Discovery North Of Vietnam
Discovery North Of Vietnam - 9 Days
Style: Vietnam Adventure Tours
Hightlights: Hanoi -> Mai Chau -> Pu Luong -> Ninh Binh -> Halong
Day 1: Arrival- Hanoi (B/-/-)
On arrival Hanoi you are met our guide and then transferred to hotel in Hanoi for check in. Free time for relaxing or exploring Hanoi.
O/N in Ha Noi.
Day 2: Hanoi Sightseeing Tour (B/-/-)
Morning: A half day city tour includes Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum with its house on stilts and One pillar pagoda. An orientation drive via colonial quarter to the West lake before taking a visit to Temple of Literature well known as Vietnam's first university.
Afternoon: Transfer to visit the Ethnology museum. Enjoy your time to learn about 54 ethics in Vietnam. Then continue visiting to the Hoan Kiem Lake with Ngoc Son temple.
Evening: Water Puppet Show, the traditional unique Vietnamese art.
Option for food street tour: 2 hours walking in Old Quarter for street walking food tour with an insight into traditional Vietnamese food at different eateries such: Pillow Cake, soup, Egg-Coffee, local beer (draught beer) with Potato....
O/N in Ha Noi.
Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B/-/D)
Breakfast at hotel. On the morning drive to Mai Chau, we'll leave the city behind and pass through craggy, mountainous landscape. We drive up a massive pass and end in the mountainous circus of Mai Chau around noon time. Lunch will be served in a local Thai house.
In the afternoon, we’ll have a small walk around Mai Chau valley before getting a quick transfer to a small remote village of Mai Hich. Weather permits there’s a chance for a small cycling around the green village. Afterwards, we return for hotel for check in. After dinner, you enjoy The Hmong and Thai ethnic groups who reside in the Mai Chau region have a rich tradition of dance, often performed at festivals and celebrations.
O/N in Mai Chau
Day 4: Mai Chau – Pu Luong (B/L/D)
We leave our hosts after breakfast and drive East for about 15 km before entering the Pu Luong nature reserve. You’ll then get down the car for 2-hours trekking on single trail through Thai villages and rice terrace, with opportunity to take a break at local houses en-route.
Meet your car again for a quick transfer to our lunch stop at a small lodge. In the afternoon, we step into the wild with an awesome hike on trails across the second half of the reserve to reach its Western edge. The hike is not too hard and lasts 3 to 3,5 hours. It makes it an intermediate level trek. Plan to bring along good shoes and batteries for your camera.
After a demanding afternoon, we get to the homestay/ bungalow, check-in the private bungalows and go for a refreshing swim in the cascades and natural pools that surround the lodge. Homemade dinner before a well deserved time for rest.
O/N in PuLuong
Day 5: Pu Luong – Ninh Binh (B/-/-)
Easy morning, depding on the season and your preference, you can stay at the lodge and relax, go for a walk around rice fields. It is pretty easy, accessible to most of people and offers a unique experience in North Vietnam. Transfer to Pho Doan Market, where we will visit the local market. On the way we will see nice views of the river, paddies and a water wheel.
Transfer to Ninh Binh, have lunch on the way. On arrival Ninh Binh, visiting traditional Vietnamese family with three generations living together, take the chance to learn the house architecture, the local daily life and their handicraft of embroidery.
O/N in Ninh Binh.
Day 6: Hoa Lu – Tam Coc - Hanoi (B/-/-)
The country capital during the Dinh and early Le Dynasties is Hoa Lu, which however has left its legacy in the form of two small temples, each one nearly a thousand years old. The first one is dedicated to the Dinh Dynasty. The second one commemorates the Le Rulers. In front of these temples is the rugged Ma Yen mount; it involves a walk over 200 steps for a fantastic view over the surrounding areas and then cycling for an hour on picturesque quiet roads through villages, rice fields, rivers and rocky outcrops to Tam Coc (12km) for lunch. The following sight is Tam Coc which is surnamed Halong Bay on land. We board a sampan for a leisurely trip through the quiet and peaceful landscape of rice fields surrounded by towering limestone cliffs to the grottoes of Tam Coc. Drive back to Ha Noi.
O/N in Ninh Binh.
Day 7: Hanoi – Halong Bay (B/L/D)– Guide on Boat, Joint Group
After breakfast, transfer to Halong Bay by shuttle bus around 08h15. On arrival at 12h30, we embark on a cruise to visit Ha Long Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. This picturesque “Dragon descending to the sea” Bay has 1,969 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. A fantastic cruise in Ha Long bay, visit Dinh Huong island, Ga Choi island, Dog island, Sail island, visit Sung Sot cave. Paddle from Titov beach to LuonCave. Enjoy dinner on board
Optional night: Paddle. Fishing, drinking Vietnamese wine, and spending a night on board.
Overnight on board.
Day 8: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi (Br/-)
Today we continue to explore other side of HalongBay. A brunch is served on board. 11h30: Our driver will pick you up and transfer to Hanoi with stopover at Dong Trieu Ceramic village on the way. On arrival Ha Noi, check in & free time for relax.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 9: Hanoi – Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel, you are free for relaxing or shopping until transfer to airport for your departure flight. End of service.
Here are some information for whole trip, might you like to book!
- Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast.
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
- Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
- English or French speaking local guide
- All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary.
- Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
- All Domestic flight
- Cold water on car/ van/ bus
- Visa Arrival to Vietnam
- International air ticket:
- International airport tax:
- Travel insurance against any personal injury of illness and damage of the property incurred during the course of this trip.
- Visa stamp fee
- Other meal, Tip to guide and driver
- Personal expenses such as: drinks, phone calls, laundry, tip...etc
- Supplement for Spanish, Italian and German speaking guide
- Surcharged for New Year & Lunar New Year
Five common questions travellers ask us
1. How long and where to visit for first-timers?
For first-timers, one week can be enough to take in Vietnam at a glance. An ideal order should be going from north to south, with a changing view from ancient times to modernity. Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City should make a great 8 days travel plan. If you have extra one or two days, stretch to the northern hillside Sapa or explore the Mekong Delta with the bustling floating markets.
Rushing your time for some so-called must-see attractions is not necessary for such an interesting country like Vietnam. Deciding what you are interested in, culture, nature, lifestyle, beaches or food before making a smartly-timed travel plan is a good way to go.
2. When is the best time to visit Vietnam?
October to next February is the best time as it is the cool and dry season of Vietnam. Temperature is about 20-26c nationwide, just comfortable for sightseeing. Besides, you might also have a chance to be a part of the local life during the festival seasons in December and February.
3. What is the best way to get to Vietnam?
First option is by air. Vietnam has three major international airports: Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Cam Ranh International Airport in Nha Trang and Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Hanoi and Nha Trang only have international flights with most Asian countries; international flights can fly from Paris and Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City, it is also connected with other Asian big cities.
Bangkok and Hong Kong are the most-friendly transit hubs as they have better airfares and much easier to get around.
4. How do I book the trip?
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5. Do I Need a Visa for Visiting Vietnam?
Citizens of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain and Italy are exempt from visas for a stay of a maximum of 15 days for all purposes. Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and most western countries need a Vietnam visa.
We would suggest you get your Vietnam visa at least one month ahead of your travel. Applying for Visa-on-Arrival (VOA), for more information, check out Vietnam Visas and How to Apply for:
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