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

3. 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: 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.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Halong Bay Cruise with Meals

5. From Hanoi: 2-Day Halong Bay Cruise with Meals

Day 1: Hanoi/Tuan Chau - Halong Bay If you chose the option with a transfer, get picked up at your hotel and drive to Tuan Chau Marina. Otherwise, board the boat right away. After finishing the boarding procedures, eat lunch while cruising to the bay. Arrive at a striking cave to experience kayaking and swimming in the emerald water. Reboard your cruise to freshen up and attend a flower carving session with a skilled chef. Take advantage of a happy hour, with buy-two-get-one-free cocktails. Have dinner on the ship, then take part in squid fishing before going to bed. Day 2: Lan Ha Bay - Halong Bay - Hanoi/Tuan Chau Wake up and breathe in the fresh air. Join a Taichi practice to help you warm up and attract more energy for a new day. Eat a light breakfast at the restaurant, then discover the Tra Bau area, where a Kong Skull movie scene was filmed. Admire the spectacular scenery of Lan Ha Bay and enjoy a delicious lunch of local food before heading back to Gia Luan for disembarkation. For the option with a transfer, get picked up at Tuan Chau Marina by bus and drive back to your hotel.

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

6. 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.

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

7. 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

Hanoi: Small-Group Street Food Walking Tour

8. Hanoi: Small-Group Street Food Walking Tour

Take a walk through Hanoi's old quarter on a tour with a local guide. Learn about the traditions of Vietnam’s food culture while tasting local specialties like Vietnamese sandwiches, traditional desserts, and the iconic egg coffee. First, stop at a local restaurant to try a combination of spring rolls, Pho rolls, pillow cake, shrimp cake, sweet donuts, or deep-fried fermented pork, served with a dish of raw vegetables and fish sauce. Next, continue the walk to try Vietnam's signature dish known as pho, a soup consisting of broth, noodles, herbs, and meat. Taste test a specialty pho mixed with a special sauce. The soup can definitely bring you a whole new outlook on taste. Visit a restaurant to taste bánh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) with its signature pate filling. And you can’t miss out on the traditional dessert chè (any variety of sweet beverages or pudding), which can vary depending on the season. Last but not least, try the infamous egg coffee. This is a must-try when you come to Vietnam. Finish your tour having discovered the taste of about five different dishes of Vietnam.

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

9. 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.

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

10. 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.

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What a great day! Austin was funny and friendly, showing me unique places and answer my many many questions. He shared his personal favourites and made sure I got to see the train street. He was excellent. The tour was great value for money- I ate so much food and it was all delicious.

Our tour with Austin was amazing! He told us so much about Vietnam and answered all of our questions about the country and the Vietnamese lifestyle. The food was really great! He was super friendly and we had a great time. Definitely recommended!

Would 100% recommend. Our tour guide Alex was fantastic, very personable with excellent English. This is a great way to try local food when you don’t know where to go

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!