Pu Luong Nature Reserve & Halong Bay

5 star Code tour: CAT27 | Duration: 8 Days
Mai Chau Valley and Pu Luong Nature Reserve offer stunning countryside scenery with an authentic local lifestyle. Mai Chau is made up of a scattering of Thai villages set in a valley surrounded by sweeping mountains. It is the epitome of sleepy, rural life where the people rise with the sun to nature's soundtrack. It is one of the most picturesque areas in the north-west of Vietnam and offers fantastic trekking opportunities. The nearby, Pu Luong Nature Reserve is also an area of outstanding beauty and biodiversity with great hiking routes. With Mai Chau & Pu Luong tour you may have opportunity to enjoy and explore the beautiful scenery along the country roads and exotic culture of Thai and Muong ethnic minority, furthermore, visitors also experience in interacting and staying in Thai homestay tribes, enjoying traditional food and join with Thai alive music performances.
 
Arrival in Hanoi → Mai Chau Valley → Mai Hich → Pu Luong ( Ban Hang Village, Eo Ken Village, Kho Muong Village) → Hanoi → Lan Ha Bay ( A Sister Bay of Halong Bay) → Departure from Hanoi
 
Brief Itinerary: 
 
  • Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
  • Day 2: Hanoi City Tour
  • Day 3: Hanoi – Mai Chau Valley – Pu Luong
  • Day 4: Pu Luong Trekking
  • DAY 5: Pu Luong - Hanoi
  • Day 6: Hanoi - Halong Bay
  • Day 7: Halong Bay - Hanoi
  • Day 8: Departure from Hanoi
 

Pu Luong Nature Reserve & Halong Bay
  • DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI
    DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI
    Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam!
    Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, you are welcomed and greeted by the Custom Asia Travel tour guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer. The remainder of the day is relaxing or be on your own discovery.

    - Located on the banks of the Red River, Hanoi capital is one of the most ancient cities in the world. Here, visitors are able to find well-preserved colonial buildings, old Buddhist pagodas, and unique museums within the city. The best way to explore its Old Quarter is on foot. This French-colonial city is also known for its delicious cuisines, vibrant nightlife, and souvenir shopping…
    Included Meals: Not Available
    Hotel in Hanoi
    DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR
    DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR
    You might be woken up by domestic animals like roosters, pigs... early this morning. Breakfast is served before bidding farewell to the host family. Getting ready for a wonderful trekking day. You quickly leave the village's rice paddies behind to wade cross a small river. Once over the river, the valley narrows into a tight jungle clad ravine, before once again opening out into the terraced paddy fields of the neighboring community. The landscape is very green and stunning along the way. Have a noon break at a local  house where your local guide prepares the picnic lunch. After lunch break, move on the trek along the larger road to Kho Muong village. Nestled between steep karst Limestone Mountains, the village is really one of the most amazing settings on this trip. Here you stop for the second homestay in a typical stilted house of the White Thai people. There is a limestone cave nearby for optional visit. Overnight at a local stilt-house 
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Hotel in Hanoi
    DAY 3: HANOI – MAI CHAU VALLEY - BAN HANG (PU LUONG)
    DAY 3: HANOI – MAI CHAU VALLEY - BAN HANG (PU LUONG)
    The tour starts from Hanoi at 08.00AM. A smooth drive will take you out of the bustling city to the beautiful rural scenery of Hoa Binh province. You will have impressive some photo opportunities on the way. Arrive at Lac Village in Mai Chau Valley around noon. Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch at a local stilt house. In the afternoon, travel further down the valley toward Pu Luong Nature Reserve.
    Getting off the car and leaving the road, you head lower down into the valley along a dirt motor cycle track, crossing the river to reach the village of Ban Hang, the latter your destination and first home-stay of the trek. Refreshing and having dinner at a local family of the Thai minority.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Hotel in Hanoi
    DAY 4: PU LUONG TREKKING DAY
    DAY 4: PU LUONG TREKKING DAY
    You might be woken up by domestic animals like roosters, pigs... early this morning. Breakfast is served before bidding farewell to the host family. Getting ready for a wonderful trekking day. You quickly leave the village's rice paddies behind to wade cross a small river. Once over the river, the valley narrows into a tight jungle clad ravine, before once again opening out into the terraced paddy fields of the neighboring community. The landscape is very green and stunning along the way. Have a noon break at a local  house where your local guide prepares the picnic lunch. After lunch break, move on the trek along the larger road to Kho Muong village. Nestled between steep karst Limestone Mountains, the village is really one of the most amazing settings on this trip. Here you stop for the second homestay in a typical stilted house of the White Thai people. There is a limestone cave nearby for optional visit. Overnight at a local stilt-house
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
    Hotel in Pu Luong
    DAY 5: PU LUONG - HANOI
    DAY 5: PU LUONG - HANOI
    After having breakfast at the house, say good-bye to the host family and embark on the last trek for this morning. The trek today is quite gentle downhill as we descend a wide-open valley but still offers you great opportunities to enjoy the marvelous landscape of Mountains, dense forest and farms. Around noon, arrive at the  little town of Pho Doan where your private transport is waiting for you. Have lunch and drive the whole afternoon back to Hanoi. Arrive at your place in Hanoi and end the adventure.  Overnight at your own hotel in Hanoi
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Hotel in Hanoi
    DAY 6: HANOI - CAT BA ISLAND - LAN HA BAY
    DAY 6: HANOI - CAT BA ISLAND - LAN HA BAY
    Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay, in northeast Vietnam, is known for its emerald waters and thousands of towering limestone islands. Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, the bay is a "must-see" place for any visitor to Vietnam, especially an overnight trip on a traditional wooden junk. Take the morning transfer to Cat Ba Island. Around noon - Board your private boat and start the cruising itinerary with lunch and dinner aboard. Some interesting activities are available to include kayaking, swimming, sunbathing on the sun deck. Overnight at an en-suite cabin on the boat.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner
    Overnight on a private boat
    DAY 7: LAN HA BAY - HANOI
    DAY 7: LAN HA BAY - HANOI
    Get up early this morning for the sunrise and fresh air on the top deck if you want. Otherwise, you can remain in the cabin until breakfast time.
    After breakfast, the captain starts the engine again and take to you Viet Hai dock where you will get a bicycle for a scenic ride toward Cat Ba National park. The destination is Viet Hai village, located right in the national park area. Take a quick look at the village when you are riding through. Keep riding on the same road back the boat. Refresh and get ready to check out of your cabin.
    An early lunch is served on the boat today as you will finish the boat trip at 11:45 a.m.
    The afternoon transfer takes you back to Hanoi. Arrive at your hotel and you may want to do some last shopping this evening.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Hotel in Hanoi
    DAY 8: DEPARTURE FROM HANOI
    DAY 8: DEPARTURE FROM HANOI
    Today is your last day. It depends on your departure flight time, you may have to rush in the morning or just free at leisure or do some last shopping until get transferred to the airport for your flight home.
    Goodbye Vietnam!
    End of your Vietnam adventures.
    Included Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch
    Accommodation: Not available
    Includes
    • Accommodation based on twin-shared/ double basis with daily breakfast
    • Meals as indicated in the itinerary each day
    • Private English speaking tour guide
    • Private air-conditioned vehicle transfers during the tour
    • Entrance tickets at indicated sites
    • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Bottled water on the vehicle

    Excludes
    • Travel insurance
    • Drinks and other meals
    • Tips and gratuities
    • Any international flights
    • Banking fee(if any)
    • Personal expenses and others are not mentioned clearly in the inclusion part
    • Visa arrangement
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