This 6 day adventure takes you off the beaten track in Mai Chau and Ninh Binh, but the trip is not difficult. The local people you meet at their home and their farm, the scenery, and the variety of cultures make this journey of a lifetime...
Hanoi - Mai Chau - Ninh Binh - 6 Days - Vietnam Tours
Start city: Hanoi (Vietnam)
Finish city: Hanoi (Vietnam)
Duration: 6 Days & 5 Nights
Departure: Private Adventure Tour. Daily, upon your request.
Cities to visit: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Ninh Binh - Ha Long
- Extendable with optional tours from Hanoi (Vietnam)
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.
- Explore Hanoi’s nightlife
- Trekking in Mai Chai Valley
- Homestay in Hang Kia Village
- Exchange culture with Thai minority people
- Visit Hoa Lu, Vietnam's first capital
- Take sampan on river to Tam Coc
- Overnight on cruise on Halong Bay, UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- BRIEF & PRICE
- TOUR MAP
BRIEF & PRICE
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival.
Welcome to Hanoi! Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our guide and escorted to the hotel in the city center. Check in and time for leisure.
Tonight, our guide will take you out to explore Hanoi’s nightlife in the Old Quarter, the heart of Hanoi. The city comes alive in the evening. First, find yourself among hundreds of locals and expats sitting on plastic stools with a pint of bia hoi in hand, cheering and shouting “bottoms-up!” at Bia Hoi Junction, the corner of Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen streets in the Hanoi Old Quarter. Do it as locals do and enjoy the new city with all your senses. Then, walk through the old quarter’s narrow streets as your guide points out a range of tasty noodles, breads and snacks. At night the sidewalks become a stage where these small pop up restaurants feature lively, but they all disappear during the day. Sit down and enjoy a flame grilled Vietnamese barbecue of beef, chicken, tofu and vegetables on skewers. End the night with dessert from Hanoi’s best-known ice-cream parlour before getting a good night’s rest.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi – Hang Kia.
Say goodbye to the bustling capital, you will be picked up at your hotel to journey South West through the rich farmland of the Red River Delta to Mai Chau, the beautiful gateway to the mountainous area of northern Vietnam. The scenic drive offers an excellent opportunity to observe rural Vietnam up-close. The valley of Mai Chau is inhabited by a community of the Thai minority group while the upper lands of Mai Chau are inhabited by the H’mong minority group.
On arrival at Hang Kia village, check in the homestay and prepare for the further activities.
This afternoon, challenge the dirt path used by the locals to the untouched Hmong community. After spending 1.5 hours hiking, you will reach Thung Mai village. On the way, you can find the opportunity to take many awesome photos of the breathtaking view as you trek up the hill. Since the area is much less visited, the local people look quite reserved and curious. They wait for your move so go ahead to master the ceremony! Pay a visit to a home to learn more about the way people live here then interact with kids at the local school before going further up to the point where you can enjoy the beautiful sunset. Transfer back to the homestay by a taxi motorbike.
This evening, enjoy the dinner with the host and stay overnight in the homestay.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Day 3: Hang Kia – Mai Chau.
After a local breakfast in homestay, begin our day with a 3 hour trekking all the way down to Xa Linh, a village located at the mountain foot. From here, transfer to Mai Hich where lunch is prepared by the local Thai people to serve you. Unlike well-known tourist destinations, Mai Hich is a new tourist village, a harmony combination between human being and the nature.
In the afternoon, experience an exciting bamboo rafting to be immersed in gorgeous landscapes of jungles, the peaceful beauty of the countryside culture. In the end, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel in Mai Chau.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Homestay in Mai Chau.
Day 4: Mai Chau – Ninh Binh.
Enjoy breakfast at hotel before journeying to Hoa Lu, Vietnam's first capital. Visit to temples and walk hundred steps up to top of a mountain for a panorama view of the old capital. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing sampan tour along Ngo Dong River, passing under rocky outcrops and through three limestone caves (Tam Coc). During the rowing boat ride, you will enjoy a unique landscape that has been dubbed “Halong Bay on Land”.
Take a short walk through Limestone Mountains to Thai Vi temple which was dedicated to the four Kings of the Tran dynasty in the 13th century and now offers a place of peace and simplicity against a back drop of ancient architecture.
Visit Bich Dong Pagoda which set among pink lotuses. The pagoda offers spectacular views of the surrounding area.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ninh Binh.
Day 5: Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise.
