days Black River Adventure
Hanoi, Dong Bang, Black River, Hanoi.
The Black River combined with the
picturesque scenery of Mai Chau and the ethnic
diversity of North West Vietnam makes this an
It is an excellent way
to experience the best that North Vietnam has
to offer – beautiful scenery, traditions
and culture, hiking and friendly Vietnamese people.
Join us on this colourful expedition to see why!
Day 1 Hanoi / Dong
We depart from Hanoi to Mai Chau District, about
150 km south-west of Hanoi. On arrival at a village
of Dong Bang, we hike around the open rice fields,
and idyllic villages in a particularly picturesque
part of the area. We absorb the daily life and
appreciate the warmth and friendliness of the
local people we meet along the way.
The night is spent in one of the White Thai family.
The Thai people are an ethnic minority group originally
from southern China and ethnically linked to the
Thai in Thailand. We enjoy the warm hospitality
over a dinner with the host and an overnight stay
in our comfortable lodge. (Lunch and dinner are
Day 2 Dong Bang / Black River
The day begins with a beautiful hike through the tiers of splendid rice terraces and past several idyllic villages. This is followed by an enjoyable bicycle ride around a spectacular area, which features verdant hillocks, lush farmlands and beautiful mountains.
Finally, we descend to the Xom Moi village, located by the Black River and home to the Muong people.
Tonight we settle in with a Muong family in a traditional
wooden house to experience their way of life.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 3 Black River
This morning we take a boat ride along this river. Those who relish an energetic hike have one more chance to take a hike through peaceful villages and along its banks.
Following lunch in a local
restaurant, we drive back to Hanoi, arriving there at around 5pm. (Breakfast and
lunch are included).
itinerary includes hikes and bicycle ride with:
- a 7-9 km hike
on Day 1.
a 10-12 km hike on Day 2.
- a 6-8 km bicycle ride on Day 2.
a 6-8 km hike
on Day 3.
We need to be reasonably fit as the hikes
can be challenging sometimes, depending on the
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.
They are extremely knowledgeable about local
cultures, history and the environment.
- homestay (1
- lodge (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.
$165USD per person
for a group of 2 to 4 people.
- $149USD per person for a group of 5 to
The cost of the trip includes:
meals listed on the itinerary.
permits where applicable.
The cost of the trip does not include:
drinks, alcohol and bottled water).
What to take:
for 3 days away from Hanoi, including light
comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable
Take a small day pack for walking, hiking
and trekking. We also recommend packing: personal articles,
insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...
a great journey!!!