Welcome to Mai Chau


The villagers are mostly White Thai, distantly related to tribes in Thailand, Laos and China. Most no longer wear traditional dress, but the Thai women are masterful weavers producing plenty of traditional-style textiles. Locals do not employ strong-arm sales tactics here: polite bargaining is the norm.

Due to its popularity, some find the Mai Chau tour group experience too sanitised. If you’re looking for hard-core exploration, this is not the place, but for biking, hiking and relaxation, calm Mai Chau fits the bill nicely.


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$139 Day Trips & Excursions

PU LUONG NATURE RESERVE - HIEU WATERFALL - CONTRYSIDE EXPERIENCE (3D2N SIC)

ItineraryDay 1: Hanoi – Pu Luong. (L, D) 200kmStop At: Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Thanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa ProvinceDAY 1: Hanoi – Pu Luong. (L, D) 200kmEasy Trek to Chieng Lau, Yen, Ba villages, Bamboo rafting on Cham Stream:07:00 – 07:30 = Pick-up at Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to start the Pu Luong 3 days tour by Limousine bus09:00 = Short break in Luong Son (Outside of Hanoi).11:00 = Stop at the local market of the Muong Ethnic Minority; enjoy the beautiful scenery of Thung Khe Pass (One of the 10 most beautiful passes in Vietnam).12:00 = Arrival in Mai Chau and transfer to a van to go to Pu Luong Reserve nature13:00 = Check in and lunch at Pu Luong Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat.14:30 – 17:30 = Board the van to the starting point. Following the small road through the terrace rice and sugar cane fields, cross the Hanging Bridges to visit other remote rural villages of Thai Ethnic. Stop at the giant waterwheels, ducks farm to learn about the agriculture before getting on the Bamboo Raft for a relaxing cruise on Cham stream (cruise depending on weather conditions).17:30 = Pick up the van to go to the Eco Garden – Mountain Retreat. Enjoy swimming in the Infinity Pool.19:00 = BBQ Dinner at the lodge, enjoy some local rice wine. Have a quiet night in the middle of the Reserve.*Sleeping options: Pu Luong Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat.Traditional dorm room in the house on stilts or Private Room (no Air-con) or Deluxe Ensuite Room with Air-con.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Traditional dorm roomPrivate Room (no Air-con) or Deluxe Ensuite Room with Air-con ( 12 usd/ person extra)Day 2: Pu Luong – Hieu Waterfall full day trek (B,L,D ). (Hard Trek 10kms):Stop At: Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Thanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa ProvinceDay 2: Pu Luong – Hieu Waterfall full day trek (B,L,D ). (Hard Trek 10kms):07:30 – 08:30 = Have breakfast at Pu Luong Eco Garden. Enjoying the breathtaking view from the lodge.09:00 – 12:30 = Board the van to Pho Doan to start your trek. (Visit local market of Pho Doan only on Thursday and Sunday morning) From there , follow the small road, trail through the terrace rice fields, jungle to reach Hieu Waterfall. Have lunch by the waterfall.Afternoon = Free time to relax and swim in the waterfall or trekking to explore the surrounding village and jungle.17:00 = Board the van to go back to Pu Luong Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat18:00 – 19:00 = Free time to relax by the infinity pool.19:00 = BBQ Dinner at the lodge, enjoy some local rice wine. Have a quiet night in the middle of the Reserve.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Traditional dorm roomPrivate Room (no Air-con) or Deluxe Ensuite Room with Air-con ( 12 usd/ person extra)Day 3: Explore Kho Muong village and Doi Cave – Hanoi 200km. (B,L):Stop At: Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Thanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa ProvinceDay 3: Explore Kho Muong village and Doi Cave – Hanoi 200km. (B,L):07:30 – 08:30 = Buffet breakfast08:30 – 12:00 = Trek following the small roads through the terrace rice fields and cross the stream to visit remote hidden village of Kho Muong to learn about the local people in Pu Luong.(6kms) Explore Doi Cave (Bat cave), this is the largest cave in Pu Luong. (Depending on the weather condition)12:00 = Back to the lodge, check out.13:00 = Have lunch and have free time to relax in the Infinity pool or walking around the village14:00 = board the van to go Mai Chau to catch the Limousine bus to go to Hanoi.17:00 = Soft break on the way.19:30 = Arrive in Hanoi old quarter drop you off at your hotel. Tour ends.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$199 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

