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Hanoi: 1-Day Ha Long Bay Cruise w/ Titop Island & Luon Cave

1. Hanoi: 1-Day Ha Long Bay Cruise w/ Titop Island & Luon Cave

8:10-8:50 AM Shuttle bus & tour guide will pick you up from Hanoi Old Quarter and transfer to Halong Bay by highway only 2,5 hours Enjoy a full-day trip to Ha Long Bay and get immersed in the beauty of the stone mountains, caves, sandy beach, and more. Board a vehicle from the hotel and enjoy a scenic drive through the green fields. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Habour and cruise through the turquoise waters and amazing rock formations. Soak in the beauty of the surroundings while enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch on board. Next, you will continue to explore the beautiful Sung Sot cave, known as the surprising cave. Admire the shimmering stalactites embodying countless strange and unique shapes. Take a kayak or bamboo boat to spend some time in the water and discover the stunning Luon Cave. Feel the warmth of the sunshine as you pass by Titop island. Take a refreshing dip in the water or trek to the Titop peak for photos with a panoramic view of the bay. Relax for a while before going back to the boat to enjoy a sunset party with red wine, french fries, cakes, and fruits. After reaching Ha Long harbor, the driver will transfer you back to Hanoi. 21:00 The end trip and drop off at Hanoi Old Quarter Note: We will send email confirmed booking and send details time pick-up after you booked, please check email before one day tour start.

Hanoi: 2-Day Halong/Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise & Balcony Cabin

2. Hanoi: 2-Day Halong/Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise & Balcony Cabin

Sip tea at sunset and explore caves by bamboo boat on a 2-day, 1-night speedboat cruise from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay. Join in on kayaking, swimming, tai chi, and squid fishing. Enjoy cabin accommodation, an onboard restaurant, and more. Day 1: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay 8:00-8:30am Pickup at Hanoi Old Quarter( for guest use our transfer).After pickup, start the 2.5-hour journey via limousine to Tuan Chau Port. 11:30 - 12:00 Meet the crew and listen to a short briefing about your cruise while enjoying a welcome drink at the onboard restaurant. Check in to your boat cabin before a buffet lunch at the onboard restaurant. Option 1: Discovery Dark and Bright Cave by kayaking or Bamboo Boat about an hour here. After visit the Dark and Bright cave back to main cruise for swimming around the cruise. Enjoy tea or coffee on the sundeck while watching the sunset. Option 2- Cruise toward Halong Bay and explore Ba Trai Dao beach. This is a great destination for kayaking around limestone islets and swimming in crystal sea water. Enjoy tea or coffee on the sundeck while watching the sunset. The time looking for sunset on the bay, the one of the best time in the day to see beautiful the bay. Learn how to make traditional Vietnamese spring rolls during a cooking demonstration and class with the onboard chef. Dinner is then served, featuring a seafood set menu at the restaurant. After dinner, reward yourself with a large selection of cocktails at the panoramic bar or experience the thrills of squid fishing. Spend the rest of your night in your cabin. Day 2: Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi Start your day with a Tai Chi session while surrounded by fresh air and views of the sun rising on the bay. After a light breakfast Option 1: You will visit the Trung Trang Cave on the Cat Ba Island about an hour, so beautiful island in Lan Ha Bay. Option 2: Cruise toward Lan Ha Bay explore the Ao Ech area. This is a great destination for kayaking around limestone islets and swimming in crystal sea water. 9:30am Return to the cruise to check out of your cabin. 10:00 Enjoy brunch at the restaurant while cruising back to Tuan Chau Port. 11:20 At Tuan Chau Port 11:45 The bus will transfer back to Hanoi-From the port, enjoy a final limo transfer back to your pickup location. 15:00 The end trip at Hanoi Old Quarter Note: We provided 4 cruises for this trip, so traveler will go with one of option up there. We also provide Limousine bus to Ninh Binh, so who want to transfer to Ninh Binh instead Hanoi, please inform us in email. We also pick-up and drop off at Ninh Binh by Limousine bus instead Hanoi Free set up Honeymoon cabin, anniversary cabin Free a birthday cake for customer have a birthday on cruise Please send an email if you have special request up there.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sa Pa Ethnic Homestay Tour with Trekking

3. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sa Pa Ethnic Homestay Tour with Trekking

