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Duration: 5 Days
Tour Starts: Hanoi
Tour Ends: Hanoi
Brief Description: Explore Hanoi City - watch a Vietnamese water puppet performance - visit the wonderous Halong Bay and swim in secluded coves. All day excursion at Hoa Binh, which is the home of Muong and Thai minorities villages.
Code: TA/SGN109050

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Hanoi (D)
  • On arrival at Noi Bat airport, you will be met by a professional tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
  • Free at leisure till welcome dinner at restaurant.
  • Watch a Traditional Water Puppet show. (The unique artistic performance of Vietnam.)
  • Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Hanoi - Halong Bay (B,L)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Explore the City, you will visit the following places:
    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Monday and Friday, whole months of Oct. & Nov.) and Museum built to commemorate the great leader's life as a reformer and 'Father of Vietnam'.
    You will also visit his old quarters and his final resting place, a glass sarcophagus.
    The unique One Pillar Pagoda, which is the symbol of Vietnam, was built in 1049.
    The Temple of Literature built in 1070 is dedicated to the great Chinese scholar Confucius.
    The lovely West Lake also known as the Lake of Mist. Tran Quoc Pagoda the oldest pagoda in Hanoi.
  • After lunch at local restaurant, transfer to Halong Bay by coach.
    The bay's tranquil beauty encompasses 1500 sq miles dotted with 3000 limestone islets and grottoes of all shapes and sizes, many of them interestingly named.
  • Overnight at hotel in Halong.

Halong Bay - Hanoi (B,L)
  • After breakfast, proceed for leisure cruise on the magnificently beautiful Halong Bay, which is dotted with over 3000 islands and caves rising from clear, emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin.
    During the 4 hour cruise, you will be marveled by thousands of grottoes of all shapes and sizes
  • You will also explore the Thien Cung cave. Dau Go grotto, which is a huge cave consisting of three chambers. Be awed by nature's beauty as you admire sparkling stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Seafood lunch will be served on board the boat.
  • Transfer back to Hanoi city.
  • The evening is free for you to stroll in the Old Quarter or do shopping
  • Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Hanoi + Hoa Binh (B,L)
  • Today enjoy an all-day excursion as we visit Hoa Binh (74km drive), home of Muong and Thai minorities villages.
  • You may have the chance to watch traditional dancing, music performances (bronze, drums, gongs), and Thai minority singing and dancing.
  • Enjoy a lunch at local restaurant.
  • Return to Hanoi in late afternoon.
  • Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Hanoi (B)
  • Breakfast at hotel.
  • Free time until transfer to airport for departure.

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Hanoi the capital of Vietnam, is a fascinating blend of East and West, with Chinese influence from centuries of dominance, and French design from its colonial past. It is largely unspoiled by modern architecture of the 1970s and 80s, and is now going through a modernization that is making it a rising star in Southeast Asia.

The Nguyen Dynasty gave the city its modern name of Ha Noi in 1831, but they had transferred power to Hue by then; it remained there until 1887, when the French made Hanoi the capital of all Indochina. It changed hands again in 1954, when it was ceded to Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Minh after almost a decade of fighting, and it became the capital of North Vietnam; upon reunification in 1975, it assumed that title for the entire country.

Hanoi retains much of its older colonial charm, despite the battles that have raged over it; conflict had the side effect of making it largely oblivious to modern architecture, and as a result, few buildings in the city center area are higher than five stories. The Old Quarter is second only to Hoi An for uninterrupted stretches of colonial and pre-colonial architecture, well-preserved on dense warrens of narrow, wonderfully atmospheric streets.

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HaLong Bay is located in the northeastern part of Vietnam and constitutes part of the western bank of Bac Bo Gulf, including the sea area of HaLong Bay City and Cam Pha Town and part of Van Don island district. It abuts Cat Ba Island in the southwest. Toward the west is the shore with a 120 km-long coastline.

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The islands in HaLong Bay are mainly limestone and schist islands most lying in the two main areas: the southeastern part of Bai Tu Long Bay and southwestern part of HaLong Bay. These islands represent the most ancient images of a geographical site having a tectonic age of from 250 million to 280 million years. They are the result of many times of rising and lowering processes of the continent to form a karst. The process of nearly full erosion and weathering of the karst created the unique HaLong Bay in the world. In a not very large area, thousands of islands with different forms look like glittering emeralds attached to the blue scarf of a virgin. The area where many stone islands concentrate has spectacular scenes and world-famous caves and is the center of HaLong Bay Natural Heritage, including HaLong Bay and a part of Bái Tu Long Bay.

