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North Vietnam stands as a land of enchantment, where a tapestry of culture, history, and natural beauty unfolds before the eyes of those who wander its ancient streets and breathtaking landscapes. Over the course of this journey, travelers are invited to embark on an exploration of the region’s most iconic destinations, from the bustling streets of Hanoi to the majestic limestone karsts of Halong Bay and the ancient temples of Hoa Lu.

Hanoi: The Heartbeat of North Vietnam

As the vibrant capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi serves as the beating heart of the North. Steeped in history and culture, this bustling metropolis is a treasure trove of architectural wonders, historical landmarks, and culinary delights. The streets of Hanoi are alive with activity, as motorbikes weave through crowded alleyways and street vendors peddle their goods to passersby.

At the heart of Hanoi lies the historic Old Quarter, a labyrinth of narrow streets and alleys that date back to the city’s founding over a thousand years ago. Here, visitors can wander through bustling markets, ancient temples, and traditional shop houses, immersing themselves in the vibrant tapestry of Hanoi’s cultural heritage.

One of the most iconic landmarks in Hanoi is the Hoan Kiem Lake, a tranquil oasis nestled amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. Surrounded by lush greenery and shaded pathways, the lake offers a serene escape from the chaos of urban life. Ngoc Son Temple, located on a small island in the middle of the lake, adds to the scenic beauty of the area with its traditional architecture and picturesque setting.

Another must-visit destination in Hanoi is the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, a grand monument dedicated to the revered leader of Vietnam’s struggle for independence. Surrounded by meticulously manicured gardens, the mausoleum is a symbol of the nation’s respect and admiration for Ho Chi Minh, whose legacy continues to inspire generations of Vietnamese people.

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Halong Bay: A Natural Wonder of the World

Located just a few hours’ drive from Hanoi lies Halong Bay, a breathtaking natural wonder that has captured the imaginations of travelers for centuries. This UNESCO World Heritage site is famous for its towering limestone karsts, emerald waters, and picturesque islands, creating a landscape that is nothing short of magical.

Cruising through Halong Bay is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, offering panoramic views of the bay’s stunning scenery from the deck of a traditional junk boat. As you glide past towering limestone cliffs and hidden caves, you’ll be mesmerized by the sheer beauty of the landscape unfolding before you. Stops along the way allow for exploration of hidden grottoes, pristine beaches, and floating fishing villages, providing insight into the daily lives of the people who call Halong Bay home.

The serenity of Halong Bay is best experienced at sunrise or sunset, when the sky is ablaze with colors and the bay takes on a mystical glow. Watching the sun dip below the horizon, casting a golden hue over the limestone karsts, is a moment that will stay with you long after you’ve left Vietnam’s shores.

Hoa Lu: The Ancient Capital of Vietnam

Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of Ninh Binh province lies Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam during the Dinh and Le dynasties. This historic site is home to a wealth of ancient temples, pagodas, and shrines, which serve as a reminder of Vietnam’s rich cultural heritage and storied past.

The Dinh and Le temples, dedicated to the founding fathers of the Vietnamese nation, are among the most significant landmarks in Hoa Lu. These beautifully preserved structures feature intricate carvings, ornate decorations, and stunning architecture, providing insight into the artistic and religious traditions of ancient Vietnam.

Another highlight of Hoa Lu is the nearby Tam Coc River, also known as the “Halong Bay on Land.” This scenic waterway winds its way through lush green valleys, towering limestone cliffs, and emerald rice paddies, offering a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. A leisurely boat ride along the river allows for up-close exploration of the area’s natural beauty, with opportunities to spot local wildlife and admire the stunning scenery.

As the journey through North Vietnam comes to an end, travelers are left with memories of ancient temples, bustling markets, and breathtaking landscapes that will stay with them long after they’ve returned home. From the vibrant streets of Hanoi to the tranquil waters of Halong Bay and the ancient temples of Hoa Lu, this discovery journey offers a glimpse into the heart and soul of this enchanting region. Embark on this unforgettable adventure and let the wonders of North Vietnam captivate your heart and soul.

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Day 1 Hanoi – Arrival

No meal included

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a city of lakes, shaded streets and verdant public parks. Come to Hanoi, you will have a chance to explore the rich cultural heritage with the Old Quarter, prominent delicious Vietnamese cuisine as well as other interesting spots.