PU LUONG NATURE RESERVE & OLD CAPITAL NINH BINH EXPRIENCE ( SIC 4 days 3 nights)

ItineraryDay 1: Hanoi – Pu Luong. (L, D) 200kmStop At: Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Thanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa ProvinceDAY 1: Hanoi – Pu Luong. (L, D) 200kmEasy Trek to Chieng Lau, Yen, Ba villages, Bamboo rafting on Cham Stream:07:00 – 07:30 = Pick-up at Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to go start the Pu Luong-Ninh Binh tour by Limousine bus.09:00 = Short break in Luong Son (Outside of Hanoi).11:00 = Stop at the local market of the Muong Ethnic Minority; enjoy the beautiful scenery of Thung Khe Pass (One of the 10 most beautiful passes in Vietnam).12:00 = Arrival in Mai Chau and transfer to a van to go to Pu Luong Reserve nature13:00 = Check in and lunch at Pu Luong Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat.14:30 – 17:30 = Board the van to the starting point. Following the small road through the terrace rice and sugar cane fields, cross the Hanging Bridges to visit other remote rural villages of Thai Ethnic. Stop at the giant waterwheels, ducks farm to learn about the agriculture before getting on the Bamboo Raft for a relaxing cruise on Cham stream (cruise depending on weather conditions).17:30 = Pick up the van to go to the Eco Garden – Mountain Retreat. Enjoy swimming in the Infinity Pool.19:00 = BBQ Dinner at the lodge, enjoy some local rice wine. Have a quiet night in the middle of the Reserve.Duration: 20 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Traditional dorm room Private Room (no Air-con) or Deluxe Ensuite Room with Air-con (15USD/PERSON)Day 2: Pu Luong – Hieu Waterfall full day trek (B,L,D ). (Hard Trek 10kms):Stop At: Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Thanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa ProvinceDay 2: Pu Luong – Hieu Waterfall full day trek (B,L,D ). (Hard Trek 10kms):07:30 – 08:30 = Have breakfast in the lodge. Enjoying the breathtaking view from the lodge.09:00 – 12:30 = Board the van to Pho Doan to start your trek. (Visit local market of Pu Luong only on Thursday and Sunday morning) From Pho Doan you follow the small road, trail through the terrace rice fields, jungle to reach Hieu Waterfall. Have lunch by the waterfall.Afternoon = Free time to relax and swim in the waterfall or trekking to explore the surrounding village and jungle.17:00 = Check in the rustic homestay and you are welcome to help the family to prepare the dinner.18:30 = Dinner with the family and enjoy the rice wine and have a conversation with the local to learn more about their culture and customs. Enjoy the night in the middle of the Jungle.Duration: 20 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Sleeping options: Ban Hieu Nature HomestayDorm in a traditional House on stilts > Authentic experienceDay 3: Explore Kho Muong village and Doi Cave – Ninh Binh 120km. (B,L,D):Stop At: Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Thanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa ProvinceDay 3: Explore Kho Muong village and Doi Cave – Ninh Binh 120km. (B,L,D):06:30 – 07:30 = Breakfast at the homestay, check out and say goodbye to the lovely hosts.07:30 – 08:30 = Board the van and back to the lodge08:30 – 12:00 = Trek following the small roads through the terrace rice fields and cross the stream to visit remote hidden village of Kho Muong to learn about the local people in Pu Luong.(6kms) Explore Doi Cave (Bat cave), this is the largest cave in Pu Luong. (Depending on the weather condition)12:00 = Back to the Eco Garden – Mountain Retreat, check out.13:00 = Have lunch and have free time to relax in the Infinity pool or walking around the village before boarding the bus to go to Ninh Binh at 14:30.17:30 = Arrive in Ninh Binh Retreat, check in and have free time.19:00 = Have dinner at the retreatDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Communal dorm in house on stilts, private Bamboo Bungalow or Deluxe villa with A/C. 20 USD/PERSONDay 4: Cycling to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and boat ride in Trang An (B,L)Stop At: Hoa Lu temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties, Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh ProvinceDAY 4: Cycling to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and boat ride in Trang An (B,L)7:30 – 8:30 = breakfast at the Retreat8:30 to 12:00 = Cycling through the limestone karsts to reach 2 temples of the first 2 Emperors in the 10 th Century in Hoa Lu Ancient Capital hike up the Ma Yen Mountain to visit the King’s tomb in 10th century and enjoy the panorama view from the mountain. On the way back, stop in a local family to discover daily life and culture and share a tea with them.12:00 -13:30 = Check out and have lunch at the Retreat13:30 -16:00 = Go to Trang An for a boat ride in between the karst pics and enjoy the beautiful scenery and peaceful atmosphere.16:00 = Drop you off at Ninh Binh Railway station or bus station or board the bus to go to Hanoi.19:00 = Drop off in Hanoi old quarter.Duration: 10 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$499 Day Trips & Excursions

