Memorable Northern Vietnam Journey 6 Days 5 Nights

Overview

Embark on a memorable 6-day tour that promises an authentic and enriching experience, showcasing the finest attractions of North Vietnam. This carefully crafted itinerary not only highlights the top destinations but also offers you the freedom and flexibility to indulge in a truly extraordinary journey. If you possess a youthful and adventurous spirit, and yearn for an unforgettable solo travel experience, then this expedition to the captivating North region of Vietnam is an absolute must.

  • Experience the captivating beauty of Vietnam's countryside and indulge in the tranquility and splendor of Ninh Binh's rice fields.
  • Explore Halong Bay's stunning landscape as you cruise past a myriad of limestone karsts emerging from the mesmerizing emerald waters.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival - First Visit (No Meal) April 26, 2024

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Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival - First Visit (No Meal)

Welcome by the guide and driver, transfer to the massage salon in the city center. An hour of traditional oil massage will help you relieve fatigue after a long flight.

In the afternoon, we then suggest a short tour to Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as "Lake of the Restored Sword," located in the heart of the city. We will visit Ngoc Son Temple, or the "Temple of the Jade Mountain." From the temple courtyard, you will have a beautiful view of this magical lake at dusk.

Diner in your own.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi - City Tour (B) (Breakfast) April 27, 2024

Car
Day 2: Hanoi - City Tour (B) (Breakfast)

In the morning, we will begin our day with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, paying homage to the Father of the Nation and founder of the Vietnamese Communist Party (closed on Mondays and Fridays). We will explore the exterior of the Presidential Palace and its gardens, as well as the two houses where Ho Chi Minh lived until his passing in 1969. Next, we will discover the One Pillar Pagoda, dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy.

We will then travel by vehicle to the Temple of Literature, a sacred place dedicated to Confucius and the first university in Vietnam. Before continuing our day, we will have the opportunity to visit the Temple of Literature, gaining insights into Confucianism and the historical significance of this site.

In the early afternoon, we will explore the Ethnology Museum, considered the most comprehensive museum showcasing the culture, customs, and traditions of Vietnam's 54 ethnic minority groups. This visit will provide us with a better understanding of the country's cultural diversity.

In the evening, we will enjoy a traditional water puppetry show, a captivating theatrical performance.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi – Van Long – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc (B, L) (Breakfast, Lunch) April 28, 2024

Bamboo - rafting Bicycle Car
Day 3: Hanoi – Van Long – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc (B, L) (Breakfast, Lunch)

Around 8:00 AM, we head towards Van Long, a former marshland turned nature reserve. We embark on a bamboo boat excursion for two people, gliding through a vast valley of reeds surrounded by mountains and inhabited by herons and white-bottomed monkeys. Following that, we explore a low limestone cave adorned with sparkling stalagmites and stalactites.

Continuing our journey, we make our way to Hoa Lu, the capital of Vietnam's early independent dynasties. Here, we visit the temples dedicated to the country's first kings, Dinh and Le.

By around 1:00 PM, we meet a local Vietnamese family and savor a traditional meal in a magnificent setting overlooking the rice fields and mountains.

After lunch, we proceed to Tam Coc, where we embark on a scenic bicycle ride through picturesque karst landscapes. We visit the splendid Thai Vi Temple, dedicated to the Tran kings of the 13th century, located at the end of a long pathway lined with rice fields. We are warmly welcomed by the temple's guardian, a venerable bearded man named Ong Tu, who plays the Đàn bầu, a monochord instrument.

Overnight in Tam Coc.

Day 4: Tam Coc - Ha Long Bay (B, L, D) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) April 29, 2024

Cruise Kayak Car
Day 4: Tam Coc - Ha Long Bay (B, L, D) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Departure for Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. On the way, we pass through the provinces of Nam Dinh and Thai Binh, significant rice granaries of the Red River Delta.

Around noon: Arrival at Hon Gai for boarding a beautiful wooden junk boat, embarking on an exceptional discovery of Halong Bay (the bay where the Mother Dragon descended) and Bai Tu Long Bay (the bay where the Dragon's children descended). The junk boat sails amidst thousands of stunning rock formations, clustered into islands and islets of breathtaking beauty. Several activities are planned for the afternoon, including a visit to Thien Canh Son Cave, offering a panoramic view of the bay (a jade sea adorned with sailing junks), free swimming on a white sandy beach, or an hour of kayaking to explore the bay's hidden corners.

The junk boat then continues its journey in the bay towards more secluded areas before anchoring in an authorized zone for the night. In the late afternoon, while waiting for dinner, you can relax and enjoy cocktails on the upper deck (offering a 360° view), where you can admire the charming landscapes.

All meals served on board feature delicious seafood dishes.

Overnight stay on board.

Day 5: Ha Long Bay - But Thap Pagoda - Hanoi (B, L) (Breakfast, Lunch) April 30, 2024

Cruise Car
Day 5: Ha Long Bay - But Thap Pagoda - Hanoi (B, L) (Breakfast, Lunch)

Breakfast in the calm and freshness of the morning, followed by a rowboat tour of the floating houses. These houses are currently uninhabited due to the violent typhoons in the bay during certain seasons. They are primarily used for fish farming (hatcheries) and pearl cultivation.

