Trip’s length: 6 days
Trip Themes: History&Culture, Local food, Nature
Transport: Car/ Mini bus, boat
Places visited: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Cat Ba Island – Ninh Binh – Mai Chau
Tour operates: All year around
Start / End cities: Hanoi / Hanoi
Accommodation: Hotels: 3 nites; Boat: 1 nite; Home stay: 1 nite
Price from: Available on request
– Medium Paced Tour – Ideal for those with limited time to travel and want to see the best of Vietnam
– Tour utilises car/bus travel plus overnight boat cruise in Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island. 45 minute hydrofoil from Cat Ba Island to Hai Phong City
– One Basic homestay at Mai Chau Valley
– Order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions
Accommodation with daily breakfasts
Meals mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
Expert tour guides
Private air-conditioned vehicles
Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
Boats in Halong Bay and Cat Ba Island
Hydrofoil tickets (Cat Ba – Hai Phong) & rowing boat in Tam Coc, Ninh Binh
Two bottles of mineral water/person/day
Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
International flight tickets
Visas and airport departure tax
Tips and gratuities
Meals, drinks and others that not mentioned clearly in the inclusion above
DAY 01: HANOI – HALONG BAY [B, L]
Transfer to Halong by private car. Boarding the junk at arrival and enjoy fresh seafood lunch then cruise among breathtaking scenery. Kayaking, visiting a cave, swimming will be done today.
Overnight on the junk.
DAY 02: HALONG BAY – CAT BA ISLAND [B,L,D]
After breakfast, cruise further for more sightseeing to a floating village with floating houses and a school. Lunch on boat before reaching Hon Gai the pier. Then, transfer to Tuan Chau tourist wharf for cruising to Cat Ba Island by a local ferry. Have 2,5 trek in the national park, climb to Ngu Lam mountain for a great view over the park. Dinner and overnight at a beach-by resort. Overnight in Cat Ba.
DAY 03: CAT BA ISLAND – NINH BINH [B,L]
Morning cruise to Lan Ha bay for swimming and kayaking to visit fishing villages and caves. (or cycling to visit Viet Hai village located inside the national park) sea food lunch on boat, back to the pier about 1 PM. Take a hydrofoil to Hai Phong city then marking for Ninh Binh.
Overnight in hotel in Ninh Binh.
DAY 04: VISIT TAM COC & CUC PHUONG PARK [B, L, D]
Boat paddling to visit Tamcoc which is considered as Halong bay in land. After lunch, drive to Cucphuong national park. Visit to Rescue center and cave of pre-historic men.
Diner and overnight in bungalow.
DAY 05: NINH BINH – MAI CHAU [B, L, D]
Morning exercise and breakfast then take a short trek to explore the dense tropical rain forest. Lunch then drive to Maichau, home of Thai minority. Take a stroll to visit people and explore their daily life. Relax and enjoy traditional music performance(optional) in the evening.
Overnight in the house on stilts.
DAY 06: MAI CHAU – HANOI [B, L]
Drive to visit another village of Back H’mong minority. Lunch en route then drive back to Hanoi.
The excursion ends at 4pm.
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