Destination General Information: Hai Phong – Halong Bay – Nam Dinh – Ninh Binh
Hai Phong is only ranked after Hanoi in terms of economy as well as society. But Cat Ba Island makes Hai Phong so different from the Vietnam capital. The diverse nature and historical relics put Cat Ba on the map of Vietnamese tourism.
Visiting Vietnam without reaching Halong Bay is such a great mistake. Words seem to be unable to describe the gorgeous beauty of this World Wonder but just a visit can leave you unforgettable memories of amazing limestone mountains along with marvelous caves.
Do you want to find the root of Pho, one of the delicious foods in the world? Do you want to explore ancient constructions and experience local life in traditional villages? Then Nam Dinh will satisfy all of your demands. Unlock these mysteries and find yourself the best answers.
Your journey from the present capital will stop at the ancient one. Vietnamese Kings chose Ninh Binh as the capital thanks to the terrain of majestic mountains like the natural walls to defend the attack of foreign enemies. Nowadays, mountains still stand here but are covered by peaceful sceneries of soft rivers, immense fields, and the wonderful Trang An Complex.
Duration: 4 Days/ 3 Nights
Tour Route: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong Bay – Nam Dinh – Ninh Binh – Hanoi
Tour Types: Culture and History – Explore and Experience
Guides: Local Guide (English Speaking Guide, Other Languages upon Request)
Transportation: Private first-class air-conditioned vehicles
Day 1: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay
Day 2: Cat Ba Island – Nam Dinh
Day 3: Nam Dinh – Ninh Binh
Day 4: Ninh Binh – Hanoi
|Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay||Calypso Cruise or similar|
|Nam Dinh||Ecohost Hai Hau|
|Ninh Binh||Bai Dinh Hotel or similar|
Day 1: Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong Bay – Lan Ha Bay (G, L, D)
09:00 Our tour guide and the car will pick you up at your hotel and then transfer to Hai Phong on the highway, the 4th biggest city in Vietnam, where you will start the cruise.
12:00 Arrival Got ferry. The tender will take you to Cruise for boarding. You will receive a warm welcome by our Captain and his crew with drink and some refreshing towels. You have lunch while enjoying the beauty of the canals on our way to Halong Bay.
15:00 We arrive at Light and Dark Cave Area, where you can do kayaking or bamboo boat rowed by local people.
17:30 Return to Cruise, take a refreshing shower. Happy Hour will be offered while you can enjoy the sunset in this magnificent bay. Take part in a cooking demonstration by our chef to learn about Vietnamese cuisine.
19:00 A great dining experience awaits you.
20:30 Socialize with other guests, try your luck with squid fishing or just laze around. Singing and dancing activities are available till 22:00. Overnight on board.
Day 2: Cat Ba Island – Nam Dinh (G, B, L, D)
06:30 Wake up early to enjoy the dawn and start a new day with Tai Chi exercise on the top deck.
7:00 – 8:00 A light continental breakfast will be served while Calypso Cruise moves to Gia Luan wharf.
08:30 You take a bus route in 20 minutes to visit Army Hospital Cave in Cat Ba Island, an interesting place to save the history of the significance of Vietnam during the resistance war against America. The cave consisted of a surgery room, eating room, meeting room, sport room, etc. During the travel, you will be immersed in the natural scenery of the wild, fresh of Cat Ba Island.
10:00 Return the boat, check out your cabin then have lunch in the restaurant while the cruise sails back to the pier.
12:00 Disembark the boat and return to port.
12:30 Get in the car, and transfer to Ecohost Nam Dinh on the highway.
16:00 – 16:30 Arrival Ecohost Hai Hau, check in and take your time to relax.
19h00 And enjoy dinner with local food and then you can enjoy optional traditional music show of Red River Delta (Cheo, Van singing, Quan Ho folk song,…) (optional)– the intangible culture of Vietnam and Unesco. Overnight in Ecohost – living with enthusiastic of local people.
Day 3: Nam Dinh – Ninh Binh (G, B, L, D)
07:00 Have breakfast with typical local food of countryside such as corn, sweet potato or “pho Co” – a famous kind of noodles in Nam Dinh.
After breakfast, you will have a half day bicycle tour to visit Pham Phao cathedral and Traditional trumpet making Brass village. On the way, you will also see Tile-roofed Bridge was built in the 16th century with unique architecture. Visit and experience the way to make a conical hat at a local house. Explore the daily life of local people and understand the ancestor worship village.
11:00 You will have lunch at Ecohost Hai Hau. After lunch, you will check out Ecohost and transfer to visit Hai Ly church and fishing village before leaving to Ninh Binh.
15:00 Get in the car and transfer to Ninh Binh. Check in hotel and relax. Free at night in Ninh Binh.
Day 4: Ninh Binh – Hanoi (G, B, L)
07:30 Have a breakfast at the hotel.
09:00 – 11:30 Visit Bai Dinh Spiritual and Culture Complex, the largest Buddhist pagoda complex in the North of Vietnam.
12:00 Have lunch in a local restaurant with some Asian local special dishes. Then transfer to visit Trang An tourist attraction, take boat trip to visit cave complex: Nam Cave, Vong Cave, Thanh Truot Cave, Dai Cave, Film School – here, the huts are restored and reproduced the scene of the everyday life, the aboriginal abode appeared in the famous Kong movie, see scenery of mountain and rivers.
16:00 Finish at your hotel in Hanoi.