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Hanoi – Halong authentic beauty

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Price from: $283 USD

Destinations: Hanoiicon-16   Halong Bay icon-16 Hanoi departure

There is a Vietnamese saying goes: Halong bay – “Descending Dragon” and Hanoi – the heart of Vietnam. This 4-day private tour includes the popular Halong classic wonders and the highlights in Hanoian culture.
Enjoy the deep-rooted cultural and traditional music show in Hanoi, relax at breathtaking karst scenery in Halong bay, taste the exquisite lifestyle by being a guest in a traditional-styled Vietnamese family with 3 generations living in one house. Let’s immerse into the rich and diverse Vietnam.

Highlights of Trip

  • Get basic knowledge about the cultural and spiritual life of the northern residents in Vietnam
  • Immerse in the quiet and peaceful location viewing the charming landscape with its thousands of extraordinarily shaped limestone islands
  • Warmly home hosted dinner and communication with three generations family.

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Full Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi arrival – traditional show

Hanoi arrival:

Arrive at Noi Bai Airport. You are welcomed by our guide and driver at exit gate with welcome sign board. Transfer to hotel (45 min). Check in hotel.

Nestled along wooded boulevards among the city’s two dozen lakes you will find architectural souvenirs left by all who conquered this great valley, from the Chinese who first came in the last millennium to the French, booted out in our own century.

Cultural Exploration:

Let’s spend your night to enjoy one of traditional music shows such as:

  • Golden Bell show presents to you all the sights and sounds of Vietnam through 8 performances of various traditional folk styles- all in just an hour.
  • Savor Water puppet show – a tradition that dates back as far as the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta area of northern Vietnam before coming back to your hotel.

Free-time Idea(s): Find your dinner in some great places bellowed:

  • Cha ca La Vong- 14 Cha Ca St, Hanoi is a 100-year-old restaurant that is often a must-not-miss in guidebooks. It serves one iconic, delicious dish, called cha ca la Vong, which also happens to be the name of the restaurant.
  • Madame Hien Restaurant (15 Chan Cam St, Hanoi) is a tribute to Vietnamese women’s way of cooking, and their ‘ancestral culture and the artisanal and regional knowledge of over one thousand years’. Let’s explore the differences between northern and southern cuisines, as well as to try some of the best Pho in town in here.

Today useful note(s):

  • Check your luggage carefully and all your personal items of passports, visa etc. before leaving your hotel.

This below video – 36 hours in Hanoi – will help you to see “another Hanoi”

Meals: __/__/__

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi – Halong

At 08.00, driver will pick you up at hotel and start the scenic, which costs 4 hours on driving to Halong bay.

Halong say “hi”: Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, Halong Bay’s spectacular scatter of islands, dotted with wind- and wave-eroded grottoes, is a vision of ethereal beauty and, unsurprisingly, northern Vietnam’s number one tourism hub.

Incredible Natural Sightseeing: On your arrival at Halong harbor, you will be welcomed and lead to your cruise to enjoy a welcome drink and lunch. Then start your trip with:

  • Cruise to the untouched Bai Tu Long Bay considered by the Vietnamese to be heaven on the earth, you may have a chance to see thousands of islands in various shapes which are lying randomly close to each other like a big wall.
  • Explore the Lờm Bò area and be charmed by this outstanding masterpiece of Mother Nature and visit Mê Cung Cave – one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay and climb up to see the panoramic view of the bay from above. Enjoy swimming in the peaceful, crystal water of the Bay (optional).
  • Return to the LaFairy Sails for a Sunset party to admire the best moments of the day when the sun starts to set.
  • Savor an amazing and dreamlike dinner in Fairy cave (or Drum cave) with extremely delicious food and be awed by a fascinating fruit and vegetable carving performance. Afterward, socialize with new friends and crew members, enjoy squid fishing, or simply relax on your boat’s top deck in the middle of the tranquil bay.

Free-time Idea(s):

  • At night, do not forget to try squid fishing while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere that you cannot find in any other places.

Today useful note(s):

  • You should leave your big luggage at your hotel and get them to take care to stay away from tiredness.
  • You may get wet while riding kayaking or swimming, it is better to have some swimsuits along with you.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Overnight on board

Day 3: Halong – Hanoi/ home hosted dinner

Good morning Halong: Waking up in the morning and doing exercise with Tai Chi while the sun starts shining, birds are singing somewhere will be a great start of the day and awesome moments.

