Hanoi - Mai Chau - Pu Luong - Cuc Phuong - Tam Coc - Hanoi


Seek peace and pleasure in a memorable trip to the mountain and national park, where you merge with nature and local people in the unspoiled settings.

  • Trekking in Mai Chau and meeting ethnic minority people
  • Trekking along the authentic and unspoiled off-the-beaten-track in Pu Luong
  • Exploring Vietnam's first National Park, also the country's largest nature reserve
  • Visiting ancient human caves and ancient tombs while admiring hundreds of floral and fauna species


Itineary in Brief

  • Day 1 – Day 2
    Explore the untouched Pu Luong with magnificent rice paddies, bamboo water-wheels and hill tribal villages..  
  • Day 3
    Discovering Cuc Phuong - a typical limestone area and rainforest with an impressive collection of animals and plants..
  • Day 4 
    Visitng Tam Coc caves from rowing boat, biking from Tam Coc to Hoa Lu thru rural paths and fields. 


  • English-speaking biking tour guide
  • Bike rental and biking equipments.
  • Land transfer by private bus
  • Homestay at villages and guesthouse of the National
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (no drinks)
  • Boat trip
  • Admission and permit


  • Early check-in, late check-out surcharge
  • Other meals
  • Drinks and personal expenses (phone call, laundry, ti ping etc.)
  • Any services not mentioned in the program

The tourguide of Threeland will pickup you at your hotel in Hanoi in the early morning for a 5-hour driving to Mai Chau, the gate to the Northwest of Vietnam. After 160km with a winding road thru stunning view of mountain, sugarcane farms, we will stop at Mai Chau, a hometown of White Thai hill tribe renown by their houses-on-stilts. Have a quick lunch here before taking a short walk around the village to see their daily work: embroidering and weaving Thai traditional costumes. After lunch, take a short ride along Ma River before off the main road and start cycling by mountain tracks, enjoying new and different images of landscape, rainforest, streams that cross over the path. After 20km cycling, we will reach Kho Muong, a peaceful village of Thai hill tribal people. We will overnight in home-stay supported by FFI (Flora and Fauna International). If time available, we can join the ordinary life of locals in their farming works, cultivation or herding buffalo. Overnight in Pu Luong.

We will have a long hard day for cycling by leaving beautiful Kho Muong village to get up-and-down paths with messy mixture of rocky mountains and slippery soil, as well as winding and extreme ascending routes. In response you could have wonderful view of landscape with houses-on-stilts, rice terraced fields, farming work of local people. Stop en route for lunch at Pho Doan local market, then continue an easier cycling along a calm river, with stops for pictures or refreshment at bamboo water-wheels. The escort bus will meet you in the afternoon to head to Cuc Phuong National Park for overnight.

130km south of Hanoi, Cuc Phuong is a typical limestone area and rainforest with an impressive collection of animals and plants. Seriously and carefully reserved by the government, Cuc Phuong maintains itself as home of some special primates and species including langurs, gibbons, macaques and fantastic birds including red-collared woodpeckers, limestone wren-babblers, fork-tailed sunbirds and many others. Full-day cycling in the Park under the umbrella of century–old trees to explore the forest and trails within the Park’s karst ecosystem will give us an overall conception of the nature protection in Northern Vietnam. Have dinner and overnight at the Cuc Phuong Guesthouse.

After breakfast, we will leave Cuc Phuong for a short ride to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital with the old temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le reigned in 10th century. This is an outstanding switch from three-day cycling over the mountain and rainforest to a new discovery of the low plain land with 2-hour thru rural village, passing rice paddy fields and rural houses. Have lunch in Tam Coc before taking a 2- hour boat trip around an area where spectacular limestone karsts jut out from the green paddy fields reminding about Guilin (China) and Halong Bay of Vietnam, which gives this scenery the name “Halong-bay-in-land”. Late afternoon back to Hanoi. 
End of services. in Hanoi.

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