Untouched Beauty Of The North Vietnam

Are you looking for an adventure to explore untouched & beautiful landscapes in Vietnam? Let's review & have this 14 day Untouched Northern Vietnam Tour to venture into Vietnam’s north, escaping the modern world and delving into a land rich in culture and natural beauty. In between nights at the picturesque Pu Luong Retreat Lodge, trek through vibrant rice terraces to hilltribe villages and be immersed in their culture with a memorable homestay......
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General Information Of 12 Day Northern Vietnam Tour To Explore Vietnam's Untouched Beauty.

This 12 day tour in Vietnam allows you to get insights into the North of Vietnam: from the beautiful regions of Pu Luong Natural Reserve, Mai Chau valley & Ninh Binh – to the breathtaking mountain & rice terraced views of Sapa & Mu Cang Chai. You also have chance to experience daily life and culture of ethnic minority people and stay in traditional homestay and interact with local people in scenic villages during your visit. Explore the authentic local life, discover off the beaten tracks with a private trip with our guide and driver will definitely bring you an amazing overview about the magnificent nature and authentic interactions with local ethnic minorities of Northern Vietnam.

Mai Chau - Pu Luong Tour

Brief Travel Program & 14 Day North Vietnam Tour To Untouched Places

  • Day 1. Hanoi arrival - Ninh Binh, visit Van Long Nature Reserve.Overnight in Ninh Binh (L)
  • Day 2. Ninh Binh visit to Thien Ha Cave, Ngoa Long mountain & Thung Nham bird sanctuary. Overnight in Ninh Binh (B, L)
  • Day 3. Ninh Binh - Pu Luong Nature Reserve, hiking in Ban Cong village. Overnight in Pu Luong (B,L)
  • Day 4. Full day trek in Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Overnight in Pu Luong (B,L)
  • Day 5. Pu Luong - Mai Chau valley, hike to visit local villages in Mai Hich area. Overnight in Mai Chau valley (B,L)
  • Day 6. Mai Chau valley - Mu Cang Chai. Overnight in Mu Cang Chai (B,L)
  • Day 7. Mu Cang Chai full day hiking to La Pan Tan & Cu Che Nha area.Overnight in Mu Cang Chai (B, L)
  • Day 8. Mu Cang Chai - Sapa , visit Tram Ton Heaven Gate, Silver Waterfall. Overnight in Sapa (B, L)
  • Day 9. Sapa day trip to Muong Hum market & Ta Giang Phin village.Overnight in Sapa (B,L)
  • Day 10. Morning hike to Muong Hoa valley - Hanoi city.Overnight in Hanoi city (B, L)
  • Day 11. Hanoi cit tour.Overnight in Hanoi (B, L)
  • Day 12. Bai Tu Long bay.Overnight on cruise (B, L, D)
  • Day 13. Bai Tu Long bay exploration on cruise - Hanoi (B, L)
  • Day 14. Hanoi Departure (B)

Travel Map Route Of 14 Day Northern Vietnam Tour to Pristine Places

Special Highlights Of This Northern Vietnam Tour

  • Experience scenic treks through magnificent landscapes in Ninh Binh, Pu Luong nature reserve & Mai Chau valley.
  • Trekking in the remote areas of Sapa & Mu Cang Chai that you cannot meet in other tours.
  • Enjoy beautiful caves & bird sanctury with boating, biking & hiking fun in Ninh Binh
  • Numerous chances to interact with friendly local ethnics & get to know about their daily life & customs
  • Admire the majestic and unspoiled scenery with the colorful ethnic life in the mountainous areas of the Northern Vietnam.
  • Get lots of funs and laugh when experiencing the busy traffic of Hanoi capital by a traditional cyclo ride.
  • Joining the overnight cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay to avoid the crowd and fulfill your trip by tons of exciting activities: kayaking, visiting caves, watching sunrise in Taichi class.

The detailed itinerary of Untouched Northern Vietnam Tour -14 days

Day 1. Hanoi arrival - Ninh Binh, visit Van Long Nature Reserve.Overnight in Ninh Binh (L)

Welcome to Hanoi: Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Our tourguide will meet you at the arrival terminal of Noi Bai Airport with your signed name............., following your flight number......., landing at...... . He will warmly pick your family up and take you to Ninh Binh, the land of spectacular karst landscapes and rustic countryside.

