North Vietnam Explorer Tour & Lan Ha Bay Cruise

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Duration: 9 Days
Trip Code: ORG_NO9

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Enjoy the serenity of breathtaking scenery, the wonder of ancient culture and the stimulus of vibrant emerging cities as you take in the highlight sites, sounds and tastes of North Vietnam.

Go home with wonderful travel memories this 9 day tour of North Vietnam’s main destinations and highlights. Ideal for a first time traveler to Vietnam. This tour is ideal for gaining firsthand experience with locals in the markets and ethnic minority villages. Also understanding the political histories reflected in architecture, ancient religious and significant buildings. Especially discovering the natural scenic wonders that inspire movies, as you savor the flavors of local cuisine.

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  • Learn the daily lifestyle of the Thai & Muong ethnic minorities
  • Love soft trek on peaceful paths of rural Mai Chau & Pu Luong Nature reserve center
  • Discover the brand new World Heritage, Trang An Eco tourism complex with sampan boat-ride through limestone caves
  • Admire the amazing scene of karst cliffs on green surface of Lan Ha Bay and go through the night on a luxury cruise.
  • Enjoy distinct dishes of local food along the tour


North Vietnam Explorer Tour & Lan Ha Bay Cruise Travel Map

North Vietnam Explorer Tour & Lan Ha Bay Cruise Travel Map

Itinerary Details

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Day 1: Sunny Welcome To Vietnam. O/n In Hanoi

You’ll be landing in Hanoi, where you will receive a warm welcome from our English speaking guide and driver, who will take you to your hotel for check in. You’ll get a start to Vietnam to remember, with a relaxing walk through some of Hanoi’s biggest attractions. Such as; the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. And what better way to start an evening with a taste of authentic Vietnamese cuisine?

This is your first day, and the amazing tour Vietnam with Origin Travel team begins!

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Day 2: Hanoi City Tour. O/N In Hanoi (B/L)

Morning activities:

After enjoy breakfast at the hotel we will visit Ba Dinh Square, site of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Also, visit Ho Chi Minh’s House on Stilts, the nearby One Pillar Pagoda and Vietnam’s Confucius Center and first university, the Temple of Literature.

Afternoon activities:

In the afternoon, proceed to Hoa Lo Prison, followed by the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, the best place to learn about Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups from the rich collections of objects, photos, video tapes and cassettes. Pay a visit to a local craftsman’s house to learn how the water puppets are made and enjoy a unique water puppet show, a favorite experience for all visitors to Vietnam and the highlight of any tour in Vietnam.

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Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau. O/N At Homestay In Mai Chau (B/L/D)

Morning activities:

Our guide & driver will pick you up from Hotel in Hanoi around 7:30 am. Then driveway to the Mai Chau Valley. It will takes about 3,5 hours. There are several stops on the way for photo opportunities. Arrive at Pom Coong village, Mai Chau around noon. Your Vietnamese lunch is served by a local family at their stilt-house.

Afternoon activities:

After lunch and rest, go for a gentle walk about 3 hours to explore the environment. Also visit some villages, rice paddies and gardens. Or you could opt to find the area by bikes with shorter time. Along the walking tour you’ll have opportunity to find out about the neighborhood life, their farming and beautiful handicrafts.

Dinner and overnight in Mai Chau.

Note: Trekking time could be flexible. You can talk with your tour guide. Also there is traditional fork lore in the evening. (Upon on request)

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Day 4: Mai Chau - Pu Luong Nature Reserve. O/N At Homestay In Pu Luong (B/L/D)

Morning activities:

It’s a great take a walk around the countryside when the air is fresh, the sunshine is still soft, and villagers are already on working in the fields. a drive of around 1.5 hours will bring you to Pu Luong Nature Reserve, which harbors a variety of flora and fauna, there are many bird species with specially with over 1000 listed plant species.

Afternoon activities:

After enjoy a picnic lunch, you will be transferred to Chien Lau Bridgefor a leisurely hike of 5 km to admire the water mills along Cham River and take pleasure in the natural scenery here. The walk will end at Tan Lap Bridge where the transport will be ready to take you back to the eco garden, a mountain retreat, where you can chill-out, treasuring the stunning sunset over mountains and rice terraces.

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Day 5: Pu Luong Nature Reserve Center - Ninh Binh. O/N In Ninh Binh (B/L)

Morning activities:

Welcome the sunny day with descend into the valley on a leisurely walk along trails leading through rice terraces near the Don Village, through corn fields and past some small villages, before heading back to the lodge for lunch.

Afternoon activities:

After enjoy lunch at Pu Luong, then drive to to Ninh Binh. Balance of the day is spent at your leisure after arrival. Overnight in Ninh Binh

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Day 6: Explore Ninh Binh. O/N In Ninh Binh (B/L)

Morning activities:

To avoid the number of tourist to visit Ninh this day (Most traveller come to Ninh Binh from Ha Noi in the morning).

