The four day tour to discover two highlights in the North of Vietnam, explore Ninh Binh on a rowing boat to Thien Ha (Galaxy) cave and visit Phat Diem Church with special architecture. The trip continues to stay two nights on Halong bay with Indochina Junk boat, this is a fantastic time to admire natural beauty and visit cave, floating village, go kayaking to get closed to lime stone island and more…
DAY 1: HANOI – NINH BINH – PHAT DIEM CHURCH – THIEN HA (GALAXY) CAVE
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 limestone mountains, took the local as many as 10 years to finish. After visiting the church, we can have a 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 a 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 a water drop and thousands of bats inside the grotto.
Have dinner in a local restaurant and overnight in a 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.
DAY 2: NINH BINH – BAI TU LONG – THIEN CANH SON CAVE
08.00 AM: After breakfast, we will depart for Ha Long for 02-night cruise. 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 the 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 Cap La 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.
DAY 3: BAI TU LONG BAY – CAP LA – DONG DAM
Morning view of the Bay with a cup of tea or coffee, having breakfast in the fresh air, you cruise to Cong Dam to enjoy kayaking to hidden lagoons; discover geological values of Bai Tu Long Bay. A BBQ lunch will be served on a wild beach. In the afternoon, you explore Thien Canh Son cave. The day ends when we cruise back to Cong Do, you enjoy a fabulous dinner then stay overnight in the Bay.
Kayaking in Cong Dam Visiting Site/Activity
Kayaking offers a new perspective on beautiful Halong Bay, as you paddle between towering karst cliffs, rocky isles and coastal caves.
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.
BBQ on beach Visiting Site/Activity
After some enjoyable kayaking, there is no better way of treating yourself than with a private seafood barbecue on an unspoilt beach. Imagine for a moment that you are the only people on earth enjoying a fabulous meal under the clear blue sky on your own private beach.
DAY 4: VUNG VIENG FISHING VILLAGE – HANOI
In the morning, you take the time to enjoy fresh air & gentle breeze of the Bay, having breakfast then visit Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat and pass through the floating house and fish farms. Upon checking out your room, we start cruising towards the harbor while A la carte lunch is served.
After disembarking, at 11:30 – 12:00, we bring you to Yen Duc village for a water puppet show in the countryside of Vietnam (30-minute show approximately).
The trip ends at your hotel in Hanoi at 17.30 Pm approximately.
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.
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