Hanoi arrival Upon arrival in Hanoi, and after clearing passport control, customs and collecting your luggage, you will be warmly greeted and transferred by your own private coach to your hotel in Hanoi to
check in. After a short rest, you will enjoy a 1-hour cyclo tour of the French inspired "old quarter" passing through boutique stores and amazing contemporary art galleries amongst many other historical monuments. You will then enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before heading back to your hotel for your first nights stay in beautiful Hanoi.
Dong Ngac Cultural Village with Bike
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel you will travel to Dong Ngac Culture Village, which is located about 15km from Hanoi center.
This is an ancient village and a Cultural Heritage Site in honour of its educated and heroic people recognized by the kings of Vietnam. You will then embark on an interesting market tour. At the local market, you will have the opportunity to experience the bustling market and local life, your tour guide will show you and help you purchase some offering for families you will later visit.
After that, we take a short walk from Dong Ngac market to your hosting family’s house for a welcome drink and get ready for some bike riding around the village. You will start riding and venture deeper into the village: Visit Dong Ngac Communal House, the grounds and architecture of which are built in the shape of a dragon and is the oldest house in the village and belongs to the Do family and is more than 300 years old.
You will then head back to your hosting family in time for your private cooking demonstration. After watching your host you can then practice yourselves. The best part of the cooking demo is that you can try all of the dishes that you have cooked! After all our efforts you can reward ourselves and rest back into some reclining chairs in the fragrant retreat of your host’s village garden. All too soon, it is mid-afternoon and time to say goodbye to your new friends.
In the late afternoon, you will drive back to Hanoi for overnight accommodation in a central hotel.
Hanoi – Mai Chau – Cycling to Ethnic villages
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel you will have an early morning start for Mai Chau which is located 150 km Northwest of Hanoi, the drive takes 3.5 hours.
Just an hour out of Hanoi after Hoa Binh Town, the road will slowly weave itself through mountains, fertile valleys and traditional villages.
Arrive in the picturesque Mai Chau Valley which is surrounded by spectacular karst rock formations and rice paddies, check in and have lunch at a local Thai house.
After lunch, you will cycle to a valley with some steep uphill and downhill rides. Many villages dot the hillsides, and the undulating terrain make for an interesting journey.
Mai Chau Soft Trekking – Hanoi
After breakfast at the local house you will start this morning with a soft trek through the Mai Chau Valley. You will visit the Mo Luong (Soldier) Cave. Walk to the village of Pom Coong and visit some local homes where we can see the locals weaving the fabric by handcraft, working in the rice fields and doing their daily housework.
You will then continue to Salinh Village (H'mong Ethnic Group), and enjoy a picnic lunch in the house of a local H'mong family.
After lunch, begin the journey back to Hanoi arriving late afternoon where you will have some free time before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.
Hanoi – Halong Kayaking
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel you will drive to Halong Bay for an overnight cruise on a deluxe junk. Your transport buses will travel through breathtaking scenery en route to a World Heritage area of outstanding beauty. Upon arrival you will board your private boat and cruise around this secluded bay which has been referred to as the 8th Natural Wonder of the World. Whilst cruising you will explore forgotten caves and have the opportunity to canoe or swim from the boat.
In the evening you will enjoy a seafood feast for dinner.
Halong Cave Exploring – Hanoi
After waking to a sumptuous western breakfast which you can enjoy whilst watching the sun rise over magical Halong Bay you will continue cruising around this amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site and explore some more of the intricate cave systems that make Halong truly unique.
After a delicious lunch, you will head to Hanoi where you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and then return back to your hotel for your last night stay.
Hanoi departure. After breakfast you will have time to explore a little more of Hanoi and perhaps buy some souvenirs before your private vehicle and guide arrives to escort you back to Hanoi Airport for your flight back to the UAE