Continuing in this dreamlike setting, enjoy a final lunch before leaving the boat and its crew.

We return to Hanoi by road. Along the way, we visit But Thap Pagoda, also known as the "Brush Pagoda" due to its tower shaped like a calligraphy brush. This 13th-century monastic complex, located in Dinh To village, Bac Ninh province, approximately 30 km from Hanoi, showcases remarkable beauty, originality, and richness.

Then, transfer to Hanoi and rest.

Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

Day 6: Hanoi - Free - Departure (B) (Breakfast) May 01, 2024

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Day 6: Hanoi - Free - Departure (B) (Breakfast)

You have a free day for rest or shopping in the city center. Transfer to Hanoi airport for your return flight.

The check-out time is 12:00 PM.

End of our services!

Important noted

Trip Inclusion

  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast.
  • Overnight cruise on board a shared good-quality boat in Halong Bay (private boat upon request).
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers.
  • English-speaking guide during all tours.
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary.
  • Water & cool towels.
  • Government taxes & service charge.

Trip Exclusions

  • Drinks and meals not mentioned.
  • International airfare and departure taxes.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, drinks… etc.
  • Vietnam Visa (If you are not exempt from the visa).
  • Any gratuities and tip to driver and tour guide ($3-5/person/day for both guide & driver, $1 for boat rower and cyclo rider).

* Notes:

  • Domestic flights: We quote separately and can book for you without fees.
  • Surcharged for Gala dinner on 24th and 31st December if any.
  • The triple room is possible upon your request.
  • Surcharged for Public holidays (30/4-1/5, Lunar New Year).
  • A single supplement is required if you are traveling alone.
  • The timing of check-in and check-out at the hotels: Check-in at 14:00, check-out at 12:00. (Early check-in/late check-out is upon your request).

Thing To Carry

  • All customers participating in the tour must have a passport and identification document when leaving the country.
  • Backpack, toiletry bag, sunscreen/cap, water bottles, camera(optional), extra pair of clothes, personal medication, track pants and cotton T-shirt, sweater/ warm jackets for the night.
  • Dry fruits, energy bar, chocolates, torch per person with extra batteries, moov spray, dettol solution or salt to avoid leeches, sports shoes or trekking shoes or comfortable shoes with good grip, personal hygiene items: medicine, face towel, shower gel, brush, toothpaste.

Cancellation Policy

  • Deposit 50% tour price when signing up and pay the remaining amount 10 days before starting date.
  • In case of tour cancellation: (Tour cancellation time is calculated by working days, excluding Saturday, Sunday and public holidays and New Year).
  • After the deposit, if you cancel the tour, the company will not refund the deposit.
  • If you cancel or change the tour within 20 - 29 working days before the departure date, please pay the fee of: 70% of the tour price.
  • If you cancel or change the tour within 10 - 19 working days before the departure date, please pay the fee of: 90% of the tour price.
  • If you cancel or change the tour 9 working days before the departure date, please pay the fee of: 100% of the tour value.

* Notes:

  • Your passport must be valid for more than 6 months from the date of return.
  • If you are a foreigner or overseas Vietnamese, please bring all your passports (bring both passports in case you have 2 citizenships), and Vietnamese visa (attached to your passport or separate sheet) while on tour.
  • Please follow according to the tour program, do not separate from the group. If there is a need to separate from the group, please notify the consultant when registering for the tour for more information and additional costs (if any).
  • Customers aged 70 years or older require a health certificate to travel abroad from a doctor and must be accompanied by a relative under 60 years old (healthy). Guests over 75 years old, please pay a premium insurance (the fee varies depending on the tour).
  • The program may change depending on the flight situation, the hotel in at the site will be officially confirmed on the day of the group meeting, 2-3 days before the departure date. The attractions may not be in the order in the program. During the peak weeks in the site, the hotel may not be in the central area but still ensure the hotel standard according to the program.

Refund Policy

  • In case of cancellation of the tour right after registration until 10 days before the departure date, you will be subject to a 30% penalty on the travel fare.
  • In case of cancellation of the tour within 5-10 days before the departure date, you will be charged 50% of the travel fare.
  • In case of cancellation of the tour within 3-5 days before the departure date, you will be charged 75% of the travel fare.
  • If you cancel the tour within 0 – 3 days before the departure date, you will be charged 100% of the travel fare.

* Notes:

  • In case of tour cancellation due to objective incidents such as natural disasters, epidemics, postponement and cancellation of transportations service... Tourist will not be responsible for any additional compensation other than refund tour fee.
  • Above is the maximum cancellation penalty, this cost can be reduced depending on the conditions of each service provider for Tourist.
  • The tour cancellation time is calculated for working days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays and New Year.
  • If the travel program is canceled or changed by either party due to a force majeure reason (fire, weather, accident, natural disaster, war, delay and cancellation of the public transport plus…), the two parties will not bear any obligation to compensate for the loss that has occurred and not bear any liability. However, each party is responsible for trying its best to help the aggrieved party to minimize losses caused by force majeure.

Children Policy

  • Children under 2 years old: 30% of adult price (baby sharing bed with parents).
  • Children from 2 to under 12 years old: 90% of adult price (kid sharing bed with parents), 100% of adult price (kid has their own bed).
  • Children from 12 years old and up: 100% of the adult price.

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