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Hanoi – Halong bay – Yen Duc or Bac Ninh 2 days

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    Duration: 2 days

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This 2 day tour takes you to the must-see Halong bay and add-on unique experience to Yen Duc agricultural village or Bac Ninh known as the land of Quan Ho folk songs, land of culture, traditions, religions, legends and history of the Northern Vietnam.

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Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise (L)

8.00 depart from your hotel in Hanoi for the journey East of Hanoi (approximately 3,5 hours) to Halong City, the gateway to Halong Bay. Upon arrival, board a traditional junk and set sail around this magnificent bay and among thousands islands that jut out of the sea with its spectacular natural environment while lunch is served.

On this exclusive Halong bay cruise we will visit to Dong Thien Cung (Heavenly Palace Grotto), located on a remote island in the bay. As the name suggests, the cave adorned with fantastic stalactites and stalagmites. Colored lights transform the scene into a fairytale palace. Dau Go Cave with History of Vietnam’s fight against Mongolian 13th Century. We then continue cruise to the southern part of the Bay, where we will admire view of many strange-shaped islands, visit floating village of the local fishermen, have a swim or do kayaking to further remote area of the bay. Continue sailing back to Halong wharf, driving to your hotel in Halong for checking in. Relax and overnight in Halong.

Day 2: Halong – Yen Duc Village/Bac Ninh – Hanoi (B, L)

Morning, check out your hotel and leave Halong for Hanoi.

Option 1: Visit Yen Duc village – A glimpse of rural village life.

On the way back, stopover at Yen Duc village in Dong Trieu province for a short break in this typical Vietnamese agricultural village which is rich in culture and traditions. Admire the charming fields, small lanes as well as the amazing tranquility in Yen Duc village. Enjoy a water puppet show which performed by local artists.

Start cycling around the village & visit Canh Huong Pagoda to learn more about Buddhism in Vietnam. Visit a typical house in the village and talk to friendly local people. Experience the farming activities such as: harvesting and planting vegetables, fishing with the traditional method, milling and pounding rice…

Relax in the fresh air and have delicious Vietnamese lunch at the village before bidding farewell to the local family and return to your hotel in Hanoi.

Option 2: Visit Bac Ninh heritage land with historical sites, handicraft village and Quan Ho folking singing.

After 2,5 hour drive on the way back, we arrive to Bac Ninh province, you first visit to Dau Pagoda and But Thap Pagoda to learn about the history and architecture of these two famous pagodas. Being a center of the ancient Luy Lau Citadel that dates back to the second century A.D, Dau Pagoda is considered the most ancient religious structure and an initial source of Buddhism in Vietnam. But Thap Pagoda keeps the well-known statue of a thousand-handed and thousand-eyed Guanyin, which is described as a sculptural masterpiece of Vietnam.

Have lunch at local restaurant.

Continue to visit Dong Ho folk painting village, where locals practice a unique form of folk woodcut painting using natural materials, such as Diep paper made from tree bark, then mixed with powdered seashells and color from tree leaves, flowers, and even coal. You also meet a master craftsman to learn how to make the wooden block paintings.

Then pay a visit at Dinh Bang Communal House and Do Temple. Enjoy the fresh atmosphere and peaceful scenery, followed by the traditional music show Quan Ho at Thuy Dinh (Quan Ho singing recently recognized as the World Cultural Heritage).

Return to your hotel in Hanoi around 16.30. Tour ends.

What's Included:

  • Transfer in air-conditioned vehicle, pick up & drop off at hotel
  • Hotel accommodation in double/twin shared basic,
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Private boat cruise as mentioned
  • All admission fees for sightseeing mentioned in itinerary
  • Complementary mineral water.

What's Not Included:

  • Other meals & drinks
  • Travel insurance,
  • Tips, personal expenses and other not clearly mentioned above.

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