Northern Vietnam 5 day Culture & Adventure Tour

5  days / 4 nights from 499


Hanoi / Ninh Binh / Halong Bay / Lan Ha Bay

This five-day tour gives you the best of northern Vietnam, from Hanoi to the fertile river lands of Ninh Bình and finally to Hạ Long Bay

North Vietnam is considered the most spectacular part of the whole country where tourists can join lots of adventures. This Vietnam 5 days 4 nights itinerary is designed for people who want to explore the true sense of northern Vietnam in combination with relaxation.

Start your tour from the capital of Vietnam – where imprints hero moments of Vietnamese nation., then head to the so-called “Halong Bay on land”, Ninh Binh, where the mother Nature endows this land lots of gems. The experience is diversifying that will surely create a memorable trip.

Trip Highlights

Day-to-day Itinerary

Hanoi Old Quarter | Hoan Kiem lake | Trang An Grottoes | Bai Dinh Pagoda | Bai Dinh Pagoda

You have breakfast at the hotel.               

08h00: We will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter or Hanoi Opera House. In the morning, we will visit:

  • Tran Quoc Pagoda, which is located on an island to the east of West Lake (Tay Ho district). The temple has a history of nearly 1500 years, and is considered the oldest in Thang Long – Hanoi. The pagoda architecture has a harmonious combination of the majesty and the ancient with the elegant landscape among an immense lake. It was the Buddhist center of Thang Long citadel in the Ly and Tran dynasties.
  • The Complex of President Ho Chi Minh (Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and Stilt house) – Where the great leader lived and worked until the last years of his life. Here, you will have the opportunity to learn about Uncle Ho’s simple life. In addition, stop by One Pillar Pagoda to admire one of the 4 symbols of Hanoi.

12h00: Have lunch at the restaurant.

13h00: We will visit:

  • Museum of Ethnology – A place to store and display many cultural artifacts of all 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a unit under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is both a research center and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. The mission of the Museum is scientific research, collection, documentation, conservation, exhibition and preserving the cultural and historic patrimony of the nation’s different ethnic groups. The museum also serves to guide research, conservation, and technology that are specific to the work of an ethnographic museum.
  • Hoan Kiem lake (Sword lake) – center of Hanoi with Turtle tower, Ngoc Son Temple, furthermore, you could discover the Vietnamese traditional and French colonial architecture through buildings surrounding the lake.

19h00: Have dinner at the restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Overnight: Hanoi

Inclusion: Private car, private guide, accommodation

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel in downtown Hanoi at 8:30. After that, join the city tour to visit Hanoi’s top sites:

  • West Lake: the biggest freshwater lake of Hanoi, considered as an iconic place of the capital city of Vietnam, having a serene and tranquil beauty.
  • Ho Chi Minh’s museum: one of the most resourceful museums in Hanoi and undoubtedly in the country
  • Hoan Kiem Lake: famous for its peaceful beauty, its cultural as well as historical values, and also being the home of tortoises.

Overnight: Hanoi

Inclusion: Private guide, private tour, entrance tickets, breakfast, cyclo, accommodation

Note: Don’t wear short while going to see Ho Chi Minh Museum

07h00: Have breakfast

08h00: Our tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi city to depart for Ninh Binh province

10h30: Depart to the most popular attraction to visit in Ninh Binh are the Trang An Grottoes ( the World Natural Heritage site). Arriving at Trang An- ecotourism site. In 2 hours you will be surprised by the beauty of this landscape, the bamboo boat will take you through many amazing caves

13h00: Have lunch

14h00: We spend time to visit the Buddha Prayer place in Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam with 500 La Han statues, biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam with 10 meters height, 100 tons weight, Explore and gain understanding of how Buddhism influences Vietnamese culture

18h00: Return to Hanoi.

20h00: Back to Hanoi. Have dinner at the hotel. 

Overnight: Hanoi

Inclusion: Private car, entry tickets, accommodation.

You have breakfast at the hotel.

08h00: Our driver will pick you up from your hotel for a 3.5 hour drive to Halong Bay.

11h30: Arrive at Tuan Chau harbor, check in at the waiting room.

12h30: Welcome to our Cruise and enjoy Welcome drink. Meet the captain, crew to get a brief introduction about cruise and safety guidelines. Complete check-in procedure.

13h30: Enjoy Vietnamese seafood and vegetarian lunch, while cruising in the magnificent Halong –Lan Ha Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations in the bay.


15h45: You can choose to experience spa treatment*, relax on the sundesk, outdoor swimming pool or explore Ba Trai Dao area and the natural lagoon of Lan Ha Bay and experience kayaking here.

17h30: Come back to our Cruise and participate in our Sunset party. Take photos and relax.

19h30: Dinner is served at the restaurant.After dinner, you can join the squid fishing program, relax on the sundesk, enjoy a glass of wine at the bar…

Overnight: Halong Bay

Inclusion: Private car, visiting caves, cruise, meals, kayak, etc.

