Hiking route: Hanoi - Cuc Phuong national park - Ngoc Son - Ngo Luong Nature Reserve - Pu Luong Nature Reserve - Mai Chau Scenic Valley - Tam Coc sublime limestone mountain - Halong Bay - Bai Tu Long - Hanoi.
Day 1: Hanoi arrival:
Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport,Snail Adventure Tour guide and driver will greet and pick you up to the hotel at the heart of Hanoi capital. Hanoi, the antique and dynamic city of Vietnam, reserves a unique old world charm and several of the most striking colonial architecture of Asia. After the checking-in,Take relax by your own and do briefing itinerary with our guide for coming days. enjoy a cyclo ride through the bustling streets in the Old Quarter to discover the ancient and modern beauty of Hanoi. After the tour, you will be warmly welcome with a special welcoming dinner in a typical Vietnamese food restaurant. Stay overnight in Hanoi :
Activities:Picking up and transferring to Hotel
Accommodation: The Light Hotel****
Trekking distance: No
Vehicle Support: Yes
Day 2: Hanoi – Cuc Phuong National Park
After having breakfast in hotel, we leave bustle and hustle behind, our shuttle bus will take you to Cuc Phuong National park on scenic route, passing Red River Delta rural area. You admire stunning green rice fields and tranquil villages. upon arrival park, we do check in and have lunch in local restaurant at the park head quarter. After lunch, we take first visiting the Endangered Primate Rescure Center and Turtle Conservation Center of the park, where you can observe some of the rarest primate species in the world. The primate center house specimens of langurs, loris and ribbon species, include the citically endangered Delacour’s langurs, Golden – head langur, tonkin snub – nosed langur and black crested Gibbon. After visiting and learn about the tast of conservation, we come to hotel and have dinner in .
Activities: Transferring and visiting National park
Accommodation: Cuc Phuong Resort****/ Guesthouse
Vehicle Support: yes
Day 3: Cuc Phuong National Park – Trek to Khanh Village
Get up early to enjoy pristine nature and the sound of Gibbons, we have hearty breakfast and commence visiting the cave of prehistoric man, where human skeletons ans stone tools date back to some 7500 years old have been found, leaving the cave, our bus will bring you to central park on on scenic route. We pass through the core of tropical jungle to Bong center where we start our trekking journey to Ban Khanh village. We trek through dense tropical forest to admire thousand years old trees and meet some rare animals enroute. Upon arrival in Ban Khanh – peaceful and hospitable Muong ethnic community, stroll around the village to learn about their daily life and culture, enjoy delicious home – cooked dinner with homestay owners and stay overnight in Ban Khanh eco homestay.
Activities:Trekking through National Park to Village
Trekking distance: 15 -18 Km: Trekking times: 7-8 Hours
Vehicle Support: No
Day 4: Ban Khanh – Thuong village – Ngoc Son Ngo Luong Nature reserve.
After enjoying pancake and banana cake, we say good bye our friendly Host . Start beautiful trekking day by experiencing bamboo rafting on a Tranquil Buoi River to Ngoc Son Ngo Luong Nature Reserve. Disembarking the raft, motobike will bring you to Thuong village where boast an alluring Mo waterfall and welcome Muong ethnic minority. You will enjoy lunch at eco homestay located next to the waterfall. In the afternoon , we will trek through tropical forest, ascending to the hill and stroll down to green valley to Ngoc son Ngo luong. On arrival of eco homestay, we enjoy not oly herbal tea and authentic Muong cuisine but also experience traditional music performance by the local women
Activities: Trekking and rafting on Buoi River to Village
Trekking distance: 15 – 18 Km: Trekking times: 7-8 Hours
Day 5: Khuong Village trek to Mon Village
Have lovely breakfast at Mu stream homestay, you will stroll around the Khuong village to learn further about their everyday life of local peolpe and then follow a short trail to Mu village where you are excited at incredible Mu waterfall and a simple remaining water-power rice mortar. Typically, one of the best our door activities you can do today is swimming. After lunch time, you will come back to Mu stream homestay. In the afternoon, you will hike on trail running through the lush village and stunning rice paddy fields to Mon village. Arriving eco homestay, relax by yourself and have dinner with local family.
Activities: Trekking from Village - Village
Trekking distance: 14- 17 Km: Trekking time: 6-7 Hours
Vehicle Support: No
Day 6: Mon village trek to Hieu village.
