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2 days The Red River Delta and Cuc Phuong National Park

Hanoi, Ninh Binh (The Red River Delta), Trang An, Van Long, 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 / Ninh Binh (The Red River Delta)

We depart from Hanoi to Ninh Binh province. Ninh Binh is located in the marshy Red River delta, featuring a network of waterways coupled with spectacular limestone formations rising up from rice paddy fields.

On arrival we combine a wonderful boat ride along a scenic canal with hiking around open rice fields and looking around at the amazing folds of the impressive rock formations.

Time is also spent taking a bicycling ride through tiny villages and farm farmland. There is plenty of time for us to experience the way of life in the delta.

Following that we settle in with a family for our cooking lessons. We head out to a market, which is laden with fresh meat, fish, vegetables and fruit. We 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 lunch 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 past tiny villages and a unique area known for its magnificent limestone peaks. Following that we drive to Cuc Phuong National Park. Cuc Phuong National Park is located in Ninh Binh Province and covers over 200 sq kms. This is Vietnam’s most famous park.

Upon our arrival at Cuc Phuong National Park we take a short hike in the rainforest. We also visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre in the park to see the conservation efforts being made to save the endangered Langur. This is followed by our journey back to Hanoi, arriving there at about 5pm. (Breakfast and lunch are included).

The facts….

Physical activities:

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.

Transport:

- bicycle.

- boat.

- vehicle.


Tour Guides:

Our experienced and friendly Tour Guides speak excellent English.

They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.


Accommodation:

- lodge (1 night).

Meals:

- 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


Trip cost:

- $96USD per person for a group of 2 to 8 people.

- $82USD per person for a group of 9 to 10 people.

The cost of the trip includes:

- accommodation.

- transportation.

- Tour Guides.

- meals.

- entrance fees.

- permits where applicable.


The cost of the trip does not include:

- travel insurance.

- drinks (soft drinks, alcohol, bottled water).

- personal expenses.

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 and walking. 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!!!

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