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From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

1. From Hanoi: Tam Coc, Hoa Lu & Mua Caves Full-Day Trip

Start your tour early with pick-up at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter at around 7:30 AM, and depart for Tam Coc. At around 9:30 AM, arrive at Tam Coc and take the sampan go along the Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc's three caves. Head back to Tam Coc wharf, take your bicycle and cycle around traditional villages and Tam Coc town. At midday, sit down for lunch with Vietnamese cuisine at a local restaurant. After lunch, hop back into the luxury van to visit Hoa Lu, an ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit Dinh king Temple and Le king Temple from the 10th century, and head about the heroic histories of the two Kings during the Chinese Wars. Visit Mua cave, which attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. Climb 500 stone steps to see all the way to Tam Coc, enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and Ngo Dong river. At around 4:00 PM, return Ha Noi, arriving between 6:30 PM and 7:00 PM. Tour itinerary 7:30 AM - 8:00 AM: Your tour bus will pick you up at your hotel for departure to Hoa Lu. 10:30 AM - 10:40 AM: Arrive at Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of Vietnam. Visit Dinh King temple and Le King temple from the 10th century, finding out the heroic histories of these two king in Chinese wars. 11:50 AM - 12:00 PM: Have lunch. 1:00 PM - 1:05 PM: Get on the tour bus, continue to visit Tam Coc wharf and take the sampan along the Ngo Dong river to visit Tam Coc (three different caves). 3:00 PM - 3:05 PM: Biking to visit traditional villages around the Tam Coc area. 3:30 PM - 3:35 PM: Keep going to visit Mua cave. The place attracts visitors with its many interesting stories. Climb 500 stone steps, here you can see all the way to Tam Coc, enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the countryside and the Ngo Dong river. 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM: Get on the tour bus to return Ha Noi. 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Arrive at Ha Noi, drop off at your hotel in Ha Noi Old Quarter. End of tour!

Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

2. Ha Long Bay: 2-Day, 1-Night Cruise

Discover, Ha Long Bay, known as the “Bay of Descending Dragons” an enchanting bay in the heart of Vietnam. Relax, soak in the scenery, and embrace the culture on this 2-day cruise. This cruise includes a visit to the Sung Sot Cave, the Biggest Cave in Halong Bay, learn about the UNESCO declared World Heritage area, and enjoy the stunning picturesque landscape. Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay Begin with a pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter between 8:00-8:30 AM. Set off towards Halong Bay on a 2.5-hour ride. Arrive at the Tuan Chau Harbor by noon, before checking in. Next, your captain will welcome you aboard the cruise with a complimentary drink. Meet the crew for a brief introduction and go through safety guidelines. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch, cruise along the Emerald Sea, and admire the fascinating rock formations. Later in the afternoon, you will visit the Sung Sot Cave, swim on Titop Island and embrace the views from the mountain peak. Soak in the sun on a deck chair, sip a cocktail or read a book as you enjoy relaxation. In the evening, gaze at the night sky, as you join the ship’s sunset party. Take a cooking class and master making fresh noodle rolls. Enjoy a delicious set dinner packed full of vibrant flavors. Join in karaoke, play games, or go fishing for squid, before you enjoy a well-deserved night of rest. Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi Wake up, enjoy the beautiful sunrise on the sundeck, have breakfast, and admire the stunning views. Help yourself to a cup of tea or coffee if you like to kick start your day. Set sail past the magnificent landscapes, visit the Halong Bay Pearl Farm, and learn the history of pearls. Next, you will return to the ship, enjoy an afternoon dip or explore the bay yourself by kayak, the choice is yours. In the afternoon, enjoy a spot of lunch, and relax as you cruise back to Tuan Chau Harbor. You will then head back to Hanoi or your hotel, arriving back by 3:30 PM.

Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay: 3-Day Tour on 5-Star Cruise

3. Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay: 3-Day Tour on 5-Star Cruise

