Ninh Binh tours Ninh Binh Vietnam


Trang An - Cuc Phuong national park - Mai Chau

3 days 2 nights


The 3 day trip will take you from the tranquil rural scenery of Ninh Binh, untouched primeval forest of Cuc Phuong national park to the valleys of Mai Chau hilltribe villages and mingle with colourful ethnic minorities. Paddling through the tunnels and caves of Trang An, trek through montagnard villages... All is off the beaten track drive and includes some trek in the hilly terrains. This trip offers it all and even more unexpected things are waiting for you...



Day 1: Hanoi - Ninh Binh - Trang An
Our private car and guide will pick you up from hotel in Hanoi at 8.00, a 2.5 hour drive will take you to the rural town of Ninh Binh, which is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Vietnam, with its dramatic scenery, historical intrigues, religious pilgrimage sites and endangered animal sanctuaries. The town of Ninh Binh is an ideal base to venture out on short small day trips.

Our first destination is Hoa Lu which is the former capital of Vietnam (968 1009) under Dinh and Le dynasties, there are not much to see in this place besides two remaining temples, each one nearly a thousand years old, the first one is dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang Emperor, the second commemorates the rulers of the Le Dynasty. Keep driving to Bich Dong pagodas, a complex of pagodas built into limestone mountain cliffs from 15th century with unreal scenery around. After some walk to the top pagoda, we have lunch in a local restaurant before visiting Trang An tourism complex recognized by Unesco as new World Natural heritage, rowing boat trip would take 2 hours to see all three caves and crossing beautiful rice paddy. This is an ideal place for natural lovers.
We spend the night in Ninh Binh.

Day 2: Cuc Phuong national park - Mai Chau valley homestay
Leaving Ninh Binh behind, we head for Cuc Phuong, driving further into the middle of the national park where we take a walk around the Centre of Endangered Rescue. In here, precious animals, such as white short monkeys, snakes, foxes, etc.can still be encountered, we go trekking through the variety of fauna and flora of the forest in a fresh atmosphere to see the 1000 year old Cho trees; the huge ones would take ten arms length to contain their circumference and the primitive man cave. After picnic lunch right in the middle of the rain forest we keep driving to Mai Chau. Our hosts for this evening will be the White Thai minority people. In sampling these peoples hospitality, we find out a little more of their lives and cultures with a cultural exchange following the evening meal, you are welcome to take part in their traditional festival held on travellers s' requests to enjoy folk songs, dancing with Thai people - Mua Xap, pine wine - Ruou Can.

Day 3: Mai Chau - Hanoi
Mai Chau valley is inhabited by White Thai people, The houses are quite large with palm leaf roofs and polished bamboo-slat floors. The kitchen is located in the center of the house; the cooking as well as the making of the colorful tho cam, the material used by Thai minority to make their clothes, takes place in the kitchen. The windows are large and decorated with patterns. Each house also has a pond to breed fish.
Following breakfast we stroll around nearby villages and embark on the return drive to Hanoi. You will have a chance to visit Hoa Binh hydro power plant on the way. We will arrive in Hanoi in the afternoon.



Tour includes:
* Private transfer round trip
* English speaking guide.
* Meals and accommodation as mentioned
* Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time.
Tour excludes:
* Pre & post trip arrangements in Hanoi
* Food & drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
* Tips and gratuities
* Expenses of a personal nature such as bar bills, laundry and telephone charges
* Travel insurance

Tour cost: US $ 250 per person in the party of 2