Red River Delta Edge – Loop Trip (9 Nights)

This is one of our best seller! The tour starts with the stunning plataeu of green tea plantation with stilt houses of ethnic minorities in Moc Chau & Mai Chau, then admire the karst landscapes on sampan boat and overnight wooden junk in Ninh Binh & Halong Bay, the homestay experience and bird watching in Xuan Thuy National Mangrove Park… All of these definitely make your holiday a lifetime experience.

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Itinerary

Red River Delta Edge – Loop Trip (9 Nights)

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI

Upon arrival at Noi Bai airport, you will be greeted and picked up by our driver on a private transfer to the downtown for checking into a hotel. In the afternoon, meet up with the tour guide at 4.30 PM and start a food tour in the Old Quarter. The tour guide will walk you to different streets where you can taste different Vietnamese traditional food. After 3 hour walking and eating. We get back to the hotel and end the day. Overnight in Hanoi

Included meals: Food on food tour

DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR

After the breakfast at your hotel, we will start our city tour from your hotel with our private vehicle. The tour will cover all the featured sightseeing places of the city such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh stilt house, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hanoi Hilton prison, Hoan Kiem Lake. End the day with a traditional show of water puppet. Dinner on your own account. Overnight in Hanoi
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 3: HANOI – DUONG LAM VILLAGE – MOC CHAU PLATEAU

This morning, we will depart from Hanoi at 8:00 AM and drive 1,5-hour to Duong Lam ancient village, arrive at the gate of the village, take a walk around to enjoy the countryside atmosphere and visit some old laterite-built houses. Many of which have been preserved and maintained for some hundred years. The visit also includes the village communal house and an old Mia pagoda. Lunch at a local family. In the afternoon, drive to Moc Chau. We will have some stops on the way for coffee and photo opportunities. Arrive in Moc Chau and check in Moc Chau Arena village. This is a wonderful place in Moc Chau for the night as it is located atop of a low-green tea-plantation hill. Dinner and overnight in Moc Chau.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: MOC CHAU PLATEAU VISIT

In the morning, we will move around the plateau to visit some stunning green tea plantations and a limestone cave. After that, transfer to Van Ho District where we will have lunch at a local family of the Thai ethnic minority. This is a chance for you to interact with the villagers and learn about their life and culture. After lunch, we will take a easy walk along a small paved road to enjoy the scenery over the mountains and deep valleys. Get back to our hotel and spend the second night in Moc Chau.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: MAI CHAU VALLEY

After breakfast, we will drive bach down the National Road 6 to Mai Chau Valley. Check in our homestay and rest. Lunch at the host family. In the afternoon, we will embark on a trek to explore the valley and its surrounding. The trek will offer you a close look at the local daily life, watch the traditional stilt house, gardens, and farms. Back to the family for dinner and stay for the night at the homestay.

(There is a traditional dance show by local boys and girls available in the evening on your request and it is optional)

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: MAI CHAU VALLEY – KENH GA BOAT RIDE, NINH BINH

Have breakfast at the homestay and pack your things before bidding farewell to the host and take the morning scenic drive to Ninh Binh. Lunch at a local restaurant by the little jetty in Kenh Ga. In the afternoon, take a motor-boat ride in Kenh Ga River and view the local life at the riversides.

Set on the banks of the Hoang Long River, Kenh Ga is a remarkable place, not only because it is surrounded by the same massive rocks that dominate Thung Nang, but also because in the rainy reason most of the community lives on the water, caused by the river flood. The Kenh Ga floating village receives relatively few visitors compared to some other attractions in Ninh Binh and the peoples’ aquatic way of life has changed little over the centuries. After the boat trip, we move on driving through spectacular landscape of Limestone. Arrive at our family-run hotel. Check in and overnight in Ninh Binh.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: NINH BINH VISIT

As usual, we have breakfast in the hotel. This morning, we will start the day with a cycling tour to visit a nearby temple, called Thai Vi which is dedicated to a feudal dynasty which defeated the Mongolian in the 13rd century. The temple has a modest size but its location is spectacular, surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. Followed by the ride back and on the way, we will call at a small village, hidden itself around the corners of the grey mountains. After 1,5-hour ride, we drop our bicycles at the hotels and get transferred to our trekking point. We trek on a small path in between rice paddy and limestone mountain range. Here and there, you can view water lily flowers floating beautifully on the surface of a small river at the side. Back to the hotel for lunch and rest.

