Mai Chau – Cuc Phuong National Park – Ninh Binh
4 Days 3 Nights
The trip is a great opportunity to see the idyllic beauty of Mai Chau and the rich biodiversity of Cuc Phuong national park as well as breathtaking scenery of limestone karst outcrop rice fields. Explore the Thai minority’s culture while staying in their traditional stilt house will allow you to see firsthand how Vietnamese ethnic people live. In Ninh Binh, we ride through tracking paths through jungle in the Vietnam’s oldest national park and enjoy the beauty of “inland Halong Bay” on sampan boat. Escape the stresses of the city life for couples of days in a journey that combines a mix of adventure and relaxation.
Day 1 : Hanoi – Mai Chau
At 7:00 AM, your guide pick you up at hotel depart from Ha Noi on time to escape far away from the busy city at rush hour.
8:00 AM you arrive in Luong Son town, stop to take some photos of local market before proceeding to Hoa Binh then reach Stilt house in Mai Chau where you stay today. Have first traditional lunch of Thai minority
After lunch, you’ll spend your afternoon to explore the idyllic natural surroundings and visit the Mo Luong (Soldier) Cave, Lac Village and Poong Coong Village, Chieng Chau villages by riding a bicycle or on foot. You’ll be welcomed by the friendly local people, ask them questions to understand their life and culture. Return to your stilt house for dinner and overnight
Night activities as optional: you can join a folk dance singing and dancing of Thai people, the cost is not inclusive in tour price)
Day 2 : Mai Chau – Cuc Phuong National Park
After breakfast we continue on the main Mai Chau road heading to the South.
During the route today, you’ll enjoy the wonderful sightseeing along the narrow road through valley of this vast limestone mountain range. You feel very adventurous and lost in such a magic land, passing local villages and meeting minority people too. Have lunch at local restaurant before entering the Ho Chi Minh trail.
We’ll arrival at Cuc Phuong National Park by early afternoon. After you get acquainted with your hosted family where you’ll stay tonight, relax for a white then explore the local area.
Dinner and overnight in National Park
Day 3 : Cuc Phuong National Park – Ninh Binh
Today, we enjoy a fantastic riding around the area and under the shadow of trees to visit Ancient trees and cave of Prehistoric men. Discover the national park as much as you can then have lunch at Cuc Phuong National park.
After a short break to refresh we continue to visit the Endangered Species Center – managed by a German. We’ll then head to Ninh binh as off the beaten track to visit Kenh Ga floating village & Hoa Lu temples. Check in hotel. Have dinner at local restaurant
Day 4 : Tam Coc – Ninh Binh – Phat Diem Cathedral
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Tam Coc harbor to embark on a boat trip to Tam Coc along the paddy fields through the caves then lunch served by in the “River side Restaurant”. Have lunch at local restaurant
Afternoon, we visit Phat Diem cathedral before getting back to Hanoi. Tour finishes at your hotel.