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From Hanoi: 2-Day Luxury 5-Star Lan Ha Bay Cruise

1. From Hanoi: 2-Day Luxury 5-Star Lan Ha Bay Cruise

Day 1: Start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi. Arrive at Tuan Chau pier and board the boat. Enjoy the buffet lunch while the boat is cruising towards North East of Ha Long Bay. Cruise next to the Dark and Bright Caves, the ideal place for you to get up close to Ha Long Bay by bamboo boat or kayak. Then enter a less populated area at Tra Bau - Lan Ha Bay. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the green emerald water. Onboard you may join a cooking demonstration as you learn about Vietnamese dining culture. The chef and staff will instruct you in making a traditional dish of Vietnam. Enjoy happy hour at the at the bar while watching the view of the bay at sunset. Sit for a deluxe dinner made with the freshest ingredients in a sophisticated space with elegant French neoclassical style and traditional oriental touches. Admire the beauty of the bay at night. You may want to try your luck with squid fishing or watch a movie in the restaurant. Day 2: Rise early in the morning for a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Enjoy breakfast at the restaurant while continuing the cruise. Take part in a kayaking tour in the Ao Ech area, before checking out of your cabin. Brunch will be served at the restaurant on the 2nd deck. Return to Tuan Chau Marina for your transfer back to Hanoi.

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

2. 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. 

Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay 5-Star Cruise Tour with Activities

3. Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay 5-Star Cruise Tour with Activities

Day 1: Ha Long Bay and Kayaking Start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi. From there you will drive through the green fields on the Red River Delta to Ha Long City. Once having arrived at the harbor, you will check-in for your cruise on the Ha Long, which will begin with a welcome drink and cruise briefing. Enjoy lunch while cruising to Ha Long Bay. Explore the Eo Ech area where you can do some kayaking around limestone islets or some swimming in the sea. Enjoy a picturesque sunset on the sundeck for watching the sunset. Enjoy Happy Hour onboard with some cakes and fruit. Watch a cooking demonstration, and have the chef help you prepare Vietnamese spring rolls. Enjoy a seafood set menu onboard. Then make your way to the bar with a large selection of cocktails. Or choose to take part in some onboard activities: squid fishing, a spa treatment service, or simply relax in your cabin for the night. Day 2: Dark Cave and Bright Cave Watch the sunrise with a Tai Chi session on the sundeck. Enjoy a Light breakfast before setting off exploring. Visit the beautiful Bright Cave on a local bamboo boat. Arrive at the picturesque lagoon, surrounded by magnificent mountains. Upon return to the boat, tuck into a buffet brunch. Return to shore, and be transferred back to Hanoi.

3-Day Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise & Viet Hai Village

4. 3-Day Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay 5 Star Cruise & Viet Hai Village