PU LUONG NATURE RESERVE & OLD CAPITAL NINH BINH EXPRIENCE (PRIVATE 4 DAY TOUR)

ItineraryDay 1: Hanoi – Pu Luong. (L, D) 200kmStop At: Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Thanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa ProvinceDAY 1: Hanoi – Pu Luong. (L, D) 200kmEasy Trek to Chieng Lau, Yen, Ba villages, Bamboo rafting on Cham Stream:07:00 – 07:30 = Pick-up at Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to go start the Pu Luong-Ninh Binh tour by Limousine bus.09:00 = Short break in Luong Son (Outside of Hanoi).11:00 = Stop at the local market of the Muong Ethnic Minority; enjoy the beautiful scenery of Thung Khe Pass (One of the 10 most beautiful passes in Vietnam).12:00 = Arrival in Mai Chau and transfer to a van to go to Pu Luong Reserve nature13:00 = Check in and lunch at Pu Luong Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat.14:30 – 17:30 = Board the van to the starting point. Following the small road through the terrace rice and sugar cane fields, cross the Hanging Bridges to visit other remote rural villages of Thai Ethnic. Stop at the giant waterwheels, ducks farm to learn about the agriculture before getting on the Bamboo Raft for a relaxing cruise on Cham stream (cruise depending on weather conditions).17:30 = Pick up the van to go to the Eco Garden – Mountain Retreat. Enjoy swimming in the Infinity Pool.19:00 = BBQ Dinner at the lodge, enjoy some local rice wine. Have a quiet night in the middle of the Reserve.Duration: 20 minutesMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Traditional dorm room Private Room (no Air-con) or Deluxe Ensuite Room with Air-con (15USD/PERSON)Day 2: Pu Luong – Hieu Waterfall full day trek (B,L,D ). (Hard Trek 10kms):Stop At: Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Thanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa ProvinceDay 2: Pu Luong – Hieu Waterfall full day trek (B,L,D ). (Hard Trek 10kms):07:30 – 08:30 = Have breakfast in the lodge. Enjoying the breathtaking view from the lodge.09:00 – 12:30 = Board the van to Pho Doan to start your trek. (Visit local market of Pu Luong only on Thursday and Sunday morning) From Pho Doan you follow the small road, trail through the terrace rice fields, jungle to reach Hieu Waterfall. Have lunch by the waterfall.Afternoon = Free time to relax and swim in the waterfall or trekking to explore the surrounding village and jungle.17:00 = Check in the rustic homestay and you are welcome to help the family to prepare the dinner.18:30 = Dinner with the family and enjoy the rice wine and have a conversation with the local to learn more about their culture and customs. Enjoy the night in the middle of the Jungle.Duration: 24 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: *Sleeping options: Ban Hieu Nature HomestayDorm in a traditional House on stilts > Authentic experienceDay 3: Explore Kho Muong village and Doi Cave – Ninh Binh 120km. (B,L,D):Stop At: Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Thanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa ProvinceDay 3: Explore Kho Muong village and Doi Cave – Ninh Binh 120km. (B,L,D):06:30 – 07:30 = Breakfast at the homestay, check out and say goodbye to the lovely hosts.07:30 – 08:30 = Board the van and back to the lodge08:30 – 12:00 = Trek following the small roads through the terrace rice fields and cross the stream to visit remote hidden village of Kho Muong to learn about the local people in Pu Luong.(6kms) Explore Doi Cave (Bat cave), this is the largest cave in Pu Luong. (Depending on the weather condition)12:00 = Back to the Eco Garden – Mountain Retreat, check out.13:00 = Have lunch and have free time to relax in the Infinity pool or walking around the village before boarding the bus to go to Ninh Binh at 14:30.17:30 = Arrive in Ninh Binh Retreat, check in and have free time.19:00 = Have dinner at the retreatDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Communal dorm in house on stilts, private Bamboo Bungalow or Deluxe villa with A/C. 20 USD/PERSONDay 4: Cycling to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and boat ride in Trang An (B,L)Stop At: Hoa Lu temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties, Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh ProvinceDAY 4: Cycling to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and boat ride in Trang An (B,L)7:30 – 8:30 = breakfast at the Retreat8:30 to 12:00 = Cycling through the limestone karsts to reach 2 temples of the first 2 Emperors in the 10 th Century in Hoa Lu Ancient Capital hike up the Ma Yen Mountain to visit the King’s tomb in 10th century and enjoy the panorama view from the mountain. On the way back, stop in a local family to discover daily life and culture and share a tea with them.12:00 -13:30 = Check out and have lunch at the Retreat13:30 -16:00 = Go to Trang An for a boat ride in between the karst pics and enjoy the beautiful scenery and peaceful atmosphere.16:00 = Drop you off at Ninh Binh Railway station or bus station or board the bus to go to Hanoi.19:00 = Drop off in Hanoi old quarter.Duration: 12 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$1650 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

