7 Days Northern Vietnam Retreat
A trip covering all the must-visits in the North Vietnam, from mountainous area of Mai Chau, Karst landscapes in Ninh Binh and magnificent Halong bay. Swimming on reservoir; cycling in countryside; meeting the friendly hill tribal people, tasting the delicious local foods and staying overnight on the bay are a part of the trip
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Biking
Group Size Large Group
Itinerary at glance
Day 1: Hanoi arrival – Afternoon Jeep driving to the countryside (D)
Day 2: Transferring to Mai Chau via Hoa Binh Reservoir – Swimming and boating
Day 3: Cycling in the countryside – Having lunch at the tribal family
Day 4: Transferring to Ninh Binh – Taking the authentic rowing boat on Van Long Nature Reverse
Day 5: Transferring to Halong Bay – Board on wooden Junk
Day 6: In Halong Bay – Swimming and Kayaking
Day 7: Transferring to airport – Departure
- 4 night accommodations (Hanoi, Mai Chau, Ninh Binh)
- Private transportation
- 2 night on Cruise in Halong Bay (twin shared cabin)
- English speaking local guide
- Meals as indicated in the program (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)
- 02 bottles of mineral water/person/day
- Entrance fees
- Meals not listed in the itinerary
- Drinks, other than water on activity days
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tips, etc)
- Travel insurance
- High season surcharge if any
- All other services not listed in “Prices Include”
Please note all prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are subject to change without prior notice and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.
Hanoi arrival – Afternoon Jeep driving to the countryside (D)
Xin Chào, welcome to Vietnam! Your local guide and chauffeur will meet you at Noi Bai International Airport. Getting introduced and then transferred to your hotel, located in the city center. On the way to hotel, you will get driven by the city landmarks as Hochiminh Mausoleum, Flag tower and French Quarter. Resting at your hotel after the long flight before going out again
In the afternoon, you will take a Jeep drive to the countryside of Hanoi. There will be a stop in Bat Trang traditional pottery village. Have a walk through the small lane in the oldest part of the village, where you still could see many families making ceramic products. Having dinner at a local family in the village who has a beautiful 300 year old house
Stay: The Chi Hotel, Hanoi
Transferring to Mai Chau via Hoa Binh Reservoir – Swimming and boating
Start in the morning, the bus will drive you to the west of Hanoi. Passing by a picturesque golf course built between mountains you will stop for refreshments at a roadside café after the first 50kms. Continue your drive until reach to The White Rock Slope there you will turn right to the hidden roads going through villages. A bit bumpy for the first 30 minutes, then the award is when you get to Hoa Binh Reservoir. It seems like you see another Ha Long Bay on mountain. Stop for photos; enjoy fresh air and the grand view of the lake. Keep driving along the reservoir bank; you will get to a Muong’s home. The host was a former local authority officer; retired now but full of energy and warm hearted. Have lunch at his house. Following lunch, you will take a boat trip on the reservoir where you can swim if the weather permits.
Enjoy your time until departure for Mai Chau in the afternoon. Upon arrival, you will check in to Mai Chau Ecolodge, which is surrounded by mountains and has a great view of the rice field. Enjoy your relaxing time by the pool or hiking around the villages. Have dinner with traditional performance at the eco-lodge
Stay: Mai Chau Eco-lodge, Mai Chau
Cycling in the countryside – Having lunch at the tribal family
This morning, we will do cycling on the countryside road, peaceful and green. There will be several stops on the way for taking photos or visiting the local families. Lunch will be at a house on stilts of a hill tribal family. Resting at the house after lunch, cycling back to the eco lodge in the afternoon.
In the evening, you will be invited to a local family in the village, a BBQ dinner will be served. Try some local rice wine and enjoy the meal with the host.
Stay: Mai Chau Eco-lodge, Mai Chau
Transferring to Ninh Binh – Taking the authentic rowing boat on Van Long Nature Reverse
Continuing your trip by morning drive to Ninh Binh, where you will check in to the nicest resort in the region. It is located in the countryside, not far from Van Long Nature Reserve where you will take a rowing boat trip through picturesque karst landscapes. The surroundings are so calm and quiet that you can hear the sounds of the oars rowing, the fishes swimming and the birds singing. If you are lucky, you can see some kinds of big water birds and the white-breeched langur.
Stay: Emeralda Resort, Ninh Binh
Transferring to Halong Bay - Board on wooden Junk
After breakfast at hotel, the bus will take you to Tuan Chau Island, where you will check in to the wooden junk. Serve lunch on board while cruising passing by islets. In the afternoon, you will have several choices of activities to join in as swimming, kayaking or taking the authentic rowing boat trip to visit the fishing village
Stay: on board, Bhaya Cruise
In Halong Bay – Swimming and Kayaking
Tai Chi session on Sundeck. Coffee & tea with assorted homemade pastries is followed. International Breakfast buffet served on board. You then are transfer to day boat to cruise further on Halong Bay. The whole day is for you to enjoy swimming and kayaking in a hidden lagoon. Lunch will be served on boat
Return to main boat in the afternoon. Relax and Enjoy Spa services on board while cruising or sightseeing. Enjoy “Happy Hour” Buy 1 take two on selected beverages.
Enjoy cooking demonstration with Chef to discover another Vietnamese cuisine. Pre-dinner cocktail is on sundeck.
Stay: on board, Bhaya Cruise
Transferring to airport - Departure
Tai Chi session on Sundeck. Coffee & tea with assorted homemade pastries. Relax or Visit Sung Sot Cave – Hiking up and down 600 steps to the magnificent limestone formations of the most beautiful and biggest cave in Halong bay. Enjoy international breakfast menu. Check-out cabins and settle bills. Arrive at Tuan Chau Island.
Meet your private car for transferring to the airport for your departure flight. End of tour!