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DAY (01) ~ ARRIVE HANOI ~ HANOI CITY TOUR (LUNCH & DINNER)
Meet & greet service by local tour guide at Noi Bai international airport (New Terminal GATE A 02) then transfer for hotel check in. However, hotel standard check in time starts from 1400 hours, early check into hotel rooms are subject to hotel room availabilities or at hotel’s own discretions. Continue for Hanoi city tour and visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex ~ Ba Dinh Square, Uncle Ho’s Stilt House, walk pass Mango Alley, Botanical Garden and the Presidential Palace ~ Former Residence Of The Governor Of Indochina. After 1954 it was named the Presidential Palace and became the place where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked until he passed away in 1969. On the way out visit One Pillar Pagoda, the pagoda was constructed in 1049 by King Ly Thai Tong; however, in 1954 the pagoda was destroyed by the French before their withdrawer. After taking over the city on October 10th 1954, Vietnam Ministry of Culture restored the pagoda. The pagoda of today remains since this restoration. Follows with visit to Temple Of Literature (First University In Vietnam), Tran Quoc Pagoda, photo stops at Hanoi Opera House & St. Joseph Cathedral also Hoan Kiem Lake, then to Hanoi Old Quarter ~ The 36 Ancient Streets. Guests may enjoy free time for shopping activities @ Hanoi Old Quarter; recommended streets for shopping activities such as: Hang Gai Street for silk materials and embroidery products, Cau Go Street for women's accessories, Hang Dau Street for shoes, Hang Hom Street for lacquer ware and handicrafts made by bamboo materials. Assemble as per agreed schedule for dinner arrangement at local restaurants, after dinner transfer back to hotel and tour programs end.
DAY (02) ~ HANOI > HOA LU ANCIENT CAPITAL > BICH DONG PAGODA > TRANG AN GROTTOES > HANOI (B/L/D)
Assemble at hotel’s lobby as per agreed schedule for transfer service to NINH BINH province. Upon arrival, we visit Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. In 968, Dinh Bo Linh declared himself as the King. Since then Hoa Lu existed as the capital for the next 41 years (968 - 1009), of which 12 years was under the Dinh dynasty - King Dinh Tien Hoang, the country named Dai Co Viet, and 29 years later was under the Le dynasty - King Le Dai Hanh. In 1010, King Ly Thai To moved the capital from Hoa Lu to Thang Long – present Hanoi. Hoa Lu became the old citadel. In Hoa Lu there are now 2 temples built on the ground of the old royal palace, one is dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang, the other is to King Le Dai Hanh. The visit offers a chance to know more about part of feudal dynasties and historical periods in Vietnamese history.
Next visit to Bích Động, is a pagoda on nearby Ngu Nhac Mountain dating to 1428, comprising three structures: Hạ, Trung, and Thượng Pagodas, in ascending order. Guided tours generally cover historical points and end with a pleasant view from the top. Proceed to local restaurant for lunch and continue an amazing boat ride to Trang An Grottoes, it is similar to Tam Coc but with many more caves to pass through, Trang An which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam. While rowing through Trang An grotto in the quiet, fresh air of the highlands, with only the sound of birds and the oars stirring the clear water and surrounded by magnificent forested mountains upon which graze white goats, visitors enjoy a heaven on earth. After the boat trip, we drive back to Hanoi. Enjoy dinner at local restaurant, transfer back to hotel and tour programs end.
DAY (03) ~ HANOI > HALONG BAY (OVERNIGHT ON LAND) (BREAKFAST, LCH & DNR)
HA LONG, the name derived from the Sino- Vietnamese meaning “DESCENDING DRAGON”. In 1994, the core zone of Hạ Long Bay was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site according to criterion 07, and listed for a second time according to criterion 08. Ha Long Bay is located in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam and approximately 180KM away from HANOI. Assemble as per agreed schedule at hotel’s lobby for SEAT IN COACH SHARING transfer services to Tuan Chao Harbor, HA LONG BAY,
Embark on board traditional Vietnamese design merchant boat (junk boat) for cruise tour activities (approximately 03-04 hours) along HA LONG BAY; visit grottoes and floating villages such as supreme Thien Cung Cave; sail and pass by Stone Dog Island, Cat Islets and Fighting Cock Island, Ba Hang fishing village. Tour programs end around 1700 hours, disembark at TUAN CHAO harbor and transfer for check in to hotel and tour programs end. Dinner with basic menu will arrange by hotel operators. Guests’ may self arrange to visit Sun World Ha Long Park OR Halong Night Market in the evening.
DAY (04) ~ HALONG BAY > HANOI (BREAKFAST ONLY)
Rest & relax at hotel, check out from hotel by 1100 hours and assemble at hotel’s lobby for transfer services and return to Hanoi, check in hotel and tour programs end. REMARKS: Self arrange for lunch and dinner, at own expenses.
DAY (05) ~ DEPART HANOI (BREAKFAST ONLY)
Assemble as per agreed schedule at hotel’s lobby for pre-arranged transfer services to airport, flight home with “AN AMAZING HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE IN VIETNAM”.