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From Hanoi: 3-Day Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise

1. From Hanoi: 3-Day Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise

Day 1: Start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi at 7:30 AM and transfer to Halong Bay. Receive a welcome drink and a cruise briefing before departure. Enjoy a delicious lunch while cruising to Bai Tu Long Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations along the journey. Visit Thien Canh Son with your guide. See the many stalactite and stalagmite formations in different amazing shapes. After about half an hour of exploring the cave, return to the boat. Take some time for sunbathing and kayaking in the Cong Do area. Join in a cooking demonstration with the onboard chef, followed by a traditional Vietnamese-style set dinner. Enjoy the rest of your evening by simply relaxing and taking in the amazing views of the bay. Get a drink at the bar or do some night fishing before settling in for the night on the boat. Day 2: Rise early in the morning and enjoy a full breakfast, coffee, and tea. After breakfast, embark on a day cruise to discover more about Bai Tu Long Bay. Drop anchor at Tra San and discover the geological park. Do some kayaking to see a panoramic view of Bai Tu Long Bay with its thousands of islets. Here you can stay on a private beach to do some sunbathing. Have lunch on the boat in a tranquil area of the bay. After lunch, enjoy some more time for kayaking again before returning to the main boat for the second night. Day 3: Have breakfast and enjoy the sunrise on the bay. Visit the ancient Vung Vieng floating village, where you can experience a quiet and peaceful atmosphere. After an hour exploring the floating village, head back to the boat to pack your bags in preparation for your return to shore. Have lunch while cruising back through Ha Long Bay to the pier. Disembark at Ha Long wharf, say farewell to the crew, and return to Hanoi.

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From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay Luxury Boat Tour

2. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay Luxury Boat Tour

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi at around 7am and heads to Ha Long International Cruise Port, approximately 2-3 hours away. Upon arrival at the port, board your luxury boat for the day and receive a warm welcome from the tour team. Once everyone’s onboard, set sail towards the remote areas of Ha Long Bay and admire the mystifying and magical landscapes of the rocky islets and islands that surround you. At midday enjoy a delicious lunch onboard the boat as you continue to sail through bay and marvel at the stunning and magnificent limestone mountains all around. After lunch, arrive at Tien Ong Cave, a natural cave in the middle of the sea which is home to an array of incredibly beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. At the cave learn about the historical and cultural values of prehistoric sea fishermen who inhabited the location thousands of years ago. From the cave continue on towards Cua Van fishing village, the biggest floating village in Ha Long Bay. Explore the village by kayak or a bamboo boat and visit the quaint onsite museum to learn about local lifestyle and customs. Next, enjoy some free time on the boat to soak up the views, relax on deck, or treat yourself to a massage service. At 5pm watch an incredible fruit carving demonstration then enjoy a delicious canapé party against the backdrop of the glowing sunset. Finally, head back to the cruise port where your transfer service is waiting to take you safely back to Hanoi.

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From Hanoi: 2-Day Spectacular Sapa Trekking and Bus Tour

3. From Hanoi: 2-Day Spectacular Sapa Trekking and Bus Tour

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa 6:45 AM - 7:00 AM: Pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and depart for Sapa. 9:30 AM: Follow the highway to Lao Cai city where you will make your first stop for breakfast. 11:00 AM: Stop off at Lao Cai city before approaching Sapa. 12:30 PM: Arrive at Sapa Town, where you'll see the colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao and Tay People. Here enjoy a lunch of local Vietnamese dishes. 2:30 PM: 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 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. 5:00 PM: Return to Sapa Town. You'll be recommended good local restaurants for your dinner and will stay overnight in a 2, 3, 4 or 5-star hotel (depending on option booked). Day 2: Sapa – Hanoi 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM: Have breakfast at your hotel and prepare a light pack for trekking. You can keep your luggage at the storage at the reception. 9:00 AM: 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. Tour guide will make the best itinerary for the trek depending on your ability of trekking. 11:30 AM: The bus will pick you up at Ta Van Bridge to take you back to Sapa center. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Have a rest at the hotel and have lunch, before enjoying some time to explore at your own leisure. 3:00 PM: Meet the rest of your group at the hotel to prepare for your return to Hanoi. 3:15 PM: Get back on the bus to go back to Hanoi. During the journey you will stop for a break. 9:15 PM: Arrive back at your accommodation in Hanoi.

