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Iconic Mai Chau & HaLong Bay - 5 days

A perfect getaway for everyone, easy to add on into your open plan while you are in Vietnam. The journey will take you to a iconic village of Mai Chau valley, continue to the famous Halong Bay on land, Ninh Binh – Trang An and finish your trip with a magnificent Halong Bay cruise.

If you are expat living in Vietnam or Southeast Asia, this trip is highly recommend for you and your family. A special gift for family and friend gathering and it’s also favorite route for family with children.

Highlights

  • Discover the colorful hill tribes villages of Mai Chau
  • Cruise through the unique Karst bay in Halong
  • Explore the magical ancient capital Hoa Lu
  • Enjoy boat trip through the Neverland Trang An

Tour Price Includes:

  • 3 nights’ shared Accommodation in double room with daily breakfast (check in and check out around noontime).
  • 5 lunches, 1 dinner
  • 2Days/1Night cruise on boat in Halong Bay (twin/double cabin on shared boat)
  • All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles
  • Local English speaking guides & Cruise manager during cruise trip
  • All entrance fees as program
  • 02 bottles of mineral water per person per day on bus on days of transfer and sightseeing only

Tour Price Excludes:

  • Airfares (international and domestic)
  • Meals (other than mentioned in the program)
  • Visa to Vietnam & Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Optional excursions and activities
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)
  • Peak season surcharges if any
  • All not mentioned above

Itinerary

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day 1
HANOI – MAI CHAU - THE HILL-TRIBAL FLAVORS AND AROMAS

Leaving the hustle and bustle of Hanoi, head out to Mai Chau. On arrival, take some time to refresh yourself, relax and enjoy lunch with a local family. The food is prepared by a woman of Thai people – a minority ethnic with many curious legends, their spices and herbs will make a bloom of flavors and aromas in your mouth. Enjoy the traditional tea after lunch and relax before transfer to the Lodge for check-in.

Afternoon you start to explore the surrounding villages by bicycle. The beautiful green but flat valley offers you an ideal journey on bike, you will pass through endless rice fields, see the people do farm works, visit some small villages hidden behind mountains. Make photo stop on the way & follow your guide to come down and talk to very friendly people here, they will be more than happy to take a photo with you with a big smile.

Back to the lodge and enjoy rest of day free at your leisure.

Meals: Lunch

Accommodation: Mai Chau Ecolodge – Superior Room

day 2
MAI CHAU TRUE COLOURS – NINH BINH

Early in the morning awake in the peaceful atmosphere of the countryside. This morning, you will walk through Thai villages and picturesque landscapes of rice fields and mountains.

Meet, greet and chat with all the friendly locals. Your day is not in a rush, after check out take your time for lunch before continue your drive to Ninh Binh.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hidden Charm Resort – Superior Room

day 3
THE ANCIENT BEAUTY OF HOA LU – TRANG AN THE NEVERLAND

Hoa Lu was Vietnam’s capital under the Dinh and Early Le dynasties in the 10th and 11th centuries. Its palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions, built by different dynasties, still carry the features of an ancient imperial capital. At nearby Trang An, you’ll take a boat through a remarkable cave system along a winding river.

The clear river water, fresh air, magical caves and dramatic mountains will charm you from first glance.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hidden Charm Resort – Superior Room

day 4
NINH BINH – HALONG WITH BHAYA CRUISE

After breakfast, depart for Halong Bay, one of the most stunning natural wonders of Vietnam, a picturesque blend of harmonious transition between the mountains and the sea. On arrival, board a traditional junk and head out into the Gulf of Tonkin amongst the huge limestone outcrops and emerald waters. You will spend the rest of the day cruising around the myriad of tiny islands and many grottoes created by the wind and the waves.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Bhaya Classic Cruise – Deluxe Cabin

day 5
HALONG – HANOI

Today we continue our cruise in the bay. We will reach the pier before noontime and will be transferred to Hanoi.

Along the way back to Hanoi, we will stop in an authentic village; enjoy the water puppet show, a traditional art form springing from rural society of the Red River Delta. Performed in a pool of water, the water surface is the stage, while the puppeteers stand behind a screen and manipulate the lacquered wooden puppets using bamboo rods and strings beneath the water surface. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra provides musical accompaniment.

Drop off in Hanoi for your next journey.

Meals: Brunch

Please note that we can arrange extra service from this point if you haven’t have another plan on mind yet, we can spend 1 night in Hanoi before continue to your next destination or arrange the transfer go directly to the airport for your evening flights back home or to another destination.