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NGOCVIET01: HANOI - HALONG (3DAYS/2NIGHTS)

Day 1: Hanoi –Halong (L, D)

Arrive Hanoi at 09h30/ All guests are warmly welcome upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport by our local guide then lunch at local restaurant. Then you will transfer to Halong Bay (165 km east of Hanoi) - a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty, you will experience a rural area dotted with villages, rice fields and farms providing the many parts of the nation with rice, fruits and vegetables.

Arrival Halong, check in the hotel and free at your own leisure until dinner at local restuarant. Overnight at hotel in Halong bay.

Day 2: Halong– Hanoi (B, L, D)

After breakfast in the hotel (6 -7AM), you will be transferred to the port. Embark and start a relaxing in a wonderful cruise through Halong Bay, passing bizarre rock formations. You will discover Halong Bay, listed as a World Heritage of outstanding natural beauty, known in Vietnamese as “Dragon descending to the sea“. The picturesque Halong Bay has more than 3,000 limestone islets rising from the clear emerald water, many of them containing beautiful grottoes.

You will visit Thien Cung situated on the south-west side of the bay, 4 km from the wharf outside of Halong City. The way to Thien Cung grotto is covered on both sides by thick forest. After entering narrow gate, the grotto’s 130-meter-long girth opens up. Getting in you will be more astonished in front of the very animated and splendid beauty which is made from the stalactites. On the east wall of the grotto, there is a grandiose and imposing picture with characters of tales. Going out of the Thien Cung grotto, you will have a sensation of just watching a unique, meticulous, interesting fine-art museum which is made by nature. This grotto is one of the most beautiful ones in Halong Bay. Legend has it, that beautiful young lady named May (cloud), caught the eye of the Dragon Prince and he fell in love with her. They were betrothed, and their wedding lasted seven days and seven nights in the very centre of the grotto. During the boat trip fresh seafood lunch will be served for your delights.

Arrive in Hanoi late in the afternoon, join a walking tour through the Hanoi’s Old Quarter, also known as the ‘36 streets’. This bustling area of narrow streets and alleys is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. It's a great place to explore with plenty of photo opportunities all around you

This is a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes from rural life and episodes of national history. Dinner at local restuarant. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi (B, L, D)

After breakfast at hotel, you will start the day with visit The One Pillar Pagoda, which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure is one of Vietnam’s smallest but most iconic temples. Close by is the Mausoleum of the historic Father Figure of modern Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and the Former President's House on stilts where he lived from 1958 to 1969. His former home illustrates the modesty of this Vietnamese revolutionary

(The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed Mondays & Fridays and from Oct.-Nov, you will view from the outside)

Tour continues to visit Vietnam Military History Museum (closed on Mondays). Then visit Al-Noor Masjid Mosque for praying before lunch.

After lunch you will visit the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake and enjoy a leisurely one-hour buggy tour through the streets of this fascinating city. You will come face to face with the daily lives and activities of Hanoi’s streets as you pass through the congested, but delightful, Old Quarter. Ride pass the fascinating streets, which still bear the names of the shops that could be found in them in the 15th to 18th centuries.

Afterward, you will explore the famous Dong Xuan Market and Hanoi old quarter on 36 streets where you can purchase souvenirs for your beloved ones.

Then transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for your international flight home. We hope you had an exciting holiday with us. Making it an affair to remember!