Mai Chau The heart of a beautiful valley Tour 12days
Hoa Binh – Bai Sang – Mai Chau – Xa Linh – Hang Kia – Tau Na – Cun pheo – Xam khoe – Pom Coong – Noong Luong – Ban My village – Cuc Phuong – Ninh Binh – Ha Noi
Mai Chau is the heart of a beautiful valley that is a world away from the hustle of Hanoi. The modern village is an unappealing sprawl, but as you emerge on the rice fields and rural living is transformed into a real paradise. It’s a stunning area, and the most people here are ethnic White Thai, distantly related to tribes in Thailand, Laos and China. Although most local no longer wear traditional dress, the Thai women are masterful weavers who ensure that there is plenty of traditional – style clothing to buy in the village centre. You will see women weaving on looms under or inside their houses in the village. Much of the silk looks similar to that seen in Laos. The Thai of Mai Chau are less likely to employ strong-arm sales tactics than their H’mong counterparts in Sapa: Polite bargaining is the norm rather than endless haggling.
+ Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver in delta and local transport in mountain
+ Accommodation: twin sharing room at mentioned hotels, guesthouses or similar one and home stay during the trek or tent
+ English or French speaking guide and local guide for trekking
+ Meals as mentioned:B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
+ Entrance fee to indicated sights
+ Permit and porter for trekking
+ Sleeping bag and mattresses
+ Waterproof bluebag for luggage
+ Tents if needed
+ Mosquito net
+ Water, Fruit and Snack (3L/ pax/ day)
+ Other meals
+ airport tax
+ single room supplement
+ personal expenses
+ travel insurance
+ flight in/ out of Vietnam
+ any optional additional tours or activities during free time
+ surcharge for peak season
+ local holiday days and gala dinner (X’mas, New Year & Tet “Lunar New Year”)
Day 1: Arrival – Hoa Binh
On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are met and transferred to Hoa Binh ( 75 km from Ha Noi). Check in hotel. Dinner and enjoy ethnic show. Overnight in Hoa Binh .
Day 2: Hoa Binh – Bai Sang – Mai Chau
Breakfast. Start 3-hour trek to Ban Voi. You will admire picturesque view of Hoa Binh reservoir on the height of 300m above sea level. After 3 hours trekking transfer to a boat. Lunch on board. Cruise on Hoa Binh reservoir to Bai Sang. Transfer to Mai Chau ( 15 km), on the way to Mai chau stop to see Go Lao waterfall. Dinner and overnight in Mai Chau.
Day 3: Mai Chau – Xa Linh – Hang Kia
Breakfast. Start 3.5-hour trek to Xa Linh. This morning you will trek through rice fields, jungles before going to Xa Linh. Afternoon continue 4-hour trek to Hang Kia, stop en route for seeing the H’Mong hill-tribe people. Overnight at Hang Kia village.
Day 4: Hang kia – Tau Na – Cun pheo
An early morning start to trek mountainsides to Tau Na. The trekking is quite adventurous at times with some steep uphill and downhill walking, but the views are incredible. However, some physical preparation will enable you to fully appreciate today’s trek. Overnight at Cun Pheo – A Muong village.
Day 5: Cun pheo – Xam khoe – Pom Coong
The spectacular countryside and simple lifestyle of the Thai ethnic minority people are a highlight of Mai Chau valley although conditions are very basic. Lunch in Van Mai. In the afternoon trek to Pom coong. En route to Van Mai you have the chance to meet local people, all friendly and Welcoming. Overnight at Pom Coong village.
Day 6: Pom Coong – Noong Luong
In this morning we spend 3 hours walking up to reach Noong Luong where you can see Muong villages on the highland of 1.200 m above sea level. A good meal is already awaiting you in local house. Afternoon trek to Tra Day to discover the rural life of Muong ethnic. Dinner and overnight in Noong Luong.
Day 7: Noong Luong – Ban My village
This day will be long with picnic lunch en route. You will trek through many villages and rice field, hills, forests. On the way you will meet interesting local people who are working on farm or on rice field. Tourists arrive in Ban My village at 5h00 PM . Warm hosts and hot meal is ready to serve you. Overnight in Ban My village.
Day 8: Ban My – Cuc Phuong
Breakfast. Trek 2 hours get out Ban My ( Tan Lac District) before we take a 60 km drive to Cuc Phuong National Park. After lunch trek 2 hours around. Overnight in Muong village in Cuc Phuong.
Day 9: Cuc Phuong trek
We continue venturing into the national park of Cuc Phuong. A 6-hour trek with picnic lunch en route gives us a great opportunity to explore one of Vietnam’s most beautiful primeval forests and also see the Muong hill-tribe people. Overnight in Cuc Phuong.
Day 10: Cuc Phuong – Ninh Binh
Upon leaving Cuc Phuong National Park we are transferred by car to Tam Coc. A boat trip on a river through “ Ha Long inland” – The quiet and peaceful landscape of rice fields surrounded by limestone formations to visit three grottoes of Tam Coc. Afternoon visit Non Nuoc pagoda in Ninh binh. Overnight in Ninh Binh
Day 11: Ninh Binh – Ha Noi
Breakfast. Transfer to Ha Noi. Start city tour before lunch. Visit the Temple of Literature well known as Vietnam’s first university, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. In the afternoon, after visiting the Ethnologic Museum and the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred Ngoc Son Temple, a short walk in the old quarter streets will give you the opportunity to do shopping.
Evening: Water puppets show, the unique Vietnam traditional art. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Ha Noi – Noi Bai Airport
At leisure until transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure (check out hotel before 12h00).
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