Depart Hanoi in the morning for approximately 2-hour drive to the forgotten island in mountainous – Da Bac. Located on the entrance of the Northwest region of Vietnam, Hoa Binh Province is proud to be the one of the cradles of Vietnamese ancient culture with the world-famous "Hoabinhian Culture" (Van hoa Hoa Binh). Emerging as a new tourism destination, Da Bac District is still relatively untouched by the outside world. It has some of the most beautiful sceneries in the country, best described as an "in-land Ha Long".
In the afternoon, light trekking through small lane to “Song Da lake” for kayaking time and enjoy the moment swimming on the lake.
Overnight at Da Bac.
Wake up among the peaceful and beautiful mountainous setting and enjoy breakfast.
It is time for enjoying your time in Da Bac – Free time to relax and swim or trekking to explore the surrounding village.
After lunch, transferring to Ninh Bình for 3.5 hours drive to Ninh Binh province, one of the most beautiful parts of Vietnam with its dramatic scenery and historical temples. The rice fields here are beautiful and the mountains have earned the area the nickname ‘Dry Halong Bay’, a moniker borne out by the limestone karsts which dominate the landscape.
Overnight in Ninh Binh.
Visit Hang Mua (Dance Cave). Located inside Ngoa Long Mt, one of the highest mountains of the region, Hang Mua offers a panoramic view of rural villages, winding rivers, and picturesque rice fields of Tam Coc area, known as “Ha Long Bay on Land”. Challenge yourself by climbing up 465 uneven limestone steps to the top point for great photo opportunities.
After lunch moving to Trang An - Situated near Tam Coc, Trang An is a nature reserve similar to Tam Coc, however far less visited. Limestone hills surround a peaceful river which passes through a series of caves (one which takes 15-minutes to pass through in darkness). An ‘eco-tourism’ area, the only interruptions here are the sound of birds and the gentle paddle of the oar upon the crystal-clear river. Late afternoon transfer back to Hanoi city. Rest of day is your leisure time.
Overnight in Hanoi.
You will have the whole day to explore Vietnam’s capital city. Your guide will take you to the Temple of Literature, the first university in Vietnam dating back to the 11th century and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (close on Monday & Friday afternoon), his modest stilt house and the museum dedicated to his memory.
Enjoy the street food walking tour. Get more information about Vietnamese traditional cuisines, its culture and the eating habits of locals. Walk through the small streets of the Old Quarter, passing by road-side markets, stop at numbers of food stalls to see the sellers prepare the dishes and taste the food.
The tour also provides the opportunity to see Hanoi in deeply by going through dark & tiny alleys having width fit one medium Vietnamese only. Stopping at a family has been living in the Old Quarter over 50 years and having interesting chat about their daily routine, you will learn more about local tradition, culture and lifestyle as well. Before finishing the day with a performance of the famous water-puppets.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Note: Shorts and tank tops are not allowed in Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & pagodas.
Free time for last minute shopping or optional visit before transferring to Noi Bai airport for departure flight.
End of tour!
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– Any cancellation 35 days prior to arrival date: NO charge (except in case of deposit or issuing the flight tickets to guarantee the seats)
– Any cancellation between 35 days to 20 days prior to arrival date: 25% charge
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We love Vietnam, its sweet, gentle people. And of course, the delicious food. Nature is out of this world; words do not describe it; pictures are too small to reflect it. We had to take it in and keep it in our hearts forever. So much beauty! Nothing can describe it. – Mrs. Diana
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