Trekking Pu Luong Nature Reserve and Kayaking Halong Bay 6 days

The multi-activity tour is a combination of a 4-day trek to Pu Luong nature reserve and a two-day tour to Halong bay, in the northern Vietnam. Depart from Hanoi, you travel to the north western area to Mai Chau. You trek from Mai Chau through local Thai, Muong villages to the center of the Pu Luong nature reserve. Sharing the house with family, sleep on wooden floor, eating local food…offers a real life experience. The overnight cruise tour to Halong bay can be provided on both sharing or private basis. This is up to your budget. Standard and luxury options are also avaialbe for the two-day boat cruise. Contact your travel consultant for more details.

Trekking Pu Luong Nature Reserve and Kayaking Halong Bay 6 days

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau. Trek to Sai and Hang villages (Pu Luong Nature Reserve).

We will leave Hanoi for Hoa Binh province and up then to Mai Chau valley. This scenic drive takes around four hours. Along the way we pass fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies. Upon arriving in Mai Chau valley, we take a short walk around Lac & Poom Coong villages to have the first experience of the White Thai community local life and their culture. Lunch will be served at local home. We will then leave Mai Chau for a short ride along the Ma river (22km) to Sai village. Off the bus, we begin our trek to Duom and Hang villages. We will trek through outstanding mountain scenery and pituresque rice paddies, see hand-crafted bamboo water wheels, and talk with the lovely local people. Spend the night in a local Thai family’s traditional home on stilts.

 Day 2: Continue trekking Pu Luong Nature Reserve (Hang village – Eo Ken – Kho Muong villages).

After having breakfast with our new Thai friends, we will be walking for a approximately 5 to 6 hours. The first section is hard with some steep climbs and stream crossings. The second stage is glorious with beautiful views of the valley, rice terraces, rich rain forests, and meandering streams. Your picnic lunch will be provided on the way at Eo Ken village. Arrival in Kho Muong village is always special as the setting of the village is perhaps the most beautiful in Vietnam, nestled between steep karst mountains with rice terraces in the afternoon sun. Spend our second night nearby in a typical Thai eco – stilt home in Kho Muong village.

Day 3: Continue trekking Pu Luong (Kho Muong village – Hin village).

After having breakfast, we will trek to Hin village (5 – 6 hours). On this route we will encounter some steep climbs and more stream crossings. Along the way we will visit an incredible cave, only recently discovered, now protected by the Forest Rangers.

The trekking tour will become more and more remote although one is never that far from a villager tending their fields. Pass steep limestone mountains and curiosty conjuring caves, through the dense rain forests all inside the borders of the Pu Luong Nature Reserve and onto Nua village.

Our picnic lunch will be served in a local house of the village. Then we continue to Hin village of the Thai people. Overnight at Hin village.

Day 4: Continue trekking Pu Luong Nature Reserve (Hin village – Ton village). Travel back to Hanoi.

Get up early morning if you would like to observe or take part in daily life of the local people. Then breakfast is served by our Thai host family in preparation for a hard but pleasurable trek (6 – 7 hours) through rich and wild rain forests. This challenging hike wanders through the biodiversity of the Pu Luong Nature Reserve. We will have a picnic lunch inside the Pu Luong Nature Reserve, then continuing our trek to Ton village. Our vehicle will picks us up here for our drive back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong bay. Boat cruise. Kayaking.

After breakfast, we will depart to Halong. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life.

Arrive in Halong bay around noon and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar junk). Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave. Take a kayaking trip to explore the Bay. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.

Day 6: Halong bay – Hanoi.

Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City. En route the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons. After another wonderful fresh seafood lunch (early) on board disembark at the dock at Halong City. Transfer back to Hanoi.

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Ba Be Lakes River Kayaking Cao Bang Trekking and Halong Bay Cruising Canoeing Tour 7 days

The 7-day tour is arranged in the north-eastern Vietnam taking you to some less travelled places such as Ba Be National Park of Bac Kan province, Quang Hoa of Cao Bang province. You also travel through Lang son province to Halong bay, a Vietnam World Wonder. Different outdoor activities have been added in the tour including motored-boat cruise, river kayaking, trekking, junk cruises, sea kayaking. The best time to do this itinerary is summer time starting from April until October. The hanoi based tour operator Lotussia Travel recommends small group size, family holidays, individuals. Contact your travel consultant for more details.

Ba Be Lakes River Kayaking Cao Bang Trekking and Halong Bay Cruising Canoeing Tour 7 days

Day 1: Hanoi – Babe National Park.

We leave Hanoi for Ba Be via Bac Can. Throughout the first stage, we are crossing small villages ,they are handicrafts and cultures villages. Meeting the daily life in the wild environment. Lunch at local restaurant. Arrive in Ba Be in the afternoon. Check in the house on stilt in Pac Ngoi Village. Good dinner and overnight in a house on stilt (at terrace entire view of the lake).

Day 2: Babe lakes kayaking.

Today, we drive to local dock out of the National Park, then we paddle along Nang River, it’s the highlight of the trip with so beautiful and peaceful view. We stop for lunch at Mr Hien Pirate Restaurant then boating into Babe Lake. We continue to paddle about 5 km over the biggest natural lake in Vietnam, then we take a swimming before 1 km easy-walking back to Pa Ngoi village. Dinner and overnight at house on stilt in Pac Ngoi.

Day 3: Babe – Quang Hoa, Cao Bang. Trekking.

We say goodbye to the family where we stay to head up to Quang Hoa. Lunch in Caobang city.Before arrive in the village of Quang hoa, we stop to take a soft trek to discover the Nung’s peoples village, we keep walking until Quanghoa Dinner and overnight in a family in Quang hoa.

Day 4: Quang Hoa – Ban gioc Water Fall – Quang hoa.

After breakfast, we take a bus trip of 45’ to get to Trung khanh Town where we start our 2hr paddling on a river to reach the local life along the Chinese border, we stop paddling before arrive in to the water fall of Bangioc, after visiting Bangioc, the bus take us back to Quang hoa for the night.

Day 5: Quang Hoa – Lang Son.

After breakfast, the bus take us to the North-east side of Cao bang,where we meet the Bang giang river running along the  Chinese border, from here, we start paddling until That khe village where we will meet our bus and it will take us to Lang son. Lunch en Route, We arrive in Lang son in the afternoon. Night at hotel.

Day 6: Lang son – Ha Long Bay.

We leave today the northen mountains to get to the sea, after 4hr bus trip, we arrive in Ha Long Bay around 12:00AM and board a traditional red-sailed junk for a seafood lunch while sailing to a big floating fishing village. Once arrived, you’ll receive instructions on kayaking techniques and safety. Start 2,5-hour paddling from fishing village through dramatically limestone formation, giant cave, beaches. Swimming. Enjoy a fresh seafood dinner and over night on board.

 Day 7: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi.

After breakfast. Final paddling to meet mother boat for farewell lunch then cruise back to Bai Chay Harbor. Drive back to Hanoi. End of the trip.

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