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Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

1. Hanoi: Islands, Caves, Kayak & Halong Dragonfly Boat Cruise

Discover the beauty of Ha Long Bay on a cruise and a guided Kayaking tour. Enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on a cruise to the Thien Cung cave. Get closer to the islands on a leisurely kayaking tour.  After you’re picked up at hotels located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop halfway to take a short break or restroom. On your full-day excursion continue on the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier around midday and board the traditional cruise. You’ll be greeted on board and then enjoy a fresh seafood lunch. Have a chance to take in the tranquil beauty and breathtaking scenery from the deck of the boat. During the cruise, enjoy views of tiny islands with their rock arches, sheer cliffs, white sand beaches, and peaceful coves. Like sculpted cartoon characters, these limestone islands have fanciful names, such as Incense Burner, Stone Dog, and Fighting Cock (which is the symbol of Halong Bay). Then, head on to Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto). Explore its huge chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites of all kinds. Finally, enjoy 45-minutes of kayaking or paddling a bamboo boat around the islands and water tunnels at the World Natural Area recognized by UNESCO. Return to the Tuan Chau pier and board the bus that will take you back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi in the early evening. Lunch menu:• Tomato/ cucumber salad• Fried potato• Steam shrimp• Fried eggs roll• Fried squid • Deep-fried seafood spring rolls• Fried chicken with mushroom• Steamed fish with tomato sauce• Fried vegetables (when in season)• Steamed rice• Fresh fruit• Afternoon fresh fruit and tea

Hanoi: Small-Group Street Food Walking Tour

2. Hanoi: Small-Group Street Food Walking Tour

Take a 3-hour guided walk through Hanoi's old quarter with a local guide. Get an insight into the traditions of Vietnam’s food culture. Stop at a local restaurant to try banh cuon (filled rice noodles) and watch as skilled chefs demonstrate how this tasty dish is created. Next, enjoy pho (noodle soup), which is Vietnam’s most famous dish. Try both the beef and chicken versions. Other food specialties you’ll sample include crab rolls, pillow cakes, fried rice balls, and fresh rolls – served with a dish of raw vegetables and a special sauce. Visit a hidden street food restaurant to taste banh my (a Vietnamese sandwich) and the famous Vietnamese egg coffee.

Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc & Bich Dong Pagoda Tour

3. Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc & Bich Dong Pagoda Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Drive to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and then continue on to visit the King Dinh Temple. Next up, discover Mua Cave Cave and enjoy a mountainous overview from the top. Savor a set lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a bungalow beside Tam Coc river. After lunch, enjoy a Sampan boat trip through the three emerald water caves on the beautiful river and admire the countryside landscape. Cycle through the peaceful country roads to Bich Dong Pagoda and spend some time here before you return to Hanoi.

Ninh Binh and Hoa Lu 2-Day Small Group Tour from Hanoi

4. Ninh Binh and Hoa Lu 2-Day Small Group Tour from Hanoi

Get back to nature and explore the ancient cultures of Vietnam on a 2-day tour of Tam Coc and Hoa Lu. Spend the night at a luxury homestay and learn about the everyday life of the locals. Day 1: Hanoi – Tam Coc Depart Hanoi and travel to Ninh Binh in the Red River Delta. Visit the limestone cave of Tam Coc on a boat trip down the Ngo Dong River. Enjoy the peaceful scenery of limestone mountains, rice paddies, and local temples. Check-in to your luxury bungalow accommodation and chat with the locals. Savor the local cuisine, including a refreshing green tea or coffee. Then, explore Ninh Binh by bike and cycle past rice fields and mountains. See the Bich Dong Pagoda, and learn about the Buddhist culture of Vietnam. Return to the bungalow and enjoy some free time before dinner served by the local host family. Day 2: Mua Cave – Hoa Lu – Hanoi Enjoy breakfast at the bungalow before cycling to Mua Cave. Hike to the peak of Ngoa Long Mountain and get amazing views of Tam Coc and the Ninh Binh area. Check out before lunch, and then visit the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Admire the temple of King Dinh before the drive back to Hanoi.

