This is a combination of the best parts of Vietnam; the vibrant city of Hanoi and the pristine landscape of Halong Bay.
Imagine 2000 or more islands rising from the emerald waters, and what comes to the mind is a blank – we bet you haven’t seen anything like it anywhere else… Halong means ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’, and legend has it that the islands of Halong Bay were created by a great dragon from the mountains that descended here. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, this mystical landscape of limestone islets is a spectacular destination with a large number of islands dotted with wind- and wave-eroded caves. If Halong Bay is nature’s wonderful creation, Hanoi is a charming city showcasing French colonial buildings, ancient pagodas and lovely lakes.
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- Explore the 1,000 year old city of Hanoi; the political and cultural capital of Vietnam
- Enjoy the vibrant weekend at Hanoi around the Ho Hoan Kiem Lake.
- Enjoy a cruise in the World Heritage (nature) site of Halong Bay – the land of the descending dragons
- Learn the history (modern and ancient) of Vietnam in your visits to the museums of Hanoi
Arrive at Hanoi, and get whisked away to your hotel. Explore the River bound city at your own pace. The city’s fascinating beauty characterized by unique cultural relics, ancient streets of antique houses, elegant French colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and romantic lakes has made it one of the most charming cities of Asia. Don’t forget to visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple located on an islet in the lake.
Get your dose of evening entertainment with the Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry at Thang Long Theatre.
Cruise on Halong Bay
Drive through the countryside towards Halong Bay soaking in the country side life. Board a cruise boat to explore the legendary Ha Long Bay. Ha Long means Descending Dragon in Vietnamese, legend has it that a holy dragon landed down here from the sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 square kms.
At night enjoy a sundowner on the top deck and look out for shooting stars.
Wake up to a view of jagged karst mountains outside your boat. Soak in the splendid yet tranquil view of the bay at the crack of dawn. Enjoy your Tai Chi session, cooking classes and bid a reluctant farewell to your cruise after an early lunch. Transfer to Hanoi back to your hotel and enjoy your evening walking idly in the Old quarter, or simply lounge at one of the many restaurants and swap stories with fellow travellers.
Hanoi – City Tour
Start the day with visiting Ho Chi Minh Complex and Museum and the Presidential Palace. Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. Drive further to the West Lake, the largest lake of Hanoi and Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda of Hanoi, located on an islet in the lake. Walk/cycle through Hanoi’s downtown to the Old Quarter of 36 ancient streets and enjoy your evening around the vibrant Ho Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old quarter.
Relax in the evening with a Bia hoi drink at a little street side bar.
Departure from Hanoi
Explore the city at leisure and do some last minute shopping until your transfer to the airport.
Say Good Bye to Vietnam or, just bid Au Revoir- till we meet again…