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Discover North & Central Vietnam By Train

North and Central Vietnam Rail tour 10 days will bring you the unhurried way of life and enjoy the beauties of the country by train

Overview

The mountainous landscapes and countryside beauties with the agricultural land attract you along the province from Hanoi to Danang. You can see many different sights when you are on car and train. It is ideal to see a part of Vietnam beauties on rail tour.

Highlights:

  • Discover the history and ancient Hanoi city as well as Duong Lam village to know more of Vietnam history and its special architecture
  • Enjoy the fresh atmosphere and pleasure yourself to the nature when discovering Halong Bay and spend night on luxury cruise on sea
  • Explore Danang beach city and fresh yourself in this beautiful city or just relax on nice sandy beach
  • Have a wandering around Hoian ancient town and countryside to get deeply the hidden charm of famous Hoian ancient town.

Itinerary:

You are welcomed at Noi Bai International airport by Our Origin Travel’s guide and transfer you to downtown, check in hotel. This is your first day arrival Vietnam after a long flight; you spend your time to relax at your own way. You are free to have your own dinner. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Morning activities:

Start the morning with the transfer around 50 kilometers to Duong Lam ancient village. This is the chance for you to retain the basic characteristics of Vietnamese ancient villages. This ancient village has  its own unique architecture of ancient houses and handicraft which welcomes a lot of visitors from all over the world.

Once arriving the gate of the village, you can see covered with banyan trees’ generous shades. How better way to discover the village with the peaceful atmosphere at its best as well as local life.

Also you can visit temple of Le Dynasty right on the village as well as visit old house and learn more of handicraft career of villagers.

Have lunch at restaurant with special foods of Hanoi city.

Afternoon activities:

Continue your trip this afternoon to have more discover The Temple Of Literature where is the first university in Vietnam and learn more of our country history as well as its special architecture. 

Go on the trip to discover Hanoi Old Quarter where is well known as the “36 streets”. Our guide will take you to walk inside the old quarter to discover deeply its local life as well as the charming. You can see the bustling area of narrow streets and alleys where are the home of thousands of small businesses. For those who love to shoot photo, it will be great to pleasure your passion around Hanoi Old Quarter.

End your visiting day trip by enjoy water puppet show and experience more the unique northern Vietnamese art

Evening activities:

Evening is your leisure time to discover it by your own way. You are free to enjoy around the city, Hoan Kiem Lake to enjoy the night life. Street foods experience as your way is also a great choice to get more enjoyment of local food at night. Overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Morning activities:

Leave Hanoi from morning around 8.00 am and travel to Halong City. You will travel on National Expressway takes 2 hours on car, however, if travel on National No 1 will take 3.5 hours and enjoy the countryside landscapes.

You will reach at Aspira guest station at Lot 07 Tuan Chau Marina, Tuan Chau island.

At 11.30 am to 12.00 pm you check in at Tuan Chau Wharf and then you will transfer to ALISA CRUISE on the bay.

Afternoon activities:

Welcome to Alisa Cruise at noon time, enjoy welcome drink while our cruise manager give a brief introduction, safety guidelines bout Alisa Cruise. Check-in your cabin and Start cruising and explore Halong Bay – one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.

Then you enjoy lunch with Vietnamese and International dishes served, while cruising in the magnificent Halong Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay.

After lunch time you will be transferred by tender to Sung Sot Cave. It takes approximately 50 minutes for cave visiting, one of the most beautiful cave in Halong bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Return to the boat by tender. Proper shoes are highly recommended.

Next you will go on to cruising exploration in HALONG BAY passing by Cua Van Floating Village, Tien Ong Cave, Trong Cave, Ho Dong Tien, do kayaking at Pearl Farm.

Cruising back to our Alisa Cruise and relax by enjoying Sun Set party with Juices, Cocktails, Red Vine and fruits on Panorama Roof Bar.

Evening activities:

Evening is the time for you to join the cooking class guided directly by Chef of Alisa Cruise. You have chance to practice Vietnamese traditional dishes such as spring roll or famous cuisine of Vietnam.

Then you have dinner enjoying special food on the cruise at Alisa Restaurant.

