East West understands that each client have different interests and preference. Listed below are tour and package selections that will help you in planning your itinerary. These items are grouped according to the type of experience you have selected.
Being listed as a world heritage with a mesmerizing beauty, Halong Bay is a must-see destination when you visit Vietnam. If you have a short time and would want to see maximum the legendary Halong Bay, Take part in an odyssey of morning in deep exploration through remote Halong Bay , discovering many hidden splendors of untouched natural wonders. Enjoy breath-taking scenery from river to the sea. This day cruise ensures you a memorable experience on this UNESCO World Heritage Site while being away from the busy crowd.
8:00 – 8:30 : Our guide will be waiting at Halong Port with a welcome board showing your name. Then transfer Tuan Chau Wharf, friendly and professional crew on cruise, will be supporting you during the day. With only one spacious cabin, which specially designed to provide an exclusive and very individual experience for couples. The butler service which means you can enjoy swimming and kayaking without any worries is the main highlight. Just you, your beloved one and the crew in the spectacular backdrop of the bay. Enjoy lunch with Vietnamese style set menu with 4 courses and includes fruits, teas and coffee. If there is any special requirements for beverages, please advise us, we are always feel free to prepare for you and your loved. Around 12:00, weigh anchor again and cruise on the final leg back to shore, and head to cruise ship port.
Inclusion: Private 7s transfer in and out Port , Expert English Speaking Guide, Entrance Fees, mineral water, Vietnamese Lunch on boat, authorization to enter the port.
Exclusion: Beverage, Tips, Personal Expense, Others not mentioned above.
Depart for a 3 hour journey to Halong Bay. On arrival in Halong Bay. Upon arrival board your private boat and enjoy a seafood lunch onboard while cruising through Halong Bay which is dotted with limestone outcrops. Around 3,000 islets rise from the clear emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin. Bizarre rock sculptures jutting dramatically from the sea and numerous grottoes have created an enchanted, timeless world. Return to the wharf and drive back to Hanoi arriving late this evening.
Suggested time: 08:30
Duration: 10 hours
Located in Hoa Binh Province, about 4-hour drive southwest of Hanoi, Mai Chau is home to many ethnic minority people. Take the windy roads through a splendid vista of mountainous scenery until you reach a valley surrounded by a lush landscape and stilt houses inhabited mainly by the White Thai ethnic group. Upon arrival, walk through typical villages to discover the rustic life of these mountainous people as well as learning about the traditional craft of brocade making. Mai Chau is very popular for its handmade woven scarves and fabrics. Enjoy a traditional lunch at a local restaurant at hamlet and if you are game, a taste of the country’s finest rice wine with a local family. Our driver will transfer you back to Hanoi late evening.
Suggested time: 07:00
Duration: 11 hours
The two-hour drive out of Hanoi brings you to the Perfume Pagoda complex, a cluster of shrines and pagodas located on the limestone rocks of Perfume Mountain. Unlike other temples in Vietnam, the only way to reach this sanctuary is by being rowed along a narrow yet poetic Yen Stream, a one hour boat trip each way. Rice paddy fields and a handful of houses are dotted along the riverbanks. Walk up the 1000 steep stairs to the cable car and enjoy a ride to the main pagoda set in a huge grotto containing a highly decorative shrine. Each stalactite and stalagmite inside is combined with a legend and associated with tales of past miracles. Walk down to visit the Kitchen of Heavens pagoda to learn about ancient Buddhist architecture during the Tran Dynasty. Transfer back to Hanoi with packed lunch en route. We are also able to offer the cable car option instead of walking.
Suggested time: 08:00
Duration: 9 hours
Enjoy 1 hour & 45 minute-drive to Ninh Binh Province then to Trang An Landscape Complex recognized as the World Heritage Site in June 2014. It is a spectacular landscape of limestone karts peaks permeated with valleys, some of which are submerged, and surrounded by vertical cliffs. Hoa Lu ancient capital was the first centralized feudal state in Vietnam at the end of the 10th century. The ravages of time have destroyed the ancient citadel but some vestiges including King Dinh and King Le worship temples still stand to this day among the rice paddies and are a worthwhile visit to get a glimpse of the ancient Vietnamese past. Lunch at a local restaurant in Ninh Binh then continue on to Van Long eco-tourism area, an astounding place of natural beauty. With an area of nearly 3000 ha it is the largest wetland reserve of Northern Vietnam and one of its most important protected areas. A two-hour boat trip along the river offers stunning scenery of local villages dotted among the limestone karsts and caves. Bring along binoculars as you might encounter some rare langur or bird species in their native environment.
Return transfer back to Hanoi in the afternoon.
Suggested time: 08:00
Duration: 9 hours
Start the tour at the historic Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, an imposing monument lavishly built using marble and granite, and where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” resides. (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed every Monday & Friday, all afternoons and from early September until mid November).
