13 Nights Accommodation
Meals as per itinerary
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
Local English speaking guide
ITINERARY AT A GLANCE
Day 1 – 3: Hanoi – Mai Hich
Day 3 – 4: Mai Hich
Day 5: Pu Luong – Ninh Binh
Day 6: Ninh Binh – Halong
Day 7 – 8: Halong – Hanoi – Hue
Day 9: Hue – Bach Ma national park – Hoi An
Day 10 – 11: Hoi An
Day 12: Hoi An – Saigon – Mekong delta
Day 13 – 14: Mekong delta – Saigon
Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi – You are welcomed in Hanoi and driven to your hotel in the city. Drop off your luggage and freshen up a bit and follow the guide (optional) on a short orientation walk around the old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake.
Day 2: Hanoi original city tour (B/L) – Temple of Literature, a little architectural gem, first university of Vietnam and temple devoted to Confucius. Visit Ho Chi Minh complex and visit the gardens of the Presidential palace, the one-pillar pagoda and the house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lives his the last days of his life.
Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Mai Hich (B/L/D) – We head west to the valley of Mai Chau. It takes about 4 hours including a refreshments and legs stretching break on the way. Mai Chau is a circus surrounded by high limestone mountains and filled with rice fields, where you can see the whole valley dotted with hamlets of wooden houses on stilts.
Day 4: Mai Hich – Pu Luong (B/L/D) – After breakfast we hit the road towards Laos’ border. We quickly enter Pu Luong nature reserve and cross it from West to East. If you like, there are opportunities to hike from 1h up to 6h. Once at the edge of the reserve, we do the last 5km either walking (about 1.5h) or riding pillion at the back of moto-taxis.
Day 5: Pu Luong – Ninh Binh (B/L) – After breakfast, we walk back or ride back the 5km to our vehicle. This afternoon, we reach a hidden corner of the region and start a nice scenic rowed sampan cruise, we are in a sub-valley of Tam Coc, the most renowned valley of the region for it towering limestone rocks and beautiful rice fields. We visit the Bich Dong pagoda that offers a climb to admire breath taking views.