Northern Vietnam is an interesting and fabulous fusion of bustling cities, authentic local villages and spectacular coastline and bay. A journey from Hanoi to Haong Bay showcases the very best that North Vietnam has to offer. Discover the many flavors of Vietnam when enjoying the street food tour in Hanoi, witness and even participate in the farm-working at cornfields and rice fields as you walk and bike through the peaceful village of Mai Chau, and cruise Halong Bay to take in breathtaking views and have fun with the onboard activities, such as Tai Chi practice, traditional Vietnamese cooking demonstration, kayaking, etc.

Duration: 6 days & 5 nights

Destinations: Hanoi - Mai Chau Village - Halong Bay - Hanoi

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Arrival Hanoi airport, our guide and driver will meet and welcome you, and transfer to your accomodation to check in.

Spend some time to relax at hotel in Hanoi before taking street food tour from 5PM – 8PM We start the walking part of our tour early first visiting the colorful and interesting local markets where we see stall holders who are glad to talk with your about their foods. Our stroll then continues along both high streets and back streets exploring secret beaten corners in Hanoi Old Quarter that unknown to the outsiders. Also enjoy the elegance of Hanoi when walking through the tranquility French quarter where the birds are singing.

You will taste vasious kinds of local food, drink endless local beverage while chatting freely with street vendors.

Our food tour is aiming to give you a rare opportunity to experience and learn about exciting history, exceptional culture, as well as distinctive architecture of Hanoi following its unique cuisine trail – we promise you the food is hygienically handled and provide a comfortable venue for the tastings.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

Meal: D

Mai Chau valley is ideal for those who wish to have a real homestay with local people and do some outdoor activities such as walking from one village to another or take a cycling trip along the village road through the wet rice fields or simply sitting on the house-on-stilts to enjoy the tranquil and quiet atmosphere of the village.

08:00 AM: leave Hanoi and head for Mai Chau – an idyllic valley home to many mountain tribes including the Dzao, Muong and Thai. Arrive in Mai Chau around noon, settle into home stay and enjoy lunch.

In the afternoon, bike around to explore beautiful ethnic villages of Mai Chau including Na Thia, Nhot, Pom Coong, Lac and Chieng Chau villages. Be welcomed by the friendly local people, talk with them and discover their traditional customs and culture. It takes about 2 to 3 hours I n total to cycle on flat village paths. Take it all in: the spectacular scenery of Mai Chau and the relaxed pace of local life. Return to home stay for dinner.

Overnight at Silt House in Mai Chau Village/ or Resort


  • For evening enjoyment, you may join in a traditional Vietnamese dance show with Ruou Can (a local wine)

Meal: B, L, D

Mai Chau Village

Start your beautiful day with a hearty breakfast at homestay and watching sunrise with the pure, warm and fresh atmosphere enveloping the countryside.

Later we depart from Mai Hich Village and have a relaxing walk through cornfields and rice fields, you can observe or even take part in daily cultivation activities just as the local people do every day so as to discover the simple beauty of Thai culture. Besides, travelling along the Xia stream by bamboo ferry is a more exciting experience! After Lunch we will leave Mai Hich and return to Hanoi.

Meal: B, L


07.45 – 8:30: The Swan shutter bus will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi and heading to northeast of Vietnam. On the way to Halong Bay, the bus will stop for a while for you to stretch your leg and refresh

12.00: Arrive at Swan office in Ha Long, with some time to rest, and then you will transfer to Swan Cruises by tender.

12.45: Enjoy welcome drink, be briefing about safety on boat and activities included before check into your cabin.

13.30: Have lunch when you will find leisurely cruising to the core area of Bai Tu Long Bay.

15.30: Get to Cap La Island - the beautiful place in Bai Tu Long bay. kayak through the karst hills and breathtaking landscape, and relax on the island (Based on Halong Bay Board Management, all cruises in Halong Bay are not allowed to arrange swimming activities)

17.30: Return to the boat and enjoyself at the wonderful Sunset party while our cruise is sailing to the overnight anchorage.

19.00: Have dinner in the dining room on board.

20.30: Free time for joining Games, you may also try your luck with squid fishing.

Meal: B, L, D

Halong Bay

06.30: Begin your day with morning Tai Chi practice on the Sundeck, while taking in early morning landscape of the bay.

07.00: Enjoy breakfast on board (tea and coffee are free of charge)

08.00: Explore the magical Thien Canh Son cave. With our tour guide’s explaination, you will learn the history of Ha Long Bay, Bai Tu Long Bay and this Cave, which are made by Mother Nature

09.30: Finish packing and check out your cabin. Then join in our traditional cooking demonstration. Please take away all of your belongings from your cabin, you may leave heavy baggage outside of the cabin as our staff will support you transfer directly to the pier.

10.30: Watch a Vietnamese cooking demonstration.

11.00: Enjoy that tasty lunch while our cruise is returning Hon Gai harbour.

12.00: Back to the harbor and disembark in Hon Gai pier.

12.30: Farewell Halong Bay before our bus will take you back to Hanoi.

17.00: End of your 2-day-1-night Halong Bay trip on Swan Cruises  

Meal: B, L

Thien Canh Son Cave

After breakfast at hotel – free time until your driver come to pick you up to airport to capth your flight back home. End of services and your 6 days Northern Vietnam Tour.

Meal: B

What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suite Your Preference

    In each place, we hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our China tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

  • Internal Transportation

    Based on your needs, we could make bookings of internal transportation, including domestic flights, inter-city trains, long-distance bus, etc.

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