Sunrise on the vessel’s top deck in the amazing scenery of Ha Long Bay
Swimming, kayaking and/or relaxing
Visit a local fishing community
Homestay with ethnic Tay people
Hike through the peaceful and magnificent Bac Son Valley
Dream away on the top deck of your vessel amidst the plentiful limestone islands in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. Visit caves, go swimming and kayaking or even learn some Vietnamese cooking skills. More breathtaking scenery at Bac Son Valley with its stilted villages and endless rice fields. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views during a mountain trek and be impressed by the mighty mountains and lush green forest.
Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay
You are picked up from your hotel at 8 am in Hanoi for a drive to Ha Long City, passing through the amazing scenery of the Red River Delta.
You board your vessel at Ha Long Bay, a peaceful bay with thousands of limestone islands and recognized as world heritage. During lunch, you cruise along the dramatic scenery of Ha Long Bay.
In the afternoon, you have a chance to visit an enormous cave, go swimming, go kayaking, participate in a Vietnamese cooking demonstration or simply relax on the sun deck.
Dinner is served on board and anchor is dropped amongst the many beautiful islands for the night.
Day 2: Ha Long Bay – Bac Son Valley
Get up early with a warm cup of coffee if you want to see the sunrise from the top deck.
After breakfast, you cruise further along the bay and visit a fishing village where you have a chance to learn more about the local fisherman and their daily life.
Enjoy brunch before sailing back to the harbor, where a private vehicle awaits you for a scenic drive to Bac Son Valley.
At Quynh Son village, you check in at an ethnic Tay house for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3: Bac Son Valley – Hanoi
You start this final day of your trip by learning how the local villagers make roof tiles and bricks for their stilt houses.
After this, you are dropped off for a hike through the peaceful Bac Son Valley, where your private vehicle waits for you at the other end and brings you back to the homestay for lunch. Make sure you stock up on enough calories as you will hike up a mountain for a stunning panoramic view over Bac Son Valley.
Transfer back to Hanoi.
Private air-conditioned transport
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Accommodation: twin or double room on the vessel, homestay in Bac Son Valley
English speaking guide for the sightseeing tour
Sightseeing tour with entrance fees and transfers as specified
Bottled mineral water in car (except cruise excursion)
Government tax and service charges
Drinks and other meals
Accommodation in Hanoi
Personal expenses and others not mentioned clearly in ‘included’
What to bring
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Mundooz did a great job, we were able to make full use of our time in this part of Vietnam. The scenery in Halong Bay is almost magical, and it was great to spend the night aboard a vessel, as you get to watch both sunset and sunrise over the bay and its islands.
We also really enjoyed spending time with the ethnic Tay family in their traditional house in Quynh Son village, this experience taught us so much about the Tay people's food, culture and customs.
The view from the peak over Bac Son Valley is breathtaking. Just don't forget to bring your camera (and spare batteries, as you'll be taking A LOT of pics!).
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I'm still afterglowing! Great trip, stunning places. Wouldn't be able to choose which part I liked best - Halong Bay or Bac Son Valley? Both destinations are so different yet so beautiful. Very interesting meeting and talking with local people. Definitely recommend this trip if you only have a limited period of time to spend in Vietnam but are keen to see and do as much as possible!