The area is recognized as the World Natural Heritage that is the area of 434 sq. km with 775 islands. It looks like a giant triangle with Dau Go Island (in the west), Ba Ham Lake (in the south) and Cong Tay Island (in the east) as its three angle points. The nearby area is the buffer area and areas classified as national beauty spots in 1962 by the Ministry of Culture and Information.

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Viewed from above, HaLong Bay looks like an extremely vivid huge drawing. This is a wonderful and skilful masterpiece of the Creation and of nature that turns thousands of dumb soulless stone islands into fantastic sculptural and artistic works of various graceful shapes, both familiar and strange to human beings. Thousands of islands emerging uneven in the fanciful waves look strong and magnificent but also mild and vivid. Amidst these islands we feel as if we were astray in a petrified legendary world. There are many names given to islands according to their shapes and forms. This one looks like somebody heading toward the shore: Hon Dau Nguoi (Human Head Island); that one looks like a dragon hovering above the sea surface: Hon Rong (Dragon Island); another looks like an old man sitting fishing: Hon La Vong; some look like big sails struggling amidst the wind to set off for the sea: Hon Canh Buom (Sail Island); then two islands look like a pair of chicken lovingly playing with each other above the sea: Hòn Trong Mai (Male and Female Chicken Island); and amid the vast sea stands an island like a big incense burner like a ritual offering to Heaven: Hon Lu Huong (Incense Burner Island). All are so real that people are taken aback by them. Those stone islands have experienced unpredictable changes over time and they take different shapes from different angles of view. Here, we come to realize that they are not dumb inanimate things but are vivid and soulful.

Inside the stone islands are various breath-taking caves, such as Thien Cung, Ðau Gỗ, Sung Sot, Trinh Nu, Tam Cung and others. These are really magnificent palaces of the Creation on earth. Long ago, HaLong Bay has been called by the great national poet Nguyen Trai: "a wonder of the earth erected towards the high sky". Many men of letters from all over the world have been taken aback at the grandiose scenery of Ha Long. They seem to get puzzled and incompetent as their treasure of vocabulary is not rich enough to depict the splendor of this place.

Hạ Long is also home to great biodiversity with typical eco-systems like mangrove forest, coral and tropical forest. It is also home to thousands of plants and animals of numerous species, for example shrimp, fish and squid. Some species are particularly rare and can be found no where else

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Hoa Binh is a mountainous province, acting as a gateway to the North-West of Vietnam, 76 kilometers from Hanoi capital. The province of Hoa Binh embraces beautiful natural landscape and has a rich culture and history. It is also home to six ethnicities, including Muong, Kinh, Thai, Tay, Dao, H’Mong with a combination of harmonized cultural features.

Hoa Binh is known not only for Lac Hamlet, Mai Chau District, vast Hoa Binh Lake, the primitive forest of Thuong Tien – Kim Boi, Hang Kia – Pa Co forest in Mai Chau travel , and Phu Canh forest in Da Bac etc., but also for the hot springs of Kim Boi and Lac Son, encompassing high mountains and large lakes, with favorable climate for the development of convalescence tourism. Besides, famous pagodas and temples are located here, such as Fairy Pagoda in Lac Thuy and Bo Temple on the Hoa Binh Lake.

  • Hotel accommodation (based on twin sharing at specified hotel with daily breakfast)
  • Private transportation throughout the tour with local English speaking guide (exclude transfer Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi)
  • Package 2 days /1 night on Junk in Halong Bay (shared Junk in private cabin for 2 persons) with return shuttle bus Hanoi – Halong - Hanoi
  • Admission fees for sightseeing fee as per programmed
  • Meals at local restaurant as indicated in the tour program

  • Vietnam Visa (on request)
  • Other meals. Drink & Personal expenses, All tips concerned
  • Domestic and International airticket with taxes
  • Early check in or late check out of hotel
  • Surcharge for Chinese Lunar New Year from 12 – 18 Feb. 2010

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