• Visit Hoa Lu ancient capital - a treasure of culture, architecture, and history of the original land of Vietnam
  • Admire the beautiful nature of Van Long Nature Reserve
  • Bird-watching and appreciate the wildlife in Cuc Phuong National Park
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Full Itinerary

Day 1

Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Van Long


Meals: Lunch

Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel or the confirmed meeting point. This will be a 2-hour drive to Ninh Binh, which is about 110 km to the south of Hanoi.

If you have watched the blockbuster Kong: Skull Island, you may realize that Van Long Nature Reserve is the backdrop of the movie. The stunning limestone karsts and grottoes rising from the emerald water are otherworldly in a way — something out of an epic fantasy film, with dragons and monks and scenes of mythical beauty.

Hop on a rowboat for a delightful trip around this wetland (about 1.5 hours), you will have the opportunity to admire the amazing limestone mountains with different shapes like scratching cat, bookcase, raspberry, etc..

At the next stop in Gia Hung village, you can take a bike tour along the dike of Boi river (8 km) to explore the local community and its surrounding areas. 

After that, we head to Nho Quan village to have lunch with the friendly locals. Then, we go to Hoa Lu ancient capital - the first capital of Vietnam. The area was chosen because the limestone formations surrounding the site were a stalwart natural defense against the Chinese.

Transfer to your hotel in Ninh Binh. Dinner on your own account. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2

Cuc Phuong National Park


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, head off to Cuc Phuong National Park, the largest national park in Vietnam. The diversity of fauna and flora here will definitely intrigue nature lovers.

It is a refuge for a large array of plants and animals. The national park also hosts Endangered Primate Rescue Center (EPRC), which is home to around 180 primates representing 15 species. Some of the critically endangered Cat Ba Langur, Delacour’s Langur, and the Grey-Shanked Douc Langur are the first of their species to be born in captivity. In addition, Cuc Phuong is also an ideal place for bird-watching as you can see tropical bird flocks coming from anywhere in the jungle. 

If you visit the park in April and May, the butterfly season, you should be blessed with the chance to see literally thousands of vibrant butterflies coming in all shapes and sizes. 

The next destination is Cave of Prehistoric Man, where human skeletons, human graves, stone axes, pointed bone spears, oyster shell knives, and tools for grinding dating back 7,500 years ago. 

Lunch at the park. 

In the afternoon, we have a trek through the forest watching the diverse flora and fauna here. There’re many species that can only be found in a tropical climate.

Then, we have a short break before going back to your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3

Ninh Binh - Hanoi


Meals: Breakfast

Our driver will take you back to Hanoi and drop you off at your hotel in the morning.

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Trip Notes

► 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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