Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
This 3 days Trip from Hanoi to Mai Chau and Tam Coc is another multi-activity tour we arrange in the north Vietnam for family holidays. The package includes hiking, boat trip, homestay and cycling.
DAY 1: HANOI -> MAI CHAU
7:00 AM: you will be met up with Lotussia Travel team at your hotel in Hanoi. Depart 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. Some stops may be made en route for you to take picture before you arrive in Mai Chau village around noon. Check into a local stilt-house and enjoy our home-hosted lunch. In the afternoon, leave the village for a half day walking around. You will pass by different Thai hamlets, through rice fields, hill sides…You will stop by some local houses to talk with local people to understand their customs and culture. In the evening, assist to the traditional music and dance show which is performed by The Thai young girls and boys who all come from this village. Try some rice alcohol made of traditional plants and local sticky rice. Homestay in Mai Chau.
DAY 2: MAI CHAU -> NINH BINH
After breakfast, enjoy a four-hour drive to Tam Coc, also called “Ha Long Bay on land”, or the “Vietnam’s second nicest grotto” (to Huong Tich) for its poetic and inspirational natural scenery. Arrive in Tam Coc around noon then have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, take a 2-hour boat trip along the Boi river. The river trip in Tam coc is wonderful for photo hunters, especially when local people come to harvest the water rice planted along the river, or when they transplant some seedling for the next crops. The tourists often compare the place with Guilin – China, or more closely, to the limestone islets of Halong Bay in the Tonkin Gulf for their similar geological structures and shapes. Enjoy a short bicycle ride around Tam Coc visiting either Bich Dong pagoda or Thai Vy temple (push-bikes). Dinner & overnight in Tam Coc at hotel.
DAY 3: NINH BINH -> HANOI
Cycling along the village roads from Tam Coc to Hoa Lu offers beautiful rural sceneries. Arriving in Hoa Lu, you will visit Hoa Lu – The Acient Capital and the remaining two temples of Dinh King & Le King. Have lunch in a local restaurant then travel back to Hanoi. Upon your arrival in Hanoi around late afternoon, you will be dropped off at your hotel. Trip ends.