Northern Vietnam Ecotour

This trip has been specially designed for the best and most reasonable itinerary for ecologic tour in the North of Vietnam in 16 days. You will have allots chances to discover the great nature of Vietnam in 3 different national parks as well as indulge yourself in great scenery and people in mountain area in the North and legendary Halong Bay.

Destinations: Hanoi – Cuc Phuong National Park – Van Long Nature Reserve – Ba Be National Park – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Lang Son – Halong – Cat Ba National Park

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Northern Vietnam Ecotour
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DAY 1: ARRIVAL – HANOI

Fly to Hanoi. Upon arrival to the airport, you well be met by our guide and transfer to you hotel.

Meals: Non
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 2: FULL DAY OF HANOI CITY TOUR

Morning start our tour to discover Hanoi, a peaceful city with beautiful trees and lakes, the city has thousand years of history and culture. We will have the first impression of the city by authentic Cyclo ride from your hotel to Hanoi Old Quarter – where you can experience the real daily life activities of local people in the oldest area of Hanoi. Then you will ride by the French Quarter along wide and green typical French boulevard that can explain to you why this city so called “Paris of the East” before taking a walk to Ngoc Ha village. You can see the village as an Oasis in the middle of the city, that still keep all the typical daily life activities as well as the typical community sense of the village in Red river Delta along your walk. Then visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – the symbol of the country and Presidential Palace, Presidential Garden, his House on Stilts and One Pillar Pagoda. After that, visit Temple of Literature – the central of culture of Hanoi that worship to Literature – the only subject for student to study in the feudal system just hundred years ago and Confucius. At lunch, enjoy the typical and authentic cuisine at Season of Hanoi Restaurant.
Afternoon visit Ethnology Museum in which you can study the great outline of 54 ethics people living in Vietnam. This museum is the only one in Vietnam that many artifacts display in there still exist in the life of local people but not extinct like most of the museums, that will create very good reflection about the life, culture, customs, religions and costumes of Vietnamese people. Back to the center of the city for the short walk to discover the Old Quarter. Your tour will be concluded with great experience of Water Puppet show – the unique art of Vietnamese people from Red River Delta.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 3: HANOI – CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK

Morning drive to Cuc Phuong National Park – the biggest national park in Vietnam located 160km south of Hanoi. Upon arrival, visit the Park Museum, the Botanical Garden, the look out and the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre. Later in the afternoon we observe the birds gathering in the lush rain forest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Guesthouse in the park

DAY 4: BIRD WATCHING IN CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK

Rising this morning with the sounds of the forest all around us, we head out for a trek through the lush rainforest that makes up the park. The trek will take in stops at centuries old giant trees. Along the way, you will have great chances for exploring the great nature, diversity of Fauna and Flora system in the park. Picnic lunch in the park before we reach out the Muong minority people at Bong village. During the time for the 20 km journey trekking, view the wide variety of preserved bird species in the park and enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle. Diner and and enjoy home stay of Muong people in the village.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Homestay

DAY 5: BIRD WATCHING IN CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK

Today we will spend the whole day for hiking and exploring the park and watching the birds as well as enjoying the great nature in the park. Start from the Bong Station, then follow a circular route viewing a variety of endangered bird species. The 6-km trail passes through a wood of giant trees, some of which are over 1000 years old. Return to the guesthouse in late afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Guesthouse in the park

DAY 6: CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK – VAN LONG PROTECTED AREA – HANOI

In the morning drive to Van Long Nature Reserve. Here we have one-hour rowing boat trip to discover the amazing scenery of this nature reserve with lime stone mountains and caves. After having lunch at Van Long Resort’s restaurant, we will drive back to Hanoi. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 7: HANOI – BABE NATIONAL PARK

Depart from Hanoi to Ba Be via Thai Nguyen where you visit the Ethnology Museum. After Thai Nguyen, you will follow the road snakes up through scenic landscapes of the North East of Vietnam to Ba Be National Park.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Guest House of Ba Be National Park

DAY 8: BA BE LAKE

In the morning, we will enjoy a tranquil boat trip downstream Nang River to Ba Be Lake exploring the unspoiled tropical National Park with stop to visit Puong limestone grotto, Dau Dang waterfall. After the picnic lunch, continue by boat to visit the national park then walk to Tay people village. Visit the village and experience the local activities.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay at Tay Village