Hanoi: Morning or Afternoon City Highlights Tour

5. Hanoi: Morning or Afternoon City Highlights Tour

Explore Hanoi and see its highlights on a morning or afternoon city tour by van. See the Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Complex, Tran Quoc Pagoda, and more. Enjoy fresh fruit along the way. Begin your tour at the Hanoi Opera House in the French Quarter and wonder at one of the city's main architectural landmarks. Then head to the Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam built in the 10th century under the Ly Dynasty and greatly influenced by Confucianism. Make your way to the Ho Chi Minh Complex, an important place for the Vietnamese. The complex is a traffic-free area full of botanical gardens, monuments, memorials and pagodas. Stop outside Ba Dinh Square and take a look outside the mausoleum, then continue to explore the One Pillar Pagoda. Go to Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi, before concluding your tour at St. Joseph's Cathedral to learn about religion in Vietnam. The church was one of the first structures built by the French colonial government in Indochina when it opened in December 1886.

Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, and Trang An Tour and Boat Ride

6. Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, and Trang An Tour and Boat Ride

Begin the tour with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Embark on a two-hour drive. Discover the Hoa Lu ancient capital and then visit King Dinh Temple and Le King temple. Then set off to Mua cave for hiking 500 steps. Climb to the top of the mountain and enjoy the mountain, river, and city views. Spend one hour there to enjoy the views and take photos. After that enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. The tour ends with a boat trip to Trang An for nearly 3 hours. Cruise through emerald water and beautiful caves. The tour concludes back in Hanoi.

Full-Day Perfume Pagoda Private or Small-Group Tour

7. Full-Day Perfume Pagoda Private or Small-Group Tour

Embark on a full-day tour to visit Perfume Pagoda – a vast complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the limestone Huong Tich mountains. Glide along scenic waterways and walk up steep mountain paths as you encounter the area's centuries-old pagodas and temples. Around 8:30 AM, the guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. After pickup, enjoy a scenic 2-hour drive to Perfume Pagoda. Upon arrival, hop aboard your 1-hour row boat trip on the Yen stream to Thien Tru harbor. Once you have arrived in Thien Tru, you will enjoy time for some trekking, visit the main cave where you’ll arrive at Huong Tich Cave on the top of the mountain. Then enjoy a 1-hour trekking back down or take optional cable car instead of trekking (optional). Next, enjoy lunch at the local restaurant at the bottom of the mountain. After lunchtime, you will see the Heaven Kitchen pagoda and learn about Buddhism ancient architectural at Le Dynasty. Re-board your boat and sit back and relax as you head back to the pier, enjoy 2-hour road trip back to Hanoi. Your tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel around 6:00 PM.

Hanoi: Full Day Guided Tour of Hoa Lu, Trang An, Mua Cave

8. Hanoi: Full Day Guided Tour of Hoa Lu, Trang An, Mua Cave

HOA LU - TRANG AN - MUA CAVE 1 DAY TRIP BY LIMOUSINE 07h30 – 8h00: Get picked up by our friendly guide then depart for Ninh Binh province 09h15: Have a short break for 15 – 20 minutes to relax 10h30: Visit Hoa Lư ancient capital of Vietnam between 968 and 1010. You have a chance to learn about Vietnamese history in the feudal system under Dinh, Le, and Ly Dynasty 11h45: Have a buffet lunch in the restaurant with a lot of local foods such as goat meat, fish, chicken, fried rice…. Vegetarian foods are always available in the buffet lunch 13h00: Visit Trang An which was recognized by UNESCO as A World Heritage Site in 2014. Trang An has a wonderful tunnel cave system so Kong’s Movie Group chose this place for the New Version of Kong in 2016 – “Skull Island”. With 2 hours for the boat trip, you will be persuaded by the beauty here. 15h00: Continue the tour for 45 mins - cycling around the village to discover the life of the local people. 15h45: Get back to Limousine Bus then leave for Mua Cave (Dancing Cave). Walk up almost 500 steps, you can reach the top of Lying Dragon Mountain & have an amazing panoramic view of Tam Coc from here 17h00: Get on the bus to return to Hanoi 19h00: Get dropped off at Hotel in Hanoi

