Mai Chau Trail Trekking Tour 11days
Hoa Binh – Mai Chau – Hang Kia – Hin Pen – Cun Pheo – Xam khoe – Van Mai – Cuc Phuong – Ninh Binh – Ha Long – Ha Noi
Mai Chau is a mountainous area of outstanding natural beauty, inhabited by a Thai and H’mong ethnic minority groups. This trip offers a great combination of cultural expedition and trekking. We trek for three days through the spectacular scenery, visit remote and stay overnight in local homes where we have the chance to get to know these hospitable villages. From the mountainous region of Mai Chau, we travel back to the nation’s capital, Hanoi.
+ 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 – Mai Chau – Hang Kia
Drive to Mai Chau, through picturesque scenery with beautiful views of the mountains along the way. On arrival in Na Bai at 10h 30 start 1-hour trek to Xa Linh before having lunch. 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 3: Hang Kia – Hin Pen – Cun Pheo
In early morning, start to trek mountain sides to Hin Pen. 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 village.
Day 4: Cun pheo – Xam khoe – Van Mai
The spectacular countryside and simple lifestyle of the Thai people are a highlight of Mai Chau valley although conditions are very basic. Lunch in Xam Khoe. In the afternoon trek to Van Mai. En route to Van Mai you have the chance to meet local people, all friendly and welcoming. Overnight at Van Mai village.
Day 5: Van Mai – Cuc Phuong
This morning we spend 2 hours walking out of Mai Chau Valley before we take a 70 km drive to Cuc Phuong National Park. On arrival, we enjoy a guided visit to Cuc Phuong Museum and Zoo garden. Overnight in Cuc Phuong.
Day 6: Cuc Phuong trek
Continue venturing into the national park of Cuc Phuong. A 6-hour trek with picnic lunch en route gives tourists a great opportunity to explore one of Vietnam most beautiful primeval forests and also see the Muong hill-tribe people. Overnight at a Muong village
Day 7: 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 8: Ninh Binh – Ha Long
A long day traveling through the rich farming land of the Red River Delta to Ha Long Bay but you can make stops as you please, to stretch your legs and visit many farmers at work. Overnight in Ha Long.
Day 9: Ha Long – Ha Noi
A 5-hour boat trip to visit Ha Long Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. This picturesque ‘Dragon descending to the sea’ Bay has 1,969 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. During the boat trip, visit of a grotto and seafood lunch on board. Drive back to Ha Noi. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 10: Ha Noi
The morning city tour to visit the Temple of Literature well known as Vietnam’s first university. Then visit 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 Viet Nam traditional art. Overnight in Ha Noi.
Day 11: Ha Noi – Noi Bai Airport
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