Vietnam

The Mysteries of Northwest

Level

Easy – Moderate

Duration

7 days

Welcome to a world where the colours are more vivid, where the landscapes are bolder, the coastline
more dramatic, where the history is more compelling, where the tastes are more divine, where life is
lived in the fast lane. This world is Vietnam, the latest Asian dragon to awake from its slumber.
This trip is special designed to give you the opportunity to experience the peacefulness and the spectacular
landscapes of this land. It is a great mixture of adventure and spirituality combining soft adventures and daily
yoga practice. You will enjoy easy walks and cycling in the local villages getting close to the locals and
discovering their unique culture; you will cruise into mystic Halong Bay seeing the fascinating formations;
visit one of the biggest and most beautiful cave in Ha Long Bay. A truly relaxing and memorable holiday!

Facts

Activities: yoga practice, boating, cycling, trekking, caving, kayaking

Time to travel: Mid-October to mid-November and March April are considered best months for this trip. The trip cannot be done during rainy summer months.

Route: Arrival Hanoi-Mai Chau- Hanoi – Halong Bay –Hanoi-Departure Hanoi

Our operation:

All Rahhalah ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and cultures.

Our adventure activity give you the opportunity to connect with Vietnamese culture in a personally meaningful way, our local guides’ knowledge and understanding of the different hill-tribe cultures we pass along the way will add to the uniqueness of this exhilarating journey.

Sustainability:

We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.

All our local guides and staff are properly employed and adequately equipped. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.

As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Hanoi - Yoga (D)

Welcome up on arrival by local tour guide and driver then we transfer to hotel. After that, we will have an outdoor Yoga practice at Ciputra Residence – a luxury residence in Hanoi.

Relax in the rest of the day and enjoy welcome dinner at a fine local restaurant in town.

Overnight Apricot Hotel – Sketch Room www.apricothotels.com

Day 2: Hanoi – Mai Chau (B, L, D)

Pick up at hotel in Hanoi by shuttle bus or private vehicle, we will depart for Mai Chau – a beautiful valley in Hoa Binh Province, homes to Dzao, Muong and Thai minority groups. On arrival at noon, we check in our room and lunch in the Ecolodge’s restaurant overlooking the pool.

In the afternoon, we will start our walking on the flat village’s road to some surrounding villages like Na Thia, Nhot, Pom Coong, Chieng Chau… Be welcomed by the smiling locals, talk with them and discover their traditional culture or just easy wonder in the village and take photos of their daily life.

Back to Mai Chau Ecolodge in the late afternoon, we will have a 1.5 to 2-hour Yoga practice in the outdoor area by the pool.

After dinner, enjoy a traditional dance show with special local rice liquor through a small bamboo straw in a jar.

Overnight in Mai Chau Ecolodge. maichau.ecolodge.asia

Note: Walking time 2.5 – 3 hours – Easy level

Day 3: Mai Chau (B, L, D)

Rising early to the sounds of the forest and get the day’s energy by a Yoga practice. After breakfast, we drive to Hang Kia – a typical H’mong village picturesquely nested in a small valley at 1,200-meter altitude. The drive is around 45 minutes passing beautiful villages of Muong and Dzao ethnic people with a short stop en-route visiting Pa Co and Xa Linh communes – homes to   H’mong people. If you go on Saturday, we will have chance to visit their interesting ethnic market too. On arrival in Hang Kia, we have lunch in a local house and walk around the village to discover the life of the locals.

Transfer back to Mai Chau Ecolodge at around 2 PM, free time by the pool or attend in a cooking class (optional) and learn how to make some traditional Thai dishes such as five-colour sticky rice, bamboo grilled fish.

This late afternoon, we will have another Yoga session in the outdoor area in Mai Chau Ecolodge’s space.

Dinner and spend the second night in Mai Chau Ecolodge

Optional: Cooking class – A distinct 1.5-hour culinary program will be designed for guests who are interested in making local foods. Staying with Mai Chau Ecolodge, you can quickly master the techniques of making some local foods in the easiest way given by our experienced chef.