DAY 1: HANOI – HALONG BAY – LAN HA BAY 09:00 – 09:30: Bus picks you up at your hotel in the old quarter or meeting point at Hanoi Opera House No-1 Trang Tien Str, Hoan Kiem Dis, Hanoi 12:00: You will be welcomed aboard and greeted with a complimentary drink. Our friendly and professional crew will conduct a compulsory safety procedure session and then you are free to check into your cabin and freshen up. 12:45: A special lunch of fresh food and an assortment of appetizing delicacies will be served. You will be enchanted when decadently dining on our luxury junk 15:30: We will visit the Dark and Bright cave famous for the pristine natural beauty and poetic, attractive seascape of Lan Ha Bay. Here you will take some photos of the romantic, lyrical local see-sights. This is also the best time for tourists to enjoy bamboo boat and swimming - which is an interesting activity to discover the truest beauty of the limestone mountains and the blue sky of Lan Ha Bay. Afterwards, visitors immerse in the emerald green water of Lan Ha Bay with exciting swimming activities. 17:30: Get to the top deck where you can admire the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin and enjoy a complimentary sunset party. It is an ideal time for photography enthusiasts to capture the stunning moment of sunset at Lan Ha Bay. 19:00: Enjoy delicious local food prepared and served for you by our wonderful onboard catering staff. 21:00-0:00: You can order an indulgent spa service, watch movies, go squid fishing or simply relax on our roof top deck under the cover of a brightly illuminated sky. DAY 2: LAN HA BAY – VIET HAI VILLAGE – CAT BA ISLAND 6:30-7:30: Breakfast is served at the restaurant. 8:00-8.30: You will be transferred to the day tour cruise to visit the bay to go further than Lan Ha Bay You start the journey to discover Viet Hai village - a peaceful village with extremely beautiful scenery by bike or tram along the trails, through vast rice fields. You stop to rest and visit the old house made from straw, mud, bamboo. 12:00: Return to the day tour cruise. You will be served lunch with a variety of dishes at the restaurant. 14h00: The cruise takes you to the pristine beach area with fine white sand, you are free to swim or participate in kayaking activity. 16:30: Return to cruises. You will be watching the sunset fall on Ha Long Bay, immersed in soothing or vibrant music, sipping a cocktail. 19:15: Enjoy dinner at a restaurant 20:45 Enjoy the nightlife of Ha Long Bay from the deck. DAY 3: LANHA BAY – TUAN CHAU PORT 6:30-7:30: Breakfast is served at cruise restaurant. 8:00: Cruise will arrival Frog Pond area, in here you have kayaking and free to relax in the four-season mini pool on Lan Ha Bay - A silk ribbon made from green mountains, blue seas and diverse fauna and flora. 9:30: Checking out of the room. Then the lunch in the restaurant is ready for you 11:15 - 11:30: Disembark and move back the port. And transfer back Hanoi around 15:00 PM

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

5. 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. After lunch, 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 the Sunny Mountain 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 the storage at the reception. Take a Trek to Y Linh Ho 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 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 to go back to Hanoi. During the journey, you will stop for a break. Arrive back at your accommodation in Hanoi in the late evening.

From Hanoi: Halong Bay Full-Day Cruise with Cave Kayaking

6. From Hanoi: Halong Bay Full-Day Cruise with Cave Kayaking

Enjoy an experience full of activities on this day tour. Explore the breathtaking sights in Halong, hop from island to island, and marvel at the beautiful sunset as you eat snacks and relax on the cruise. 6:15: Luxury Limousine will pick you up from Hanoi Old Quarter and transfer you to Halong Bay by highway 9.00 Upon arrival at Tuan Chau harbor, you will check in and get on board the cruise then starts a trip to discover the World's Heritage. Meet our cruise crew and enjoy a welcome drink. 9.30 Enjoy a welcome drink. The cruise departs from Tuan Chau harbor for a joyful journey to discover the beauty of the world heritage Ha Long Bay. Along the way, you will have the chance to pass through the grandeur of the legendary bay with thousands of limestone islands such as Dog Rock, Duck Rock, and especially Thumb Rock - a beautiful limestone islet rising from sea water in the shape of a giant thumb. Mother Nature has put Thumb Rock here to send a message of goodness to every passenger cruising in the ancient bay. 11.30 – 12.00 Have a huge buffet lunch with a variety of dishes including seafood and Vietnamese traditional food. 13.00 Stop at Bo Hon Island. Our tour guide will take you to Sung Sot Cave/Surprising Cave, the largest and the most beautiful cave in Halong Bay. After about 200 steps under the forest canopy, the entrance of the cave shows up. A paradise of appearing in front of you. You will discover the cave in about 45 minutes before getting back to the cruise (For other tourists who can’t walk much, you can stay on a cruise, chilling out on the sundeck). 14.00 Say goodbye to Sung Sot Cave, and cruise head to Luon Cave. In this area, it’s time for you to heat up with kayaking (about 30 minutes kayaking) 15.00: Stop at Titov Island. On this small island, you can climb halfway up the mountain to enjoy a panoramic view of Ha Long Bay. Looking down from high above gives you a wonderful sensation; at the same time offers you a spectacular view of every corner of the bay. 16.00 After that, you will get back to cruise and ready for our Sunset Party. Vietnamese tea, coffee, fresh fruits, and snacks will be served when you’re relaxing on the sundeck or in the Jacuzzi. On the way back, the cruise will pass by the Hoa Cuong area, one of the most beautiful spots in the bay. 17.30 Arrive in Tuan Chau port. End of the trip. Thank you for choosing Daily Cruise for your holiday in Vietnam. Transfer back to Hanoi around 20:00 PM

