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Best 5 Days in Vietnam

 Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hanoi
 Code: VNV53

Overview

Best 5 Days in Vietnam starts and ends in Hanoi. 

Best 5 Days in Vietnam Highlights

  •   Having a chance to enjoy a unique Vietnam Traditional art – Water Puppet Show.
  •   Visiting all the must-see destinations of Hanoi City Center including Ho Chi Minh Complex, Temple of Literature and famous museum. 
  •   Exploring the stunning and wonderful scenes of Halong Bay on the 3 days 2 nights cruise.
  •   Discovering Halong Bay’s beauty and surrounding areas by kayaking and enjoying the delightful cuisine on board.

Best 5 Days in Vietnam Summary

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 Activities: Arrive in Vietnam and have free time in Hanoi. Be entertained by the Water Puppet show and enjoy a hearty welcome dinner.

Starting your first day of the Best 5 Days in Vietnam Tour with your arrival in Hanoi International Airport.

Arriving in Hanoi, you will be warmly welcomed by our tour guide at the Airport and head straight to Hanoi center for your check-in at your hotel. You can take a rest and enjoy your leisure time for today. (Please be noted that the check-in time is normal at 14:00, any early check-in request would depend on hotel's availability and you will pay for surcharge).

In the late afternoon, our guide will pick you up from your hotel then we start walking around and enjoy the fresh air of the Restored Sword Lake ( Hoan Kiem Lake) and the Hanoi Old Quarter with its 36 ancient streets - the oldest and busiest commercial district of Hanoi for centuries. You will see how is the local life of Vietnamese people from the old men playing chess, to the youngers enjoy a cup of coffee on the street side. 

Today,  you will take a short walk to the Water Puppet Theater to enjoy a Water Puppet Show - a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture in the 11th century. The skills of artists make the Water Puppets seem like human beings will amaze you.

Enjoy a delicious welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Spend your free time on relaxing or wandering around the lovely Hanoi at night. Stay overnight in Hanoi.

 Meals:  Dinner

Water Puppet Show

 Activities: Visit some must-see destinations in Hanoi and enjoying the best street food in Vietnam

Day 2 of your Best 5 Days in Vietnam Tour will be Hanoi City Tour which will help you to understand more about culture and history of Vietnam and Hanoi. Hanoi is one of the important destinations of most of Vietnam Tours as that is the capital of Vietnam and that is easy to fly into or departure from.

Discovering all the popular attractions in Hanoi with full day city tour. Walking on the wide tree-lined boulevards with French colonial architecture and visiting the peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas in Hanoi is always the best way to experience the charming Hanoi Capital City of Vietnam.

Beginning with the Ho Chi Minh Complex including Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum (closed on Monday & Friday and from the beginning of October to the end of November), Ho Chi Minh's House on Stilts,  the One Pillar Pagoda (unique architecture in a gorgeous garden and mature trees), and the Presidential Palace. This is an important historical place and of priceless value to Vietnamese people. You will have a chance to learn about Cu Ho’s life, his contributions to the independence and freedom for Vietnamese people. 

After that, we will have a chance to explore the first university of Vietnam - the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature. Considered as the first University of Vietnam, The Temple of Literature is a symbol of Hanoi’s symbol of wisdom, talent, and study. Many students visit this place to pray for good results in their exams. You may see young girls and boys wear traditional dress to make their yearbook as well. 

Next stop, you will choose between a visit to the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum. The History Museum preserves artifacts reflecting thousands of years of Vietnamese culture and history, whereas the Ethnology Museum exhibits demonstrate the costumes and focus on the culture and daily life of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups.

After visiting the popular sites, we will come back to Hanoi's Old Quarter to walk around and taste different street foods in Hanoi. Learning how to make these dishes would be the most interesting part for you. Do not miss it!

Stay overnight at your hotel to end your second day.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

History Museum

 Activities: Drive to Halong Bay, board our overnight boat and begin our cruise in one of the world's most beautiful places.

Halong Bay overnight trip always attracts all clients when they visit Vietnam. Day 3 of your 5 Days in Vietnam Tour you will enjoy the Halong Bay 2 night cruise.

At 08.00 AM: After breakfast, check out your hotel then take approximately 3.5-hour drive to Halong Bay - The UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular attraction of Vietnam. 

On the way to Halong Bay, you will have a chance to take the photos of beautiful sceneries of Red River Delta with green rice fields and countryside landscape.

Begin our traditional junk cruise in this natural paradise of jutting limestone islands and calm water. 

Upon your arrival at Tuan Chau harbor, we will do the check-in on board then enjoy a fresh and delicious seafood lunch while soaking in the incredible views of this magical bay.

In the afternoon, we will discover around some of the beautiful and well-known islands of Halong Bay and visit Sung Sot Caves- One of the largest and widest caves in Halong Bay. You will be overwhelmed by the stone blocks inside the cave with a thousand of stalactites and stalagmites under the twinkle light. 

Additionally, we will stop at an island featuring a sheltered white-sand beach to enjoy the warm waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (subject to the weather condition).