SMALL GROUP TOUR TO PU LUONG NATURE RESERVE & NINH BINH (4DAYS 3 NIGHTS)

ItineraryDay 1: Hanoi – Pu Luong. (L, D) 200kmStop At: Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Thanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa ProvinceDAY 1: Hanoi – Pu Luong. (L, D) 200kmEasy Trek to Chieng Lau, Yen, Ba villages, Bamboo rafting on Cham Stream:07:00 – 07:30 = Pick-up at Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to go start the Pu Luong-Ninh Binh tour by Limousine bus.09:00 = Short break in Luong Son (Outside of Hanoi).11:00 = Stop at the local market of the Muong Ethnic Minority; enjoy the beautiful scenery of Thung Khe Pass (One of the 10 most beautiful passes in Vietnam).12:00 = Arrival in Mai Chau and transfer to a van to go to Pu Luong Reserve nature13:00 = Check in and lunch at Pu Luong Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat.14:30 – 17:30 = Board the van to the starting point. Following the small road through the terrace rice and sugar cane fields, cross the Hanging Bridges to visit other remote rural villages of Thai Ethnic. Stop at the giant waterwheels, ducks farm to learn about the agriculture before getting on the Bamboo Raft for a relaxing cruise on Cham stream (cruise depending on weather conditions).17:30 = Pick up the van to go to the Eco Garden – Mountain Retreat. Enjoy swimming in the Infinity Pool.19:00 = BBQ Dinner at the lodge, enjoy some local rice wine. Have a quiet night in the middle of the Reserve.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Traditional dorm roomPrivate Room (no Air-con) or Deluxe Ensuite Room with Air-con ( 15 usd/person)Day 2: Pu Luong – Hieu Waterfall full day trek (B,L,D ). (Hard Trek 10kms):Stop At: Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Thanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa ProvinceDay 2: Pu Luong – Hieu Waterfall full day trek (B,L,D ). (Hard Trek 10kms):07:30 – 08:30 = Have breakfast in the lodge. Enjoying the breathtaking view from the lodge.09:00 – 12:30 = Board the van to Pho Doan to start your trek. (Visit local market of Pu Luong only on Thursday and Sunday morning) From Pho Doan you follow the small road, trail through the terrace rice fields, jungle to reach Hieu Waterfall. Have lunch by the waterfall.Afternoon = Free time to relax and swim in the waterfall or trekking to explore the surrounding village and jungle.17:00 = Check in the rustic homestay and you are welcome to help the family to prepare the dinner.18:30 = Dinner with the family and enjoy the rice wine and have a conversation with the local to learn more about their culture and customs. Enjoy the night in the middle of the Jungle.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: *Sleeping options: Ban Hieu Nature HomestayDorm in a traditional House on stilts > Authentic experienceDay 3: Explore Kho Muong village and Doi Cave – Ninh Binh 120km. (B,L,D):Stop At: Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Thanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa ProvinceDay 3: Explore Kho Muong village and Doi Cave – Ninh Binh 120km. (B,L,D):06:30 – 07:30 = Breakfast at the homestay, check out and say goodbye to the lovely hosts.07:30 – 08:30 = Board the van and back to the lodge08:30 – 12:00 = Trek following the small roads through the terrace rice fields and cross the stream to visit remote hidden village of Kho Muong to learn about the local people in Pu Luong.(6kms) Explore Doi Cave (Bat cave), this is the largest cave in Pu Luong. (Depending on the weather condition)12:00 = Back to the Eco Garden – Mountain Retreat, check out.13:00 = Have lunch and have free time to relax in the Infinity pool or walking around the village before boarding the bus to go to Ninh Binh at 14:30.17:30 = Arrive in Ninh Binh Retreat, check in and have free time.19:00 = Have dinner at the retreatDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Communal dorm Private Bamboo Bungalow or Deluxe villa with A/C.20 USD/ personDay 4: Cycling to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and boat ride in Trang An (B,L) 7:30 – 8:30 = breakfast at the RetreatStop At: Hoa Lu temples of the Dinh & Le Dynasties, Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh ProvinceDAY 4: Cycling to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and boat ride in Trang An (B,L)7:30 – 8:30 = breakfast at the Retreat8:30 to 12:00 = Cycling through the limestone karsts to reach 2 temples of the first 2 Emperors in the 10 th Century in Hoa Lu Ancient Capital hike up the Ma Yen Mountain to visit the King’s tomb in 10th century and enjoy the panorama view from the mountain. On the way back, stop in a local family to discover daily life and culture and share a tea with them.12:00 -13:30 = Check out and have lunch at the Retreat13:30 -16:00 = Go to Trang An for a boat ride in between the karst pics and enjoy the beautiful scenery and peaceful atmosphere.16:00 = Drop you off at Ninh Binh Railway station or bus station or board the bus to go to Hanoi.19:00 = Drop off in Hanoi old quarter.Duration: 10 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$999 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

