Ha Noi Capital - Ha Long Bay
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Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
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Discover Ha Noi - Ha Long in 4 days 3 nights
Day 01: Departure - Ha Noi
Day 02: Ha Noi - Ha Long (B,L,D)
Day 03: Ha Long - Ha Noi (B,L)
Day 04: Ha Noi city - Ha Noi - Departure (B,L)
Hanoi sits astride the banks of the Red River, Vietnam's second longest river. Beneath modern-day Hanoi lie artefacts and relics of the early Bronze and Iron ages, dating back to 2,000BC. The city was officially founded by Emperor Ly Thai To, who in 1010 renamed the area Thang Long or Soaring Dragon. Soon after, some of the city's oldest structures were built including the Temple of Literature, one of the oldest universities in the world.
HO CHI MINH MAUSOLEUM
Visiting Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum is an unforgettable experience. Inside an imposing building lies the embalmed body of the founder of modern Vietnam. When visiting the mausoleum the following rules need to be observed: No short sleeves & skirts are allowed. Silence should be observed when entering the tomb and definitely no photographs (in fact all bags have to be left outside). It’s quite an experience as you queue with many Vietnamese, some of whom have traveled many miles to make the pilgrimage. The mausoleum is a unique opportunity to reflect upon the life of one of the 20th century's more revered historical figures. Next to the mausoleum is a replica of "Uncle Ho's" wooden house on stilts.
TEMPLE OF LITERATURE
Dating back to 1070, the Temple of Literature was the site of Vietnam's first university and was used to educate the sons of the mandarin class. The complex consists of five separate courtyards with different paths that would originally have been reserved for the Emperor and his mandarins and highlighted by the Khue Van Pavilion. One of the courtyards contains the statue of Confucius guarded by two beautiful bronze storks standing on turtles. Another feature of the temple is the steles. Between 1442 and 1779, hundreds of stone tablets, or steles were erected to record the names and achievements of the graduates. Eighty-two of the steles remain and are considered the most valuable artifacts at the temple. The temple highlights the importance that Vietnamese society placed then and now on education.
ONE PILLAR PAGODA
Emperor Ly Thai Tong built one of Hanoi's most famous landmarks, the One Pillar Pagoda in 1049 in honor of the Goddess of Mercy. The pillar was destroyed in 1954, but the pagoda was quickly rebuilt. The design of the pagoda reflects the Buddhist belief that the world was created much as a lotus flower emerges from the water. The pagoda is built above a small pond covered in lotus blossoms.
HOAN KIEM LAKE
Hoan Kiem Lake is at the heart of Hanoi – the
capital of Vietnam. In the morning, local residents gather and jog around
a peaceful lake ringed by trees; or simply support each other complete Tai Chi
practices. In the evening, more people would gather in lakeside cafes and
ice-cream parlours to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and share their daily
events. The Lake also has a rich and colourful history too. In the 15th
century, after Emperor Le Thai To had drove the invading Chinese with a magical
sword, a giant tortoise seized his sword whilst he rowed in Hoan Kiem Lake.
He took this sign as an intervention from above to signify
that peace shall be restored. Thereafter, he renamed the lake to Ho Hoan
Kiem or translated to "Lake of the Restored Sword”.
THE OLD QUARTER
A walk through the Old Quarter, also known as
the 36 Streets offers a glimpse in to Vietnamese life from ages past. In the
early 13th century, guilds and artisans clustered their shops around certain
streets. As time went by the narrow lanes adopted the names of the particular
guild or goods sold there. Hence you can still walk from Fish Street to Tin
Street to Bamboo Street. It’s a great place to explore on foot with numerous
photo opportunities. There are also two ancient houses in the Old Quarter that
are especially worth visiting:
ANCIENT HOUSE: 87 MA MAY STREET
Built over 110 years ago, this house is one
of the two ancient homes in Hanoi's Old Quarter, which were carefully restored
as part of Hanoi's 990th Anniversary in 2000. The house is a typical Old
Quarter "tube house" 2 meters wide and 60 meters long with open yards
between rooms for air and light. The house is arranged strictly in accordance
with "Feng Shui" rules and is vividly decorated in a traditional
ANCIENT HOUSE: 38 HANG DAO STREET
This house, built on the foundations of a 17th century trader's home has been renovated to reflect the architecture and decorative styles of old Hanoi. The first floor is designed for trading purposes and living accommodation, the second for the family altar and the act of worshipping.
HANOI OPERA HOUSE
The Hanoi Opera House is one of Hanoi's grandest buildings. The exterior is a delightful mix of French neo-classical design with shuttered windows, wrought iron balconies and tiles friezes. Construction of the Hanoi Opera House began in 1901 and was completed in 1911.
WATER PUPPET THEATRE
Water puppetry is a remarkable Vietnamese art form combining traditional music, fireworks and elaborate puppets floating gracefully on the water. The stories depict Vietnamese legends, peasant life and local festivals. The art form dates back to the 10th century and originally these plays would have taken place on lakes and ponds during the monsoon season. The stories remain the same but now the production takes place in a specially designed theatre with a stage knee-deep in water. The puppeteers are hidden behind a bamboo screen and the whole experience is both entertaining and amusing.
MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY
This is a must-see for anyone intending to visit either Mai Chau or Sapa, or indeed anyone interested in Vietnam’s cultural diversity. The museum is widely acknowledged as the best in the country and has an extensive display dedicated to Vietnam’s 54 Ethnic minority peoples. As well as the comprehensive array of exhibits inside, there are also traditional tribal houses reconstructed within the grounds.
QUAN THANH TEMPLE
Quan Thanh Temple was built during the reign
of King Ly Thai To (1010 - 1028). The temple honors Saint Tran Vu, a legendary
figure who helped King An Duong Vuong chase away demons during the construction
of Co Loa Citadel. The central feature of the temple is a giant, black, bronze
statue of Tran Vu cast in 1667.
TRAN QUOC PAGODA
With origins dating back to the 6th century Tran Quoc is one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam. The pagoda's unique design features a visitor hall, two corridors and a bell tower. Inside are numerous statues, the most notable of which is the wooden statue of the Shakyamuri Buddha. The oldest stele was built in 1639 and depicts the pagoda's history. Several burial stupas in the garden are relics of one of the earliest Zen Buddhist groups in North Vietnam.
HA LONG BAY
Day 01 Departure - Ha Noi
Arrive to Noi Bai airport, transfer to hotel. Check-in hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 02 Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay (B, L, D)
Breakfast will be served at the hotel. Check-out hotel.
08:00 - 08:30 Meet upon at your hotel and pick you up by our shuttle bus.
Short break half way.
11:30 Arrive Ha Long Bay, welcome drinks. Check in to your cabin and set sail through the Bay while lunch is served.
14:30 Visiting Vung Vieng floating village located in Bai Tu Long bay by kayak or local rowing boat.
16:00 Drop anchor in the calm water surrounded by beautiful islets for swimming and snorkeling. Enjoy the complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruits. Join Cooking class. Dinner is served in the restaurant. Retire to your cabin or join the fishing excursion, watch a movie, have a drink at the bar, internet access or play exciting games. Overnight on board.
Day 03 Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (B,L,_)
07:30 Breakfast, coffee and tea served, while sailing to Sung Sot cave. Drop anchor to explore Sung Sot cave (Surprising cave). Back to our boat, relax before checking out.
10:30 Lunch is served on board
11:45 Disembark at the harbor, Ha Long city. Take our shuttle bus to return to Hanoi
Day 04 Ha Noi City (B, L, _)
08:00 Breakfast at hotel, check-oug. Start of the tour journey visit by coach trip along the Hanoi Old Quarter. After that we take you to visit Ho Chi Minh complex, including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum – the final resting place of Vietnamese great father or uncle Ho, President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house - where uncle Ho live done and off from 1958 to 1969, then visit Ho Chi Minh’s museum,where tourists will learn what he has done for Viet Nam and some other countries and learn all kinds of information about President Ho Chi Minh. The next place to move to is One Pillar Pagoda – a group of structures consisting of a pagoda and a tower built in the middle of a square lake. Leave One Pillar Pagoda for the Temple of Literature – the first college of Viet Nam and the place dedicating to Confucian. Have lunch at a restaurant.
After having lunch, drive to visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, which is on the shore of West Lake. Quan Thanh Temple and the Museum of Ethnology (Museum of history) – Where you can look at the cultural mosaic of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups. The last place of city tour is Hoan Kiem Lake (Restored Sword Lake) with Ngoc Son Temple.
Finish the tour. Transfer to airport by yourself.
(Season Price apply and be confirmed when booking*)* Not apply for Vietnam Holiday
- English speaking guide.
- Accommodation based on the twin/double sharing room with daily breakfast
- All entrance fees
- Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
- Service charge.
- For Ha Long Bay 2 days 1 night – join in the group tour, Include : Full furnished deluxe cabin with A/C, hot water... All meals on board. Complimentary morning tea and coffee, bottled water in the cabin. Welcome drink. Cookery demonstrations. Entrance and sightseeing fees. Kayaking. Local rowing boat. Fishing equipment. Movie. Exciting games. English speaking guide. Shuttle bus (round trip). Fruits and local wine party. Internet access and insurance on board. Service charges.
- Transfer from airport – hotel – airport
- Travel insurance
- Air Tickets and Visa fee
- Other services which are not mentioned in the itinerary
- Tips and Personal expenses.
- Surcharge 40usd for transferring from Airport – Hotel - Airport
- Confirmation of room & price are subject to space availability at the time of booking only.
- Group tour in Ha Noi & Ha Long.
- Maximum 2 persons/room
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- Special request (diet or vegetarian, ...) should be sent before your departure date.
- Ground operator reserved the right to amend or adjust itinerary to match with real situation.