Embark on an exciting trekking adventure to explore the beautiful nature of Pu Luong and Ninh Binh!
Looking for a place where you can unwind and get closer to nature? Our trekking getaway to Pu Luong and Ninh Binh will definitely be suitable for you! Not only can you trek through the beautiful mountains and lush jungles, but you can also learn about the local culture and the ancient history of Vietnam on this trip. Join us and discover the hidden charms of Vietnam!
Day 1 – Hanoi / Pu Luong
As Pu Luong is situated 160 kilometres south of Hanoi, the drive towards this beautiful nature reserve will take around 4.5 hours. To make our journey as pleasant as possible, we will make several stops along the way to Pu Luong. Once we pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi, we will ride on our limousine bus for around 2 hours and have a short break at Luong Son where you can enjoy the countryside vibe. We will continue driving along the scenic Thung Khe Pass and you can take in the breathtaking mountain landscapes before we reach the local market of the Muong ethnic minority group. You can find various local products here and make sure you enjoy the market like a local. After that, we will head towards Pu Luong Nature Reserve with a quick transfer into a van at Mai Chau.
Once we arrive at Pu Luong, we will check into our accommodation at the Pu Luong Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat and have our lunch. In the afternoon, we will begin our trekking adventure as our van transfer us to the starting point. We will pay a visit to the Thai ethnic minority villages of Chieng Lau, Yen and Ba which are located in the remote area of Pu Luong. Get ready to trek along the country roads through the sugarcane plantations and rice terraces as well as cross the suspension bridges to reach the villages! We will observe how the locals go about their daily lives and learn about their local traditions here. We can also visit the duck farms and learn about the traditional agricultural method utilised by the local farmers. After the strenuous trekking and exploration, we will board the bamboo raft and enjoy a relaxing cruise down the Cham River. We will return to the hotel and you can spend your time relaxing in its infinity pool before we gather for the delicious barbecue dinner with a taste of the local rice wine. Have an early night and prepare yourself for the upcoming adventure!
Day 2 – Pu Luong / Ninh Binh
Rise and shine! Enjoy your hearty breakfast accompanied by the magnificent view of Pu Luong Nature Reserve before we embark on an epic trekking adventure towards the Kho Muong Village. As this Black Thai ethnic minority village is hidden deep inside the mountains and surrounded by forests, we have to trek through small roads along the paddy fields and cross the stream to reach this isolated village. The journey is quite challenging as we need to trek for around 6 kilometres on some hilly terrains. Once we arrive, you can relax and wander around the village to learn more about the local culture here.
Doi Cave (Bat Cave) is also located near the Kho Muong village and we will visit this largest cave in Pu Luong. We will explore the cave and discover the spectacular formations of stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave. As the cave is rich in biodiversity and houses 5 different species of bats, don’t startle the bat colonies if you don’t want to be swarmed! By noon, we will return to our hotel and enjoy a scrumptious lunch. After checking out, you will have free time to unwind before we board the bus to Ninh Binh at 2.30 pm. In around 3 hours, we will arrive at the Ninh Binh Retreat where we will stay for tonight. You will have free time to explore the area on your own before we gather for dinner. Return to your bungalow and have a good night’s sleep.
Day 3 – Ninh Binh / Trang An / Hanoi
Today, we are going to learn more about the ancient history of Vietnam and visit several historical sites near Ninh Binh. After breakfast, we will head out to cycle along the limestone mountains and visit the well-protected former capital of Vietnam, Hoa Lu. While we are at this ancient citadel, we are going to drop by two temples which were built in the 10th century and dedicated to the Emperors of Hoa Lu. We will learn more about the ancient history of Hoa Lu as we hike up to the summit of Ma Yen Mountain to visit the tomb of Emperor Dinh Tien Hoang. Don’t miss out on the panoramic view of the surroundings of the mountain.
On our way back to the hotel, we will stop at a local family’s house where we will enjoy a cup of tea while observing their daily activities and learning about the local culture. After we check out of the hotel and have our lunch, we will head towards the scenic UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trang An. Famous for being the Ha Long Bay of the land, we will board the boat to explore the limestone karsts and lush vegetation here. Don’t forget to bask in the serene atmosphere and marvel at the picturesque scenery of Trang An! In the afternoon, we will head back to Hanoi with your choice of transportation (train or bus). Our tour ends as we drop you off at your hotel in the city.
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