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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: Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Lodging and Luxury Cruise

2. Hanoi: Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Lodging and Luxury Cruise

Experience Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay on a 2-day cruise, with a sea view or balcony room, cooking demonstrations, and plenty of entertainment onboard. Swim and kayak in the bay's emerald waters and explore its limestone islands and quaint villages. Day 1: Hanoi Pickup and Ha Long Bay The first day of your cruise begins with a hotel pickup from the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Meet with fellow cruise guests and get to know travelers from all around the world. On your way to Ha Long Bay stop at a humanity center to check out local specialties and products. Arrive at your cruise boat and receive a warm welcome from your captain. Afterward, sit for lunch and savor a delicious meal as the cruise passes through thousands of islands and islets of different shapes. Stop near the floating villages and have the opportunity to kayak in the middle of the bay to admire its fascinating rock formations a bit closer. Return to the boat for the evening and watch a cooking demonstration of Vietnamese spring rolls. Then delight in an idyllic dinner on board. Spend the rest of the night with free time to participate in activities such as squid fishing, karaoke, or star-gazing on the deck. Day 2: Ha Long Bay and Hanoi Drop-off Have an early start to your day with morning exercises and photos. Sip your coffee or tea as you have breakfast. Relax and take in the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the bay. Check out of your cabin and then spend the rest of the morning exploring Ha Long Cave. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to impressive rock formations, incredibly tall ceilings, and an interesting legend. From Cave, head back to the cruise boat's restaurant and eat lunch. Disembark for your transfer back to Hanoi.

Hanoi: Vegan Vietnamese Cooking Class in a Local Villa

3. Hanoi: Vegan Vietnamese Cooking Class in a Local Villa

Our Vegan Cooking Class offers vegans a unique opportunity to indulge in delicious Vietnamese Cuisine specially crafted to meet their dietary needs. And more than a cooking course, we would like to spread the image of Vietnamese Vegan Cuisines in relation to our belief in Buddha. Our activities thus begin with a short visit to a local market to see the colorful fresh vegetables and fruits and try to choose your ingredients. This spectacular adventure awaits you at our cooking class will give you the chance to explore Vietnam beyond the ordinary. At our kitchen, you can make 4 Vietnamese vegan dishes with the help and instructions from our cooking instructors. This is the chance for you to learn how to make Vietnam vegan seasonings and marinades as well as enjoy your own cooking creations. Note: Our Vegan Days are opened every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday morning. For other dates, please consider a Private option and contact us to get advice of the customized schedule and menu. If you prefer a private class for more than 15 participants, please contact us for advice on the pricing and itinerary. Our class is organized in the 500m2 local villa with a beautiful garden, which can accommodate up to 45 people.

2 day Trang An - Mua cave - Cycling with Bungalow stay

4. 2 day Trang An - Mua cave - Cycling with Bungalow stay

Day 1: Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Trang An boating - Mua cave - Overnight in bungalow (meal included: lunch, dinner) From 7.30 - 8.15 am, you are picked up at hotel then go to Hoa Lu ancient citadel. Arrive at Hoa Lu Ancient Citadel and take some time to visit King Dinh's temples, and then enjoy a lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will board a sampan to visit Trang An - the wonder of the world by boat to see many underwater caves and beautiful scenery with limestone mountains. A short drive to Mua cave to trek up to dragon mountain with "love valley" with a million dollar view. Then you will check in bungalow to relax and have dinner there. Overnight in bungalow. Day 2: Cycling to local market - extra boat trip with less tourists - Tuyet Tinh Coc - Hanoi (meal included: breakfast, lunch) After breakfast, local guide will take you to visit a local market to see how local people exchange goods. Have lunch and check out then cycle to old trang an to get on a boat trip to the less touristy place then visit Tuyet Tinh Coc - the pagoda on the mountain where Queen Duong Van Nga retired and became the monk. 16.00 pm, go back to bungalow to relax and get on car to the big bus to go back to Hanoi. Trip ends

Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc & Bich Dong Pagoda Tour

5. Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc & Bich Dong Pagoda Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Drive to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and then continue on to visit the King Dinh Temple. Next up, discover Mua Cave Cave and enjoy a mountainous overview from the top. Savor a set lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a bungalow beside Tam Coc river. After lunch, enjoy a Sampan boat trip through the three emerald water caves on the beautiful river and admire the countryside landscape. Cycle through the peaceful country roads to Bich Dong Pagoda and spend some time here before you return to Hanoi.

