Combine a unique cruise to explore Halong Bay and a leisure trip to Ninh Binh, visit Phat Diem Church with the great combination between Eastern and Western architecture and an amazingly beautiful landscape of Thien Ha (Galaxy) – a new and still forming cave. This trip starts with a day trip to Ninh Binh to discover the most beautiful and peaceful area of norther Vietnam. We then drive across the delta to the coast for 01 night cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay, the less visited part of Halong bay and enjoy the most stunning places in the world.
HANOI – NINH BINH – PHAT DIEM CHURCH – THIEN HA (GALAXY)
7.00 AM: Pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter then depart for Ninh Binh. After 2 to 2.5 hour driving, we will first visit Phat Diem church, one of the most famous and beautiful churches in Vietnam with special architecture: an elegant combination between Western church architecture style and Vietnamese religious buildings. It took 24 years to build this church from 1875 to 1898. And as its name suggests, it was completely built of stone and wood that are readily available in the mountain area of Ninh Binh. The preparation phase, mainly extracting materials from lime-stone mountains, took the local as many as 10 years to finish. After visiting the church, we can have gentle walk around to enjoy the beauty and fresh atmosphere of the countryside and discover the local life.
12.00 PM: Have lunch at a local restaurant.
13.30 PM: Start visiting the Thien Ha cave. We would float on the underneath river which is named Galaxy which appears with curling line under thousands of sparkling stalactites which suddenly on the right above curl of the cave ceiling. There are also many stalactites under various shapes, which need to be named. In the peaceful place, visitors would feel the sound of the oar striking clearly, the sound of water drop and thousands of bats inside the grotto.
Have dinner in a local restaurent and overnight in hotel in Ninh Binh.
Phat Diem church Visiting Site/Activity
Phat Diem Church is one of the most famous and beautiful churches in Vietnam with special architecture: an elegant combination between Western church architecture style and Vietnamese religious buildings
Thien Ha (Galaxy) cave Visiting Site/Activity
Tourists will join in small boat to discover the underneath river which is named Galaxy which appears with curling line under thousands of sparkling stalactites which suddenly on the right above curl of the cave ceiling.
Vancouver Ninh Binh hotel Accommodation
The Vancouver is a boutique family-run hotel centrally located in a very quiet and peaceful side street away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life of Ninh Binh city center. The hotel has 12 luxury rooms that meticulously blend elegant decor with state of the art technology.
NINH BINH – BAI TU LONG – THIEN CANH SON CAVE
07.30 – 08.00: After breakfast at hotel, we will depart for Ha Long. After nearly 4 hour drive, there comes the harbor. Our local guide will see you for the check in and cruise briefing. Lunch is served while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay. In the afternoon, you spend time to visit the well- hidden Thien Canh Son cave, relax on a white sandy beach at Hon Co Island and go kayaking or swimming. Dinner and overnight on board.
Kayaking in Cong Do Visiting Site/Activity
Kayaking in Halong Bay is the best way to explore the breathtaking beauty of Halong Bay. Paddle through islets; visit hidden caves, lagoons, unspoiled beaches and floating fishing villages…Kayaks go where other big boats cannot.
Thien Canh Son cave Visiting Site/Activity
Thien Canh Son Cave offers a wild and mysterious beauty. The pathway to Thien Canh Son Cave is set below the forest canopy and a stone cliff, so you have the feeling you are climbing toward heaven.
VUNG VIENG FISHING VILLAGE – HON GAI – HANOI
Start a day with glorious view of the Bay with a cup of tea or coffee. Breakfast is in the fresh air. Later, you have a visit to Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat and pass through the floating house and fish farms. More swimming is available before an A la carte lunch.
Around 10.00 – 11.30, we cruise towards the harbor while an A la carte lunch is served. After disembarking, at 11:30 – 12:00, get on the van and we bring you to Yen Duc village for a water puppet show in countryside (30 minute show approximately).
Trip ends at your hotel in Hanoi at 17.30 Pm approxomately.
Vung Vieng fishing village Visiting Site/Activity
Vung Vieng is located in the heart of Bai Tu Long Bay, 24 km from the mainland. You will not only be immersed by the quiet and peaceful landscape, but also be instructed in the fine arts of sailing and casting fish nets.
Water puppet show Visiting Site/Activity
Water puppetry is such a perfect representative of Vietnam’s rural life because it brings many beloved folk stories to life in an attractive and fun manner.
All land transportation Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Halong- Hanoi
Boat trip in Van Long
Hotel in Ninh Binh
Luxury en-suited cabin with A/C, hot water
All meals ase mentioned in program
Tea & coffee free on breakfast
Guide on tour
Water puppet show
Bank charge (for payment by credit card)
What's to bring?
Original Passports (required)
Wide Brim Hat
Warm Clothes (in winter from November to April)
This itinerary might subject to change due to the weather or tide condition without prior notice.
Notes: On the return, you will have a short break at Yen Duc Village – a typical Vietnamese agricultural village which is rich in culture and traditions. This is a great chance to visit the charming fields while wandering narrow alleyways in the odorous fresh air and enjoying the WATER PUPPET SHOW there.
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