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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
08.00 Our guide and driver pick you up at your hotel then heading to the North of the city. Enjoy the rich fertile farmlands of the Red River Delta scene on the way to Thay Pagoda (the Master) at Thay Village, the motherland of Water Puppetry.
Tour then followed by visit to Tay Phuong Pagoda where the unique collection of Buddhist Statue still remains intact since 17th century.
Continue to transfer to Duong Lam Ancient Village to have lunch in an ancient house served by the host, enjoy the special cuisine of 7 styles of spring rolls.
Afterlunch starting to visit around the hamlet of Viet people famous for its hundreds of ancient houses built of hundred years ago. Visit Mong Phu communal house, Mia Pagoda… After visit one family where three or five generations live together, drive back to Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi
Hanoi to Thay Pagoda: 25km (40 minutes)
Thay Pagoda to Tay Phuong Pagoda: 13km (20 minutes)
Tay Phuong Pagoda to Duong Lam Village: 25km (40 minutes)
Duong Lam ti Hanoi: 55km (1h30)
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 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)
Bai Dinh to Trang An: 10km (20 minutes)
Trang An to Ninh Binh: 9km (15 minutes)
07:30 - 08:00 Shuttle bus pick up from your hotel and depart for Ha Long Bay.
12:00 Upon arrival at the harbor, the staffs of cruise welcome the guests at the waiting room. Embark on the junk, and check in cabin. Enjoy welcome drink, followed by a feast on a delicious lunch while the junk slowly sailing among beautiful of islets.
Afternoon activities: Explore the area of Hon Co Island and Thien Canh Son Cave (also know as Co Cave - Grass Cave). After exploring the cave, tourists can relax on the long white sandy beach of the island, enjoy swimming and revel in the breathtaking view of Bai Tu Long Bay.
Go back to the cruise for sailing to Cong Do sleeping area. Relax then enjoy the dinner on board. Enjoy Happy Hour with special menu from 16:30 to 19:00. You will get discount with all of the drinks: cocktail, mock tail and mixed drinks. On board, attend chef’s cooking demonstration and try making spring rolls. Then Gala Elegant set dinner is served on board.
Evening activities: relax at leisure; watch movie, board games or massage & spa services, squid fishing or chatting... (Massage and spa fee is not included in the price)
Overnight on board.
Hanoi to Halong: 200km (3,5 hours)
Wake up early to join tai-chi class on the sundeck at the break of dawn on Bai Tu Long Bay.
Breakfast is served with cookies and tea, café at dinning room of the junk.
Next, tender transfer guests to Vung Vieng fishing village to see the pearl farms and fisheries.
Back to the junk, arrange the luggage and check out. Then enjoy an early lunch (brunch) while cruising back to main land.
Arrive at the harbor, disembark and transfer to your hotel in Hanoi. End the tour.
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