3 Days - 2 Nights
Ninh Binh - Mai Chau - Trang An - Cuc Phuong
The 3 day trip will take you from the tranquil rural scenery of
Ninh Binh, untouched primeval forest of Cuc Phuong to the
valleys of Mai Chau hilltribe villages and mingle with colourful
Price: 250 usd/person for party 2 people
Day 1: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Trang An
- Our private car and guide will pick you up
from hotel in Hanoi at 8.00, a 2.5 hour drive will take you to the rural
town of Ninh Binh, which is located in one of the most beautiful parts of
Vietnam, with its dramatic scenery, historical intrigues, religious
pilgrimage sites and endangered animal sanctuaries. The town of Ninh Binh is
an ideal base to venture out on short small day trips.
Our first destination is Hoa Lu which is the former capital of Vietnam (968
– 1009) under Dinh and Le dynasties, there are not much to see in this place
besides two remaining temples, each one nearly a thousand years old, the
first one is dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang Emperor, the second commemorates
the rulers of the Le Dynasty. Keep driving to Bich Dong pagodas, a complex
of pagodas built into limestone mountain cliffs from 15th century with
unreal scenery around. After some walk to the top pagoda, we have lunch in a
local restaurant before visiting Trang An tourism complex recognized by
Unesco as new World Natural heritage, rowing boat trip would take 2 hours to
see all three caves and crossing beautiful rice paddy. This is an ideal
place for natural lovers.
We spend the night in Ninh Binh.
Day 2: Cuc Phuong national park - Mai Chau valley homestay
- Leaving Ninh Binh behind, we head for Cuc Phuong, driving further into
the middle of the national park where we take a walk around the Centre of
Endangered Rescue. In here, precious animals, such as white short monkeys,
snakes, foxes, etc.can still be encountered, we go trekking through the
variety of fauna and flora of the forest in a fresh atmosphere to see the
1000 year old “Cho trees”; the huge ones would take ten arm’s length to
contain their circumference and the “primitive man cave”. After picnic lunch
right in the middle of the rain forest we keep driving to Mai Chau. Our
hosts for this evening will be the White Thai minority people. In sampling
these peoples hospitality, we find out a little more of their lives and
cultures with a cultural exchange following the evening meal, you are
welcome to take part in their traditional festival held on travellers s'
requests to enjoy folk songs, dancing with Thai people - Mua Xap, pine wine
- Ruou Can.
Day 3: Mai Chau - Hanoi
- Mai Chau valley is inhabited by White Thai people, The houses are quite
large with palm leaf roofs and polished bamboo-slat floors. The kitchen is
located in the center of the house; the cooking as well as the making of the
colorful “tho cam”, the material used by Thai minority to make their
clothes, takes place in the kitchen. The windows are large and decorated
with patterns. Each house also has a pond to breed fish.
Following breakfast we stroll around nearby villages and embark on the
return drive to Hanoi. You will have a chance to visit Hoa Binh hydro power
plant on the way. We will arrive in Hanoi in the afternoon.
- Private transfer round trip.
- English speaking
- Meals and
accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Sightseeing fees and
permits during guided time.
- Tours as mentioned
Tour does not includes
- Pre & post
trip arrangements in Hanoi.
- Travel insurance.
- Food & drinks not
mentioned within the itinerary
- Tips and gratuities
- Expenses of a personal
nature such as bar bills, laundry and telephone charges
- Other services not
clearly described in the program