Vietnam multi activity tour: Hiking Mai Chau and Cycling Tam Coc 3 daysThursday, May 10, 2012
The 3-day tour takes you to the north western Vietnam where you enjoy hiking through rice fields, Thai hamlets, cycling rural Tam Coc. You also have the opportunity to spend one night at local home, a stilt house of the Thai, eat local Thai food, sleep on bamboo floor. The river boat trip in Tam Coc is also provided on the 2nd day. The Hanoi based tour operator Lotussia Travel customizes this 3-day tour especially for small groups, friends, family holidays and those look for the real life experience. Contact your travel consultant for more details.
Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau. Half day walking.
Depart for Hoa Binh province and up then to Mai Chau valley. This scenic drive takes around four hours. Along the way we pass fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies.
Arrive Mai Chau around noon. Check into a local stilt-house where your lunch will also be provided.
Leave the village for a half day hiking mai chau. We will pass many different Thai hamlets, through rice fields, hill sides…We will stop by some local houses to talk with local people to understand their customs and culture.
In the evening, assist to the traditional music and dance show which is performed by The Thai young girls and boys. They all come from this village. Try also some rice alcohol made of traditional plants and local sticky rice.
Homestay in Mai Chau.
Day 2: Mai Chau - Tam Coc. River boat trip & easy countryside cycling.
After breakfast, enjoy a four hour drive to Tam Coc, also called “Ha Long Bay on land”, or the “Vietnam’s second nicest grotto” (to Huong Tich) for its poetic and inspirational natural scenery.
Arrive in Tam Coc around noon then have lunch in a local restaurant.
After lunch, take a 2-hour boat trip along the Boi river. The river trip in Tam coc is wonderful for photo hunters, especially when local people come to harvest the water rice planted along the river, or when they transplant some seedling for the next crops. The tourists often compare the place with Guilin - China, or more closely, to the limestone islets of Halong Bay in the Tonkin Gulf for their similar geological structures and shapes.
Cycle around Tam Coc visiting either Bich Dong pagoda or Thai Vy temple.
Dinner & overnight in Tam Coc.
Day 3: Tam Coc - Hanoi. Free afternoon.
Cycle along the village roads with beautiful sightseeing and friendly local people. Arriving in Hoa Lu, we will visit Hoa Lu - The Acient Capital and the remaining two temples of Dinh King & Le King.
Have lunch in a local restaurant then travel back to Hanoi.
Free afternoon for your personal discovery.
Overnight in Hanoi.
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