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5days 4nights Hanoi + Halong Bay Cruise

 

Let’s do a walking exploration in the charming capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, which is also the 2nd largest city of Vietnam. The city, with a fascinating blend of East and West, combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair, has both modern developments and preserved old monuments such as Old Quarter, Museum of Ethnology, Hoa Lo Prison, etc.

Pre Chinese New Year retreat in Vietnam (5D/4N) starting at Hanoi, Vietnam

Besides the fascinating Hanoi, Vietnam also has another well-known must visit place, the marvellous Halong Bay. This trip also includes a 2 day / 1 night discovery cruise to the beautiful nature of Halong Bay.

Located in the Gulf of Tonkin, within Quang Ninh Province, in the northeast of Vietnam, is 165 km from the capital of Hanoi. Covering an area of 43,400 ha and including over 1600 islands and islets, most of which are uninhabited and unaffected by humans, it forms a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars and is an ideal model of a mature Karst landscape developed during a warm and wet tropical climate.  

Kayaking in Halong Bay is the best way to explore the breathtakingly beauty of Halong Bay.  Paddle through islets; visit hidden caves, lagoons, unspoiled beaches and floating fishing villages…get closer to limestone karst and enjoy the breathtakingly nature in a less visited corner of Bai Tu Long Bay. 

 Pre Chinese New Year retreat in Vietnam (5D/4N) starting at Hanoi, Vietnam

 

Itinerary (schedule may subject to change due to local arrangement)

 

Day 1: Sin to Hanoi 

 Meet at Changi Airport for flight to Hanoi, flying to Hanoi. Upon reaching Hanoi, we will be pick up by minivan to our 2 1/2* Hotel at Old Quarter. 

After lunch, we will start the walking tour to discover Hanoi’s Old Quarter which is famous with “36 guild streets” in the past time at 1400PM.

Nowadays, the villages were turned to streets and many of them didn’t feature the business as it names anymore. But take your time to wander along the old streets and you surely gain many exciting experience.

Names of some streets with typical products: Bat Su (China Bowls), Cha Ca (roasted fish), Hang Bac (jewelries), Hang Dau (shoes & sandals), Hang Gai (silk), To Tich (mixed fruits), Hang Luoc (comb), Hang Duong (candies & dry apricot), Hang Buom (bamboo product).

In addition, 4 walking streets Hang Dao – Hang Ngang – Hang Duong – Dong Xuan which formed “Night market” in the evening from Friday to Sunday is also a nice place to explore. Despite the damages that Vietnam War left in Hanoi, the Old Quarter still retained much of the original traits that interests tourists, especially those with architectural passion. These houses are neither tall buildings as people normally see in cities nor stilt houses on lines of poles, which were popular in Vietnams’ mountainous regions these days. They are also called “tubular houses” which are short and narrow but have great length.

 Pre Chinese New Year retreat in Vietnam (5D/4N) starting at Hanoi, Vietnam

Dong Xuan night market

 

After walking around and enjoy some local specialties (own expenses), continue to Hoan Kiem Lake area where you can pay a visit Ngoc Son temple or enjoy a drink at Fany Ice Cream, Thuy Ta Ice Cream or some famous café shop/restaurants nearby.

 Pre Chinese New Year retreat in Vietnam (5D/4N) starting at Hanoi, Vietnam

Hoan Kiem Lake

 

In the evening after Dinner, we will walk the night market at Dong Xuan.

 

Day 2: Hanoi

09.00AM we will be heading to the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. Visitors are welcome to browse some of the vast research on offer at this public museum which is also a centre for ethnographic research. The museum focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. It is widely considered to be the finest modern museum in Vietnam and a tourist attraction in Hanoi, opened to the public on since November 1997. The exhibition building was designed by the architect Ha Duc Linh, a member of the Tay ethnic group, in the shape of a Dong Son drum, and the interior architecture was designed by the French architect Veronique Dollfus.

 Pre Chinese New Year retreat in Vietnam (5D/4N) starting at Hanoi, Vietnam

The museum is packed full of information detailing traditional Vietnamese ways of life, from religious events to the symbolic rituals of all the Vietnamese ethnic groups, providing a rich tapestry of the culture melting pot existing in Vietnam. The exhibition hall features everyday objects representing each group, a research centre, library and auditorium.

The outdoor exhibition area is also a great place to see. The most popular architectural styles of ethnic minorities were represented including Ede long house, the Tay stilt house, the Yao house half on stilts, half on earth, the Hmong house whose roof is made of pomu wood, the Viet house with tile roof, the Gia Rai tomb, the Ba Na communal house, the Cham traditional house and the Ha Nhi house made with beaten walls.

