This leaisurely journey takes you off the beaten path in Vietnams west, where you can take a bamboo raft journey along the Cham River, explore the picturesque Mai Chau Valley, surrounded by karst rock formations and walk through tumbling rice terraces in Pu Luong.

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Water wheels walk and rafting

Tumbling rice terrace scenery

Enjoy a traditional music and dance performance

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Day by day Itinerary

Mai Chau, Pu Luong & Ninh Binh

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Day 1

Hanoi - Mai Chau

Drive through mountains, fertile valleys and traditional villages to Mai Chau. After lunch walk to some local villages. (L)(D)

Day 2

Mai Chau - Pu Luong

Transfer to Pu Luong by road via a breathtaking mountain pass. After lunch walk from near the Cham River to a local house where you will take a bamboo raft to Tan Lap bridge. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

Pu Luong

After breakfast, walk through Uoi and Lan villages and see seasonal cultivation and harvesting activities of locals. Afternoon at leisure at your lodge. (B)(L)(D)

Day 4

Pu Luong - Ninh Binh

Depart Pu Luong for Ninh Binh, with its dramatic scenery and historic temples. In the afternoon, take a scenic boat trip through small canals among the paddy fields to reach the Galaxy and But Thien caves, with their limestone stalagmites. (B)(L)(D)

Day 5

Ninh Binh - Halong Bay

This morning drive to Halong Bay, for your overnight cruise to Lan Ha Bay, home to several thousand limestone islets. (B)(L)(D)

Day 6

Halong Bay - Hanoi

Enjoy the morning on the bay, while your boat cruises back towards port. Disembark and transfer back to Hanoi, where your tour ends. (B)(L)(D)

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