Evening entertainments: Relax at leisure; Beauty Spa Service; Enjoy night movie; Play game on the cruise such as cards game, chess, karaoke, squid fishing, and overnight on the Alisa Cruise at Titop Island or 368 area.

Morning activities:

Wake up early and enjoy the sunrise on the sundeck, or you can join Tai Chi Class here to have the fresh time before starting the new day.

You also can combine deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Coffee, tea and pastries for light breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape.

And then you have a morning view of bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee and breakfast at around 7.00 am.

 

Start your visiting the bay at 8.00 am to discover Titop beach – one of very famous Island in Halong Bay. Here you can also make swimming and climbing up to the Titop mountain with hundreds of steps and taking photos.

09:45 Check-out and settle bills at reception. Having Lunch buffet at Alisa Restaurant on boat.

11:00 Back to Alisa’s dock No 16. Tuan Chau harbor

Afternoon & evening activities:

Our driver welcomes you at Tuan Chau Port and transfers you to Ninh Binh Province. It takes you three hours and a half to reach Ninh Binh. Check in hotel after a long road through countryside.

You are free to have your own dinner

Evening is the time for you to free to wander around the town or near your hotel.  Ninh Binh is mainly countryside province, so it is very quiet at night. Most people usually free to relax at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Morning activities:

Start the morning with the cycling day trip from your hotel in Ninh Binh through countryside to discover Mua Cave (or called Hang Mua).

Hang Mua has its meaning as “dancing cave” because this site was previously considered as the place where Tran King used to come to enjoy dancing & singing shows performed in this cave.

You need to trek nearly 500 steps up to mountains to conquer the summit of the mountain. It is a hard trek up with many of its uneven limestone steps especially at the top point, however, it is very worth for you to conquer your efforts to get the impressive panoramic view of Tam Coc, Trang An & Ninh Binh city when you reach the summit of Ngoa Long mountain.

You will take your leisurely trek up with care due to steep steps on the way. To get the wonderful panoramic photos of golden rice fields & limestone mountains, you should arrange your trip to Ninh Binh & Mua cave between late May and early June (sometimes early in May) when the rice is getting ripe and change from green to yellow colours on the field. It will give you the wonderful scenery when seeing from high place like Mua Cave of Ngo Dong River and Tam Coc Cave.

Have lunch at restaurant

Afternoon & evening activities:

Continue your trip to visit Trang An Grottoes (the World Natural Heritage site). You will make a boat trip within 2 hours along the river, you will be surprised by the beauty of this landscape that seems as Halong Bay on land. The bamboo rowing boat will take you through many amazing caves and this landscape with many caves such as : Sang Cave (Light Cave), Toi Cave (Dark cave), Nau Ruou Cave (Cooking Wine with natural scenery.

Back your hotel and free to have your own dinner.

Evening is your free time to enjoy Ninh Binh night life as your own way. Overnight at hotel.

Morning activities: 

This morning you make a trekking to Cuc Phuong National Park around 50km from Ninh Binh city centre.  It takes you more than 1 hour on car to reach Cuc Phuong National Park gate.

Your tour in Cuc Phuong starts to visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre. The non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, breeding, research, and conservation of endangered primates, and to the protection of their habitats.

You will have lunch at restaurant after visit the rescue center.

Afternoon activities:

This afternoon you continue to visit Park Centre with on the way visit the Cave of Early Man. It’s over 700 years. En route is the chance for you to admire the primary forest with 1000 years Old Tree which many people cover and huge it

After that you leave Cuc Phuong National Park for return Ninh Binh City centre. Free to have your own dinner.

Evening is the time for you to enjoy Ninh Binh at night. And then the driver drops you off Ninh Binh Train Station for taking night train to Danang. Spending night on train on AC Soft sleeper Coach 4 berths.

Note: This trip is physical trek, easy adventure tour and itinerary can be changes as seasonal weather.

When you travel to Cuc Phuong NP on May you can see thousands of butterflies on the roads as the paradise.

Morning activities:

You arrive in Danang train station and our guide and driver welcome you at Railway Station and transfer you to mini hotel for check in room for shower after a night on train.

