Trekking North-Western Vietnam and Kayaking Halong bay 11 days

The 11-day tour takes you to the less traveled places in the north-western Vietnam. Begin the tour in Hanoi, you travel through Mai Chau, Suoi Lon, Bac Yen, Thu Cuc, Nghi Lo, Tu Le, Mu Cang Chai, Than Uyen, Sapa, Cao Son, Lao Cai and Halong bay. You trek through local Thai, Muong, H’mong, Dzao ethnic villages, terraced paddy fields; visit the Cao Son market is open only on Wednesday morning. Spending the nights at a local home (homestay) also offers a great experience. You enjoy the 3-day tour to Halong bay before the tour takes its ends. Contact your Lotussia Travel consultant for more details.

Trekking North-Western Vietnam and Kayaking Halong bay 11 days

Day 1: Ha noi – Mai Chau. Trekking Mai Chau.

Transfer to Mai Chau. Mai Chau is in a valley just over the biggest hump, about 10km from the Song Da river and only 150 metres above sea level. The village, nestled between two towering cliffs and surrounded by emerald green paddies, is an enchanting sight as you wind down the cliff side. On the way, trek some kilometers through ethnic villages (Muong and Thai). Lunch will be providd in Mai Chau. Dinner and overnight in Lac village.

Day 2: Continue trekking Mai Chau. Travel to Suoi Lon.

After breakfast, transfer 17 kilometers then we start trekking in an area of inhabitants of ethnic minority Thai, Muong the villages of Cun Pheo and Hang Kia. On arriving at Bai Sang wharf, we will take a boat to cruise on the Black river. Arrive at Suoi Lon for overnight in Muong’ Village.

Day 3: Suoi Lon – Bac Yen – Thu Cuc.

Transfer to Ta Sua plateau, you can contemplate the highland scenery of it. Visit some villages of ethnic Black H’mong and discover the daily life and custom of local inhabitants here, especially you can enjoy the local specialties: Ta Sua Tea and agriculture products then come back the mountain town for lunch. After having lunch, visit the local market, the handicraft and farming products made by many ethnics are available here. Then continue to trek over 5 Kilometers through villages of Thai and Muong village. During the trekking tour you can take a rest and enjoy the local wine distillated by ethnics. Transfer to Thu cuc. Overnight in Muong Village.

Day 4: Thu Cuc – Nghia Lo.

Trek through Thai, Dao, Mong visit the water wheel. It is used to scoop the water for the rice fields near the streams. Continue going to Nghia Lo through the direction of Lung Lo pass. Arrive at Nghia Lo, check in hotel then take a visit the local market at the moment of decline of day.

Day 5: Nghia Lo – Tu Le.

Leave Nghia Lo for the itinerary, trek and visit some villages of ethnic’s minorities along the road: black Dzao, H’mong, white Thai, etc. They are very kind, honest and plain. Arrive at Tu Le village, dinner and overnight in house on stilt of inhabitants here. You can discover the daily life activities of this village in particular and the Thai ethnic in general in Vietnam. Overnight in Thai Village.

Day 6: Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen.

Take leave of inhabitants of Tu Le, it takes 2 Km to village center, you can visit lots of activity on the early market day and it is typical colorful ethnics of this high mountain regions. Transfer to the the footing of Kau Pha pass for us to start trekking about 9 Km through the forest and ethnic villages. This trail runs parallel with the famous and beautiful Kau Pha pass. We finish the trail at the peak of the pass (1800m above sea level). Transfer to Mu Cang Chai for lunch. Visit the local market and go on to Than Uyen. Arrive at Than Uyen, check in local guest house.

Day 7: Than Uyen – Binh Lu – Sapa.

Transfer to Sapa, on the way, we can take trek to visit lots of beautiful villages of ethnic. Especially, you can meet the most typical ethics as: Lao, Lu (Xa Pho). They wear the long traditional and colorful costumes with jeweler hand made. Moreover, you can discover the kind face in black dyed teeth of ethnics here. Arrive at  Sa Pa. Check in and rest of the day at leisure or visit Sa Pa famous tourist town in Northern Vietnam . You can visit and go shopping, market for buying souvenirs such as handicraft made by ethics, ethics’ traditional costumes, etc before ending the days in North West Vietnam.

Day 8: Visit Cao Son Market. Travel to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.

