3 Nights – from AUD $1,299.00
In this short but truly memorable weekend, experience the best of Vietnam from Hanoi to HaLong Bay. If you don’t have a ton of time to spend in the country, we highly recommend this short but comprehensive journey through the highlights of Northern Vietnam. Experience street food in Hanoi with a native local guide, motorbike through Cat Ba National Park and spend the night under the stars in Ha Long Bay in your private luxury cabin. Can you think of a better way to spend the weekend?
DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN HANOI
Today, arrive at your convenience to Hanoi. We’ll handle your visa on arrival and provide an invitation letter to get you through immigration smoothly. Once you’re through, a driver will be there to greet you and provide transfer to your hotel. Check in to your hotel right in the middle of the Old Quarter. Rest or get acquainted with this incredible city. You will immediately experience the bustle of Hanoi. The energy and life in Hanoi is invigorating and downright addicting.
If you get in early, your local guide will recommend local lunch and Vietnamese coffee options (a great first stop is a local bun cha restaurant, the meal of choice for Anthony Bourdain and Barack Obama in Hanoi). At approximately 8pm, we’ll meet in the lobby of the hotel and head to a local restaurant for our first local dinner.
Accommodation at Hanoi Silk Queen or similar
DAY 2 – HANOI EXPERIENCE
Meet your guide and start your proper Hanoi experience by eating a local breakfast at our pick of a street Pho restaurant. We’ll eat it right on the sidewalk as we watch the city come to life. Stroll through bustling street markets while you learn about the history of this capital city. Stop in for Vietnamese egg coffee at a local family cafe located on one of the busiest corners in Hanoi. Next, we’ll visit the Hỏa Lò Prison to learn about a period of French colonial rule. Have lunch at a local grilled fish restaurant, locals favorite!
Enjoy free time in the afternoon. Then in the evening, your local guide will take you on a walk along the Hanoi Railway line and discover the life of local people who live along this line. Take some great photos before we stop for the taste of Hanoi Bia Hoi, a popular type of draft beer, before having dinner at a local eatery. We’ll tell you where to go for the best nightlife, and then the rest of the evening is free for you to enjoy!
Accommodation at Hanoi Silk Queen or similar
(B, L and snacks)
DAY 3: HAI PHONG – HA LONG BAY – LAN HA BAY
This morning, we’ll take you from Hanoi to Dinh Vu Port in Hai Phong city where we’ll transfer you by mini boat to the overnight Orchid Luxury Cruise. Check into the cabin. From here, you’ll explore Ha Long Bay, home to thousands of limestone karsts formed through the course of 20 million years. Continue your journey through the islets of Con Vit and Gia Luan on a path that is untouched and truly off the beaten path.
After lunch on the boat, we’ll cruise to Lan Ha Bay, a quiet tourist paradise known for their pristine beaches and small forested islands (mass tourists do not explore this part of the bay). You can enjoy a swim in the emerald waters or kayak to private lagoons. Then relax on the boat or join a traditional Vietnamese cooking class. Sunset dinner will be served on the boat. Enjoy cocktails into the night under the stars. A true luxury and cultural experience.
Accommodation is private cabin on Orchid Cruise or similar
(B, L, D)
DAY 4: RETURN TO HANOI AND FAREWELL
Rise early to enjoy the sunrise right from your private cabin on the water. Learn Tai Chi on the deck as your morning exercise. After breakfast on the boat, we’ll give you another chance to take the kayaks out to explore the Sang Toi cave. Enjoy a freshly prepared brunch while we return to the Dinh Vu port.
Then onwards to Hanoi by the early afternoon. Enjoy your last moments in Hanoi! We’ll offer optional excursions to have famous egg coffee and Bánh Mì! Otherwise, the day is yours. Airport transfer is provided at anytime for connecting flights.
This itinerary is subject to change at any time.
What’s included in this tour:
- Expert English-speaking Local Guide
- Local and Authentic Meals (as included in the itinerary)
- Street Food Tour
- Vietnam E-Visa Paperwork and Fast Track
- Premium Boutique Hotels and Resorts
- Private Cabin on Luxury Cruise Boat
- Kayaking, cooking class, tai chi, cave exploration and all mentioned activities
- Admissions fees
- Airport Transfers and Ground Transportation
What’s not included in this tour:
- Round-trip airfare from home country
- Travel insurance
- Extra drinks or dishes during meals (1 drink included in meals)
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, etc)
- Tips for guides and drivers (mandatory $10 per day per traveler)
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