MOUNTAIN KINGDOM

12 DAY(S) ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

Hanoi - Hua Tat - Hang Kia - Ban Buoc - Mai Hich - Pu Luong - Ninh Binh - Halong – Hanoi

Delight yourself with a journey to unique climate setting and landscape of Northern Vietnam which is so-called "mountain kingdom" of the country

Highlights

  • Passing thought the narrow 1000-year-old alley of Hanoi Old Quaters. 
  • Enjoying the sublime natural beauty and cool climate of Vietnam's mountainous area
  • Mingling with traditionally dressed locals in a traditional ethnic minority village
  • Discover the untouched nature with water wheels and river rafting at Pu Luong 
  • A leisure boat trip in Ha Long Bay – one of the world’s new seven wonders 

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1 - Day 2
    Arrive in Hanoi and have a quick overview of the city. 
  • Day 3 - Day 5
    Head Northwest to Hua Tat. Trek around the Villages and gain an insight into the local life
  • Day 6 - Day 8
    Enjoy the spectacular view of untouched nature and over rice paddies in Pu Luong
  • Day 9 - Day 12
    Explore the two magnificient World Heritage Sites of Ninh Binh and Halong Bay with their unique limestone mountains and water bodies 
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Inclusion

  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Land transportation by air-con vehicles
  • Cyclo trip around Hanoi Old Quarters
  • Show ticket as mentioned in the program
  • Accommodation based on Twin-shared room with breakfast
  • Private room on shared cruise in Halong Bay
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (no drinks)
  • Boat trips and admissions as mentioned in the program
  • Drinking water during the touring day (2 bottles/person/day)

Exclusion

  • Airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
  • Visa services (Visa approval letter/Visa stamp fee/ Visa fast track)
  • Early check-in/late check-out/ room upgrade surcharge
  • Other meals, Drinks, and personal expenses (phone call, laundry, tipping etc.)
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Optional Tours

Welcome at Noi Bai International Airport by our English speaking tour guide and private transferred to Hanoi city center for hotel checking-in. Rest of the day will be at your leisure. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Hanoi.
Please note: Standard check in time is 14:00. Early check in is subject to availability.

Breakfast at hotel. Morning transfer to Ba Dinh Square – the biggest square in Hanoi where all the biggest cultural, political events of the cities, especially demonstrations, take place. Start our visit at the Complex of Ho Chi Minh including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed on Mondays, Fridays, all afternoons and during Sep/Oct/Nov for annual restoration), Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilts, his fish pond and the One-Pillar Pagoda. We then continue with Temple of Literature, which is considered as the first university of Vietnam. Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon we drive to visit the Museum of Ethnology - one of the largest Museums in Vietnam with 2 exhibition areas – inside and outside. Visiting this Museum will bring you the knowledge about the Ethnic groups in Vietnam and their cultures. Later have an overall view of the capital by a “cyclo” visit for 1 hour, which will wander around the Old Quarter of Hanoi, stop to visit Ngoc Son Temple located on the Hoan Kiem Lake (the “Sword” Lake). Evening highlight will be the Water Puppet Show. Overnight in Hanoi.

Breakfast at hotel. Early morning, depart to Van Ho – Son La. Enjoy the scenery along the way, stop en route at Thung Khe pass. Arrive in Hua Tat by noon. Lunch at your homestay.  
Afternoon, trek through the village and disover local people’s daily life. Dinner at your homestay. Overnight in Hua Tat.
Please note: facilities in a homestay will be very basic and cannot meet the standard of hotel.

Breakfast at hotel. Morning proceed to Hang Kia, stop en route to visit Pa Co market (Sunday only). Upon arrival, wander around the village. Lunch at local restaurant. 
Afternoon, trek for around 3 hours (6 km) from Hang Kia to Buoc village. Dinner at your homestay. Overnight in Buoc village. 
Please note: facilities in a homestay will be very basic and cannot meet the standard of hotel.

