This wonderful two-day tour discovering Halong Bay - one of New Seven Natural Wonders of the world and Yen Duc agricultural village in Dong Trieu Town gives you a great opportunity to admire Vietnam’s magnificent landscape, enrich your knowledge about unique traditions, belief religions, interesting legends and tumultuous history of the Northern Vietnam, as well as enjoy significant moment of joining in local daily life.
Day 1: Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise (-/L/-)You will be picked up at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter around 8.00.a.m for the 3.5-hour journey East of Hanoi to reach Halong City, the gateway to Halong Bay. Along the way, you can pass fields of busy workers farming their rice fields by using simple traditional methods of cultivation.
On your arrival, you will get on board of a traditional junk and set sail around this gorgeous bay and among thousands magnificent islands that jut out of the sea with its stunning natural environment while enjoying lunch. You can also get a great chance to make a stop to visit one of the many beautiful grottoes.
Then, you will resume cruising to the southern part of the Bay, where you can see amazing sceneries of many strange-shaped islands such as: Fighting cock, Sea dog, Tortoise, Sail islands, pay a visit to the colorful floating village of the local fishermen as well as do kayaking to further distant area of the bay.
On this four-hour cruise, you will have an opportunity to explore Thien Cung Grotto (Heavenly Palace Grotto), which is located on a distant island in the bay. As the name suggests, the cave is beautified with spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. Colored lights transform the scene into a fairytale palace. Dau Go Cave (Wooden Head Cave) is also known for the History of Vietnam’s fight against Mongolian 13th Century.
Next, you will resume sailing back to Halong wharf, driving to your hotel in Halong for checking in.
You will have relaxing time and stay overnight in Halong.
Day 2: Halong – Yen Duc Village – Hanoi (B/L/-)In the morning, you will check out your hotel and leave Halong for Hanoi.
You will move to Yen Duc village in Dong Trieu Town. This is one of the villages in the Red River Delta that still retains its authentic lifestyle. The local people’s lives revolve around rice cultivation and farming activities. Here, you can admire the charming fields, narrow lanes together with the stunning tranquility in Yen Duc village. You can also have a chance to enjoy a water puppet show which is performed by local artists. Next, you will begin cycling around the village and have a chance to visit Canh Huong Pagoda, where you can know more about Buddhism in Vietnam. You can also visit a typical house in the village and have a short conversation with friendly local people. You can also experience the farming activities including: harvesting and planting vegetables, fishing with the traditional method, milling and pounding rice.
After that, you will be served delicious Vietnamese lunch in the fresh air at the village before bidding farewell to the local family and returning to Hanoi. This tour finishes with a drop-off at your hotel around 16.30.