Head to the hills for a challenging, yet rewarding, trekking adventure. In the mountainous area of Vietnam discover a land of immense beauty and intriguing hill-tribe villages. Spend the days through rice paddies and hiking up mountains and the evenings in homestays, getting a true taste of traditional local life.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B/L)
Day 3: Mai Chau – Pu Luong Natural Reserve (B/L/D)
Day 4: Pu Luong Trekking (B/L/D)
Day 5: Pu Luong – Hanoi & Departure
<p>Upon arrival in Hanoi, be met by our car driver and be transferred to the hotel for check-in. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.</p><p>Overnight in Hanoi.</p><p>Notes: The itinerary can be flexible base on the arrival flight schedule; some sites can be visited today to have more time at sites or adding some other sites in the next day (with small surcharge).</p><p></p>
<p>Located in Hoa Binh Province, a scenic 4-hour drive southwest of Hanoi, Mai Chau offers a splendid vista of mountains and valleys surrounded by lush landscape and stilt houses, inhabited mainly by the White Thai ethnic group. On arrival, you continue to drive 45 minutes to Xa Linh village inhabited by the H’mong hill tribe. Lunch will be served before enjoying the invigorating cool air while walking for 2 hours through mountain trails. Optional visit Pa Co primary school, any local gifts to them is appreciated (closed on weekends, summer and public holidays) or Pa Co hill tribe market (if it falls on Sunday). Stop along the way to observe local traditions which you may encounter. Late afternoon, check in at Sol Bungalow</p><p></p><p>Overnight at Mai Chau (Home-cooked lunch)</p><p></p><p>Notes: </p><p>Suggested time: 08:00</p><p>Duration: 8 hours</p><p>Trekking distance: 2km</p><p>Grade: easy </p><p></p>
<p>After a 1.5 hour drive to Pu Luong Retreat, you will arrive at your accommodation followed by free time to explore the beautiful retreat, with its captivating panoramic views and tranquil setting before a delicious lunch. After lunch, you will be transferred to a suspension bridge over the Cham River, where you begin your walk (3-6 km as you wish) in search of stunning water wheels. Get up close to each wheel and discover how water is moved from the river to handmade bamboo aqueducts via simple constructions of all sizes. Arriving at a local fisherman’s house, you have a short rest to gear up for the rafting adventure, floating along the calm river and taking in the views in between learning how to paddle and steer your handcrafted rafts. Arriving at scenic Tan Lap Bridge, you disembark to be transferred back to Pu Luong Retreat for dinner.</p><p></p><p>Overnight at Pu Luong Retreat</p><p></p><p>Notes:</p><p>Suggested time: 09:00</p><p>Duration: 6 hours</p><p>Trekking distance: 5km</p><p>Grade: easy</p><p></p>
<p>Start early to descend into the beautiful valley facing the Retreat where you walk around tumbling rice terraces. Trek through 6km small paths downhill shrouded in vegetation to slowly reveal a picturesque village sitting at the base of a towering mountain. Continuing to Kho Muong which is located in the central of valley, to engage with locals and see their rural life. Heading to “Bat Cave” – where the first ancestors of Muong ethnic group lived. Lunch will served at a local house on stilts. Then trekking 7 km through the jungle to explore the abundant of flora and fauna along the way. The winding road around gorgeous mountains will take you to Uoi village which is located in the middle of the forest. You weave between roads and farmland, villages and wild fields, ponds and rivers, mountains and open land. Savour the ever-changing scenery as you trek to a beautiful spot. Then you will be transferred back to Puluong Retreat </p><p></p><p>Overnight at Pu Luong Retreat</p><p></p><p>Notes:</p><p>Suggested time: 09:00</p><p>Duration: 8 hours</p><p>Trekking distance: 13km</p><p>Grade: Moderate</p><p></p>
<p>You will have an easy start to the day, relax or take a dip in the natural pool of Pu Luong Retreat. After lunch, we continue our journey to Hanoi for your onward flight</p><p></p><p>End of service.</p><p></p>
Tour price includes:
- + Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
- + All private transportation.
- + Accommodation shared in Twin/Double room with daily breakfast
- + Experienced English speaking guide.
- + Private boat trip as per tour
- + Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
- + All sightseeing tickets.
- + Tissues and water on coach.
- + Services charges and government tax.
- + No extra charge after services confirmation
- + 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
Tour price excludes:
- + International flights & Departure taxes if any
- + Personal expenses, drinks, tips and gratuities
- + Travel insurance
- + Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any
- + Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any
- + Vietnam visa
- + Other services not mentioned above.