From Hanoi: Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Boat Tour

9. From Hanoi: Full-Day Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Boat Tour

7h30 start with pickup from your hotel in Hanoi before departing to Ninh Binh province. Meet your tour guide and travel by coach to Hoa Lu, a journey of approximately 2.5 hours with a short break. Explore the historic capital of Vietnam and visit the famous ancient temples of the Dinh and Le Dynasties. After some time exploring the city, arrive at Tam Coc for lunch around at 12:30 PM. After lunch, take a boat trip to Tam Coc - Bich Dong, which is part of the Tràng An Scenic Landscape Complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the beauty of the karst formations as you pass along their base and row into one of the many water caves carved through the limestone. Joining biking though rice paddies to the countryside area during 45 minutes. Afterwards, drive back to Hanoi and return to your hotel at approximately 6:30 PM.

Hanoi Old Quarter Vegetarian Food Tour

10. Hanoi Old Quarter Vegetarian Food Tour

Option 1: Food tour in Hanoi Old Quarter (anytime between 8am-6pm) You will walk through Hanoi's old quarter with a local guide and at the same time try some of this amazing vegetarian dishes along the way, such as: -Egg with vegetables banh mi -Fresh spring rolls (with mango, cucumber, green papaya, pho, carrots, herbs, lettuce..) deep in a tasty peanut butter sauce -Fried dumplings -Vietnamese traditional dessert -Egg coffee -Steamed rice roll cake Options 2: Sightseeing and then meal in buffet restaurant (prefered time is from 9am to 12am or from 5pm to 8pm) You will walk through Hanoi's old quarter with a local guide for 1.5 hours, stop by a Café to try our famous Vietnamese egg coffee. After a long walk, we’ll get to a famous vegetarian buffet restaurant. You’ll have a chance to taste 20-30 different kind of food from salad, soup, fried to main dishes and dessert. For examples: -Five colors rolls -Yam bean and almond salad -Grilled mushrooms and vegetables -Lotus root salad -Pumkin soup -Grilled eggplant with onion fat -Misty fruit with coconut milk -Grapefruit sweet soup -Baked banana bread (The menu will change everyday depends on the seasonal vegetables and the restaurant)

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My guide was Dan and he was an incredibly knowledgeable guide with wonderful recommendations. He took me to some places that I probably would have overlooked if I was alone. He gave me some food choices and made me feel safe while we were walking and crossing the hectic traffic. He even escorted me to the water puppet theater to pick up my tickets and walked me back to my hotel. I really enjoyed our conversations about food and life in Vietnam. I got to try pate banh mi, pho (but not the traditional soup kind), some fried street food, egg coffee, and ginger honey sweet rice. Thank you Dan! *No special diet/ Non-allergy/ no dietary restrictions

Dan, our guide was excellent he was very informative about the different food as well as the local culture and various attractions. Although it rained this didn’t detract from the tour and Dan was very conscious about our welfare especially when crossing the road. I could not have asked for a better guide, he also sent us details of other venues to try. 5*****

HaLong Bay is definitely worth a visit for the stunning views. This is a great value one day trip that includes kayaks, cave tour, boat cruise and meals (drinks extra). Only small complaint is late pickup in the morning, but everything else was great. It’s a long drive but that was expected. Would recommend.

Tina was our tour guide. She showed us her favourite spots and gave us suggestions for our whole stay. Very welcoming and had a great time! The food was very good.

full day fill with acfivities. the tour guide is really good. the hilight is the boat ride. Lunch buffet is really good too