Departure from your hotel at 8.00am. On the morning drive to Mai Chau, we’ll leave the city behind and pass through the craggy, mountainous landscape. We drive up a massive pass and end in the mountainous circus of Mai Chau.
On arrival in the small remote village, we’ll check in to the traditional guesthouse of a Thai ethnic minority family, wooden and on stilts, like we love them. In the afternoon, you have the choice of hiking or cycling around the green hills letting your guide point out and explain the wonders along the way. If the weather is good, we can also go check out the nice cascades hidden somewhere, a few kilometers behind the village.
Afterward, we return for dinner and overnight in the stilt house with our friendly Thai hosts.
After breakfast with a view, you can wander around the houses to glimpse the daily life of local people. They specialize in weaving brocade products and they’re happy to show visitors their skills. The village is operated as a community cooperative organized by the people themselves – one of many reasons why are proud to bring visitors here. You will be able to walk through the villages before lunch.
In the afternoon, you will transfer to Ninh Binh, overnight in the hotel in Ninh Binh.
Breakfast at hotel, enjoy the fresh atmosphere, get ready at 08.00 Am to visit Phat Diem church, one of the most famous and beautiful churches in Vietnam with special architecture: an elegant combination between Western church architecture style and Vietnamese religious buildings. It took 24 years to build this church from 1875 to 1898. And as its name suggests, it was completely built of stone and wood that are readily available in the mountain area of Ninh Binh. The preparation phase, mainly extracting materials from limestone mountains, took the local as many as 10 years to finish. After visiting the church, we can have a gentle walk around to enjoy the beauty and fresh atmosphere of the countryside and discover the local life.
12.00 pm: Have lunch at a local restaurant.
13.30 pm: Start visiting the Thien Ha cave. We would float on the underneath river which is named Galaxy which appears with curling line under thousands of sparkling stalactites which suddenly on the right above curl of the cave ceiling. There are also many stalactites under various shapes, which need to be named. In the peaceful place, visitors would feel the sound of the oar striking clearly, the sound of water drop and thousands of bats inside the grotto.
Overnight in hotel in Ninh Binh
07.30 – 08.00: After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart for Ha Long.
After nearly 4 hour drive, there comes the harbor. Our local guide will see you for the check-in and cruise briefing. Lunch is served while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay, admire the fascinating limestone karsts on the way. In the afternoon, you spend the time to visit the well-hidden Thien Canh Son cave, relax on a white sandy beach at Hon Co Island and go kayaking or swimming.
Dinner and overnight on board.
Start a day with a glorious view of the bay with a cup of tea or coffee and enjoy the breakfast in the fresh air. Later, you have a visit to Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat, meet the local people and visit fish farms. More swimming is available.
Around 10.00 – 11.30 am, we cruise towards the harbor while an A la carte lunch is served.
After checking out of the junk, we drive back to Hanoi, on the back to Hanoi we will stop at Yen Duc village for the authentic water puppet show, a unique performance in Vietnam countryside. The trip ends at 5:00 pm in Hanoi.
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