North's people over the water
Between sea and land
Norths people over the water
The presence of water is a factor of charm and peace in Vietnam; what could be more relaxing and more original than combining boat trips with land routes? It is a long boat ride through water hyacinths and rice fields that will take you to the Swallow's Tail River at the Cave of the Perfume Pagoda. In Hoa Lu, it is in boat that you will discover the site, oh so romantic, of "Halong en terre" celebrated by the film Indochina. Ba Bé: Silence and beauty: Small lake, lost between wooded hills, which one travels in motor boat while following closely the banks covered with lianas and long roots in search of foods. There are other boats, fishermen at work, peasants crossing his buffalo, or bringing back for the hearth wood cut in the forest; a peaceful life that does not lack charm. And then Halong Bay; Cat Ba, one of the most amazing islands in the bay with its market and village on the water.
Hanoi - Hoa Binh - Mai Chau - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Hai Phong - Cat Ba - Ha Long - Cho Ra - Ba Be
Next program
  • Day 1
    Arrival at Hanoi.
    Arrival at Noi Bai airport. Transfer to the hotel. Visit of Hanoi "The city located on the Red River". Walk in the residential area where the former Governor General's Palace of Indochina, the Ho Chi Minh House and Mausoleum, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Grand Genius and the Pagoda of the Defense of the Homeland located on the edge of the Great West Lake. Continuation of the visit of the Temple of Literature (1st Vietnamese University of the 11th century) then the Temple of Mount Jade, ride rickshaw in the old quarter guilds.

    Lunch and dinner in town. Night at the hotel.

    Included meals : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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  • Day 2
    Hanoi – Perfume pagoda – Hoa Binh
    Departure for the perfume pagoda, one of the most beautiful sites of Vietnam. On the side of a limestone mountain are perched pagodas and temples whose architecture blends perfectly with a very lush nature. Depending on the itinerary, from the pier, a paddling sampan takes you to the Yen River in 1 hour at the foot of the Perfume Mountain, but according to the rules of the pilgrimage, you have to make a stop at temple of the Presentations to ask the genius-guardian of the places permission to continue the journey.

    Then it will take you 3 hours to climb up the stairs and reach the pagoda of the Scented Footprint, a huge cave where stalactites and stalagmites form candelabra and altars.

    Lunch on the spot. 
    Dinner in town and night at the hotel.

    Included meals : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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  • Day 3
    Hoa Binh – Mai Chau
    Departure for Hoa Binh, a road that crosses beautiful landscapes of mountains planted with tea trees. Short stop at Muongs village in Cho Bo. Continue to Mai Chau. We leave definitely the flat country delta for the mountainous region. The first rice terraces appear, lined with banana groves. The habitat is also changing radically. The countryside is dotted with thatched cottages, among which the Muongs house, which is recognizable by its sloping roof and low stilts. Continuation of road and arrival to the valley of Mai Chau towards noon, serene and splendid, below the road: it is a beautiful puzzle that looms the rice fields cultivated by white Thais, whose hamlets are scattered around the borough.

    Visit of the two villages Van and Lac. The expert fingers of white Thai women perform all kinds of weavings. Those in their group are based on combinations of lozenges or variations on wild bristles.

    Lunch, dinner and night at the inhabitant (basic comfort). In the evening: show with dances to Khene sound, and tasting of rice alcohol.

    Included meals : breakfast, lunch, dinner.
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  • Day 4
    Mai Chau – Hoa Lu – Tam Coc
    Departure for Hoa Lu, one of the ancient capitals of Vietnam in the 10th century. Visit of the commemorative temples dedicated to Kings Dinh and Le. Then climb the steps that climb to the top of Mount Ma Yen where we kiss the site. Up there rests King Dinh whose oldest royal burial preserved in Vietnam. Road to Tam Coc, the course is beautiful in an amazing setting of hills and karst peaks where appear and disappear a small river. Lunch at Tam Coc. After a 3-hour boat trip on the Ngo Dong River that winds between karst hills and rice fields in a wonderful landscape "Bay Ha Long on Land". Walk east to Bich Dong, the Jade cave which is a beautiful half-built temple, half-carved on the side of the hills (It was where the film Indochina was filmed).

