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Trekking Mu Cang Chai – Ha Long Kayaking – Ninh Binh Cycling
7 days 6 nights
Mu Cang Chai & Van Long Nature Reresve are less touristic & natural destinations in North Vietnam.
Our trip is gives you long trekking time to discover the mountainous beauty, the amazing Rice Terraces, as well as local life of different ethnic groups in rural tribe in Mu Cang Chai ( instead of tourism area in Sapa).
Cycling in Ninh Binh- through Cuc Phuong National Park & Van Long nature reserve – enjoy the outstanding landscapes of mountains & grottos, the largest area of wetland reserve where is the home to a rich fauna, flora and many animals.
And 2 days relax on cruise, kayak & swimming will help you enjoy the North Vietnam trip.
8am: Our guide will pick-up you at hotel.We pass Nghia Lo town – the home of Thai people – one of the main ethnic people in Yen Bai. Arrive at Tu Le town, check in our hotel, you can spend around 2hrs to walk around field and village, to enjoy the rice field, explore the life, the house, the culture…of Thai people. After trekking, we can enjoy the Hot Spring – where villagers often gather together and take a bath everyday.
8am: After breakfast, we will move to Mu Cang Chai. Run over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam with 40km, connect Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai). Most scenic roads which offer a lot of stops for picturing as the view point to see the Lim Mong, Lim Thai village or paragliding-point on the top of this pass.
When arrive Mu Cang Chai, we will spend 1-2 hrs trek to Rasberry Hill – one of the most famous destination, where have the round shape of rice terrace, all of them was built by human hand of H’mong people since hundreds years ago. Leave Mam Xoi, we will have 3-4hrs to trek from Che Cu Nha village to Kim Noi village – where we will sleep in the stilt house of Thai people.
On the trekking way, we will go up to the high mountain, pass to the Hmong village and waterfall in remote area. Beside seeing the beauty of Rice field, you’ll guided how to plant rice, harvest rice or discover the farm working of locals.Enjoy stunning landscapes along the way.
After our breakfast, depend on the season, we can spend 1-2hrs continue trek some villages where have the beautiful rice field such as: Lao Chai village, Sang Nhu village or enjoy the rice terrace field on the back way.
After that, we will drive straight back to Nghia Lo – Yen Bai city- Hanoi around 6-7pm.
8:00: After breakfast, the shuttle bus to Halong Bay will pick-up you at hotel. You will embark on a cruise at midday around the beautiful bay. You will enjoy the seafood lunch while cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay and Ha Long Bay.
Afternoon, you will discover the floating Vung Vieng village while sitting on rowing boats with local people or experience kayaking, swimming or join the cooking class.
Evening: Enjoy the Dinner and the bay in night.
Morning: Rise early for morning tai chi on the sundeck. After breakfast, you will explore the Sung Sot Cave (Amazing Cave)– one of the biggest cave and most impressive of Ha long Bay. When come back cruise, you can enjoy the bay on the Sun Deck when waiting the lunch.
You will check out of the cruise at 12:00am, transfer back to Bai Chay beach. Transfer to minibus or private and return to Hanoi. Arrival back at your hotel approximately 16:30/17:00.
Overnight in hotel 3 star in HaNoi.
Pick-up at your hotel at 8:00 am, then transfer in about 110 km on a good road by mini-van to Ninh Binh (~2 hours). We start cycling on the countryside road, onto Hoa Lu – an ancient citadel, maybe with a stop for its history in the 10th century. Then we continue our riding through the limestone peaks to Tam Coc, passing rice paddies and through the rural villages.
Here we are in Tam Coc and lunch is served in the local restaurant that has view over the boat pier, great chance for photos here. Followed by a short transfer on van, we continue our ride exploring more of Ninh Binh, along the farm for about 2 hours cycling. Cuc Phuong national park is our destination, we load the bike back on the van and transfer to the park center for the night. Dinner and overnight in a simple bungalow inside the park.
Morning exercise with cycling up hills further into the jungles, this is harder than yesterday but it’s worth being in the fresh nature with sounds of birds, maybe with a short walk here to learn more about plants and animals before we drive back to the gate for visiting the Primates Rescue center.
Leave the Rescue center by van for Van Long, it’ll be time for lunch, then we will take the local bamboo boats visiting (1,5 hours) along this fascinating Nature Reserve in swampland – Van Long, with limestone peaks, caves and there maybe chances to see different kinds of birds and the Delacur langur. Transfer back to Hanoi, tour ends at your hotel by around 6 pm.
P/s: The itinerary can change according your requirement.
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Katie & Jared – USA
“We absolutely LOVED this three day, two night trip with Nghia! We started from Hanoi and made our way up north to Mu Cang Chai. We spent the first day trekking to a tea farm up in the mountains and spent the first night at a homestay. We biked through rice fields, met locals and learned a lot about the community. We trekked up in Mu Chang Chai the second day via motorbike, walking and met locals, including our tour guide.
As a traveler here, you need to be flexible and willing to experience the trip, even when the conditions aren’t ideal. It rained some on the second day, and was very muddy, but I think that gave the day an even better memory.
Our meals were also very yummy and we were able to experience all sorts of local delights.”
Shemaine – Singapore
Nghia and her team from Zonitrip helped to organise a 2 day trip to Mu Cang Chai tour for my two friends and I. In the lead up to the trip, I appreciated her promptness in responding to my queries. All in all, my friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip! During our trek around the mountains, we were awed by the many beautiful views of the Mu Cang Chai rice terraces We also enjoyed our homestay experience with the Thai People and were highly impressed by the wide spread of delicious food prepared by our homestay owners. If you are looking to visit a place that is less touristy, I highly recommend Mu Cang Chai . However, if you are prone to motion sickness, you must be warned that the journey from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai and back can be a gruelling one as you will be traveling on winding mountainous roads for about 2 -3 hours. Thank you once again Nghia for organising such a great trip for us =)
Travelled to Mu Cang Chai, spending the first night in Ngia Lo and the second in Mu Cang Chai. Nghia was wonderful and was up to doing anything we wanted to on the way. We stopped at a fresh water stream in Tu Le where she walked us to a secluded hot spring so that we could take a dip in the middle of the day. All the meals were amazing and she gave us insight to the lives of the Tai, Hmong and Dao people that lived in Yen Bai and the surrounding areas. Her tour is one of the most genuine and down to earth tours. Highly recommended!
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