After 2.5 hour drive, you will arrive at the habour of Van Long Nature Reserve and start a scenic bamboo rowing boat to enjoy wonderful scenery with reeds, lotus and towering limestone mountains.

Ninh Binh boat ride

The boat trip is a great way to view the diversity of rich fauna & flora in Van Long nature reserve.You can catch good view of many birds, storks, herons, pheasants flying around.If lucky enough, we can contemplate & have nice photos of the school of Delacour's langurs playing around in mountains

After the boat ride, get driver transfered to the hotel in Ninh Binh. Check in & be free at leisure.

Day 2. Ninh Binh visit to Thien Ha Cave, Ngoa Long mountain & Tam Coc. Overnight in Ninh Binh (B, L)

Today your will have a full day exploring the places of pristine beauty in Ninh Binh by boating, hiking & biking.Firstly, we will do a morning hike in Mua cave area to conquer the summit of Ngoa Long mountain.The hike is a bit hard on steps but worth for your impressive captivation of beautiful limestone pillars, stunning rice fields & local villages in Ninh Binh.

Mua Cave- Tam Coc view

Continue transfering to Nha Le pier in Tho Ha village for a relaxing sampan boat ride (4 people in each sampan) down a small canal to visit Thien Ha caves, enjoying the natural scenery along the way.This is a newly-exploited eco-tourism attraction and said to be the most beautiful cave in Ninh Binh by tourists, offering endless photo opportunities.

After Thien Ha (Galaxy) cave, our boat ride continue routing thru Buddha cave, Ghe cave & Chua cave, passing Thung Nham bird sanctuary, which offer you the great exposure to outstandingly natural landscapes of limestone karst, hidden caves & wild natures.

The lunch of local Vietnamese dishes will be served in a local restaurant after the boat ride.

In the afternoon, you will have leisure bike to explore Tam Coc with stops between to visit local temple or pagoda along the way.Back to the hotel & be relaxed at leisure

Day 3. Ninh Binh - Pu Luong Nature Reserve, hiking in Ban Cong village. Overnight in Pu Luong (B,L)

After your breakfast, we will drive to Pu Luong via a breathtaking mountain pass giving you a panoramic view of the whole valley. Luch will be served en route to Pu Luong Nature Reserve.

Pu Luong waterwheel -

Stop at Ban Cong commune, we will start a 1.5 hour hiking trip along small roads in Thai’s village. You will be fascinated by plenty of water-wheels, a unique cultural feature of Thai and Muong people living in the nature reserve of Pu Luong.Get up close to each wheel and discover how water is moved from river to handmade bamboo aqueducts via simple constructions of all sizes.

Continue drive to the core area of Pu Luong area. Check in the hotel & free at leisure.

Overnight in Pu Luong.

Day 4. Full day trek in Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Overnight in Pu Luong (B,L)

Today is our full day trek up the mountains & down the valleys of Pu Luong nature reserve: chances for admiring beautiful mountainscapes & rustic villages & interacting with local Thai ethnics.

After breakfast, you check-out the rooms and ready for your day hiking across Don village to Doan town, 

A picnic -lunch will served en route.

Then continue hiking across Co Lung village to reach Hieu village - a poetic one on a high mountain slope with a peaceful waterfall running day & night.

Check - in a local homestay of Black Thai Ethnic, have a cosy dinner with the family and spend our night here.

Day 5. Pu Luong - Mai Chau valley, hike to visit local villages in Mai Hich area. Overnight in Mai Chau valley (B,L)

Have a breakfast of pancake with honey & banana prepared by the host, then we say goodbye to them for a morning hike down the valley & meet our driver for a wonderful drive across Pu Luong nature reserve to Mai Chau valley.

Trekking Pu Luong - Northern vietnam

Stop for a lunch in a local family in Mai Hich area – Mai Chau valley.Here, we will have a scenic hike along the valley, viewing surrounding villages & evergreen rice fields in this peaceful countryside.

Then we meet driver and drive to your hotel in untouched Mai Hich commune.Check-in the hotel and relax ourselves with sunset view & mountains

Dinner is on your own account at the resort.