Reconnect with a more simple way of life on an amazing 2-day tour of Sa Pa from Hanoi. Spend the night at a homestay of the ethnic minority people and learn more about their way of life in the mountains. Day 1: In the morning hop on the bus departing for Sapa via Lao Cai. Continue to Sa Pa and see the colorful costumes of the Hmong, Dzao and Tay people. The representative in Sapa will welcome you at the bus stop and take you to the hotel to relax, and enjoy a lunch of local dishes in Sapa town. Trek through the rice terraces and along the Muong Hoa Stream. Arrive in the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai surrounded by Hoang Lien Son Mountain. Continue to the ethnic village of Ta Van to check into your homestay and get to know the family. Day 2: Enjoy breakfast prepared by the family before your morning trek through the rice paddies and bamboo forest. Get a panoramic view of Giang Ta Chai village before crossing the Giang Ta Chai Bridge, where a bus will take you back to Sa Pa for lunch and a shower before the return trip to Hanoi. The bus stops at the meeting point from there you get to your hotel by yourself.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Cultural Exchange Tour with Homestay

4. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Cultural Exchange Tour with Homestay

Day 1: Begin the day with pickup at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter (or at the meeting point if you’re staying outside this area). Get on the sleeping bus and depart for Sapa. Make a couple of stops for comfort breaks before arriving in Sapa around lunchtime. After lunch, begin your hike to Y Linh Lo. Trek downhill through the Muong Hoa Valley, passing by rice paddies and small hamlets where you will learn more about the life of local tribes. Continue trekking through villages and rice terraced fields to Ta Van village, a place settled by the Dzay people and is commonly considered to be the most beautiful in the area. Whilst in Lao Chai village, you will also be able to exchange communication with the local villagers. overnight with a local family of the Dzay people in Ta Van. Stay with your family overnight for an evening of rest and relaxation.  Day 2: Commence your day of adventure with a nourishing breakfast prepared by the family you are staying with before setting off on your trek. The trekking distance for this part of the tour is 4 kms and lasts 2-hours. Start your scenic trek to the rice paddies, where upon arrival you will have a fantastic opportunity to take some unique holiday photos of the surrounding landscapes. Enjoy a walk through a bamboo forest and stop to have a panoramic view of Giang Ta Chai village – home of the red Dzao People. Continue on your trek through the Ciang Ta Chai Bridge to the main road, from here, a bus will pick you up to head back into Sapa town.  Upon your arrival in Sapa Town, you can shower in your hotel, check out, have a bite to eat, or relax until all group members are ready to depart. Board your bus back to Hanoi, with two comfort breaks along the way, and be dropped off on Tran Quang Khai street.

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

5. 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 accommodation. Swim in the 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 transferred back to your accommodation in Hanoi.

From Hanoi: Two-Day Sapa Tour with Fansipan Peak Visit

6. From Hanoi: Two-Day Sapa Tour with Fansipan Peak Visit

Enjoy a 2-day tour from Hanoi to Sapa, visiting Cat Cat village and taking a cable car up Fansipan Peak – the Roof of Indochina. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa – Cat Cat village (Meals: lunch, dinner) Depart Hanoi for Sapa early in the morning. Stop for short breaks in Phu Tho Province and Lao Cai city before arriving in Sapa town. Be greeted by a representative in Sapa and enjoy lunch with local Vietnamese dishes. In the afternoon, trek to Cat Cat village, the home of the Black H’Mong people. See the Cat Cat Waterfall and the hydrofoil constructed by the French during the 19th century. Visit a local H’Mong family and learn about their culture and customs. Then, trek back to Sapa for dinner. Spend the night in a hotel in Sapa. Day 2: Sapa – Fansipan Peak – Hanoi(Meals: breakfast, lunch) After breakfast, transfer to the cable car station. Your driver will help you buy your cable car ticket. Then, take the 20-minute cable car ride up Fansipan by yourself. Admire the spectacular scenery, visit the pagoda, and climb the 600 steps to the peak, known as the Roof of Indochina. Return to Sapa and have lunch at the hotel. Enjoy time to explore Sapa on your own before boarding the sleeper bus back to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa, Fansipan, and Muong Hoa Valley Tour

7. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa, Fansipan, and Muong Hoa Valley Tour