Drive to Muong Khuong district, via tea plantation and forest of pine. You might encounter Giay tribe in their traditional dress in Ban Lau or Thanh Binh. Reaching Cao Son about 10.am, enjoy the excitement of this weekly market. The shining dress of colorful Hmong girls attracts you much as you fall down to a new world , a world of interest and fun. Having lunch in Cao Son lodge. In the afternoon, commence your walk to the most secluded yet peaceful village- Tin Thang. In this village, people still distill the wine from corn, making bacon in the most basic way and offering special corn cake to anyone who drop by their house. Transfer to Lao Cai Railways Station for overnight train back to Hanoi.

Day 9: Arrival in Hanoi. Travel to Halong Bay. Cruise, kayaking.

Upon your arrival at Hanoi Railways Station, you will be greeted by Lotussia Travel local guide and driver then transferred to a small hotel in town for breakfast and quick shower. Depart to Halong Bay.

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 and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing 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. Take a kayaking trip to explore the Bay or enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit. Watch the sunset over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner.

Day 10: Continue kayaking Halong bay.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue kayaking zigzagging through many small islets of different shapes. We will kayak to the Black Grottoe and The lake of Three Grottoe. The journey is really wonderfull and adventurous! Back to the support boat for our lunch which will be provided on board.

In the afternoon, we cruise towards the Islands of Rocks and visit the Fishermen floating village. We will kayak in Ba Men temple area which is also a important highlight of our journey. Swimming at the sandy Three Peach beach if weather permits and enjoy the great view of Halong bay sunset. Dinner and Overnight on board.

Day 11: Halong Bay – Hanoi.

Breakfast on board. Then we continue our cruise in Halong bay before going back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and take our car for journey back to Hanoi.

Arrive in Hanoi at around 15h00. Trip ends.

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Mai Chau Hike Tam Coc River Boat Trip Halong Bay Boat Cruise with Kayaking and Scuba Diving 6 days

This 6-day tour is one of the best-seller tour is customized by the Hanoi based tour operator in the northern Vietnam. The multi activity tour takes you to such places as Mai Chau village, Hoa Binh province, Tam Coc, Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh province, Halong bay, Quang Ninh province, Cat Ba island, Hai Phong. You have the opportunity to do different outdoor activities such as hiking, river boat trip, countryside cycle, sea kayaking, canoeing, scuba diving. Contact your travel consultant for more details.

Mai Chau Hike Tam Coc River Boat Trip Halong Bay Boat Cruise with Kayaking and Scuba Diving 6 days

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau. Hiking.

Depart Hanoi for Hoa Binh province and the town of Mai Chau. This scenic drive takes around three and half hours. Along the way we pass fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies. Arrive in Mai Chau valley around noon. After lunch, we leave the village for a half day walking tour. We will hike through many different Thai hamlets, rice fields and green hill sides…We will stop by some local houses to talk with local people to understand their customs and culture. In the evening, assist to the traditional music and dance show which is performed by The Thai young girls and boys (optional). Overnight in a stilt house.

Day 2: Mai Chau – Tam Coc, Ninh Binh. River boat trip.

A contrasting and more challenging ride today, though there is plenty of opportunity to stop, rest and admire the views. After breakfast enjoy a four hour drive to Tam Coc, also called “Ha Long Bay on land”, or the “Vietnam’s second nicest grotto” (to Huong Tich) for its poetic and inspirational natural scenery. After your lunch which will be provided at local restaurant, we will take a two hour boat trip around natural caves and grottoes, admire the wonderful landscape of the tourist area.  The trip in Tam Coc is wonderful for photo hunters, especially when local people come to harvest the water rice planted along the river, or when they transplant some seedling for the next crops. Overnight in Tam coc, Ninh Binh.

Day 3: Tam Coc – Halong Bay. Cruise tour with kayaking.

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 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. Enjoy a swim in the emerald waters of Halong Bay or walk uphill the Titop mountain to have a great view. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.

Day 4: Halong bay scuba diving.

At 8h00, will will be picked up at the boat/junk by our Diving Team and transferred by another boat to our first divesite – the Chim Island. Enjoy one dive before having lunch on board. In the afternoon, we will move to another divesite, the Me Cung Island. There we will enjoy one more hour scuba diving before being dropped off at another boat-house for overnight. Dinner and overnight at local boat-house.