Have a short relax before our guide and driver transfer you to Ba Na Hill – 25 km from Danang city centre. You will travel to Ba Na hill for discover the beauties of this famous site with French village, Fantasy Park, Wine tunnel.

Have lunch at restaurant in Ba Na Hill

Afternoon activities:

Go on your visiting in Ba Na hill and enjoy the unique Golden Hand Bridge and Ancient Love and especially walk through Golden Hand Bridge as well as view the whole panorama of Da Nang city. You can make to the top of the mountain and visit the pagoda and catch the panorama of Danang city from Bana hill.

Free to enjoy your balance time in Bana hill until take the cable car back the foot of mountain. Our driver is waiting you and transferring you to check in your hotel.

Afternoon is your free time to relax on nice sandy beach in Danang like My Khe beach, Bac My An beach, etc and swim on clear sea. Free to have your own dinner.

Evening activities:

This evening is your free time to wander around Danang city with famous Song Han Bridge, Love Bridge, Dragon Bridge and enjoy the dragon breath fire and water at 21.00 pm weekend nights. Overnight at hotel.

Morning activities:

Leave Danang on a beach road, you will continue your trip by visiting Marble Mountain on the way to Hoian town and get panorama of Danang city and beach from the top of mountain. This is just magical!

And then you travel ahead Hoi An, along the road is the resorts which give you the impression for beautiful beaches from Da Nang to Hoi An.

Walking around Hoian Old Quarter with a lot of ancient architectures which will make your visit much more relaxing. The Old Port gave Hoian the harmony of the complex architectures from different countries like Portugal, China, Japan… as well as a boat trip on River to traditional handicraft village. This is totally exciting for those who love old cultures, and we’re sure you’re one of those!

Roam around old streets with our guide to experience and learn of unique architectures. Have some fun enjoying traditional music show

Have lunch at restaurant.

Afternoon activities:

You have half day to make cycling surrounding the countryside Hoian to discover the farming life at Tra Que vegetable village. Have the chance to try to be a local farmer as traditional way and grow as organic

Get 15 minutes foot massage with herbs for fresh yourself after being a local farmer.

Have a cooking lesson with local farmer after the instruction and cook dishes by yourself and have lunch with the family

Evening activities:

The rest of time in the evening in Hoi An ancient town by wandering around streets, narrow paths to get more enjoyment. It is a great chance to taste local street foods. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An

Morning activities:

Leave Danang on a beach road, you will continue your trip by visiting Marble Mountain on the way to Hoian town and get panorama of Danang city and beach from the top of mountain. This is just magical!

And then you travel ahead Hoi An, along the road is the resorts which give you the impression for beautiful beaches from Da Nang to Hoi An.

Walking around Hoian Old Quarter with a lot of ancient architectures which will make your visit much more relaxing. The Old Port gave Hoian the harmony of the complex architectures from different countries like Portugal, China, Japan… as well as a boat trip on River to traditional handicraft village. This is totally exciting for those who love old cultures, and we’re sure you’re one of those!

Roam around old streets with our guide to experience and learn of unique architectures. Have some fun enjoying traditional music show

Have lunch at restaurant.

Afternoon activities:

You have half day to make cycling surrounding the countryside Hoian to discover the farming life at Tra Que vegetable village. Have the chance to try to be a local farmer as traditional way and grow as organic

Get 15 minutes foot massage with herbs for fresh yourself after being a local farmer.

Have a cooking lesson with local farmer after the instruction and cook dishes by yourself and have lunch with the family

Evening activities:

The rest of time in the evening in Hoi An ancient town by wandering around streets, narrow paths to get more enjoyment. It is a great chance to taste local street foods. Overnight at hotel in Hoi An

After a 10 days trip by railway travel along North and Centrel Vietnam, you have more free time to walk around Hoian ancient town to get more experience. Danang international airport will be suitable for your flight to next destinations or other countries. We sure that you will have an amazing trip with Origin Travel and do hope see you again in the future. Once again thank you very much and happy travel!

Ms Angela

Ms Angela

Ms Lucy

Ms Lucy

Ms. Angela & Ms. Lucy is our experts for this itinerary and as seasoned travellers she has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.