Ninh Binh province is located in northern Vietnam, about 100km south of Hanoi. With its hundreds of limestone cliffs emerging from the ground scattered across the rice fields, this region is appropriately nicknamed the “Halong Bay in land”.
Apart from this stunning scenery, Ninh Binh is a great opportunity to peek into the rural way of living. It’s all very laid-back and serene, just how the Vietnam experience should be.
Day 1: Hanoi – Chi Ne – Kenh Ga – Ninh Binh 140km
Drive to the outskirts of Hanoi before beginning your cycle ride from Chi Ne town to Van Long village. On this journey we use small back roads off the main highways and away from the traffic. This also affords you the maximum people contact and views of the rural countryside and farming.
After lunch, we continue riding on small roads and water canal trails to cycle to Ninh Binh. Often described as the Halong Bay on the land, Ninh Binh is a peaceful settlement with long waterways rich with paddy fields stretching through the mountains. It is superb landscape for cycling exploring by boat. Includes a 2 hours boat trip in Kenh Ga floating village. With it’s limestone mountains soaring out of verdant rice fields, Kenh Ga’s natural beauty creates a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. (L,D)
Day 2: Ninh Binh – Cuc Phuong National Park 50km
In the morning we leave Ninh Binh for Cuc Phuong National Park. Cycle along small road off the heavy traffic from village to
villages. Offers more chances to see and know more of the Vietnamese traditional way of living basing on wet rice cultivation in self-sufficient style. Upon arrival in the National Park we visit the Primate Rescue Centre, which is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of the Endangered Primates of Vietnam. Dinner and overnight in guest house
Day 3: Cuc Phuong National Park 40km
From the gate of Cuc Phuong National Park we drive further to the Park center (20km) include visit the Cave of Prehistoric Man, in the Park center we start our real jungle trek 6km to see the big tree “ Thousand years old” then we riding back to the gate of the park for dinner and overnight in guest house. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Cuc Phuong National Park – Cam Thuy 80 km
Leave Cuc Phuong at 8 am. We ride southwest to Cam Thuy village, the gateway to the impressive mountainous area of northern Vietnam. The way is very nice with stunning view of mountains, valleys, sugarcane farms, pineapple and rice paddies. Visit the former fortress of the Ho-Dynasty. We will stop along the way for a lunch of Vietnamese food before continuing on to arrive Cam Thuy village. Overnight in guest house (The best in town) (B,L,D)
Day 5: Cam Thuy – Mai Chau 115km
In the morning we ride from Cam Thuy to Cam Luong village where we have a stop to see Fish Ferry Stream which is a great mystery of nature. It is a stream with thousand of big fish peacefully swimming in shallow water. Offer spectacular sceneries of a different world that’s like no others: bamboo forests, secret valleys with criss-crossing pipes bringing drinking water to different households and all encircled by evergreen mountains. Also we stop to see local people making chopstick near by Ma river. Riding along Ma river to Mai Chau, a Thai ethnic minority village. Settle in to one of the traditional homestays on stilts, shower-up, then you have free-time to wonder around the villages taking photos and meeting the locals. Dinner and enjoy Thai ethnic show. Overnight on the Thai’s house. Clean and comfortable matress, blanket and pillow are provided. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Mai Chau – Xa Linh – Mai Chau 70 km
In the morning we going by van to Xa Linh where we can walking around to visit Blue H’mong and Red H’mong minority people, then we riding down hill to Mai Chau for lunch. In the afternoon we riding to Na Phon – Nhot – Van – Poom Coong villages. Visitors will have a chance to discover the real life of white Thai people with many daily activities such as weaving, farming, house work… experience the local people’s life can be arranged by our outstanding guides. Over-night in Lac village – Homestay (B,L,D)
Day 7: Mai Chau – Hanoi 150km
After breakfast, we leave Mai Chau on our support vehicle to Thung Khe pass, unload the bicycles from van to start cycling 50km to Hoa Binh town where we will have a lunch in local restaurant. After lunch we transfer to your hotel in Hanoi by AC vehicle. (B,L)
- Private transfers round trip.
- English speaking guide.
- Accommodation with daily breakfast.
- Extra meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time
Tour does not includes
- Pre & post trip arrangements.
- Travel insurance (compulsory)
- Food & drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
- Tips and gratuities
- Expenses of a personal nature such as bar bills, laundry and telephone charges
- Other services not clearly described in the program
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