From Sapa: Waterfalls, Trekking and Tribal Villages Tour

7. From Sapa: Waterfalls, Trekking and Tribal Villages Tour

After meeting your local guide and driver, head about 30 minutes out of Sapa Town to visit the Silver Waterfall, Love Waterfall and Tram Ton Pass. Explore the area before leaving for the traditional village of Ban Khoan. From there, begin your trek. The trek, about 4 hours and 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), takes you along mountain trails and through remote tribal villages. Enjoy amazing views of the surrounding rice paddies, and take plenty of photos as you learn about the unique cultures of the Hmong and Red Dzao people. Take a break for a picnic lunch before continuing the trek to the home of the Red Dzao tribe in Ta Phin Village. In the afternoon, meet your driver to begin the 30-minute transfer back to Sapa.

Ha Long - Bai Tu Long Bay 2-day Premium Cruise

8. Ha Long - Bai Tu Long Bay 2-day Premium Cruise

Day 1: You'll be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi at 8:00-8:30 AM Drive to Ha Long City through the green fields of the Red River Delta. Stopover on the way for a refreshment break. You'll embark at Ha Long wharf and there will be some time for a break and photography. Enjoy a welcoming drink on board as well as a cruise briefing. Have some lunch while cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. Transfer to Thien Canh Son Cave. The tour guide will take you to a huge cave with many interesting stalactite and stalagmite formations. After about half an hour visiting, you will go back to the boat by tender. Then, return to the cruise vessel for some leisure time. You'll also have half an hour for kayaking to discover the Bai Tu Long Bay landscape. After you return to the boat, join a cooking class with the onboard chef. A Vietnamese style set dinner is served on board. Take some time to enjoy chatting at the bar or enjoy some night fishing. Stay overnight on the boat. Day 2: Have some breakfast at around 7:30 AM and enjoy the sunrise on the bay. Visit the ancient Vung Vieng Floating Village. You'll not only be immersed in the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of the village, but, on your way, also be surrounded by the rocky mountains in a small bamboo boat as you go to and from the village. When it's time to check out, pack your luggage and check out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay. Have lunch while cruising back through Ha Long Bay to the pier. Disembark at Ha Long wharf and say goodbye to the crew. Return from Ha Long to Hanoi with a short stopover on the way for a refreshment break before you arrive.

From Hanoi: Sapa Tour with Fansipan Cable Car and Limousine

9. From Hanoi: Sapa Tour with Fansipan Cable Car and Limousine

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa - Cat Cat village (Lunch) You’ll be picked up from Hanoi early in the morning. Admire the scenery as you travel through the countryside. Stop at Lao Cai for a break. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of mountains and rice terraces along the way from Lao Cai to Sapa city. At 1:00 PM, arrive in Sapa Town, where you'll view the colorful traditional costumes of the H’mong, Dzao, and Tay local people. Enjoy a lunch of traditional local Vietnamese dishes. Then, enjoy a trek to Cat Cat village, home to the Black H’mong. In the evening, free to discover Sapa Town in Night. Day 2: Sapa - Easy Trek to Lao Chai and Ta Van – Sapa. (Breakfast/Lunch) After breakfast, trek to Lao Chai village, about 8km from Sapa town. Here you will discover the daily life of the locals and how they make traditional clothes and handicrafts.  After lunch in one of the local houses, you will walk to Ta Van village, home to the Dzay people. These people have a rich culture and beautiful houses located on rice paddy fields. You will visit the home of a local family to learn about their life, and enjoy some green tea. In the evening, return to Sapa Town for free time.  Day 3: Sapa – Fanxipan Peak – Sapa – Hanoi. (Breakfast/Lunch) After breakfast, check out from your room and depart for the Sapa cable car station, where you will board a cable car to Fansipan Peak. At the summit, enjoy free time to admire the panoramic views.  You’ll then head back to Sapa for lunch and to explore the town by yourself. At 3:00 PM you’ll be picked up by bus and driven back to Hanoi.