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Halong Day Tour: Islands, Caves, Kayak with Dragonfly Cruise

4. Halong Day Tour: Islands, Caves, Kayak with Dragonfly Cruise

After you’re picked up at hotels located in Old Quarter of Hanoi from 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop half way to visit crafts workshops, where you’ll see marble stone sculptures, plaque paintings, and hand-embroidered items. On your full-day excursion continue on the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier from 12:00 PM to 12:15 PM, and board the traditional cruise. You’ll be greeted on board and then enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. Have a chance to take in the tranquil beauty and breathtaking scenery from the deck of the boat. During the cruise you’ll enjoy views of tiny islands with their rock arches, sheer cliffs, innumerable white sand beaches, and peaceful coves. Like sculpted cartoon characters, these limestone islands have fanciful names, such as Incense Burner, Stone Dog, and Fighting Cock (which is the symbol of Halong Bay). You will then head on to Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto). Explore its huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Finally, enjoy 45-minutes of kayaking or paddling a bamboo boat around the islands and water tunnels at the World Natural Area recognized by UNESCO. Return to the Tuan Chau pier from 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi from 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Menu for lunch: 1: Tomato/ cucumber salad 2: Fried potato 3: Steam shrimp 4: Fried eggs roll 5: Fried squid  6: Deep fried seafood spring rolls 7: Fried chicken with mushroom 8: Steamed fish with tomato sauce 9: Fried vegetable (available upon season) 10: Steamed rice 11: Fresh fruit 12: Afternoon fresh fruit and tea

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Spectacular Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Deluxe Cruises

5. Spectacular Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Deluxe Cruises

Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (L - D) 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM: Pickup at your hotel located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi by shuttle bus. You will have the chance to join in with the group and make friends with other travelers from all around the world. 10:00 AM: Take a rest at the Humanity Center and enjoy local specialties and handicraft products. 12:00 PM: The captain and tender welcome you to the cruise. Savor the delicious lunch as the cruise passes through thousands of islands and islets of different shapes 3:30 PM: Cruise stops at the floating house for an hour of kayaking in the middle of the bay to admire the fascinating rock formations in the bay.  3:30 PM: Visit Titop Island if possible 6:00 PM: Enjoy a cooking demonstration for famous Vietnamese spring rolls. 7:30 PM: Enjoy a delicious and romantic dinner on board. 9:00 PM: Free time for entertainment with activities such as squid fishing, karaoke, star-gazing on the deck. Day 2: Ha Long Bay discovery – Hanoi (B - L) 6:30 AM: Start your new day on Halong bay with morning exercises and photos. Have breakfast with coffee or tea. 8:30 AM: Relax and enjoy the breath-taking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the bay. 9:30 AM: Return to cruise, check out of your cabin. 10:00 AM: Explore the biggest and the most amazing cave in Halong Bay – Surprise Cave. 10:30 AM: Head back to the ship's restaurant to enjoy lunch. 12:00 PM: Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi. 4:00 - 5:00 PM: Arrive in Hanoi. Trip ends.

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Hanoi: 2-Night Ninh Binh and Halong Bay Tour

6. Hanoi: 2-Night Ninh Binh and Halong Bay Tour

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.

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Private Full Day Tam Coc, Cuc Phuong National Park W/ Lunch

7. Private Full Day Tam Coc, Cuc Phuong National Park W/ Lunch

Arrive at Tam Coc and take the sampan that goes along the Ngo Dong River to visit three different caves. After you finish visiting Tam Coc, bike around the Tam Coc area and enjoy a Vietnamese tea break. Next, enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. Then get back into your private car and continue on towards Cuc Phuong National Park to visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center. The primate center was established in 1993 with the help of the Frankfurt Zoological Society. Afterwards, visit the cave of Early Man. It is one of the nice cave in this forest, then going to visit some symbal old trees of Cuc Phuong National Park.

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From Hanoi: Bai Dinh, Trang An, and Mua Cave Full-Day Tour

8. From Hanoi: Bai Dinh, Trang An, and Mua Cave Full-Day Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi between 7:30 AM and 8:00 AM and drive by bus to Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam. Explore this beautiful Buddhist place of worship, with 500 La Han statues and the largest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam, 10 meters tall. Enjoy some free time with your guide to visit the pagoda and learn more about Buddhism.   Enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese cuisine after you've seen the pagoda. Then hop back on the bus and continue to Trang An wharf. From here, take a boat trip to visit Trang An cave complex. After the boat trip, you'll take a bike to visit traditional villages around the Trang An area.   The tour continues to Mua Cave. Listen to interesting stories about this place from your guide. After climbing 500 stone steps, you'll be able to see all the way to Tam Coc. Enjoy the stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. At the end of the day you'll get back on the bus and drive back to Hanoi, where you'll be dropped off back at your hotel in the Old Quarter.

