Trip highlight: Visit Tay Phuong – on of ten most beautiful pagoda in Vietnam, great bike ride in rural area of Red River Delta, beautiful drive from Hanoi to Mai Chau. Home stay in the house on stilts of very hospitable Thai people, peaceful walk to nearby village and rice field in Mai Chau, trip to the jungle, Muong and Mong village in Xa Linh. Music and dance performance in of Thai people in Mai Chau, boat trip in Van Long, Dinh and Le Temple in ancient capital of Hoa Lu, authentic stone church in Phat Diem or beautiful limestone mountain in Bich Dong.
Day 1: HANOI-MAICHAU (-/L/D):
Morning we will take one hour drive to Tay Phuong, one of ten most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam. Located on the top of the hill, this pagoda is very famous about the collection of Buddha and Arhat statues from 17th century and great architecture. Then take 45 minutes bike ride the rural area around Pagoda through green rice field, local villages. It will be the great chances for you to discover the daily life activities in the Red River Delta, interact to local people and feel the real atmosphere of rural area. After that, back to the car for driving to the ancient village of Duong Lam, the place so called “Hoi An of the Red River Delta” as still preserve many hundred-year-old houses. It will be your unique experience as you walk along tiny ancient alleys, visit Communal House in Mong Phu hamlet - the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact, dedicated to national heroes. Enjoy the great home hosted lunch in traditional atmosphere in the oldest house in the village of Mr.Hung date back to 1649. After lunch, depart to Mai Chau – the peaceful valley of Thai people. This trip gives you a lot of photo opportunities with spectacular scenery of mountain area and rice fields. Upon arrival to Mai Chau, check in local house on stilts of Thai people in Pom Coong village.
Overnight and dinner in the long house of Thai people.
Day 2: MAI CHAU - XAM KHOE - MAI CHAU (B/L/D) :
This morning you will take a walk around the valley to visit some nearby villages, carpet green rice fields and Mai Chau town, integrate with hospitable Thai people in their villages. After lunch in the house on stilt drive up to Xa Linh then take 2 hours trekking through the primitive jungle to the area of Muong people. Located on the beautiful plateau on the bank of Hoa Binh reservoir, this village is hidden from tourist and very friendly to the visitors. You will have lots of chances to interact to hill tribe people there before returned to the bus to visit the village of Mong people at Xa Linh. Drive back to Mai Chau. After dinner, enjoy the great music and dance performance of Thai people in the village.
Overnight at the long house of the Thai people.
Day 3: MAI CHAU – VAN LONG – NINH BINH (B/L/-):
After breakfast, you will be free at leisure to relax or discover Mai Chau on your own before the departure time to drive back to Ninh Binh. Arrive to Van Long Natural Reserve and enjoy lunch there. After lunch, we have one-hour rowing boat trip to discover the amazing scenery of this nature reserve with limestone mountains and caves. Besides that, you also have chance to learn more about the system of fauna & flora here. Then visit Dinh King and Le King Temple in Hoa Lu – the ancient capital of Vietnam before check in your hotel in Ninh Binh.
Overnight in Ninh Binh
Day 4: NINH BINH – PHAT DIEM – HANOI (B/L/-):
Morning drive to Phat Diem – the most beautiful stone church had been built at the end of 19th century with great combination between the architecture of Catholic Church and traditional Temple of Vietnam. Visit Kim Son Market, that very well known for mats before driving back to Ninh Binh for lunch. Afternoon visit Bich Dong, the authentic Pagoda was built on the beautiful limestone mountain before driving back to Hanoi. Tour End.
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