Capture your Halong: This morning, you may visit another cave to discover and learn about the formation of karst caves besides some interesting stories relating.

  • Start cruising to Vung Viêng Area, located in the heart of Bai Tu Long Bay, 24 km from the mainland, to discover the cultural life of the fishermen but also will be instructed in the fine arts of sailing and casting fish nets. We have two different ways:
  • Option 1: Visit the fishing village by bamboo boat, get closer to the characteristic landforms and learn more about the local way of life.
  • Option 2: Enjoy swimming on a white sand beach or go kayaking through the hidden beauty of the Bay.

While your board is cruising back to harbor, you have time to take a shower, pack your all luggage and check out your cabin.

Come back Hanoi: It is another 3.5-hour to drive back to Hanoi and you will have a stop in the middle way to relax after long time sitting on the bus. At about 4p.m, we will be in Hanoi and you have changes to enjoy dinner with a local family had three generations

  • Enjoy Dinner with local foods in a local house.
  • Meet up all family members, chat with them and hear about all their life story.

Free- time idea(s):

  • Bia-O’Clock in Hanoi are by far the best place to drink in the city, and not simply because they are cheap! Each bar is usually buzzing, chocked full of locals and interesting journeyers, perched on tiny plastic stools, people-watching right on the sidewalk within touching distance of the traffic whizzing by – always a wonderful way to spend an evening!

Today useful note(s):

  • You may get wet while riding kayaking or swimming, it is better to have some swimsuits along with you.

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/__

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 4: Hanoi Departure

Hanoi goodbye: your four-day tour in Vietnam is coming to the end. You have free time on your own to walk down the street and pick up any great images to bring back to your country before being transferred to the airport.

Today useful note(s): please check your luggage carefully and all your personal items of passports, visa etc. before leaving your hotel

Meals: Breakfast/__/__

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What's Included & ExcludedPrice

Included:

  • Accommodation in twin/ double sharing basis with daily breakfast.
  • Door to door pick-up/transfer service with private air-conditioned vehicles  (Shuttle bus on Halong bay trip)
  • 2 days package on Halong Bay Boat with shuttle bus transfer Hanoi – Halong – Hanoi
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast/ L: Lunch/ D: Dinner) with 1 soft drink included in each meal.
  • 1 small bottle of water per person on day trip
  • Entrance fee and Sightseeing tickets
  • Water puppet show tickets (45minutes)
  • One by one care service 24/7 during the trip
  • Services charges and Government taxes

Excluded:

  • Meals, Beverages which do not specify in the program
  • International flights
  • Personal Expenses, tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Bank fee

Note:

Check in time is normally at 14.00; check out time is normally at 12.00.Early check in or check out is upon on availability of the hotels.

At last minute, Halong Bay cruise can be cancelled due to bad weather ,typhoons. We will then refund the cruise back to you or will change your itinerary to day trip or somewhere else if possible.

LIST OF RECOMMEND ACCOMMODATION

City Deluxe Class
Hanoi Conifer Boutique hotel
Halong La Fairy Sails

 

* We suggest central location hotels and highly recommended on Tripadvisor in our list.

If at the time of booking, any hotels or rooms in the list above are fully booked, we will endeavor to find accommodation of a similar standard elsewhere. If the only available accommodation is of a higher or lower standard, we will revise the price

Class of service Price per person in USD
1 pax 2 pax 3-4 pax 5-8 pax
Deluxe Class 635 337 307 283
  • Children Policy: Price quote in USD per person & valid until 31 Dec, 2016
  • S.R.S: Single Room Supplement. If you want to have your own room, you will pay extra amount for this.

