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Mu Cang Chai Rice Terraces & Halong Bay

Duration: 09 Days

From: US$ pp

Brief Description

The below itinerary is just our suggested travel idea for you to consider while planning your Vietnam trip. If you wish to make any adjustments, or changes to it, please do not hesitate to contact us and have it tailor made to suit your expectation.


Traveling in northern Vietnam for a short time and you need a trip with a balance between adventure and relaxation; between nature and local culture, this is your trip. The terraced-rice-fields landscapes of Mu Cang Chai and Ha Long Bay are the two most beautiful places in this charming country. Taking this trip, you'll definitely go "WOW' as it will be your lifetime experience.


  • Admire the beauty of the rice terraced paddy fields in Mu Cang Chai & the limestone karst formations in Halong Bay Area

  • Enjoy different dishes of local food during the trip

  • Home-stay experience & A night on a private boat in Lan Ha Bay

  • Learn the interesting cultures of different ethnic groups such as Thai and H'mong...

  • Trek along back roads up and down the mountains to enjoy the breath-taking landscape.


Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi - Nghia Lo
Day 3: Nghia Lo - Tu Le - Mu Cang Chai
Day 4: Mu Cang Chai Terraced Field Trek
Day 5: Mu Cang Chai - Hanoi
Day 6: Hanoi City Tour
Day 7: Hanoi - Lan Ha Bay (Sister Bay of Halong)
Day 8: Lan Ha Bay - Hanoi
Day 9: Departure from Hanoi

Detailed Itinerary

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CV09- Mu Cang Chai & Halong

Princing information

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Meals: Not available

Accommodation: Hotel 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…

Hanoi Capital
Cyclo ride in Hanoi


Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Homestay at a local house

You will be picked up at your hotel in Hanoi at 8.00 AM by your private tour guide and driver. After getting out of the bustle and hustle Hanoi, you will enjoy the countryside view through the windows while driving northwestward to Yen Bai province.
Arrive at Nghia Lo town early in the afternoon, check-in our homestay at a peaceful village nearby Nghia Lo.
Lunch and rest on a traditional stilt house.
In the afternoon, embark on a bicycling tour to discover the daily life of the ethnic community in the area and enjoy the beautiful scenery of villages, rice fields an mountains.
Dinner and overnight at the homestay.

Homestay in Nghia Lo
Road to Mu Cang Chai


Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Homestay at a local house

After breakfast, bid farewell to the host family and head for Tu Le town. Tu Le is a little town located at a beautiful valley at the foot of Khau Pha Pass. Upon arrival, get off the vehicle and start your morning soft trek to the valley and visit some villages. Taking photographs and meeting local people. After couple of hour, back to the town and having lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, start your drive up the marvellous Khau Pha Pass. This mountain pass is well known is winding road and stunning terraced rice paddies. The scenery over the valley from the pass is so amazing in the reason of rice, especially at the harvesting time. You will have another trek today for the afternoon to Lim Mong village. The trek lasts between 2 hours and 3 hours. On the drive to Mu Cang Chai, you will have two more photo stops which are the Parachuting Point and the Shoe Terrace. The accommodation tonight will be at another homestay.

Flooded season
Trek in Tu Le


Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Bungalow in Mu Cang Chai

This morning, you will get a transfer to a trekking point at Che Cu Nha Commune. The trek is about 12km on dirt paths to La Pan Tan Commune. This part of the nation's unique landscape will definitely offer you a great experience for your Vietnam trip. Beside the amazing terraced fields, you also have chance to visit some ethnic villages of the H'mong people. Get picked up by your private vehicle at the end of the trek and transfer to Ngoc Chien Valley (1 hour away) and visit an interesting hot spring. At this community, the ethnic Thai people are still keep the naked bathing custom. After having given a look at the community bath, you can check in a nearby family for a dip to enjoy the warm bath. After that, back on your car and make your way to Mu Cang Chai's Ecolodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Mu Cang Chai Rice Terraces
Ngoc Chien hotspring


Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Take your time in this morning for the breakfast at the lodge and check out of your room at 9:00 a.m.
Drive back to Hanoi, it approximately takes you about 7 hours.
Lunch is at a local restaurant on the way.
Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi between 5:00p.m. and 5:30p.m.
Check- back in your hotel in Hanoi, refreshment and stay overnight.

mu cang chai rice
Hmong girl


Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

This day tour to learn about the capital city of Vietnam occupies your whole day with featured sites, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his house-on-stilts, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university for the morning.
Your lunch today is served at a restaurant in town with local tastes.
In the afternoon, the tour continues with a visit to one of the following museums (you can pick the one you like): the Ethnology Museum, Army Museum, National Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi Hilton prison or Vietnam Women Museum).
Followed by a short walk or a cyclo ride in the Old Quarter.
End the day tour with a traditional Water Puppet show.

Front of HCMC Mausoleum
Temple of Literature


Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Overnight on a private boat

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.

fishing village
Kayaking in Lan Ha


Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in 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..

boat in Lan Ha
cycling in cat ba island


Meals: Breakfast

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.

Hanoi Old Quarter
long bien bridge



  • 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


  • Travel insurance

  • Drinks and other meals

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Any international flights

  • Hotel in Hanoi

  • Banking fee(if any)

  • Personal expenses and others are not mentioned clearly in the inclusion part

  • Visa arrangement

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