This dreamy cruise will leave you with lifelong memories. You will be picked up from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and head to Halong Bay. On arrival you will enjoy a welcome drink on board and a delicious lunch. Cruise past hundreds of fascinating limestone pinnacles towering from the water. It is then time for some kayaking fun, exploring the beauty of nature in the hidden lagoon as you paddle through caves, gazing up at stalactites. There is a stop for you to go swimming in the emerald waters. Back aboard, it’s time to relax with the Happy Hour deals, where you can join in a traditional cooking class. Once anchored for your tranquil overnight stay, the evening begins with the fantastic flavors of the deluxe dinner set menu. The next morning, you can start the day with a tai chi lesson on the sundeck, followed by a light breakfast. Board the day boat to visit Viet Hai fishing village where you can enjoy cycling along the village (Optional electric car service is available.) Take in the stunning landscape of Cat Ba rain forest and dark tunnels, witness the scenery of rice fields, visit the ancient house, and get closer to local life. Over lunch, you are free to discover the local life and food of Cat Ba township. Visit Bao Trai Dao (Three peach Islets), a peaceful body of water that makes it the perfect place for scenic kayaking or relaxing on a sandy beach. Get back onboard the cruise and have some Tapas prepared by the chef. Next, it's time to contemplate the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin while having a few drinks during Happy Hour at the bar on the top deck. The Deluxe Dinner is served, and you experience a delightful meal in an intimate romantic setting. Take the time to enjoy delicious local food prepared and served to you by lovely caterers. It's time to admire the beauty of the night on the bay, sit at the bar on the sundeck, or in the restaurant to welcome you. Try your luck with squid fishing, watch a movie in the restaurant, or play some cards or chess before settling in for the night. On the final morning, it is a perfect time to refresh and indulge yourself in the peaceful beauty of the bay with a tai chi session on the sundeck. If you want to hunt for dawn, get up from 5:30 to 6:00 depending on the season. Have breakfast at the restaurant while continuing the cruise. Participate in Kayaking activities at Ao Ech area and discover the hidden charm of Ha Long - Lan Ha Bay. Afterward, enjoy a delightful brunch at the restaurant while cruising back.

Hanoi: Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Boat Cruise

4. Hanoi: Halong Bay 2-Day Tour with Boat Cruise

Experience Ha Long Bay on a 2-day cruise, with a sea view or balcony room, cooking demonstrations, and plenty of entertainment onboard. Swim and kayak in the bay's emerald waters and explore its limestone islands and quaint villages. Day 1: Hanoi Pickup and Ha Long Bay The first day of your cruise begins with a hotel pickup from the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Meet with fellow cruise guests and get to know travelers from all around the world. On your way to Ha Long Bay stop at a humanity center to check out local specialties and products. Arrive at your cruise boat and receive a warm welcome from your captain. Afterward, sit for lunch and savor a delicious meal as the cruise passes through thousands of islands and islets of different shapes. Stop near the floating villages and have the opportunity to kayak in the middle of the bay to admire its fascinating rock formations a bit closer. If possible that day, visit Titop Island. Return to the boat for the evening and watch a cooking demonstration of Vietnamese spring rolls. Then delight in an idyllic dinner on board. Spend the rest of the night with free time to participate in activities such as squid fishing, karaoke, or star-gazing on the deck. Day 2: Ha Long Bay and Hanoi Drop-off Have an early start to your day with morning exercises and photos. Sip your coffee or tea as you have breakfast. Relax and take in the breathtaking beauty of the rocky islands rising from the crystal-clear water of the bay. Check out of your cabin and then spend the rest of the morning exploring Ha Long Ba's Surprise Cave. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to impressive rock formations, incredibly tall ceilings, and an interesting legend. From Surprise Cave, head back to the cruise boat's restaurant and eat lunch. Disembark for your transfer back to Hanoi.

Hanoi Street Food: Small-Group Walking Tour

5. Hanoi Street Food: Small-Group Walking Tour

Take a 3-hour guided walk through Hanoi's old quarter with a local guide. Get an insight into the traditions of Vietnam’s food culture. Stop at a local restaurant to try banh cuon (filled rice noodles) and watch as skilled chefs demonstrate how this tasty dish is created. Next, enjoy pho (noodle soup), which is Vietnam’s most famous dish. Try both the beef and chicken versions. Other food specialties you’ll sample include crab rolls, pillow cakes, fried rice balls, and fresh rolls – served with a dish of raw vegetables and a special sauce. Visit a hidden street food restaurant to taste banh my (a Vietnamese sandwich) and the famous Vietnamese egg coffee.

