Discover the hidden charms of Northern Vietnam Tours – 7 Days

You have a short vaction and woud like to discover various natural beauties? Let’s consider this north vietnam tours to Hanoi, Mai Chau, Pu Luong, Ninh Binh & Halong Bay. This itinerary offers you less touristic destinations to Mai Chau, Pu Luong nature reserve with impressive views of mountains & valleys dotted by ethnic villages & their terrace rice fields, to Ninh Binh- known as Halong Bay on land and Halong Bay- a new narural wonder with overnight cruise into islands & islet on emerauld sea water.

North Vietnam Tours to Ha Noi, Mai Chau, Pu Luong nature reaserve, Hoa Lu- Tam Coc & Halong Bay

Day  1: Hanoi arrival and Hanoi visit

hanoi railway station

Our driver & guide warmly welcome you at the airport and drive to Hanoi city center to discover highlghted places in Hanoi.You will visit Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam, built up in 1070 by the king Ly Thanh Tong. You will get to know about the sytem of education of our country during feudal time to select  the most talented person for feudal systems.Then we do a visit to Women’s museum which give you the great insight of Vietnamese women’s roles in family & in society to build up our Vietnam.Have a lunch in a local restaurant with local Vietnamese cuisines.

Afternoon, we will take a stop in Hanoi Opera House for beautiful French architecture building.Taking photos and information about this opera house.You can spend time enjoying famous Central Highland Coffee beside the Opera House.From here, we will take a walk along the French quarter with the view of luxury Metropole Sopitel hotel- the first hotel built by French in Vietnam in early 20th century, State Bank of Vietnam,  Hanoi Post Office, Ly Thai To garden, visiting Ly Thai To statute who was considered as the founder of Hanoi in 1010.Keep walking to Hoan Kiem lake- the most beautiful and centered lake in Hanoi for photos & viewing small turtule tower in the middle of the lake.Then walk into Hanoi old town, passing by typical ancient streets to get sense of local bussiness & local life.Free time for your own shopping and back to hotel.

Day 2 : Hanoi – Mai Chau Valley.Overnight in Mai Chau (homestay or bangalow resort)

Today, we will start our journey at  8h00 am to Mai Chau valley, in Hoa Binh province, 3,5 hour drive along the stunning view of mountains & valleys.Mai Chau is a beautiful valley where has been a residential area of white Thai, Black Thai, Muong, Black H’mong & Tay ethnics for a long time.Travel to Mai Chau, you will get to know local cultures by trekking or biking to visit their villages, homestaying & eating local foods cooked by the host, taking part in tradditional lively dances & songs performed by locals

Arrive in Mai Chau at 12h00, check-in the room and have lunch in homestay or resort,then relax till 3h00 p.m, we will start biking about 2 hours to visit villages nearby learning about local lives,their house styles & their farming activities.Back to the villages for leisure, then dinner about 7h00 pm.After diner, you will have time enjoying special show of dances & songs performed by locals.It is a great chance for your open cultural exchange with locals. You can dance, sing & drink local pine wine ( named as Can in Vietnamese) with them. Overnight in Mai Chau

Day 3 : Mai Chau – Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Overnight in Pu Luong nature reserve (homestay or bangalow resort)


rice terrace Northern Vietnam

We have breakfast at the homestay ( or resort), then continue with our trip to Pu Luong nature reserve ( off- beaten- track area) for wonderful view of tarraced rice fields and villages living along the valleys.

Stop in Don village trekking down to the valley and up to hills for great view point of the region. Have a picnic lunch on the way,then our car pick you up from the other side of hill to Doan town where we will continue with our 2 hour trek to Hieu village of Black Thai Ethnics.Hieu hamlet is located in the slope of mountain with stunning view of waterfalls & tarraced fields.To reach Hieu village, a remote one in the region, we will trek through small road, then dirt trails along some hamlets , rivers & rice fields about 6 km.At the area of waterfall, we trek up along Hieu waterfall and then up to the top site of mountain where you can see 20 houses on stilts.We will stop in Mr Ba’s house on stilts for homestay – the best one with efficient facilites that you could find in the village. Dinner with local foods prepared by Mr Ba’s wife.Homestay in Hieu village.

