VN19A Secret of the North ( 4 days / 3 nights )
Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hai Phong – Ha Long Bay – Hanoi
Day 1 Hanoi – Vuon Thi – Ninh Binh
Drive to Ninh Binh. Upon arrival, you will take delight in a scenic bicycle ride around paddy fields, pagodas, small villages and markets. A visit to Vuon Thi Village will offer you a chance to interact with local people by partaking in their daily activities. Discover the lifestyle, hospitality and friendliness of the Northern people when you prepare your lunch with a local family. Later, work alongside the farmers in the field and learn how water rice is cultivated. Surely be mesmerized by the soaring limestone cliffs while cruising on the Van Long reservoir. Finally, continue to Ninh Binh for the night.
Overnight in Ninh Binh [Lunch]
Day 2 Ninh Binh – But Cave Complex– Water Puppet Performance – Hai Phong
Take a morning drive to the boat landing for an unforgettable sampan ride through the But Cave Complex. Explore dry caves as well as the water caves. End the trip at Thung Nham dock. You will soak up the picturesque scenes of rice fields and the pastoral atmosphere through a visit to a small village known as the birthplace of water puppetry in the Red River Delta. Delight in watching a unique outdoor water puppet performance. The local artisans will then offer you a wooden puppet as a souvenir. Proceed to Hai Phong.
Overnight in Hai Phong [Breakfast]
Day 3 Hai Phong – Ha Long Bay
Drive through rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay. Board a junk for a cruise among the hundreds of islets of Ha Long Bay. Enjoy a seafood lunch and a swim (weather permitting). Drop anchor in the late evening for an overnight stay among the dramatic limestone peaks rising out of the sea.
Overnight on a junk [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]
Day 4 Ha Long Bay – Boat Cruise – Hanoi
Take a delightful morning cruise through the limestone cliffs and emerald waters of Ha Long Bay before returning to the dock. Drive back to Hanoi with a stop en route at a ceramic factory.