Day 5: Halong bay sea kayaking.

We will be transferred by support boat to Hai Pies Beach. Briefing and gear-up before start paddling through Lan Ha Bay towards Ba Trai Dao beach for a lunch break. It will be possible for us to make some stops during our kayaking tour in a small beach for swimming.

In the afternoon, kayak along the cliff through Monkey Lagoon to Ranger’s base. Fresh seafood home cooked dinner then bunk down in your tents on the front yard.

Day 6: Continue paddling. Cat Ba Island – Hai Phong – Hanoi.

After our popular big breakie, navigate your way through quiet small bays through floating fish farms. Lunch break on the way before docking at Gia Luan to take the local shuttle bus to Cat Ba town. Then take hydrofoil to Hai Phong where your car will be ready for your journey to Hanoi.

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Cycling Mai Chau Tam Coc and Canoeing Halong Bay 5 days

The 5-day tour is customized by the Hanoi based tour operator Lotussia Travel taking you to major travel highlights of the northern Vietnam including Mai Chau village, Hoa Binh province, Tam Coc, Ninh Binh province and Halong Bay. You will enjoy off-road biking in Mai Chau, cycling on single dirt trails, countryside cycle, biking rural Tam Coc. After biking in Maichau, Tamcoc you can either return Hanoi or continue your adventure journey to Halong bay where you will enjoy boat, junk cruise with sea kayaking tour. Contact your travel consultant for more details.

Cycling Mai Chau Tam Coc and Canoeing Halong Bay 5 days

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau. Off-road cycling.

Depart Hanoi early for Mai Chau arriving at Poom Coong village around lunch time. Take a warm up ride around villages and enjoy home cooked lunch at local home. After lunch cycle to the Thai village of Cun Pheo on a mix of good single track paths and undulating rough jeep trails. The views are stunning as the ride passes through many villages and across rice paddies. Pass hot springs, cycle across suspension bridges and follow the contours round beautiful terraced rice fields. On arriving in Cun Pheo village the rest of the afternoon is at leisure to wander by foot or explore the village trails further by bike. Dinner and overnight in local village homestay at Van Village.

Day 2: Continue biking. Mai Chau – Tam Coc, Ninh Binh.

A contrasting and more challenging ride today, though there is plenty of opportunity to stop, rest and admire the views. After breakfast enjoy relatively easy biking on undulating terrain for the first seven km then the trail begins to climb uphill – steep in parts, undulating in others. Rise above the valley and look down on small hamlets, feel and hear the forest surroundings as the trail snakes up and along the mountainside. Stop for a siesta in a Thai village house, a welcome relief from the heat – before tackling the last few km to the top of the pass. Cruise a final eleven km downhill all the way back to Mai Chau around lunch time, enjoy lunch at local house in Lac Village, then our shuttle will bring us out of Mai Chau to the HW6 Junction, branch off left at Muong Khen and continue to ride on undulating roads twist through mountain and forest. We end our cycling day at Lac Son and transfer our weary legs to Tam Coc, Ninh Binh where we spend our night.

Day 3: Cycling Tam Coc. Return Hanoi.

The area around Tam Toc is famed for its spectacular karst scenery. The soaring limestone mountains jut straight out of the paddy fields are wonderful. We begin our day with a peaceful cruise by local sampan to explore the picturesque Tam Coc (dry Halong Bay), the canal running through three caves. Return to hotel for check out and start cycling on country lanes which twist through mountains leading to Hoa Lu. We stop to visit to the ancient city of Hoa Lu since 9th century, where the remarkable remnants are King Dinh and Le Temple. After lunch we drive back to Hanoi.

In the evening, attend to the water puppet show, one of famous Vietnamese traditional art. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 4: Hanoi – Halong Bay. Boat cruise. Sea kayaking.

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 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. Enjoy one hour paddling rigzagging many small islets in different shapes. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.

Day 5: Halong Bay – Hanoi.

Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before enjoying one more hour kayaking in middle of the World Wonder, Halong bay before cruising back to Halong City (private junk option). En route the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons. Disembark at the dock at Halong City at 11h00. Transfer back to Hanoi.

Enjoy a short cyclo excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sales at these places. Then stay free for shopping until transfer to Noi Bai airport in Hanoi for your onward flight back home. End tour.

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