Ninh Binh( Trang An – Bai Dinh pagoda) & North Vietnam: 4 days

Ecoway TravelNinh Binh Tours offers 4 days and 3 nights to explore the most attractive natural & cultural places in the north of Vietnam. The trip starts to explore Hanoi Food Street and the capital of Vietnam exploring at night. Then we will transfer to visit Ninh Binh province where very well-known for Trang An cultural and natural heritage of the world, Bai Dinh pagoda is the largest pagoda in South East Asia. The almost wonderful time of the trip is 2 days / 1 night in Halong Bay – The natural heritage of Vietnam.

DAY 1: GOOD MORNING HANOI - OLD QUARTER WALKING& STREET FOOD.

  • Xin Chao Vietnam! Welcome to Hanoi, we will pick you up and take you to your hotel, check-in and today is free at your leisure to rest or explore, discovering your own first impressions of Vietnam.
  • At 17.00 – We start our excellent street food walking tour at the old quarter of Hanoi along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices. Your expert English-speaking local guide will give you an insight into the intricacies and traditions of Vietnamese food culture including details on ingredients and historical backgrounds of popular northern dishes. We eat as we go, trying seasonal fruits and sampling a tasty French-inspired snack from a street cart. Walking through the maze of bustling streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter, we tempt our taste-buds with the famed Hanoi dish such as Bun Cha Hanoi, Banh Cuon at a local eatery. Watch in awe as the skilled chefs demonstrate for you how this tasty dish is put together. Continuing into the atmospheric heart of the Old Quarter, we wander past street stalls and quiet residential lanes where you can observe local life that has changed little since Hanoi was founded over 1000 years ago. Our next two snack stops are at outdoor barbeque stalls. We sit down with the Hanoi locals and sample various meat, vegetable and bread specialties that are flame grilled over hot coals for extra flavor.  It’s the time for dessert as we venture down a small alley to join in the local tradition of feasting on fresh fruit served in a cup and smothered with crushed ice and condensed milk – this specialty is one not to be missed!
  • Your local guide will then take you to one of Hanoi’s best kept secrets, a hidden street food restaurant to taste top ten street foods in Hanoi is Banh My Hanoi, Vietnamese Rice Wine, and famous Egg Coffee. This hard-to-find café is one of the few left in the narrow street inside the old quarter of Hanoi. Or, if coffee is not your style, get a cold beer!. At the end of the trip, you are free to continue exploring the area or your guide helps you with directions or a taxi back to your hotel.
  • Overnight in Hotel.

Day 2: Hanoi – Trang An - Bai Dinh Pagoda - Hanoi (B.L)

  • 7.30 – 8.00 AM: Good morning Hanoi, when you are ready, to meet local team (guide & driver) between 7.30 – 8.00 AM. Then we leave the bustling city of Hanoi to drive to the south where the NINH BINH TOUR is awaiting to take you to explore the best of the region.

    10 AM: After 2 (two) hours driving, we arrive in Bai Dinh pagoda where is Southeast Asia’s largest Buddhist complex. It consists of several temples and over 500 intricately carved statues of Buddha, including one that is made of bronze and is 10 meters in height and 100 tons in weight.

    We have a lunch at local restaurant –Vietnamese local food.

    After lunch, we will prepare for a water boat trip to visit Trang An (Must wear the life jacket while on rowing boat), take a boat cruise to visit cave complex: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou in mystery and wildness, see the scenery of mountain and rivers – a Ha Long on land of Ninh Binh. (The boat in Trang An Harbor is sampan boat that is not cover by roof. This is small one for two persons).

    Return to Hanoi at 5 to 5.30 PM.

  • Overnight in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi – HaLong bay

  • Depart at 8:00 am from your hotel to Halong city in our private car/van. After 3.5 hours driving and viewing simple, countryside, rice paddy life, we arrive at the port.
  • Board your boat, an authentic boutique Junk and start your amazing cruise through this World Heritage Site. Lunch is served on board, a selection of the freshest seafood.
  • We visit “the amazing cave”, followed by a swim in the tranquility of Halong Bay and its emerald water. We will cruise further into a quiet area where we will anchor and stay overnight.
  • Dinner and relax as the sun sets. Then you are free to swim in the phosphorous water, retire to your cabin, or fall asleep under the stars amidst the magic of Halong on the top deck.

Day 4: Halong Bay - Hanoi - Goodbye Vietnam with a lot of memories.

