Halong Bay & Homestay Adventure – 3 Days
Live the village life, cook your own Vietnamese food, plant rice and plough with buffalos. Experience a whole new life in the Vietnamese countryside, yet so close to Hanoi.
Then sail northwest to remote parts of the UNESCO-certified Halong Bay through the finest limestone landscape. Explore hidden bays and limestone universes covered in rainforest, with eagles cruising above. Kayak in quiet remote bays, then relax on board the ship and spend the nights star gazing.
This is a small glimpse of Vietnam away from the tourist trail.
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|Unique Experiences:||· Live the local life while staying in an outskirts Hanoi homestay – taking part in daily deeds.
· Explore the uncrowded parts of UNESCO-certified Halong Bay by boat.
· Discover impressive caves, swim in the emerald green waters, short kayaking below the karst islands.
|Participants:||Small Group Exploration – normally has more than 2 people in a group and expect to share your experience with up to 15 pax in homestay, 26 pax on the share bus trips and 20 pax on boat in Ha Long Bay. Please note that this tour might have fixed departure days. We recommend you to check and book in advance to secure your preferred departure day.
|Trip Length:||3 Day(s) 2 Night(s)|
|Tour Departure Dates:||Daily
|Travel Season:||All Year
March to May: Some days have light rain. Clear with blue sky
June to August: Hot months! Some days have heavy rain which is mostly quickly over. High season in Halong Bay – Cat Ba Island. There will be a lot of travellers and many Vietnamese tourists, especially in the weekends.
September to November: The best time to enjoy Halong Bay with cool temperature
December to January: Cold with strong wind. Sometimes it is misty and rainy
This product may be affected by Vietnamese TET (New Year) – normally in Jan/Feb. Specific dates are blocked in the booking calendar if and when not bookable.
What can you expect during TET? The lunar New Year is very important to the Vietnamese. The days are spent together with family and relatives in private homes to celebrate. Expect the streets to be fairly empty and life at street level to be very limited.
|Type of Accommodation:||Homestay and boat cabin
|Child Policy:||Child age: 3 – 6 years old. Infants 0-2 years old.
Child price: See under “rates”. Infants are free of charge.
Please be aware of: Some activities may not be suitable for children/infants including the farm work and bike tour during your homestay. It is possible to alter the farm work according to the child’s abilities. For the bike tour it is possible for children to be seated on the back of adult’s bikes, however, there are no special child seats available.
|Included in Price:||Meals: 2 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 2 x dinner
Accommodation: 1 night in homestay and 1 night on deluxe boat.
Entrance Fee(s): All entrances fees and Ha Long Bay tourist registration.
Transport: Mini bus and boat according to itinerary.
English speaking tour guide: Included for the entire tour according to itinerary (may be 2 different guides for the homestay and for the Halong Bay part).
|Excluded from Price:||· Personal travel insurance (compulsory).
· Tips to guide and driver.
· Drinks and personal expenses.
All other expenses not stated as included in the above
- Locations Visited:
- Ngoc Hoa Village – Halong Bay
- Start City:
- End City:
ItineraryDay 1: Hanoi to Ngoc Hoa Village. Get close to the village life, try hands on local cooking and bicycle the countryside.
A bus will pick you up at your hotel between 8:00 - 8:30 and depart towards Ngoc Hoa Village. On the way, you will pass fields with busy workers farming their rice fields using traditional methods of cultivation.
After a couple of hours, you will arrive in Ngoc Hoa Village. Settle in and enjoy a cup of tea with the local family.
Go for a bike ride around the country lanes and see some old traditional houses while enjoying the peaceful lifestyle of the local people. This is a great way to interact, explore the rural Vietnamese architecture and traditional culture. Return to your local family for lunch.
With stomachs full it's time to wear traditional farmer’s clothing. You will start the farming work, including ploughing and raking with buffalo on the rice field. You can ride the buffalo, cultivating rice while a farmer explains the farming process of the wet rice.
Change pace and go by bus to see the Khuc Thua Du Temple. Khuc Thua Du began to rule the country when the Tang Dynasty collapsed, and is considered the ruler who marked the beginning of the independent Vietnam. This is an old temple in the north of Vietnam. Proceed for a sampan-boat trip around the stork island located in Chi Lang Nam commune. The island is located in the middle of a broad lake with tens of thousands of stork and herons residing and nesting.The stork islandis home to 20,000 storks, more than 7,000 herons of various kinds and precious birds such as pelicans and teal residing together.
Around 17:30 enjoy a cooking class (we cook our own dinner). Relax in the evening or join ”Soil Firecracker” (Phao Dat).
Meals: Lunch and dinner.
Accommodation: Overnight in your homestay.
Day 2: Ngoc Hoa Village to Ha Long Bay. Board your ship, kayak and feel the raw nature.
Wake up for breakfast at 7:30 in your homestay and check-out afterwards. Then we check out the homestay. Go biking to see Ngoc Hoa local market. This is a great way to see the market where local people brought whatever they planted or raised to sell.
You are now ready to proceed to the UNESCO-certified Halong Bay. We will transfer you to Tuan Chau harbour. Here, you will be picked up and join a group tour. Just past noon you will embark your ship, your home for the days ahead. After check-in procedure at the pier, enjoy a thirst-quenching welcome drink and meet your fellow sailors. Your lunch will be served while cruising among rough limestone islands standing tall before you. Majestic, beautiful and rough – just as nature created it.
As you sail deeper into the Halong Bay you will stop at Trong Cave for a bit of kayaking. Going by kayak allows you to get closer to the inlets and the raw nature and gives you a sense of freedom.
Back at the boat you will have time to relax before your dinner is served around 19.00. As the night falls you will have the choice to entertain yourself with squid fishing, karaoke, board games, movies or star gazing on the upper deck with a cool drink in hand.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: Overnight on boat.
Day 3: Halong Bay to Hanoi. Slowly cruise back towards mainland for your return to Hanoi
Rise early to spot a beautiful sunrise, and have breakfast. Before the crowds arrive, you will set foot in Sung Sot Cave - one of the most spectacular and largest grottoes of Halong Bay. You will enter a world of stalactites hanging from above and rays of lights and shapes wherever you look.
Back at the boat, check out from your room at 9:30 (you still have access to your luggage on board and ability to store it). You are almost ready to head back to shore and you will enjoy more of Halong Bay as you slowly make you way back. Pass islets shaped as a Fighting Cock, Incense Urn, Lonely Dog, Finger and Duck. Your creativity and imagination are nurtured in Halong Bay.
Lunch will be served on the boat on the way back to Tuan Chau harbour around noon and upon arrival back at the harbor, swap from boat to vehicle and start your trip back to Hanoi.
You will be dropped off at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter around 16:30.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Please let us know your hotel in Hanoi at least 48 hours in advance, if it is not booked through us.
The agricultural farm tour depends on the season. The details are just basic, we will visit more attractions, provide more information, and more stories.
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