Hanoi: Cooking Class in a Local Villa with Market Tour

6. Hanoi: Cooking Class in a Local Villa with Market Tour

One of the most interesting things when traveling to a new land is enjoying its culinary delights. Take part in a cooking class that provides an immersive experience in Vietnamese traditional life. Shop for local ingredients before cooking and eating your own Vietnamese culinary delights over a glass of local wine.  Take a visit to a typical Vietnamese market and experience daily life for people here. Once you have selected your delicious and fresh ingredients head to the local villa and unwind ready for your cooking lesson. This exciting program is the ideal way to enjoy an authentic cultural and culinary experience. It’s also perfect for the serious home cooks who want to learn how to cook Vietnamese healthy foods for themselves and their beloved. 

Full-Day Perfume Pagoda Private or Small-Group Tour

7. Full-Day Perfume Pagoda Private or Small-Group Tour

Embark on a full-day tour to visit Perfume Pagoda – a vast complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the limestone Huong Tich mountains. Glide along scenic waterways and walk up steep mountain paths as you encounter the area's centuries-old pagodas and temples. Around 8:30 AM, the guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. After pickup, enjoy a scenic 2-hour drive to Perfume Pagoda. Upon arrival, hop aboard your 1-hour row boat trip on the Yen stream to Thien Tru harbor. Once you have arrived in Thien Tru, you will enjoy time for some trekking, visit the main cave where you’ll arrive at Huong Tich Cave on the top of the mountain. Then enjoy a 1-hour trekking back down or take optional cable car instead of trekking (optional). Next, enjoy lunch at the local restaurant at the bottom of the mountain. After lunchtime, you will see the Heaven Kitchen pagoda and learn about Buddhism ancient architectural at Le Dynasty. Re-board your boat and sit back and relax as you head back to the pier, enjoy 2-hour road trip back to Hanoi. Your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel around 6:00 PM.

Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An Caves, & Mua Cave Day Trip and Lunch

8. Hanoi: Hoa Lu, Trang An Caves, & Mua Cave Day Trip and Lunch

Travel in an air-conditioned van from Hanoi to Hoa Lu on this day trip to uncover the ancient temples of Dinh King and Le King. Savor local flavors with a buffet lunch and travel by boat on the Trang An river admire stunning natural scenery and visit the Trang An cave complex. Start your tour with hotel pickup in the early morning and depart for Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit the Dinh King Temple and Le King Temple from the 10th century, and hear about the heroic histories of these two Kings during the Chinese Wars. At around midday, sit down for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, before you head to Trang An Wharf to take a boat trip along Trang An Stream. Visit Trang An cave complex, including Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou, and marvel at the scenery of mountains and rivers.  Then, head back to Trang An wharf to board the luxury limousine, and visit Mua Cave. 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. Finally, hop back onto the bus to return to Hanoi, arriving back in the early evening.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Overnight Sapa Tour by Luxury Transfer

