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An experience we will never forget
March 24, 2012

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This three day tour leads you to visit Mai Chau and Tam Coc, two major destinations around Hanoi. The first is a picturesque valley and the latter is a spectacular waterscape area.


Detailed program


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Day 01: Hanoi- Mai Chau ( L, D)
Pick you at hotel in Hanoi at 08:00 am to Mai Chau (Hoa Binh province)- home to many hill tribes including the Dzao, Muong and Thai. It takes about 4 hours driving so you arrive in Mai Chau around noon, check in the house on stilts belong to Mr Cuong in Van village, a village of the ‘White Thai’, who predominantly inhabit in this area. Lunch in local house. In the afternoon, take a short walk through  the village of White Thai where you will be welcomed by the friendly local people, communicate and discover their lifestyles, learning how to weave silk by an old loom. The rest of the time will be fullfilled by a list of activities such as : participating in the agricultural work with land preparation, planting, harvesting (depending on season). After dinner, enjoy a traditional dancing show at night and taste Ruou Can (Can wine), the local rice wine. Overnight in the house on stilts. 

 

Day 02: Mai Chau – Tam Coc (B, L)
After breakfast, we drive to Tam Coc (170km) also called «  Ha Long bay on land ». On the way, you will see one of the most picturesque scenery in Vietnam. Arrive at Tam Coc, check in hotel and have lunch at the local restaurant. In the afternoon, get in a small rowing boat to discover an outstanding karst waterscape on Ngo Dong River. Tam Coc as its name means «  three caves » adorned with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites of different shapes like gemstones. Continue the cruise along the river, you will see spectacular scenery of rice fields and limestone peaks mirrored in crystal water. Row back to the habour and The rest of day cycling in the winding roads passing lotus pond, temple and cottages, typical scenery of Vietnamese countryside to visit Bich Dong pagoda situated on a hillside. Overnight at the hotel in Tam Coc. 

 

Day 03: Tam Coc – Trang An - Hoa Lu - Hanoi (B, L)
Morning drive to Trang An Eco tourism complex. Get on a sampan for a 3 hours rowing boat trip through amazing karst waterscape, densely forested mountains with rich fauna and flora; many species are registed in Vietnam Red Book. Enjoy the fresh air, sound of birds and serenity. You can even spot many white goats grazing on the mountain. On the way back to Hanoi, stop to visit Hoa Lu - the ancient capital of Viet Nam built in 10th century with ancient temples of Dinh & Le kings remained intact. Drop off at the hotel in Hanoi in late afternoon. End of services.


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  2. From To   27/04/2017


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Single supplement (15 USD)

Included

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- The private transportation with A/C

- The private English speaking guide

- 01 night at homestay & 01 night at hotel in Tam Coc (standard of 2 stars based on 2 persons/room)

- Meals as indicated in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

- Boat excursions (small row boat) & bicycle as mentioned in the program

- Entrance fees

- Mineral water


Excluded

- Visa to Vietnam

- Tips & personal expenses as drinks, phone, laundry...

- Travel insurance

- Bank charge fees for payment

- Other services not mentioned in the "Inclusion"

Hiking

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Walking around travelers are captivated by a landscape of verdant rice fields in the heart of the valley of Mai Chau and the picture of people working in the fields.
 

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Homestay

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Spend a night in Van village, in a stilt house, share a meal with your hosts will leave interesting memories. They will welcome you with friendly smiles. Van village is populated by Thai White people surrounded by gardens and rice fields.
 

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Folk dancing

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People who visit Mai Chau usually not miss a chance to enjoy folk dancing while tasting Can wine, a kind of fermented glutinous rice is drunk by straws.
 

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Hoa Lu ancient capital

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Hoa Lu is a popular destination of Ninh Binh province, for its history and surrounding scenic beauty. Even if nothing remains of the imperial city travelers can discover the architecture and culture through the two shrines built in honor of the kings.
 

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Tam Coc

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Tam Coc, which means "three caves", about two hours drives to the south of Hanoi (110 km). In the past this region was the sea in many centuries, karst mountain was eroded  to many odd shapes.
 

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Group: Gregory Kelley
October 28, 2012

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We have thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Mai Chau and Tam Coc organized via Visit Wonders. Professional and faultless service. Guide and drivers were all efficient and friendly. They always waited for us, let us time to relax and enjoy, and never urged us. The local house we slept was fab and we really enjoyed sharing some moments of our life with them. More than impressed.