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Northern Vietnam Explorer & Phu Quoc Beach Break - Superior

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Overview

A unique destination full of natural beauty, wonderful food and welcoming people, Vietnam is one of the first places any visitor to Southeast Asia stops.
Explore bustling Hanoi, a city blessed with a mix of French-colonial influences and traditional Vietnamese culture before heading to the breathtaking limestone karst vistas of Halong Bay. Finish your trip on the tropical island of Phu Quoc surrounded by pristine waters ideal for snorkelling and picture perfect beaches

  • Relax in a tropical paradise Head to the sunny tropical island of Phu Quoc for the perfect relaxing end to your adventure
  • All highlighted sightseeing included and local guides throughout Be expertly guided through this unique country by local English speaking guides
  • Take an overnight cruise on Halong Bay Wake up surrounded by the surreal karst landscapes of breathtaking Halong Bay. Take additional boat trips in Ninh Binh and Pu Long

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi

Xin chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam. You are greeted by your guide and driver at Noi Bai International airport for your transfer to the hotel. Hanoi, one of Asia’s most enchanting cities, full of culture, history and the engaging contradictions of a rapidly developing and deeply traditional society.

Check in time : 14.00. Early check in at surcharge.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi full day city tour (B/L)

The guide meets you in the hotel’s lobby at 9am. We head to the southern edge of the ancient citadel (today the headquarters of the Ministry of Defense) where our walk starts. We first tread lightly across a mobile street market where merchants come every morning to display an impressive array of veggies and fruits mostly on both side of a little street. We keep walking and enter Hanoi’s unique “food street”, the only place in town where food shops are allowed to stay opened 24/24. Our promenade takes us then along the railway and the impressive scenes of life by the rails and we end at the temple of litterature.
After visiting this masterpiece of architecture we go for a typical Hanoian lunch: a bun cha on the sidewalk. Bun Cha is an exclusive dish of Hanoi, some flavored minced pork flame grilled and served with sticky rice noodles and springrolls. In the afternoon, we go to explore the garden of the Presidential Palace featuring giant mango trees, the one-pillar pagoda and the teak house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh spent his last years. We then hop on an electric cart that will take us around the largest lake of Hanoi. An exit from the bustle and the opportunity to discover other facets of the city.
We stop en route and transfer to one of the highest building of Hanoi for the pinnacle of the day. We take you for a sunset drink on the rooftop of Hanoi. Enjoy the view of the whole city and the surrounding mountains while sipping a cocktail (one cocktail included).

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B/L/D) 

Depart at 8.00A.M from your hotel and heading toward Mai Chau, a beautiful valley with a patchwork quilt pattern of rice terraces and villages which are home to the White Thai people. Mai Chau is known for its stunning scenery of palms, green mountains, paddy fields and picturesque stilt houses. On arrival, take some time to refresh, relax and enjoy lunch.
In the afternoon, stroll around the village and learn more about local lifestyle and as well their culture.

Overnight in Mai Chau.

Day 4: Mai Chau – Pu Luong (B/L/D)

After breakfast, we start our journey with a quick transfer to the remote subvalley of Mai Hich. We start a leisure walk along single trails and fields filled with local crops. We should expect many “hellos” on the way. Our walk ends in the small hamlet of Mai Hich at a local house on stilts, where we will enjoy a home-made lunch.
In the afternoon, we drive further towards the Laos border and enter the Pu Luong nature reserve.
The reserve offers a summary of all North Vietnam’s fairy sceneries: mountain, jungle, terraced rice fields, hamlets of wooden houses on stilts, rivers and cascades. We drive along a winding road for about one and a half hour to a lovely resort and its bungalows on the mountain side. Check-in and make yourself comfortable. The rest of the day can be at leisure by the swimming pool, you may also want to indulge a traditional spa treatment (at extra charge) or to go for a walk around.

Overnight at Pu Luong Retreat

Day 5: Pu Luong – Ninh Binh (B/L)

After breakfast, get on your bus and exit the reserve, take the historical Ho Chi Minh road on a short stretch and reach Ninh Binh region, the inland Halong bay. We arrive in a hidden corner of the region called Mount Tuong and have lunch there. In the afternoon we start a nice scenic rowed sampan cruise to reach Tam Coc, the most renowned valley of the region with its towering limestone rocks and beautiful rice fields. We visit the Bich Dong pagoda that offers a climb up on its three levels to admire a breathtaking view of the area once at the top. Evening at leisure.

Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Day 6: Ninh Binh – Halong (B/L/D)

Early wake up, early breakfast, and early departure. We drive across the Red River delta and head out to Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In Halong you will board your luxury boat for an overnight cruise amongst the more than 3,000 limestone islands rising majestically out of the turquoise bay. You pass grand rock formations and quaint fishing towns, and sample a delicious lunch of freshly caught fish and seafood.
In the afternoon, you can choose from several interesting activities: a cooking demonstration with chef on board, an optional traditional massage, or a refreshing swim.
Lunch and Dinner on board.

Overnight on board.

Note:
The cruise itinerary may be changed depend on cruise’ schedule and weather permits.
Tour guide will not accompany clients on board

Day 7: Halong – Hanoi (B)

Start the day with calming Tai Chi, often accompanied by an amazing sunrise and the quiet breath-taking beauty of the bay’s landscape. Continue your trip with cruise’s activities while the cruise crossing beautiful spots before coming back to the dock where you will be met and transferred back to your hotel in Hanoi.
Afternoon, take a short walking tour around the Old Quarter to explore daily life of Hanoian and enjoy a Water Puppet Show.

Overnight in Hanoi

Note:
The cruise itinerary may be changed depend on cruise’ schedule and weather permits.

Day 8: Phu Quoc arrival (B)

Transfer to Hanoi airport for your flight to Phu Quoc. Upon arrival at Phu Quoc airport, pick up and transfer without guide to hotel in Phu Quoc for check-in. The rest of time is free for leisure

Overnight in Phu Quoc.

Day 9-10: Phu Quoc at leisure (B)

Full day free at leisure

Overnight in Phu Quoc

Day 11: Phu Quoc Departure (B)

Have breakfast at your hotel and free time for leisure until pick up and transfer to Phu Quoc airport for your flight home.

(Check out time: 12.00. Late check out at surcharge)

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Northern Vietnam Explorer & Phu Quoc Beach Break - Superior

northern vietnam explorer & phu quoc beach break - superior
  • Day 1Hanoi
  • Day 2Hanoi
  • Day 3Mai Chau
  • Day 4Pu Luong
  • Day 5Ninh Binh
  • Day 6Halong
  • Day 7Hanoi
  • Day 8Phu Quoc
  • Day 9Phu Quoc
  • Day 10Phu Quoc

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