In the evening, we will enjoy the delightful dinner on board. You will relax or make friends with others on our cruise then stay overnight on the junk.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Notes: 
The itinerary is a sample of one cruise. The itinerary will slightly change depending on the cruise you choose.

Halong Bay

 Activities: Discover the remote areas. Do kayaking in Halong Bay and enjoy the best time in one of the most beautiful places in the World.

Day 4 of your 5 Days in Vietnam Tour is one of the most memorable day for your 5 day trip as today you will discover the less touched area of Halong Bay with the day boat.

Wake-up after the first night on board, we will have breakfast and get full energy for the exploration day to the different aspect of Halong Bay by a day boat. You will have a valuable opportunity to try kayaking to discover the untouched areas or go swimming in the warm and small beaches. Your junk boat will cruise in the different remote area in Halong Bay and stop somewhere beaches or kayaking.

Lunch will be served on your boat.

After lunchtime, we will continue exploring the gorgeous places in Halong Bay before coming back to our big cruise.

In the evening, you will have dinner on board, relax with an icy cocktail, and enjoy the stunning view of the Bay by night. Stay second night onboard.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kayaking

 Activities: Enjoy the last day on the cruise visiting Halong Bay. Then come back to Hanoi for the flight home.

Don’t miss your final sunrise over Halong Bay Cruise. During breakfast time, you will have a chance to see the beauty of this mystical bay. After that, you will do kayaking for the last time before disembarking the harbor. Just enjoy the smooth and warm waters of the rural area which are not able to be accessed by the larger boats. 

Your lunch will be well prepared onboard. After lunch, we will say goodbye to lovely cruise staffs and get back to the harbor. We finish the 3 day 2 night junk boat, your tour guide and driver will be waiting for you at the harbor and transfer you to Hanoi for the flight back home or to another destination. 

Your Best 5 days in Vietnam trip with Incredible Asia Journeys - the most reliable tour agency in Vietnam concludes here. We hope you had a wonderful time with us and look forward to seeing you again soon~

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

 Notes: 
The itinerary for Halong Bay trip may change slightly depending on the cruise You choose.

Titop island

Full Itinerary

Day 1

Hanoi Arrival – Welcome Dinner (D)

 Activities: Arrive in Vietnam and have free time in Hanoi. Be entertained by the Water Puppet show and enjoy a hearty welcome dinner.

Starting your first day of the Best 5 Days in Vietnam Tour with your arrival in Hanoi International Airport.

Arriving in Hanoi, you will be warmly welcomed by our tour guide at the Airport and head straight to Hanoi center for your check-in at your hotel. You can take a rest and enjoy your leisure time for today. (Please be noted that the check-in time is normal at 14:00, any early check-in request would depend on hotel's availability and you will pay for surcharge).

In the late afternoon, our guide will pick you up from your hotel then we start walking around and enjoy the fresh air of the Restored Sword Lake ( Hoan Kiem Lake) and the Hanoi Old Quarter with its 36 ancient streets - the oldest and busiest commercial district of Hanoi for centuries. You will see how is the local life of Vietnamese people from the old men playing chess, to the youngers enjoy a cup of coffee on the street side. 

Today,  you will take a short walk to the Water Puppet Theater to enjoy a Water Puppet Show - a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture in the 11th century. The skills of artists make the Water Puppets seem like human beings will amaze you.

Enjoy a delicious welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Spend your free time on relaxing or wandering around the lovely Hanoi at night. Stay overnight in Hanoi.

 Meals:  Dinner

Water Puppet Show
Day 2

Hanoi City Tour (B, L, D)

 Activities: Visit some must-see destinations in Hanoi and enjoying the best street food in Vietnam

Day 2 of your Best 5 Days in Vietnam Tour will be Hanoi City Tour which will help you to understand more about culture and history of Vietnam and Hanoi. Hanoi is one of the important destinations of most of Vietnam Tours as that is the capital of Vietnam and that is easy to fly into or departure from.

Discovering all the popular attractions in Hanoi with full day city tour. Walking on the wide tree-lined boulevards with French colonial architecture and visiting the peaceful lakes and ancient oriental pagodas in Hanoi is always the best way to experience the charming Hanoi Capital City of Vietnam.

Beginning with the Ho Chi Minh Complex including Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum (closed on Monday & Friday and from the beginning of October to the end of November), Ho Chi Minh's House on Stilts,  the One Pillar Pagoda (unique architecture in a gorgeous garden and mature trees), and the Presidential Palace. This is an important historical place and of priceless value to Vietnamese people. You will have a chance to learn about Cu Ho’s life, his contributions to the independence and freedom for Vietnamese people. 

After that, we will have a chance to explore the first university of Vietnam - the thousand-year-old Temple of Literature. Considered as the first University of Vietnam, The Temple of Literature is a symbol of Hanoi’s symbol of wisdom, talent, and study. Many students visit this place to pray for good results in their exams. You may see young girls and boys wear traditional dress to make their yearbook as well. 

