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Top 9 things to do in Hanoi & Halong Bay and Sapa

The beautiful capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi was formerly the capital of North Vietnam, prior to the re-unification of the country, once the Vietnam War had ended.

Hanoi sightseeing, tours and tourist attractions.

Things to do in Hanoi- Hanoi Tours

1. Hanoi Tours- Hanoi city Tour

Despite an eventful history marked by wars and natural calamities, much of Hanoi’s architectural heritage survives intact, including the Old Quarter and over 600 pagodas and temples. We recommend taking a private guided tour of Hanoi's main sights, including temples, museums of the country’s recent and ancient history, traditional old quarters and more recent tree-lined boulevards with their French colonial architecture. Famous sites include the One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and Hanoi Citadel. A walking tour of the Ancient Quarter or the ‘36 Streets’ District is a particular must. Ancient homes and temples are interspersed with fascinating shops.

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2. Hanoi Tours- Halong Bay Cruise

Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the mountains meet the sea at this majestic bay containing almost 2,000 spectacular limestone islands and outcrops of various sizes. Visitors have constantly marveled at Halong Bays natural beauty. The tiny islands are dotted with innumerable beaches and grottoes created by the wind and the waves that make a excellent backdrop for swimming or just lazing about on the boat deck. Cliffs, arches and coves compete for space in an area that is without doubt the most outstandingly beautiful in the country - an incomparable coastal scene.

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3. Hanoi Tours- Perfume Pagoda Tour

The Perfume Pagoda covers an area of a thousand hectares and includes a complex of mountains, rivers and streams, villages, pagodas, and grottoes surrounded by the Huong Tich Mountain Range. This is one of the highlights of the Hanoi area, specially this is one of the most important religious sites of Vietnam Buddhism. The pagoda itself is situated in a huge cave built into limestone cliffs and can only be reached by boat as there are no roads. You glide along scenic waterways and walk up steep mountain paths, visiting the pagodas and temples built in this area over the centuries.

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4. Hanoi Tours- Hoa Lu Tam Coc Tour

Hoa Lu was the first capital of Vietnam since 10th century under the Dinh and Le Dynasties. The area is also one of outstanding beauty natural with limestone peaks whose splendour is often said to surpass that of Ha Long Bay. It is true that Hoa Lu & Tam Coc is often referred to as the Ha Long Bay on land. You will enjoy being rowed along the Boi River in traditional boats, which makes for a truly unforgettable experience, passing between towering limestone peaks.

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5. Hanoi Tours- Sapa Tour

Famous for its breath taking landscapes, Sapa is also an ideal inhabitation for a great diversity of ethnic minority peoples. This trip is not only offers you an unique and beautiful landscapes but also shows the typical cultural features of Vietnam's remote areas as well. Visitors to Sapa in summer can feel the climate of four seasons in one day. They enjoy discovering other interesting places including Ham Rong Mountain, Silver Waterfall, Rattan Bridge, Bamboo forest, Ta Phin Cave and Sapa ancient rock field. Taken place every Saturday night, Sapa Market is an attractive place for visitors who are keen on exploring traditional cultures.

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6. Hanoi Tours - Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong is the first National Park of Vietnam established in 1962. The Park is an important nature reserve and ecosystem with peaks of over 600 Meters and valleys of subtropical rainforest. It is home to other rare and critically endangered mammals including species of leopards and tigers. Hiking and trekking in Cuc Phuong follows kilometers of trails and passes through old-growth forests, as well as caves, waterfalls and streams. Trekking here also offers opportunities to visit and meet with the Muong ethnic communities the live in the park.

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7. Hanoi Tours- Hanoi Night Market

This market spreading from Hang Dao Street to Dong Xuan Market creates a busy and crowded walking street. on weekend evenings, a lot of people come here to stroll or go shopping, which becomes a habit. There are lots of foreign tourists who go sight-seeing or shopping. It is easy for them to find Hanoi or Vietnamese style souvenirs at low prices.

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8. Hanoi Tours- Bat Trang Ceramic Village

Bat Trang, a small village in the north of Vietnam, is about 13 kilometers south east of Hanoi center, on the other side of Chuong Duong bridge. Bat Trang is famous for ceramic and pottery products of high quality. If you have known about Vietnam, you may not be surprised that Bat Trang’s vases, bowls, dishes, and many other kinds of ceramic products have been exported worldwide. Should you would like to contemplate workers making ceramic products by hand, just come here!

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9. Hanoi Tours- Hanoi Water Puppet show

Water Puppet show or Mua Roi Nuoc is a unique art which has it origin in the delta of the Red river in the tenth century. The farmers in this region devised a form of entertainment using what natural medium they can find in their environment. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra provides background music accompaniment. Singers of Cheo (a form of opera) with origin in north Vietnam sing songs which tell the story being acted out by the puppets. It tells of day-to-day living in rural Vietnam and Vietnamese folk tales that are told by grandparents to their grandchildren. Stories of the harvest, of fishing and of festivals are highlighted.

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Hanoi airport transfer: 18 USD/ 4 seat car/ 1 way