Trekking Pu Luong Nature Reserve and Kayaking Halong Bay in Northern Vietnam (8 days)

Trekking Pu Luong Nature Reserve and Kayaking Halong Bay in Northern Vietnam (8 days)

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi. Transfer Airport – Hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.

Arrival at Noi Bai airport via flight ???. You’ll be greeted at the airport by Lotussia local guide and driver then escorted to your hotel in town. Welcome dinner in town. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau. Half day trek to Sai and Hang villages. Overnight at local hill tribe village.

After breakfast, we will leave Hanoi for Hoa Binh province and up then to Mai Chau valley. This scenic drive takes around four hours. Along the way we pass fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies. Upon arriving in Mai Chau valley, we take a short walk around Lac & Poom Coong villages to have the first experience of the White Thai community local life and their culture. Lunch will be served at local home. We will then leave Mai Chau for a short ride along the Ma river (22km) to Sai village. Off the bus, we begin our trek to Duom and Hang villages. We will trek through outstanding mountain scenery and pituresque rice paddies, see hand-crafted bamboo water wheels, and talk with the lovely local people. Spend the night in a local Thai family’s traditional home on stilts.

Day 3: Full day trek from Hang village to Eo Ken and Kho Muong villages (6 hours). Overnight at local hill tribe village.

After having breakfast with our new Thai friends, we will be walking for a approximately 5 to 6 hours. The first section is hard with some steep climbs and stream crossings. The second stage is glorious with beautiful views of the valley, rice terraces, rich rain forests, and meandering streams. Your picnic lunch will be provided on the way at Eo Ken village. Arrival in Kho Muong village is always special as the setting of the village is perhaps the most beautiful in Vietnam, nestled between steep karst mountains with rice terraces in the afternoon sun. Spend our second night nearby in a typical Thai eco – stilt home in Kho Muong village.

Day 4: Full day trekking from Kho Muong village to Hin village (6 hours). Overnight at local hill tribe village.

After having breakfast, we will trek to Hin village (5 – 6 hours). On this route we will encounter some steep climbs and more stream crossings. Along the way we will visit an incredible cave, only recently discovered, now protected by the Forest Rangers.

The trekking will become more and more remote although one is never that far from a villager tending their fields. Pass steep limestone mountains and curiosty conjuring caves, through the dense rain forests all inside the borders of the Pu Luong Nature Reserve and onto Nua village.

Our picnic lunch will be served in a local house of the village. Then we continue to Hin village of the Thai people. Overnight at Hin village.

Day 5: Trekking from Hin village to Ton village (7 hours). Back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Get up early morning if you would like to observe or take part in daily life of the local people. Then breakfast is served by our Thai host family in preparation for a hard but pleasurable trek (6 – 7 hours) through rich and wild rain forests. This challenging hike wanders through the biodiversity of the Pu Luong Nature Reserve. We will have a picnic lunch inside the Pu Luong Nature Reserve, then continuing our trek to Ton village. Our vehicle will picks us up here for our drive back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 6: Hanoi – Halong. Boat cruise. Kayaking. Overnight on boat.

After breakfast, we will depart to Halong. Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and everyday Vietnamese village life.

Arrive in Halong around noon and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk (or similar junk). Whilst cruising the exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views, and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Alternatively journey to Dau Go Cave and nearby see the famous stalagmites and stalactites of Thien Cung Cave. Take a kayaking trip to explore the Bay. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.

Day 7: Halong – Hanoi. Cyclo ride. Water puppet show. Overnight in Hanoi.

Wake up to fresh coffee and a wholesome breakfast before cruising back to Halong City. En route the junk weaves through strange-shaped rock formations that invite comparisons from fighting cocks to dragons. After another wonderful fresh seafood lunch (early) on board disembark at the dock at Halong City. Transfer back to Hanoi.

Enjoy a short cyclo excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sales at these places. In the evening, attend to the water puppet show, one of famous Vietnamese traditional art. Overnight in Ha Noi.

Day 8: Hanoi Departure.

Breakfast at hotel. Free time till transfer to the airport for your onward flight back home. End tour.