  • Wake-up early in the morning for the great sunrise and fresh pure air, (a great chance for nice photos at these moments). Breakfast served on the boat then we do a leisurely cruise through thousands of seemingly everlasting islands. We stop to visit the floating fishing village and listen about the fishermen daily life with other legendary stories about the bay. Swim somewhere in the middle of the bay before cruising back to the pier. By 12.00, we get ashore and drive to our restaurant for our lunch break. We hit the road back to Hanoi,
  • Depending on your flight you may have some time for shopping. Then we will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.
  • Goodbye and hope to see you again soon!
  • Day 1: Arrival Hanoi transfer to hotel. Street Food tour.
  • Day 2: Ninh Binh (Tam Coc fishing & biking – Hoa Lu)
  • Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay
  • Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi - Departure Hanoi, Goodbye Vietnam.

VISITING PALCES

Hanoi Capital of Vietnam: Vietnam’s capital races to make up for time lost to the ravages of war and a government that as recently as the 1990s kept the outside world at bay. Its streets surge with scooters vying for right of way amid the din of constantly blaring horns, and all around layers of history reveal periods of French and Chinese occupation – offering a glimpse into the resilience of ambitious, proud Hanoians.

Tam Coc: With limestone outcrops amid serene rice paddies, Tam Coc is best appreciated on a languorous rowing-boat ride, with the soundtrack of the river lapping against the oars.

Hoa Lu Ancient Capital: the capital of Dai Co Viet (an old name of Vietnam) under the Dinh and Le dynasties bears with it a legend. Being the capital of the first fundamental Government of Vietnam, Hoa Lu witnessed many important historical events: the union of Vietnam after “12 Lords Rebellion”, the war with the Song dynasty, the defense against the ancient Cambodian, and the formation of Hanoi nowadays. With the total size of 13.87 square kilometers, Hoa Lu old capital is an attractive place that history lovers should not miss out.

Halong Bay: Halong Bay is a beautiful natural wonder in northern Vietnam near the Chinese border. The Bay is dotted with 1,600 limestone islands and islets and covers an area of over 1,500 sqkm. This extraordinary area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. For many tourists, this place is like something right out of a movie. The fact is that Halong Bay features a wide range of biodiversity, while the surrealistic scenery has indeed featured in endless movies. The best way to get to Halong City is by car, minibus or bus from Hanoi which is only 170km away. If budget is not a problem, an hour-long helicopter transfer is also available.

  • A/C accommodation with DOUBLE or TWIN ROOM (2 persons share 1 room; single room can be available on request) with daily breakfast
  • A/C transfer from Airports to hotel and other tourist destinations according to the itinerary
  • Luxury D-Car Limousine to visit Tam Coc & Hoa Lu
  • Vietnamese speaking class on way to visit Tam Coc
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary. (Breakfast = 3; Lunch = 03)
  • English- speaking guides
  • Boat trip in Tam Coc
  • Bicycle with best gears.
  • Conical hat as souvenirs
  •  Fishing in Tam Coc
  • Halong Trip includes lunch, bamboo boat to visit fishing village, cruise, and entrance fee
  • Entrance fees
  • All international and domestic flights
  • Specified as Chinese/ Malaysian/ Indonesian/ Thai speaking guide can be available on request to pay for extra-fee.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals not mentioned
  • Tips for tour guides, drivers, crew members in Halong Bay, other attendants if may have (3 USD/ pax/ day). The tip should be collected in advance before tour departure.
  • Other personal expenses not mentioned.

THE BEST VALUE

  • Excellent street food walking tour at the old quarter of Hanoi along the perimeter of the market, dozens of street hawkers sell a staggering variety of produce from live seafood to exotic fruits and spices
  • A boat trip to visit the beautiful Tam Coc, it takes 1.30 hours rowing along Ngo Dong river through the three mysterious caves while enjoying spectacular scenery surrounded by rice paddies and towering limestone mountain peaks.
  • Walking along the valley with rice fields
  • Have a chance to be a fisherman and learn how to catch the fish in the pond or river.
  • Ride a bike to discover Dam Khe Trong village where the real picture of the rural countryside in the north of Vietnam
  • Board your boat, an authentic boutique Junk and start your amazing cruise through this World Heritage Site
  • Visit “the amazing cave”, followed by a swim in the tranquility of Halong Bay and its emerald water
  • Visit the floating fishing village and listen about the fishermen daily life with other legendary stories about the bay

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Excelent trip to Ninh Binh
Daniel
It was an amazing trip to Ninh Binh. Everyone has to know this place. And our guide Lilly did a great job. She speaks excelent english and explains everything in detail. It is worthwhile to visit Ninh Binh with Lilly

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