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Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

1. Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

Discover, Ha Long Bay, known as the “Bay of Descending Dragons” an enchanting bay in the heart of Vietnam. Relax, soak in the scenery, and embrace the culture on this 2-day cruise. This cruise includes a visit to the Sung Sot Cave, the Biggest Cave in Halong Bay, learn about the UNESCO declared World Heritage area, and enjoy the stunning picturesque landscape. Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay Begin with a pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter between 8:00-8:30 AM. Set off towards Halong Bay on a 2.5-hour ride. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Harbor by noon, before checking in. Next, your captain will welcome you aboard the cruise with a complimentary drink. Meet the crew for a brief introduction and go through safety guidelines. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch, cruise along the Emerald Sea, and admire the fascinating rock formations. Later in the afternoon, you will visit the Sung Sot Cave, swim on Titop Island and embrace the views from the mountain peak. Soak in the sun on a deck chair, sip a cocktail or read a book as you enjoy relaxation. In the evening, gaze at the night sky, as you join the ship’s sunset party. Take a cooking class and master making fresh noodle rolls. Enjoy a delicious set dinner packed full of vibrant flavors. Join in karaoke, play games, or go fishing for squid, before you enjoy a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi Wake up, enjoy the beautiful sunrise on the sundeck, have breakfast, and admire the stunning views. Help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee if you like to kick start your day. Set sail past the magnificent landscapes, visit the Halong Bay Pearl Farm, and learn the history of pearls. Next, you will return to the ship, enjoy an afternoon dip or explore the bay yourself by kayak, the choice is yours. In the afternoon, enjoy a spot of lunch, and relax as you cruise back to Tuan Chau Harbor. You will then head back to Hanoi or your hotel, arriving back by 3:30 PM.

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

2. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Book tickets in advance for the best seats for the show at your preferred timing. Skip the lines to the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and experience one of Vietnam's most distinctive art forms live on stage.  See a unique art form that originates over 1,000 years ago in the Red River Delta. In the past, water puppetry showed the daily life of villagers such as farming, fishing and romance. Now, watch plays about ancient Vietnamese legends, myths and history. The world-famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi has its roots in an art form that dates back to the 11th century. The tradition of water puppet theater stems from a time when rice paddy fields were flooded and villagers would create entertainment by standing in the waist-deep water with the puppets performing over the water. Using large rods to support the puppets it appeared as if they were moving across the water with the puppeteers hidden behind a screen.

Hanoi: Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Boat Cruise

3. Hanoi: Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Boat Cruise

Experience Ha Long Bay on a 2-day cruise, with a sea view or balcony room, cooking demonstrations, and plenty of entertainment onboard. Swim and kayak in the bay's emerald waters and explore its limestone islands and quaint villages. Day 1: Hanoi Pickup and Ha Long Bay The first day of your cruise begins with a hotel pickup from the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Meet with fellow cruise guests and get to know travelers from all around the world. On your way to Ha Long Bay stop at a humanity center to check out local specialties and products. Arrive at your cruise boat and receive a warm welcome from your captain. Afterward, sit for lunch and savor a delicious meal as the cruise passes through thousands of islands and islets of different shapes. Stop near the floating villages and have the opportunity to kayak in the middle of the bay to admire its fascinating rock formations a bit closer. If possible that day, visit Titop Island. Return to the boat for the evening and watch a cooking demonstration of Vietnamese spring rolls. Then delight in an idyllic dinner on board. Spend the rest of the night with free time to participate in activities such as squid fishing, karaoke, or star-gazing on the deck. Day 2: Ha Long Bay and Hanoi Drop-off Have an early start to your day with morning exercises and photos. Sip your coffee or tea as you have breakfast. Relax and take in the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the bay. Check out of your cabin and then spend the rest of the morning exploring Ha Long Ba's Surprise Cave. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to impressive rock formations, incredibly tall ceilings, and an interesting legend. From Surprise Cave, head back to the cruise boat's restaurant and eat lunch. Disembark for your transfer back to Hanoi.

Halong Bay: Islands, Caves, and Kayaking Full-Day Tour

4. Halong Bay: Islands, Caves, and Kayaking Full-Day Tour

After you’re picked up at hotels located in Old Quarter of Hanoi, 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, 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 16:30 to 17:00 and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi from 19:00 PM to 19:30 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

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

5. 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.

Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay 2 Day 5 Star Cruise

6. Ha Long Bay - Lan Ha Bay 2 Day 5 Star Cruise

On day 1, you will be picked up at Hanoi Old Quarter and transfer to Ha Long Bay, arriving at Tuan Chau Port at midday to start the cruise. Start by exploring Ba Trai Dao Beach, and enjoy kayaking and/or swimming in the crystal clear waters of the bay. In the summer (from June to September) the journey progresses to the Tra Bau Area of Lan Ha Bay. This is a quieter tourist paradise of Vietnam. Enjoy the complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruits, as well as delicious local food prepared and served for you by the onboard catering staff. After the incredible dinner, take your time to chat at the bar, watch a movie in the restaurant, or join in a fishing excursion. You will stay on board overnight. On day 2, Visitors visit the famous Frog Pond area, this is the filming location of the famous movie Kong Skull Island (King Kong) in Quang Ninh 2018. Here you can freely kayak to explore the landscape, or immerse yourself. in the cool, clear blue water of this place. This is a wild and mysterious World Heritage site to appeal to your inner explorer. Back to your cabin, take relax and check carefully all the luggage before leaving your cabin. After lunch return via bus transfer service from Ha Long to Hanoi Old Quarter.

