Best of Northern Vietnam 10 Days

This trip is designed to put you in touch with the fascinating ethnic minority people in the north of Vietnam, whilst also providing some restful days spent in the utterly stunning scenery of Halong bay. Beginning in the Capital Hanoi, we travel north to Mai Chau to cycle through villages, viewing the traditional stilt homes of the White Thai minority people. Keeping off the beaten track we will explore the Cuc Phuong national Park, stroll through lush countryside and enjoy a tranquil overnight homestay with Muong minority people in Khanh Village. Staying with the bicycles we will ride through Ning Binh, managing to get in some walking, before heading out to Halong Bay for two nights on board a traditional junk enjoying the awesome scenery. As well as relaxing on board, you can try your hand at kayaking, swimming and trying to catch squid.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1     Welcome to Hanoi
DAY 2     Hanoi City Tour
DAY 3     Hanoi drive to Mai Chau, afternoon cycle (20-30km)
DAY 4     Cycle (30km) and trek in Mai Chau (3km)
DAY 5     Mai Chau transfer to Cuc Phuong National Park and cycle (30-60km)
DAY 6     Trek in the National Park (4hrs)
DAY 7     Transfer and cycle to Ninh Binh, also known as 'Halong Bay on land' (40km)
DAY 8     Ninh Binh drive to Halong Bay. Overnight onboard
DAY 9     Halong Bay, return to Hanoi
DAY 10   Hanoi departure

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