Enjoy delicious breakfast in homestay, we commence our new trekking day to Phu Luong nature reserve. We will hike on single track to Coi Gao village and then turn off to the forest. On the way you have chance to hike through one of the most beautiful route links between two nature reserve. You will hike under canopies of great trees, sometimes going through small springs and may be lost in the sound of nature some hours, finally, you will reach to Phu Luong nature reserve. Have picnic lunch en route, keep trekking out of forest at sunset time, you will hike on the village road and capture the fascinating image of the immissions of cooking smoke from various stilt house of Thai ethic community.. arriving at Hieu eco village. You will be warmly welcome by friendly homestay owner, have dinner and stay overnight with Thai Family nearby waterfall.
Activities:Trekking from village - Village
Trekking distance: 18 -20 Km Trekking time: 7-8 hours
Day 7: Hieu trek to Kho Muong Village.
Get up early to stroll around the village or go to waterfall to swim, come back homestay for breakfast, we continue our trekking day to Kho Muong villages. we start hiking from homestay, passing tranquil village and stunning rice field to Pho Doan Town where open regularly weekend market. If we are lucky we meet colorful hilltribe market. After visiting, we keep hiking through picturesque rice terrace to kho muong village. today we will trek through the central area of Phu Luong nature Reserve. It is blessed with breathtaking scenery, magnificent limestone panoramas. Arriving in Kho Muong eco homestay, spend your time to visit Cave nearby village and walk around the village to witness their activity life. Have dinner and stayover night in Thai eco homestay.
Activities:Trekking from Village - Village
Trekking distance: 13- 16 Km: Trekking time: 6-7 Hours
Day 8: Kho Muong Trek To Hang Village
Today is hike 50% on village paths single track trail, through rice paddy terraced, cross stream and 50% on an old disused unpaved French road – the original Ho Chi Minh Trail. There are sone good descents and several more treams crossings. The trekking is the remote yet one is never far from a villagers tendingfields..relax from the heat of the days in a local home while lunch is cooked before continuing to a village nestled between steep karst mountains. It is recommended to stroll around the villages and join in as the villagers go about their daily lives.Or relax in one of the three eco homestays. Overnight homestays in the traditional stilthouse of Ban Hang Villages. Sometoughsectionsthroughforestonsmallpaths.
Activities:Trekking village - Village
Trekking distance: 14- 18 Km: trekking time: 7-8 hours
Day 9: Hang Village Ban Sai – Boat trip to Co Luong
After a leisurely breakfast, hike through the narrow valley to the junction where we hike to the fantastic Ma river. Take a boat upstream a short way ( approx 40 minutes) past string of minority villages. Arriving at meeting point with driver, we take bus to Mai Chau for lunch.After lunch, taking time to walk around Mai Chau Village by some gifts for your friend.
Activities:Trekking, boat trip transferring to Mai Chau
Accommodation: in Mai Chau Ecolodge
Trekking distance: 9 Km: Trekking time: 2 km
Vehicle Support: yes
Day 10: Mai Chau – Trang An – Tam Coc
Say good bye Mai Chau, we jumb on bus to. Enjoy brilliant scenery on the way to Van Long Wet land Reserve. Have lunch enroute, after lunch, we continue to explore magnificent scenery on the way to Trang An – world heritage site take three hours boat trip to explore maverlous scenery and admire stunning nature, picturesque limestone mountain, visit some holy temples on our way to learn about Vietnamese traditional religion. Following to the rice paddy trail lead us to Tam Coc ( three grotto) to admire wonderland. Spend two hours boat trip to discover breathtaking scenery on Ngo Dong River. Have dinner and stay overnight in Tam Coc Hidden charm resort.
Activities:Transferring and visiting, Boat trip
Accommodation: Tam Coc Hidden Charm Hotel****
Vehicle Support: Fully support
Day 11: Tam Coc – Hai Phong – Halong – Bai Tu Long
Have hearty breakfast in Hotel . our shuttle will meet you at 8:00 at lobby and take you to Halong bay. stop at midway for having breakfast and enjoy hot coffee. After taking short break, we continue to Halong bay. on the way you will impressive on exotic Tonkin scenery and peaceful villages. Upon arriving in Halong bay, do check in and board on boat for three days two nights exploring Halong Bay. Have lunch and dinner on boat
12.30 – 13.00 : Check-in, enjoy welcome drink & cruise briefing.
13.30 – 15.00 : Have lunch while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay; admire the fascinating formations.