Day 4 : Pu Luong Nature Reserve – Hoa Lu- Tam Coc.Overnight in homestay or hotel

Trang An

Peaceful moment with the sound of rouster, cow and waterfall nearby, it is nice to wake up early to enjoy this moment & sunrise.Have breakfast at 7h30 then take a motobike back to Doan town.You can take time walking along Doan town’s market, then pick our car for 3 hour journey to Ninh Binh.

Arrive in Hoa Lu at 12h00,we do a visit to Hoa Lu, known as ancient capital of Vietnam from 968 – 1009.Here, we visit Dinh temple dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang and his family; then Le temple worshiping the king Le Dai Hanh & his family.Our guide will introduce you about the history of Vietnam in 10th & 11st century under Dinh, Le & Ly dynasty.

Have a lunch in a local restaurant, then we continue with a rowing boat trip to visit Tam Coc ( three caves),also regarded as Halong Bay on land. Beautiful view of mountains & rice paddy fields along the Ngo river and of course three caves’s view when your  boat rows thru.Back to the habour, you can do biking to discover vilages nearby for photos.

Dinner and overnight in homestay or hotel in Ninh Binh.

Day 5 : Ninh Binh – Halong Bay.Overnight on board

After breakfast, our car picks you up at 7h45 for 4 hour drive to Halong Bay.A journey along the red river delta passing by Ninh Binh, Nam Dinh, Thai Binh provinces, Hai Phong city & Quang Ninh province where Halong Bay belongs to.At 12h30, we board an overnight boat cruise for an unforgetable journey to explore Halong Bay- the new natural wonder of the world with breathtaking view of islands & rocks on emerauld sea water.

Have lunch with fresh and delicious seafood. After the lunch,you will have time doing kayaking or rowing boat to visit fishing floating villages, swimming on beach or trekking to the top of island to have a great panoramic view of Halong Bay, Bai Tu Long bay & Catba island.Enjoy the moment of sunset on Halong Bay.Dinner & overnight on Halong Bay Cruise.

Day 6 : Halong Bay – Hanoi.Overnight in Hanoi

Good morning Halong bay, you can get up early for Tai Chi exercises and get the moment of sunrise for beautiful photos.Have breakfast with a hot cup of coffee, then do a warking tour to visit Sung Sot cave- the biggest grottos in Halong Bay.Back to the cruise, check out cabin.Have a brunch, then on our journey back to habour.Our car pick you back to Hanoi.

Check-in the hotel and relax till 6h00 pm, we will continue our street food tour walking around the old town, stopping at different local restaurant for famous dishes where locals often gather on for food.You will try the locally good foods & drinks.Back to the hotel. Spend your night in hotel in Hanoi

Day 7 : Hanoi departure.

After breakfast, you will have free time shopping till our guide and car pick you up to the airport for your flight back home or to continue your trip to discover other destinations n Vietnam.

Thank you very much and  hope to see you again!

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This price is indicative (low-season) pricing only, and is the price per person, based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin/double room in standard hotel accommodation.

Prices include:all accommodations with daily breakfast, transfers and land transportation in private air-con vehicle with driver, professional English speaking guide, other meals as detailed in the tour itinerary, all entrance fees and boat fees.
Price does not include: visa fees, airport departure taxes where not included in air fares, tips and other personal expenses

The exact price of your holiday depends on the date of travel, number of travelers, your special needs and request. Our quotation will be sent to you by email and will include prices for standard accommodations, 3 stars boutique hotels and 4 stars deluxe hotels.

How to minimize the cost of your holiday

  • Avoid travel at peak times, i.e. Christmas, New Year and lunar New Year.
  • Take more friends with you! Larger parties lead to price reductions as many costs are shared;
  • Avoid single supplements by making sure your group comprises an even number of travellers;
  • Consider taking a more in-depth tour of one country rather than trying to visit too many countries in one trip. International flights between countries add cost. If you like one country, you can always go back to a neighboring country next year!