Trace the captivating beauty of Vietnam's capital city of Hanoi, visit the city's historical landmarks of Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo prison and venture outside the cities, cruise among dramatic limestone islands in Halong Bay.
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Good morning Vietnam. You are met and welcomed on arrival in Hanoi - the charming capital city of Vietnam. A private transfer to city. Checking into your accommodationa and remainder of the day is spent relaxing. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast is followed by a comprehensive city orientation which you will have a chance to get closer to see ochre-coloured colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes. You will explore the city's historic landmarks and sights. The moring tour is spent with a visit to see the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilt where his belongings are on display and next is to visit One Pillar Pagoda - a historic Buddhist temple which was originally built in the 11st century and now is one of iconic temple of Hanoi city. Just a short distant drive will take you to visit the Temple of Literature which is made up of five temples and peaceful courtyards within one complex and parts date back to the 11th Century.
After a lunch break, you will then enjoy a visit Hoa Lo prison - South East Asia's top 5 macabre destinations which was used by the French colonists in French Indochina for Vietnamese political prisoners, and later it was nicknamed the 'Hanoi Hilton' by US prisoners of war (POWs) that housed American prisoners of war -- invited memories of a long and bitter war.
You will then take an in-depth tour on rickshaw "cyclo" to explore of the city's incredible and bustling part of the city. It is "Pho Co" or Old Quarters, where each street was historically dedicated to a specific trade or material, such as bamboo, silk and lacquer. While touring the narrow streets, learn about the history of the Old Quarter and its traditional architecture, and see how it has transformed into a fashionable district with cafes, art galleries and boutiques featuring the finest Vietnamese design and style. You will also attend and enjoy a performance of Hanoi's renowned water puppet show, or attend a performance at the landmark Hanoi Opera House. Back to the hotel and you will spend your evening free. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and you will be at leisure for whole morning to relax. At 15:00, you will be escorted by a Hanoian lady for a guided tour of Hanoi's local food market. We buy all the ingredients for our class and design our menu based on the best and freshest produce available that day. We then return to the host's house by car for an interesting cooking demonstrations with hands on involvement and many food tastings. Enjoy very delicious dinner with our friendly Hanoian host. Transfer back to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Breafast at hotel and we will depart for Halong Bay, we go through the scenic countryside. The wondrous Halong Bay is truly one of Vietnam’s most impressive scenic sights. Heading out of the town we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. This exciting cruise will provide us a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands rising amazingly from the clear and emerald water. The limestone karsts formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. Along the way we will anchor for a leisurely swim in a secluded cove and an enjoyable visit to one of the many hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. Stay overnight on the cruise in Halong Bay.
After breakfast, transfer to your day – trip boat with private crew and cruise to the bay’s most untouched areas. Enjoy swimming on quiet beaches, visiting water tunnels, fishing villages or kayaking. Lunch served on board by your private chef. Return to the mother boat for the night. Overnight aboard.
Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast, visit beautiful limestone grotto then back to the boat for a final glimpse of the Halong Bay while cruising back to the dock. Private transfer to hotel in Hanoi and to Noi Bai International for an outbound flight back to a next destination or the country of origin after a memorable 10-day Northern Vietnam tour covering Hanoi, Sapa and Halong Bay.