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Vietnam adventure retreat

Discover incredible scenery, vibrant ethnic minorities, and exciting adventures by day and lay your head to rest in some of Vietnam’s best ecolodges throughout the country by night. Hike through the valleys of Mai Chau and Ninh Binh, whitewater raft in Pu Luong, and kayak in the emerald waters of Halong Bay.

Language spoken on tour

English

Places visited

Hanoi Mai Chau Pu Luong Ninh Binh Halong Bay
Days

9

Type of tour

Private

Hotel

From

US$1417

highlights

Itinerary

Day 1 : Welcome to Hanoi

Welcome to the land of dragons, Vietnam. Upon arrival to Noi Bai Airport, our driver will greet you and transfer you to the city center to your hotel

Accomodation: Peridot Grand Hotel & Spa

Day 2 : A day in the life of a Hanoian

Dive into the history of Hanoi by visiting the Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and President Ho Chi Minh’s preserved stilt house and a small museum dedicated to his life.

Have lunch at Koto Training Restaurant, a social enterprise dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty faced by many youths in the city, empowering them by training them in the culinary arts and hospitality training.

After lunch, view the scenic West Lake by electric car as you take in the incredible views of the immense lake, stopping at Tran Quoc Buddhist Pagoda and Quan Thanh Taoist Temple on the quaint Truc Bach Lake.

End your day by stopping at The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. All displays are clearly labeled in English, French, and Vietnamese, with guides available at the main entrance for those who want to hear more in-depth information

Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy your evening free to discover Hanoi on your own.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accomodation: Peridot Grand Hotel & Spa

Day 3 : Check-in to Mai Chau Ecolodge, situated within a lush green valley

Leave the hustle and bustle of Hanoi and journey 4-hours west to the luscious valley of Mai Chau in Hoa Binh Province. Filled with chic ecolodges and rustic homestays, Mai Chau is the perfect introduction to the incredible scenery of Vietnam and the warm hospitality of the 54 different ethnic minority groups residing in the hills.

Upon arrival to Mai Chau, check-in to the Mai Chau ecolodge and spend time free at leisure to hike or cycle through the mostly flat valley, rice fields, and quiet villages.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accomodation: Mai Chau Ecolodge

Day 4 : Trek through surrounding ethnic minority villages

Today trek to the small village of Mai Hich from Mai Chau after breakfast. A 30-minute transfer brings you to the start of the day-hike at Mai Ha Village, passing through Kha and Te Villages to stop in Buoc Village for lunch. Admire the hilly scenery with rice fields stretching as far as the eye can see. Continue on to Mai Hich Village and meet the local ethnic minorities, learning about the Thai people’s cultures and daily lives.

Return to the Mai Chau Ecolodge in the late afternoon and see a traditional dance performance from the Thai minority.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accomodation: Mai Chau Ecolodge

Day 5 : Discover Pu Luong Nature Reserve

Continue on your off-the-beaten path discovery of Vietnam 2-hours south through a breathtaking mountain pass to the incredible Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Upon arrival, check-in to the eco-friendly Pu Luong Retreat and take in the amazing panoramic views of the gorgeous scenery.

After lunch, visit the suspension bridge over the Cham River, in search of gigantic water wheels. Investigate each wheel to figure out how water is moved from the river to the handmade bamboo aqueducts via simple construction and innovation. Once you arrive to a local fisherman’s house, pause for tea before your river adventure on handcrafted wooden rafts.

Once you arrive to the rustic Tan Lap Bridge, leave your raft and return to your accommodation in Pu Luong.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accomodation: Pu Luong Retreat

Day 6 : Experience village life in Pu Luong

Explore the village life of the area with a day-hike into the beautiful valley of tumbling rice terraces. Walk through small paths overcome by lush vegetation and admire the picturesque villages along the mountain base. When you arrive to the village, see how men work the farms and rice fields and learn how women make rice wine and weave intricate, colourful textiles.

Return to the Pu Luong Retreat in the afternoon and enjoy some free time to discover the landscape independently on foot or by bicycle.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accomodation: Pu Luong Retreat

Day 7 : Explore Halong Bay on land in exotic Ninh Binh

A 3–hour journey east brings you to the bigger, charming countryside town of Ninh Binh. You may recognize some of the backdrop of the 2017 Hollywood blockbuster hit “Kong: Skull Island” as it was filmed here.