Overnight in Mai Chau Ecolodge.

Day 4: Mai Chau – Hanoi (B, L, D)

Wake up early in the morning to enjoy fresh air of the countryside and start your day with 1.5-hour outdoor Yoga practice.

After breakfast, enjoy an easy cycling to explore Mai Chau’s beautiful village including Na Tang, Cha Long, Tong Dau & Van Village. The total cycling time is around 2 – 3 hours on the flat roads of the village, stop at any local house you wish and chat with the locals over a cup of tea, you will understand more about their daily life.

Back to Mai Chau Ecolodge for relaxing and then check out at noon. Lunch at the ecolodge or en-route and transfer back to Hanoi.

Overnight Apricot Hotel – Sketch Room www.apricothotels.com

Day 5: Hanoi – Halong (B, L, D)

Pick up at our hotel in Hanoi after breakfast, we will take 180 KM to Halong Bay – The Bay of Descending Dragon, which is located in the Northeast of Vietnam. Halong Bay has been recognized by UNESCO as the World Natural Heritage thanks to its universal values of landscape, geology and geomorphology, respectively in 1994 and 2000 and is one of the most beautiful bays in the world. 

On arrival, we will refresh for about 20 minutes before boarding. Welcome drink – cruise briefing, safety instructions, and check-in cabins. Cruise and program commence.

After a special lunch will be served on board while cruising passing Dog islet, Fighting Cock islet (symbol of Halong Bay), Hoa Cuong fishing village, Swan islet.  After having lunch, the cruise continues exploration of Halong Bay, passing by Soi Sim Beach, Coconut Three Island. Anchoring the vessels at Frog Pond area.

In the mid-afternoon, we explore this beautiful area by paddling through mysterious scenery and swimming in emerald water.

As the sun begins to set, we will have 1-hour Yoga practice on sundeck. Then attend our unique cooking demonstration with Chef to discover the Vietnamese cuisine of traditional spring rolls and flower décor art or refresh you self in our big hot Jacuzzi.

In the evening, we enjoy a specially prepared evening meal in a romantic atmosphere. Our free evening activities including: squid fishing or hot Jacuzzi…Overnight on board. www.emperorcruises.com

Day 6: Halong – Hanoi (B, L)

Get up early in the morning and 1.5-hour outdoor Yoga practice Sundeck. After that, we will have coffee & tea with assorted homemade pastries, fresh juices served.

We then visit Sung Sot Cave – Hiking up and down 600 steps to the magnificent limestone formations of the most beautiful and biggest cave in Halong bay.

We then check-out cabins and settle bills and enjoy Brunch served while cruising back to the pier. Stop at the Lounge and find our car is waiting and taking us back to Hanoi.

Overnight Apricot Hotel – Sketch Room www.apricothotels.com

Day 7: Hanoi – Departure (B)

This early morning, drive pass Hoan Kiem Lake where we will behold the early morning activities of Hanoians and start our last Yoga session in Hanoi in Lenin Park.

Back to hotel for breakfast and enjoy our free time until our driver arrives to take us to Noi Bai Airport for departure flight. Tour ends.

2,483 USD

per person in a group of minimum 4. Double occupancy.

Trip Dates

22nd December 2017

  • This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies. 
  • All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change
  • All accommodation subject to change to similar one depending on availability.
  • This cost is subject to 5 % UAE VAT

THIS INCLUDES

  • 6-night accommodation with daily breakfast as per detailed itinerary , Double occupancy
  • Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • 5 Dinners & 5 Lunches as specified in the itinerary with authentic local food
  • Local-stationed English speaking tour guide. He or she will provide you with the best local knowledge
  • Entrance fees & permits
  • Boat excursions
  • Bottle of drinking water

THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International flight ticket
  • Single supplement
  • High Season Surcharge
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport tax
  • Visa and visa fee
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Optional activities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Expenses of personal matters
  • 5 % UAE VAT on the total cost

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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Published: January 28, 2018

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