Duration: 4 days/ 3 nights
Group size: 9 - 18 pax
Itinerary: Hanoi - Bai Dinh - Trang An - Mai Chau - Hanoi
A combination of a group tour to Bai Dinh - Trang An (Ninh Binh) and an exciting trip to Mai Chau offers tourists an enjoyable experience. With our combo, you will have chance to visit Buddha Prayer place in Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam, see farmers working in fields, locals weaving scarves, bike and visit surrounding peaceful villages in Mai Chau.
Full day visit Bai Dinh Pagoda and Trang An Cave in Ninh Binh
2-night trip to visit Mai Chau and Mo Luong cave
Free pickup at hotels in Old quarters
Description Price for standard tour
Description Price for deluxe tour
Day 1: Hanoi - Bai Dinh - Trang An (L)
07.45 - 08.15: Pick up at your hotels in Hanoi old quarters, depart for Ninh Binh province (120 Kms).
10.30: Arrive in Buddha Prayer place in Bai Dinh Pagoda, the biggest pagoda in Vietnam with 500 La Han statues, biggest bronze Buddha statue in Vietnam with 10 meters in height, 100 tons in weight. Have lunch in local restaurant with some local special dishes such as Goat meat with elderberry, pork storage vessel.
13.00 Depart to visit Trang An tourist attraction, take boat trip to visit cave complex: Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou in mystery and wildness, see scenery of mountain and rivers of Ninh Binh.
16.00: Getting on the car for returning to Hanoi.
18.00 - 18:30: Back to Hanoi at your hotel
Standard option: communal dorm (homestay)
Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau (L/D)
07.30 – 8.30: Pickup at your hotel in the Old Quarter in our comfortable van
10.00: Short break on the way, photo taking.
11.30 – 12.00: Scenic photo stop of Mai Chau valley, arrive in Mai Chau around noon time.
12.15: Traditional lunch in local village (vegetarian meal available)
13.00 – 15.00: Bicycle ride with local tour guide, see farmers working in fields, locals weaving scarves and visit surrounding peaceful villages.
15.00 – 18.00: Free time for bicycling, walking, shopping
18.00: Visit Thai living museum for Traditional BBQ dinner
19.30: Watch Thai traditional dance in the stilt house and enjoy Traditional alcohol (ruou can) with the community then overnight at the homestay
Day 3: Mai Chau – Pu Luong – Mai Chau (B/L/D)
07.30 – 8.00: Wake up and have breakfast at the homestay.
8:30 – 10:30: Drive / ride motorbikes 35km to Pu Luong Nature Reserve (motorbike drivers available).
10:30 – 12:30: Trekking in Pu Luong Nature Reserve to explore a stunning cave.
13:00 – 15:00: Enjoy Lunch in the village and enjoy the riding back to Mai Chau by taking another road through the beautiful rural villages.
15:30: Arrive in Mai Chau enjoy your free time with your motorbike to explore the Valley yourself.
18.00: Dinner and overnight at the homestay
Day 4: Mai Chau trekking – Hanoi (B/L)
7:30-8:00: Wakeup and eat breakfast
8:00: Go with local tour guide to visit more remote rural villages Na Meo, Na Mo and Xam Pa villages to understand more about their culture and customs.
12:00: Back to the homestay for lunch and check-out
13:00 – 15:00: Free time for shopping and relaxing
15:00 – 15:30: Say goodbye to the family to get on the bus to drive back to Hanoi
18:30 – 19:00: Arrive in Hanoi Old Quater. Drop you off at your hotel.
Deluxe option: Bungalow at Mai Chau Lodge
Day 2: Hanoi - Mai Chau (L, D)
08h30: Depart from Hanoi (3.5 hours drive with break, photo stop; good road condition)
12h00: Arrive in Mai Chau. Welcome drink and cold/hot towel to be served, followed by an appetizing lunch. The fresh, tasty dishes on offer include local vegetable, ingredients and flavors such as green bean, black mushroom, fish and chicken cooked in Muong or Thai ethnic minority style
15h30: Start your journey to discover the interesting surroundings and ethnic minority tribes with our cycling tour for 2 hours
Note: This 2-hour valley cycling tour can be replaced by 4.5-hour cycling & rock climbing tour, which starts from 1PM. Surcharge USD 20/ person
19h00: A fabulous dinner will be served
20h30: Complement your experience by sampling delicacies from the local region during dinner time and enjoy the performance by local troupe of ethnic minority Muong and Thai people. It is so relaxing to watch the exotic dances featuring the flower, land-scape and daily agriculture cultivating activities and sweet dating songs in the fresh mountain air.
Day 3: Mo Luong cave - Mai Chau (B/L/D)
08h00: Enjoy a tasty international breakfast in Bo Luong Restaurant with views overlooking the lake, the paddy fields and the swimming pool
09h00: Climb up the stairs to visit Mo Luong Cave across from Mai Chau Lodge. The cave stretches 500 meters under Mt. Pu Kha and is rich in myths and legends of the local people. Discover the cave’s four caverns before returning
10h00: Start the walking tour to H’mong village to get a deeper immersion into the ethnic communities and to understand how they live from a real life perspective
12h30: Enjoy a picnic lunch at the village and drive back to the Lodge or drive back and have lunch at the Lodge
Note: Please note that the program for the second day can be change between Trekking tour to H’mong or Kayaking on Hoa Binh River
19h00: A fabulous dinner will be served.
Day 4: Poom Coong and lac Villages - Hanoi (B)
09h00: Continue walk to Thai’s Village at Pom Coong & Lac
11h30: Back to hotel for Lunch (this meal not included in the package rate)
13h30: Leave Mai Chau to go back to Hanoi