    Dinner at Tam Coc and night at the hotel.

    Included meals : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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  • Day 5
    Tam Coc – Hai Phong
    Departure for Phat Diem, the most beautiful cathedral of the country built in 1891 of Sino-Vietnamese style, very remarkable for its materials (marble, granite and wood). Lunch along the way. Continue to Hai Phong via Nam Dinh, Thai Binh. A short stop at Keo Pagoda in the middle of the countryside. It was built in the 17th century. It is simple, ample and rustic; but it is remarkable with its bell tower, an impressive wooden structure.

    Arrival at Hai Phong, the French colonial style city well known for its flamboyant streets and avenues. Visit the Du Hang Pagoda.

    Dinner in town and night at the hotel.

    Included meals : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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  • Day 6
    Hai Phong – Cat Ba Island
    After breakfast, departure by ferry boat to Cat Ba Island. Cat Ba National Park encompasses evergreen tree forests on 331 m elevations, wet forests at the foot of hills and coastal mangroves, plus numerous small freshwater lakes, beaches and sand and coral reefs offshore. It is inhabited by 28 species of mammals, 37 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles and 200 species of fish. You will also find a tree of a rare species "trees with chopsticks". It is named so because its wood, responsive to food poisons, was used to make baguettes used in court, eternal field of intrigues. Arrival and visit of the natural park of Cat Ba.

    Lunch and dinner in town.
    Night at the hotel.

    Included meals : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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  • Day 7
    Cat Ba Island – Ha Long
    In the morning visit the fishing port and Cat Ba fish market. Then departure to Halong Bay by ferry boat- arriving in Halong Bay (around noon), you change from traditional junk and unforgettable cruise on Ha Long Bay "8th Wonder of the World" with its thousands of Islands, islets that emerge from the water taking fantastic shapes- It is a wooden junk about thirty meters long and about ten meters wide, which is propelled by its two sails "Bat" and his two Japanese engines of 45 horses each. It was built according to traditional methods by the fishermen of Ha Long. She is currently one of a dozen privileged junks that can offer you a multi-day cruise aboard Halong Bay instead of the usual one-hour hikes in ordinary tourist boats. The cabins are spacious and tastefully furnished, each with toilet and shower. The cabins have ventilation by windsock, fan, and air conditioning.

    Lunch and dinner on the junk. Night on board.

    Included meals : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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  • Day 8
    Ha Long – Hanoi
    After breakfast, continue traditional junk ride until 11:00. Then disembark and drive to Ha Noi crossing Hung Yen province, considered a big rice granary of the North. Then stop at the artisan village of ceramics and porcelain Dong Trieu.

    Dinner and night at the hotel. In the evening: puppet shows on the water.

    Included meals : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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  • Day 9
    Hanoi – Cho Ra – Ba Be
    Departure for Ba Be passing through the mountainous regions of Tonkin. Stunning wild mountain scenery with terraced rice paddies, bamboo paddlewheels on both river banks. Lunch en route, then arrive at Cho Ra. Continuation of the road to the village Pac Ngoi des Tay located not far from the lake on the hillside. The Tay who settled there live from fishing, rice growing and maize. Their houses on stilts, with thatched roof, pleasantly decorate the austere surrounding landscapes.

    Dinner and night at the inhabitant (basic comfort).

    Included meals : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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  • Day 10
    Ba Be
    Boat trip on the Nang River, which winds its way into a cultivated countryside before entering a landscape of Ba Be limestone cliffs, on the flanks of which hang small wild gardens from which lianas and long roots in search of earth hang.

