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Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

1. Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

Discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay on a cruise and a guided Kayaking tour. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on a cruise to the Thien Cung cave. Get closer to the islands on a leisurely kayaking tour.  After you’re picked up at hotels located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop halfway to take a short break or restroom. On your full-day excursion continue on the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier around midday 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, enjoy views of tiny islands with their rock arches, sheer cliffs, 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). 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 and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi in the early evening. Lunch menu:• Tomato/ cucumber salad• Fried potato• Steam shrimp• Fried eggs roll• Fried squid • Deep-fried seafood spring rolls• Fried chicken with mushroom• Steamed fish with tomato sauce• Fried vegetables (when in season)• Steamed rice• Fresh fruit• Afternoon fresh fruit and tea

Hanoi: Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Lodging and Luxury Cruise

2. Hanoi: Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Lodging and Luxury Cruise

Experience Ha Long - Lan Ha 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. 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 Cave. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to impressive rock formations, incredibly tall ceilings, and an interesting legend. From Cave, head back to the cruise boat's restaurant and eat lunch. Disembark for your transfer back to Hanoi.

Hanoi: Round-Trip Halong Bay with Transfers

3. Hanoi: Round-Trip Halong Bay with Transfers

Head off on an exciting day trip to Vietnam's stunning Halong Bay for a boat cruise. Head out of Hanoi by bus, enjoying the landscape along your route, before embarking on your boat. Explore the bay's calm waters by kayak or on a traditional bamboo boat, and walk among its striking caves. Your experience begins as your driver and guide pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi. Departing for Ha Long Bay in the Quang Ninh Province, you will pass by the Red River Delta throughout a 2.5-hour tour during which you can relax on the bus. You will later reach the Tuan Chau port at noon, checking in upon arrival. Once departing the dock, you can enjoy a set-menu seafood lunch while day cruising around Ha Long Bay. You'll pass by Dog Rock, the Incense Burner, and Fighting Chicken Rock... Following this, head to Bo Nau Island where you will have chance to visit Sung Sot, the latter of which is one of the top 2 most beautiful caves in Ha Long Bay. After an hour visiting Sung Sot Cave, Joining Kayaking in Luon Cave (a water cave) You will have about half an hour to hike up Ti Top peak to admire the panoramic view of Ha Long Bay before you return to the boat before traveling back to the pier and disembarking at the Tuan Chau Port at around 6:00PM. From there, your driver will return you back to Hanoi, where your trip will finish at around 7:30PM.

Hanoi: All-Inclusive Overnight Halong Bay Tour with Cruise

4. Hanoi: All-Inclusive Overnight Halong Bay Tour with Cruise

Treat yourself to a night on an Aspira cruise boat in Halong Bay, where you can enjoy Vietnam’s pristine waters in comfort. Enjoy the experience at your own pace, with the option to kayak, enjoy a boat ride, go swimming, or even enjoy a Tai Chi class. DAY 1: Ha Noi – Halong - Lan Ha Bay (L/D) With the option for hotel pickup in Hanoi (contact the cruise operator for more detail), begin your adventure at Tuan Chau Marina. Check in for your cruise, and receive a welcome drink and a cold towel. Get the safety briefing, place your belongings in your cabin, and head to a luxurious lunch in the ship's restaurant. Along the way, admire the beautiful canals of Halong Bay. Then, arrive at the Dark and Lights Cave, where you can kayak or board a bamboo boat, rowed by the local people. Return back to the boat, and enjoy swimming nearby the ship. As night falls, take in the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin, and relax in the seasonal Jacuzzi. Dance the night away during the sunset part, and enjoy happy hour deals in all the bars onboard. Take the option to join a traditional cooking class or enjoy deep relaxation with a massage. Workout in one of the onboard fitness centers, looking out over the top deck, with panoramic views of the ocean. Before dinner, the experienced captain will choose the most tranquil area to anchor for overnight. Afterward, take in the landscape of the bay at night or try your luck at squid fishing. DAY 2: Lan ha Bay -Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (B/L) Wake up early to start your perfect day with a Tai Chi class or watch the sunrise on the top deck. Explore Lan ha Bay, the most beautiful natural bay in Vietnam. Feel free to try kayaking during your free time and see the sea-level view of Halong Bay. Return the boat and check out the cabin. Then, have brunch in a restaurant while the boat sails back to the pier. Settle the bill at the end of the trip and head back to port.