From Hanoi: Full-Day Van Phuc silk & Bat Trang Village

7. From Hanoi: Full-Day Van Phuc silk & Bat Trang Village

Bat Trang ceramic village The most ancient and famous pottery village of Vietnam continues to be active today and is constantly developing. There are various kinds of pottery, for example jade enamel (under the Ly-Tran Dynasties), brown flower or brown enamel (under the late Tran to early Le Dynasties), cracked enamel (under the late Le Dynasty), and royal blue enamelled items (under the late Le to Nguyen Dynasties). Van Phuc Silk Village Silk weaving in Vietnam spreads over the country but one of the most illustrious traditional region for silk weaving located in the north-west of Ha Dong town. The talent hands of Van Phuc weavers with traditional skills has been creating many sophisticated types such as cloud type, sand type, crepe, brocade and satin,... which are highly appreciated by local and oversea customers. Products of Van Phuc have a typical traditional value which is considered a symbol of traditional beauty. Itinerary 8:30 am: pick-up at your hotel in Hanoi, drive to Bat Trang, the famous village is situated approx 15 outside of Hanoi surrounded by fertile farmland. Watch the artisans forming, painting and glazing their products, which are then baked for several days in huge kilns. 12:00 pm: Lunch at a local restaurant. 1:30 pm: Drive to discover full afternoon in the silk village of Van Phuc. Take photos & shop there until 4:30 pm. Leave Van Phuc Silk Village and return to your hotel.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Limousine Transfer

8. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Limousine Transfer

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa (Lunch) Start with pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and depart for Sapa. Follow the highway to Lao Cai city where you will make your first stop for breakfast by yourself. Stop off at Lao Cai city before arriving in Sapa, where you'll see the colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao, and Tay People. Here enjoy a lunch of local Vietnamese dishes. After lunch, 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 the 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. In the evening, return to Sapa Town, where you can enjoy your evening at your leisure. Stay overnight in the Sunny Mountain Hotel or similar. Day 2: Sapa – Hanoi (Breakfast/Lunch) Have breakfast at your hotel and prepare a light pack for trekking. You can keep your luggage in the storage at the reception. 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. The tour guide will make the best itinerary for the trek depending on your ability of trekking. The bus will pick you up at Ta Van Bridge to take you back to the center of Sapa. Take a break at the hotel and have lunch, before enjoying some time to explore at your own leisure. After some free time, meet the rest of your group at the hotel to prepare for your return to Hanoi. Get back on the bus to go back to Hanoi. During the journey, you will stop for a break. Arrive back at your accommodation in Hanoi in the late evening.

Ninh Binh Daily: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc, Bike & Swimming

9. Ninh Binh Daily: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc, Bike & Swimming

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter then drive to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Discover the former capital of Dai Co Viet in the 10th and 11th Centuries. Next, visit Mua Cave and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese set menu lunch at a local bungalow. After lunch, you will go on a sampan boat trip in Tam Coc, passing through three caves: Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. Then, cycle through the rice fields and villages to visit Thai Vi Temple. Enjoy a sunset party with tea and fruit at a swimming pool; relax and swim before you return to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay Cruise with Activities

10. From Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay Cruise with Activities

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, head to Halong Bay for check-in at noon. Enjoy a welcome drink and onboard lunch before heading to Canh Son Cave where you can admire uniquely shaped limestone formations. Afterward, return to the cruise ship and enjoy some free time to relax or sunbathe. Later, kayak through the picturesque landscapes of Bai Tu Long Bay, followed by a cooking class with the onboard chef. Sit down to a delicious Vietnamese dinner before doing a spot of fishing or grabbing a drink at the bar.  Day 2 After breakfast on board, watch the sunrise over the bay before heading to the ancient Vung Vieng floating village. Soak up the village's quiet and peaceful atmosphere and admire the surrounding rocky mountains as you float around on a traditional bamboo boat. When you get back to the boat, have lunch as you pass through Ha Long Bay pier before beginning the journey back to Hanoi and getting dropped off back at your hotel.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1,233 reviews

Ha long bay is simply beautiful!! The boat was a little old but the tour guide Duc was so lovely and really looked after us. The kayaking was lots of fun and amazing to be the only ones at the beach. The food was good and very generous portion sizes. If it’s in your budget definitely go for it but check the weather first!

Magical moment The service despite the restarting of tourism is just fabulous We had the room for 3 people with a bathtub overlooking the bay The room has a panoramic view of this wonderful decor At the catering level about 10 dishes per meal and very very good I recommend +++++++++

The crew was amazing, the location amazing, the boat is pleasantly surprising on the inside and the vibe is just great! Our guide Duc was so accommodating and fun! You really get to experience a lot packed into 2 days and yet you don’t feel rushed!

An excellent trip with amazing hmong guides and hosts. Very well organized and good quality for the price.

Was a good trip. A bit small bus from Hanoi to Halong Bay, but a very pretty view when we arrived the bay.