Multi-day trip

Hanoi: 3-Day Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay, Cave, kayak, Swimming

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Activity provider: Vietnam Tour
Multi-day trip

Hanoi: 3-Day Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay, Cave, kayak, Swimming

Activity provider: Vietnam Tour

From US$ 283.35 per person

Explore Ninh Binh's famous Trang An Cave, and ancient Bai Dinh Temple, experiencing local culture during a 1-night home-stay. Ha Long Bay's scenery is yours for an overnight cruise with delicious meals, water activities, and a visit to a floating village.

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Duration 3 days
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Live tour guide
English, Vietnamese
Pickup included
Shuttle bus will pick-up guest around Hanoi Old Quarter Hotels or meeting point at Hanoi Opera House No 1 Trang Tien Str, Hoan Kiem Dis, Hanoi City, Vietnam. Time pick-up around 7:30am-8:00am at your hotels or meeting point


  • Witness the splendour of this World Heritage region's limestone formations as you cruise the waters of Halong Bay
  • Explore the seascape by kayak and learn about local life in a floating village
  • Travel by row boat through the caves of Trang An
  • Energize yourself with a hike up to the summit of Bai Dinh mountain to admire the 100-ton statue of Buddha Sakyamuni
  • Enjoy swimming in the cool blue waters of Bai Tu Long
Full description
After being collected from the Hanoi Old Quarter, you will embark on your 2.5-hour journey to the Ninh Binh Province. You will eventually arrive at the Bai Dinh Pagoda complex, where you'll see the largest pagoda not only in Vietnam, but also in Southeast Asia. Leaving the pagoda, you will then climb up to the summit of the mountain to see the 100-ton bronze statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni. Once there you will take a rest whilst enjoying panoramic views of the picturesque landscape, dotted with limestone mountains. Following lunch at local restaurant, you will take a boat trip to explore the cave complex in Trang An. This is a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by steep, almost vertical cliffs. You will later spend the night at a home-stay/hotel in Ninh Binh. Following breakfast on the second day, your bus will pick you up at your accommodation for the 4-hour transfer to Halong Bay. Upon arrival at the Halong Wharf, you will have time to stretch your legs and take some photos. You will then board your cruise boat for a welcoming drink and cruise briefing, before enjoying lunch whilst cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay and admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. It will then be time to transfer by tender boat to Thien Canh Son Cave to visit the cave which boasts many interesting stalactites and stalagmites in different amazing shapes. After about half an hour visiting, you will go back to the tender and return to the boat to relax, sunbathe, or to enjoy a cool drink on the sundeck. You may also like to spend half an hour kayaking to discover first-hand some of Bai Tu Long Bay's landscape. Following all these activities there will be the opportunity to join the fun with an onboard cooking class. After you've worked up an appetite, you will enjoy a Vietnamese-style set dinner which will be served on board. To end the evening you may like to spend some time chatting in the bar or enjoy some night fishing, before you stay overnight on the boat at a peaceful anchorage. After breakfast and enjoying the sunrise on the third day, you will visit the ancient Vung Vieng floating village. Here you will not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere, but will also be surrounded by the limestone mountains as you are transported by a small bamboo boat for an hour. Following that, you will return to the cruise for some relaxation and lunch. The boat will then return to the Halong Wharf for disembarkation and your return to Hanoi by bus, where your trip eventually ends.
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Round-trip shuttle bus from Bai Dinh to Trang An tour to Halong bay
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Electric car in the Bai Dinh pagoda
  • English-speaking tour guide for Halong bay–Bai Dinh Trang An
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat trip at the Trang An Grotto
  • WiFi onboard the Halong Cruise
  • Accommodation based on twin/double sharing
  • Insurance on board
  • Welcome drink on the cruise (soft drink, tea, or coffee)
  • Kayaking in Halong
  • All activities
  • Personal items
  • Drinks with all meals
  • Gratuities for the tour guide and driver
  • Single supplement extra surcharge 70$/per person for solo traveler single room
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • This tour is unfortunately not recommended for wheelchair users
  • Itineraries are subject to change due to bad weather, tide levels, and operating conditions
  • Meals on board are of Vietnamese-Western fusion (with special requests on food to be informed before departure)
  • Times of activities may vary slightly
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.7 /5

based on 3 reviews

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Wonderful experience, from the communication through WhatsApp when we first arranged the trip, to the final drop off back at our hotel, we felt is safe and very competent hands. A wonderful trip exploring some of Vietnam’s highlights

February 2, 2020

We were excited about attending two great sites in one trip but that soon changed. A few issues: 1) tour guide to ninh binh was not good. She constantly left the group, we were always looking for her. She did not explain what to expect or anticipate, and if she did, she was annoyed at having to repeat things for those who could not hear her. 2) overnight in ninh binh - we expected a cute little town and it seemed more like a post apocalyptic city. On top of this, we got diarrhea from going to a local restaurant. Supper was not provided and no set recommendations on safe places to eat were given. 3) because we were sick we had to pay for our own cab to halong bay since the buses don’t have toilets. 4) halong bay - we expected to see pristine beauty of nature and waters, unfortunately you could barely see the mountains due to pollution and the water is littered in plastic and floating oil. This was very sad to see. The boat crew were amazing however.

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January 8, 2020

Bellissimo Una pace assoluta posti incantevoli e la baia di halong spettacolare il tutto condito da uno staff gentilissimo e cibo buono e abbondante

December 27, 2019


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