Ninh Binh and Hoa Lu 2-Day Small Group Tour from Hanoi

5. Ninh Binh and Hoa Lu 2-Day Small Group Tour from Hanoi

Get back to nature and explore the ancient cultures of Vietnam on a 2-day tour of Tam Coc and Hoa Lu. Spend the night at a luxury homestay and learn about the everyday life of the locals. Day 1: Hanoi – Tam Coc Depart Hanoi and travel to Ninh Binh in the Red River Delta. Visit the limestone cave of Tam Coc on a boat trip down the Ngo Dong River. Enjoy the peaceful scenery of limestone mountains, rice paddies, and local temples. Check-in to your luxury bungalow accommodation and chat with the locals. Savor the local cuisine, including a refreshing green tea or coffee. Then, explore Ninh Binh by bike and cycle past rice fields and mountains. See the Bich Dong Pagoda, and learn about the Buddhist culture of Vietnam. Return to the bungalow and enjoy some free time before dinner served by the local host family. Day 2: Mua Cave – Hoa Lu – Hanoi Enjoy breakfast at the bungalow before cycling to Mua Cave. Hike to the peak of Ngoa Long Mountain and get amazing views of Tam Coc and the Ninh Binh area. Check out before lunch, and then visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Admire the temple of King Dinh before the drive back to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: Mai Chau & Moc Chau Multi-Day Adventure Tour

6. From Hanoi: Mai Chau & Moc Chau Multi-Day Adventure Tour

Day 1: Start your adventure with pickup in a private vehicle from your hotel in the Old Quarter or designated meeting point. Set off to Mai Chau and stop on the way at Thung Khe mountain pass to see the impressive scenery of the North-West. Explore Lac Village and then stop for a local lunch at 12 PM. Taste and learn about authentic Vietnamese cuisine. In the afternoon, your tour guide will take you to visit the valley of Mai Chau. Get to know the locals and learn about Tai Dón culture. See how they craft unique brocades by hand. Head off to Moc Chau, with its immense fields of tea and an infinite variety of wildflowers. Check in to your accommodation and dig into a dinner of local specialties. Enjoy your free time and before turning in for the night in your homestay or bungalow. Day 2: Wake up to the beautiful morning with the sound of nature. Fill up on breakfast and start with a visit to the Dai Yem Waterfall and the Dong Son Moc Huong Cave (Doi Cave). Admire the cave’s beauty and listen to the legends described by your tour guide. Continue to the next beauty spot, the pine forest of Ang Village. Explore the surrounding nature including a lake, rolling hills of wildflowers, and fruit tree orchards. Use your free time after lunch in Moc Chau to go biking along hilly trails or investigate the town center. You can also join the locals in picking tea leaves. Additional optional activities include baths in fresh milk and fresh tea. Dine on local dishes at 6:30 PM and stay overnight in your homestay or bungalow. Day 3: Feeling recharged after breakfast, start your journey through the valleys, forests, and mountains to arrive in the villages of the H’Mong ethnic minority. Discover the local ways of life, their traditions, and sample the local food. Check out after lunch and take the bus back to Hanoi. Arrive back in Hanoi around 5.30 pm and get dropped off at the meeting place or your hotel in the Old Quarter.

Swan Cruises Bai Tu Long B: 2 Days 1 Night

7. Swan Cruises Bai Tu Long B: 2 Days 1 Night

Get back to nature on a 2-day boat cruise of Bai Tu Long Bay. Spend the night among thousands of limestone karst formations rising from the emerald green waters. Day 1: Hanoi – Bai Tu Long Bay Pick-up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter ( for whose book our bus services) , and then journey to Ha Long. Get a welcome drink as you board the junk boat and listen to the safety regulations before you set sail. Arrive in the kayaking area – that is Cap La Island. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature, swimming and relaxing. Get back to the boat and enjoy our Sunset time while our cruise sailing to the overnight anchorage. 19.00: Sumptuous set dinner on board. 20.30: Free time to challenge yourself in Vietnamese puzzle games, or gathers your group/family for a board game; try your luck with squid fishing or simply have a cocktail and enjoy the quiet night on the bay. Day 2: Bai Tu Long Bay – Hanoi 06:00 | Sunrise Tai-chi section on sundeck or catch a morning view of the stunning bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. 08.00: Explore the well-hidden Thien Canh Son Cave. Return to the boat to watch a cooking demonstration before an early lunch of Vietnamese food as you sail back Habour.

