Ninh Binh, Cuc Phuong national park and Mai Chau homestay 3 days



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Ninh Binh - Cuc Phuong - Mai Chau

3 days

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Endangered rescue center - Cuc Phuong national park






An unforgettable adventure travel through villages, paddy fields, mountains and valleys of Hoa Binh (Mai Chau) and onto Ninh Binh (Cuc Phuong National Park, Tam Coc). All is off the beaten track drive and includes some trek in the National Park.
Want to find out the place to hide away from Hanoi for a few days? Adventure mixed with relaxation? Beautiful scenery? Getting closer to local people? Is that what you are looking for? This trip offers it all and even more unexpected things are waiting for you. Check it out.



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Day 1 : Hanoi – Tam Coc
Early this morning you are be picked up at your hotel to leave for Hoa Lu, It takes a couple of hours to drive to the southeast of Hanoi, enjoying the rural scenery along the road with stopovers for photography of the peaceful Viet Nam countryside. Arrive in Hoa Lu which is the former capital of Viet nam (968 – 1009) under Dinh and Le dynasties, there are not much to see in this place besides two remaining temples, each one nearly a thousand years old, the first one is dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang Emperor, the second commemorates the rulers of the Le Dynasty. Keep driving to BichDong pagodas, a complex of pagodas built into limestone mountain cliffs from 15th century with unreal scenery around. After some walk to the top pagoda, we have lunch in a local restaurant before visiting TamCoc (Three grottos) recognized as “ Ha long bay on land“, rowing boat trip would take 2 hours to see all three caves and crossing beautiful rice paddy. This is an ideal place for natural lovers. 
We head back to Ninh Binh for the night

Day 2 Ninh Binh - Cuc Phuong - Mai Chau
Leaving NinhBinh behind, we head for CucPhuong, driving further into the middle of the national park where we take a walk around the Centre of Endangered Rescue. In here, precious animals, such as white short monkeys, snakes, foxes, etc.can still be encountered, we go trekking around 7km through the variety of fauna and flora of the forest in a fresh atmosphere to see the 1000 year old “Cho trees”; the huge ones would take ten arm’s length to contain their circumference and the “primitive man cave”. After picnic lunch right in the middle of the rain forest we keep driving to MaiChau. Our hosts for this evening will be the White Thai minority people. In sampling these peoples hospitality, we find out a little more of their lives and cultures with a cultural exchange following the evening meal, you are welcome to take part in their traditional festival held on travellers' requests to enjoy folk songs, dancing with Thai people - Mua Xap, pine wine - Ruou Can.

Day 3: Mai Chau – Boat Cruise on Da river - Ha Noi 
Following breakfast we embark on a lovely walk to nearby villages. We have the opportunity to spend some more time strolling around the hamlets and witnessing the beginnings of another day in rural Vietnam before going to Ben Sang dock for the 3-hour boat cruise on the Da River, exploring part of the biggest reservoir in North Vietnam, having lunch in Hoa Binh with a visit to the immense power station before driving back to HaNoi.



travel style: Independent
If you're looking for something different (perhaps group travel isn't for you) or you want an extension to your trip, an Independent adventure could be just the thing. These private itineraries will take you to a new level of personal experience and self discovery. They can accommodate a special interest, such as cookery or meditation, or can be as simple as a beach break. Transport, accommodation standard and inclusions vary from trip to trip - please check the trip notes for full details.
group size
N/A as this trip is on a private basis.
accommodation & meal inclusions
1 night in village homestay and 1 night in hotel
Ninh Binh:
The Long Hotel or Thuy Anh Hotel
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 picnic lunch
Mai Chau: Homestay in Lac Village
Meals included: breakfast

Tour includes:
• Accommodation based on twin share with daily breakfasts
• Extra meals as per the itinerary
• Private transfer round trip
• Other transports and transfers as dedicated in the itinerary
• Tours and excursions as described in the program
• Local English speaking tour guide
• Entrance fees and permits where applicable during guided time
Tour excludes:
• Pre & post trip arrangements
• Transfers beyond the itinerary
• Entrance fees and permits during free time
• Travel insurance (compulsory)
• Food & drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
• Tips and gratuities
• Expenses of a personal nature such as bar bills, laundry and telephone charges
• Other services not clearly described in the program



Tour cost: US $230 per person in the party of 2





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