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Northern Trek Vietnam, 11 Days

Style: Vietnam Adventure Tours

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Hightlights: Ha Noi - Mai Chau Trekking - Cuc Phuong Trekking - Ha Long Bay - Ha Noi

Description: Trekking through beautiful terrace rice fields, landscapes; Meeting smiling and warm-hearted Black Hmong and Red Dao people; Talking with them to understand a bit more about their way of life, their customs and traditions...

Day 1: Arrival - Ha Noi
On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel for check in. Then, a tour by cyclo around the old quarter streets to discover the local people life.
O/N in Ha Noi.

Day 2: Ha Noi - Mai Chau - Hang Kia
Drive to Mai Chau via Hoa Binh town, through picturesque scenery with beautiful views of the mountains along the way. On arrival in Xa Linh, we spend a 4-hour trek to Hang Kia, stopping en route for seeing the Hmong hill-tribe people.
Overnight at Hang Kia village.
 
Day 3: Hang Kia - Cun Pheo
An early morning start to trek mountainsides to Cun Pheo. The trekking is difficult at times with some steep uphill and downhill walking, but the views are incredible however some physical preparation will enable you to fully appreciate today's trek.
Overnight at Cun Pheo village.

Day 4: Cun Pheo - Xam Khoe
The spectacular countryside and simple lifestyle of the Thai ethnic minority people are a highlight of Mai Chau valley although conditions are very basic. En route to Sam Khoe we have the chance to meet local people, all friendly and welcoming.
Overnight at Sam Khoe village.

Day 5: Xam Khoe - Cuc Phuong
This morning we spend few hours walking out of Mai Chau Valley before we take a short drive to Cuc Phuong National Park. On arrival, we enjoy a guided visit to Cuc Phuong Museum and Zoo
Overnight in Cuc Phuong.

Day 6: Cuc Phuong Trekking
We continue venturing into the national park of Cuc Phuong. A 6-hour trek with picnic lunch en route gives us a great opportunity to explore one of Vietnam most beautiful primeval forests and also see the Muong hill-tribe people.
Overnight at a Muong village.

Day 7: Cuc Phuong - Ninh Binh
Upon leaving Cuc Phuong National Park we are transferred by car to Tam Coc. A boat trip on a river through “Ha Long inland” - the quiet and peaceful landscape of rice fields surrounded by limestone formations to visit three grottoes of Tam Coc.

Day 8: Ninh Binh - Ha Long Bay
A long day travelling through the rich farming land of the Red River Delta to Halong Bay but you can make stops as you please, to stretch your legs and visit many farmers at work and Keo Pagoda, one of the most beautiful pagoda in Vietnam.
Overnight in Ha Long.

Day 9: Ha Long Bay - Ha Noi
A 5-hour boat trip to visit Ha Long Bay, listed as a World Heritage Area of outstanding natural beauty. This picturesque “Dragon descending to the sea” Bay has 1,969 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. During the boat trip, we will have a fresh seafood lunch prepared and served on board. Drive back to Hanoi.
O/N in Hanoi

Day 10: Ha Noi City Tour
The morning, we start the city tour to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Tran Quoc Pagoda and Quan Thanh Temple. Then continue to visit the Temple of Literature well known as Vietnam’s first university.
The afternoon, after visiting the Ethnologic Museum and the peaceful lake of Hoan Kiem with its sacred Ngoc Son Temple, a short walk in the old quarter streets will give you the opportunity to do shopping.
Evening: Water puppets show, the unique Vietnam traditional art.
O/N in Ha Noi.

Day 11: Ha Noi - Departure
At leisure until transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure flight (check out hotel before 12h00).

WHAT'S INCLUDED

- Accommodation in hotels, guesthouses (twin shared room), village huts
- Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
- English or French speaking guide and local guide for trekking
- Meals as mentioned: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner
- Entrance fee to indicated sights
- Water puppet show
- Permit for trekking
- Boat trips 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

- International air ticket: 
- International airport tax: 
- Travel insurance against any personal injury of illness and damage of the property incurred during the course of this trip. 
- Visa stamp fee 
- Other meal, Tip to guide and driver 
- Personal expenses such as: drinks, phone calls, laundry, tip...etc 
- Supplement for Spanish, Italian and German speaking guide 
- Surcharged for New Year & Lunar New Year

 

 * IMPORTANT NOTES FOR VIETNAM TRIP:

When To Visit In Vietnam

As the climate has been changing in a various way from time to time and in different places in Vietnam, you should plan carefully the destination to visit. Hanoi was incredibly sunny and pleasantly warm, but sometimes misty and cold. The weather in Ha Long Bay – one of the best known Vietnam tourist attraction – is typically sunny and warm. Coming to Vietnam, Sapa is another of must-visit place which can be considered as a top destination in the country for hiking. Arriving in Hoi An, you can feel the warmer climate than in the north of the country, and experience some day enjoying the culture and food here. Saigon and the Mekong Delta cannot be missed which is insanely hot, sunny, and humid, but there are a lot of wonderful things to discover.

What To Prepare

Due to the changing of weather, you should prepare many things when coming to this country from the  warmer jacket to the hiking boots and hiking pants; a good sweater and make sure you have enough comfortable long cotton pants and t-shirts. Using a backpack is the best in Vietnam as you have to move a lot.

Visa

Visa is required by all nationalities. Visa is usually delivered by Vietnam Embassies. However, the procedure of getting of visa will be change from time to time. To apply on arrival visa, one must have 2 passport photo (4x6 cm) taken within last 6 months and passport must be valid 6 months after arrival date.

Currency

Remember to the difference between Vietnamese Dong and US Dollar. It is better to pay by the local currency although dollars can be accepted in some hotels and even in some shops. Make sure you check the money given carefully after exchanging from the bank.

Safety In Vietnam

Vietnam is truly a safe place for female travelers. However, you should be careful when facing with the traffic in Vietnam, especially the scooter when walking around. Actually, learning to cross the street is the most important thing you have to consider. The key point is to walk without stopping as the scooter drivers will never stops for visitors travelling on foot, but all of the drivers will make sure to avoid them.

Accommodation In Vietnam

There is a marvelous range of choice for accommodation in Vietnam, from the luxury hotels to medium options, then finally the basic hostels at any budget. Homestay can be a wonderful experience for most travelers in which they will have a room at local families, sometimes even sharing the bathroom facilities. Depending on your budget and the location you have chosen, the accommodation can be various from place to place.

Wine And Dine In Vietnam

Vietnamese food culture varies by regions from the north to the south. Vietnamese food is characterized by light and balanced flavors as the harmonic combination of many ingredients.  there is also an influence of western and Asian cuisines on food, such as influences from Chinese, Indian, French, and Thailand...

For visitor, in case they are not familiar with Vietnamese culinary, there is a wide range of American, EU, Asian style bar and restaurant for their alternative.

Enjoying the street food of something in the markets is what you have to try out in Vietnam, not only as it is remarkably cheaper than eating at those restaurants, but also because the street food is really tasty in the Vietnamese way. The small tip for you is to find a good place which has.