Note: The below itinerary is subject to change without prior notice and depends on weather condition.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then set out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site: Halong Bay. Come to Ha Long bay wharf around and then have lunch on board with welcome wine. The cruise will take you by exotic islands with shape of Dog, incense urn, sail island, fighting Cocks which are naturally f formed by process of erosion between the see water and lime stone mountain. Arrive Surprise cave and explore the by Kayak boat, paddle to Luon cave, this cave is a natural tunnel thrusts through a mountain’s foot and lead to an exotic lagoon. Surrounded by mountains covered by dense Jungle. Seafood dinner and optional night paddle. Overnight on board inside a wonderfully tranquil atmosphere in Luon cave area.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: on cruise.
Day 6: Halong Bay – Hanoi – Departure.
A new day, wake you up with joys and emotions in early morning for watching sea. And then have breakfast, continue kayak exploration Paddle from Luon cave toward islets in shape’s Tortoise man’s head and around Hon Gai before returning to the wharf. At noon return to Ha Long wharf, check out the cruise and transfer back to Hanoi's airport. On the way visit Ba Vang Pagoda fascinated by the large and beautiful space. The architecture according the type of majestic monastery.
Good bye & Safe travels!
1. Are tour dates "Hanoi - Mai Chau - Ninh Binh" adventure flexible?
Yes, this tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.
2. Can I extend or change my stay?
Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).
3. Are meals included?
We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler’s interest & budget.
4. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?
Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.
5. What if I have a special request on food?
You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.
6. What are the accommodations like?
Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. However, in some remote or mountainous regions, we only can book you into some basic hotels/ lodges/ homestay but we will choose the most comfortable standard accommodations and clean for your stay. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don’t forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.
7. What are the guides like?
All of our tour guides are professional, helpful and friendly! They are fluent in English (or French, Spanish etc.). They are from the local areas where they guide and are among the very best guides available in each region. Our guides treat our travelers like friends, showing visitors both the major highlights and the local treasures.
8. What type of transportation is used?
Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.
9. How difficult and flexible are trip activities?
You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to enjoy this adventure tour. We are flexible, we’ll adjust distances and levels of difficulty up or down according to your abilities and desires.
10. Are the hiking and biking distances the same on family trips?
To accommodate our youngest guests, family hikes and bike rides are typically shorter and easier. Our tour guides are happy to keep children entertained while adults/ teens opt for a challenging hike, bike ride, etc. – distances and levels of difficulty for adults and teens are easy to adjust.
11. How many people are typically on your tours?
We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.
12. Is this adventure a good choice for solo travelers?
Yes, it is. Many of our guests travel solo. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, and transportations because no-one shares cost with.
13. What vaccinations are recommended for this adventure?
It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic.
14. What should I pack for this adventure?
We always recommend packing as light as possible. The basics are lightweight clothing that can be layered, long-sleeved shirts, T-shirts and tank tops (be respectful of the culture you are visiting), socks – wool socks are best for hiking, comfortable walking shoes, rain jacket or umbrella, hat or sun visor, sunglasses, diarrhea/laxative medicines. Just pack smart! Ask your travel consultant for more information regarding what to pack because it depends on your traveling time.
15. What's the climate like?
Whilst Vietnam is typically warm and humid, the weather can vary significantly from one region to another due to the country's length. The weather in Vietnam can be split by region and seasons, so please check with our travel consultants for more information.
16. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?
Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately to ensure the best interests of the group.
17. What is tipping information?
If you're happy with the service you received, providing a tip for tour guides, drivers - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry.
18. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?
When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide’s welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.
19. Do tour rates include international flights?
This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.
20. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?
The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.
21. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?
The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.
22. Are there any discounts available?
We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.
23. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?
We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.
24. What happens if I fall ill or injure myself?
Most travelling incidents are relatively minor, involving nothing more than cuts and bruises or a brief case of traveller's tummy. Our tour guides are trained to cope with these minor incidents but in the unlikely case of something more serious, we will seek local medical assistance. We suggest you buy cancellation and curtailment insurance.
25. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?
Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
26. How to change or cancel my reservation?
You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link: https://asiatravelandleisure.com/terms-conditions.html
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- Accommodations with daily breakfast
- Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
- Services of a private driver and an air-conditioned vehicle
- Service of an English/ French speaking guide
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
- International flights into and out Vietnam
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Early check-in and late check-out at hotel
- Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Tips for tour guides and drivers
- Travel insurance
- Vietnam Visa fee.
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