Home to stunning rice fields, breathtaking mountains, and traditional villages of ethnic minorities, Mai Chau and Pu Luong are both great destinations for hiking, trekking, meeting with local people to get to know about the beauty of traditional customs and culture.
DAY 1: HANOI – BAKHAN – MAI CHAU (L)
Morning departure from downtown Ha Noi for a scenic 3-hour drive southwest to Mai Chau, a picturesque valley nestled between two towering cliffs and surrounded by emerald green paddies.
Make a stop at the quaint Ba Khan hamlet where mountain and water meet together into a lively picture. Ba Khan Lake is named as a miniature Ha Long Bay with rocks of all shapes and sizes emerging from the water surface. Immerse yourself in nature by enjoying a relaxing boat trip that offers a lot of photo opportunities.
Arrive in Mai Chau at lunchtime. Check into your accommodation and take a short break and then set on a leisure walk through picturesque mountain and rice field scenery. Your guide will facilitate interesting chats with local hill tribe villagers for an overview of their traditional customs and daily activities including planting rice, herding buffalos, building traditional houses, and handicrafts…
Overnight in Mai Chau.
DAY 2: MAI CHAU – PU LUONG (B/L/D)
Choose to walk up early morning to experience a unique vibe and rural atmosphere that is formed by stunning mountains and tranquil villages. Have a leisure walk on the silent village paths, saying hello to friendly villagers along the way.
Depart Pu Luong on a 1-hour drive over hill along reasonably good roads, passing through a beautiful landscape filled with ethnic villages, stunning mountains, and rice fields.
Arrive at your accommodation at lunchtime. Laying 500 meters above sea level, the beautiful retreat is a truly relaxing escape with its captivating panoramic views and tranquil setting.
This afternoon, get close to the rural life of local people by hiking downhill and uphill passing through lush terraced fields and breathtaking mountains. Engage with locals for a glimpse into their daily farming activities.
Return to your Retreat and spend the remainder of the day free at your leisure.
Overnight at Pu Luong Retreat.
Note: Hiking Grade: Easy, 5km (uphill and downhill)
DAY 3: PU LUONG – HANOI (B/L)
This morning, start early to descend into the beautiful valley facing the Retreat and wander along the small and winding roads gorgeous mountains which will take you to the hidden Uoi Village, located at the base of a towering mountain and in the middle of the forest.
Wind your way to Lan village where you will hop on your bicycle for a relaxing ride through farmland, villages, wild fields, ponds, rivers, and mountains. Stop along the way to have a chat with local villagers for an overview of their traditional customs and culture. Notice the ever-changing scenery as you travel through the beautiful spots of the region.
After lunch with local specialties, transfer back to Ha Noi by your private vehicle.