2 days The Red River Delta and Cuc Phuong National Park
Hanoi, The Red River Delta, Trang An, Van Long Nature Reserve, Cuc Phuong National Park, Hanoi
Learn the secrets of hand-made rice noodles and spring rolls in the cosy atmosphere of a Vietnamese family, this blended with the experience of cycling, boating and hiking is a great way to fully appreciate the local people and the picturesque Red River Delta and Cuc Phuong National Park.
Day 1 Hanoi / The Red River Delta
Departing Hanoi between 7.30am to 8.00am we journey to Ninh Binh then on to Trang An. Trang An boasts a maze of rivers and caves and the UNESCO World Centre defined by its craggy limestone facades and jade green water. The surrounding areas are now home to tiny villages, pretty paddy fields, temples and hiking trails.
On arrival we combine a wonderful boat ride along Ngo Dong River with hiking around open rice fields and looking around at the amazing folds of the impressive rock formations.
The Ngo Dong River is one of the most serene sights in Vietnam. Best experienced aboard a local rowboat, a two-hour trip along this enchanting river passes through the Thung Nang cave system - a series of several caverns, including the stalactite-studded Thung Nang cave - and incredible karst scenery all around.
Time is also spent taking a bicycling ride riding in between towering limestone mountains, tranquil waterways, through tiny villages, serene rice paddies and charming historic sites. This is a wonderful chance to see everyday rural life.
Following that we settle in with a family for our cooking lessons. We head out to a local market, which is laden with fresh meat, fish, vegetables and fruits. We also pick up vegetables from our host's beautiful garden.
Together we learn how to make authentic Vietnamese food, such as succulent Spring Rolls, zesty dipping sauce and sticky rice.
We then enjoy the family’s gracious hospitality as they share a hearty dinner with us. The night is spent in a comfortable lodge. (Lunch and dinner are included).
Day 2 Ninh Binh / Van Long Nature Reserve / Cuc Phuong National Park / Hanoi
We depart our lodge for our journey to Van Long Nature Reserve. From here we enjoy a boat ride along peaceful backwaters and among magnificent limestone peaks.
Next, we drive to Cuc Phuong National Park. Cuc Phuong National Park is located in Ninh Binh Province and covers over 200sq kms. This is Vietnam’s most famous park, and home to a diverse range of flora and fauna.
At Cuc Phuong National Park we take a short hike in the lush rainforest and karst formations. Afterwards, we call in the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, and the Turtle Conservation Centre to get a glimpse at what the conservation efforts being made to rescue, and save the endangered primate species and freshwater turtles.
This is followed by our return journey to Hanoi, arriving there at about 5pm. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
Hiking and cycling with:
- a 2-3 km hike and a 6-8 km bicycle ride on Day 1.
- a 3-5 km hike on Day 2.
From May to September, the climate is usually humid and hot. From October to April brings cooler and more pleasant weather.
- private air-conditioned vehicle.
Our experienced, friendly and professional tour guides speak fluent English.
They are knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.
- lodge (1 night).
- 1 breakfast.
- 2 lunches.
- 1 dinner.
We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes. We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking
- $115USD per person for a group of 2 to 9 people.
- $98USD per person for a group of 10 to 14 people.
The cost of the trip includes:
- tour guides.
- two bottles of mineral water.
- entrance fees.
- permits where applicable.
The cost of the trip does not include:
- travel insurance.
- drinks (soft drinks, alcohol).
- personal expenses.
- tips and gratuities.
What to take:
Pack essentials for 2 days away from Hanoi, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities.
Take a small day pack for cycling, walking and hiking.
It is essential to bring your passport on this trip.
We also recommend packing: insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...
Have a great journey!!!