Enjoy your breakfast before visiting to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital city of the Dinh & Le Dynasties. Then we continue our trip to visit Bai Dinh Pagoda, the largest pagoda complex in Vietnam. Then we have lunch at the local restaurant. Here you will have chance to enjoy Ninh Binh specialities dishes.

Afternoon activities:

After enjoy lunch, take a boat trip to experience the amazing geological, biodiversity and scenic wonder of the Trang An grottoes. Where very famous with Kong skull island movie set. Overnight in Ninh Binh.

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Day 7: Ninh Binh - Lan Ha Bay Cruise. O/n On Board In Lan Ha Bay (B/L/D)

Morning activities:

Breakfast is served in the hotel. Say goodbye Halong inland. Today, we take early departure from Ninh Binh travel throughout the fertile Delta of the Red River. It will takes over 4 hours to Halong Bay. Halong Bay is among the well known and must see attractions in Vietnam. Besides being recognized as a natural world heritage. Arrive at the pier around 12.30 pm.

Afternoon activities:

  • Welcome aboard and greeted with a complimentary drink. Our Crew will conduct a compulsory safety procedures session and then you are free to check into your cabin and freshen up. Take some time to have a look around the vessel or watch the magical landscape go by.
  • Next you have a special lunch of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizing favorites on board. The cruise set sails to Lan Ha Bay and pass through Da Chongwhere you can see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago.
  • After that when the cruise entries through Cua Van area to Lan Ha Bay (as part of Halong Bay), this area is surrounding of a lot extraordinary limestone karst landscapes. Here you start the journey to explore Ba Trai Dao beach, kayaking to immersed in the crystal clear waters of the bay and/or enjoy swimming.
  • You return the main boat at 17:00 pm, and cruising to a place for staying overnight
  • Happy hour with special drink menu. With program BY ONE GET ONE FREE!!!!

Evening activities:

  • Join cooking demonstration is a great way to learn how to prepare Vietnamese delicious cuisines. Enjoy special Signature Dinner in restaurant on board.
  • The rest is your free time to relax with an exotic cocktail or whatever takes your fancy. The bar has a wide range or wines, beers and liquors for choice to enjoy the bay in the evening.
  • You can order a Spa service or take any activities on boat cruise such as watching documentary movies, squid fishing or simply relax on sundeck.
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Day 8: Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi. O/N In Hanoi (B/L)

Morning activities:

  • Enjoy a sunrise on Lan Ha Bay. Have a Tai Chi lesson on the top deck. Have a morning cup of tea, coffee or juice on board for morning and watch the never ending miraculous scenery unfold before you.
  • Light breakfast will be served in our restaurant (pastries, tea, coffee)
  • Then you will visit Dark & Bright cave and islets by local rowing boats which is a wild and mysterious beauty in the middle of the World Heritage. Back to our main board afterwards.
  • Check out of your cabin as we draw closer to the mainland. After a final early brunch and a last goodbye from our crew at 11:30. Get on the tender and head back to the wharf at noon time.

Afternoon activities:

  • Our tour guide & driver welcomes you at the wharf and transfers you return Hanoi city. Drop off you at hotel in Hanoi.

Free time to explore Hanoi by your own.

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Day 9: Hanoi Departure (B)

Your last day! And a great experience! After having a lovely journey in the North Vietnam you will have some free time to walk around Hanoi to get more experience or just relax at hotel before the driver drops you off the airport for taking flight departure Hanoi.

Wow! This was pretty exciting, right? It’s time to say goodbye. It’s time to get back to your busy life! And we are sure that you will have an amazing trip with Origin Vietnam and we do hope to see you again in the future. You are incredible, and we are so glad to be a part of your holiday in Vietnam! Once again, we really thank you for choosing us!



  • PRIVATE door to door transport (new vehicle) with air-conditioned
  • Experience English speaking guide
  • Meals as mentioned above (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Accommodation shared in Double room with daily breakfast (Hotel quality at 3* up with great location)
  • Homestay (Note: Stilt house for homestay is standard, it is a share with has the curtain to separate each mattress, share bathroom together. However, it is clean and safe for stay)
  • Lan Ha Bay trip 2days/1night on 5* Era Cruise (Accommodation, kayak, entrance fee, cruise, meals on board, etc)
  • Entrance fees, permit
  • Private local boat trip in Trang An
  • Mineral water daily 2 bottle 500ml/per day
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
  • Bank fees if payment by credit card
  • Gov tax and service charge
  • No extra charge after final confirmation


  • International Air Fare in & out Vietnam if any
  • Domestic Air Fare if any
  • Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle
  • Other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, soft & hard drinks
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Tips are welcomed!
  • Travel Insurance
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