DAY 9: BABE LAKE – PAC BO GROTTO – CAO BANG

Our journey continues to Cao Bang. The roads are very bumpy and zigzagging, but the spectacular mountainous landscapes with undulating terrace rice field and hill villages make our hardship all worthwhile. Upon arrival to Cao Bang, check in your hotel then have lunch in local restaurant in town. In the afternoon you will have a short drive to visit Pac Bo grotto, where Ho Chi Minh returned on February 1941 after 30 years of living abroad in search of a way to liberate the country. The scenery along the way is beautiful with great green rice field and local water wheel everywhere. Return to Cao Bang in the late afternoon then have dinner at local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Cao Bang

DAY 10: FULL DAY TO BAN GIOC WATERFALL AND NGUOM NGAO GROTTO

We will start our trip early today to Ban Gioc waterfall, the most tranquil waterfall in Vietnam via the scenic pass of Ma Phuc. Arrive to Ban Gioc before it will be crowded by the other tourist. After having great time to visit and taking picture at Ban Gioc, transfer to Nguom Ngao Grotto. Take a short trek to Visit Nguom Ngao Grotto, one of the nicest grottoes in the North-East of Vietnam. After having picnic lunch, we drive back to Cao Bang. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Cao Bang

DAY 11: CAO BANG – LANG SON

Morning transfer to Lang Son. This border town was once destroyed by war. On arrival in Lang Son we spend a couple of hour drive around the town, stopping at the bustling market of Ky Lua, Visit Tam Thanh grotto and the legendary rock formation named ” wife waiting for husband” and the beautiful Ki Kung River, which is Vietnam’s unique river flowing to China.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Lang Son

DAY 12: LANG SON – HALONG BAY

In the morning transfer to Halong Bay, the famous natural world heritage of Vietnam. This picturesque “Dragon descending to the sea” Bay has 1,969 limestone islets rising from the sea, many of them containing beautiful grottoes. Upon arrival, we check in the boat and have welcome drink then enjoy seafood lunch served on board. After lunch enjoy a fantastic cruise in Ha Long bay, visit Dinh Huong Island, Ga Choi island, Dog island, Sail island, visit Sung Sot cave. Paddle from Titov beach to Luon Cave.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: On boat

DAY 13: HALONG BAY KAYAKING

Today, we continue to explore Halong Bay by kayaking. Halong Bay has its own fauna and Flora systems and it can be great to spend a day to explore the bay in Kayak. Paddle from Luon Cave toward islets in shape of Man’s head island, Tortoise island, Cua Van fishing village. Back to the main boat for lunch. Afternoon paddle to Three Tunnels lakes (selected according to the tides). After dinner on boat we have optional night paddle. Overnight on board in Three Tunnels area.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: On boat

DAY 14: HALONG BAY – CAT BA ISLAND

In the morning, we spend time to paddle to Con Vit islet, Ba Hang area. After lunch on boat, we sail to Cat Ba, the biggest island in Halong Bay. The boat will stop at Viet Hai – the small but very authentic village on the Cat Ba Island. Check in the Whisper of Nature Resort in the village. Afternoon take the biking at the beautiful area around the village toward to boat station.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Whisper of Nature Resort

DAY 15: CAT BA NATIONAL PARK

We will have the whole day of trekking from Viet Hai Village to Cat Ba National Park. We will trek to Navy Peak – the highest peak in Cat ba where we can have the great panorama view of Lan Ha Bay and national park. Then we will trek along the small trail up and down lime stone mountain in the green national park toward to Ao Ech (Frog Pond). Cat ba is the second biggest national park in Vietnam. After having picnic lunch at Ao Ech, we will trek back to Viet Hai Village. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in Whisper of Nature Resort

DAY 16: CAT BA ISLAND – HAI PHONG – HANOI

Morning we will have some free time to relax or walk around the village before taking the beautiful cruise from Viet Hai to Cat Ba Town on Lan Ha Bay. After lunch in town, we will get on the Hydrofoil from Cat Ba to Hai Phong. We will meet our car at the station then take two hour drive from Hai Phong back to Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

DAY 17: HANOI – DEPARTURE

Morning is free at leisure at the hotel till departure time for your flight home. End of 17-Day Northern Vietnam Ecotour.

Meals: Breakfast

End of Services

Services included:

• Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
• Accommodation at hotel
• Meals as indicated
• English speaking guide
• Entrance fee to indicated sights
• Join cruise on Halong bay
• Kayak in Halong Bay
• Water & towels on the van.

Services excluded:

• Other meals, tip, drinks, international flights & airport tax, single room, personal expenses, insurance…

Remarks:

• The tour prices are subject to change during Christmas and New Year Eve (24 and 30 Dec)

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Discovering national park of Cuc Phuong, Ba Be and Cat Ba. Beautiful drive with great scenery in mountain area, mingle with hill tribe along the way and in their village, home stay in local house, boat trip in Halong Bay and Ba Be Lake, spectacular picture of Ban Gioc Water Fall.

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