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Brief Itinerary
Tour Detailed
Inclusion & Exclusion

01 - Overview

Destination: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Pu Luong – Ninh Binh


If you have only 5 days and you have no idea where to go. Asia Viva Travel suggest you a short trip in the North Vietnam that filled with culture, breathtaking scenery and delicious cuisine. This trip will allow you to explore Hanoi capital, to discover the daily life of the Thai ethnic group, to trek throw the wonderful terrasse rice fields in Pu Luong, to explore Ninh Binh which is famous with the name “Halong bay on land”.



  • The old and historic quarter of Hanoi
  • Discover the daily life of the Thai ethnic group in Mai Chau
  • Relax time in nature at the Pu Luong Nature Reserve
  • Rowing boat trip to discover caves in Tam Coc – Halong bay on land.



  • Excellent English-speaking guide
  • High quality travel consultant, guides, driver and 24/7 availability
  • Safe and satisfied travel
  • 286 annual inspection trips

02 - Brief Itinerary

DayDestinationGuide & DriverMeals

Day 1

Hanoi arrival & visit

Guide and driver


Day 2

Hanoi – Mai Chau

Guide and driver


Day 3

Mai Chau – Pu Luong

Guide and driver


Day 4

Pu Luong – Ninh Binh

Guide and driver


Day 5

Ninh Binh – Hanoi departure

Guide and driver


03 - Tour Detailed

Day 1: Hanoi arrival & visit

Welcome to Vietnam!

After arriving at Noi Bai Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel in the city center. Hotel check-in is available from 2 pm. The rest of the day is free for relaxing or discovering the city.

In the afternoon, you visit the Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays, the alternative on this day is the History Museum). The museum offers a wide range of informative and well-documented displays of the 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. The outdoor display is an impressive collection of traditional houses of various minorities from the north to the central Highlands.

We will drive back to the Old Quarter for a 1.5-hour walking tour, specially designed for a deeper insight into Hanoian daily life. You will also visit the Ngoc Son temple which sits on a green islet in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake, connected to the lakeside by a graceful scarlet bridge named The Huc (meaning the early sunlight welcoming place).

Overnight at a hotel.

The outdoor exhibition area at the Vietnam Museum of EthnologyThe outdoor exhibitiEthnography Museum in Hanoi
Ngoc Son the temple of the jade mountain VietnamNgoc Son temple
Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau

After breakfast, depart for Mai Chau via the winding and steep passes at Thung Khe, Thung Nhuoi. The landscape slowly changes from the hustle and bustle of the capital, becoming more and more rural, countryside as far as the eye can see, green expanses of rice paddies, all around hills and houses built of bamboo canes and dirt roads. Arrive and check in at your hotel. Pass through the villages of Mai Hich, Lac, Pom Coong, Na Tang, on a bicycle or walking tour. The route passes pristine landscapes of rice paddies and the extraordinary surrounding mountains, and you will meet local inhabitants with the opportunity to visit their homes. Our guide explains the local cultural identity, the unique characteristics of the life of the Thai, Dao or H’Mong ethnic group.

Dinner at the hotel, enjoy a popular music show in the evening. Wine tasting made from fermented rice with typical straws (the ‘Can’).

Overnight at a hotel or a homestay in Mai Chau.

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Awesome panorama Mai Chau VietnamAwesome panorama Mai Chau
Traditional dance Mai Chau VietnamTraditional dance Mai Chau
Day 3: Mai Chau – Pu Luong Nature Reserve

In the morning, we will drive to Pu Luong. The road leading to Pu Luong Nature Reserve takes you to breathtaking mountain passes and offers fascinating bird’s- eye views of the whole valley. We will reach Pu Luong right in time for a delicious lunch. You will have free time to rest after the long drive or you can choose to explore the beautiful retreat, with its captivating views and tranquil setting. In the afternoon, we will transfer 12km from the Retreat to the starting place of our walking journey. After crossing the suspension bridge over the Cham River, we will follow the stream and walk across rice fields, from village to village hunting beautiful water wheels. You can approach the wheels to investigate how water is conducted from the river to handmade bamboo aqueducts by simple devices of all sizes. On arriving in Chieng Lau village, we will take a rest and enjoy the peaceful streamside scenery. We will then walk to the main road and take the car back to your hotel.

Overnight in a hotel or a homestay.

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A majestic place for summer getaway Pu LuongA majestic place for summer getaway Pu Luong
Day 4: Pu Luong – Ninh Binh

In the morning, we will drive 140km to Tam Coc also known as “Dry Halong Bay”. We will have the chance to pass by some of the most picturesque scenery in Vietnam. You will visit two ancient temples dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang – the founder of the Dinh Dynasty (968-980) and Le Dai Hanh – the founder of Early Le Dynasty (980 – 1009).

In the afternoon, you will board a rowing boat for a peaceful navigation along Ngo Dong River and Tam Coc meaning “three caves”. During the boat trip, you will cruise among limestone mountains reflected in the emerald water, between rice fields and through three beautiful limestone caves beautifully decorated with stalactites and stalagmites of all sizes and shapes. We will spend the rest of the day riding a bicycle and getting lost on winding roads passing lotus ponds, temples, and cottages. We will visit Bich Dong pagoda, which hides among the trees on a lush hillside.

Overnight at a hotel.

Tam Coc in Ninh BinhExploring Tam Coc in Ninh Binh
Riding a bike in Ninh BinhBiking in Ninh Binh
Day 5: Ninh Binh – Hanoi departure

At 8.30 AM, we will pick you up at your hotel and transfer to Mua caves and learn about their interesting history, told by our guide. After conquering the 500 stone steps, you will reach the top of the mountain, from where you can enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the Tam Coc landscape and the wonderful Ngo Dong River. Afterwards, you will transfer back to Hanoi or directly to Noi Bai airport for flight to your country.


04 - Inclusion & Exclusion

inclusionPrice calculated for a group of 6 people.
inclusionAccommodation in the room category indicated in the tour program or similar (subject to availability).
inclusionEntrance fees for the sites.
inclusionEnglish speaking guide mentioned during the trip except free time.
inclusionPrivate car with air conditioner for all transfers except free moments mentioned: no driver or free time.
inclusionTwo portable bottles of water per person per day
inclusion24/7 customer service with maximum attention and availability.
inclusionAll logistical services necessary for the organization of the program.
exclusionIntercontinental flights from/to your country.
exclusionVisa fee (in case you need it).
exclusionMeans of transport not mentioned in the tour program.
exclusionMeals not mentioned in the tour program.
exclusionTips for services: local guides, crew members, drivers, porters, ...
exclusionDrinks, telephone, linen, or any personal expenses not mentioned in the " inclusion" section.
exclusionInternational bank transfer commission.
City / Province3 Star (Superior)LinkNbr of Nights


Golden Legend Boutique Hotel 3* - Junior suite balcony room



Mai Chau

Mai Chau Sky Hotel 3* - Double room



Pu Luong

Pu Luong Natura Bungalow 3.5* - Deluxe garden view room



Ninh Binh

Le Clos Du Fil 3.5* - Standard room



324 $/ Pax

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