days A Taste of North Vietnam
River, Red River Delta, Bai Tu Long Bay, Hanoi.
This adventure is centred on the
village life of the Black River, the Red River
Delta and the islands of Bai Tu Long Bay.
enjoy a range of activities including hiking
through hill tribe villages, learning the secrets
of hand-made rice noodles and spring rolls in
the cosy atmosphere of Vietnamese families.
This, combined with the adventure of boating
amongst the fascinating limestone peaks and
cycling through peaceful countryside, offers
a unique way to appreciate the warmth of local
people and the picturesque areas of North Vietnam.
Join us for the best this region has to offer.
Day 1 Hanoi /
Mai Chau / Te Village
Departing from Hanoi we drive west on the first day to the remote
region of Mai Chau – a picturesque valley.
Here, White Thai, Dao, H’mong and Tay
people all live in harmony.
We hike along footpath through corn fields, sculpted
rice terraes, hills and tiny villages in spectacular
and easy terrain.
Later, we descend to the village of Tong Dau, nestled beneath the valley and
home to White Thai people.
We settle in
with a local family in a traditional stilt-house
to experience their way of life. (Lunch and
dinner are included).
Day 2 Te Village / Black River
We continue our adventure by hiking along a footpath
surrounded by rice terraces and picturesque
hills, till we reach Na Mo –
a White Thai minority village. Here, we have
lunch in a local home.
The next 2 km are rather
steep but rewarding as we hike along the trail
used by local people. The view below sides
becomes more and more impressive.
Following a delightful bicycle ride, we then transfer to the Black river for a leisurely
two-hour boat ride along this beautiful river.
We then land at a Muong village, situated by
Tonight our hosts offer us a traditional dinner and a toast, before
an overnight stay with them in a traditional wooden stilt-house. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 3 Black River / Ninh Binh
After leaving our host, we appreciate
the magnificent view as we walk along the bank of the river, through picturesque villages, verdant hills and rice sculpted rice terraces.
Next, it is our journey to Ninh Binh province. From
here, we discover the floating village of Kenh
We hike around and look at the amazing
folds of the cliff face caused by earth movement
some hundred million years ago.
Arriving in Trang An, an area which features rock formations and tiny villages, we spend the night in a local family to experience their way of life.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 4 Ninh Binh / Ninh
A short transfer brings us to Ninh Xuan with its dramatic limestone mountains, our base for a day trip out into the Red River Delta. We take a bamboo boat on the peaceful canal which winds its way through amazing limestone outcrops.
We cycle past the Inland Ha Long Bay. Beautiful landscapes meet us on arrival in the Bich Dong area – a firm favourite with walkers.
Here, we stroll around open rice fields with stunning rock formations rising up from rice paddies. There is plenty of time for our hands-on cooking demonstration, which gets us out in the market buying fresh ingredients.
We settle in with a local family making fresh rice noodles and other dishes that typify Northern Vietnamese cooking – a superb way to gain a first hand experience of rural life in the delta.
The night is spent in the same lodge. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 5 Ninh Binh / Halong Bay
Departing Ninh Binh we journey to Halong City. Upon our arrival we embark on a boat trip among some of the spectacular limestone peaks – time to relax and appreciate the sublime beauty of the bay.
Those are feeling energetic and wish to get a close view of the scenic floating village of Cua Van and towering rock formations can take a kayaking ride before we anchor our boat in the uniquely fascinating nature as we stay overnight on boat. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 6 Halong Bay / Bai Tu Long Bay
A morning boat ride brings us to some of the bay’s truly awesome scenery – vertical and unusual rocks and islets emerge from the sea. Weather permitting, there will be an opportunity to swim in the clear waters and take a kayaking ride.
Leaving Halong Bay, we drive due north to Cai Rong Island. In Bai Tu Long Bay we enjoy a beautiful boat trip among the spectacular limestone peaks. Weather permitting, we take a kayaking ride around stunning rock formations and fishing villages.
Arriving on Quan Lan Island, a serene and beautiful island in Bai Tu Long Bay, we head to our lodge. Our lodge is tastefully designed with textile and bamboo accents on the bedding, adorned with traditional furnishing, the room is peaceful and exotic.
At our warm and friendly lodge we have the opportunity to learn to make Squid dish and other dishes. Tonight we stay overnight in our comfortable lodge. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 7 Bai Tu
Long Bay / Hanoi
We spend the morning cycling across the island of Quan Lan, visiting
other friendly families in their homes. There
is also time to relax on beautiful secluded
A boat trip coupled with a delightful kayak ride takes us through
the majestic rocks of Bai Tu Long Bay then back to Cai Rong Island.
This is followed by our return journey to Hanoi,
arriving there at around 6pm. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
walking, hiking, cycling and kayaking with:
- a 7-9 km hike
on Day 1.
- a 9-12 km hike on Day 2.
a 1-2 hour bicycle ride on Day 2.
- a 6-8 km hike on Day 3.
a 9-10 km bicycle
ride on Day 4.
- a 1-hour bicycle ride on Day 7.
- a 1-hour kayaking ride on
From July to September, the climate is usually
humid and hot. From October to June brings cooler
and more pleasant weather.
Our experienced and friendly Tour
Guides speak excellent English or French.
They are extremely knowledgeable about local
cultures, history and the environment.
homestays (2 nights).
- lodges (3 nights).
- boat (1 night).
Clean and comfortable
homestays with mosquito nets provided.
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.
$489USD per person
for a group of 2 to 6 people.
per person for a group of 7 to 12 people.
The cost of the trip includes:
permits during guided excursions.
The cost of the trip does not include:
- travel insurance.
drinks, alcohol and bottled water).
What to take:
for 7 days away from Hanoi, including light
comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable
a small day pack for cycling, walking and hiking.
It is essential to bring your passport on this
We also recommend packing: swimsuit, personal
articles, insect repellent, sun cream,
raincoat and sun hat...
a great journey!!!