Start with an unusual rowboat ride in Van Long and enjoy the view of the romantic countryside as water buffalo graze, farmers work and children play.

Joining in a bicycle ride to Hang Mua, a picturesque mountainside spot with a cave and beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding area, dotted with karst mountains and sparkling rice fields.

Check into your boutique accommodation in the afternoon and enjoy the view of flowering gardens and serene nature, free to explore independently.

Meals: Breakfast

Accomodation: Ninh Binh Hidden Charm Hotel & Resort

Day 8 : Explore Halong Bay by overnight cruise

Once breakfast finishes, drive east to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Halong Bay, an otherworldly landscape featuring emerald green waters, sandy white and golden beaches around every corner, and hundreds of thousands of towering limestone karst pillars and islets with dustings of shrubs growing in every which way.

Check into cruise as we experience the bay in all her glory on an overnight trip. Discover enchanting Cua Van Floating Fishing Village by kayak or bamboo boat and swim in the emerald lagoon-like waters before preparing traditional Vietnamese cuisine in a Masterchef competition.

At the end of the day, the boat will anchor while guests enjoy the cocktail happy hour and a fresh seafood dinner. Try your hand at squid fishing in the evening or stargaze before retiring to your elegant cabin for a restful sleep.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accomodation: Indochina Sail

Day 9 : Time to say good-bye

Wake up to your last morning in Halong Bay. Try Tai Chi on the sundeck as the sun rises and munch on a light breakfast before exploring the mysterious Tien Ong Cave.  Admire the views of the bay as the boat gently glides through the incredible rock formations towards the dock as you dine on brunch.

Disembark from the cruise and journey back to Hanoi by car, where the day is free at leisure until your transfer to Noi Bai airport for onward booked transportation.

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$1417
Total
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$1417
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* Price is estimated and inclusive of single supplement. For child rates, please contact us!

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Why book this tour

  •  Get off the beaten track while trekking and cycling through Mai Chau and Pu Luong
  • Stay at the gorgeous Mai Chau and Pu Luong ecolodges
  • Time to rest and relax in Ninh Binh and Halong Bay
  • Premium value at affordable prices
  • 5% off total package when you book and pay deposit 60 days before arrival

Tour information

General information

Hotel

Important notes

Services included

  • Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast
  • Tours as per itinerary with local English speaking guide
  • All transfers and transportation with air-conditioned vehicles
  • All boat trips as program
  • All entrance fees as program
  • Meals as indicated in the program

Services excluded

  • Airfares (international and domestic) and airport taxes
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Meals other than mentioned in the program
  • Visa fees, travel insurances
  • Additional transfer required due to emergency situation
  • All services which are not mentioned in “services included”
General information

Services included

  • Accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast
  • Tours as per itinerary with local English speaking guide
  • All transfers and transportation with air-conditioned vehicles
  • All boat trips as program
  • All entrance fees as program
  • Meals as indicated in the program

Services excluded

  • Airfares (international and domestic) and airport taxes
  • Early check-in or late check-out
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Meals other than mentioned in the program
  • Visa fees, travel insurances
  • Additional transfer required due to emergency situation
  • All services which are not mentioned in “services included”
Hotel
Important notes

About the tour

  • This trip includes a number of long journeys on windy and sometimes bumpy roads in a shared mini-bus on days 3, 5, and 7  in northern Vietnam. This is often the best and only way to access some of these locations, but we promise you that the views for most of the journey are impressive enough to make it all worthwhile.
  • This trip includes soft adventure activities on days 4, 6, and 7 with gentle day hikes and cycling tours. Terrain can be uneven, muddy or loose underfoot. Although these activities are possible for most travellers, a moderate level of fitness and a comfortable pair of shoes will help increase your enjoyment of this experience.
  • Flooding and typhoons are common across Vietnam between June-December, and can lead to landslides. During these months there may be disruptions to transport and some activities or destinations may need to be changed at short notice
  • The weather in Vietnam can be hot and sticky from May to November, so ensure that you pack accordingly. It is also recommended to bring warm clothes between the months of November to March as it can get quite cool in the evenings
  • All overnight Halong Bay cruises must have permission to operate from the Management Board of Halong Bay. If your cruise is suddenly affected by poor weather conditions (monsoon, storms, high winds), Mundo Asia takes responsibility to change to an alternative option
  • This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible
  • Please ensure your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining at the time of your departure and that the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets
  • This package requires a visa to Vietnam

 

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