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

Depart Hanoi early for the four hour drive to Mai Chau. Arrive in the picturesque Mai Chau Valley surrounded by spectacular karst rock formations and rice paddies. In the afternoon take a light trek through some of the other villages in the area. In the evening see a traditional Thai performance of music and dance. (L)(D)

Day 2

Mai Chau - Pu Luong

Transfer to Pu Luong by road via a breathtaking mountain pass giving you a panoramic view of the whole valley. After lunch at Pu Luong Retreat, transfer to a suspension bridge over the Cham River to begin a walk where you will find a number of water wheels. Discover how water is moved from river to handmade bamboo aqueducts. Arriving at a local fisherman’s house, have a short rest before bamboo rafting along the river. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

Pu Luong - Hanoi

Start early to descend into the beautiful valley, where you walk through tumbling rice terraces via small paths to reveal a picturesque village. Continue to the base of the valley through farmlands, villages and wild fields admiring spectacular, changing landscapes. After lunch back at your hotel, return to Hanoi. (B)(L)

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