Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
Best Family Vacation Vietnam is one of our multispot tour starts from Hanoi and takes you to Mai Chau, Tam Coc, Halong bay – major highlights of north Vietnam. The 4 days tour includes such activities and experiences as trekking, homestay, cycling, rowing boat trip, boat cruise, kayaking.
DAY 1: HANOI -> MAI CHAU
7:30: You will be met up with Lotussia Travel team at your hotel in Hanoi. Depart for Hoa Binh province and up then to Mai Chau valley. This scenic drive takes around three or four hours. Along the way we pass fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies. We will arrive Mai Chau valley around noon. Lunch will be provided in a local silt house. In the afternoon, enjoy a half day hiking around Thai’s villages to have the first sights of the White Thai community culture. In the evening, assist to the traditional music and dance show which is performed by The Thai young girls and boys. They all come from this village. Try also some rice alcohol made of traditional plants and local sticky rice. Homestay in a stilt house.
DAY 2: MAI CHAU -> NINH BINH
After breakfast, we will say good bye to the warm-hearted Thai people and depart for Ninh Binh. We arrive in Hoa Lu, Ninh Binh around noon. Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant. After lunch, we visit the two remaining sanctuaries of the ancient citadel of Dinh & Le. Then enjoy a short bicycle ride from Hoa Lu to Tam Coc. We will cycle through rice fields and local countryside villages. Upon arrival in Tam coc, we will have a short rest before taking a 2-hour boat trip along the Boi river. The river trip in Tam coc is wonderful for photo hunters, especially when local people come to harvest the water rice planted along the river, or when they transplant some seedling for the next crops. The tourists often compare the place with Guilin – China, or more closely, to the limestone islets of Halong Bay in the Tonkin Gulf for their similar geological structures and shapes. Check into a local hotel. Dinner will be provided either in a local restaurant or at hotel. Overnight in Tam Coc.
DAY 3: NINH BINH -> HALONG BAY
Depart for Halong Bay. We travel through the fertile flood plains of the Red River Delta. Stops may be made in route for a short rest or taking pictures of the everyday life sceneries. Arrive in Halong Bay at midday, embark on your junk at 12:00 and begin your cruise around majestic Halong Bay. Seafood lunch will be served on board. Explore limestone caves dotted around the bay, soak up the sun on the top deck or go kayaking. Watch the sun set over the bay whilst enjoying a delicious dinner. Overnight on board junk.
DAY 4: HALONG BAY -> HANOI
Brunch will be provided on board (Breakfast + Lunch). Then we continue our cruise in Halong bay while the boat is going back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf about 11h00 and get on our car again for our journey back to Hanoi. On arrival at about 15:30 you will be dropped off at pre-selected drop off point in Hanoi city center. Trip ends.