9. From Hanoi: 2-Day Overnight Sapa Tour by Luxury Transfer

Head to Sapa on a two-day guided trip from Hanoi. Enjoy an overnight stay in the mountains of northern Vietnam, trek to ethnic minority villages, experience local culture, and try local cuisine. Day 1: Transfer from Hanoi to Sapa - Cat Cat village (L,D) - Morning: A limousine will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi at around 7am, then depart for Sapa, takes about 6 hours. You’ll get there by noon, check in your room in your hotel, have lunch and rest a little bit. - Afternoon: An electric car takes you down to the South-west of Sapa (around 4 km) to visit Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong. Relax at the foot of the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station that was constructed by the French during colonial time in Vietnam. Enjoy lunch by the side of the river. - Evening: After dinner, you are free to explore the charm of Sapa by night, enjoy roasted corn, baked eggs beside a charcoal fire or go shopping. - Overnight in Hotel in Sapa (you can choose a 3/4 stars hotel) Day 2: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B,L,D) - Morning: Have breakfast in the hotel. And then 6km down to the south east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. Continue on 2km of trekking down to Lao Chai village of the H’mong. - Enjoy a cooking class and lunch at a local family, and then walk through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people. It gives you a worth chance for you to learn about the local house architecture which is full of their daily life styles and exclusive custom. Enjoy the landscapes. - Afternoon: around 2pm you’ll be back and pack your things. Say good bye and preapre to leave Sapa, get on the limousine back to Hanoi at 2.30pm. - Evening: around 9-10pm drop off at your hotel in Hanoi.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Limousine Transfer

10. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Limousine Transfer

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa (Lunch) Start with pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and depart for Sapa. Follow the highway to Lao Cai city where you will make your first stop for breakfast by yourself. Stop off at Lao Cai city before arriving in Sapa, where you'll see the colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao, and Tay People. Here enjoy a lunch of local Vietnamese dishes at the hotel. Take a short trek to the gate of Cat Cat village, home of the Black H’mong ethnic people and located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. A local guide will give you insight into the daily life of the locals. Trek down to the bottom of the valley to the waterfall, where the French built a hydraulic power station. Stop to take photos before walking back uphill to meet the bus. The trek is approximately 2.5 kilometers and lasts for 2 hours. In the evening, return to Sapa Town, where you can enjoy your evening at your leisure. Stay overnight in Sapa Lodge/Charm Sapa Hotel or similar. Day 2: Sapa – Hanoi (Breakfast/Lunch) Have breakfast at your hotel and prepare a light pack for trekking. You can keep your luggage in storage at the reception. Take a Trek to Lao Chai Village through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa Streams to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai.  See the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain before heading to Ta Van village, home of the Dzay People. The trek takes around 3.5 hours and covers about 9-12 kilometers. The tour guide will make the best itinerary for the trek depending on your ability of trekking. The bus will pick you up at Ta Van Bridge to take you back to the center of Sapa. Take a break at the hotel and have lunch, before enjoying some time to explore at your own leisure. After some free time, meet the rest of your group at the hotel to prepare for your return to Hanoi. Get back on the bus around 2:30 PM to go back to Hanoi. During the journey, stop for a break. Arrive back at your accommodation in Hanoi in the late evening at about 9:00 PM.

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4.3 / 5

based on 183 reviews

I absolutely loved this tour. My guides Finn and Son were awesome, and it was incredible to have a one-to-one experience with them as the other people that booked sadly didn’t turn up! We saw some of the coolest backstreet sites, and I really enjoyed the little secret spots that they shared with me that you would only get with locals! Also, the included lunch was amazing, I didn’t even realise that the tour included the meal. They did a fantastic job of doing an all vegetarian version for me and absolutely everything was delicious! I learned so much from the store and had a great time on the vintage bike and taking photos

I have done the 3 days trekking, sleeping in family houses. my guide was Zo Zo: she lead me to beautiful trekkings, hosted me in her house with her family, cooking for me delicious food and always being available for any necessity. I suggest you to perform the trekking with her.

The tour guide Mai, did an excellent job in showing us the hidden and touristy part of Hanoi. Not only she made us feel welcomed, she also had an extensive knowledge in the history of the area. It was a great experience for everyone, as the activities was fun and exciting.

A great day out and value for money! Perfect balance between activities and learning about the culture. Big shout out to our tour guide Franky who was very informative and knowledgeable, but with a very relaxed manner, meaning we never felt rushed. A great tour guide!

A really worthwhile fun trip. You get to see and hear about the real Hanoi. Would highly recommend