Day 6. Mai Chau valley - Mu Cang Chai. Overnight in Mu Cang Chai (B,L)

Today is our driving journey further into Northwest Mountain region of Vietnam. You will drive up & down endless winding passes & experience impressive beauty of mountains & valleys on the way.

Stop for lunch in Son La city

Mu Cang Chai - ethnic group

Then continue driving to Mu Cang Chai, chances for your wonderful photos en route. In late afternoon, you will arrive at Mu Cang Chai - the land of the most beautiful rice terraces in Vietnam.

Check -in the hotel & free at leisure at the hotel.

Day 7. Mu Cang Chai full day hiking to La Pan Tan & Cu Che Nha area.Overnight in Mu Cang Chai (B, L)

After your breakfast at the hotel, our guide & driver will pick you up for a full day trekking journey to wonderful hiking sites in Mu Cang Chai area.

In the morning, stop at La Pan Tan commune, where you will start a wonderful trek to view the majestic landscapes of rice terraces, local villages of Black H’Mong.This 7km trek is up & down along the community’s paths & then along buffalo trails to captivate Mam Xoi, the symbolic beauty of terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai

Down the valley at Ba Nha bridge – the ending point of this trekking route, you will meet the driver for a short transfer to Thai village in Kim Noi commune for lunch

Mu Cang Chai rice terraces

Have some rest after the lunch, then proceed hiking up on mountain slopes in Cu Che Nha - the commune of many stunning rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai. The trek is even more amazing for your impressive captivation of rice stepped fields, Mu Cang Chai town and the daily life of villagers in Che Cu Nha.

Down the valley & the main road, you will get our driver pick up & transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Mu Cang Chai

Day 8. Mu Cang Chai - Sapa , visit Tram Ton Heaven Gate, Silver Waterfall. Overnight in Sapa (B, L)

Sapa - a place to list in any travellers' itinerary travelling to Vietnam. Cool climate, beautiful landscapes & rich cultures are the reasons why people love to visit Sapa.

Tram Ton Pass - Sapa

Our today's journey is heading to Sapa & explore Sapa's highlights : Tram Ton Heaven Gate -  an ideal viewpoint to capture outstanding mountainscapes of Hoang Lien Mountain Ranges & Snaking Roads down O Qui Ho Pass; Silver Waterfall - the most beautiful one in Sapa.

Arrive in Sapa, check in your hotel & free time to hang around Sapa town on your own.

Overnight in Sapa

Day 9. Sapa trekking day trip to Muong Hum market & Ta Giang Phin villages.Overnight in Sapa (B,L)

If today is Sunday, we will visit Muong Hum market, a special trade fair where local ethnics gather every Sunday to exchange their goods and meet eachother in Bat Xat- Lao Cai region

For the right moment of full market meeting, our private car with driver & local tourguide will pick your group up at 7h30 from your hotel in Sapa town and drive along scenic mountain & valley landscapes.Stop between for beautiful photos if you’d love to.The bumpy roads take you off the main tourist trails and enable you to discover the unspoiled hill tribe culture & natural landscapes.

After two hour drive, we arrive in Muong Hum Market - a lively Sunday trade fair setting up on a open flat land on the bottom of a large & scenic valley, by a small river. You will meet many local hill tribe groups coming here in their uniquely colorful dresses selling, buying, chatting, drinking happily - a nice journey to have a great sense of local ethnics’ rich cultures & pictureque photos.

Have a lunch of local dishes in a local restaurant or picnic lunch provided by the tourguide.

Ta Giang Phin village

Proceed to Ta Giang Phin village for a scenic trek down & up Ta Giang Phin valley where you will meet friendly locals of Black Hmong. The trek is in 2,5 hours and good for your great insight of locals’ daily life & their culture. If you love, our guide can take you to visit a local home, you can have interact with them for better understanding of their authentic customs.On a clear day, it will be great to admire a stunning view of Ngu Chi Son Summit - the second highest mountain in Sapa.

After the hike, meet the car & driver and travel back to your hotel.