15.00 – 16.30 : Cruise to Cap La, Tra San.
16.30 – 17.30 : Enjoy paddling around Cap La and Tra San by kayak.
17.45 – 19.00 : Back to junk for swimming or relaxing.
19.00 – 21.00 : Have dinner and overnight on board in Cong Do.
Activities:Transferring to Halong bay
Accommodation: onNight cruise
Transferring distance: 200 Km
Day 12: Cap La– Hai Quan – Vung Vieng – Thien Canh Son Cave
07.30 – 08.00 : Morning view of Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.
Activities: Exploring Halong and Bai Tu Long bay
Accommodation: On night Cruise
Kyaking time: 3-4 hours
Have breakfast in the fresh air.
08.15 – 09.15 : Start cruising to Vung Vieng.
09.30 – 10.30 : Visit Vung Vieng fishing village by a rustic row-boat, meet the local people and pass through the floating school and fish farms.
10.30 – 11.30 : Reach to Hon Co Island for swimming or relaxing. Explore the well- hidden Thien Canh Son cave.
12.00 – 13.30 : Have a BBQ lunch and relax on a wild beach or in Thien Canh Son cave (Depending on the availability and weather condition).
13.45 – 15.45 : Back to junk for relaxing while cruising to Cong Do area
16.00 – 17.30 : Enjoy swimming or kayaking through Cong Do and Thay cave area
19.00 – 21.00 : Have dinner & overnight on board.
Day 13: Cong Do – Hon Gai Harbour – Hanoi city
07.30 – 08.00 : Enjoy fresh air & gentle breeze of the bay in morning. Have breakfast on board.
08.30 – 09.30 : Free time for swimming & relaxing.
10.00 : Check out of the cabin. Start cruising towards the harbor while an A la carte lunch is served.
11.45 – 12.00 : Disembark. Drive directly to Hanoi City. Stop for coffee and relax at midway. Arriving in Hotel at 15:pm. Do check in. our team say good bye all of you . Doi check in and relax by your self..
Activities: Transferring back to Hanoi
Accommodation: The Light Hotel****
Transferring distance:200 Km
Day 14: Hanoi Departure
Have breakfast in hotel and free shopping until departure time to airport. We finish our service and thank you very much for joining trekking tour with us.
Transferring distance: 35 Km
Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose equivalent hotels
Meals: if you have any specific food requirements ( vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide, our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Snail Adventure tourscan be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world famous – dishes
English speaking trekking guide ( other languages upon requests)
Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
Private Eco homestay village based on size of group
Meals details in itineraries ( 14 breakfast, 14lunches, 14dinners)
Van or bus transfer on the first day and the last day
Truck supported and carry luggage to homestay each day.
Boat trip in Ma river
Three days and two nights Halong bay cruise trip on bay.
Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
First aid kit
Local trekking guide
Cold water box, small fresh towel.
Mineral water for drinking
Support crew to supply picnic lunches and water on trekking day,
prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner in trekking.
Local trekking guide
What is not included
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
Tip for team and guide
The following brings are essential suggested for trekking days only:
Backpack specialized for trekking.
Trekking shoes (extra light sandal suggested).
Light and comfortable trousers (02 pcs)
Cotton long sleeve: (01pc for each day)
Long socks (01 pair for each day)
Water proof jacket: 01
Coat to keep warm at night and waypoint: 01
Durable flash light.
Hat, Sun glasses and other manddatory
Camera (compact camera is suggested)
When trekking we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.
Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.
Foods and Drinks
All the meals which, are mentioned in itinerary, are included in the price of this tour. Most of meals are Vietnamese local food in Homestays . while in towns, we will enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in delicious restaurants. Meals consist of a variety of banlanced dishes and aim for universal appeal, we avoid highly spiced foods. Vegetarians are certainly welcome and are always accommodated, please let us know of any dietary concerns at time of booking. Beverage and alcoholic drink are not included at mealtime or in restaurants
when we transfer, ride by minibus ( no trekking day), our bottled waters are always available for you ( two little for one day for person with wet tissue). When we have trekking days, we will offer cold water and wet tissue in box plus fresh tropical fruit, soft – drink, energy – drinking, ( five little water for trekking day/ person). Beer is freely available everywhere in Vietnam, but not include in our trip.