Note: Bring sunscreen, comfortable clothes, swimwear

07h00: Have breakfast. Morning view of the bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.

08h15: Visitors visit the famous Frog Pond area, this is the filming location of the famous movie Kong Skull Island (King Kong) in Quang Ninh 2018. Here you can freely kayak to explore the landscape, or immerse yourself. in the cool, clear blue water of this place.

09h00: Back to your cabin, relax and carefully check all the luggage before leaving your cabin.

09h30: Check-out from the private cabin and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay for room service. Complete check-out procedure.

10h00: Enjoy lunch at the restaurant while the cruise is returning to the harbor. You take the high-speed canoe back to Tuan Chau port. 

11h00: Getting in the car to go to Noi Bai International Airport. Say bye to Vietnam.

Accommodation Options

While our itinerary prices above are associated with the suggested accommodation, Vietnam Discovery trips are 100% customized. A specialist can help you select the option which is best suitable for your tastes and budget.

You can choose the hotel of your favorite, ranging from 4 – 5 stars. 

Our suggested accommodation are:

► Hanoi (3 nights):

4-star hotels: Sunway Hotel or Anatone Hotel, or any other 4-start hotel 

5-star hotels: Melia hotel, Mgallery or any other 5-start hotel 

► Halong Bay (1 night):

La Casta 5-star cruise (Junior cabin)


Start price per person based on central located good quality hotels. The price is subject to change depending upon availability and high or low season. We would like to give you a rough quote as below for your preference. Price is also negotiable. Feel free to send us an enquiry. We commit to give you the best price yet top-notch service. 

Private Tour/Price Per Person In USD

(Not applied for: Christmas, New Year, Victory Day & the Lunar Vietnam  New Year)

Class 01 pax 02 pax 03 pax
4* - Northern Vietnam Package 999 799 699

Lưu ý: 

  • Price is applied within: 2022
  • Price is applied for group of 2 people
  • Price is not applied for public holiday ( 30th Apr, 1st May, 24th Dec, 31st Dec, 1st Jan)


What our clients say about us

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Vietnam Discovery has been brilliant to deal with planning our trip. Victoria spent a lot of time with us and was so patient. We can’t thank everyone enough for all of her assistance. Can’t recommend her and Vietnam Discovery enough. We will meet again!

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Like many others we were clients of Vietnam Discovery on holiday in Vietnam in April. We had 4 wonderful days in Hanoi, Halong Bay, then Hoi An. The staff of Vietnam Discovery – Jessica and the whole team backup was so great and very supportive. I have traveled with VD many times and always been impressed by their knowledgeable help when planning a trip and the quality of planned holiday we have had.

Tour Information

Tour Inclusions:

  • Round trip airport pick up and drop off 
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals $10/meal/pax
  • Night stay at Hotel  ( Deluxe  2pax/ room)   
  • 1night stay at deluxe cabin –Luxury Cruise 
  • Entrance fees, water puppet show ticket
  • Tourism Insurance
  • Visa arrangements

Tour Exclusions:

  • Beauty & spa services
  • Other beverages, tips and personal expenses
  • All other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusion list

Tour Exclusions:

  • A hat & sunscreen
  • Appropriate clothing for the season
  • Comfortable walking shoes/ clothes
  • If you’re going to see Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, you should not wear shorts

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation by client:

  • Cancellation is made after booking confirmation or more than 30 days before departure date, the fee is 10% of the total booking cost
  • Cancellation is made between 16-30 days prior to departure date: the fee is 50% of total booking cost or the whole deposit
  • Cancellation is made between 8 and 15 days before departure date: the fee is 50% of total booking cost or the whole deposit
  • Cancellation is made between 3 and 7 days before departure date: the fee is 75% of total booking cost and the penalties of hotels and car operators or other third-party providers
  • Cancellation is made less than 3 days before departure date (including no-shows): the fee is 100% of total booking cost
  • Any cases of unused services will not be refunded.

Cancellation for train and air ticket

Cancellation will be charged 10% of the total ticket price along with the amount of penalties charged by rail and airlines if applicable. 

Cancellation by

Vietnam Discovery many cancel the trip before departure because of such events of force majeure as natural disasters, terrorism, fire, war or other external events that make us not being able to operate the planned itinerary.

Check-in, check-out

Check in time                        : 13:00 or 14:00

Check out time                     : 11:00 or 12:00

 Early check-in or late check-out time is subject to availability and with additional charge. Let us know beforehand check in & check out time you expect for proper arrangement.

When to go?

Find out what the good time to travel is and some factors you should be aware of:

Place Best Months
Temperature (0C)
September - November
160C - 260C
180C - 320C
Halong Bay October - December
180C - 280C
Ninh Binh March - May
190C - 330C

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