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Mai Chau - Pu Luong & Ninh Binh

Mai Chau - Pu Luong & Ninh Binh
Trip length:3 days
Trip style:Hanoi day trips
Trip themes:Local life & Culture, Nature
Physical rating:*****
Start / End cities:Hanoi / Hanoi
Price from:USD $220
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Day 1 Hanoi - Mai Chau - Pu Luong
Depart from Hanoi at 8.00AM by private vehicle to Mai Chau along breathtaking landscape of rural land and mountains. Arrive in Mai Chau village of Thai people at noon time for lunch in a local house.
After lunch, enjoy a leisurely walk around the villages for sightseeing of local life then take an hour transfer by road to Pa Van village to embark on a 3 hour trek to Kho Muong Village, an oasis in the middle of Pu Luong Nature reserve.
Here you cross into a very beautiful land once used as part of the Ho Chi Minh Trail, where very few westerners have traveled into. Arrive late this afternoon to Kho Muong Village for an overnight stay in the local stilted houses.

Home dinner and stay overnight in local house on stilts.
Day 2: Trekking the hills of Pu Luong – Ninh Binh
This wonderful day of hiking takes you through the valley with some steep climbs on a more remote route. Although remote, there are always glimpses of a villager tending fields or walking back from early morning market. Have picnic lunch before continue your trek to Pho Doan where your car is waiting and transfer to Tam Coc in Ninh Binh. 
Dinner and overnight in hotel in Ninh Ninh.
Day 3: Hoa Lu – Tam Coc – Hanoi
After breakfast, board a little boat for a leisurely 1,5 – 2 hours rowing trip along the little river amongst spectacular karst landscapes jutting out from the green rice fields giving rise other name: ‘Halong on Land’. Get back to the quay and take visit to the Bich Dong Pagoda dating to 1428 comprising three temples: Ha (lower), Trung (Midle) and Thuong (Upper) built on the Ngu Nhac Mountain.
After lunch, enjoy a 1-hour cycling through stunning limestone karst valleys surrounded by picturesque fields and villages to Hoa Lu ancient capital for a visit to famous temples dedicated to Kings of the Early Le and the Dinh Dynasties.
Drive back to Hanoi and finish your tour at around 5.30PM. Happy travel!