Our guides: the tour will be led by one of English - speaking guides. All our guides have great knowledge of history, local culture, and religions of the area where you are cycling and introduce that experiences for you . our guides have been trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by Vietnam National Tourism. Our guides are also medically skilled in first Aid by SOS and they know how to deal with hard situations.\
Grading definition: To assist you visualise how our trip is difficult, we have graded our adventure tours into three categories, easy, moderate, and challenging, we group many factors into consideration into this grading, including distant covered, terrain, altitude, weather conditions and vehicle support
Easy: suitable for most people in good health. These trips generally include short days, on good paths and at low attitudes
Moderate: A reasonable level of fitness is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels, hill longer days and altitude.All of our moderate trips have a support vehicle following closely, weary travellers can hitch a ride and take a rest for a while.
Challenging: these trips are physically demanding and best suite for fit people with high endurancce level. Day can be longer, often at altitude, in remoted regions and sometimes without supports vehicle nearby.. travellers may be required to carry a backpacks.
Passport &Visa information
All visitors are required to have a valid visa to enter Vietnam. A one month tourist visa is usually sufficients for most visitors, though it is possible to arrange three months or six month – multiple entry visa for regular visitors. The Snail Adventure Tours company is authorised to issue visa on arrival at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, Danang International Airport in Danang, and Tan San Nhat in Ho chi Minh city.The same authorisation proceduce and a minimum of 5 days working notice is required. In emergency case they can arrange a visa o arrival if notice of 2 working days is given
Our tour price do not include insurance. However, it is a condition of joining our tours that traveler are fully insured for any medical expenses they may incur whilst traveling. At the start of your travel the tour guide will ask and collect your insurance document and will note down the policy number and emergency contact number.Travel insurance is compulsory for any participant. It is adviced that all travelers should have travel insurance covered before your departure. This will be helpful incase of medical emergency evacuation. It is with go safe. The travel insurance will cover against hospital and medical expenses, the cover relates to expenses asa consequence of accidents occurring to the bearer during the period of insurance and /or unforseen illnesses which arise during that period as well.However travel insurance will cover all your valuable things, luggages, laptop, ipad, camera broken, lost or cut off itinerary once you traveling. Please come to visit WORLD NOMADS.COM to get more details
Vaccinations and protection
When you are planning trip in Vietnam. it is important to get up date with all necessary Vietnam travel health information. Here, we compiled some handy tips and advice about how to get prepared for your trip to help to ensure that you stay healthy during your travel. Though we have taken the greatest care to make sure that the information on this page is accurate. It is your responsibility to visit your doctor or medical facility at least 06 months before you depart for full Vietnam travel health information.
Vaccinations are not officially required by the Vietnamese authorities, However, immunization against cholera, hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus, polio, and Japanese encephalitis is strongly adviced.Please consult your doctor for further medical advice. Also bring mosquito repellent. Wearing long sleeved shirts and slacks from dusk onward and avoiding perfume is also recommended. In addition to an ample supply of any prescription drugs you are taking ( a prescription which can be filled incase your pills go missing) bring medicines for: headaches, diarrhea, constipation, insect bites, sorethroats, eyes drops, cuts, etc. Medical standards outside Hanoi and Hochiminh city, SiemReap and luang Prabang are lower than those found in western countries.
Personal medical kits
You should bring along a personal supply of basic medical items such as plaster, aspirin, insect repellent etc. In area of limites or suspect medical facilities, some travellers also like to take their own medical kit which can be used by the local medical staff in case of accident or illness. Our adventure tour leader carry a comprehensive First Aid Kits ( include a sterile pack) for emergencies but do not dispense medicine.
Exisiting medical conditions.
All persons joining our tours are assumed to be in good health and to have a sufficient level of fitness to complete their chosen itinerary. If you have existing medical condition or disability you must make this known at the time of booking. If accepted on the tours, you must also make your condition know to the cyclign tour leader.
As vietnam is long and narrow country from the north to the south, climate conditions vary considerably. The climate can be divided into three distinct patterns between the north, central and the south regions. The climate in the north generally humid and suptropical. Although the winter months from october to march can be colder with temperature from 8 15 degrees. Summer months, may to september from 28 – 40 degree. Meanwhile south Vietnam enjoys tropical climate all year round, with little variation throughout the year ( around 27 – 35 degrees) however, may to November is the raining season when sort heave downpour are quite frequent. Central Vietnam lies somwhere in between. The coast strips is usually dry and hotter from April to October whileNovember to March is wetter and cooler. A light rain jacket and small umbrella are recommended year round.