PU LUONG NATURE RESERVE - HIEU WATERFALL - CONTRYSIDE EXPERIENCE (PRIVATE TOUR)

ItineraryDay 1: Hanoi – Pu Luong. (L, D) 200kmStop At: Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Thanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa ProvincePu Luong 3 Days tour itinerary : DAY 1: Hanoi – Pu Luong. (L, D) 200kmEasy Trek to Chieng Lau, Yen, Ba villages, Bamboo rafting on Cham Stream:07:00 – 07:30 = Pick-up at Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to start the Pu Luong 3 days tour by Limousine bus09:00 = Short break in Luong Son (Outside of Hanoi).11:00 = Stop at the local market of the Muong Ethnic Minority; enjoy the beautiful scenery of Thung Khe Pass (One of the 10 most beautiful passes in Vietnam).12:00 = Arrival in Mai Chau and transfer to a van to go to Pu Luong Reserve nature13:00 = Check in and lunch at Pu Luong Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat.14:30 – 17:30 = Board the van to the starting point. Following the small road through the terrace rice and sugar cane fields, cross the Hanging Bridges to visit other remote rural villages of Thai Ethnic. Stop at the giant waterwheels, ducks farm to learn about the agriculture before getting on the Bamboo Raft for a relaxing cruise on Cham stream (cruise depending on weather conditions).17:30 = Pick up the van to go to the Eco Garden – Mountain Retreat. Enjoy swimming in the Infinity Pool.19:00 = BBQ Dinner at the lodge, enjoy some local rice wine. Have a quiet night in the middle of the Reserve.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Pu Luong Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat.Private Room (no Air-con) or Deluxe Ensuite Room with Air-con.Day 2: Pu Luong – Hieu Waterfall full day trek (B,L,D ). (Hard Trek 10kms):Stop At: Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Thanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa ProvinceDay 2: Pu Luong – Hieu Waterfall full day trek (B,L,D ). (Hard Trek 10kms):07:30 – 08:30 = Have breakfast at Pu Luong Eco Garden. Enjoying the breathtaking view from the lodge.09:00 – 12:30 = Board the van to Pho Doan to start your trek. (Visit local market of Pho Doan only on Thursday and Sunday morning) From there , follow the small road, trail through the terrace rice fields, jungle to reach Hieu Waterfall. Have lunch by the waterfall.Afternoon = Free time to relax and swim in the waterfall or trekking to explore the surrounding village and jungle.17:00 = Board the van to go back to Pu Luong Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat18:00 – 19:00 = Free time to relax by the infinity pool.19:00 = BBQ Dinner at the lodge, enjoy some local rice wine. Have a quiet night in the middle of the Reserve.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Pu Luong Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat.Private Room (no Air-con) or Deluxe Ensuite Room with Air-con.Day 3: Explore Kho Muong village and Doi Cave – Hanoi 200km. (B,L):Stop At: Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Thanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa ProvinceDay 3: Explore Kho Muong village and Doi Cave – Hanoi 200km. (B,L):07:30 – 08:30 = Buffet breakfast08:30 – 12:00 = Trek following the small roads through the terrace rice fields and cross the stream to visit remote hidden village of Kho Muong to learn about the local people in Pu Luong.(6kms) Explore Doi Cave (Bat cave), this is the largest cave in Pu Luong. (Depending on the weather condition)12:00 = Back to the lodge, check out.13:00 = Have lunch and have free time to relax in the Infinity pool or walking around the village14:00 = board the van to go Mai Chau to catch the Limousine bus to go to Hanoi.17:00 = Soft break on the way.19:30 = Arrive in Hanoi old quarter drop you off at your hotel. Tour ends. Duration: 12 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

