Northern Discovery is one of best itineraries in north of Vietnam: within one week, visitors can visit main high lights of Northern of Vietnam including visit two capital cities of Vietnam: Hanoi is present capital city of Vietnam with thousand year old, Hoa lu was former capital city of Vietnam. Mai chau is gate way of Northwest where Thai and Hmong ethnic minority people inhabited. Visitor also discover natural world in Cuc Phuong national park, Kenh Ga- hot mineral water stream as well as natural world heritage site- Ha long bay.
Day 1: Hanoi arrival (no meal)
Upon your arrival, you will be warm welcomed by our guide at Noi Bai airport and then transfer to your hotel. After refreshment and relax, you will discover the Old Quarter of Hanoi with one hour cyclo tours. Stop at Hoan Kiem Lake to visit Ngoc Son Temple before enjoying Water puppets show at Thang Long Theater. Overnight in hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2: HANOI – Full day city (B)
After breakfast at hotel, take a full day city tour of Vietnam’s capital- Hanoi: Hanoi was referred as “Paris of orient” with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental temples. The city tour includes such sights as Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum (view from outside on Mondays, Fridays and afternoons as it closed for maintenance),and his house on stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature, first University of Vietnam founded 1070. After lunch in town continue to the Museum of Ethnology. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we’ll depart Hanoi for Mai Chau which is gate way of northwest inhabited by Thai and Hmong- ethnic minority people. We will stop half of the way in Hoa Binh for refreshment before driving more 2 hours up to Mai Chau. Journey takes you through fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies. You will stay in Lac villages of Thai people, after lunch you will have chance to troll around some Thai villages such around.
Day 4: Mai Chau – Cuc Phuong (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we say goodbye with Thai People and then drive directly to Cuc Phuong National Park. First, we visit the Endangered Primates Rescue Center. Have lunch at Cuc Phuong Guest house and check in.
In the afternoon, we continue driving to center of National park to discover the flora, fauna and one-thousand-year-old sequoia tree, and the cave of Prehistoric man in Cuc Phuong National Park. Dinner and overnight at Cuc Phuong National Park.
Day 5: Cuc Phuong – Kenh Ga – Hoa Lu – Ninh Binh (B,L)
After breakfast, we leave the Cuc Phuong to visit Kenh Ga. Enjoy a boat trip along Hoang Long River to contemplate the beauty of the natural landscape and then visit Hot Spring, Van Trinh Cave. After your lunch time, we take a short drive to Hoa Lu – an ancient capital of Vietnam – and the remaining two temples of Dinh King and Le King. Overnight in Ninh Binh.
Day 6: Ninh Binh – Ha Long Bay (B/L)
After breakfast, we drive to Ha Long- world heritage site and new seven wonder of the world. Upon arrival, get on junk boat and start your cruise. While the junk passing many islets, rocks, caves, floating villages and beaches on Ha Long bay, your lunch served on board with fresh sea food. You then will be guided to visit Thien Cung & Dau Go caves – the most beautiful among thousands of the Bay. 16.00pm: disembark and take 3.5 hour drive back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 7: Hanoi departure (B)
After breakfast, time for relax or shopping before going to airport for departure home or the next destination (airport drop off without guide).
- Hotel accommodation as specific or similar, base on twin sharing
- Private car/mini van
- All entrance fees
- English or French speaking guide. Other languages can be arranged upon request
- Meals as per program (B = Breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
- Drinks, and meals not clearly mentioned
- International flight and international airport tax on departure
- Personal expenses & Tips
- Vietnam Visa – this can be done with our Visa service