After that, visit One Pillar Pagoda which is a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It is regarded alongside the Perfume Temple, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples. Behind the Mausoleum, you can see Ho Chi Minh's House. The simple house where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked is made of wood and enjoys a tranquil setting, with a view of a lotus pond. Ho Chi Minh’s belongings are on display and you can walk up the steps of his house to see his bedroom. Wind your way afterwards to the Temple of Literature, the first university for the sons of mandarins, for an overview about Hanoian culture and appreciation for ancient Vietnamese architecture.
In the afternoon, visit the serene Museum of Ethnology, a 20-minute drive out of town that offers a fascinating insight into Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minority groups (Museum of Ethnology is closed on Mondays). Drive back to central Hanoi for an hour cyclo tour through the Old Quarter to enjoy the bustling local life, then cap off the day with a show at the water puppet theatre, a uniquely northern Vietnamese art form depicting scenes of rural life and episodes of national history
Suggested time: 08:00
Duration: 9 hours
In the morning, depart for a 1.5-hour drive from Hanoi City to the ancient village of Duong Lam, a typical agricultural village in the north of the Red River Delta. Home to around 300 houses built three or four centuries ago, wander along Duong Lam’s narrow alleyways to explore rural life and Vietnam’s ancient architecture. The cultural and historical vestiges of Duong Lam include Mong Phu Communal House, Princess Mia Pagoda (built in the 15th century), and the Old Catholic church. The village well, the traditional feature of communal life, is also worth a look. Finish your tour at an ancient house owned by a couple where you can have a chat with the friendly owners and share their life experiences over a cup of tea. Our driver will then drive you back to Hanoi.
Suggested time: 09:00
Duration: 5 hours
Eating on the street is a very typical activity for Hanoians and makes up an important part of the city’s unique culture. Depart hotel at 15:30 for a leisurely walk with our foodie expert to the Old Quarter. Make your first stop to taste the national dish of Vietnamese, phở gà (chicken noodle soup). Then wander around a local market to enjoy the sights, the sounds and the aroma from hundreds of kinds of food on offer. Then sit down at a tiny Bánh Đúc Shop to try a bit of bánh đúc, cooked rice powder with Vietnamese spices. Banh Duc will be served hot or cool, depends on weather. Your next stop is a little shop selling many different types of traditional Northern cakes such as Cốm (young rice) which is considered to be a part of every Hanoians’ childhood. Follow your foodie to a small alley to get an idea of a typical “tube houses” of Hanoi. You will stop at Bánh Mỹ Lãn Ông and try their famous bread with Pâté. After the bánh mỳ, you can enjoy some Vietnamese desserts called chè (sweet soup). Then cap off your trip by tasting a cup of Vietnamese egg coffee before returning back to your hotel
Suggested time: 15:30
Duration: approx. 4 hours
Total walking distance: 4 km
With ochre-colored colonial buildings, tree-lined boulevards and scenic lakes, Hanoi is full of charm. Start your tour with Thang Long Citadel (closed on Mondays & 11:30 - 13:30 daily). Built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty, the Citadel was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. The ancient site was the political center of the country for 13 consecutive centuries and served as the capital of Vietnam for eight centuries. Visit the underground war bunker in the same compound. The bunker played an important role in the American war, especially during the 12 days and nights of the Ha Noi - Dien Bien Phu air battle in 1972. Continue to the Temple of Literature, the first university for the sons of mandarins, for an overview about Hanoi an culture and an appreciation for ancient Vietnamese architecture. Drive back to central Hanoi for a walking tour through the Old Quarter to enjoy the bustling local life.
Availability: Morning, Afternoon
Suggested time: 09:00, 14:00
Duration: 4 hours
Visit Thanh Chuong Palace, the home and studio of Thanh Chuong who is one of the most celebrated painters in Vietnam today is an architectural gem showcasing Vietnamese traditional cultural objects and structures. A living space rather than a museum which showcases Vietnamese archeology, art, history and other culture values.
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
Embark on this wonderful journey where you will be exposed to the different cities of Vietnam and Cambodia. Immerse yourself in their local culture by visiting some of the markets and temples.
Tour package includes:
-Vehicle on disposla
-English speaking guide
-10 Breakfast, 4 Lunch, 5 Dinner
-Admission to places mentioned in the itinerary
Tour package excludes:
-Any items not mentioned in the itinerary
Step out of the city and explore a scenic and tranquil place of Mai Chau. Set in an idyllic valley, hemmed in by the hills, the Mai Chau area is a world away from Hanoi's hustle and bustle. Also visit Mai Chau's 1000 Step cave, and experience their local market.
A soft adventure experience taking you for a ride along the red river and through typical Vietnamese villages on the outskirts of Hanoi. Hanoi capital is located on the banks of the Red River and the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Explore the bustling streets of the Old Quarter where each street is named after the trade that used to take place there and see around great architectural areas on a cyclo ride.
Experience the fascinating blend of the East and the West combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair. It is largely unscathed from the decades of war, and is now going through a building boom, making it a rapidly developing city in Southeast Asia.
This service includes a standard car for the airport transfers.
Surcharge applies for arrival / departure transfer between 2300 - 0700 hrs