In the afternoon, the driver will take us to Thung Nang jetty where we enjoy a peaceful sampan boat-ride to admire the limestone outcrops of this flooded valley. After 1-hour sitting on the boat and getting through two tunnel-like caves, we get off and start hiking into the forest. After a few minutes, you will reach a beautiful valley, this is really isolated from outside with beautiful scenery. Hike through the valley under lush vegetation before challenging yourself with hundred steps up to pass the mountain. This hike offers you a chance to watch the diversity of tropical flora system. Once you reach the top, you really find the steps worth it because this is where you can enjoy a wonderful scenery over the valley of the other side which is decorated by limestone mountains and thick vegetation. Hike downhill in the bush for a flat walk on the ground. It is less challenge but still offers you the rural beauty: Mountains, rivers, villages and paddy fields. Dinner and spend the second night in Ninh Binh

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: NINH BINH – NAM DINH

This morning, we will have breakfast at the hotel as usual, check out of our hotel and start the morning drive toward Nam Dinh coastal province. At the midway, we will call at a special Buddhist pagoda called Co Le. The special thing of this pagoda is that it is the integration of Vietnamese traditional architectural elements with ones of European gothic architecture. This is a Buddhist pagoda but takes on a Catholic cathedral. Thence, we move on driving to Giao Xuan commune of Xuan Thuy district. Upon arrival, we check in our homestay at a peaceful village. The village is just a few minutes from the coast but has fertile land of the delta. After getting acquainted with the host family and having your baggage stored, we get back on our private car and head for a small dock where we take a boat trip through a part of Xuan Thuy Mangrove National Park. The cruise in between the green mangrove takes us about 30 minutes before we are getting into a clam farming area. Stop by a clam stilt hut, climb up to the floor and enjoy our fresh seafood lunch. The breeze from the sea will absolutely makes your lunch break comfortable. Rest and learn about the local clam farming during your lunch. In the afternoon, cruise back to the shore and drive along the cofferdam to visit the afternoon fish market which takes place just on the dam side. Watch the trading and take photographs. Continue on our visit with a home-made fish sauce family and learn the traditional fish sauce making technique. End our day with a gentle bicycling tour to visit the national park’s bird garden. Dinner and overnight at the homestay.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: NAM DINH – HALONG BAY

Today, you may be woken up early by domestic roosters. Check out of the homestay, bid farewell to the host and go for breakfast. The morning drive through the Red River Delta will take us to Tuan Chau Island of Halong City. Around noon, get aboard a wooden boat and spend the whole afternoon discover the famous bay of UNESCO’s World Heritage. Lunch on boat. The activities after long cruising in between the towering karst formations includes kayaking, swimming. Dinner and overnight on boat.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: HALONG BAY – NOI BAI AIRPORT

The boat takes you to see other part of the bay with a visit to a beautiful limestone cave in the morning. Soft breakfast and a brunch will be served on boat. Get back to the pier about 11.30 and take the afternoon drive back to the airport. Arrive at the airport around 4 PM for your departure flight at 6.00 PM. End of service.

Included meals: Breakfast, Brunch

Red River Delta Edge – Loop Trip (9 Nights)

Exclusions

  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks and other meals
  • Visas and airport transfers
  • Any flight tickets
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses and others not mentioned clearly above.

Inclusions

  • Private A/c Van (Ford Transit)
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Hotels and homestays during the trip with daily breakfast
  • Sightseeing tickets
  • Sampan boat-ride in Ninh Binh
  • Motor-boat ride in Xuan Thuy Mangrove National Park
  • Bottled water on the van
  • Cruise package in Halong Bay
  • Government taxes and service charge

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