Kid < 5 years old: Free of charge (share services with Adult)

Kid 5-10 years old: 50% Adult

Kid >10 years old: 100% Adult price

*At the time of quotation, Travel Sense Asia reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

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Why 96% Clients Recommend TSA? Hear What They Say

Jtan3 (Singapore) – From TripAdvisor said:

Henry, the consultant assisting us, was able to understand our requirements quickly and arrange a Halong Bay 1-day cruise that starts from Halong Bay early in the morning (instead of from Hanoi). Email communications were prompt and he was able to provide the answers and arrangements as needed. The actual tour guide who followed us was knowledgeable, helpful and flexible… Read more

Daleen (South Africa) – From TripAdvisor said:

What a great experience we had in Vietnam. After seeing a picture on a email, me and my brother decided to travel to Vietnam for 16 days. After a long search on google for the place where the picture was taken, I finally gave up and contacted Travel Sense Asia. Julie, one of the travel advisers, gave me an immediate reply of where the place is, and that she can arrange a day trip for us tot Trang An. Needless to say, we ended up using Travel Sense Asia, without any regrets. We pretty much decided what… Read more

Useful information for travel in Vietnam

What’s the difference between 3, 4, and 5 -star hotels?

We usually arrange centrally-located and Western-standard hotels. Five-star hotels are usually palatial with huge lobbies and comfortable rooms, their standards not quite matching the best of Paris or New York, but very close. Four-star hotels have quality facilities, but not as luxurious as five-star hotels. Three-star hotels meet the needs of most Westerners, but breakfasts have less choice. We also recommend some courtyard hotels or Vietnamese-style hotels with local features and architecture. These hotels have a good ranking, or positive feedback from our customers, and TripAdvisor. Usually, hotels in big cities, small cities, and rural areas are a bit different, even if they have the same star level. We try to use the best available hotel in each place.

Passport & Visa Requirements

You may be required for visa to Vietnam. Please check the list of countries which need visa to Vietnam in this links: Who need visa to Vietnam? Vietnam Visa is issued by Vietnam Embassy in your country or “Visa on arrival”. Travel Sense Asia will offer free visa to Vietnam for you (except some difficult countries). You will need one clear page (per visa) in a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your departure from Vietnam.

Currency Exchange

As currency exchange rates in Vietnam fluctuate, we suggest you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com or www.vietcombank.com In 2016 the USD & VND has been around 22.500VND per USD. There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Master card, but these are limited to cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travelers checks in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but they may charge a 2–4% transaction fee.

Tipping

It is customary to tip service providers in the travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected — though not compulsory — and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (3 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service. In additionally, you will sometimes use rolling boat, cyclo riding, porter which you should give a small tip to these local people.

Food

Eating is an important part of your Vietnam experience. Generally, breakfasts are included in the itinerary and offered by hotels. Travel Sense Asia recommend local Vietnam restaurants that are popular with local people for lunch. You can order dishes with the help of your guide. We usually leave dinner for your own choice — Western food can be found in most large cities. If you are vegetarian or you are looking for e.g. halal food, please feel free to inform your travel advisor, who can arrange a restaurant to fit your needs.

Vehicle

We use comfortable sedans or vans with air-conditioning. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well maintained and always very clean. Our drivers take pride in their vehicles. Our car and van are always available space for a comfortable trip. Luggage – All clients are limited to two items of luggage each; a suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg and one piece of hand luggage with a maximum weight of 7kg. It is essential that your luggage is lockable. Please note that authorities will only allow bottles onto the aircraft if they have been checked in as main baggage. Bottles in hand luggage may be confiscated.

Electric

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In Vietnam the standard voltage is 220 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A / C / G. Below you find pictures of these power sockets and corresponding plugs. And we provide more information about the voltage and frequency. Climate – You will find a complete packing list and a helpful climate chart in the ‘Suggested Packing List’, which is included in the pre-departure information link sent within your deposit documentation. Seasonal weather patterns can be quite unpredictable. Up to the minute information on worldwide weather can be found on www.weather.com.

I’ve been working as a tour-guide in Vietnam for a long time before became a travel advisor and tour designer at TSA. I’m really interested in touching clients’ need to authentic experience in local. Let us take care of your dream in Indochina.

Henry – TSA Expert Tour Designer

We have spent years finding and developing the very best team in Indochina. Our team is knowledgeable, flexible and friendly, but rich in personality. They are the best team on ground to care out your dream of Indochina. Their goal is to be a lovely host, and to entice you back. Let contact our team if you want history, facts, local inside tips or even to ask about their lives they are happy to share.

Julie – TSA Sale Manager

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