Vietnam - Hiking, Biking and Kayaking 7 Days

Vietnam - Hiking, Biking and Kayaking
Highlights: This 7-day adventure tour is designed is a great combination of activities, local life experience and nature wonders in northern Vietnam. The tour firstly takes you to the scenic valley of Mai Chau for cycling the remote parts of the valley. Thence venture into Pu Luong Nature Reserve for 3-day trek before heading to Halong Bay for 2-night on a traditional styled boat for cruising and kayaking.

Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau – Cycling
Day 2: Mai Chau Cycling – Pu Luong Trek
Day 3: Pu Luong Trek (Hang to Kho Muong)
Day 4: Pu Luong Trek to Nua – Tam Coc 
Day 5: Ninh Binh – Halong
Day 6: Halong Bay Cruising & Kayaking
Day 7: Halong Bay Cruising - Hanoi

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau Valley Trek & Homestay (3-4 hour cycling)
After breakfast, your guide will meet and take you on 2,5 hours journey to Hoa Binh. Your first visit will be the Muong Cultural Space to have an overview of Muong people and its culture. Continue driving to stunning valley of Mai Chau for lunch at a stilt-house. In the afternoon, you will pick up your bike to ride to remote parts of Mai Chau valley passing different authentic villages and lush paddy fields. Spend the night in a Thai family.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in a Thai's stilt-house.

Day 2: Mai Chau – Pu Luong Nature Reserve (~6 hour trekking)
This morning will devote to 3 hour hiking which takes you mainly downhill, firstly with a gentle descent on a wide track, then turns into a narrow path winding through hamlets, cultivated fields where you enjoy beautiful views over the valley below. The trek involves several stream crossings, steep descents and balancing between rice paddies. There are lovely views of karts rock formations at a distance. 

After a home lunch at a local family, you'll be picked up to the starting point of the trail leading to Pu Luong Nature Reserve where you will commence a 3-hour trek to Hang village. The route takes in peaceful landscape of the Nature Reserve, quaint stilt houses, and rice paddy fields. You will cross a small stream which later can be seen snaking its way at the bottom of the valleys. Enjoy a delicious home dinner with the local family of White Thai minority where you stay the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in a Thai's stilt-house.

Day 3: Trekking Pu Luong Nature Reserve (~6 hour trekking)

Today you might consider getting up early to get a true feeling of a remote village life and wander around to witness daily activities of the locals such as feeding the cattle and poultry, watering and harvesting vegetable in their gardens. 

After breakfast, start the day with trekking along a small hilly path all the way to Eo Ken village, observing and interacting in the everyday life that goes on around you, soaking up the fresh air and slow pace of this picturesque valley. The trek also involves stream crossing, steep ascent beautiful mountain views

After lunch, you will slowly descending and passing through a series of small villages. Late afternoon arrive at Kho Muong village, nestled beneath steeply walled limestone karsts in a tranquil valley. This is no doubt the village is one of the most beautiful villages in the area. Stay another night with a local family in their traditional stilt-house.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in a Muong's stilt-house

Day 4: Trekking Pu Luong Nature Reserve – Tam Coc - Ninh Binh
Today you might consider hiking to an incredible cave which is only recently discovered and now protected by the Forest rangers. Thence continue trekking through the valley with some steep climbs and yet more stream crossings. The trekking becomes more remote yet one is never far from a villager tending fields, passing steep limestone mountain, rain forest inside the Pu Luong Nature Reserve to Nua village with en-route stop for a break by a cool stream for stream bathing [weather permits]. After picnic lunch, the route takes you to Hin village, home of Thai people where your car is awaiting for you and taking you to Ninh Binh for a sampan ride through 3 caves.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Ninh Binh

Day 5: Ninh Binh – Halong Bay
Leave at 8.00 for a 4-hour drive to Halong City through the Red River Delta. Upon arrival, get on board of the Treasure Junk. Start cruising from Hon Gai pier to the boundaries of Halong bay while lunch with fresh seafood is served (vegetarian and kids menus available).

After lunch, just make yourself at ease and relax. We are slowly getting off the classic cruising routes, far from the clichés of a busy tourism spot. Limestone rock formations will parade around us for about 2 hours before our first stop. 

We reach the perfect spot, remote and scenic, where the waters of Halong and Bai Tu Long hit and wave together. Let's get ready for serious things. Swimming suits, kayaks and tender boat, paddles and gears. Let's get closer to the water and explore the bay in depth.

After one and a half hour kayaking, you get back on board to refresh and start the aperitif on the sundeck. Dinner is served either inside or outside depending on weather conditions. Overnight on board in a cozy air-conditioned cabin with en-suite bathroom facilities.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on the Treasure Junk

Day 6: Halong Bay kayaking

The breakfast will be served from 7.15am. But if you like, we invite you to share a cup of tea or coffee from 6.30am and participate then in a Tai Chi session before breakfast. 
Around 8.30am, we board a smaller boat. It takes us even farther from the touristy area, to the hidden nooks of the archipelago. 

The whole day of fun and relaxation with more kayaking, more swimming, more sandy beaches, more floating houses, more local cuisine. The exact program depends on tide and weather conditions but we guarantee that we will make this trip extension worth. Lunch will be served on the support boat. 

The guide will lead you back to the Treasure Junk in the mid-afternoon. Time to refresh and to make yourself cozy on the sundeck. Dinner will be served again either in the dining room or on the deck. Enjoy the second night onboard.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight on the Treasure Junk

Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi

You will be back at the pier about 11am, and driven to Hanoi with an expected arrival time about 4pm. The day will be short so let’s wake up early to take the maximum of it. Coffee, tea and cakes will be served from 6.30am. Wake up smoothly while witnessing the silence of beautiful misty bay. A 30-minute Tai Chi session will be organized, energize your body and soul or just allow yourself some idle time on a sunbath with a cup of coffee.

About 7.45am, we hop on bamboo boats to go visiting a secluded floating village surrounded by the mountains. We spawn our way between numerous floating houses and small rowing boats that serve the everyday life as vehicle, itinerant shops, fishing utility, sometimes overnight shelter. 

Back on treasure before 9am, we start cruising back to the pier. From 9.30am, a brunch will be served. Take a last glance at the rocks, standing still as the eternal guardians of a kingdom, we are about to reach the pier. Once on land, we sit in a small café to wait for your vehicle which takes you to Hanoi, arriving around 16.00. End of services.

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch

Prices & Inclusions

Price is from~US$ 604 per person
All prices are per person, valid till December 31, 2017
Prices Include:
- 3-night accommodation with local family in a Thai's & Muong stilt-house (home-stay), 1 night in Ninh Binh and 2 night on board the Treasure Junk
- Transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle with experienced driver
- Experienced English speaking guide
- All meals as indicated in the detailed itinerary 
- The use of road bikes, helmets and first aid kit
- Sampan ride in Tam Coc
- All entrance and permission fees
- VAT and other taxes

Prices Exclude:
- Tips and gratuities, drinks and personal expenses
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