Halong Bay: 2-Day Luxury Cruise with Private Balcony & Cave

10. Halong Bay: 2-Day Luxury Cruise with Private Balcony & Cave

DAY 1: HA NOI – HA LONGDAY 08:00: Pick up at Old Quarter area and transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay (if the package is included transfer service). 11:30: Arriving at the Halong check-in lounge. You will have time to refresh yourself after the long drive from Hanoi and wait for check-in. 12:15: After taken to the Halong Cruise, you will be checked-in. While enjoying welcome drinks, you will be introduced the itinerary and safety briefing by Cruise Manager 13:00: You will have time to savor your delicious buffet lunch and enjoy the stunning views as the boat cruises towards the southeast of Halong Bay, passing Fighting- Cock and Finger Islet. 14:30 – 16:00: Your first excursion is a visit to Tung Sau Pearl Farm, an area in Halong Bay dedicated to growing pearls and practicing a handmade technique based on Vietnamese tradition and Japanese technology. This is also an ideal destination for kayaking. 16:00 – 17:00: Hike to the top of Ti Top Island for stunning panoramic views of the Bay. After your hike, go for a refreshing swim in Halong Bay’s emerald waters or sip from a coconut in the shade. 17:30 – 19:00: Back on board, you can enjoy sunset party with HAPPY HOUR (from 17:30 – 19:00) – buy 2 get 1 free on drinks at Thalassius Bar or Sundeck. 19:15: Delight in the shimmering atmosphere of thousands of stars while eating a fantastic, expertly prepared dinner. 20:30: This is the perfect time to relax with karaoke or enjoy the drink at Thalassius Bar. Besides, we provide free for squid fishing tools at reception DAY 2: HA LONG – HA NOI 06:00: Warm up your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with a breathtaking view as the sun rises on Halong Bay. 07:00 – 07:30: Light breakfast is served at the restaurant. 07:30 – 08:30: Your next stop is the magnificent Sung Sot Cave, one of the biggest caves in Ha Long Bay with beautiful stalactites. You will be surprised by the breathtaking panoramic view across the Bay once you exit the cave as well as the stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years which have taken on fascinating shapes. 08:30 – 09:30: Back on board, you settle your bill, check-out and return to Tuan Chau Island 09:45 – 10:45: Brunch is served at the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor. 10:45 – 11:00: Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina, return to Hanoi. Transfer back to Hanoi around 15:00 PM

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What people are saying about Northern Vietnam

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As I was visiting Hanoi for a vacation, I started searching for tours from get your guide website , while shortlisting our tours we saw this tour which covers 3 points , sungsot cave , titop Island and Luon cave. When I saw this ad I was a bit skeptical to book as there were no reviews but took the leap and did book it. Next day they pick us up from our hotel at the mentioned time and had an English speaking guide(Name:Ivan) who was very friendly and helpful. The tour was very well organized and we had no problems at all, the food arranged by them also was very good. I highly recommend this tour.

Aunque es una actividad muy turística, merece la pena. El paseo en barco por la bahía es espectacular y en esta excursión que dura un poco más que la mayoría puedes disfrutar del atadecer a la vuelta a puerto. (Junio). Mejor ir con zapatillas para poder subir arriba en Ti Top Island y pasear por la cueva sin resbalar. En este caso además, los guías y los tripulantes del barco fueron muy amables. La comida en el barco estuvo bien y a la vuelta en el bus de camino a Hanoi se hace una parada para que comas algo en una área de servicio.

Personally I highly recommend this tour, the guide asked us which distance we prefer (8 or 10km) explained and showed us a lot of interesting things that allowed us to understand more what we have in front of us. She was really nice with us and really made this experience fantastic. You will enjoy every single moment of this tour.

We had some bad luck with the weather, was raining the whole time but still enjoyed our time during the trekking and sights. Would definitely recommend. Our tour guide Chai, very friendly and nice. Her english is good and even during the rain was in good spirits!

Great experience! Definitely book with them! Food was SO good and lots of it! Cleanest room and shower that we had so far in Vietnam! Also, the tour guide was INCREDIBLE! So great for solo, couples, or families!