    Sometimes earthy mounds are swallowed by the jungle, stained with blood-red cannas, marbled with silvery trunks, and old trees twist to lean over the river. The other attraction of navigation is the spectacle of fishing. Nasses line the course of the river, men throw the sparrow hawk, and others hit the rocky banks to dislodge tiny shrimps. Enter the Puong cave-tunnel bank. The river runs only on one side, leaving a bank to admire on foot the stalactites of this avenue. Visit Dau Dang waterfalls. Continuation of the cruise to Ba Be Lake; the lake "of the three seas" which stretches for 9 km long and a width of 100 to 1800 m, is at 145 m above sea level. It is at the end of 3 valleys that meet in an arc. Ba Be is not only a site for the imaginative, but also for nature lovers. Nearly forty species of mammals live there, as well as over a hundred species of birds and many butterflies.

    Lunch in a restaurant near the pier. Return to the village of Pac Ngoi. Dinner and night at the inhabitant.

    Included meals : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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  • Day 11
    Ba Be - Hanoi
    Road to Hanoi, we will have the opportunity to discover typical markets on these mountains, where come the women Tay and Nung wearing conical hats, dressed in black pants and a short tunic blue or purple, the black Hmong in indigo pleated skirt.

    Arrival in Hanoi. Dinner in town, night at the hotel.

    Included meals : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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  • Day 12
    Tay Phuong pagoda – Thay pagoda – Return flight
    Departure to the west of Ha Noi, crossing a beautiful countryside of Tonkin. Visit the Tay Phuong Pagoda, which means "The West Looking Pagoda", famous for 76 statues carved in jackfruit wood, of great artistic value dating back to the 17th century. Continue to Thay Pagoda, also known as the Heavenly Blessing Pagoda, one of the most revered pagodas in the region. Lunch in Hanoi, then you are free until transfer to Noi Bai airport and return flight. End of the trip

    Included meals : breakfast, lunch.

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TRAVEL PRICE (Prix par personne en EUR)
(Depending on season, types of accommodation and activities)
(price per person in EURO)
These prices are valid until 09/30/2020

  • The estimated budget for this trip is from 812 € / person.
  • Talking about fixed prices when discussing about a personalized trip makes little sense. Indeed, it varies depending on many factors (quality of services, period, turnaround time and many more).
  • The only exact price will be the one of your personalized quote.

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A supplement will be added to the price of your trip during the period of Christmas and New Year (from 24 of December 2020 to 04 of January 2021), as well as during the period of the festivities for Tet (from 10 of February to 17 of February 2021)
Name of city / List of hotels Standard Superior
La Beauté de Hanoi***
(Deluxe room)
MK Premier boutique****
(Deluxe room)
AP Plaza ***
(Superior Room)
AP Plaza ***
(Deluxe Suite Room)
Chez l’habitant
(basic comfort)
Chez l’habitant
(basic comfort)
Tam Coc Rice Fields***
(Bungalow garden view)
Tam Coc Rice Fields***
(Bungalow garden view)
Hidden Charm****
(Deluxe room)
Avani Harbourd view Hai Phong****
(Superior room)
Avani Harbourd view Hai Phong****
(Superior room)
Sea Pearl hotel***
(Superior room)
Cat Ba island resort****
(Superior room)
Jonque V’spirit
(Deluxe cabine)
Garden Bay ****
(Deluxe cabine)

These prices include
  • Land transport by private vehicle, air-conditioned
  • Accommodation in a double room, breakfast included
  • Lunch and dinner (at local restaurants and / or at the hotel and on board the boats)
  • The assistance of a French speaking guide-speaker
  • Entrance tickets for the visits mentioned in the program
  • The tour (1h30) by rickshaw in the old neighborhoods of Hanoi
  • The water puppet show in Hanoi
  • The day aboard a junk in Halong Bay including lunch and dinner with seafood
Boat Tours to Perfume Pagoda, Tam Coc, Cat Ba & Ba Be
These prices do not include
  • International flights
  • International airport tax
  • Visa fees
  • Drinks, tips, personal expenses
  • Insurance and assistance
Any other service not mentioned above
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