Overnight in Sapa

Day 10. Morning trek down Muong Hoa valley, visit Y Linh Ho & Lao Chai villages - Hanoi city.Overnight in Hanoi city (B, L)

After breakfask, we drive to the area of Muong Hoa valley, start a trek on a small path down Muong Hoa valley. The journey offers you chances to view beautiful valley of rice terraces, streams & daily life of Black H' Mong hill tribes  in Y Linh Ho & Lao Chai villages

Trekking Sapa - Northern Vietnam

Back to Sapa for lunch, then drive back to Hanoi on Noi Bai - Lao Cai express.

Check in the hotel & free at your leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 11. Hanoi cit tour.Overnight in Hanoi (B, L)

08.00 AM: After breakfast at the hotel, our tour guide will come to the hotel and pick you up, then we will start the Hanoi city tour We will start with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex. Here you can visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the corpse of Uncle Ho kept there. Next you will visit the Presidential Palace - a nice French architecture in the garden and Ho Chi Minh House on stilt. Visiting the house you will see the simple life of Ho Chi Minh - the president in Vietnamese's spirit forever. We will finish this area with One Pillar Pagoda - one of the most attractions in Hanoi you cannot miss with the special in architecture.

HCM máusoleum

Having lunch and you will continue to the Temple of Literature - The first University of Vietnam.

The next destination will be Museum of Ethnology to learn more about Vietnam Culture.

Next we will explore Hanoi by traveling through the Old Quarter with 36 ancient streets in a traditional cyclo. This slow - speed tour will give your great chance to fully enjoy the classic and modern of the capital.

We will end the tour at about 04.00 PM then it is your free time to go shopping, relax in Hanoi

Day 12. Bai Tu Long bay.Overnight on cruise (B, L, D)

08:30-09:00 Pick up at hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter & Transfer to Bai Chay harbour for boarding Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise

12:30 Check in aboard with Welcome Cocktail from crew member while manager introduce the safety briefing and the boat cruising forward to the Bai Tu Long bay.

13:15 Let your vacation start with a delicious lunch set menu in restaurant

15:30 Discover Thien Canh Son cave where located on top of mountain, contain the long history of geological value and the natural beauty.Recommend you bring camera and wear sport shoes for hiking.Swimming, Sunbathing and Relaxing at the beach if the weather is permitted

Bai Tu long bay

17:30-19:00 Enjoy your time with the beautiful sunset on the bay and join “Happy Hour” – 30% Discount off all drinks onboard

18:30 Cooking class on sundeck with the Deep Fried Spring rolls, one of the unique flavor of Vietnamese food.

19:30 Dinner will be served on sundeck.

21:00 Feel free to relax on boat, join Squid fishing at the area of Reception deck or singing karaoke on sundeck.

Day 13. Bai Tu Long bay exploration on cruise - Hanoi (B, L)

06:30 Start your day with the Taichi on sundeck.

07:00 Light breakfast serve in dining room.

07:45 Visiting Vung Vieng floating fishing village, one of the biggest village in HaLong Bay, you will have chance to learn about the living of fishermen and feel free with some option activities: bamboo boat or kayaking.

Vung Vieng village

9:00 – 9:30 Back to the main boat for relaxing and check out at the reception, please put all your luggage at the outside of your cabin door, crew member will help to bring luggage on land.

09:30 Brunch is served in the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor.

11:00 Disembark at the harbor & get the luxury bus transfer back to Hanoi city

14h30 Arrive in Hanoi, check in & free on your own exploration of Hanoi old quarter.

Overnight in Hanoi

Day 14. Hanoi Departure (B)

Today is your free time at your leisure to enjoy last moment in the North of Vietnam. About 03 hours before your flight, we transfer you to the airport for your flight.

With the sincere thanks for your travel to Vietnam with us, hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam trip and look forward to see you again! 

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The trip includes :

  • 11 nights at hotel based on Twin/Double sharing room, 1 night homestay at local family & 1 night on Halong bay cruise
  • English speaking guide with legal license
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Meals as stated in the program (B- breakfast, L- lunch, D-dinner)
  • Entrance fees and tour activities as dedicated in the program

The trip excludes :

  • Tip for tourguide and driver
  • Drinks
  • Online payment fees
  • Visa fee to Vietnam (US$25/person)
  • International airfare
  • Peak season surcharge (During Christmas and New Year)
  • Early Check-in (before 14.00) and late check-out (after 12.00)
  • Personal expenses............
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