Mai Chau, Pu Luong, Ninh Binh & Cuc Phuong

4 Days / 3 Nights
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An Epic Northern Vietnam Tour

This epic Northern Vietnam adventure combines a classic Mai Chau and Ninh Binh tour with off-the-beaten-track experiences in Pu Luong and Cuc Phuong. You’ll spend time in picturesque villages in this beautiful part of Vietnam and take time exploring caves, waterfalls and trekking routes. This 4 day, 3 night escape is the perfect way to experience the highlights and adventure of Northern Vietnam.

Includes:

Hotel pick-up in Hanoi & return transport
All activities mentioned in the below itinerary
2 nights in hotels and 1 in a traditional homestay
Local guide
4 lunches, 3 dinners & 3 breakfasts

Hanoi – Mai Chau

Rise early for your hotel pick-up in Hanoi and start the journey to Mai Chau. You’ll stop to take a break at Luong Son and then on the stunning Thung Khe Pass where there is a local market run by the Muong people.

Arrive in Mai Chau Valley for lunch where a vegetarian option is available.

Step inside one of the traditional stilt houses to learn about how the ethnic Thai community live and then take a bicycle ride through the village to see more of the community. Stop by the handicraft
village to learn about traditional weaving techniques and local designs – you can support them by buying their local products as souvenirs for friends and family.

Board the van again to make your way to your lodge for the night in the hidden-away Buoc Village

Enjoy some time before dinner, making the most of the swimming pool or take a walk or cycle around the village.

Mai Chau – Pu Luong

Have breakfast at the lodge and then drive to Pho Doan. If you are visiting on a Thursday or Sunday, you’ll get the chance to visit a local market. 

Late morning, begin your trek to Hieu Village to visit the beautiful waterfalls. Along the way, you’ll see more rural villages of the Black Thai people, ingenious waterwheels in the river and plenty of rice terraces.

Enjoy a picnic lunch by the waterfall and then continue trekking to other villages. 

Make your way back to Pho Doan and drive on to your homestay in the middle of Pu Luong Nature Reserve.

Check in, have a shower and then enjoy some free time to walk around the village or help your host family prepare dinner.

Enjoy your traditional meal with homemade rice wine!

Pu Luong – Hanoi

Rise to the sounds of the village and eat breakfast at the homestay.

Start early on your trek to visit the beautiful Kho Muong village and cave, a village hidden deep in the Reserve’s mountain range.

Explore the huge limestone karst cave and admire the giant stalagmites.

Break for lunch and then board the van to transfer to a beautiful retreat in Ninh Binh. You’ll arrive in the early evening and have plenty of time to relax and explore the area before sunset and dinner.

Ninh Binh – Cuc Phuong – Hanoi

Have breakfast at the retreat and then check-out early in order to make your way to Cuc Phuong National Park.

Your trek through the park takes you on rainforest trails, along the 6km ‘ 1000-year-old tree’ route.

After your hike, fuel up on lunch at the park restaurant and then visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center. A specialist guide will educate you about the endangered species of the park and in Vietnam.

In the early afternoon, return to the retreat to get your luggage and return by bus to Hanoi.

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