Mountains & Bays - 5 Days
Route: Hanoi - Bac Son Valley - Halong Bay - Cat Ba Island - Hanoi
Joining the local artist and making some ceramic samples
Experience the local life of the rustics in both Red River Delta and in mountainous area.
Spectacular scenery of Halong Bay from a private junk cruise & interesting night on boat.
Stunning landscape of Bac Son Valley with ethnic homestay on stilt houses.
DAY 1: HANOI TO POTTERY VILLAGE & STORK ISLAND.
At 8.00 AM, you will be picked up at your hotel in Hanoi and set off for the tour to the Red River Delta. The morning drive on the Red River dike will take you to Bat Trang ceramic village where you will visit some workshops and learn how the local artists are making many beautiful products and then you will stop at a firm and try your skills by making some simple products with the guidance of an artist. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive further to the fertile land of Hai Duong province; arrive at Chi Lang Nam village, a typical Vietnamese village in the delta. Check in a local house before a gentle cycling tour around the villages with gardens, fish ponds, and rice paddies. Take a rowing boat trip on the village's lake at the sunset time to visit Stork Islands. This time of the day, thousands of bird flying in for the night shelter on the islands. Dinner and overnight at the home-stay.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
DAY 2: STORK ISLAND – CAT BA ARCHIPELIGO – HALONG BAY
Enjoy the breakfast at the house and say good bye to the family before an overland journey to Hai Phong port for 45-minute hydrofoil ride to Cat Ba Island. Arrive at island and get transferred to a nearby boat dock for embarking a private wooden junk for the overnight cruise in this world heritage. Have lunch with seafood on the boat while it is gently cruising in between hundreds of towering karst formations. Explore the bay by kayaking and swimming before the sunset if the weather permits. At the end of the day, the crews will drop the anchor at a beautiful place surrounded by many limestone islands for the night. Dinner and overnight on boat.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3: HALONG BAY – BAC SON VALLEY
Wake up early if you wish for the fresh air and a cup of coffee on the top deck with sunrise of Halong Bay. After the breakfast, the boat carries on to other parts in Ha Long Bay. The boat is gently winding through this world heritage and heading for a pier in Halong City. Fresh lunch is served on the way. Arrive at Halong City around noon, check out of your cabin and say good bye to the captain and crews for the afternoon drive to Bac Son Valley. The drive is a bit long but it is very scenic. Arrive at Quynh Son village in Bac Son Valley at the end of the day. Check in another homestay. Dinner and overnight at an ethnic minority’s stilt house.
Included meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
DAY 4: BAC SON VALLEY
After the local breakfast, we will get a short transfer to visit a local workshops where you can get to know how the villagers making stilt-house roof tiles, bricks and see how they burn the tiles at simple kilns – this is a traditional way. Get dropped on a back road for trekking to a peaceful valley. The scenery along the trek is also amazing. Your private vehicle will pick you up around noon at the other end of the trek and takes you back to the house for lunch and rest. Continue on the adventure with a short walk to the foot of the telephone-station mountain. From here, you will start hiking up to the summit of the mountain for a stunning panorama view of Bac Son Valley. This is marvelous and a great place for photographers. It is definitely worth after the hard-working hike for everyone. Dinner and spend the second night at the local house.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5: BAC SON VALLEY – HANOI
Say good bye to the host family after breakfast, then we drive to Thai Nguyen City for lunch and visit the Vietnam museum of Ethnology. You will learn more about Vietnam’s colorful cultures and different typical ethnic groups at this museum. In the afternoon, head for Hanoi and end the trip around 3.00 PM.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
REQUEST FOR THIS TOUR
Private a/c vehicle
Private tour guide
Vietnamese lunch on a stilt house
Simple Bicycles (If not interested in the mountain hike)
Bottled water on the vehicle
Drinks and other meals
Hotel in Hanoi
Tips & Gratuities
Other things and personal expenses
In case of bad weather or physical condition, the alternative activities to the mountain hike can be walking around the villages, to the rice fields or embarking a gentle bicycling tour around this beautiful valley.