An in-depth journey that covers almost all the sites in the Northern land of Vietnam, offers you the truest experiences of local life and Vietnam’s most outstanding features during the 11-day adventure.
Chance for you to explore from the dreamy to ancient atmosphere in Mai Chau and Ninh Binh and mingle with the local people to learn more about an S-shaped country with its remarkable history and rich culture.
Moreover, time to get indulged in the one and only Ha Long Bay on a cruise before heading to the exotic Ban Gioc Waterfall in Cao Bang and the peaceful Ba Be National Park which are seen as the rural paradises home to the Tay and Nung ethnic minority for ages.
Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be greeted by our guide and taken to your hotel to relax for the rest of the day.
Get picked up again at 4 PM for the amazing Water puppet show to dig deeply into the Vietnamese culture and tradition in form of wooden puppets and folk stories.
Meet your guide again later in the evening and start a 3-hour walk around the dream-like Hanoi Old Quarter for an absolute taste of savory food and drink. Take this as a chance to witness the real life of native Hanoians and enjoy the hectic night life of this 1000-year-old city.
If the day falls on weekend (from Friday night to Sunday night), a night market filled with exciting traditional street performances would easily be spotted out.
Get ready before 8 AM to begin your day trip around Hanoi with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Next up, pay a visit to the significant One-pillar Pagoda and the Presidential Palace.
An 11th century relic – Temple of Literature, built in homage to the Chinese scholar Confucius, ends your morning trip.
In the afternoon, pay a visit to Museum of Ethnology for a deep insight into the diversity of 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam and their culture. After that, return to Ngoc Son Temple set on a tiny island in the middle of idyllic Hoan Kiem Lake. This is where you get to hear the interesting story behind such name derived from a legend of an emperor, a magic sword and a giant turtle!
On this day, join in a cycling tour in the suburban countryside of Hanoi. You will pedal through the bustle to Long Bien Bridge where you have chance to bike through the banana forrest on the bank of Red River.
Move on to Co Loa Ancient Citadel and cycle along the serene dike from villages to villages, seeing the buffalos, typical traditional residential houses, pagodas, temples and get caught in the scenic rice fields, veggies and corn farms. Back to Hanoi for lunch.
In the afternoon, chance for you to discover Hanoi city on bike. Head to West Lake after that and finish the day with a loop around the so-called biggest lake in Hanoi.
Day four starts at 8 AM with a transfer to Mai Chau on a 4-hour excursion. In the middle of the trip, take a short break over a local market run by the Muong ethnic minority. This is where to learn about their authentic daily life and customs as well as enjoy the panoramic scenery at the peak of Thung Khe Pass, one of the 10 most beautiful passes in Vietnam.
Reach Mai Chau Valley at lunchtime.
After lunch, visit the local Thai traditional stilt house before cycling to the villages where the Thai ethnic minority settle down for a deeper look at their customs and exotic lifestyle.
Next up is a fun cultural lesson of cloth-weaving technique followed by a journey into the hidden Buoc Village.
After check-in at the local lodge in the village, spend some time watching sunset by the swimming pool. Other than that, you can opt for cycling or walking down the paths in the village.
Start the day with a transfer to Cuc Phuong National Park, a special wildlife center in Northern Vietnam with a huge system of flora and fauna species on a 2.5 hour drive.
Over here, start today’s interesting biography lesson at the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre.
After lunch, hike through the woods to Prehistoric Man’s Cave which contains a wide track of human beings dating back to 7000 years ago.
Do not forget to admire the primary forest here with an iconic century-old tree as well as the awesome jungle life.
Get back to Ninh Binh after 1-hour drive for a night over at bungalow or hotel.
The sixth day of the trip is where you get introduced to the “Inland Halong Bay” – Ninh Binh formed by a huge collection of karst formations.
Start your dicovery with a visit to Hoa Lu – Vietnam’s former capital built by the side of two famous ancient temples of Le and Dinh Dynasties. Here, take time to learn more about a historical period of Vietnam in the 10th century.
Next, time for you to climb up the top of mountain at Mua Cave where you have the awesome panoramic view of the whole regions.
After lunch, transfer to Tam Coc afterward to start a 1.5 hour boat ride in the middle of lush rice field followed by a energetic 10-kilometer bike ride along a tranquil route enclosed by a dream-like picture of mountains & tribal villages. What a spectacular scene of adventure to be rewarded in a countryside like this!
Get ready before 8 AM for a transfer to Bai Tu Long Bay on a 4-hour drive from Ninh Binh. On arrival, embark on the cruise at Sunworld International Harbor for check-in.
Next, a fine-dining lunch is arranged for you while cruising around the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay. This is a great chance to admire the fascinating formations brought by mother nature.
Save the later afternoon for an absolute exploration of the mystic hidden Thien Canh Son Cave and relaxing on a romantic sandy beach at Hon Co Island. Over here, feel free to go swimming or kayaking at your own leisure.
In the evening, return to your cabin for refreshing before dinner on board and spend the rest of the pleasant night with your friends and families.
Before 8.30 AM, take time to let your soul captured in the enormous beauty of the Bay with a cup of tea in your hands during breakfast time.
Vung Vieng Fishing Village is the very first destination of the day after you take a rustic row-boat. When the activity is over, it’s time for checking out and lunch.
Disembark later in the day and move on to Lang Son on a 4-hour drive.
Hit the road again to Ban Gioc Waterfall cutting through China and Vietnam and get to know one of the fourth biggest border waterfalls in the world.
After a busy time traveling, relax at your leisure by this wonder of nature after a boat ride reaching closer to the waterfall and lunch is served right afterward.
Next, pay a visit to the magnificent Nguom Ngao Limestone Cave, formerly known as Tiger Cave before returning to your homestay in a local village of the Nung people in Quang Uyen.
Take time to enjoy this peaceful village life. Are you hungry for more amazing landscape? If so, feel free to climb up a mountain nearby within only an hour for a rewarding absolute panorama at the summit in sunset.
Begin the day with a transfer to Ba Be National Park on a 3.5 hour drive.
After that, welcome to your homestay in a local village of the Tay people by the lake. Take a short rest before hopping on a bike and ride to Hua Ma Cave, the most fantastic limestone cave in Northeastern Vietnam.
There spend 1 hour on a hiking trip into the cave and admire the attractiveness of stalactites and stalagmites.
On the last day of the journey, save it for a 3-hour boating around the lake after breakfast. Stop for a short walk around Cam Village to see the day in the life of the Tay ethnic community along the Nang River.
Move on to Puong Cave, a mystic darken home of millions of bats before ending at Buoc Lom Wharf to leave Ba Be for Hanoi.
This rate is based on double/twin occupancy. Valid from 01 Jan 2021 - 30 December 2021. If you have any special requests, please contact us to customize your trip.
Single Supplement on Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise: + $ 40 USD / Person
|1||Hanoi||Quoc Hoa Hotel|
|2||Hanoi||Quoc Hoa Hotel|
|3||Hanoi||Quoc Hoa Hotel|
|5||Tam Coc, Ninh Binh||Tam Coc Bungalow|
|6||Tam Coc, Ninh Binh||Tam Coc Bungalow|
|7||Bai Tu Long Bay||Oriental Sails Cruise|
|8||Lang Son City||Vi's Boutique Hotel|
|9||Quang Uyen, Cao Bang||Long's Homestay|
|10||Ba Be Lake||Hoi's Homestay|