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  • From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay Luxury Boat Tour

    1. From Hanoi: Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay Luxury Boat Tour

    The day begins with pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi at around 7am and heads to Ha Long International Cruise Port, approximately 2-3 hours away. Upon arrival at the port, board your luxury boat for the day and receive a warm welcome from the tour team. Once everyone’s onboard, set sail towards the remote areas of Ha Long Bay and admire the mystifying and magical landscapes of the rocky islets and islands that surround you. At midday enjoy a delicious lunch onboard the boat as you continue to sail through bay and marvel at the stunning and magnificent limestone mountains all around. After lunch, arrive at Tien Ong Cave, a natural cave in the middle of the sea which is home to an array of incredibly beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. At the cave learn about the historical and cultural values of prehistoric sea fishermen who inhabited the location thousands of years a...

  • Halong Day Tour: Islands, Caves, Kayak with Dragonfly Cruise

    2. Halong Day Tour: Islands, Caves, Kayak with Dragonfly Cruise

    After you’re picked up at hotels located in Old Quarter of Hanoi from 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM, head out on the drive to Halong Bay, making a short stop half way to visit crafts workshops, where you’ll see marble stone sculptures, plaque paintings, and hand-embroidered items. On your full-day excursion continue on the scenic drive to Halong, reaching Tuan Chau Island pier from 12:00 PM to 12:15 PM, 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 you’ll enjoy views of tiny islands with their rock arches, sheer cliffs, innumerable 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 ...

    Great way to see Halong Bay in one day! Bus journey is obviously quite long but if you need to squeeze it into 1 day it isn’t much to sacrifice. Benjamin was a great guide, so helpful and spoke amazing English!

  • From Hanoi: Sapa 2-Day 1-Night Trip By Bus With Hotel Stay

    3. From Hanoi: Sapa 2-Day 1-Night Trip By Bus With Hotel Stay

    You will be collected by bus from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter, then depart for Sapa. After a comfort break, you will arrive into Sapa Town, where you can see the colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao, and Tay ethnic people. After a welcome drink and itinerary briefing, enjoy lunch and check in to your hotel. You will then go on a short drive to the gates of Cat Cat village which is home to the Black H’mong ethnic people and is located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. Your local guide will show you the daily activities of the locals, before you trek down to the valley's bottom to the waterfall, where the French built a Hydraulic Power Station. Stop for a photo then come back to Sapa Town for dinner. The next day, after breakfast, you will drive to Y Linh Ho then trek through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa stream to the Black Hmong villa...

  • Hanoi Like a Local Private Tour

    4. Hanoi Like a Local Private Tour

    Go beyond the typical tourist spots and enjoy the true heartbeat of Hanoi! This is the real deal, so expect the unexpected and see where the local community hangs out and live everyday life. On this private tour your local host can take you to places only locals know. You’ll be the only traveler in sight! Visit an everyday market that’s famous for its delicious snacks. Watch locals come and go and take a peek at the delicious meals they’ve ordered. Wander down the market with its many stalls to surround yourself with the best ingredients that Vietnamese dishes are made of. You might even pick up a secret recipe or two! Stroll around the countless old apartment blocks to get a real feel for what a local neighborhood is like. See how families of at least two generations harmoniously share a home. The infamous “tiger cages” might amaze you, so feel free to ask your local host all about th...

  • Spectacular Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Deluxe Cruises

    5. Spectacular Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Deluxe Cruises

    Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (L - D) 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM: Pickup at your hotel located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi by shuttle bus. You will have the chance to join in with the group and make friends with other travelers from all around the world. 10:00 AM: Take a rest at the Humanity Center and enjoy local specialties and handicraft products. 12:00 PM: The captain and tender welcome you to the cruise. Savor the delicious lunch as the cruise passes through thousands of islands and islets of different shapes 3:30 PM: Cruise stops at the floating house for an hour of kayaking in the middle of the bay to admire the fascinating rock formations in the bay.  3:30 PM: Visit Titop Island if possible 6:00 PM: Enjoy a cooking demonstration for famous Vietnamese spring rolls. 7:30 PM: Enjoy a delicious and romantic dinner on board. 9:00 PM: Free time for entertainment with activities such as squid fish...

    The cruise was very good, itinarary good, the food excellent. But I lost 3 credit card and ۥ200 from my wallet. I left the bag in the room when we were went to the cave. And I left the bag when we were stop in the gallery, on the way back to Hanoi. Just realized when I get in the hotel.

  • 4 Days Trekking in Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang

    6. 4 Days Trekking in Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang

    On the first day of your tour, your English-speaking guide will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi at 7:00 AM and take you to Hoang Su Phi where you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue on to Suoi Thau arriving around 3:30-4:00 PM. You will start exploring the area by taking a 1-hour trek to a Suoi Thau community-based tourism village to enjoy the poetic beauty of the natural landscapes and breathe in the fresh air. You will continue onto your homestay and on the way, you will learn about the Red Dao people. After arriving at your homestay you can participate in a fishing experience to catch fish for your dinner. If you are interested, you can prepare your dinner with your homestay host. After a tasty local dinner, you will settle in for the night.  After breakfast on your second day, you will trek around for a little while before being picked up by a car. You will drive f...

