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Start our day with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, this is a very special place for all Vietnamese and also famous for foreigners around the world to see the whole complex, Uncle Ho’s house on stilt where he lived and worked from 1958 -1969, his fishing pond and his garden.
Then head to One Pillar Buddhist Pagoda built in 1049 by King Ly Thai Tong who ruled from 1028 to 1054. Ly Thai Tong was childless and dreamt that he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshava, who handed him a baby son while seated on a lotus flower. Ly Thai Tong then married a peasant girl that he had met and she bore him a son. The emperor constructed the temple for the gratitude for this miracle.
Further on our excursion, we visit to Van Mieu, temple of literature to dedicate to Confucius and his four best disciples. This was also the first national university of Vietnam built in 1076 within the temple to educate Vietnamese bureaucrats, nobles, royalty and other members of the elite. This university remained open from 1076 to 1779.
The interest thing in this place is the collection of steles of doctorates whose names, birth place, year of the examination, and the rank were engraved onto the marble stone stele placing on the top of the turtle. There are 1307 graduated doctor names on 82 stele in this place.
After visiting this wonderful place, we will have lunch at restaurant in old quarter with specialty food of Hanoian - Cha Ca (Grilled Fish) and refresh.
Later in the day we visit to Ethnology Museum which is very rich culture collection of 54 ethnic groups living in Vietnam. The simple agriculture stools, fish traps, hand weaving cloths, crafts, festivals, folk arts, traditional houses, and lively activities of each tribe are all here for us to discover.
Finish our day we continue to Hanoi’s picturesque West Lake area and the sixth century Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda. From here transfer (or stroll along the lakeside) 700 meters to the nearby Taoist temple of Quan Thanh dedicated to Tran Vu, one of the principal deities in Taoism. Return your hotel then free at leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi
07: 30 - Our guide will meet you at your hotel and start 100km modern bus-journey through verdant landscape of country side. Short-break en route.
10:30 - Arrive Glimmering Bai Dinh Pagoda complexes, the largest pagoda, not only in Vietnam but also in Southeast of Asia. Scenically set on the foot hill of Dinh Mountain surrounded by amazing views of the exquisite river valley below and dotted and the limestone karsts dotted around which will take your breath away.
This pagoda complexes stunningly boast a array of the most massive and magnificent architecture of Vietnamese tradition refined ever built that it take a full day to explore all. So you will visit some of the highlights that owned the national: 500 stone statues of “La Han” (Arhats) 2 huge bronze bells, one weighs 27 tons, other weighs 36 tones Three bronze statues of Tam The (50 tons each) With sacred atmospheres and intriguing Buddhism story which presented by insider guide, you cannot fail to enchant.
The visit ends with a walk-up the summit mountain to see the 100 tones statue of Buddha Sakyamuni made of bronze and enjoy the panoramic view of picturesque landscape dotted with limestone mountains.
12:30 – Enjoy a fabulous buffet lunch in a Vietnamese restaurant with some special dishes such as goat meat, pork storage vessel….
13:30 -Leave for the Trang An Grottoes, an out-standing natural beauty of majestic limestone massif at 20 square kilometer rise dramatically out from rice paddy fields. Deep into the linked chains of towering mountain are pristine places of mystical valleys, numerous fresh water ponds, and jungle.
Embark on a traditional sampan gently roweddown the exquisite river through numerous caves of Hang Toi (Duck Cave) is 320 meter long, Sang (Light Cave) is 90 meter long, and Hang Nau Ruou (Cooking Wine Cave) is 250 meter long.
Every passages bring new surprise of mystery hidden inside isolated valleys of tranquility that likely transformed to the other world and time. The fauna and flora is rich and a scene of a goat jumping from one cliff to the other is a common sight.
15:30 – Leisure cycling on rural roads alongside the extensive canal network and through small villages with back drop of a maze of limestone mountains.
16:30 - Transfer to Ninh Binh city to check-in hotel.
Overnight in Ninh Binh
Hanoi to Bai Dinh: 100km (2 hours)
A new exciting day waiting us to discover, we depart for Ha Long, a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Halong Bay has an area of around 1,553 km2, including 1,960 - 2,000 islets, most of which are limestone. The core of the bay has an area of 334 km2 with a high density of 775 islands and islets in all sides reflecting on turquoise water. The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments.
07:30 – 8:00: You will be met by our hospitable guide and chauffeur with modern minibus at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter experiencing 175 km road trip to Halong City (3,5 hours) with a short break en-route.
12:00: Arriving Tuan Chau Harbor, welcome aboard & safety briefing
12:15: A gourmet lunch is served in the single-seating restaurant while the cruise is taking you on an odyssey journey wends among remote archipelagoes via crowd avoidance route and opens up views of one stupendous seascapes after another, passing uninhabited islets and outcrops including Stone Dog, Thumb, Duck, Incense Burner, and Cock Fighting.
14:30: Exploring Ba Hang (Three Cave), there are options to choose either kayaking or taking a bamboo boat rowed by local people, gently glide through water tunnels into secluded sea lagoons.
15.30: Walk up Limestone Mountain to visit Thien Cung Grotto with incredible stalactites and stalagmites.
16.30: Returning aboard for afternoon tea.
17.00: Disembark for check-in hotel in Halong City.
Hanoi to Halong: 200km (4 hours)
Overnight in Ha Long City
7h45-8h15: Driver and guide pick you up at hotel for departure to Yen Tu Mountain.
111h30: Arrive in the pagoda complex of Yen Tu. Lots of time for you to contemplate the landscape here, offer incense and pray for good luck, happiness and prosperity for your friends and families.
Have Lucnh in Local restaurant, then start take cable car to Hoa Yen Pagoda nestled on a height of 534 meters which has two frangipani flower trees which are 700 years old. After leaving this site to conquer the peak, you can stop at some other sites such as Grand Master Tower, One Roof Pagoda and Bao Sai Pagodas, Yen Ky Sinh stone statue and Ngoa Van Temple.
13h00: Climb 1068m up Van Tuong Mountain to reach Dong Pagoda (Bronze Pagoda). Admire the statue of An Ky Sinh en route.
16:30 Get on bus for transfer back to Hanoi. Stop for a while in Hai Duong City to enjoy Vietnamese tea and Hai Duong specialty of green bean cake.
20:30: Arrival in Hanoi, check-in your hotel.
Halong City to Yen Tu: 52km (1h15)
Overnight in Hanoi
You will commence the trip from your hotel in Hanoi by a transfer to Bat Trang Pottery Village, 15km east of Hanoi and is famous for making fine ceramics.
On arrival, you will be able to stroll in the small alleys of this old village to watch local people producing their fine products of porcelain and pottery and visit some of the houses used as workshops and showrooms.
You will then drive to Dong Ho Village, famous for its traditional folk paintings, where you spend time in an artist’s house to learn about the creative process.
You will enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant on the way before visiting But Thap, one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam and known as Vietnam first Buddhist center.
This pagoda is also well-known for traditional Vietnamese Art of wood carving and sculpture, especially the statue of Buddha with thousand hands and thousand eyes.
The statue of Multi-eyes Multi-arms Guanyin (Avalokitesvara) is also the highlight of But Thap Pagoda. You will then have a transfer back to Hanoi.
End the trip.
Hanoi to Bat Trang: 16km (40 minutes)
Bat Trang to Dong Ho: 30km (1 hour)
Bat Trang to But Thap Pagoda: 7km (20 minutes)
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