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Glimpse of Northern Vietnam

5 Days | 4 Nights
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From $ 660

Vietnam
Hanoi - Mai Chau - Ninh Binh - Halong Bay

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Upon arrival in HANOI, you will be welcomed by our Asia Senses travel guide then transferred to hotel for check in. After that, depart for a visit to the Temple of Literature, one of Hanoi’s most picturesque tourist attractions. Founded in 1076 by Emperor Ly Nhan Tong, it is Vietnam’s first university and dedicated to Confucius, scholars and sages. The university functioned for an incredible 700 years and its gardens and well-preserved architecture offer a fascinating glimpse into Vietnam’s past.

Nearby, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, which houses the embalmed body of the communist leader in a glass coffin. During this visit, we will take a look at the wooden stilt house where Ho Chi Minh lived in his later years. Nearby is the One Pillar Pagoda, one of Vietnam’s most iconic temples, founded by fatherless King Ly Thai Tong in 1049.

NOTE: Sites are viewed from outside; closed Mon and Fri and from October - November

Later in the afternoon, continue to picturesque West Lake and visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi’s oldest Buddhist temple, originally built in the sixth century then the Taoist Quan Thanh Temple, dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism. Alternatively, visit the Fine Arts Museum which displays a vast and wonderful collection of art and sculpture, ancient stone carvings, Buddhist statues and contemporary artworks.

Stroll along the Hoan Kiem Lake to Lotus Puppet Theatre for an entertaining water puppet show, a famous Vietnamese art with over 1000 years of history. See puppets come to life performing traditional folklore, legends, and historical tales. Check in the hotel and free at leisure.

In the evening, you are free at leisure to take a walk through the Old Quarter. Also known as the 36 streets, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities and shopping.

Overnight in Hanoi.
MEALS
Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
This morning, leave the hustle and bustle of Hanoi and drive west towards the Laos border. After a scenic 4 hour drive, reach the beautiful valley of MAI CHAU, which is home to the White Thai ethnic minority group. Upon arrival, check into our lodge and have lunch at a traditional family-run guesthouse on stilts in a charming little Mai Hich village.

This afternoon, enjoy a leisurely walk through the back roads and rice fields of the valley for our first encounter with the Thai people, going about their daily lives. Returning to our lodge by car, spend the remains of the day at leisure. You can relax by the swimming pool or there are bikes for hire at the lodge for you to explore more of the countryside.

OPTIONAL: In the evening, enjoy the dinner then watch the Thai’s traditional dance and drink the ethnic traditional wine “ruou can”.

Overnight in Mai Chau.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
ACCOMMODATIONS
After breakfast, drive through changing scenery to the mountainous province of Hoa Binh and the rocky plateau to NINH BINH. Arrive at the destination after 3 hour drive.

Start the sightseeing today with a visit to the Bai Dinh Pagoda, a religious complex covering a total area of 539 hectare, with both the ancient and the newly renovated Bai Dinh pagoda, green parks and lake system. Here, you will see the biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam with with 10 meters high and 100 tons heavy, and the “Great Bell” with the weight of 36 tons. Furthermore, you will be astonished at the collection of 500 Arahat statues (2.3 meters high) on the hill on the right – hand side of Phap Chu Temple. During the visit, your guide will gives you an introduction of beliefs and religions in Vietnam.

After lunch, leave for Trang An Ecotourism Area. You will be amazed by neglected area while having boat trip through cave chains: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Sinh Cave. While rowing through Trang An grottoes in the quiet, fresh air of the highlands, with only the sound of birds and the oars stirring the clear water and surrounded by magnificent forested mountains upon which graze white goats, you will enjoy a heaven on earth.

Overnight in Ninh Binh.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
ACCOMMODATIONS
This morning a scenic drive takes us to the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of HALONG BAY where two thousand rugged karst islands dappled with lush vegetation protrude from pristine emerald coloured waters. Here we board a deluxe junk boat for an overnight cruise around this beautiful bay.

Savor a sumptuous lunch. Based on traditional designs, these wonderful vessels combine oriental style with modern luxury. Soak up the panoramic views from the sundeck as the boat gently plies its course. This afternoon, visit the spectacular Tien Ong Cave which was recently opened to the public in 2010, with its stunning stalagmites and stalactites. There is also an opportunities to explore the limestone islands of Fighting Cock, Dog Rock, Incense Burner, Amazing Cave.

Later this evening back on board, watch a Vietnamese cooking demonstration held on the sundeck before settling down for a sumptuous seafood dinner.

Overnight on board.
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
ACCOMMODATIONS
Early birds can start the day with a relaxing Tai Chi class on the sundeck or a traditional massage - the perfect way to start the day. Before heading back to port we'll explore by kayak the Floating Village of Cua Van, which is home to generations of fishing families. Here we’ll see the traditional and colourful floating wooden houses and the locals going about their daily lives.

On arrival back into HANOI mid-afternoon, laid back until your private transfer will ferry you to the airport where you will catch your return flight home.
MEALS
Breakfast

Private Tour (for 02 pax, cheaper if more)

comfort package
comfort package
$ 660
per person
/ person
superior package
superior package
$ 705
per person
/ person
deluxe package
deluxe package
$ 790
per person
/ person

Tour Price Includes

Tour Price Excludes


When to Go

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JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC






Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Hanoi
20ºC
16mm

Mai Chau
20ºC
7mm

Ninh Binh
21ºC
20mm

Halong Bay
21ºC
18mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Hanoi
21ºC
30mm

Mai Chau
21ºC
25mm

Ninh Binh
21ºC
37mm

Halong Bay
20ºC
36mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Hanoi
23ºC
38mm

Mai Chau
24ºC
24mm

Ninh Binh
23ºC
43mm

Halong Bay
23ºC
39mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Hanoi
28ºC
87mm

Mai Chau
27ºC
77mm

Ninh Binh
27ºC
69mm

Halong Bay
27ºC
71mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Hanoi
32ºC
196mm

Mai Chau
31ºC
257mm

Ninh Binh
31ºC
182mm

Halong Bay
31ºC
159mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Hanoi
33ºC
241mm

Mai Chau
32ºC
216mm

Ninh Binh
33ºC
198mm

Halong Bay
32ºC
203mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Hanoi
33ºC
309mm

Mai Chau
31ºC
327mm

Ninh Binh
33ºC
257mm

Halong Bay
32ºC
292mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Hanoi
32ºC
334mm

Mai Chau
31ºC
347mm

Ninh Binh
32ºC
324mm

Halong Bay
32ºC
323mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Hanoi
31ºC
253mm

Mai Chau
30ºC
335mm

Ninh Binh
31ºC
405mm

Halong Bay
30ºC
320mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Hanoi
29ºC
117mm

Mai Chau
28ºC
109mm

Ninh Binh
29ºC
150mm

Halong Bay
29ºC
90mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Hanoi
26ºC
40mm

Mai Chau
25ºC
32mm

Ninh Binh
26ºC
58mm

Halong Bay
26ºC
39mm
Place
Place
Daily Max Temperature
Monthly Rainfall

Hanoi
22ºC
20mm

Mai Chau
22ºC
16mm

Ninh Binh
22ºC
28mm

Halong Bay
22ºC
18mm

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