sa Phin. We will arrive in Dong Van in the late afternoon, just in time to enjoy a good dinner. In the evening, you can explore the town and relax before the next eventful day. Day 2: Dong Van Town – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Meo Vac Town – Du Gia (B,L,D) After a delicious breakfast we leave Dong Van Town to enter, arguably, the most beautiful part of the whole journey, located on the Happiness road connecting the towns of Dong Van and Meo Vac, Ma Pi Leng Pass. The legendary pass is well known for craggy cliffs and breath-taking views. It is the most ragged pass in the north, often referred to as the "king" of the passes in Vietnam! The whole road is winding through the cliffs and overcomes Ma Pi Leng pass at an altitude of 2,000 meters. To show you the full beauty of the pass, we will trek the breathtaking Sky Path to admire the scenery of the whole valley and Nho Que river. From the amazing mountain viewpoint you will be able to experience a 360° panorama of Ma Pi Leng Pass and take unforgettable pictures. Standing on the peak of the pass, you will feel overwhelmed by the majestic space of mountains and rivers. Every day of your journey you will be able to observe a daily life of hill-tribe villages. We will continue our journey to more distant villages. From there, you will know how people live in remote parts of Vietnam. We will drive through the villages of Lung Ho, Mau Due and Meo Vac, where we will have a pit stop for lunch and a drink. From Meo Vac Town we will continue through the mountains to Du Gia town, where we will spend a night in a homestay located in the middle of a dreamy green rice field. Day 3: Du Gia – Duong Thuong Village - Lung Khuy Cave – Ha Giang City (B,L) On the third day of your journey we will take the road back to Ha Giang. But it doesn’t mean end of attractions! We will cross Quan Ba town and see Nui do mountain. Some people say it looks like fairy’s breasts! After crossing Sky Gate we will be back to Bac Sum pass. After an adventurous ride, we will be back in Ha Giang late afternoon. Ends of services at Hanoi

From Hanoi: 2-Day Halong and Lan Ha Bay La Pandora Cruise

4. From Hanoi: 2-Day Halong and Lan Ha Bay La Pandora Cruise

La Pandora Cruise 2 Days/1 Night (Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay) (01 night on La Pandora cruise) Day 01: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay – Lan Ha Bay (L/D) 08:15 – 08:45: Hotel or private address pick up with our shuttle bus. Short break half way. 11:45 – 12:00: Arriving Tuan Chau marina, transferred by tender of La Pandora cruises. 12:45 – 13:00: Welcome aboard the cruise. Refresh with our welcome drink. Meet the captain, crew in the cruise briefing, safety instruction. 13:00 – 13:15: A special lunch in Vietnamese cuisine of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizing favorites are served while sailing through Islets of Con Vit. 16:00: The Cruise sails through Lan Ha Bay. The area is surrounding of extraordinary limestone karsts landscapes. We progress to Ong Cam Area of Lan Ha Bay- a separate part of Ha Long Bay. This is a quiet tourist paradise in Vietnam, enjoy kayaking and/or enjoy swimming in the crystal-clear waters of the Bay. 17:30: Back to La Pandora Cruise, drop anchor for staying overnight. Enjoy cooking demonstration (teaching you how to make our speciality, Spring rolls) and the complimentary Sunset Party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruit. 19:00: Dinner is served in the restaurant. Enjoy delicious local food prepared and served for you by our wonderful onboard catering staff. After dinner, retiring to your cabin or join the fishing excursion, watch a movie, have a drink at the bar, wifi access or play exciting games. Overnight on board. Day 02: Dark & Bright Cave – Ha Long Bay – Hanoi (B, L) 06:00: Enjoy sunrise and admire the never-ending miraculous scenery of the Bay. Practice an invigorating Tai Chi session on the sundeck. 06:30: Light breakfast, coffee and tea served. 07:00: Visit Dark & Bright Cave and islets by local rowing boats which is a wild and mysterious beauty in the middle of the World Heritage. 09:15: Back to our La Pandora Cruise, relax before checking out. 10:00: Lunch is served on board. 12:00: Disembark at the Tuan Chau marina by tender. Take our shuttle bus to return to Hanoi 15:00 – 15:30: Arrival back at your hotel or home. Included: •Welcome drink, cold handkerchief, fresh fruits basket, two bottle of mineral water in each cabin. •Full furnished deluxe en-suite cabin with A/C, hot water. •Hi – class A/C shuttle bus (round trip). •All meals on board (02 Lunches, 01dinner, 01 breakfast). •Complimentary morning tea and coffee. •Cooking demonstrations. •Entrance and sightseeing fees. •Kayaking, Tai chi exercise, Local rowing boat, swimming (if the weather permits), Squid fishing. •English speaking tour guide. Excluded: •Beverages, tips, and gratuities. •Personal expenses Note: •The itinerary may be changed upon the weather condition.

