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East West understands that each client have different interests and preference. Listed below are tour and package selections that will help you in planning your itinerary. These items are grouped according to the type of experience you have selected.

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Air Ticket (outbound Hanoi)
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Temple Of Literature
Drive to this ancient temple complex, a pleasant retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Founded in 1076 during the Ly Dynasty, the temple complex is the site of the country's first university and the pride of the nation. The unique entrance gate and 82 stone steles bear witness to an early high level of education at the time when the country gained independence from Chinese occupation. Walk through walled courtyards with ancient pavilions and enter the ornate main shrine dedicated to Confucius. Leaving the Temple of Literature, head to the Hanoi lunch venue for a local fare mid-day meal at guests own expense. 

 
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Half Day Hon Gai (Ha Long Bay)
Start to discover the local color and flavor of the bustling mining town of Hon Gai during this half-day outing. 

Timing for the itinerary will be as follows (can also be arranged in the morning depending on arrival):

14.15 Pick you up and transfer to the boat.

14.45 We get onboard the junk, start cruising to Halong Bay; enjoy beautiful scenery and natural landscapes of Halong. Pass by Fighting Cocks, floating village.

16.00 We step into Thien Cung Cave, a very beautiful site. You have time to spend an hours to visit.

17.00 Transfer back to the boat, cruise back to the harbor, relax on the Sundeck with long chairs, enjoy major scenery landscapes of Halong Bay.

18.00 The junk reaches back to the harbor. 

Then, transfer back to the ship.
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Area
The huge square is dominated by the monumental shrine containing the embalmed body of the "Father of the Country". Opposite stands the impressive former Presidential Palace and one-time residence of the French Governor. There is time for photographs before walking to Ho's garden, located behind the mausoleum. Stroll past tranquil lotus ponds to Ho's cottage, a simple stilt house resembling the style of the ethnic hill tribes. Take a look inside this humble abode, which Ho preferred to living in the palace. Nearby stands the "One Pillar Pagoda", shrouded in local legends. 
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Bat Trang Ceramic Village
Bat Trang Ceramic Village is famous for ceramic and pottery products of high quality which are being exported worldwide. Should you would like to contemplate workers making ceramic products by hand, here is the place where you can also try pottery yourself. You’ll witness these artisans at work as you roam down narrow alleys into shops where you’ll be able to purchase their refined ceramics at reasonable prices.
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Farming & Fishing Life Tour 
Farming & Fishing Life Tour provides you a close-up and intimate exposure to both the local farming and fishing communities in Vietnam. Accompanied by your tour guide, commence the day by leisurely cycling along country roads and first hand witness local Vietnamese rural life. Get to experience the friendliness of the local people greeting you along the way.

Be awed with the sceneries and have great photo opportunities of beautiful organic vegetable village, accompany farmers watering and planting vegetable, hoeing a soil with local farmer, riding a water buffalo in a rice paddy field; seeing ducks swimming along the rice farm or farmers tending their crops. Photo opportunities are endless here.

Later, board Hoi An Eco-tour boat for a river cruise to meet and engage with local fishermen and enjoy a hands-on experience of traditional net fishing. You will also experience paddling the unique Vietnamese bamboo basket boat. This tour provides you a cultural insight into the ways of life of both Vietnam's farming and fishing communities.
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Mai Chau
Set in an idyllic valley, hemmed in by the hills, the Mai Chau area is a world away from Hanoi's hustle and bustle.This small town itself is unappealing, but just outside is a patchwork of rice fields rolled out, speckled by tiny Thai villages where visitors doss down for the night in traditional stilt houses, and wake up to a rural soundtrack defined by the gushing irrigation streams and birds chirping.

Coming to Mai Chau will require driving from Saigon for about 3 hrs. Marvel at the different sights along the way and have a photo stop of the scenic Mai Chau Valley upon arrival.

Traditional lunch in the local village awaits you once you have reached Mai Chau. Thereafter, take a short bicycle ride where you will see farmers working in the fields and locals weaving scarves. Be in awe as you visit the surroundings of a peaceful village. 

