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Trip Code

CV27

Pu Luong Nature Reserve & Halong Bay

Duration: 08 Days

From: US$ pp

Brief Description

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.

Travel Route:
 

 

Arrival in Hanoi → Hoang Su Phi Rice Terraces → Dong Van Karst Geopark ( Dong Van + Meo Vac + Du Gia) → Ha Giang City → Hanoi → 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

Detailed Itinerary

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CV27

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI

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

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR

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.

The gate temple
Presidential Palace

DAY 3: HANOI - MAI CHAU VALLEY - BAN HANG (PU LUONG)

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

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

Mai Chau Valley
Hang Village

DAY 4: PU LUONG TREKKING DAY

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Pu Luong

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

Pu Luong Terraced Paddy
trek pu luong

DAY 5: PU LUONG - HANOI

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in 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

local kids
View of Pu Luong

DAY 6: HANOI - CAT BA ISLAND - LAN HA BAY

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Overnight on 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.

viewing the village from boat
vintage junk

DAY 7: LAN HA BAY - HANOI

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.

Fishing village
visiting the bay

DAY 8: DEPARTURE FROM HANOI

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Not available

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 Quater
vietnam airlines
 

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INCLUSIONS

  • 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

EXCLUSIONS

  • 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