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8 Day Adventure in Northern Vietnam

From £986 pp

Northern Vietnam, Vietnam

7 Nights / 8 Days

Private Group of 1-10

8 Day Adventure in Northern Vietnam

From £986 pp

What You'll Do

Northern Vietnam is one of the most incredible landscapes on earth. Discover its highlights and get off the beaten track with expert guides, from magical bays to bustling cities, isolated mountain villages and incredible valleys, see it all like a local.

Arriving in Hanoi, you’ll be taken directly to your accommodation before embarking on the trip of a lifetime around the stunning wilderness and the magnificent natural landscapes of Northern Vietnam.

From vibrant, bustling Hanoi where you’ll eat incredible street food and sip cold beers as old trains come rattling through the very busy streets, to cruising amongst the incredible limestone karsts that erupt out of the sapphire blue waters of Ha Long Bay where you’ll see incredible caves and climb island peaks for panoramic views, you’ll be doing it all with expert local guidance.

Because off the beaten track, in places deep in Northern Vietnamese countryside like Mai Chau or Chieng Lau, you’ll be able to make a connection with the local people that stays with you as you see real, authentic Vietnam, unaffected by tourism.

Learn local crafts and see ancient traditions in action, eat truly authentic Vietnamese cuisine (no tourist menus where you’re going), and explore magnificent mountain landscapes where the pace of life trickles by deliciously slowly.

Experience
Highlights

Cruise through Ha Long Bay, one of the great natural wonders of the world

Embark on guided treks through paddy fields and remote mountain villages

Take a cyclo ride through Hanoi city

Your Local Host:

Anh

Quynh Anh (QA) graduated in tourism from Hanoi university and is super passionate about travel. She has exceptional people and communication skills and always finds a way to create the best holiday experience for her customers. QA is a very experienced tourism professional and knows all the hidden gems in Vietnam. She is based in Hanoi but spends a large part of her time in the local communities in North Vietnam developing IMPACT projects in the local communities. QA’s colleagues and customers all value her kindness and friendship. She will ensure you have the best time in her home country.

Experience Itinerary

Welcome to Northern Vietnam

You will be picked up from the airport, any accommodation or any bus station in Hanoi, and taken directly to your accommodation in the heart of Hanoi’s atmospheric Old Quarter.

Take some time to relax and recuperate from your journey, then we recommend you go and explore the hustle and bustle of Hanoi 36 Streets area.

Accommodation:Tirant Hotel  (or similar)

Located in the heart of the historic Hanoi Old Quarter Tirant Hotel offers 85 stylish rooms designed with customers’ utmost convenience and comfort in mind.There is a fitness room, an outdoor swimming pool, and the Tirant restaurant serves a wide-range of local and international dishes. There is a popular rooftop Lounge, and the sanctuary Ciel spa.There is Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, all the ensuite rooms have a high-pressure water shower, and TV.

 

Meals: none

Hanoi Like a Local

Begin your Vietnamese adventure with an exploration of manic, atmospheric Hanoi. Starting with a walking tour that shows you Ngoc Son Temple, the gem at the heart of Hoan Kiem Lake, where you’ll learn about Vietnamese religion and culture, in a relatively calm oasis in the madness.

Then, join the moped tsunami as you hop on a traditional cyclo (don’t worry you’re just the passenger) and experience the organised, and sometimes not so organised, chaos of Hanoi traffic.

Later, stroll back to the Old Quarter, where you can while away the afternoon heat by enjoying Hanoi’s staple ‘Bia Hoi’, a fresh, cold beer brewed and served by incredibly friendly locals, as trains rattle through the old narrow streets.

Whilst you’re here, enjoy some of Vietnam’s legendary street food such as pho, banh mi, bun cha or egg coffee.

That evening, sit down for a traditional water puppet performance, a northern tradition stretching back over one thousand years. Performed with traditional Vietnamese music such as drums, wooden bells, horns and bamboo flutes it’s an essential experience for a bit of true Vietnamese culture.

Accommodation: Tirant Hotel  (or similar)

 

Meals: Breakfast

Cruise Ha Long Bay

You’ll be picked up at around 7:45 am to be transferred via bus to the Tuan Chua Marina, where you’ll be welcomed on board your cruise at around midday. You’ll meet the captain and the crew, and learn about the lives of the people who make their home in Ha Long.

Check in to your cabin and refresh and unwind before an exquisite lunch on deck as you cruise past the magnificent, otherworldly landscape of Ha Long Bay. Jaw-dropping limestone islands rise dramatically out of emerald waters, and floating villages hide in small sheltered coves, shaded by massive white walls and lush rainforest.

In the afternoon you will arrive in the kayaking area – that is Cap La Island. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature, swimming and relaxing.

Back on the cruise, soak up the last of the sun’s rays as the sky turns a brilliant orange, and enjoy a wonderful on deck dinner as you socialise with other guests, fish for squid, or simply drink in the incredible surroundings.

Accommodation

Overnight on cruise (Renea )

This is a small wooden boat, creating a luxury boutique small group cruise experience.

