Private Culture Tour and Enjoy Enchanting Halong Bay
Ha Long Bay which is described by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is one of the most beautiful places in the region. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, it is an spectacular collection of 2,000 islands covering an area in excess of 1,500k. Enjoy the beauty of mystery of Sung Sot Cave in Ha Long Bay. Enjoy a refreshing swim or kayaj to the Tunnel Cave.
Tour Itinerary & Map (below)
On your arrival at the Noi Bai International Airport, you will be welcomed by our guide and driver who will bring you to Hanoi City. Hanoi is over 1000 years old and is currently the capital of Vietnam as well the commercial, political, and cultural heart of the country. Check in hotel and free at leisure. Welcome dinner is served at local restaurant. After that, you are free to explore on your own or take it easy and relax in your hotel room. Overnight in Hanoi at the Delight Hotel, a 3 star hotel.
A city tour of Hanoi starts with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (from outside), His House on-stilts, One-Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature - built in October 1073 to worship Confucius and considered to be the first university in Vietnam.
After lunch time, we will then drive to Hoan Kiem Lake where you will see Ngoc Son Temple which worships Van Xuong saint and Tran Hung Dao, a former general commander. Later in the afternoon, you will get a chance to enjoy a 1-hour cyclo ride around the 36 streets in the Old Quarter of Hanoi followed by the dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
We leave Hanoi in morning and travel to the astonishing and mystical Ha Long Bay which is described by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and is one of the most beautiful places in the region. Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, it is an spectacular collection of 2,000 islands covering an area in excess of 1,500km. This forms a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars and cliff faces. Our crew will welcome you on board with drinks and a fresh seafood lunch. You will check into your cabins and start cruising around the bay to see the amazing rock formations (karsts). You will cruise towards Bai Tu Long Bay, passing the towns of Hon Gai and Cam Pha, Oan Lagoon, Mat Quy (Monster Head) and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and Vung Vieng fishing village.
We will explore the mystery of Sung Sot Cave which is one of the most beautiful caves in Ha Long Bay. Later on, you will have plenty of time for swimming and kayaking to the Tunnel Cave. During the evening, relax to the casual and comfortable atmosphere held on the boat where you will have an elegant dining experience. If we are in the right season, we can see fresh squid being caught the traditional way. Get your cameras ready for a spectacular sunset, lounge under the clear, star filled sky and retire to your cabin at your leisure where you will spend the night on board near a remote island.
Overnight on board the Bai Tho Junk in a Deluxe Cabin or on board of the Victory Junk.
After breakfast, we will continue to cruise through the karsts some of which display fantastic and mystical shapes before getting into a small boat to visit the Luon Cave. Back on board for an early lunch before saying goodbye to our boat and crew and heading back on the road to Noi Bai Airport (Hanoi) for your departure flight.
End of Services.
Good to Know
Hotels for this Tour
- In Hanoi, the 3 star hotel is the Delight Hotel and the 4 star hotel is the Muong Thanh Hotel
- For the Halong Bay Cruise, the 3 star option is the Bai Tho Junk, a deluxe room and the 4 star option is the Victory Junk, a Superior Cabin
Getting in and out of Northern Vietnam
The majority of nationalities require a month-long tourist visa to enter Vietnam. Visas should be obtained prior to your arrival in the country, although they can be extended once you arrive.
You can buy your Vietnam Visa online at http://vietnam.visahq.com/ Just choose your country of residence and passport and away you go!
Unsurprisingly, Hanoi is the main hub for passengers entering Northern Vietnam by air. If you are traveling long haul, it is often more cost effective to enter Southeast Asia via Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore and connect to Vietnam via a regional carrier. Air Asia offers direct flights from Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok.
Both of the country’s rail entry points are located along Northern Vietnam’s border with China. Visitors entering via train tend to come in across the Dong Dang crossing, which is situated 160km from Hanoi. There are connections onward to Hanoi, and the Beijing Hanoi train runs three times a week. There is another train crossing at Lao Cai, near Sapa, although there are no rail connections on the Chinese side of the border so alternative onwards transportation is necessary.
If you are entering Northern Vietnam by bus, the Dong Dang and Lao Cai crossings (which also have rail connections) offer onwards road routes into China. There are buses that go between Hanoi and cities in Laos, but travelers should note that these are epic journeys of up to 20 or 40 hours to Vietiane and Luang Prabang respectively in cramped conditions.
Terms & Conditions
Booking the Tour:
- Minimum 2 persons per booking
- Price in USD, per person and include local taxes
- Discounts are available for 3, 4, 5 and 6 guests for your party
- Suggest booking a minimum of 4 weeks in advance during high season (October 1 to April 30)
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Single Supplement Fee:
The single supplement fee is the additional amount that a single traveler pays over and above the price per person for groups of 2 or more. This being a private tour makes it very expensive for one person. Please ask us for a quote if you would like to travel solo.
We strongly recommend that you buy your own personal trip cancellation insurance for your own protection. You should also buy insurance coverage appropriate for medical, travel coverage and personal liability which should include travel repatriation. The tour operator or tour agent cannot be held responsible for personal loss or injury where customers choose not to secure such insurance coverage
Cancellation and Refund:
The cancellation fee depends on the day of our written receipt of your cancellation. Email is best Phone calls will not be accepted.
• 21 to 30 days before arrival date - refund less 10% of tour price
• 14 to 20 days before arrival date - refund less 20% of tour price
• 6 to 13 days before arrival date or on arrival - refund less 30% of tour price
• 5 days or less and no shows - forfeit 100% of tour price
Changes to Tour:
The tour operator or tour guide may have to make changes to the services or the itineray as a result of such variables as weather conditions, political situations, road conditions and other unforseen circumstances.
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