HALONG BAY & RUSTIC HOMESTAY
- Learning the interesting hand-on pottery techniques and experience a home-stay night at a local rustics family in the Red River Delta
- Cruising around the mystical karst landscape of Halong Bay and visit one of its amazing cave.
Duration: 03 Days
Travel Route: Hanoi - Bac Ninh - Halong Bay - Hanoi
Private Tour | Operate all year around | Can be tailored to suite your requirements
Day 1: Hanoi - Bac Ninh (Pagoda & Ceramics Village)
After your breakfast at the hotel, you are picked up again and heading Northeast to the neighboring Bac Ninh province. After 30km drive, you will arrive at Phat Tich pagoda for our first visit of the day. Phat Tich is one of the oldest pagodas in Northern Vietnam. It's said that the pagoda was originally built in the 7th century. Due to the ups and downs of the country, the original pagoda was destroyed and there has been many restorations so far. It still remains as a popular pilgrimage destination of the locals. After visit the main pagoda, your tour guide will walk you up 200 stone steps to the Peak of Phat Tich Mountain to see a giant stone statue of Buddha. The statue is 27m tall and weighs 3,000 tons, making it one of the largest stone statues in Southeast Asia. From here you also can get a panorama over the countryside of the Red River Delta with villages and rice field. Thence we continue on another 30 kilometers along Duong River (A branch of the Red River) to Phu Lao Village where you will have a home-stay experience for tonight. Upon arrival, your host will welcome you with a cup of green tea. Refreshing and enjoy the local lunch with the family. In the afternoon, get back on your vehicle and make your way to Phu Lang Glazed Terra-cotta village. The visit to this village will absolutely amaze you while walking to visit some family-owned workshops. Learning the local techniques of producing different types of ceramics. The main categories that Phu Lang potteries focus on includes: Pottery in credence, Domestic pottery (used in family) and Pottery in decorating. Get back to the home-stay, relax and enjoy the dinner and stay for the night.
Overnight at a home-stay
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Bac Ninh - Halong Bay
This morning, you may be woken up by the village roosters. To start the day, you may want to stroll around the village for a while before breakfast. About 9:00 AM, bid farewell to the host family and spend the morning drive to Halong Bay. The Bay is one of Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonders and listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Upon arrival at the pier, you will board a boat for exploring the bay, the views that you get while navigating past thousands of limestone islands with rocky outcrops are incredible. Lunch and dinner are served on board. The activities of today include a swim in the bay in warmer months. You may have chance to do some kayaking (Optional and extra cost involved, depends on different boats) as well.
Overnight on board in Halong Bay
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Halong Bay - Hanoi
This morning get up early for some fresh-air on the open deck and join the Tai-chi class for some gentle moves if you wish. Otherwise, you are able to remain in your cabin until breakfast time. After breakfast, the crew will pull up the anchor, start the engine again for more cruising to other part of the bay. After visiting a big limestone cave, the boat is gently heading back to the pier. The early lunch (Brunch) will be served aboard. Around noon, you are ferried in and take the return drive toward Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi and end of service at the door of hotel own arranged hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
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