Breakfast at homestay. Morning, trek for around 9km from Buoc village to Mai Hich, meet and talk with local people on the way to get to know their daily life. Lunch at your homestay. 
Afternoon will be at your leisure. Dinner at homestay. Overnight in Mai Hich. 
Please note: facilities in a homestay will be very basic and cannot meet the standard of hotel.

Breakfast at homestay.

Morning: You enter Pu Luong Nature Reserve by road via a breathtaking mountain pass giving you a panoramic view of the whole valley. You arrive at your accommodation in time for a delicious lunch, followed by free time to explore the beautiful retreat, with its captivating panoramic views and tranquil setting.
Afternoon: You will be transffed to a suspension bridge over the Cham River, where you begin your walk in search of stunning water wheels. Get up close to each wheel and discover how water is moved from river to handmade bamboo aqueducts via simple constructions of all sizes.
Arriving at a local fisherman’s house, you have a short rest to gear up for the bamboo river rafting with Dinh and his team. Float along the calm river and enjoy the views, in between learning how to paddle and steer your handcrafted rafts.
Arriving at scenic Tan Lap bridge, you disembark to be transferred back to your place of stay for dinner. Overnight in Pu Luong.

Breakfast at the retreat.

Morning: Start early to descend into the beautiful valley facing the Retreat where you walk around tumbling rice terraces. Trek through small paths shrouded in vegetation to slowly reveal a picturesque village sitting at the base of a towering mountain. Continuing to the base of the valley, you weave between roads and farmland, villages and wild fields, ponds and rivers, mountains and open land. Savour the ever-changing scenery as you trek to a beautiful spot to enjoy a simple picnic lunch.
Afternoon: You have free time to explore the refreshing water to the nearby river, before moving to our pick up point to be transferred back to your place of stay. Dinner and overnight in Pu Luong.

Breakfast at the retreat.

Morning: You have the chance to get close to village life and interact with locals living in the hills. Glimpse at daily life, walk around working farmland and rice fields, and learn about making weaving colourful textiles, followed by lunch at the retreat.
Afternoon: Check out and transferred straight to Ninh Binh, which takes around 4 hours driving. Upon arrival, check in your hotel. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Breakfast at hotel. Ninh Binh is the site of the one capital city of ancient Vietnam before Hanoi took its leading role in 11th century. The area is featured by lots of well-known sceneries, which include Tam Coc Caves and Hoa Lu ancient capital with the old temples dedicated to King Dinh & King Le reigned in 10th century. The visit today starts by a boat trip in Tam Coc 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-on-land”. Further discovery in Ninh Binh will be continued in the site that used to be the kings’ palace in 10th century and now famous for the wooden relieves of the shady Dinh and Le temples. Late afternoon back to your hotel. Overnight in Ninh Binh.

Breakfast at hotel. Morning, head to Halong Bay for around 4 hours, the pride of the Gulf of Tonkin, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO in 1994 and 2006. The road will pass by the Red River delta with green paddyfields and rural villages, where hard-work farmers are busy with their farming jobs, ploughing buffaloes or planting seedling. 
Upon arrival in Halong, we’ll take a big boat to cruise the Bay to discover the magnificent beauty of this “Descending-dragon” bay, created by thousands odd-shaped limestone rocks and karst grottoes. After a lunch of fresh seafood on board, we can visit the Surprising Grotto, stop for swimming or kayaking (at your own cost), passing floating villages and approach islets to enjoy their beauty in close distance. After dinner, you can attend evening activities on the boat or relax at your own leisure. Overnight on the boat.

After breakfast on board, visit Luon Cave by boat, a ring-shaped pool inside an island in Halong with absolutely tranquil landscape and emerald water. Back to the Wharf of Halong passing the most densely area with many islands that have been named like the Cock-Fighting Rock, Sail Island, Incense burner rock or Sea Dog Rock. Early lunch/brunch will be served on board. Arrive at Halong Wharf around 11.00. Return to Hanoi around 4PM. Free at your own leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

Breakfast at hotel. Your free time today for own sightseeing and shopping around till transfer to the airport for the departure flight back home. 
Please note: Standard check out time is 12:00. Late check-out is not included

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