Bac Son Valley and Halong Bay Tour 4 Days
Halong Bay, no need to say, is a great get-away destination from Hanoi. It is a relaxing tour to admire the amazing karst formations by a nice cruise boat. While Bac Son Valley is a hilly place on land, home of the Tay ethnic minority. This valley offers interesting active kind of tour. Hence the combination of these places absolutely offers you a wonderful travel loop from Hanoi
Route: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Bac Son Valley – Hanoi
Breathtaking scenery of Halong Bay with a deluxe cruise boat
Stunning lanscapes of Bac Son Valley with experiencing the local life of Tay ethnic minority.
Tasting the local food
DAY 1: HANOI – HALONG BAY
To begin the trip, you will be picked up from your hotel in Hanoi at 8.00 AM. The 4-hour drive, through beautiful rural land of the Red River Delta, takes you to Halong City where you will embark a cruise boat for discovering the bay. Halong Bay has been recognized as the world heritage twice and is really a breathtaking secluded bay with thousands of limestone islands.
Board your cruising vessel and have lunch as you cruise amongst the dramatic limestone karsts into the marvelous scenery of the World Natural Wonder. Visit a cave that filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, go swimming, paddling kayak and take part in a Vietnamese cooking demonstration or just simply relax on the sun deck at sunset. At the end of the day, the crews will drop the anchor for the night in a place surrounded by many beautiful islands. Dinner and overnight on boat.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2: HALONG BAY – BAC SON VALLEY
Get up early for the fresh air on the top deck with a cup of warm coffee/tea if you wish or you can stay longer in your cabin until breakfast time. After the breakfast, you will have further cruise to other parts of Halong Bay and get on the tender to visit a fishing village, learn how the fishermen make living on the water. Enjoy a wholesome brunch before getting back to harbor at noon. Thence, get back on to your private vehicle for the afternoon scenic drive to Bac Son Valley. Arrive at Quynh Son village, check in to a local house of the ethnic Tay people for dinner and homestay tonight.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
DAY 3: BAC SON VALLEY
After the local breakfast, we will get a short transfer to visit a local workshops where you can get to know how the villagers making stilt-house’s roof tiles, bricks and see how they burn the tiles at simple kilns. Get dropped at a back road for trek to the peaceful valley. The scenery along the trek is also amazing. Your private vehicle will pick you up around noon at the other end of the trek and take you back to the house for lunch and rest. Continue on the adventure with a short walk to the foot of the telephone-station mountain. From here, you will start hike up to the summit of the mountain for a stunning panorama view of Bac Son Valley. This is marvelous and a great place for photographers and it is worth after a hard-working hike for everyone. Dinner and spend the second night at the local house.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4: BAC SON VALLEY – HANOI
Say good bye to the host family after breakfast, then we drive to Thai Nguyen City for lunch and visit the Vietnam museum of Ethnology. You will learn more about Vietnam’s colorful cultures and different typical ethnic groups at this museum. In the afternoon, head for Hanoi and end the trip around 3.00 PM.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Private a/c vehicle
Private tour guide
Packaged cruise in Halong Bay
Vietnamese meals as mentioned in the itinerary
Sightseeing tickets, Entrance fees & permit
Simple Bicycles (If not interested in the mountain hike)
Homestay (guest house room in Bac Son for the alternative)
Bottled water on the vehicle
Drinks and other meals
Hotel in Hanoi
Tips & Gratuities
Other things not mentioned clearly in the INCLUSIONS above and personal expenses
In case of bad weather or physical condition, the alternative activities to the mountain hike can be walking around the villages, to the rice fields or embarking a gentle bicycling tour around this beautiful valley.
According to the local culture of the Tay ethnic minority, the guests those are travel in couple are not allowed to sleep together (share the same bed) in their houses. Their regulation is that male and female (even you are husband and wife) have to sleep separately. If you don’t accept this, the alternative is staying at a basic guest house in the nearby town. Please let us know your choice at the booking time.