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Mai Chau / Hoa Binh / Ky Son / Hanoi

Be immersed in the rich traditions and customs of northern Vietnam. Travel through bucolic landscapes to hill tribe villages far from the modern world. Stay in homestays, join daily activities and forge a closer connection with local culture.

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Tour Highlights for North Vietnam, Tribal Homestay & Cultural Immersion
Discover Vietnam’s diverse cultures

Discover Vietnam’s diverse cultures

Meet people of the Te and Thai ethnic groups and learn about their age-old customs and beliefs.

Explore beautiful natural landscapes

Explore beautiful natural landscapes

Take light hikes and easy bike rides to explore tropical forests, jungle-covered mountains, hidden caves and vibrant rice paddies.

Support rural communities

Support rural communities

Partake in activities that provide income for rural families and promote sustainable tourism development.

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ITINERARY

North Vietnam, Tribal Homestay & Cultural Immersion - 6 Days / 5 Nights

DAY 1 - Hanoi -Phu Minh MealsMEALS [L|D]

Depart Hanoi for a 2 hrs drive to Phu Minh, Hoa Binh. Upon arrival, be welcomed by a friendly host with refreshing green tea before checking in. After a short rest, explore the neighbourhood with pig

farms, goat farms and more surrounding the farmstay. Then, enjoy home-cooked lunch with fresh ingredients from the local gardens. During lunch enjoy watching the goats and buffaloes running on the grass field.

In the afternoon, join in a seasonal farming activity, either fishing or planting or harvesting. Then take a walk to the nearby lake with a beautiful view of the countryside (There is also the option for a boat ride around the lake) then head to the local broom cooperatives to learn how brooms are made by hand.

Travel back to the farm stay and get hands-on on a mini workshop to learn how to weave shrimp catchers from bamboo bands

After dinner, enjoy a musical and dancing performance by the local women.

Overnight in Phu Minh.

DAY 2 - Phu Minh - Mai ChauMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

Awake to fresh air and the call of roosters this morning. Choose to have some fun on an optional activity of fishing at the nearby pond.

After breakfast, take a tractor ride around the village, passing by Da River- the second largest river in northern Vietnam along the road.

Lunch will be served around 12pm before the adventure continues with a transfer to Mai Chau.

Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure and enjoy the facilities at the resort.

Overnight in Mai Chau.

DAY 3 - Mai ChauMealsMEALS [B|L]

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This morning after breakfast be picked up and transferred to Mai Ha Village. The hike today starts at 9am with a walk through Kha Village and along the dirt trail through forest with tropical trees which covers Pu Poc sacred mountain of Thai ethnic minority in Mai Chau.

The spectacular scenery gradually unfolds through the trek. Continue the visit to Te – a small charming local village located near a forest and is rarely visited by tourists.

Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local home with a friendly host.

After lunch, explore the Thai ethnic minority villages of Pu and Khoe on foot. Meet the locals and learn about their culture and traditions.

From Khoe village, take a transfer back to Mai Chau.

Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Mai Chau.

DAY 4 - Mai Chau – Ky SonMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

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After breakfast, take a cycling tour for 1.5 hrs riding around a peaceful valley. Then, visit the Mai Chau market and see all the different products, including fresh fruit, fish, crabs, rice fields and other products sold by the ethnic Thai people.

After lunch, depart Mai Chau for a 3.5 hour transfer to Duong Lam. Stay in a unique lodge reconstructed from authentic Thai Binh and Mai Chau province buildings and set in the fertile Tonkinese Valley next to Ky Son Village. 

Spend the afternoon free at leisure to relax and unwind with a traditional foot bath with fragrant herbs collected by the local villagers.

Before dinner, observe a praying ritual to worship Buddha.

Spend the rest of the evening at leisure.

Overnight in Ky Son Village.

DAY 5 - Ky SonMealsMEALS [B|L|D]

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This early morning before breakfast have a choice to practice an ancient martial art form in the garden. Yijinjing is a manual containing a series of exercises, coordinated with breathing, said to enhance physical health dramatically when practiced regularly.

After breakfast, explore the traditional structures and bucolic landscape that make up this lovely property before rolling up the sleeves in the spacious, bright kitchen for a cooking class, learning from the owner how to make delicious Vietnamese dishes served as lunch!

Spend some time at leisure after lunch in the traditional Vietnamese house.

Then, hop on a bicycle for a six-km leisure ride along charming back roads, rice paddy fields and through picturesque villages such as the ancient village of Duong Lam. Visit Mia Pagoda, built in the 15th century and sheltering  287 statues of all sizes, among which are statues of Buddha and statues of the Eight Vajra Deities. Then, discover Mong Phu temple in Mong Phu commune – one of the few hamlets where the original village entrance remains. Continue riding through the narrow alleys to see the old laterite houses. Finish at Ngo Quyen temple and Phung Hung temple, places dedicated to two national heroes - Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung.

Return to the lodge and try a local tisane (herbal tea) and a traditional herbal steam bath before dinner.

Overnight in Ky Son Village.

DAY 6 - Ky Son - HanoiMealsMEALS [B|L]

Exo TravelKy Son to Hanoi (70km): 2hrs

Wake up early to join in Yijinjing exercises and traditional Vietnamese worship customs honouring ancestors with morning rituals.

After breakfast enjoy free time to relax in stunning natural surroundings. Walk around the village, stop at any home for a cup of tea.  Chat with local people about their daily life and farming. Help with plowing, transplanting seedlings or harvesting rice, tea, cassava, corn, or sweet potatoes depending on the harvest season. Collect tea and medicinal herbs in the garden to use back at the lodge.

Alternatively, take time to relax in a garden hammock or take pictures in traditional Vietnamese dress.

Note: The bicycle tour can be arranged on the 2nd morning, and is especially advised during June-August period as weather will be hotter in the afternoon.

After lunch, depart for Hanoi to arrive mid-late afternoon.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Accommodation in a traditional stilt house (private sleeping area per group) or shared twin or shared double room (private room in shared house)
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from date of offer. Past this date price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 1400 on arrival day till 1200 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
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