Next stop, you will choose between a visit to the History Museum or the Ethnology Museum. The History Museum preserves artifacts reflecting thousands of years of Vietnamese culture and history, whereas the Ethnology Museum exhibits demonstrate the costumes and focus on the culture and daily life of Vietnam's 54 ethnic groups.

After visiting the popular sites, we will come back to Hanoi's Old Quarter to walk around and taste different street foods in Hanoi. Learning how to make these dishes would be the most interesting part for you. Do not miss it!

Stay overnight at your hotel to end your second day.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

History Museum
Day 3

Hanoi – Halong Bay Overnight Cruise(B, L, D)

 Activities: Drive to Halong Bay, board our overnight boat and begin our cruise in one of the world's most beautiful places.

Halong Bay overnight trip always attracts all clients when they visit Vietnam. Day 3 of your 5 Days in Vietnam Tour you will enjoy the Halong Bay 2 night cruise.

At 08.00 AM: After breakfast, check out your hotel then take approximately 3.5-hour drive to Halong Bay - The UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular attraction of Vietnam. 

On the way to Halong Bay, you will have a chance to take the photos of beautiful sceneries of Red River Delta with green rice fields and countryside landscape.

Begin our traditional junk cruise in this natural paradise of jutting limestone islands and calm water. 

Upon your arrival at Tuan Chau harbor, we will do the check-in on board then enjoy a fresh and delicious seafood lunch while soaking in the incredible views of this magical bay.

In the afternoon, we will discover around some of the beautiful and well-known islands of Halong Bay and visit Sung Sot Caves- One of the largest and widest caves in Halong Bay. You will be overwhelmed by the stone blocks inside the cave with a thousand of stalactites and stalagmites under the twinkle light. 

Additionally, we will stop at an island featuring a sheltered white-sand beach to enjoy the warm waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (subject to the weather condition).

In the evening, we will enjoy the delightful dinner on board. You will relax or make friends with others on our cruise then stay overnight on the junk.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Notes: 
The itinerary is a sample of one cruise. The itinerary will slightly change depending on the cruise you choose.

Halong Bay
Day 4

Halong Bay Further Discovering (B, L, D)

 Activities: Discover the remote areas. Do kayaking in Halong Bay and enjoy the best time in one of the most beautiful places in the World.

Day 4 of your 5 Days in Vietnam Tour is one of the most memorable day for your 5 day trip as today you will discover the less touched area of Halong Bay with the day boat.

Wake-up after the first night on board, we will have breakfast and get full energy for the exploration day to the different aspect of Halong Bay by a day boat. You will have a valuable opportunity to try kayaking to discover the untouched areas or go swimming in the warm and small beaches. Your junk boat will cruise in the different remote area in Halong Bay and stop somewhere beaches or kayaking.

Lunch will be served on your boat.

After lunchtime, we will continue exploring the gorgeous places in Halong Bay before coming back to our big cruise.

In the evening, you will have dinner on board, relax with an icy cocktail, and enjoy the stunning view of the Bay by night. Stay second night onboard.

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kayaking
Day 5

Halong Bay Cruise – Hanoi – Departure (B, L)

 Activities: Enjoy the last day on the cruise visiting Halong Bay. Then come back to Hanoi for the flight home.

Don’t miss your final sunrise over Halong Bay Cruise. During breakfast time, you will have a chance to see the beauty of this mystical bay. After that, you will do kayaking for the last time before disembarking the harbor. Just enjoy the smooth and warm waters of the rural area which are not able to be accessed by the larger boats. 

Your lunch will be well prepared onboard. After lunch, we will say goodbye to lovely cruise staffs and get back to the harbor. We finish the 3 day 2 night junk boat, your tour guide and driver will be waiting for you at the harbor and transfer you to Hanoi for the flight back home or to another destination. 

Your Best 5 days in Vietnam trip with Incredible Asia Journeys - the most reliable tour agency in Vietnam concludes here. We hope you had a wonderful time with us and look forward to seeing you again soon~

 Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

 Notes: 
The itinerary for Halong Bay trip may change slightly depending on the cruise You choose.

Titop island

Trip Notes

Inclusions

  •   Vietnam Visa Arrival Letter 
  •   Accommodations(Double/Twin sharing) with daily breakfast 
  •   Meals as mentioned in the itinerary 
  •   Airport pick- up/ drop- off  by AC vehicles
  •   Transport by vehicles with AC 
  •   2 nights in Halong Overnight Cruise
  •   English speaking guides on tour
  •   Water( 02 bottles/pax/tour day)
  •   Entrance fees  as itinerary

Exclusions

  •   Visa stamp fees for Vietnam
  •   Your flights to/from Vietnam 
  •   Meals or drinks not mentioned  in our itinerary 
  •   Early check-in, late check-out surcharge
  •   Travel insurance 
  •   Compulsory dinner in the peak season at the hotel (if any)
  •   Personal expenses 
  •   Tips for guide and driver

Accommodation

Destinations 3 Star Class 4 Star Class 5 Star Class
Hanoi Gondola Hotel & Spa Boss Legend Hotel Hotel De L'Opera Hanoi
Halong Bay V'Spirit Cruise LaFairy Cruise Signature Cruise

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