North - East Exploration And Ha Long Bay Kayaking Tour
North - East Exploration And Ha Long Bay Kayaking Tour - 9 Days
Style: Vietnam Adventure Tours
Hightlights: Hanoi - Ba Be - Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Water-Fall - Lang Son - Ha Long - Cat Ba Island - Lan Ha Bay
Description: Visiting all the best tourist sites and enjoying the spectacular views in combined cultural &amp;amp; natural beauty in the North-East of Vietnam.
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Arrive at Noi Bai Airport. Pick up and transfer to a hotel. Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city, boasts tree-lined streets and centuries-old temples. An afternoon sightseeing tour features both cultural and historical highlights, comprising the Temple of Literature, the Ethnology Museum, the old quarters and a downtown pedicab ride (1 hour).
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi - Ba Be
Leave for Ba Be (240km) passing picturesque tea plantations, terraced rice fields and forested mountains. Ba Be, a national park covering 23,340 hectares, comprises a chain of natural lakes and diverse fauna & flora. Late in the afternoon, take a short boat ride on the lake to Pac Ngoi, a cluster of lakeside houses-on-stilts of the Tay tribe. Stroll along the village path and visit local houses.
Overnight at a guest house at the national park.
Day 3: Ba Be - Cao Bang
In the morning, enjoy a boat ride on the Nang River and Lake Ba Be. Explore Puong Cave, Tay tribe villages and Fairy Pond. Discover more about the secrets of evergreen tropical forests. In the afternoon, transfer to Cao Bang (130km) via a mountainous road winding across beautiful passes (Gio, Cao Bac and Tai Sin Ho).
Overnight in Cao Bang.
Day 4: Excursion to Ban Gioc
Enjoy a full-day trip to Ban Gioc, 90km from Cao Bang boasting one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Vietnam. As Ban Gioc is located in a border area, a travel permit is to be arranged for every visitor. The trip also gives opportunities to visit a bustling hill-tribe fair (held every 5 days), forge villages of the Nung tribe at Phuc Sen, magical caves at Nguom Ngao and splendid limestone valleys at Trung Khanh. Have picnic lunch en route. Return to Cao Bang.
Overnight in Cao Bang.
Day 5: Cao Bang - Lang Son
The morning sightseeing trip is a pleasant drive to Pac Bo (60km) where President Ho Chi Minh's hide-out built in 1941 can be seen. It is an ideal place to breathe fresh forest breezes and walk along a poetic stream in natural surroundings. Visit colorful hill-tribe markets (held every 5 days) en route. In the afternoon, transfer to Lang Son (130km), a major commercial gateway between Vietnam and China.
Overnight in Lang Son.
Day 6: Lang Son – Ha Long
We depart from hotel at 7: 45 am for Ha Long Bay approximately 4 hours away. En route we have a short stop at the Sao Dao center run for and by handicapped children for short break. Upon arrival at Ha Long Bay we will be met by captain and cruise and transferred to Orchid Cruise .Welcome on board of the Junk and set sail through bay while lunch is served. Passage into the magical bay, where thousands of sculpted limestone islands rise from the waves like dragons’ teeth. Opportunity to visit beautiful limestone grotto, go swimming or sunbathing. Enjoy cocktails while watching sunset and later unwind at out-door restaurant.
Later on, you could have a chance to take a kayaking tour around some islands to discover the beauties of Halong closer on your eyes.
If weather permits, a short night cruise could bring you a nice discovery of the sea life by night.
Accommodation and overnight on junk.
Day 7: Halong - Cat Ba Island
In this morning, we will keep on our journey by junk-boat to Cat Ba Island, which is the biggest & most beautiful island among 1,969 islands in Halong Bay area. Upon arrival Beo harbour, shuttle bus will be waiting for you to take you to hotel then proceed to explore Cat Ba island by a visit to the National Park of Cat Ba - a Vietnam's unique offshore park, where is still preserving strickly a variety of rare fauna & flora. Afternoon, we have all your free time on beach for relaxation.
O/N in Cat Ba Island.
Day 8: Cat Ba - Hanoi
In the morning, you will be free on your own to discover the natural beauty & relax on Cat Ba island until taken to Cat Ba harbour for a hydrofoil to Hai Phong. On arriving in Hai Phong, waiting private car will take you back to Hanoi.
Upon arrival, you will be free on your own.
O/N in Hue.
Day 9: Departure from Hanoi
After having breakfast at hotel, you will be free at leisure until transferred to the airport for a departure flight home. End of the tour
Here are some information for whole trip, might you like to book!
- Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
- Accommodation in hotels, guesthouses (twin shared room)
- Meal as mentioned: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
- English or French speaking guide
- Entrance fee to indicated sights
- Package boat trip with Kayaking in Halong bay
- International air ticket:
- International airport tax:
- Travel insurance against any personal injury of illness and damage of the property incurred during the course of this trip.
- Visa stamp fee
- Other meal, Tip to guide and driver
- Personal expenses such as: drinks, phone calls, laundry, tip...etc
- Supplement for Spanish, Italian and German speaking guide
- Surcharged for New Year & Lunar New Year
Five common questions travellers ask us
1. How long and where to visit for first-timers?
For first-timers, one week can be enough to take in Vietnam at a glance. An ideal order should be going from north to south, with a changing view from ancient times to modernity. Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City should make a great 8 days travel plan. If you have extra one or two days, stretch to the northern hillside Sapa or explore the Mekong Delta with the bustling floating markets.
Rushing your time for some so-called must-see attractions is not necessary for such an interesting country like Vietnam. Deciding what you are interested in, culture, nature, lifestyle, beaches or food before making a smartly-timed travel plan is a good way to go.
2. When is the best time to visit Vietnam?
October to next February is the best time as it is the cool and dry season of Vietnam. Temperature is about 20-26c nationwide, just comfortable for sightseeing. Besides, you might also have a chance to be a part of the local life during the festival seasons in December and February.
3. What is the best way to get to Vietnam?
First option is by air. Vietnam has three major international airports: Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Cam Ranh International Airport in Nha Trang and Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Hanoi and Nha Trang only have international flights with most Asian countries; international flights can fly from Paris and Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City, it is also connected with other Asian big cities.
Bangkok and Hong Kong are the most-friendly transit hubs as they have better airfares and much easier to get around.
4. How do I book the trip?
To book our trip, please select your preferred trip and click on ”Book this trip” on the web page. Our booking form wizard will automatically call the trip name, and ask you to fill out some fields for information. Once completed filling the form, you just click Submit to send us your inquiry or Reset to cancel what you have filled up. After receiving your reservation request, we will immediately make all the necessary arrangements in accordance with your request. This will takes about 1-2 business days, and we will send to you our confirmation message by e-mail with all the details of hotels, flights, tours, the booking status and also payment term.
5. Do I Need a Visa for Visiting Vietnam?
Citizens of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy are exempt from visas for a stay of a maximum of 15 days for all purposes. Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and most western countries need a Vietnam visa.
We would suggest you get your Vietnam visa at least one month ahead of your travel. Applying for Visa-on-Arrival (VOA), for more information, check out Vietnam Visas and How to Apply for:
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