  • Hanoi Must-See City Full Day: Museum of Ethnology & Lunch

    7. Hanoi Must-See City Full Day: Museum of Ethnology & Lunch

    Your tour guide and driver will pick you up so please provide details of your hotel to confirm the pick-up service. Visit the Ho Chi Minh complex and have a chance to see the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh then walk around Ho Chi Minh garden to see the 2 houses where he lived and worked from 1954 to 1969. Visit the One Pillar Pagoda where people worship the Godess of Mercy. It is the most unique padoga in the world. Also visit either Bat Trang ceramics and pottery village or the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology depending on the day. Have lunch at a restaurant. Have an opportunity to enjoy Vietnamese cuisine including many delicious dishes. Continue to visit the Temple of Literature – the first university in Vietnam in the feudal system. See the Tran Quoc Pagoda – first built in Ha Noi in the 6th Century. You will see the oldest Bodhi Tree in Vietnam planted by Ho Chi Minh. Leave for Hoan Kiem...

  • Hanoi: Village Farm Tour and Cooking Class with Lunch

    8. Hanoi: Village Farm Tour and Cooking Class with Lunch

    Meet your tour guide at your hotel lobby and take an hour scenic drive to reach a vegetable farming area in rural Hanoi. Take a short walk around the bustling market. See the locals selling chickens and ducks in cages, fresh meat, vegetables, and household goods. Arrive at your host family's house and enjoy a cup of green tea and fresh fruit with them. Take a short walk around the quaint village, watch how local life unfolds and see some vegetable farms along the way. Get your hands dirty and join a farmer working in their vegetable field. Take part in farming activities such as raking, sowing, watering and collecting vegetables. Learn about their cultivating and growing techniques. Next head back to the house and discover the secrets to making authentic Vietnamese cuisine with your host. Enjoy a hands-on cooking lesson and learn how to make your lunch step by step. Taste some local ri...

  • Private Full Day Tam Coc, Cuc Phuong National Park W/ Lunch

    9. Private Full Day Tam Coc, Cuc Phuong National Park W/ Lunch

    Arrive at Tam Coc and take the sampan that goes along the Ngo Dong River to visit three different caves. After you finish visiting Tam Coc, bike around the Tam Coc area and enjoy a Vietnamese tea break. Next, enjoy a lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. Then get back into your private car and continue on towards Cuc Phuong National Park to visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center. The primate center was established in 1993 with the help of the Frankfurt Zoological Society. Afterwards, visit the cave of Early Man. It is one of the nice cave in this forest, then going to visit some symbal old trees of Cuc Phuong National Park.

  • Hanoi: Overnight Cruise in Halong and Lan Ha Bay

    10. Hanoi: Overnight Cruise in Halong and Lan Ha Bay

    The adventure begins with optional hotel pickup from Hanoi. Travel in the comfort of a private limousine to the Sun Group pier in Ha Long, where the Sena Cruises crew will warmly welcome you aboard. Enjoy a welcome drink, hear the safety briefing, and settle in to the fully furnished cabin with ocean views.   Lunch is served on board as the ship sails into Ha Long Bay, crossing Finger Islet, Candle Islet, and thousands of uniquely shaped limestone towers. In the afternoon, discover the beautiful surroundings in a 2-person kayak excursion. Glide through the emerald water and take a closer look at the geology of the Gulf of Tonkin. After a quick dip, relax on the ship and take advantage of the Happy Hour deals. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese Lotus Tea and learn the secrets of how to make this traditional drink. At night, a deluxe barbecue dinner will be served on the top deck. Take in th...

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What people are saying about Hanoi

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 208 reviews

A great experience! Our cheerful, tireless and very warm guide Chu accompanied us on very beautiful and varied paths, protected us from stray dogs with a height of only 1.45 m and told a lot about life and her tribe to the Black H'mong. Lovely hosts in the homestays and delicious food everywhere on our way. The trip was a bit different than announced or booked. No picnics, no houses on stilts and no return trip on the train. Dear GetYourGuide team, to avoid disappointment or irritation, it would be good if the travel plan and the execution were congruent. However, these changes did not harm our enthusiasm. A real asset!

The two day cruise in Halong Bay was one of the best things we did in Vietnam. The boat was very nice. The cabins had dark wood and big windows. We also enjoyed the balcony where we took a lot of photos from. After our kajak tour we went in the hot tup and drank some happy hour drinks. The staff was very friendly without being too much.

Great way to see Halong Bay in one day! Bus journey is obviously quite long but if you need to squeeze it into 1 day it isn’t much to sacrifice. Benjamin was a great guide, so helpful and spoke amazing English!

very well organised, uy was a really nice tourguide and his english was perfect! also big thanks to driver huy for getting us there quick and save!

Excellent....the entire day was Perfect in Everyway