I have returned to Singapore and I thank you for your agency's services provided during my family's trip in Vietnam. Thank you very much. It was very well-planned and everyone was delighted with it. The guide, Mr. Thang was very honest and good. The accommodations etc. were fantastic too. I would certainly recommend my friend and relatives to vivutravel in future.
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2011 12:02:46 +0800
Highlight of Northern Vietnam (6 days / 5 nights)
Destinations: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An – Halong Bay
Day 1: 07 Dec, 2011 Hanoi Arrival
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a city of lakes, shaded streets and verdant public parks. Come to Hanoi, you will have a chance to explore the rich cultural heritage with the Old Quarter, prominent delicious Vietnamese cuisine as well as other interesting spots.
Upon arrival at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport, our guide and driver will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. After check–in, you are free to stroll around the city and catch a first glimpse of this peaceful city. Free at leisure the rest of the day. Overnight in Hanoi.
International flights: 7 December 2011 VN660/1815 hours
Hotel: Hanoi de l’opera / Deluxe /
Day 2: 08 Dec, 2011 Hanoi city tour
At 8am, our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and begin the full day city tour with Ho Chi Minh complex including: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, “House on stilt”, the Presidential Palace and the famous One Pillar Pagoda. We also make a visit to the Temple of Literature – the first university of Vietnam, which is now dedicated to Confucian worship and “Hanoi Hilton” –a nick name given by US pilots during the war.
Enjoy lunch with authentic delicious Vietnamese cuisines, then we continue our day to the impressive Ethnologic Museum, dedicated to Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups. After that, the trip will be followed by one –hour cyclo tour through the busy Old Quarter where you can see peddlers are selling wares as if they have done that for centuries! In front of the peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake is the famous Water Puppet theatre where we will see a fantastic performance at the end of the day. Overnight in Hanoi
Option 4: Hanoi de l’opera / Deluxe /
Day 3: 09 Dec, 2011 Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An grottoes
08:00, after breakfast at hotel, we drive to Ninh Binh. We visit Hoa Lu which was the capital city of Vietnam under the Dinh Dynasty between 968 and 980 AD and ancient sanctuaries and tombs can still be seen today. Apart from the historical importance, the area is naturally beautiful, referred to many as the “dry Halong Bay,” with limestone peaks and fertile green valleys.
After lunch, take the amazing boat trip to visit Trang An grottoes which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam. While rowing through Trang An grotto in the quiet, fresh air of the highlands, with only the sound of birds and the oars stirring the clear water and surrounded by magnificent forested mountains upon which graze white goats, visitors enjoy a heaven on earth. The end of the day, drive to Tam Coc and free at leisure to take a walking visit around Tam Coc or visit Bich Dong pagoda.
Overnight in The Long Hotel.
Day 4: 10 Dec, 2011 Ninh Binh – Halong Cruise
Meals: B, L, D
After breakfast, we leave “Halong Bay on Land” for Halong. During the way, we will see a lot of daily activities of the local Vietnamese who work on the rice fields with water buffaloes … Upon arrival, joining big deluxe traditional wooden junk. Welcome drink on board. After a relaxing break, enjoy a delicious seafood lunch while cruising through the wonderful Ha Long bay visiting its amazing grottoes and caves. Opportunity to dive off the boat and have a pleasant swimming in the deep blue water of East Sea before relaxing on your sun deck to view a Halong sunset. Overnight in Halong Bay.
Day 5: 11 Dec, 2011 Halong Bay – Hanoi
Meals: B, ( L – option 2 of Indochina sails boat)
The breakfast will be continued by a cruise to explore more some 1,600 islets. Visiting floating village, swimming or kayaking is the highlights for this day (On your own expense). After having lunch onboard, you will head for the new route back to Ha Long Harbor, where the waiting vehicle will pick you up for a drive straight to Hotel in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Hotel: Hanoi de l’opera / Deluxe /
Day 6: 12 Dec, 2011 Hanoi departure
Some last minute to do shopping or relax at hotel until 11:00 transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Flight information: 12 December 2011 VN663/1400 hours
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