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Tribal Viets inhabiting the Red River delta entered written history when China’s southward expansion reached them in the 3rd century BCE. From that time onward, a dominant theme of Vietnam’s history has been interaction with China, the source of most of Vietnam’s high culture. As a tribute-paying state after throwing off Chinese rule in 938 CE, Vietnam sent lacquerware, animal skins, ivory, and tropical products to the Chinese emperor and received scrolls on philosophy, administration, and literature in return. Sinic culture seeped deeply into society, but it shaped the aristocracy and mandarinal families more than it did the peasantry, which preserved distinctive customs, beliefs, vocabulary, lifeways, and gender relations. Modeling themselves on Chinese emperors, Vietnam’s kings exacted tribute from ethnic minorities on the periphery of the Vietnamese state and called themselves emperors when not addressing the Chinese court. Although cultural and spatial gaps between the Vietnamese court and the farthest reaches of society were not as great as they were in China (Vietnam is about the size of a Chinese province, with a comparable population), the Vietnamese state’s capacity to rule diminished with distance from the capital. The refractory character of bamboo-hedged peasant communes was captured in the cliché, “The emperor’s writ stops at the village gate.”

 

DAY 1: HANOI ARRIVAL + walking tour (D)

Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel. The driving time is approximately 40 munites.

Late afternoon, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple located on an islet in the lake. Hoan Kiem Lake is the sample of Hanoi and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species.

Its name “Hoan Kiem” comes from a legend of a sacred sword being lent to an ancient Vietnamese King by a holy turtle from the lake and later returned to the turtle. Next, discover special Vietnamese traditional art of water puppetry as well as Vietnamese folklore through a compelling puppet show at Thang Long Theatre. Go shopping at a Café shop or walk at leisure in the Old Quarter of 36 ancient streets before enjoying welcome dinner at a well-known local restaurant.

Accommodation: In Hanoi | Meals: Dinner

DAY 2: HANOI – CITY TOUR – HA LONG BAY (B/L/D)

After breakfast, we will join a half day city tour to visit Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November), the colonial Presidential Palace, originally the French Governor Office and a fine example of French architecture in Hanoi, and the rural style Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. Continue to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars.

 

Having lunch before transfering to Ha Long Bay, which is about 160 km and takes approximately 3.5 hours. Moving through the countryside on the way will bring you a clear perspective of a country’s whose 80% of population live on farming. Have a quick rest stop en route before reaching Ha Long City. Check in hotel then spend time at leisure. Dinner at a well-known local restaurant.

Evening: you’re free at leisure to discover Ha Long town, visit night market, Casino or enjoy Foot Massage (under your account).

Accommodation: In Ha Long | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 3: HA LONG 4 HOURS CRUISE – HANOI (B/L/D)

Have breakfast at hotel between 6-7 AM and then transfer to the dock for boarding a cruise boat to explore the legendary Ha Long Bay. Ha Long means Descending Dragon in Vietnamese as legend has it that a holly dragon landed down here from sky. The bay, famous as one of the world’s wonders and heritage sites whose formation dates back 500 million years, consists of around 2,000 karst islands and islets scattered over an area of 1,553 km2. The boat will stop at Dau Go Island for you to visit Thien Cung Cave (Heaven Palace) and Dau Go Cave (Wooden Stakes). Dau Go Cave in 13th Century was a depot to store pointed wooden stakes, which later were used by Vietnamese great military commander Tran Hung Dao to trap and puncture Mongolian naval boats in famous battles of Bach Dang. Continue cruising while fresh seafood lunch is served on board. Return to the dock, disembark and travel back to Hanoi.

Upon arrival, check in your hotel in Hanoi for relaxing before enjoying tasty foods at one of beloved restaurant.

 Accommodation: In Hanoi | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 4: HANOI - DEPARTURE (B, L)

Start a full day city tour beginning with the Ho Chi Minh Complex, containing the mausoleum of the nation’s founder, and his rural style residence with a house on stilts and the Presidential Palace. Also part of this complex is the unique One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. The tour will continue on with a visit to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars. Then, transfer to airport for departure flight.

Accommodation: No | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 5: HALONG - HANOI (Brunch)

Rise early to catch the impressive sunrise over the karsts, and find some serenity in a private Tai Chi class on the sundeck. Sink your teeth into some breakfast before setting sail for Ti Tov Island, where you can relax and swim at the picturesque beach, or hike up the mountain for stunning panoramic views of the bay.

 

Continue your cruise through some of the most iconic sites of Ha Long, seeing some of the most unique inlets and enjoying the natural splendour that makes this World Heritage Site so special. After checking out, enjoy a snack on board before saying goodbye to the crew at the main harbour and transfer back to Hanoi arriving late in the afternoon

 Accommodation: In Hanoi | Meals: brunch

 

DAY 5: HANOI – DEPARTURE

Free at leisure until transfer to airport for departure flight.

Accommodation: No | Meals: Breakfast

  • 4 berth soft sleeper in a share cabin Hanoi – Laocai and return, Accommodation in a twin or double room with daily breakfast, meals as specified in the itinerary, Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers, Experienced English speaking guide during all tours and transfers, Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival as complementary (for foreigners who need visa- except some special nationalities), Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary, Mineral water is available as complementary.
  • International & Domestic flight tickets, Meals if not specified in the itinerary, Gratuities for guides and drivers, Visa stamping fee at the airport, Travel insurance (we highly recommend that you purchase adequate insurance), Personal expenses, such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc. All other services not specified in the itinerary.

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