Pack essentailly for hot conditions athough December through to February warmer clothing is needed. Bear in mind that the region is tropical ( humid) and can be hot. Lightweight rainwear is advisable at all time. The north is cold at night during winter. Highland areas around Sapa are likely to be cooler especially at night and you should pack accordingly. Cassual clothes are the most practical.
Bedd provided in eco homestay village.
05 days trekking from That Khe – stretch to Ta lung area. we will stay in carefuly selected Eco homestays in each village destinations. You will be provied sleeping mat, mattres, pillow, mosquito net, blanket and toilet kit ( shampoo, tootbrush, tower) hot water and bathroom will be provided in each Eco village.
Water bottle: water bootle along the trail must never be considered as drinkable. Take 1,5 litre personal water bottle ( preferable insulated). Our support crew on the trek provide sterilized water each meal time to replenish your supplies. Also energy scacks ( nuts, Cereal bars... are recommended whilst on trek.
Walking poles: there must be useful for the up hill and down hill in this tour. Adequate poles can be bought in Hanoi.
Sunglasses. A good pair of sunglasses are good for protection against UV rays. Sun Hat, High Factor, Sun Cream/ Block & lips salve bring suncream to protect your skin against the sun. Combination sunblock/ lipsalve is ideal for facial protection.
Walking or hiking boots with good ankle support.trainer/ and or sandals for travelling and general wear.
Luggage: on Tours
One main piece of baggages and daypack. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage, so dont overload yourself
Luggage whilst on trek. This should consists of a main piece of baggage, a holdall or kitbag for your trek and a daypack to carry your personal gear. We recommend you have holdall and kitbag for your trek in Phu Luong. You overnight bag will be taken to the village night stop by vehicle
Day bag: One each trekking day you will be required to carry your day pack or light rucksack, large enough to carry essential items such as water, snack, rain coat and sun / weather protection.
Luggage storage in Hanoi; For a small charge you can use one of hotel based in Hanoi to leave the bulk of your gear while away on treks on the jungle trail to Fansipang mountain and descending through stunning rice terrace to Sapa valley.
Why book this tours
This trekking tour focusing on the north Vietnam is perfect for trekkers who enjoy walking but also want insight into the culture of the destination. You will encounter ethnic minority people as well as visit the fascinating city of Hanoi. Walk take place in lush scenery and highest peak of Vietnam- Fansipang mountain. An amazing trek visiting remote tribal villages in the mountainous back country of the northern Vietnam. We stay in tradtional village houses as we trek through the beautiful rice paddies of . Experience the culture, customs and cuisine of the friendly hilltribes.
Our Commitment to
Responsible tourism: we strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural invironment. We recognise that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.
Environment: we have been turning invironmently responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re - usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.
Community: Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging custommers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, moto taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future
Tipping for crew
Tipping for good services is always appreciated in these developing countries. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of the tour. Hotels and station porters should also be tipped a small amount for . We recommend 5 US Dollar / person/per day for treking tour guides .. 2 USD/ person/ day for driver and 1 USD/ person/ day for door bell when checking in and out. And our team crew is expected to 3 US dollar /trekking day/ person/.
the official national currency is the Vietnamese Dong ( VND), but the US dollar is widely accepted in allmost tourist centers. However, small towns and the villages the VND is preferred, ATM are available in all major cities and towns, tourist destinations, Vietcombank, Agriculture banks are the best networks with a limit a single withdraw limit of 2000,000 d ( 95 USD). Most major currrencies can be exchanged in leading in Vietnam, but th USD is preferred away from the tourist centers. Changing 100 USD wil make you to be a millionaire. You can not legally take the dong out of Vietnam but you can reconvert reasonable amounts of it into USD on departure,.
Know before you go
We strongly recommend that you check your goverment’s travel advisory for up to date information and advise about destination: safety and security, entry requirement, health, local law and customs
100% No surcharge Guarantee
The price paid for our holiday is no longer subject to change. Once booked and confirmed we will guarantee the price you pay will not increase. Whatever the circumstance. You will not be approached to pay fuel surcharges unlike the vast minority of other adventure tour operator.the price guarantee applies to all new booking depart between 1st January and 31st December 2018
Tour itinerary Versions
Itinerary details may vary depending on departure date and alternative itineraries for this tour may exist. Please referto the dates and price page on your website to check which itinerary operate on each departure date. Please ensure that you have update copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reason or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tours.