DAY 1: HANOI – MAI CHAU
Departure from your hotel at 8.00am. On the morning drive to Mai Chau, we’ll leave the city behind and pass through craggy, mountainous landscape. We drive up a massive pass and end in the mountainous circus of Mai Chau. On arrival in the small remote village, we’ll check in to the traditional guesthouse of a Thai ethnic minority family, wooden and on stilts, like we love them. In the afternoon, you have the choice of hiking or cycling around the green hills letting your guide point out and explain the wonders along the way. If the weather is good, we can also go check out the nice cascades hidden somewhere, few kilometers behind the village. Afterwards, we return for dinner and overnight in the stilt house with our friendly Thai hosts.
Cycling in Mai Chau valley Visiting Site/Activity
Mai Chau valley is a perfect place to experience Vietnam's village life in a remote setting. Mountain bikers will love this trip for the variety of trails through natural landscape and local village.
DAY 2: MAI CHAU – NINH BINH
After breakfast with a view, you can wander around the houses to glimpse the daily life of local people. They specialize in weaving brocade products and they’re happy to show visitors their skills. The village is operated as a community cooperative organized by the people themselves – one of many reasons why are proud to bring visitors here. You will be able to walk through the villages before lunch. In the afternoon, you will transfer to Ninh Binh, overnight in the hotel in Ninh Binh.
Traditional weaving brocade Visiting Site/Activity
Mai Chau ethnic brocade village is known by diversified and plentiful brocading designs as a traditional handicraft village. White Thai female in Mai Chau valley weave brocade skillful with many interlacing designs and other designs in order to meet different requirements in the life.
DAY 3: DISCOVER NINH BINH
Breakfast at hotel, enjoy the fresh atmosphere, get ready at 08.00 Am to visit Phat Diem church, one of the most famous and beautiful churches in Vietnam with special architecture: an elegant combination between Western church architecture style and Vietnamese religious buildings. It took 24 years to build this church from 1875 to 1898. And as its name suggests, it was completely built of stone and wood that are readily available in the mountain area of Ninh Binh. The preparation phase, mainly extracting materials from lime-stone mountains, took the local as many as 10 years to finish. After visiting the church, we can have a gentle walk around to enjoy the beauty and fresh atmosphere of the countryside and discover the local life.
12.00 pm: Have lunch at a local restaurant.
13.30 pm: Start visiting the Thien Ha cave. We would float on the underneath river which is named Galaxy which appears with curling line under thousands of sparkling stalactites which suddenly on the right above curl of the cave ceiling. There are also many stalactites under various shapes, which need to be named. In the peaceful place, visitors would feel the sound of the oar striking clearly, the sound of water drop and thousands of bats inside the grotto. Overnight in hotel in Ninh Binh
Phat Diem church Visiting Site/Activity
Phat Diem Church is one of the most famous and beautiful churches in Vietnam with special architecture: an elegant combination between Western church architecture style and Vietnamese religious buildings
Thien Ha (Galaxy) cave Visiting Site/Activity
Tourists will join in small boat to discover the underneath river which is named Galaxy which appears with curling line under thousands of sparkling stalactites which suddenly on the right above curl of the cave ceiling.
DAY 4: NINH BINH – HALONG BAY
07.30 – 08.00: After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for Ha Long. After nearly 4 hour drive, there comes 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, admire the fascinating limestone karsts on the way.
In the afternoon, you spend the time to visit the well-hidden Thien Canh Son cave, relax on a white sandy beach at Hon Co Island and go kayaking or swimming. Dinner and overnight on board.
Thien Canh Son cave Visiting Site/Activity
Thien Canh Son cave belogns to Bai Tu Long bay area, Halong bay. Inside the cave, it is an ethereal wonderland with naturally carved images resembling a lotus, and a baby elephant. The ceiling of the cave is covered with a shiny ‘gem carpet’, and numerous sparkling stalactites appear like ’hanging lamps’. Stone statues of seals and flowers create an imaginary dream world
Kayaking in Cong Do Visiting Site/Activity
Kayaking in Halong Bay is the best way to explore the breathtaking beauty of Halong Bay. Paddle through islets; visit hidden caves, lagoons, unspoiled beaches and floating fishing villages…Kayaks go where other big boats cannot.
DAY 5: HALONG BAY – HANOI
Start a day with a glorious view of the Bay with a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the breakfast in the fresh air. Later, you have a visit to Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat, meet the local people and visit fish farms. More swimming is available. Around 10.00 – 11.30, we cruise towards the harbor while an A la carte lunch is served.
After checking out of the junk, we drive back to Hanoi, on the back to Hanoi we will stop at Yen Duc village for the authentic water puppet show, a unique performance in Vietnam countryside. The trip ends at 5:00 in Hanoi.
Vung Vieng fishing village Visiting Site/Activity
Vung Vieng is located in the heart of Bai Tu Long Bay, 24 km from the mainland. You will not only be immersed by the quiet and peaceful landscape, but also be instructed in the fine arts of sailing and casting fish nets.
Water puppet show Visiting Site/Activity
The perfect representative of Vietnam’s rural life because it brings many beloved folk stories to life in an attractive and fun manner
- Homestay accommodation in Mai Chau, Ninh Binh
- Cozy cabin on boat with window throughout to the bay with stunning view
- Meals as specified in the program
- Travel in an appropriate air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver
- Bicycle in Mai Chau & kayaking in Ha Long
- The services of an experienced English-speaking guide
- All entrance fees
- VAT and other taxes
- Hotel in Hanoi
- Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
- Camera fees (if any)
- Surcharge for peak season (Christmas and New Year)
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