Upon arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport, our Viet Prestige’s driver will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel for relaxing after a long flight. (Check in time: 14:00)

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2 Hanoi Full Day Sightseeing Tour (B)

Breakfast included

Today, at 8:30 AM we start our exploration of Hanoi, seeing the most notable landmark of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (close on Mon. and Fri.). This imposing marble and granite monument was built towards the Ba Dinh Square. We visit follow the footpath to the One Pillar Pagoda rising from the center of a square lotus pond, ascending on a single pillar and resembling a blossoming lotus flower.

Then we visit Tran Quoc Pagoda. Located on a small peninsula on the East side of Hanoi West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda is regarded as the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi with its history dating back to more than 1,500 years. The architecture of this Buddhist center is a subtle combination between the solemn and beautiful landscape on the peaceful and quiet ambiance of West Lake’s surface. Near Tran Quoc Pagoda is Quan Thanh Temple, dedicated to Tran Vu, Deity of the North in Taoism, whose symbols of power are a serpent and a turtle. Along with other three temples in Hanoi, the four are called The Four Sacred Temples (Thang Long Tu Tran), which protects the city from evil spirits.

We continue the trip to the Temple of Literature & Vietnam’s first university, constructed in the 11th century, the gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam's past. It is dedicated to Confucius & honors Vietnam’s finest scholars.

After that visit Hanoi’s Old Quarter also known as the ‘36 streets’. Take a walking tour through charming Hang Be Market and around Hoan Kiem Lake. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 3 Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)/ Overnight Cruise

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

Hanoi – Halong: 150km ~ 3h – 3h30’ drive

Breakfast at hotel then check out.

At 8:00-9:00am, you will be picked up by the cruise bus and head East for 3 hours driving to Halong Bay, the pride of the Gulf of Tonkin, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO in 1994 and 2006. The road will pass by the Red River delta with green paddy fields and rural villages, where hard-work farmers are busy with their farming jobs, ploughing buffaloes or planting seedling. Upon arrival in Halong, check in the overnight cruise to discover the magnificent beauty of this "Descending-dragon" bay, created by thousands odd-shaped limestone rocks and karst grottoes. After a lunch on board, we can visit the Grottos, stop for swimming or kayaking, passing floating houses and approach islets to enjoy their beauty in close distance. Back to the cruise, enjoy cooking demonstration before having dinner. Evening attend activities on the boat or relax at your own leisure. Overnight on the cruise.

*** Please note the program may be little varied upon the cruise you choose

Day 4 Halong Bay - Hanoi (B, Brunch)

Breakfast, Brunch included

You should wake up early to enjoy the dawn on the sea in the early morning. The Vietnamese call the "East Sea" by a point-oriented name "Eastern Sea", so you may guess how miraculous seeing the sunrise over the islets of the Bay. After breakfast our boat will continue to cruise in marvelous areas, where almost each islet has its own name, adopting its shape or reminiscent like Sail Island, Fisherman's head rock, Butterfly rock or Turtle islet etc. Check out your room and have brunch on board while the cruise coming back the pier. Disembark from the cruise, then you will be join the cruise bus to come back Hanoi.

Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.

Day 5 Hanoi - Departure (B)

Breakfast included

Today, you are free at your leisure until being picked up by our driver to the airport to take a flight to come back to your home country. It is time to say goodbye, we thank you so much for traveling with us and wish to welcome you back in the near future.

  • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services except the joint transfer by cruise shuttle bus between Hanoi and Halong Bay.
  • Professional and experienced English-speaking guide at each destination
  • 03 nights in all 3*, 4* and 5* hotels with central location, nice breakfast and comfortable rooms
  • 01 night on Lan Ha Bay/ Halong Bay Cruise
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as clearly mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner; 01 brunch)
  • Bottled water is available on car (02 bottled water per person per day)
  • Tips to the tour guide and driver for the day tours
  • Services charges
  • 24/7 hotline customer services during the trip
  • No extra charge after confirmation
  • Other airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Other meals not clearly described in the program
  • Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, telephone, laundry
  • Vietnam visa fees (40 USD per person)

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