Pre Chinese New Year retreat in Vietnam (5D/4N) starting at Hanoi, Vietnam

After lunch at 1400pm we will proceed to Hanoi’s war sites to discover the history of Vietnam’s modern wars.

The first point is the Military History Museum on Dien Bien Phu street. The museum covers the American and French wars, as well as the struggles against the Chinese. In addition to numerous photos and remnants from the wars the grounds are jam-packed with tanks, guns and aircraft. It’s like a shoe shop for men.

Pre Chinese New Year retreat in Vietnam (5D/4N) starting at Hanoi, Vietnam


From there, we will walk about 15 minutes to Hoa Lo Prison. Nicknamed, the “Hanoi Hilton”, the prison was used to house Vietnamese political prisoners, as well as French and American prisoners of war, and offers a fascinating and chilling glimpse of prison life. 

Pre Chinese New Year retreat in Vietnam (5D/4N) starting at Hanoi, Vietnam

Most of the original prison was demolished in 1996 to make way for the Hanoi Towers (now Somerset Grand Hanoi) serviced apartment and office complex, but the southernmost corner has been preserved and reopened to the public as a memorial to the revolutionaries who died here in atrocious conditions. Visitors can view the original cells, complete with leg-irons, along with a selection of bilingual (Vietnamese and English) displays illustrating the horrors of life in the prison during the French colonial period.

After dinner we can proceed to one of the Hanoi famous karaoke and have a few drinks before we end our night.

 

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong Bay

07:45 – 08:00 Pick-up at our hotel and depart for Halong city.

12:00 – 12:15 On arrival at Halong city, we will on board 3* Cruise and are warmly welcomed by professional and friendly crew. Check into cabin.


Pre Chinese New Year retreat in Vietnam (5D/4N) starting at Hanoi, Vietnam


13:00 Enjoy specially prepared lunch while cruising towards thousands of amazing limestone islands emerging from emerald water, passing by Stone Dog islet, floating fishing village, incense burner islet, fighting cocks islet,…

15:00 visit Heavenly Palace Cave – the most beautiful one in Halong Bay.

Pre Chinese New Year retreat in Vietnam (5D/4N) starting at Hanoi, Vietnam


Pre Chinese New Year retreat in Vietnam (5D/4N) starting at Hanoi, Vietnam

16:00 Kayaking for an hour or more through slide rock cliffs.

17:30 Swimming time, this is great chance to relax in water, jumping, diving, take a back flip, somersault.

19:00 Enjoy dinner.

20:30 Evening activities like singing karaoke, dancing, squid fishing, and playing cards or relax at leisure



Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi

07:00 Breakfast, coffee, tea, fruits will be served.

08:00 Check Out and start cruising further to discover the hidden charm of the bay, taking photos many islets with outstanding shapes as frog island, turtle island,…

10:00 Cooking class opened right on the cruise for all the people are interested in cooking, especially cooking Vietnamese food.

11:15 Farewell lunch served on the cruise before you arrive at the harbor

12:30 Get on the bus back to Hanoi

16:30 Arrival at our hotel. 

18:30 Prepare to go for dinner.

After dinner we will walk along Hanoi Street before we have our Vietnamese Traditional massage at 20:30hrs for 2hrs before we end our last night in Hanoi.


Day 5

Home Sweet Home

 

This trip cost $506.25 and needs min 8 people to make it happens. Please proceed with full payment by 21 Dec 2017 to indicate your confirmation. Please do not book air ticket till we confirm the trip. We will fully refund if the trip does not happen.

Recommended flying on with Tiger Air at SGD228.07/pax (estimated as at today)

Payment Detail:

DBS Current A/C: 054-905-362-7

Package includes:

- Transfers airport/hotel

- Tour guide

- 2.5* hotel in Hanoi

- 3* Halong Bay Cruise

- 4 Meals on board cruise (1 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner, exclude drinks)

- 3 breakfasts in Hanoi

- Entrance fees

 

Excludes:

- Air Fare / Visa

- Transport within Hanoi

- Personal expenses (tips, foods, drinks,etc)

- Meals not indicated in the package

- Insurance

- Drinks on cruise is payable

- Kayaking is available for USD10/pax

- Karaoke and Massage

- All other services not included in the package

 

Our Contact Details

Georgina Chin: HP: 96226838, Email: chin.georgina8@gmail.com

Chong Lee Ling: HP: 91734828, Email: leelingchong@yahoo.com

or chiefs@threeplaygrounds.com

 

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