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6 days 5 nights
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Hanoi - Tam Coc - Halong Bay - Hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam Hanoi, Vietnam


Embark on a remarkable North Vietnam itinerary tour 6 days that promises an authentic and enriching experience, showcasing the finest attractions of North Vietnam. This carefully crafted itinerary not only highlights the top destinations but also offers you the freedom and flexibility to indulge in a truly extraordinary journey. If you possess a youthful and adventurous spirit, and yearn for an unforgettable solo travel experience, then this expedition to the captivating North region of Vietnam is an absolute must!

  • Experience the captivating beauty of Vietnam's countryside and indulge in the tranquility and splendor of Ninh Binh's rice fields.
  • Explore Halong Bay's stunning landscape as you cruise past a myriad of limestone karsts emerging from the mesmerizing emerald waters.

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Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival - First Visit
Welcome by the guide and driver, transfer to the massage salon in the city center. An hour of traditional oil massage will help you relieve fatigue after a long flight.
In the afternoon, we then suggest a short tour to Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as "Lake of the Restored Sword," located in the heart of the city. We will visit Ngoc Son Temple, or the "Temple of the Jade Mountain." From the temple courtyard, you will have a beautiful view of this magical lake at dusk.
Diner in your own.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (Breakfast)
Car Walking
After breakfast, your day kicks off with a visit to the square in front of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, honoring the nation's founder. Your guide will narrate the country's independence history before you capture memories in photos.
Next, head to the Defense Pagoda by West Lake, ending your morning with an insightful trip to the Hanoi Ethnography Museum, showcasing Vietnam's diverse ethnic cultures.
Lunch awaits at a local eatery.
In the afternoon, a fascinating stroll through the Hanoi Old Quarter awaits you. Start with the Long Bien Bridge - Paul Doumer Bridge (Trần Nhật Duật Street side) and continue to Cao Thắng Street, famous for its traditional spices. Then, explore the Đồng Xuân Market, the largest market in Hanoi, and soak in the lively atmosphere of Hàng Mã Street, known for its decorative items, Chinese toys, and colorful lanterns.
Continue your exploration through Lương Văn Can, Lãn Ông, and Hang Buồm streets, taking the time to visit the Bạch Mã Temple (76 Hang Buồm Street), the oldest temple in Hanoi. Take a well-deserved break at Café Market (Hanoi Coffee Station, 44 Hang Bè Street or another café boutique) to enjoy a complimentary coffee.
Capture the vibrant atmosphere by Hoan Kiem Lake before attending a mesmerizing Hanoi water puppet show in the evening.
Dinner is on your own, followed by an overnight stay at the hotel in Hanoi
Day 3: Hanoi – Van Long – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc (Breakfast, Lunch)
Car Bicycle Bamboo-rafting
Around 8:00 AM, we head towards Van Long, a former marshland turned nature reserve. We embark on a bamboo boat excursion for two people, gliding through a vast valley of reeds surrounded by mountains and inhabited by herons and white-bottomed monkeys. Following that, we explore a low limestone cave adorned with sparkling stalagmites and stalactites.
Continuing our journey, we make our way to Hoa Lu, the capital of Vietnam's early independent dynasties. Here, we visit the temples dedicated to the country's first kings, Dinh and Le.
By around 1:00 PM, we meet a local Vietnamese family and savor a traditional meal in a magnificent setting overlooking the rice fields and mountains.
After lunch, we proceed to Tam Coc, where we embark on a scenic bicycle ride through picturesque karst landscapes. We visit the splendid Thai Vi Temple, dedicated to the Tran kings of the 13th century, located at the end of a long pathway lined with rice fields. We are warmly welcomed by the temple's guardian, a venerable bearded man named Ong Tu, who plays the Đàn bầu, a monochord instrument.
Overnight in Tam Coc.
Day 4: Tam Coc - Ha Long Bay (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Car Cruise Kayak
Departure for Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. On the way, we pass through the provinces of Nam Dinh and Thai Binh, significant rice granaries of the Red River Delta.
Around noon: Arrival at Hon Gai for boarding a beautiful wooden junk boat, embarking on an exceptional discovery of Halong Bay (the bay where the Mother Dragon descended) and Bai Tu Long Bay (the bay where the Dragon's children descended). The junk boat sails amidst thousands of stunning rock formations, clustered into islands and islets of breathtaking beauty. Several activities are planned for the afternoon, including a visit to Thien Canh Son Cave, offering a panoramic view of the bay (a jade sea adorned with sailing junks), free swimming on a white sandy beach, or an hour of kayaking to explore the bay's hidden corners.
The junk boat then continues its journey in the bay towards more secluded areas before anchoring in an authorized zone for the night. In the late afternoon, while waiting for dinner, you can relax and enjoy cocktails on the upper deck (offering a 360° view), where you can admire the charming landscapes.
All meals served on board feature delicious seafood dishes.
Overnight stay on board.
Day 5: Ha Long Bay - But Thap Pagoda - Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch)
Car Cruise
Breakfast in the calm and freshness of the morning, followed by a rowboat tour of the floating houses. These houses are currently uninhabited due to the violent typhoons in the bay during certain seasons. They are primarily used for fish farming (hatcheries) and pearl cultivation.
Continuing in this dreamlike setting, enjoy a final lunch before leaving the boat and its crew.
We return to Hanoi by road. Along the way, we visit But Thap Pagoda, also known as the "Brush Pagoda" due to its tower shaped like a calligraphy brush. This 13th-century monastic complex, located in Dinh To village, Bac Ninh province, approximately 30 km from Hanoi, showcases remarkable beauty, originality, and richness.
Then, transfer to Hanoi and rest.
Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi - Free - Departure (Breakfast)
You have a free day for rest or shopping in the city center. Transfer to Hanoi airport for your return flight.
The check-out time is 12:00 PM.
End of North Vietnam itinerary tour 6 days!
  • What’s Inclusion

    • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast
    • Overnight cruise on board a shared good-quality boat in Halong Bay (private boat upon request).
    • Private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers.
    • English-speaking guide during all tours.
    • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
    • Water & cool towels
    • Government taxes & service charge.
  • What’s Excluded

    • International airfare and departure taxes
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, drinks, tips… etc.
    • Personal travel insurance.
    • Vietnam Visa (If you are not exempt from the visa).
    • All other services not specified in the itinerary
  • Notes

    • Surcharged for Gala dinner on 24th and 31st December if any
    • Surcharged for Public holidays (30/4-1/5, Lunar New Year)
    • The timing of check-in and check-out at the hotels: Check-in at 14:00, check-out at 12:00. (Early check-in/
    • late check-out is upon your request).
    • A single supplement is required if you are traveling alone.
    • The triple room is possible upon your request.

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    Jack Grealish

    Jun 26, 2023
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    fantastic trip

    We had a fantastic 6-day trip with Autour Asia. Everything was excellent. Our guide was attentive and knowledgeable, making our experience truly enjoyable. We highly recommend them.


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