Day 1: Arrival Hanoi. On arrival at Noi Bai airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Tam Coc - Cuc Phuong National park (Breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner in the park). Today we will travel down south to Ninh Binh which was the Hoa Lu Ancient city of Hanoi named Thang Long capital from 968 AD to 1010 AD during the Dinh and early Le Dynasties. At the place we will visit two kings temples which was date back since 18th century and listening part of history of Vietnam which related to the area. Afterwards we continue to wonderful nature of Tam Coc, which surnamed “Inland Halong bay” as a recognition of its beauty. We take a boat trip on a river through the quiet and peaceful landscape of rice fields surrounded by limestone formations to the grottoes of Tam Coc. In the late afternoon, we continue to Cuc Phuong National Park and check in the park’s guesthouse. Overnight in Cuc Phuong.
Day 3: Cuc Phuong National park - Hanoi (Breakfast in the park). In the morning, we hike through the and botanical garden, rich in flora and fauna with thousand-year-old trees. On the way back, we visit a cave where prehistoric graves and relics have been found. Later in the afternoon, we drive back to Hanoi for overnight. Description about Cuc Phuong National park: There are an estimation of 2,000 different species of flora and the 450 species fauna, which accounts for 38% of the national fauna. The vegetation cover is classified into three types. The flora is quite a treasure with a wide variety of 1,944 species, 908 genuses and 229 families. Especially it is enjoyable to touch the thousand-year-old cho xanh (parashrea stellata) and sau (Dracontomelum Duperranum or Dancorra Edulis) trees, 50-70m high. This natural reserve is covered with 2,000 species of plants. Especially orchid flowers are abundant with 50 species, some of which blossom and have aroma all year around. The fauna is diversified represented by 71 animal species, 319 bird species, 33 reptile species, and 16 amphibian species. Rare species include the bear, horse, wild boar, tiger, leopard, fox, squirrel, monkey, etc. A large area, for half-natural breeding, is reserved for raising wild animals such as the spotted deer, deer, golden monkey, langur (vooc quan dui), flying squirrel, draco (than lan bay) and for research.
Day 4: Hanoi - Halong bay - Cat Ba island (Breakfast at hotel, lunch on board). Halong Bay, truly a World Heritage of Vietnam. We will departure from hotel about 08:30am for exploration of Halong. On arrival, we will embark a cruise for an exploration of the legendary Halong bay. This exciting four-hour cruise provides us with a fantastic view of the picturesque scenery blending with the sky and some 3,000 limestone islands which amazingly rise from the clear and emerald water. The limestone kart formations are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves. After a seafood lunch on board, we continue our cruise and reach Cat Ba island about late afternoon. A short transfer to our hotel for check in. Overnight in Cat Ba.
Day 5: Explore Cat Ba National park - Trekking (breakfast at hotel, picnic lunch). Today we have a full day trekking through Cat Ba National Park, visiting Kim Giao forest, Ech lake and knowing tropical forestry in north Vietnam. This is a hard trek which is require to have good booth, mosquito spray, energy for up & down hill which is steep. The trip will end up by a nice walking path through Viet Hai village and return to hotel. Overnight on Cat Ba island.
Day 6: Cat Ba - Hai Phong by Speed boat - Hanoi (breakfat at hotel)
Morning free time for leisure, in the afternoon, we take a transfer by hydrofoil back to Hay Phuong City where our car and driver are waiting to drive us back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 7: Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh Tour (breakfast at hotel). After breakfast this morning group will have a transfer to Noi Bai airport for flight to Ho Chi Minh city. Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to time visit most attractive sight-seeings in Ho Chi Minh City, beginning with Reunification Palace, which was the former residence of the Southern Vietnam President until the end of April 1975. Close to the palace are some striking French colonial structures including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Old Saigon Post Office. We also visit the Jade Emperor Pagoda, one of the best Taoist temples in Vietnam. Overnight in Ho Chi Minh.
Day 8: Ho Chi Minh - Nam Cat Tien National park (breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner in the park). After breakfast this morning, we drive to Nam Cat Tien National Park. On arrival, we check in our guesthouse and have lunch at the canteen in the park center. Afterwards, we take a short drive and then walk for about 3 km through the rainforest to Crocodile Lake. Along the way, we may have chance to see some typical types of fauna and watch the wildlife around the lake. The nocturnal safari which is supposed to start at 19:00 will go through deep jungles for vision of deers, wild pigs, porcupine, peacocks, tigers. Overnight in Bach Ma.
Every night there are maximum 3 rounds trip by jeeps to visit Nocturnal Safari, each round load 8 pax maximum. Total 24 pax per day. It is about 20 km (1 hour drive) from the guesthouse to the watching place.
Day 9: Nam Cat Tien National park - Ho Chi Minh (breakfast in the park)
After breakfast, we have some free time to enjoy the fresh air in the park before returning to Ho Chi Minh for overnight.
Day 10: Ho Chi Minh Departure (breakfast at hotel). In the morning, we are free until a transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport for our departure flight. Trip ends at the airport.
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