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa – Fansipan peak via cable car Pick-up around 6:30 am from Hanoi Old Quater or your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to Sapa by hightway Hanoi - Laocai, it's an opportunity to discover amazing mountain landscapes in the north of Vietnam. You will arrive in Sapa around 12:30 am where you will be welcome by your local tour guide, who will then take you to your hotel for the check-in, and having a hot shower and short relax before begining your trip. Around 2:00 pm, you will head towards the cable car station where you will have 25 minutes to travel to Fansipan Mountain which is considered to be the most beautiful landscape in Vietnam now. Reach the altitude of 2800 meters, you have a good time seeing the view and taking photos, visiting the pagoda the spiritual destinations and trekking up to 600 steps you will reach the peak of Fansipan - the Roof of Indochina. Day 2: Sapa – Muong Hoa valley – Hanoi After breakfast, you start your trek through Muong Hoa valley, visiting Lao Chai village of the Hmong, and Ta Van village of the Dzay people. Along the way, you will also drop in to visit local homes, local schools and enjoy interaction with local people. (You can choose to take a light or hard trek depending on your fitness level). Prepare your camera for fascinating photos along the way. Lunch at a local home in the Dzay village of Ta Van. Enjoy some time to wander around or take a swim in the Muong Hoa stream. Get picked up by van back to Sapa town and enjoy your time free to wander around exploring the town. 14:30: Transfer back to Hanoi. 19:30 PM: Arrival at Hotel in Hanoi, check-in and relax. (Hotel on your own charge)

From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

8. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay Full-Day Guided Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a full-day trip to Ha Long Bay and get immersed in the beauty of the stone mountains, caves, sandy beach, and more. Board a vehicle from the hotel and enjoy a scenic drive through the green fields. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Habour and cruise through the turquoise waters and amazing rock formations. Soak in the beauty of the surroundings while enjoying a traditional Vietnamese lunch on board. Next, you will continue to explore the beautiful Sung Sot cave. Admire the shimmering stalactites embodying countless strange and unique shapes. Take a kayak or bamboo boat to spend some time in the water and discover the stunning Luon Cave. Feel the warmth of the sunshine as you pass by Titop island. Take a refreshing dip in the water or trek to the Titop peak for photos with a panoramic view of the bay. Relax for a while before going back to the boat to enjoy a sunset party with red wine, french fries, cakes, and fruits. After reaching Ha Long harbor, the driver will transfer you back to Hanoi. 

Sa Pa: 2-Day Trekking Trip with Ethnic Minority Homestay

9. Sa Pa: 2-Day Trekking Trip with Ethnic Minority Homestay

Learn about the customs of different ethnic minority groups on a 2-day trek through the Muong Hoa Valley from Sa Pa. Spend the night at a Dzay homestay. Day 1: Sa Pa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (L, D) Start your 11-kilometer trek through the Muong Hoa Valley and meet the Black H'mong ethnic minority people in the village of Y Linh Ho. Get beautiful views of Fansipan mountain and the surrounding rice paddies, and look inside one of the typical wooden houses. Pass different ethnic minority settlements, such as Lao Chai on the trek to Ta Van village. Check into a homestay of the Dzay ethnic minority people for the night.  Day 2: Ta Van – Bamboo Forest – Giang Ta Chai – Sa Pa (B, L) Enjoy breakfast at the homestay before the start of your 8-kilometer trek along a dirt trail. Pass a small village of the H'mong people before reaching a beautiful bamboo forest. Take a break at a waterfall and cool off with a swim in the Muong Hoa River. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving back to Sa Pa.

From Sa Pa: 5-Hour Muong Hoa Valley Trek and Ethnic Tribes

10. From Sa Pa: 5-Hour Muong Hoa Valley Trek and Ethnic Tribes

Depart from Sa Pa and walk for 20-minute along the stunning road heading to the Muong Hoa Valley to visit the Y Linh Ho village of the Black Hmong tribe. You will interact with the locals and experience their everyday life at the market. Arrive in the village of Lao Chai and get spectacular views of some of the most beautiful rice terraces in Vietnam. Enjoy lunch near the river and taste the local produce of the Black Hmong community. Next, trek to Ta Van village and visit the local houses to learn more about the traditional crafts of the minority people, such as weaving and rice cultivation. Learn more about rural life and meet members of the Dzay tribe to contrast their customs and costumes with the Black Mong people. Take the bus back to Sa Pa, where you will be dropped off at the local office on arrival.

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The guide was kind and polite and it was a wonderful day! I had an incident, but they handled it perfectly and I was able to spend my time with peace of mind. It's a beautiful place and highly recommended. The price is too low!

Sunny was a wonderful guide! Very attentive and informative. The tour was great fun & Halong Bay was very beautiful. Our boat was clean & well equipped, and the lunch was lovely too. Many thanks!

Sunny was the best guide!! We had a spectacular day! The cruise was all included... kayak, buffet food, caves... incredible!!!

Amazing experience, highly recommended for a quiet cruise with several activities!

The Tour was well organized and the Guide Sonny was super nice!