Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau Valley
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 valley – 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: Ninh Binh full day visit – Cuc Phuong
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 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.
Transfer to Cuc Phuong, check in hotel and free time at your leisure.
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: Cuc Phuong National park – Hanoi
Moring will start with easy exercise and enjoy breakfast in the fresh atmosphere. You will then visit Cuc Phuong, the oldest National Park in Vietnam. Stop and visit the renowned Endangered Primate Rescue Centre to see some of the rarest apes and monkeys in the world and learn about the conservation efforts to save them. Then you’ll visit the Cave of Prehistoric Man. After picnic lunch or lunch in a local restaurant, you’ll wander through a subtropical forest, rich in flora and fauna with thousand-year-old trees draped in vines.
Drive back Hanoi, the trip ends at the hotel at 17.00 pm approximately.
Trekking in Cuc Phuong National Park Visiting Site/Activity
Cuc Phuong National Park is located in Ninh Binh Province, in Vietnam's Red River Delta. Cuc Phuong was Vietnam's first national park and is the country's largest nature reserve.
- Homestay accommodation in Mai Chau, Ninh Binh & Cuc Phuong
- Meals as specified in the program
- Travel in an appropriate air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver
- Bicycle in Mai Chau
- 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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