Price From: $350 USD
Coming to a country, it is a must to visit first the city surroundings to learn more about the custom and tradition of the country. Not only that, you will also visit one of the Seven Wonders of the world – Halong Bay . You will stay overnight on the cruise as this is one place you cannot miss when travelling to Vietnam.
Arrive Hanoi and check into the hotel located in Hanoi centre – receive a welcome drink when checking into the hotel. You are free to do as you please after that.
Night 1: Overnight in hotel in Ha Noi.
OPTION 1: TUESDAY, THURSDAY, SATURDAYS, SUNDAY
07:45 – 08:30: Get picked up by our tour guide and bus. After a short drive, start visiting first destination named Tran Quoc Pagoda, a Buddhist relic and national heritage situated on the beautiful West Lake.
09:00: Visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the final resting place of Viet Nam’s greatest father, walking along Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house where he lived and worked from 1958 to 1969.10:00: Visit One-Pillar Pagoda – the one modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi city.
11:00: Visit the colorful features of the 54 ethnic groups of Viet Nam in the Ethnology Museum.
13:00: Bus takes you to a local restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter, have a rest and enjoy the lunch.
14:00: Visit the Temple of Literature, the most famous temple situated in Hanoi, also functioned as Vietnam’s first university. It was first constructed in 1070 under King Ly Nhan Tong and dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. A vast structure that has existed to present day.
15:30: Drive to legendary Hoan Kiem Lake, visit Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to Van Xuong saint and former general commander Tran Hung Dao for his struggle against Mongolians. You also see the beautiful Vietnamese and French architecture around the lake.
16:00: Arrive back to your hotel.
OPTION 2: MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY
07:45 – 08:30: Get picked up by our tour guide and bus then visit first destination named Tran Quoc Pagoda. Experience our national heritage and the beautiful Buddhist relics on the West Lake.
09:30: Visit a sacred place to recall President Ho Chi Minh’s life and career in Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Stilt-house where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked from 1958 to 1969.
10:30: Visit One-Pillar Pagoda, the one modeled after a lotus flower, a symbol of Hanoi city in present days.
11:00: Visit the Temple of Literature, considering the first university of Viet Nam. The temple was first constructed in 1070 under King Ly Nhan Tong and dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars.
12:30: Have Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter and relax.
13:30: Continue exploring the daily life of traditional ceramics village of Bat Trang. Visit the pottery showrooms and see how they modeled the products.
14:30: Drive back to Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to Van Xuong Saint and Tran Hung Dao General Commander for his struggle against Mongolians.
15:30: Arrive back your hotel.
Night 2: Overnight in Hotel in Ha Noi.
08:00 – 08:30: Pick-up at hotel and start the 3 hour-and-a-half drive to Hong Gai Tourist Wharf, check in Oriental Sails JSC’s private waiting hall – The OS Lounge.
12:15 – 12:45: Embark on Oriental Sails by transfer boat. Listen to cruise briefing and receive room key.
13:00 – 15:30: Savor a delectable lunch as Oriental Sails cruises further along the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay, heading to Vung Vieng fishing village – one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay to see the life of local fishermen.
– Option 1: Discovery local daily life: Take a bamboo rowing boat trip around Vung Vieng Fishing Village.
– Option 2: Take A kayak at Ban Chan Island and go kayaking by yourself with help and instruction of tour guide.
17:30 – 18:00: Return to Oriental Sails and have bath then relax as the sun starts to set. Enjoy the Happy Hour at the bar and on the sun deck
19:00: Dinner is served. Socialize with other guests, night squid fishing or just laze around. Singing and dancing activities are available till 2200hr.
Night 2: Overnight on board at Cong Do area
06:30 – 07:00: Start your day with Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck.
>07:00 – 09:0009:30: Check-out room. Luggage can be delivered to the reception area.
09:30 – 11:00: Head back to the Harbor. Have early lunch on board. Disembark Oriental Sails at around 1200hr.
12:00 – 16:30: Transfer back to Hanoi and trip finishes at the hotel around 1630hr.
Night 4: Overnight in Hotel in Ha Noi.
Breakfast at the hotel. Please check-out by noon.
If you want to book airport transfers, please contact directly to Viet Nam Central Tours.