This 7 day Hanoi itinerary tour crossing Northern Vietnam Hanoi Mai Chau Puluong Ninh Binh Halong Bay is away from the busy streets of the city.

Trek /hike/ walk through local villages surrounded by spectacular karst rock formations and rice paddies,

Discover the traditional stilt houses of ethnic minorities, culture

Fall asleep under the stars and wake up to a spectacular sun rise in the middle of Halong Bay

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Mai Chau Hoa Binh lake

7 day itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi to Mai Chau valley

Hanoi to Mai Chau (150km):4hrs

Depart Hanoi early morning for about 4 hour drive to Mai Chau about 150 km southwest of Hanoi.  Just an hour beyond Hanoi, the road weaves through mountains, fertile valleys and traditional villages.

Arrive in the picturesque Mai Chau Valley surrounded by spectacular karst rock formations and rice paddies. Spend the afternoon exploring the idyllic natural surroundings.

Start the tour waking around 2- 4 hours through some villages in the Mai Chau Valley

This evening enjoy a traditional Thai performance of music and dance. The Thai ethnic group has inhabited this area for centuries and much of their lifestyle and traditions have remained unchanged over the years. 

Overnight in Mai Chau.

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wander in the nature of Mai Chau valley

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Day 2: Mai Chau to Puluong

Mai Chau to Puluong (40km): 1,5hrs Water wheels walk and rafting |3 km easy walk – 1.5 hours |

Wake up among the peaceful and beautiful mountainous setting and enjoy breakfast.

Transfer to Puluong by road via a breathtaking mountain pass with panoramic views of the valley. Spend some free time to explore the beautiful surrounding.

Overnight at Puluong

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Day 3: Pu Luong nature

Enthralling trekking routes | 6 km easy walking – almost 3.5 hours

Wake up to the sounds of nature and enjoy a simple yet tasty breakfast among the tranquil setting of fields and mountains

go on a 3.5 hr hike up and down narrow trails. Observe many traditional stilt houses of minorities and the lush canopies of greenery. Walk pass Uoi Village and Lan Village and admire the peaceful life of the villagers. Depending on the season, get to see the various farming activities and learn how colourful textiles are weaved together.

Overnight at Pu Luong.

Day 4: Puluong to Ninh Binh

Puluong to Ninh Binh (130km): 3.5hrs

Depart Pu Luong this morning at 08.00 for 3.5 hours drive to Ninh Binh province, one of the most beautiful parts of Vietnam with its dramatic scenery and historical temples. The rice fields here are beautiful and the mountains have earned the area the nickname ‘Dry Halong Bay’, a moniker borne out by the limestone karsts which dominate the landscape

A relaxing 5-15km biking trip

strolling along the curling rocky path of the foot for 200m and going up 20 steps to reach the Galaxy cave gate. Get inside the cave and admire the spectacular stalactites above the cave ceiling

hopping aboard for a 2-hour boat trip through small canals among the paddy fields

Overnight in Ninh Binh

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Hike Mua Cave dragon mountain Ninh Binh

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Day 5: Ninh Binh to Halong Bay

Ninh Binh to Halong (210km): 4hrs

This morning, be transferred for a 4hr journey by road from NInh Binh to Ha Long

Arrive at Tuan Chau pier in towards noon and proceed with check-in formalities for the overnight cruise on Halong bay. After the welcome onboard, a lunch will be served while cruising towards the bay itself. In the afternoon, enjoy some visits and/or activities (depending on each boat’s itinerary) or just spend some time relaxing on-board. Towards the end of the day the boat sets anchor for the night among the karst formations. Dinner is served on board.

Overnight on cruise at Halong Bay.

Enjoy a fresh morning in the middle of the bay, the sun rises on Halong bay in the morning and breakfast is served (brunch on some boats) while the vessels cruises slowly through the magnificent rock formations and back towards port. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi

Overnight in Hanoi

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Halong Bay boat tour

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Day 6: Hanoi city free and easy

Hanoi is the vibrant capital city of Vietnam. It is also one of the bright lights of cities in Asia. Vietnam, like many Asian cities, is transforming rapidly, but if you are looking for its historic heart. Hanoi is just for you.

Overnight in Hanoi

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Hanoi Old Quarter wandering

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Day 7: Hanoi departure

Airport drop off as your flight time. End of the trip

Note: This tour may be subject to change depending on weather conditions and add on more days to have more time in each place.

What included in 7 Hanoi itinerary

Accommodation in a traditional stilt house (private sleeping area per group) or hotel accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room

Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle

What excluded:

Other meals than mentioned

Other services than mentioned

Tips, Travel insurance

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Again this mentioned itinerary Hanoi Mai Chai Puluong Ninh Binh Halong Bay operated for private tours only. Trip price will be effective by choosing accommodations such as hotels/homestay/private rooms.

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