DAY 1: Hanoi – Pu Luong. (L, D) 200km
07:00 – 07:30 = Pick-up at Hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to go to Pu Luong Nature Reserve by Limousine Bus.
09:00 = Short break in Luong Son (Outside of Hanoi).
11:00 = Visit local market of the Muong Ethnic Minority to learn about their daily life and customs; enjoy the beautiful scenery of Thung Khe Pass (One of the 10 most beautiful passes in Vietnam).
13:00 = Arrive in Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Have lunch and check in.
14:30 – 17:30 = Trek following the small roads through the terrace rice fields and cross the stream to visit remote rural villages of Black Thai Minorities to learn about the local people in Pu Luong.(6kms)
19:00 = Dinner at the lodge, enjoy some local rice wine with the family. Have a quiet night in the middle of the Reserve.
*Sleeping options: Traditional dorm room in the house on stilts or Private Room no Air-con (High standard accommodations) at Pu Luong Nature Homestay
Day 2: Pu Luong – Hieu Waterfall full day trek (B,L,D). (Hard Trek 14kms)
07:30 – 08:30 = Have breakfast in the lodge. Enjoying the breathtaking view from the lodge.
09:00 – 12:30 = Following the small road, trail through the terrace rice fields, jungle to visit 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 before 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.
*Sleeping options: Traditional dorm room in the house on stilts. (Authentic experience) at Hieu Village Nature Homestay
Day 3: Easy Trek, Bamboo rafting on Cham Stream – Ninh Binh 120km (B,L,D).
07:30 – 08:30 = Have breakfast in the homestay. Say goodbye to the host and continue your trek through another paths of the Reserve to pick up the van to go to Cham stream.
10:30 = visit the Ba village and cross the hanging bridge to discover the giant waterwheels, and duck farm to learn about Local agriculture system.
11:30 getting on the Bamboo Raft for a relaxing cruise on Cham stream.
12:30 = Pick up the van to go back to the lodge for Lunch.
13:00 = Have lunch and have free time to relax or walking around the village before boarding the van to go to Ninh Binh “the first Vietnamese Capital in 10th century”.
17:30 = Arrive in Ninh Binh Retreat, check in and have free time.
19:00 = Have dinner at the retreat
DAY 4: Explore the ancient Capital by sampan boat and cycling – Hanoi 100km (B, L)
08:00 = Have breakfast at the lodge, have free time in the morning to enjoy the beautiful view of the limestone karst in front of your room.
10:00 = We take you to visit 2 temples of the first 2 Emperors in the 10th Century.
11:30 = Get on the sampan boat to explore Historical Sao Khe River and cave in the ancient Capital.
12:00 = Lunch at Ninh Binh Retreat. (Vegetarian is available)
13:30 – 16:00 = Cycling through the local villages, and visit a local family to learn about their daily life and culture. Afterwards visit a Secret Cave opening into a paradise valley where you can learn about farming and floating rafts.
16:00 = Get on the bus to return to Hanoi or options to drop you off at Ninh Binh stations to continue your journey.