Ninh Binh, Mai Chau & Pu Luong Highlights

4 Days / 3 Nights
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A Northern Vietnam Highlights Tour

Explore the highlights of Ninh Binh, Mai Chau and Pu Luong on this Northern Vietnam tour. Over 4 days and 3 nights, you’ll visit beautiful caves and waterfalls and experience the genuine hospitality of Vietnam’s ethnic minority groups.


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

Hanoi – Ninh Binh

Meet your guide and driver at your hotel in Hanoi and begin the journey early in the morning to reach Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh.

Explore Vietnam’s ancient capital city and visit 2 10th century temples commemorating the first 2 Emperors.

Next, hop on a traditional sampan boat to explore the historical Sao Khe river and cave system. 

Eat lunch in Trang An and then cycle through the local villages, and visit a local family to learn about their daily life and culture.

Afterwards, visit a secret cave that opens up into a paradise valley. Here you can learn about local farming techniques and the floating rafts.

Head to your retreat in the early evening and enjoy some free time before a BBQ dinner. 

Ninh Binh – Mai Chau

Have an early breakfast at the retreat and then board the van to head to Mai Chau.

Stop along the way to visit a local market of the Muong ethnic minority and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Thung Khe Pass 

Arrive in Mai Chau Valley for lunch and then pay a visit to one of the traditional Thai stilt houses.

Hop on a bicycle to explore more of village and learn about the life and culture of the Thai people along the way. Stop by the handicraft village to learn about traditional weaving techniques and support the locals by buying their handmade products.

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.

Enjoy another local Vietnamese lunch and then board the van to go back to Mai Chau and transfer back to Hanoi by bus.

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