VN19B Explore the twin Dragons ( 3 days / 2 nights )
Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Ha Long Bay – Hanoi
Day 1 Hanoi – Dong Tam – But Cave Complex– Ninh Binh
Leave Hanoi for Ninh Binh. Start your exploration with a leisurely bike ride (~5km) through paddy fields to visit Dong Tam Village. You may interact as well as take part in lunch preparation with the locals. Enjoy your lunch with the family. After lunch take a sampan ride through the But Cave Complex. Explore the dry caves as wells as the water caves. End the trip at Thung Nham dock. Drive to your hotel in the town of Ninh Binh.
Overnight in Ninh Binh [Lunch]
Day 2 Ninh Binh – 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 3 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.
* OPTIONAL: Water puppet show at the village
While in the Red River delta, take in a traditional water puppet performance at a village. After leaving Ha Long Bay, take a scenic drive to a small village known as the birthplace of water puppetry in the Red River Delta. Take delight in watching an authentic outdoor water puppet performance while sampling local delicacies. Local artisans will then present you with a wooden water puppet as a souvenir. Drive back to Hanoi.