Northern peoples and the rice fields
Northern peoples and the rice fields
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Northern peoples and the rice fields
Stroll among the rice fields, the result of hard work, of ingenious and especially subtle different ethnic groups for many centuries. Learn more about their culture and traditions while you enjoy breathtaking scenery.
Hanoi - Duong Lam - Nghia Lo - Mu Cang Chai - Sa Pa - Bac Ha - Lao Cai
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  • Day 1
    Departure towards Duong Lam (1h30 drive), characteristic village of the Red River with its 300 years old buildings.

    Visit the Mong Phu temple, the only hamlet that has kept its original entrance intact and whose lanes are lined with laterite houses. Lunch in one of these traditional houses that do not lack charm. In the afternoon, visit the Mia Pagoda, located in another hamlet of Duong Lam province and built in the 15th century. It houses 287 statues of all sizes including those of the 8 goddesses Vajra.

    Continuation for Mai Chau (3h drive) and installation at the Lodge, in a beautiful setting.

    Meals included: lunch, dinner

    Note: Possibility of spending the night at the inhabitant (On request)
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  • Day 2
    Bike ride on the flat paths in the small villages of Na Phon, Kha, Na Hi and Mai Hich around Mai Chau to explore the natural surroundings of all beauty. During your walk, you will meet the inhabitants and children who go about their daily work.

    Rice growing for some, fishing for the landing net for others, sewing and weaving workshop in one of the village houses or bamboo shoots drying on the road. Free time in the afternoon for a personal discovery of the region. In the evening, you will attend a traditional Thai music and dance show. This ethnic group has lived in this region for centuries and their lifestyle and traditions have changed little over the years.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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  • Day 3
    Departure for the Pu Luong Nature Reserve (1h30) through a mountain pass with a breathtaking view of the entire valley. In the afternoon, transfer to a suspension bridge on the Cham River, where you will start your walk to observe the famous hand made bamboo water wheels. Visit a fishermen's house, then bamboo raft ride to discover beautiful landscapes. Disembark at Tan Lap Bridge, then transfer to Pu Luong Retreat for your dinner. 

    Your Lodge: Nestled on a hill with breathtaking panoramic views of rice fields and mountains, Pu Luong Retreat was built with local materials and offers a truly authentic experience.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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  • Day 4
    Free day at Pu Luong to discover the lodge's surroundings as you like, organize your own hike to discover the splendid rice terraces, plunge into isolated mountain villages, and take the time to immerse yourself in splendid landscapes.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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  • Day 5
    Departure from Pu Luong after breakfast for Ninh Binh.

    On the road, you will pass the Cuc Phuong National Park. You will visit the animal welfare center at risk. Project set up in 1995 by Vietnamese and German researchers, the goal is to improve the fate of the monkeys on the Vietnamese territory. Thus, animals of more than 20 species are treated and can be observed. Then continue for Tam Coc through Van Long. Upon your arrival in Van Long, you will make an hour and a half return boat trip on the Van Long Nature Reserve which winds between karst hills and rice fields in a marvelous landscape "Ha Long Bay on Land". Arrival at Tam Coc late afternoon. Dinner at the local restaurant. Night at the hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Day 6
    Ninety-five miles from Hanoi, in Ninh Binh province, is home to a wealth of Vietnam's rich historic heritage, such as the country's former capital city until the 11th century. The province of Ninh Binh attracts visitors with its historical grandeur, spectacular shows and a rich culture destination.

    Thinking about Ninh Binh, we think of the inevitable ones like the city of Hoa Lu which is the ancient capital of Vietnam operating under the two Dinh dynasties, Thung Nan (the valley of the sun) with part of the Halong Bay terrestrial and its Bai Dinh pagoda, which is today one of the largest Buddhist centers in Southeast Asia. You will visit the ancient capital of Vietnam under the Ly dynasty and the previous one. Discovery of the two temples dedicated to Kings Dinh and Le. Breakfast in a local restaurant. Then you will go on an excursion in a rowing boat on the Tam Coc River (three caves). The cruise will last about 2 hours.

    Tam Coc is a small village where inhabitants organize walks on the Ngo Dong River. You will see the rocks having the appearance identical to the phoenix, the mandarin hat, the turtle ... It will be magnificent. Sometimes, the river will merge with the rice fields and give you the impression of sailing on a real sea. What a nice cruise! In the late afternoon, bike ride to visit Bich Dong Pagoda and Thai Vy Temple. 

    Back to Ha Noi, free dinner, night at your expense. End of our services.

    Meals included: breakfast, lunch
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TRAVEL PRICE (Prix par personne en EUR)
(Depending on season, types of accommodation and activities)
(price per person in EURO)
These prices are valid until 09/30/2020
  • The estimated budget for this trip is from 333 € / person.
  • Talking about fixed prices when discussing about a personalized trip makes little sense. Indeed, it varies depending on many factors (quality of services, period, turnaround time and many more).
  • The only exact price will be the one of your personalized quote.
Category of Hotels Group of 2 Group of 3- 5 Group of 6- 9 Sgl Suppl
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Note: A supplement will be added on the price of the services of your trip for the Christmas period and New Year (from December 24, 2019 to January 05, 2020), as well as for the period of the festival of Tet Vietnamese from January 22 to 2 February 2020
Name of city / List of hotels Superior
MAI CHAU Mai Chau Lodge
Deluxe suite
PU LUONG Pu Luong retreat
Private bungalow
TAM COC Ninh Binh Hidden charm
Superior room

These prices include
  • Land transport by private vehicle, air-conditioned
  • Hotel accommodation mentioned in the program or similar, breakfast included
  • Lunch and dinner
  • The assistance of a English speaking guide
  • Entrance tickets for the visits mentioned in the program
  • 2 bottles of water per person per day
These prices do not include
  • Drinks, tips, personal expenses
  • Insurance and assistance
  • Any other service not mentioned above
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