Overview

  • Discover rural villages and join in the indigenous life in Mai Chau and Ninh Binh.
  • Discover the extraordinary caves and river system and a botanical garden in Phong Nha - Ke Bang National Parks
  • Savor the magnificent scenery of Thung Khe Pass in Mai Chau - one of the 10 most beautiful passes of Vietnam.
  • Onboard the most exotic cruise on Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage
     
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Full Itinerary

Day 1

Hanoi Arrival

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Meals: N/A

When arriving at the airport, you will be picked up and move to the hotel for your 2:00pm check-in. You are at your leisure for the rest of the day, which means meals are on your expense and overnight is spent in the hotel.

Day 2

Hanoi - Mai Chau

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You will be picked up at your hotel. Our trip to Hoa Binh Province through rolling hills will take about 4 hours. Of course, the driver will stop at some road passes for a panoramic view to several Muong villages. Explore a local market of the Muong Ethnic Minority to know more about their daily routine and customs. 
Then, savor the magnificent scenery of Thung Khe Pass - one of the 10 most beautiful passes of Vietnam.

We will have lunch at Mai Chau valley around noon. Prepare yourself to taste the special dishes of Thai ethnic minority.

Having your lunch finished, we travel to the authentic local Thai Stilt House before cycling to visit the villages of the Thai Ethnic Minority and experience their routine and culture. Stop enroute to a handcraft village to witness the traditional way of weaving and support the local people by purchasing their products. Have a talk to the minority people and get to know their daily life. Then, we transport to the remote village of Buoc, check in your homestay and enjoy your leisure time in the swimming pools, walking or cycling around the village. Savor your dinner with Thai people cuisine and have a small talk with the local or new friends.

Spend the night in Buoc village.

Day 3

Mai Chau - Hanoi

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Wake up and enjoy fresh and pure atmosphere. After having a local breakfast, our guide will lead you on an easy trekking through the local trails. Enjoy the view of  exotic landscape with magnificent mountains, streams, hanging chain bridge and rice step-paddies. On the way, you will be welcomed by the local's smiles. The rest of the morning is at your own leisure. After having lunch, we bid farewell to the stunning Mai Chau. Then, have a drive back to Hanoi and you will arrive at your hotel in the evening.

Dinner served at local restaurant. Stay overnight at the hotel.
 

Day 4

Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Van Long Nature Reserve - Night train to Dong Hoi

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We will get to Ninh Binh after 110 km of driving in today's morning (approximately 2 hours). Then, we visit Van Long Nature Reserve by a rowboat (about 1,5 hours) to enjoy the wonderful limestone peaks and endless paddy fields which is once an epic setting of the Kong: Skull Island movie.

Gia Hung village is our next stop, where a bike tour along the banks of Boi River is ideal for those who want to discover the local community and its nearby areas.

Then, head to Nho Quan village for lunch with the welcoming locals. After that, visit Hoa Lu ancient capital to discover the relics of Dinh and Le dynasty from the 10th century, along with the country's glorious history.

Come back to Hanoi. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Then, come to Hanoi railway station for a night train to Dong Hoi (4 beths shared cabin).

Day 5

Dong Hoi - Quang Binh - Phong Nha Cave and Botanical Garden

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After arriving at Dong Hoi station, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.

Go along Phong Nha Cave by taking the traditional dragon boat from Xuan Son boat wharf. You will have a chance to contemplate the astounding view of the natural karst mountains as well as the local river life.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Continue the journey by visiting Botanical Garden eco-tourism and an interpretation about environment in Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.

Then, visit the botanical garden located in the center of the national park. The garden consists of six vital tourism sites: the 30-meter tall Gio (Wind) Waterfall, Vang Anh lake, a specific showroom, a 3km natural walkway, plant nursery and valuable and rare plant spots.

Along the walk, you can catch monkeys and porcupines in the wild and in a semi-wild-zone.

Move back to your hotel, have dinner and spend the night inside the hotel.
 

Day 6

Paradise Cave and Dark Cave - Flight to Hanoi

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore the most beautiful cave inside Phong Nha Ke Bang - Paradise Cave.

The cave is initially discovered in 2005 by the British Cave Research Association. It’s one of the largest and most wonderful caves in Phong Nha - Ke Bang area according to British spelunkers. People say that the cave's beauty reminds them of an imperial palace and it has easy access, great pathways and excellent feature light system, which make it become extremely special.

Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant.

Go on with the journey by visiting the Chay river - Dark Cave.

Take part in kayaking on the Chay River: you will feel the calm flow, dreamy with azure water beside magnificent wonders of limestone mountains. The two river banks are picturistic cornfields that will make you feel the relaxation while immersing yourself in the natural world.

Uncover the secret of Dark Cave, a tributary of Phong Nha cave system. There is no lightning inside the area to protect the mysterious beauty and pristine nature. Turn into a cave explorer with flashlight helmet and special devices to explore the submerged cave system and contemplate thousands of specially shaped stone columns. You will have a wonderful experience when enjoying mud bath or swam across Thuy Tien lake, Bong Lai cool lake.

Join in the fascinating zipline which take you through the river and participate in the interesting water games.

Move back from Dong Hoi for a late flight to Hanoi.

You will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Spend a night at the hotel.

Day 7

Hanoi - Cruise on Ha Long Bay

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel before traveling to another wonderful location today. The UNESCO-nominated Ha Long Bay is famous for its magnificent beauty with breathtaking natural scenes. 

En - route, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the vast rice paddies and great mountain ranges of Red River Delta. Then, you will get on board the Junk boat for an unforgettable cruise on the bay. Lunch will be served on board.

Afternoon is the time to visit some of the most interesting caves in Halong as they feature stunning stalactites and stalagmites. The ship will stop along the way for you to take a swim. Also you can choose kayaking to enjoy the view of this tropical paradise.

Our ship will dock on the Bay. Dinner will be served on board followed by many interesting activities.
 

Day 8

Ha Long Bay - Ha Noi - Departure

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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Early risers can enjoy the tranquility of the morning and gentle sun beam lighting up the Bay. Savor your breakfast on board as the ship continues to sail to other rural areas. After having your lunch served, you will be transferred to a shuttle bus on your way back to Hanoi (without guided) for Noi Bai Airport for your upcoming flight.

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Trip Notes

► Best Time to Visit: February to October

► Visa Requirements: 

Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and at least one blank page for each visa stamp. You will aslo need a visa (or pre - approval letter for a visa on arrival) to enter Vietnam. Check out the guides to get Vietnam visa or contact our travel consultants for useful advices on visa requirements. 

► Car Procedure:

Group Types of Car
1 - 2 Pax 4 - seater car
3 - 8 Pax 16 - seater car
9 - 14 Pax 30 - seater car
15 - 20 Pax 35 - seater car
21 - 35 Pax 45 - seater car

Rooms are available from 14.00 on arrival day until 12.00 on departure day. Special request for early/late check in/out will come with a surchage.

Airfares (if any) may change without prior notice to e-ticket issuance.

► Child Policy

  • 0 - 2 years old: Free of charge (Maximum 1 child under 2 years old travels with 2 adults; from the second child, 50% of the regular fare will be applied) .
  • 2 - 5 years old: 50% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • 5 - 11 years old: 75% of the regular fare will be applied.
  • From 12 years and older: 100% of the regular fare will be applied.

► During Peak Season and Special Occasions, Surcharges may be Added to the Price:

  • Christmas and New Year’s Eve: Compulsory meals would be added during these times of the years, depends on hotels or resorts you stay.
  • Easter Holidays, Vietnam Lunar New Year: Extra fee required.
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