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Guests are advised to wear comfortable trekking shoes / sports shoes as guests will experience some walking in the terrains. Bring along insect sprays, and coats / jackets especially during late afternoon towards the night or during cold season. 
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Full Day Hoa Lu & Tam Coc Tour

Learn more about the northern Vietnamese countryside, history, and culture on a full-day tour. Hoa Lu is the historic capital of Vietnam where the famous ancient temples of Le and the Dinh Dynasties are located. The mountains and sea combined to make Hoa Lu ancient capital’s picturesque landscape. Hoa Lu lays in a flat valley surrounded by the Trang An lime stone mountains, which form a natural wall protecting the old citadel. The city’s northwest is bordered by the Hoang Long River, the tributaries of which run through the capital, cooling the weather within the city and serving as convenient waterways.

The mountains and sea combined to make Hoa Lu ancient capital’s picturesque landscape. Hoa Lu lays in a flat valley surrounded by the Trang An lime stone mountains, which form a natural wall protecting the old citadel. The city’s northwest is bordered by the Hoang Long River, the tributaries of which run through the capital, cooling the weather within the city and serving as convenient waterways.

Visit the famous Dinh and King Le Temples. Dinh Temple worships King Dinh Tien Hoang and Le Temple worships King Le Dai Hanh. These temples were built in 17th century.   Dinh Temple was built in the shape of a Chinese character. Through the first entrance called Ngo Mon, there is a stone royal bed with Nghe (imaginary animals of the old times) standing on both sides. Inside the temple is Khai Thanh in worship of Emperor Dinh's parents. Le Temple is almost the same as Dinh Temple in term of architectural design, except for some details. Le Temple also consists of three parts: Bai Duong used for the community, Thien Huong, in memory of the royal mandarins of King Le, and finally, the altar in memory of the King. The Le Hoan Statue is at the centre, on the left is the statue of Queen Duong Van Nga and on his right is that of Le Ngoa Trieu, his fifth son and the third King of the Pre Le Dynasty. 

Then, Tam Coc means “3 caves,” which features karst formations and caves that visitors will explore by boat.  Tam Coc is located near the city of Ninh Binh, about two hours south of Hanoi.

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Full Day Hanoi City Tour

Drive down the old quarters and visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum. Enjoy the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho”s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts. Lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One Pillar Pagoda founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049. This structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi. Continue the tour by visiting the Quan Thanh Temple (Taoist~dating from the Ly Dynasty) and Buddhist Tran Quoc Pagoda on West lake (One of the oldest in Vietnam). 

After lunch, proceed to visit the Ethnology Museum and continue to visit the Literature Temple and Quoc Tu Giam. Vietnam's first university constructed in 1070. It's gardens and well-preserved architecture offers a relaxing glimpse into Vietnam”s past.  We will take you past Hoan Kiem Lake to see the peaceful waters and visit Ngoc Son temple. 

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Cyclo around Old Quarter Street
Enjoy a leisure ride around the Old Quarters of Hanoi in a traditional vehicle similar to trishaws called "Cyclo". A ride that is truly not to be missed if you are into experiencing the local transport as well as enjoy the hustle of the streets of Hanoi.
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Pick Me Up - Hanoi
This service includes a standard car for the airport transfers.
Surcharge applies for arrival / departure transfer between 2300 - 0700 hrs
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Day Tour - Hanoi Highlights
Experience the fascinating blend of the East and the West combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair. It is largely unscathed from the decades of war, and is now going through a building boom, making it a rapidly developing city in Southeast Asia.
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Day Tour - Mai Chau
Step out of the city and explore a scenic and  tranquil place of Mai Chau. Set in an idyllic valley, hemmed in by the hills, the Mai Chau area is a world away from Hanoi's hustle and bustle. Also visit Mai Chau's 1000 Step cave, and experience their local market. 
 
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4 Days 3 Nights Hanoi Discovery
A soft adventure experience taking you for a ride along the red river and through typical Vietnamese villages on the outskirts of Hanoi. Hanoi capital is located on the banks of the Red River and the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Explore the bustling streets of the Old Quarter where each street is named after the trade that used to take place there and see around great architectural areas on a cyclo ride. 
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