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Northern Vietnam Soft Hiking Mai Chau
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Northern Vietnam Soft Hiking Mai Chau

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Created: Monday, July 22, 2024
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Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival (–,–,D)

Upon arrival in Hanoi International airport, you will travel to hotel at your own. In the late afternoon, estimated 16:30, the guide will have a group meeting in hotel lobby, then, you will take a stroll around the Sword Lake and stop to visit the beautiful Ngoc Son Temple on an island in the middle of the lake, accessed via a red wooden bridge. And have a welcome dinner in a local restaurant. Meals: Dinner Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi Transfer distance of airport to hotel in downtown: 28 kilometers - 45 min. Notes: Rooms will be at guests’ disposal from 14:00

Day 2: Hanoi (B,–,–)

In the morning, you will reach Tho Ha Traditional Village, a great opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of rural life in Vietnam. Upon arrival, you will have a short ferry ride to cross the Cau River to Tho Ha village. Time for a walk to visit the village and the traditional Communal House. You will be amazed by the old architecture of this village, some of the houses still keep the original construction of late 1800s. Then you will be welcomed by a local family and you will observe and learn how rice paper is created and dried. Then interact with the family through a mini Quan Ho folk song show. The traditional Quan Ho songs are performed as alternating verses between two women from one village who sing in harmony, and two men from another village who respond with similar melodies, but with different lyrics. Quan họ songs express the spirit, philosophy and local identity of the communities of Bắc Ninh province. Then it will be time to say good bye to say to your host and to continue your journey. Distance and duration: 50 kilometers -1h 30min per way Next, you will return to Hanoi and visit the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu in Vietnamese), situated in the place once known as the first university of Vietnam. Built in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, the university was first opened for princes and mandarins exclusively. Inside, you will find 82 of the original 116 stelae engraving the names of the winners from doctorate competitions. Outside, with its ancient courtyards, altars and roofs, Van Mieu is a very fine example of Vietnamese architecture. Then Stroll in Hanoi Old Quarter: You will set off from Sword Lake, passing by Hang Hanh - the famous coffee street and heading towards the Catholic Church. Wandering in these peaceful alleys, your eyes will catch the daily scenes of street vendors quietly napping in the shade or a motorbike taxi-driver (or xe om in Vietnamese) sleeping precariously on his bike. Then, suddenly you will again find yourself in a noisy and busy street. Throughout the tour, your senses will be bombarded with a cascade of different sights, sounds, smells and characters that harmonize to the music of life in Hanoi. At the end of the walk, you will have time to enjoy a cup of coffee from one of the many small shops in the area. Distance and duration of the walk: 4 kilometers - 2 hours. Level: 0 While you are in the Old Quarter, try one of Hanoi's experiences: Egg Coffee: Iconic to Hanoi, the egg coffee recipe was developed by a Vietnamese local who once worked in the most legendary hotel in Hanoi, the Sofitel Legend Metropole. Although his cafe was once the only destination to enjoy the unique drink, due to its popularity the secret egg coffee recipe has been copied and is now served in many coffee shops around Hanoi. According to many, the original is still the most special place to try the iconic beverage, which has earned a place in local legend. Meals: Breakfast Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B,L,D)

Today, head out of bustling Hanoi to the mountainous area of Mai Chau. En route, the road ascends gradually until you find yourself in the middle of a landscape of mountains set at a medium altitude. Upon arriving in Mai Chau, you will be served a welcome lunch prepared by a local family in a traditional Thai stilt house. This will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about the culture and daily life of the locals. In the afternoon, you will take a short walk to Na Cut village at the foot of the mountain to observe a genuine example of the local life of the region, where long practiced traditions are still retained. At night in the home of the local inhabitants you will sleep in the large main room of the house. To ensure your maximum comfort the house will be furnished with beds (mattresses, sheets, pillows, mosquito nets, fans). Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Overnight at homestay (Supplement for overnight at hotel if you wish) Distance and duration of the afternoon hike: Mai Chau - Na Cut: 8 kilometers - 2h 30min Level: 1 Transportation: 150 kilometers - 4 hours

Day 4: Mai Chau (B,L,D)

You will head off to Cum village where you will start your hike to Mai Hich. You will then be in the heart of Northern Vietnam, with its mountainous landscapes set at a medium altitude and its green valleys filled with rice fields. Upon arrival at Mai Hich you will have lunch with a Thai ethnic family. In the afternoon you will continue the hike for two more hours, crossing the wildly beautiful valley of Mai Chau with its small villages of wooden stilt houses, rice fields, corn fields and serene atmosphere. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Homestay in Mai Chau Level: 0 Distance and duration of the hike: - Mai Chau - Mai Hich: 8 kilometers - 2h 30min - Mai Hich – Mai Chau Valley: 8 kilometers - 2 hours

Day 5: Mai Chau – Van Long Nature Reserve – Ninh Binh (B,L,–)

You will depart from Mai Chau to the site of “terrestrial Halong Bay” by taking a road that crosses picturesque landscapes. You will arrive at noon in a village and have lunch in a local house there. At the beginning of the afternoon, you will take a pleasant bike ride through the villages to discover the areas and their inhabitants. Arriving in the Van Long Nature Reserve, you will step aboard a small rowboat for a slow journey through the flooded rice fields and the spectacular landscape of rocky peaks, canals and vegetation. You will then make the trip to the hotel. Meals: Breakfast, lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Ninh Binh Distance and duration of the cycling: 8 kilometers - maximum 1 hour Level:0 Transportation: 150 kilometers - 4 hours Note: Duration of the rowing boat visit is 1h 30min

Day 6: Ninh Binh – Halong, Overnight On Board (B,L,D)

In the morning, you will travel to Halong and arrive around noon. There, you will embark on a cruise in the must-see Halong Bay. This world-famous bay is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Vietnam, with its giant rock islets covered in luxuriant vegetation overlooking the waters. Halong Bay includes some 1,900 islands and islets of rocky peaks, often uninhabited and unvisited. This scene creates a spectacular marine landscape, which earned it UNESCO World Heritage status in 1994. You will be served lunch and dinner aboard with excellent and freshly caught seafood from the bay. At the end of the day, you will have the chance to enjoy a night fishing session on the boat. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner Accommodation: Overnight on board Transfer distance: 200 kilometers - 3h 30min to 4 hours

Day 7: Halong – Hanoi. Departure (B,–,–)

Early in the morning and depending on the season, you will wake up to enjoy the sunrise over the aquamarine waters of the bay. Then the cruise will tour around the bay until you disembark at the end of the morning. After that, you will then return to Hanoi, then to Noi Bai airport for your departure flight. Meals included: Breakfast Distance: 155 kilometers - 3hrs.

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Accommodation in the category chosen or similar (subject to availability).

Meals as mentioned in the program. B= Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner.

All local boat rental and cycling as mentioned in the program. Cruise 01 night on Non-private junk in Ha Long Bay..

Transportation by private vehicle with A/C as mentioned..

All entrance fees and sightseeing as mentioned in the program..

Local English speaking guide(s) as mentioned..


Meals and drinks which are not mentioned in the program.

Non-private seaplane Hanoi – Halong or vice versa.

International flight tickets and airport taxes. All internal/ regional flight tickets in economy class Visa fees upon arrival in Vietnam..

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Ninh Binh Sena Cruise (16 cabins) – cabine Balcony Deluxe 4*

Mai Chau (B,L,D) Homestay Mai Chau

Mai Chau – Van Long Nature Reserve – Ninh Binh (B,L,–) Ninh Binh Legend 4*

Hanoi Hong Ngoc Cochinchine 3*

Homestay Mai Chau

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