The Vietnam Family Adventure Tour is another multi-activity tour we customize for family holidays. This 4 days tour takes you to Ngoc Son Ngo Luong Nature Reserve, Tam Coc and Halong bay. Highlights include trekking, homestay, rowing boat trip, cycling, boat cruise, kayaking.
Day 1: Hanoi – Ngoc Son Ngo Luong.
8.00 AM: you will be met up with Lotussia Travel team at your hotel in Hanoi. Depart for Hoa Binh province. After about three hour drive you get the Ngoc Son – Ngo Luong nature reserve at around 11.00. The car stops at the headquarters of the reserve where you will meet some rangers and have a brief explanation about the global nature conservation and livelihood improvement project. Then you take a short walk to a local restaurant where you enjoy some local specialties. After lunch, you start your adventure trekking right from the restaurant, heading down in the valley to reach Mu village. You take your time to stroll around the village and have a break near by the Mu waterfalls. Then keep walking across the terraced rice fields to Sat village and settle down in a homestay there.
Day 2: Ngoc Son Ngo Luong – Ninh Binh.
The reserve has this particularity to alternate wild areas with very vivid villages. A chance for travelers here to feel different atmospheres along a walk. Today you follow another trail, heading through Khay village, forest hillside, corn and paddy fields. After about four hiking, you arrive in Mon village where you will enjoy your lunch with some other local specialties. After lunch, you will take a motor-taxi to get back to Chien village where your vehicle will be waiting for the two-hour drive to Tam Coc, Ninh Binh province. Arriving in Tam Coc around 4 PM, you take the bike and enjoy riding on village roads in Tam Coc. The bike ride takes about two hours before you return to hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight in Tam Coc at hotel.
Day 3: Ninh Binh – Halong Bay.
After breakfast, enjoy a three hour drive through the Red River delta to Halong Bay. You travel through Nam Dinh, Thai Binh and Hai Phong before arriving in Halong bay around noon. Considered Vietnam””s greatest natural wonder, Halong Bay boasts over 3,000 islands that rise out of the sea to provide a spectacular natural environment. En route enjoy the captivating rural scenery and see fields of busy workers farming their rice fields using traditional methods of cultivation. After boarding your boat, enjoy a delicious seafood lunch on board as you head out to the bay. Spend the afternoon cruising amongst the islets, stopping to explore grottoes and enjoy a swim in the clean, warm waters of the bay (during the summer months). You will also stop at Titop Mountain where you can ascend for a spectacular view of the bay. In the evening relax and enjoy dinner on board as the sun sets.
Day 4: Halong Bay – Hanoi.
After breakfast, continue cruising amongst the many spectacular islets and visit several more fascinating grottoes. Finally leave the bay and head back towards Baichay wharf, transferring back to Hanoi. Arrive at your hotel by late afternoon. Trip ends.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
International travel insurance.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.