Hanoi: 3-Day Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise & Private Balcony Room

5. Hanoi: 3-Day Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise & Private Balcony Room

Day 1 Get picked up at your hotel in Hanoi's old quarter. Transfer to Tuan Chau marina, welcome aboard to cruise. Refresh with a welcome drink. Meet the captain, crew, and join the briefing and learn safety instructions. Have lunch in the luxury dining room indoors. Continue cruising through Con Vit islet, Thumb islet, and Gia Luan harbor which belonged to the Cat Ba area. Discover the lagoon natural area belonging to Lan Ha bay. Kayak or swim or just simply sunbathe on the cruise. Enjoy a sunset party — the ideal time to make new friends or just relax. Join a short cooking demonstration. Dinner is served with a fresh food menu. After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection or enjoy one of the onboard activities like squid fishing. Day 2 Join a Tai Chi session for the early risers on the sun deck. Have a light breakfast with a panoramic view of the world heritage site. Transfer to a boat cruise for a full day trip and relax while taking in views of Lan Ha Bay. Enjoy lunch before boarding a smaller boat to explore some of the areas that the main boat cannot go through. Head to Viet Hai Village and take a bicycle ride to enjoy the scenery along the village roads and rainforests. Visit a local family’s house to see the daily life of local people. Back to the boat, continue cruising further into Lan Ha Bay. Arrive at a natural beach area for swimming. Back onboard the cruise, take time to refresh or relax in the sleeping area. Dinner is served with a different menu. After dinner, enjoy the landscape of the bay at night. Enjoy on-board activities like squid fishing, and watching movies in the restaurant. Day 3 Join a Tai Chi session on the sundeck for early risers before enjoying a light breakfast. Depending on the weather, try kayaking and swimming at Ao Ech. If there's time, visit a cave in the area. Take the option of either exploring the cave by yourself on a kayak or comfortably on a boat rowed by the locals. Check out the room. Vietnamese cuisine is served. Disembark from the cruise as the crew says farewell. Transfer by ultra-luxurious limousine (if you book our transfer). Arrival back at your hotel at approximately 3:00 PM.

Hanoi: Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus Tickets

6. Hanoi: Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus Tickets

Discover Hanoi, one of the most ancient capital cities in the world, via an open-top bus. Choose between 24 or 48-hour passes and discover this impressive destination at your own pace.  Located on the banks of the Red River, explore well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city center. Take in the beautiful French flair and traditional Vietnamese touch in its Gothic churches, opera houses, and French colonial buildings. Highlights of the tour include Ly Thai Flower Garden, the Hanoi Cathedral, Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, and Opera House, to name just a few. Hop off at any of the 13 stops of this 80-minute tour to see this vibrant city in all its glory.

Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay: 3-Day Tour on 5-Star Cruise

7. Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay: 3-Day Tour on 5-Star Cruise

This dreamy cruise will leave you with lifelong memories. You will be picked up from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and head to Halong Bay. On arrival you will enjoy a welcome drink on board and a delicious lunch. Cruise past hundreds of fascinating limestone pinnacles towering from the water. It is then time for some kayaking fun, exploring the beauty of nature in the Lan Ha Bay, enjoy with kayaking all around Lan Ha Bay view here. There is a stop for you to go swimming in the emerald waters. Back aboard, it’s time to relax with the Happy Hour deals, where you can join in a traditional cooking class. Once anchored for your tranquil overnight stay, the evening begins with the fantastic flavors of the deluxe dinner set menu. The next morning, you can start the day with a tai chi lesson on the sundeck, followed by a light breakfast. Then transfer to the day boat to visit Viet Hai fishing village where you can enjoy cycling along the village (Optional electric car service is available.) Take in the stunning landscape of Cat Ba rain forest and dark tunnels, witness the scenery of rice fields, visit the ancient house, and get closer to local life. The take Lunch on the boat or at Viet Hai Village. Visit Bao Trai Dao (Three peach Islets), a peaceful body of water that makes it the perfect place for scenic kayaking or relaxing on a sandy beach. Get back onboard the cruise and have some Tapas prepared by the chef. Next, it's time to contemplate the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin while having a few drinks during Happy Hour at the bar on the top deck. The Deluxe Dinner is served, and you experience a delightful meal in an intimate romantic setting. Take the time to enjoy delicious local food prepared and served to you by lovely caterers. It's time to admire the beauty of the night on the bay, sit at the bar on the sundeck, or in the restaurant to welcome you. Try your luck with squid fishing, watch a movie in the restaurant, or play some cards or chess before settling in for the night. On the final morning, it is a perfect time to refresh and indulge yourself in the peaceful beauty of the bay with a tai chi session on the sundeck. If you want to hunt for dawn, get up from 5:30 to 6:00 depending on the season. Have breakfast at the restaurant while continuing the cruise. Participate in Kayaking activities at Ao Ech area and discover the hidden charm of Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay ( some time change other activities option more interesting and tour guide will inform you before trip). Afterward, enjoy a delightful brunch at the restaurant while cruising back.

2-Day Traditional Cruise to Lan Ha Bay & Cat Ba Island

8. 2-Day Traditional Cruise to Lan Ha Bay & Cat Ba Island

Day 1: Ha Noi - Cat Ba Island - Lan Ha Bay Start your 2-day adventure with a convenient pick up from your hotel in Ha Noi's old quarter. At your accomodation you will have a short meet and greet with your driver before being transferred to Cat Ba. You will first take a short and scenic drive to God Harbour (Hai Phong city), from here, you will board your speed boat for the island of Cat Ba.  Once you arrive at the dock in Cat Ba you will be taken on a scenic drive through National road until you reach the main city centre of Cat Ba. Here you will check into your cruise.  After a morning of transit you will have worked up an appetite! Enjoy lunch at a local and recommended restaurant with seafood and vegetables. For the rest of the day you will get to see such sights as Monkey Island, Twin Beach and Ben Beo floating village.  After lunch you will first stop in the Hang Ca area, here you will be able to paddle along hidden lagoons and tunnels. At sunset your cruise will anchor overnight at three peaches island. Here you will be able to swim and enjoy cocktails at the bar before spending the evening on the ship. Day 2: Lan Ha Bay - Viet Hai Village - Cat Ba Island After you enjoy your delicious breakfast you'll be ready to start your second day of adventure. Continue on your cruise to Ha Long Bay - you will have the choice to either take a walk along the beach or ride a bicycle to Viet Hai Village. Once you reach the Viet Hai Pier you will start your 6-km cycle to a remote village in the middle of Cat Ba. Once here you will get a chance to see how the locals live.  After your cycling adventure you will head back to your cruise ship and travel back to Lan Ha Bay. Enjoy an early lunch on your boat surrounded by beautiful views and check out of your cabin. From here you will visit a fishing village on a boat through hundreds of islands at Lan Ha Bay. After this you will return to Beo harbour before being transferred via bus back to Ha Noi. 

Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay 5-Star Cruise Tour with Activities

9. Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay 5-Star Cruise Tour with Activities

Day 1: Ha Long Bay and Kayaking Start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi. From there you will drive through the green fields on the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Once having arrived at the harbor, you will check in for your cruise on the Ha Long, which will begin with a welcome drink and cruise briefing. Enjoy lunch while cruising to Ha Long Bay. Explore the Eo Ech area where you can do some kayaking around limestone islets or some swimming in the sea. Enjoy a picturesque sunset on the sundeck for watching the sunset. Enjoy Happy Hour on board with some cakes and fruit. Watch a cooking demonstration, and have the chef help you prepare Vietnamese spring rolls. Enjoy a seafood set menu onboard. Then make your way to the bar with a large selection of cocktails. Or choose to take part in some onboard activities: squid fishing, or simply relax in your cabin for the night. Day 2: Dark Cave and Bright Cave Watch the sunrise with a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Enjoy a light breakfast before setting off exploring. Visit the beautiful Dark Cave and Bright Cave on a local bamboo boat or by kayaking to the caves. If you prefer, visit the Ba Trai Dao beaches and enjoy a relaxing day kayaking or swimming. Arrive at the picturesque lagoon, surrounded by magnificent mountains. Upon return to the boat, tuck into a buffet brunch. Return to shore, and be transferred back to Hanoi.

Hanoi: Ninh Binh Tour and Ha Long Bay Cruise 3-Day Trip

10. Hanoi: Ninh Binh Tour and Ha Long Bay Cruise 3-Day Trip

Experience the beauty of Ninh Binh and Ha Long Bay on a multi-stop 3-day trip from Hanoi. Ride a traditional bamboo boat, kayak to scenic caves, join a Vietnamese cooking class, and go squid fishing. Most meals, entry fees, and overnight accommodation are also included. Day 1: After morning pickup in a spacious and climate-controlled bus, relax on the scenic drive through the countryside on the way to the ancient capital of the Lê dynasty at Hoa Lu.  Get free time to climb to the Hang Mua Viewpoint to capture pictures before sitting down for lunch. Later, experience traditional travel with a bamboo boat ride. Explore one of the pristine karst caves in Tam Coc before checking in to the ecolodge. Swim in the lodge pool, try more local food, or rent a bike to explore the village during your stay (costs not included). Day 2: Hop on the shuttle bus in the morning and transfer from Ninh Binh to Halong Bay (no guide during the transfer). Pause for a 15-minute rest stop at the Hai Duong Province and arrive at the cruise ship in the early afternoon. Enjoy a welcome drink once you board the boat. Sample fresh, local seafood for lunch while cruising through Ha Long Bay. Admire views of Incense Burner Island, Fighting Cock Islet, and the Stone Dog rock formation. Soak up some sun onboard or go kayaking to marvel at sights like the Limestone Mountains, the Luon Grotto, and Titop Island. Join a sunset party onboard the ship and pick up some new skills with a Vietnamese cooking class. As day turns to night, indulge in a set-menu dinner of Vietnamese food. Afterward, join a squid fishing outing with the crew. Get hands-on while cooking fresh squid with the cruise chef. Continue the fun onboard with activities like card games or sing your heart out during karaoke. Sleep overnight in a cozy cabin. Day 3:  Wake early and admire the sunrise over the bay from the sundeck. Take in the morning views of Halong Bay with a cup of tea or coffee and a hearty breakfast. Transfer by boat to Surprise Cave, the biggest cave in Halong Bay. Dig into a traditional Vietnamese lunch while cruising back to the pier before being transfered back to your accommodation in Hanoi.

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based on 315 reviews

The day out was great. Our guide was funny, kind and informative. He answered our questions and shared interesting stories. The bike ride was nice and the boat ride was peaceful- cool in January so if you feel the cold take an extra layer. The lunch was filling but simple- probably a good idea to take some snacks with you during the day. The hike was a good end to the long drive day- challenging enough without being hard and great views.

Absolutely amazing experience and the guide and driver were so sweet, patient and helpful. I've visited 30 countries and have been on countless tours, this tour was special.

Great trip with beautiful views. Great Hop Guide (if I spelled it right) in English Gary. Very friendly, nice guy with great knowledge about Vietnam!

It was great to get a quick overview of the city, English audio guide worked well. We recommend the tour!

Cool tour outside the wild world of Hanoi - highly recommend :)