Hanoi: All-Inclusive Overnight Halong Bay Tour with Cruise

6. Hanoi: All-Inclusive Overnight Halong Bay Tour with Cruise

Treat yourself to a night on an Aspira cruise boat in Halong Bay, where you can enjoy Vietnam’s pristine waters in comfort. Enjoy the experience at your own pace, with the option to kayak, enjoy a boat ride, go swimming, or even enjoy a Tai Chi class. DAY 1: Ha Noi – Halong - Lan Ha Bay (L/D) With the option for hotel pickup in Hanoi, begin your adventure at Tuan Chau Marina. Check in for your cruise, and receive a welcome drink and a cold towel. Get the safety briefing, place your belongings in your cabin, and head to a luxurious lunch in the ship's restaurant. Along the way, admire the beautiful canals of Halong Bay. Then, arrive at the Dark and Lights Cave, where you can kayak or board a bamboo boat, rowed by the local people. Return back to the boat, and enjoy swimming nearby the ship. As night falls, take in the magnificent sunset over the Gulf of Tonkin, and relax in the seasonal Jacuzzi. Dance the night away during the sunset part, and enjoy happy our deals in all the bars onbaord. Take the option to join a traditional cooking class or enjoy deep relaxation with a massage. Workout in one of the onboard fitness centers, looking out over the top deck, with panoramic views of the ocean. Before dinner, the experienced captain will choose the most tranquil area to anchor for overnight. Afterward, take in the landscape of the bay at night or try your luck at squid fishing. DAY 2: Lan ha Bay -Ha Long Bay – Ha Noi (B/L) Wake up early to start your perfect day with a Tai Chi class or watch the sunrise on the top deck. Explore Lan ha Bay, the most beautiful natural bay in Vietnam. Feel free to try kayaking during your free time and see the sea-level view of Ha Noi Bay. Return the boat and check out the cabin. Then, have brunch in a restaurant while the boat sails back to the pier. Settle the bill at the end of the trip and head back to port.

Hanoi Food on Foot: Walking Tour of Hanoi Old Quarter

7. Hanoi Food on Foot: Walking Tour of Hanoi Old Quarter

Discover the 36 streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, each known for their historic trades including blacksmiths, silver shops, paper shops, headstone makers, silk traders, and jewelers. Now famous for its artisans, silk shops, bars, clubs and particularly its local cuisine, walk the streets and sample what is a vibrant and bustling part of the city. Stop at the various vendors and taste what’s on offer. If you’re feeling thirsty there are plenty of juice shops, bars, and cafés to satiate you. Join the locals as they cruise amongst the shops, stocking up on their supplies at the local markets, or sit back and relax and take in the quaint atmosphere. Whatever you choose to do, you’re sure to enjoy yourself.

Hanoi: Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus Tickets

8. Hanoi: Hop-on Hop-off City Sightseeing Bus Tickets

Discover Hanoi, one of the most ancient capital cities in the world, via an open-top bus. Choose between 24 or 48-hour passes and discover this impressive destination at your own pace.  Located on the banks of the Red River, explore well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city center. Take in the beautiful French flair and traditional Vietnamese touch in its Gothic churches, opera houses, and French colonial buildings. Highlights of the tour include Ly Thai Flower Garden, the Hanoi Cathedral, Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake, and Opera House, to name just a few. Hop off at any of the 13 stops of this 80-minute tour to see this vibrant city in all its glory.

Ninh Binh Daily: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc, Bike & Swimming

9. Ninh Binh Daily: Hoa Lu, Mua Cave, Tam Coc, Bike & Swimming

You will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter then drive to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu. Discover the former capital of Dai Co Viet in the 10th and 11th Centuries. Next, visit Mua Cave and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views. Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese set menu lunch at a local bungalow. After lunch, you will go on a sampan boat trip in Tam Coc, passing through three caves: Hang Ca, Hang Hai, and Hang Ba. Then, cycle through the rice fields and villages to visit Thai Vi Temple. Enjoy a sunset party with tea and fruit at a swimming pool; relax and swim before you return to Hanoi.

Ninh Binh Daily Tour: Hoa Lu, Am Tien Cave, and Trang An

10. Ninh Binh Daily Tour: Hoa Lu, Am Tien Cave, and Trang An

You will begin the tour with a pickup from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter. Drive to the ancient capital of Hoa Lu and visit the King Dinh Temple. Later on you will visit Am Tien Cave and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Tuyet Tinh Coc. Discover Am Tien Cave and Pagoda before you stop to enjoy a buffet lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch go for a 3-hour sampan boat trip in Trang An. Then, visit Trang An temples and caves, and see the .6-mile-long cave.

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What people are saying about Hanoi Old Quarter

Overall rating

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based on 2,975 reviews

Really great course. The market tour was very interesting, we were given options of what we wanted to cook and decided on Bùn Chá, spring rolls, banana salad, egg coffee. We prepared the ingredients and assembled each dish together and chef was very helpful and informative. We were offered beers or soft drinks throughout. The food was really delicious, the nicest I’ve had in Hanoi. A full recipe book with all the recipes for what we cooked and more was sent to us aster. Would highly recommend!

The two day cruise in Halong Bay was one of the best things we did in Vietnam. The boat was very nice. The cabins had dark wood and big windows. We also enjoyed the balcony where we took a lot of photos from. After our kajak tour we went in the hot tup and drank some happy hour drinks. The staff was very friendly without being too much.

Duy was a remarkable guide, with perfect English! Being alone on this tour, we benefited from a private car, were able to take our time at the places that interested us. The rhythm was really set on our desires!

I enjoyed the contents of the tour, but I had some really good memories because of the interaction with other tourists.

The guide Tom was very kind and taught us a lot of historical story about the district.