Type of cabin:

Twin or Double bed,  with a private sitting area A/C and en-suite bathroom

 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another Day in the Bay

Start today early with a Tai Chi session on deck as the sun rises amongst the lush green islands, then enjoy breakfast on deck as you cruise towards a Natural Preservation Zone and have chance to explore the well-hidden Thien Canh Son Cave.

Jump back on the cruise ship and check out of your room, and begin cruising back through the bay, passing Ba Hang fishing village, Dog Islet, and more.

Learn to make that Vietnamese staple that is served everywhere from the grittiest street food stand to the most decadent restaurant, the humble spring roll, before an early lunch up on the deck.

Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina, then you’ll be transferred by minibus back to your accommodation in Hanoi for around 16:30/17:00.

Accommodation: Hotel Tirant or similar

 

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Into the Wilderness at Mai Chau

Leave Hanoi at around 8:30 am, embarking on a drive that becomes more and more spectacular as it goes on, culminating in a twisting ribbon of tarmac that scales steep valley sides, high above a flat plateau of rice fields – Thung Khe Pass.

Nestled in a further valley, Mai Chau is an isolated, traditional Vietnamese village where houses lean heavily on stilts, perched below the rice paddies that cut steps up the sweeping mountains.Experience the different customs and traditions between the minorities and learn about their lifestyle and local practice. 

You’ll arrive for a delicious, authentic Vietnamese lunch, before heading out to explore on a bike ride that takes you through the local villages to a local dam that stands surrounded by rice fields.

Take a swim in a natural pool that, suspended above the valley, overlooks the stunning panorama of green rice fields, in your own natural infinity pool. Otherwise, continue to explore the area by bike, learning about life in remote Vietnam, the traditions, the crafts, the agriculture, and enjoy being welcomed into a truly authentic community.

Accommodation

Mai Chau Ecolodge

Surrounded by mountains and paddy fields, Mai Chau Ecolodge has a restaurant, bar, an outdoor pool and in-house spa for guests to relax in. Each ensuite room offers a balcony, seating area and minibar. There are free bicycles available for guests

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mai Chau to Pu Luong

Your next morning will be spent on another incredible drive past scenery that only seems to get higher, deeper, and more dramatic every turn you take. More mountain passes and more panoramic views of chains of hills stretching onto the hazy distance are the order of the day.

Arrive at your accommodation in time for another delicious lunch, before heading out to explore the incredible scenery of an area of lush green rice fields, crisscrossed with fresh, sparkling streams and dotted with old, timeless waterwheels that turn lazily in the warm air.

Cross the Cham River on a suspension bridge, then wander along the river as the landscape of rice fields, idyllic villages, creeping streams and the sun splashing through the waterwheels unfolds before you.

At Chieng Lau village, take a rest and soak up the slow, simple pace of life that perfectly compliments the picturesque scenery. Then, you’ll be transferred to Pu Luong Retreat for a delicious, authentic dinner.

Accommodation

Pu Luong Retreat

One of the highlights of your places of accommodation. Sustainable and responsible, far, far off the beaten track and authentic, Pu Luong Retreat is an incredible place to stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner

Discover True Natural Beauty

Start early today, as you descend into the stunning valley overlooked by your retreat, walking around the tumbling rice terraces to the river.

Trek through narrow trails hemmed in by vegetation that parts to slowly reveal a village sitting defiantly at the base of a towering mountain. As you continue to the base of the valley, you’ll pass more villages, ponds, rivers, waterfalls, wild fields and mountains.

The one constant in all the changes in the scenery is the incredible beauty the land possesses.

Enjoy some bamboo rafting on the river, then head back to the retreat for a ride to Ninh Binh, a place famous for its relics of the ancient capital Hoa Lu, as well as the breathtaking landscape many call ‘Ha Long Bay on land’.

Accommodation

Le Clos du Fil or similar

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Ninh Binh Back to Hanoi

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Hanoi, where we will help you to the airport.

If you are extending your stay in Vietnam, then we can help you book travel for your onward journey, or accommodation in Hanoi.

Hen gap lai!

Location Information

The tour begins in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam in the north of the country. You can be picked up from the airport, any accommodation or any bus station in Hanoi, to be taken to your accommodation in Hanoi for the start of the experience.

The tour goes from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay, then back to Hanoi before heading into the rural part of Northern Vietnam. The tour finishes back in Hanoi, where you can be dropped off at any accommodation, bus station or airport in the city.

  • All transfers and transport throughout
  • All entrance tickets and permits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guides
  • 1 night on the boutique Renea cruise boat FB
  • 3 nights Tirant hotel Hanoi BB
  • 1 night Mai Chau Eco Lodge FB
  • 1 night Pu Luong Eco Retreat FB
  • 1 nights Le clos du Fils -Ninh Binh FB
  • Guided tour of Hanoi like a local
  • Ha Long Bay cruise
  • Guided kayaking cap la island
  • Boat trip to Thien Chan Cave
  • Vietnamese cooking demonstration
  • Guided bike ride in Mai Chau
  • Guided trek in Mau Chau
  • Guided trek in Pu Luong