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Hanoi: 2-Day Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise Excursion with Guide

9. Hanoi: 2-Day Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise Excursion with Guide

Following an early morning pickup from your hotel in Hanoi, enjoy a comfortable ride to Ha Long City along the green fields of the Red River Delta. Upon arrival at the pier of Ha Long City, enjoy a welcome drink and receive a short briefing before cruising out to a 2-day adventure tour of Bai Tu Long Bay. Day 1 On the way to your destination, enjoy a lunch on board before making a stop at the Thien Canh Son Cave. Follow your guide and explore the massive cave with various shaped stalactite and stalagmite for about 30 minutes. Continue the tour and return to your cruise boat where you can choose to relax in the sun or go kayaking and discover the beautiful landscape of Bai Tu Long Bay for another 30 minutes. Then join a cooking demonstration by a local chef and enjoy the freshly cooked dinner on board with fellow travelers. Have a drink at the bar or enjoy some night fishing activity before concluding day 1. Day 2 Have breakfast and enjoy the beautiful morning views at the bay. Afterward, visit the ancient Vung Vieng floating village by a small bamboo boat and immerse yourself in the calm and peaceful atmosphere of the village surrounded by rocky mountains. Return to your cruise for a cabin check-out. Enjoy lunch on board and marvel the beautiful landscape once more before returning to the pier at Ha Long wharf where you'll transfer back to your accommodation in Hanoi.

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Hanoi: 3-Day Sapa Trek with Homestay

10. Hanoi: 3-Day Sapa Trek with Homestay

Day 1: Hanoi to Sapa Your day will begin with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter, from where you will board your bus to depart for Sapa. You will follow the highway to Lao Cai City, where you will have your first break. At 1:00PM, you will have lunch at a local restaurant, after which you will begin trekking to Y Linh Ho through rice paddy fields and small hamlets. You will then continue trekking through villages and terraced fields to Ta Van village. Once there you will be free to communicate with the local people, and will later cook, enjoy dinner, and overnight with a local family in Ta Van. Day 2: Trekking to Giang Ta Chai and Ban Ho Village Following breakfast at your home stay, you will farewell your local family before continuing to visit the Red Dzao people of Giang Ta Chai. The Red Dao women have colorful red embroideries and coins on their clothing. On their head they wear a red scarf, with some of the women having shaved off their eyebrows due to Red Zao legend. You will later continue along small paths in the rice fields, crossing the Muong Hoa River via a suspension bridge and walking onward to Supan. Next, enjoy a picnic lunch by the stream before moving on to Ban Ho village. You will eventually overnight at Ban Ho with a local Tay family, who live in houses on stilts. Day 3: Ban Ho, Sun Pa Chai, Sapa, and Hanoi You will rise early on your final day at which point you will have breakfast at your home stay. From there, you will trek 2 kilometers to a waterfall which was discovered by the French during the colonial era in Vietnam. Whilst there, you will enjoy a picnic lunch, before trekking 4 kilometers up to the main road to board your Jeep and return to Sapa. Take a shower at the hotel's bathroom and then enjoy some free time until 3:30 PM, when you will board the bus for Hanoi. Your tour will eventually finish in Hanoi at around 9:00 PM.

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I was looking for a course on tea techniques and was happy to find one in Hanoi. The reviews were also positive. Indeed I highly enjoyed this course on tea&coffee practices. The guide was happy to teach, had a really good sense of humour in english, patient and easily responded to my questions. And I liked knowing more about vietnamese culture, daily life. I highly recommend.

The two day cruise in Halong Bay was one of the best things we did in Vietnam. The boat was very nice. The cabins had dark wood and big windows. We also enjoyed the balcony where we took a lot of photos from. After our kajak tour we went in the hot tup and drank some happy hour drinks. The staff was very friendly without being too much.

Great way to see Halong Bay in one day! Bus journey is obviously quite long but if you need to squeeze it into 1 day it isn’t much to sacrifice. Benjamin was a great guide, so helpful and spoke amazing English!

It s a great tour. You don t want to miss it. Very nice and friendly guides, good hotel with great food and kind staff. The walk is fantastic as the scenery.

Doan was very friendly and enthusiastic. I enjoyed the conversation as much as the tea and coffee. This was the highlight of my trip to Hanoi!