Private Day Tour: Cuc Phuong National Park from Hanoi

8. Private Day Tour: Cuc Phuong National Park from Hanoi

Venture into the heart of the jungle on this full-day tour of Cuc Phuong National Park. Explore the park while on a hike, observing the way the jungle comes alive. Visit the langurs and Endangered Primate Rescue Center as well, witnessing them in their natural environment. In the morning, your private guide will meet you in the lobby of your Hanoi hotel. From there, begin your two-hour ride to the Cuc Phuong National Park in Ninh Binh. Upon your arrival, visit the langurs and Endangered Primate Rescue Center. Here, professional staff protect monkeys and langurs from becoming extinct. The environment is kept as close to their natural habitat as possible. Afterwards, enjoy a typical lunch at a local restaurant, recommended by your guide. Take a trekking trip into the heart of the jungle come the afternoon. As you hike, observe the rare flora and fauna that surrounds you. Listen to the exotic birds as they sing and stand in the middle of the jungle to take in nature in its truest form. From there, continue to walk the trail, taking photos along the way. Late into the day, you will return to the car and transfer back to your Hanoi accommodation.

From Hanoi: Full-Day Ha Long Bay Trip with Seafood Lunch

9. From Hanoi: Full-Day Ha Long Bay Trip with Seafood Lunch

The adventure begins with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter between 8 and 8:30am. As you travel to Ha Long Bay, soak up incredible views of Vietnam’s rural landscapes, including rivers, rice paddies, cane fields, and more. After the first leg of the bus trip, enjoy 15-minutes to stretch your legs in Hai Duong and taste a traditional green bean cake. Arrive in Tuan Chau Harbor at around 12:15pm and board your boat for the day. As you set sail onto the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Ha Long Bay, dine on a delicious seafood lunch to set you up for an afternoon of exploring. The first stop of the day is one of the bay’s traditional fishing villages, where you can take a kayak or bamboo boat ride around the village and meet local people to learn about their culture. Back aboard the boat head to Thien Cung Cave, which is one of the most picturesque locations in Ha Long Bay. Spend 45-minutes soaking up the magical charm of the cave’s grotto, bursting with fascinating stalactites. Continue the tour to a collection of islets where you can cool off from the heat with a refreshing swim. At the end of an unforgettable day, arrive back at the harbor at 4:30pm then sit back and relax on the return journey to Hanoi, arriving at around 8:30pm.

Mai Chau: Full Day Group Tour From Hanoi With Lunch

10. Mai Chau: Full Day Group Tour From Hanoi With Lunch

Between 7:45 AM and 8:00 AM you will be picked up by minibus from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter and depart to Mai Chau in Hoa Binh Province. At 10:00 AM, take a short break at the Hoa Binh hydroelectric power station to relax and take some photos. From 11:30 AM to 12:00 AM there will be time for a quick photo stop at the top of Mai Chau Valley before you continue to drive to Mai Chau Village. Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch at a local house (vegetarian options are available). Between 1:00-3:00 PM, you'll get to go on a bicycle ride with a local tour guide. See Vietnamese farmers working in the fields and locals weaving scarves as you visit the surrounding villages. At 4:00 PM you'll leave Mai Chau Village and come back to Hanoi, arriving at your hotel around 7:00 PM. 

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What people are saying about Hanoi

Very friendly and helpful staff. Exquisite food and excellent installation. Highlight the joy and good vibes of Lucky who was the manager and all the waiters. We do kayaking, cooking demonstration, sunset in the pool, karaoke at night and tai-chi at dawn. The food in great quantity and quality, just to note that the price of drinks is a bit high. Also, Lucky got us transportation from Halong to Ninh Binh at a good price. Very good experience

HaLong Bay is definitely worth a visit for the stunning views. This is a great value one day trip that includes kayaks, cave tour, boat cruise and meals (drinks extra). Only small complaint is late pickup in the morning, but everything else was great. It’s a long drive but that was expected. Would recommend.

The guide is too professional and a very kind boy, I loved it, It was a Tour that everything was too calm, we did not see things running and above all very punctual when picking us up at the Hotel and leaving us, Everything was really perfect

Everything in the cruise was amazing! I enjoyed everything, the food, the activities, the room had a bath and a shower. It was really nice! The staff was very friendly, I would recommend it 100%!

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