Journey Mai Chau to the Tonkin Gulf - 6 Days / 5 Nights

Journey Mai Chau to the Tonkin Gulf - 6 Days / 5 Nights
Journey Mai Chau to the Tonkin Gulf - 6 Days / 5 Nights Journey Mai Chau to the Tonkin Gulf - 6 Days / 5 Nights See all 8 photos
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This 6-day adventure "Journey Mai Chau to the Tonkin Gulf" unveils the gems of North Vietnam. Encounter diverse ethnic communities, exquisite crafts, traditional medicines, and breathtaking landscapes. Begin in vibrant Hanoi for city explorations and boutique delights, including a stop at the Museum of Ethnology. Venture west to Mai Chau to immerse in hill tribe culture and stay overnight with the welcoming Thai tribe. Journey onward to Ninh Binh and Tam Coc before setting sail on a luxurious cruise through Halong Bay for an unforgettable night.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Nestled gracefully in the heart of Vietnam lies Hanoi City, a charming and vibrant capital waiting to enchant your senses and ignite your adventurous spirit.
  2. Exploring Mai Chau with the Thai minority – a vibrant tapestry of culture and community!
  3. Ninh Binh - Where the Land Dances Like Halong Bay
  4. Sail through Halong Bay – a World Heritage Site.
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Hanoi Arrival
Hanoi Arrival

Discover Hanoi, Vietnam's vibrant colonial gem! Upon your arrival, your tour guide and driver will warmly greet you and whisk you off to your hotel. Check in and savor the day at your own pace.

Meals: N/A.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

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History in Hanoi
History in Hanoi

Today, immerse yourself in the charm of Vietnam's capital, Hanoi. Discover its enchanting blend of French colonial architecture, serene lakes, and ancient pagodas. Begin your day with a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter, where tradition thrives among the bustling locals. Explore the Ho Chi Minh Complex, housing the mausoleum of Vietnam's esteemed founder and other historic landmarks. Visit the iconic One Pillar Pagoda and delve the rich history of the Temple of Literature – Vietnam's inaugural university. Unveil the cultural tapestry of Vietnam at the Ethnology Museum before returning to relish a rickshaw journey through the vibrant Old Quarter. Admire the tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake and its sacred temple, concluding your day with a mesmerizing water puppet show – an authentic Vietnamese art form that promises an unforgettable experience.

Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

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Hanoi – Mai Chau
Hanoi – Mai Chau

Embrace the serenity of morning with a delightful breakfast at the hotel before embarking on your adventure to Mai Chau. This enchanting valley, nestled amidst lush rice paddies and towering karst formations, awaits your exploration. Immerse yourself in rural Vietnam as you journey through its scenic landscapes up-close. Upon reaching Mai Chau, take a leisurely stroll through the village to soak in its charm.

After a satisfying lunch, venture off the beaten path for an afternoon of trekking. Traverse terraced rice fields and quaint villages, unveiling the valley's natural splendor and immersing in the culture of the White Thai community residing there. End your day at a Thai village where you'll share dinner with a local family and experience an authentic homestay in their traditional long house.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: Homestay in Mai Chau.

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Mai Chau – Ninh Binh
Mai Chau – Ninh Binh

Today, Embark on a delightful adventure as you indulge in a hearty breakfast before setting off to Hoa Lu, Vietnam's inaugural capital. Explore ancient temples and ascend hundreds of steps to the mountaintop for a breathtaking panoramic view of the historic capital city. Following a sumptuous lunch, unwind as you glide along the Ngo Dong River on a serene sampan tour, passing under majestic rocky outcrops and drifting through three enchanting limestone caves known as Tam Coc. Experience the beauty of a unique landscape often referred to as "Halong Bay on Land" during this tranquil rowing boat journey.

Stroll through the Limestone Mountains to encounter Thai Vi Temple, an ode to the four Kings of the Tran dynasty the 13th century, offering solace amidst ancient grandeur. Next, wander through Bich Dong Pagoda nestled among pink lotuses, providing awe-inspiring vistas of the picturesque surroundings. The remainder of your day is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Ninh Binh.

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Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise
Ninh Binh – Halong Bay – Overnight on cruise

Start your day with a delectable breakfast at the hotel, then set off on a 2.5-hour drive to the enchanting Halong Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage site. Spend an unforgettable 24 hours aboard a traditional boat cruise in this natural wonderland, surrounded by majestic limestone islands and glistening turquoise waters.

Upon arrival at the dock around midday, step onto your private boat. Indulge in a sumptuous lunch of fresh seafood as we glide through this mystical bay. Explore some of Halong's iconic islands like Dinh Huong and Ga Choi during the afternoon cruise. Visit one of the bay's 3 largest caves – Thien Cung, Dau Go, or Sung Sot. Relax on an island cove with a secluded white-sand beach and soak up the sun in the warm East Sea (Bien Dong). Drift off to sleep on your private junk, lulled by the gentle sway of tranquil waters under the starlit night sky.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: on cruise.

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Halong Bay – Hanoi – Departure
Halong Bay – Hanoi – Departure

Embrace the peace of dawn with a Tai Chi demo on the sundeck, a tranquil start to your day in Paradise. Delight in a vibrant buffet breakfast and set sail to explore Halong Bay's 2000 islets. Uncover the bay's wonders before bid adieu on Tuan Chau Island, between 10.30 am and 11.00 am. Your journey continues as you are chauffeured to Noi Bai International Airport, with a stop at Ba Vang Pagoda for its awe-inspiring beauty and grandeur. As you embark on your next adventure, remember - farewell & safe travels!

Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: N/A.

Our prices include

Accommodations with daily breakfast

Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary

Services of private driver and air-conditioned vehicles

Service of English speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary

Two day/ 1 night cruise package on Halong Bay

Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited

24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Boat trip in Ninh Binh

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

VAT and other taxes

Our prices do not include

Travel insurance

Flights into and out Vietnam

Vietnam Visa fee

Tipping and other personal expenses

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