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NORTH VIETNAM DIRTBIKE 3 DAY MOTORBIKE TOUR

ItineraryDay 1: Day 1: Hanoi - Pu LuongStop At: Pu Luong Nature Reserve, Thanh Hoa, Thanh Hoa Province 165km homestay Pu Luong Nature Reserve; the Pu Luong PassYou'll travel southwest from Hanoi, passing acres of rice fields overshadowed by the great limestone cliffs that jut out of them. By afternoon, you'll be riding the Pu Luong Pass and taking in the panoramic view it offers of the surrounding countryside. In previous years, we used to spend the first night of this tour in Mai Chau but nowadays we spend it in Pu Luong Nature Reserve: it's seen very little development, is even quieter and has plenty of dirt roads and traditional homestays.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: homestayDay 2: Day 2: Pu Luong - Ta XuaStop At: Ta Xua Peak, Son La, Son La Province 200km homestay the rural district of Mai Chau; the Moc Chau Plateau; the Hua Tat Pass; crossing the Da River by ferryYou'll continue your adventure north into the rural district of Mai Chau. Set in a valley filled with the rice fields and the stilt houses of Vietnam's Thai minorities, it has a number offroading opportunities and plenty of places to pause for refreshments. After leaving the valley you'll head up into the mountains over the Hua Tat Pass and the Moc Chau Plateau, an area famed for its plums, flowers and green tea (there's even a mountain you'll see there covered in nothing but tea trees!) Then it's down towards the Da River, which you'll cross on a little ferry before beginning a second, steeper climb, passing through the mountain town of Bac Yen and arriving in Ta Xua before dark.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: homestayDay 3: Day 3: Ta Xua - HanoiStop At: Ta Xua Peak, Son La, Son La Province 225km Ta Xua Nature Reserve; the Dinosaur's Backbone; the Lung Po PassYou'll ride the narrow dirt roads through Ta Xua Nature Reserve to the even narrower Dinosaur's Backbone, a little path set atop a mountain that leads to one of the highest peaks in the area where, on a good day, you can watch the clouds pass by from above. (In wet conditions, though, you'll likely walk the Backbone: it's short enough, but it's definitely not for the faint of heart!) This is the culmination of the motorbike tour: the view from up there is a great example of the type of massive vista for which North Vietnam is known. Then it's northeast over the Lung Lo Pass, skirting Xuan Son National Park on the way back to Hanoi. This area is known for its green tea, and the ride back to Hanoi from this direction is characterised by miles of rolling tea plantations and the villages of the minority folks who cultivate them.Duration: 7 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.