This trip starts from Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, before we go to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of the country since the 10th century, after that we go to the picturesque Tam Coc to explore the beautiful area, which named as Halong Bay on land. The trip also offers us to have a great chance to explore Halong Bay, the World Heritage site of Vietnam. The trip provides a great balance for a short time in the North of Vietnam. 5-day Northern Vietnam Tour

Tour Route: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Hanoi
Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights
Date: No fixed dates
Start/End: Hanoi/ Hanoi
Active Level: Classic & Easy
Tour Type: Explore and Experience
Tour Categories: Vietnam Classic Tours, Hanoi Tours
Tour Customizable: Definitely! (Tell us what you wish to do in the inquiry form)

Highlights of 5-day North Vietnam Tour

  • Warmly welcomed and have a chance to experience the bustling Capital as a local
  • Enjoy the stunning view of Tam Coc Valley while cruising on a rowing boat
  • Discover amazing tunnel caves of Halong Bay on Land
  • Appreciate the ancient history, architecture, and culture of Vietnam
  • Learn about the Vietnam War and the important role of President Ho Chi Minh
  • Explore the magnificent scenery of the World Heritage Site: Halong Bay
  • Revel in smooth sand and calm crystal water
  • Feast on authentic Vietnamese food

Experience your Travel with

  • Guides: Hand-pick from our best guides, mature, acknowledgeable, all are licensed, great senses of humor
  • Drivers: friendly, responsible, reliable with many years of driving experience, door-to-door services
  • Vehicles: comfortable, spacious, air-conditioned, big window
  • Viet Vision Travel Office: 24/7 customer service, accommodate all your needs


Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu & Tam Coc – Hanoi
Day 3: Hanoi half-day city tour – Halong Bay
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Day 5: Hanoi Departure

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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival (D)

Upon our arrival at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi, we are welcomed and picked up by our local tour guide & driver to the arranged hotel in the city center. Check-in and free for relaxing. Tonight, enjoy the fascinating Tonkin show where you can experience Vietnam’s Outdoor Cultural Spectacle in the Red River Delta, see the story immerging in agriculture and tradition of North Vietnam. This is an amazing experience that should not be missed when visiting Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

The Quintessence of Tonkin Show is the must see in hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh: Hoa Lu & Tam Coc (B, L, D)

Leave Hanoi for Ninh Binh this morning in about 2.5 hours and arrive in Tam Coc wharf. Get on the boat row while this area is still not busy to enjoy a nice and quiet riding long river through 3-tunnel caves, consisting of Hang Ca, Hang Hai and Hang Ba grottoes.

tam coc ninh binh boat trip

After 2-hour boat riding, return to the shore, have lunch in a local restaurant close by, then continue to go to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital for visiting 2 temples of the Kings Dinh and Le before heading back to Hanoi. Dinner will be prepared at the hotel or local restaurant.

hoa lu ancient capital ninh binh

Day 3: Hanoi Half-Day City Tour – Halong City  (B, L, D) 

For morning visit Ho Chi Minh Complex with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda…and the Temple of Literature then stop for our lunch at a local fine restaurant.

one pillar pagoda in hanoi vietnam

In the afternoon, spend 3.5 hours driving through the Red River Delta to Halong City. Stop for refreshments in Sao Do Town for a while during the travel. Arrive in Halong City, check-in hotel and have a rest. Overnight in Halong city.

Day 4: Halong Bay (4-Hour Boat Trip) – Back to Hanoi (Water Puppet Show) (B, L, D)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Bai Chay Wharf for our 4-hour boat trip to visit Halong Bay – The World Nature Heritage. During the time, take the opportunity to explore the spectacular Heaven Palace (Thien Cung) and Dau Go caves crammed with thousands of stalactites and stalagmites with different colors, shapes, and sizes, which definitely stirs your imagination.

thien cung cave halong bay

Keep cruising to see many limestone islands and islets, which dotted around the bay including Incense Bowl islet, Cock Fighting islet, Sail islet, turtle island… Seafood lunch will be served on the boat. Then go back to Hanoi in the afternoon. Overnight in Hanoi

fighting cock island in halong bay

Day 5: Hanoi Departure (B)

Today feel free at leisure until our vehicle will transfer us back to the airport for our flight home. Trip ends.

What’s Included?

  • All private A/C transfers & transportation
  • All accommodation based on twin share basis as stated
  • English speaking tour guide (other languages upon requested)
  • All entrance fees & permits during guided time.
  • Private boat in Halong Bay (4-hour boat trip)
  • Water Puppet ticket show in Hanoi
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary as (4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners )

What’s Excluded?

  • International flight ticket
  • Visa and visa fee
  • Airport tax
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks and Beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips & Gratuities


  • If you have any specific food requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide or our partners so that they can serve you better
  • Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal codes are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner