From World Heritage to a rural village in Quang Ninh
About this experience
Bai Tu Long Bay is part of the famous Ha Long Bay UNESCO World Heritage Site in northeastern Vietnam. A fantasy-like archipelago defined by 1,600 islands shaped by the natural elements over time, the region is rich with geological splendour. Located just east of the wildly popular route taken by most boats (“junks” as they’re called) in the Gulf of Tonkin, Bai Tu Long Bay boasts the same beguiling scenery, but without the crowds, and promises to deliver deep felt experiences of a true world heritage.
Situated along the highway between Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Yen Duc village is one of the villages in the Red River Delta that still retains its authentic lifestyle. The local people’s lives revolve around rice cultivation and farming activities. Passing through the village, you will still find the charming rice fields, traditional houses and gardens, and friendly locals working on their farms. In addition to its natural beauty, Yen Duc village is also rich in history. Stories of sacred legends and relics from Ly and Tran dynasties – two of the most glorious dynasties during Vietnamese history – are passed down through generations.
Together, these two less travelled destinations complement each other and offer you a unique experience with true insight into real Vietnam.
- Indulge yourself with a cruise through the magnificent landscape of hundreds of rugged limestone outcrops jutting from the emerald waters in Bai Tu Long Bay
- Challenge your endurance by engaging in a multitude of sporty activities such as kayaking, swimming, bicycling throughout the trip
- Admire the charming scenery and the amazing tranquility in Northern Lowland villages
- Enjoy a unique village retreat accommodation, surrounded by rice fields or stay with locals in their humble yet cosy home
- Visit local people and be amazed by their hospitality
- Join local activities (fishing, gardening, going to local market, etc.) to come close to real experience of a farmers
- Enjoy the water puppetry show performed by the villagers – a unique art form originated from Northern Lowland area.
- Have delicious home-cooked meals prepared with local ingredients
Your positive contribution
Promoting local economy & responsible tourism
Yen Duc village tour is a community based tourism project developed since 2011 with the aim to support local community and bring more unique experience to visitors. More importantly, the project hopes to become a highlight and a case study for responsible tourism in the context of dominant mass tourism in Ha Long Bay region.
This tour features one night staying overnight on board in BAI TU LONG Bay and one night in Yen Duc village, offering visitors not only off the beaten track experience to Bai Tu Long Bay but a great inside to rural area in Vietnam with their unique tradition. Saving your time to visit fantastic natural landscape of Halong Bay and peaceful life in Vietnamese village, this tour is a great experience that should not be missed.
Day 1: Hanoi – Bai Tu Long Bay – Thien Canh Son cave (L, D)
07.45-08.15: Pick up at your hotel in Ha Noi by shuttle bus. After nearly 4 hour drive, you will approach the harbor. Our local guide will see you for the check in and cruise briefing. Lunch is served while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay. In the afternoon, you have the chance to visit the well- hidden Thien Canh Son Cave, relax on a white sandy beach at Hon Co Island, go swimming or kayaking. Dinner and overnight aboard the cruise ship.
Day 2: Vung Vieng Fishing Village – Yen Duc village (B, L, D)
Start a day with glorious view of the Bay with a cup of tea or coffee. Breakfast is in the fresh air. Later, you have a visit to Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and fish farms. More swimming is available before an a-la-carte lunch.
After disembarking, you will be driven to Yen Duc village. It’s time for a visit the culture house of village and an ancient house to gain deeper understanding of Vietnamese customs. Experience village life as a local with some farming works til sunset. After the dinner with a local family, your hands and tongue are still kept busy because you will be joining us in making traditional Troi (floating rice) cakes before a peaceful night in village.
Day 3: Yen Duc village – Hanoi (B, L)
The day begins with some morning exercise for greater absorb of the air at 6.30am. Following a delicious breakfast, take a stroll around the village and live more with the villagers by visiting a local market and learn about their handicraft work.
Lunch is served and dedicated to most favorite Vietnamese dishes. A water puppet show comes at around 2.00 p.m, which will bring you joy for its cultural fun and richness.
After the show, package your own memories and say goodbye to the village. Tour ends at 5:00 pm in Hanoi.
✓ Accommodation (Bai Tu Long Bay cruise and Yen Duc village)
✓ All meals during the tour (as indicated in the itinerary)
✓ Activities and sightseeing places
✓ Water puppet show or Quan Ho singing performance
✓ English-speaking tour guide
✓ Local travel insurance
✘ Shuttle bus Hanoi – Yen Duc village – Hanoi
✘ Personal expenses
✘ Bank charges (for card payments)
- Meeting point: your hotel if transportation is booked. If not, meet at Yen Duc village (tour starting point). An exact pinpoint will be sent upon tour confirmation.
- What to bring:
- Personal items like: sunglasses, sunblock, wide brimmed hat, insect repellent, comfortable clothing and shoes, warm clothing (in the winter)
- Trip notes:
- Depending on the trip the check in and check out time will be managed. Late check in and early check out upon availability.
- Farming activities and sightseeing in the village can be managed depending on each season. This itinerary might subject to changes without prior notice.
What's the weather like?
Quang Ninh is a province along the northeastern coast of Vietnam. The province is home to Hạ Long Bay, a World Heritage Site.
Quảng Ninh’s climate is symbolic of the climate of North Vietnam; featuring all four seasons. In summer, it is hot, humid and rainy, while monsoons flourish. The average annual temperature recorded is 22.9°C. Winter is cold and temperature can go down to 1 – 3°C.
Storms have a large influence on the province, mainly in June, July and August. The intensity can be extremely strong, especially in island and coastal regions.
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