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4 days The Red River Delta and Bai Tu Long Bay

Hanoi, the Red River Delta, Bai Tu Long, Hanoi.

Journey through the Red River Delta and Bai Tu Long Bay; the ideal trip for those who want to experience the timeless rural
life of the delta in Ninh Binh province and enjoy the sheer
beauty of the bay – an area geographically close to Ha Long Bay.

This trip provides a fantastic mix of villages, food, islands and the warm hospitality of a family homestay.

Day 1 Hanoi / The Red River Delta
We depart Hanoi and head off southwards to Ninh Binh province (about 100 km). Ninh Binh is located in the marshy Red River delta. On arrival at a village in Ninh Binh, we take a boat ride past tiny villages and a unique area known for its magnificent limestone peaks.

Following that we journey to Cuc Phuong National Park which is located in Ninh Binh Province and covers over 200 sq kms. This is Vietnam’s most famous park. Here we take a hike in the rainforest, which offers some wildlife viewing.

We end our day in a typical village in the Red River delta. Here, we spend the night in our comfortable lodge. (Lunch and dinner are included).

Day 2 The Red River Delta
This morning we take a stroll around some villages and scenic rock formations, learn about rice cultivation and its extensive crops.

Those with historical interests won't miss an opportunity to visit a solitary ancient pagoda that juts out alone from verdant rice fields.

Afternoon finds us cycling to explore miles and miles of vivid green rice fields stretched along the shores of the Red river's tributaries and enjoy the intimacy of the countryside.

We navigate along the river front, down tiny lanes, through rural villages and towering rock formations. Here, water buffaloes lumber and graze on the grass, local people tend their crops and kids greet us warmly.

Arriving at Ninh Thang area, set amongst a network of charming waterways. We combine a short sampan ride along a scenic canal with a delightful hike around a unique area, known for its twisted magnificent rock formations caused by earth movement some hundred million years ago.

There is plenty of time for our hands-on cooking demonstration, which gets us out in the market buying fresh ingredients. We pick vegetables from the villagers' own plots and our host gives lessons in cooking traditional 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 3 The Red River Delta / Bai Tu Long Bay
Departing the Red River Delta we journey to Ha Long City. We follow its fertile road through flatlands of the delta flanked by endless green carpets of rice paddies.

We then head north to Bai Tu Long Bay. Shortly after arrival, we embark on a boat trip amongst spectacular limestone peaks.

Those who relish a close glimpse at rock formations and floating fishing villages can take a kayaking ride around the bay – time to relax and appreciate the sublime beauty of the bay.

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 traditional Vietnamese Spring Rolls and succulent fish dipping sauce and Squid dish.

Tonight we stay overnight in our comfortable lodge. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).

Day 4 Bai Tu Long Bay / Hanoi
Quan Lan Island is located in Bai Tu Long Bay. The island’s main assets comprise gorgeous beaches and lush jungle vegetation interspersed with patches of cultivated land.

Local farmers plant seasonal crops on their own plots and make a living from fishing offshore and gathering ocean creatures!

We take a bicycling ride across the island and board our boat to explore some of the bay’s truly awesome scenery – vertical and unusual rocks and islets emerge from the sea.

Time is also spent paddling our kayaks around scenic rock formations before we navigate to Cai Rong Island.

This is followed by our return journey to Hanoi, arriving there at about 5pm. (Breakfast and lunch are included).

The facts…

Physical activities:

Easy hiking, cycling and kayaking with:

- a 6-8 km hike on Day 1.

- a 9-12 km bicycle ride on Day 2.

- a 5-9 km bicycle ride and a 1-2 hour kayaking ride on Day 3.

- a 7-9 km bicycle ride and a 1-2 hour kayaking ride on Day 4.

Transport:

- boat.

- kayak.

- bicycle.

- vehicle.

Tour Guides:

Our experienced and friendly Tour Guides speak excellent English.

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

Accommodation:

- lodges (3 nights).

Meals:

- 3 breakfasts.

- 4 lunches.

- 3 dinners.

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:

- $228USD per person for a group of 2 to 6 people.       
           
- $197USD per person for a group of 7 to 14 people.

The cost of the trip includes:


- accommodation.

- transportation.

- meals.

- Tour Guides.

- entrance fees.

- permits where applicable.

The cost of the trip does not include:

- travel insurance.

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

- personal expenses.

- tips.

What to take:

Pack essentials for 4 days away from Hanoi, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes. Take a small day pack for cycling, walking and hiking.

It is essential to bring your passport on this trip.

We also recommend packing: swim suit, first-aid kit, personal articles, insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...

Have a great journey!!!

 

 

 
 
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