“Cycle and boat your way through Vietnam’s most beautiful landscapes!”
What better way to enjoy an eco holiday in nature than to sail through flourishing leafy landscapes on a bike? Begin your trip in bustling Hanoi, where you may have a chance to explore the night-market and submerge your senses in the new country. You’ll quickly leave the hubbub and escape into tranquil villages, where you can meet local people and get to know more about traditional ways of life.
Moving further out of the cities, into the national park, you will see the work being done to protect and conserve the unique wildlife of the country, including a visit to the primate sanctuary.
Cycle across islands, between palm fronds and vegetable and flower gardens, stopping at the floating market, and even explore the bay by boat, enjoying fresh local seafood and watching the sunset in complete serenity.
Your tour guides take sustainability very seriously. You will see this in the way they collect trash wherever possible to create a cleaner and more beautiful environment and to set a good example. Your group size will be limited to 10 so that they can effectively guide you on how best to treat the environment and your hosts. Small numbers also allow for your food to be provided locally and sustainably. Your hosts will cook for you, giving you a taste of traditional Vietnamese fare. Your money will go to local people to support a livelihood in tourism rather than more destructive industries. In return for learning about the delicious local food and the beautiful culture, the guides will encourage conversations with locals about maintaining clean, healthy environments.
You will stay with locals in homestays and guest houses run by local people. Learn about Vietnam as locals see it and feel the warmth and hospitality of the culture. Homestays work in rotation through the villages since this shares the wealth and experience throughout the whole village.
Welcome to Hanoi! Meet your guide at the airport and go to check in at your hotel. Settle in and rest. Today is a free day where you can explore and get some impressions of Vietnam. In the evening, there are chances to attend cultural shows such as Ca Tru, Tuong, Cheo and the unique water puppet show. If you arrive at the weekend, you can explore the vibrancy of the night market. Overnight in Hanoi.
Try to get a good night’s sleep on your first night because you will rise early today for an 8.30 am start. You will be collected and driven a little way out of the main bustle of the city to learn about the traditions and customs of the quieter Hanoi villages.
Walk and cycle along the streets, visiting local markets, old houses, temples, and communal houses on the way. To whet your appetite, you will have a cooking demonstration at one of the local family homes.
In the afternoon, set out from Dong Ngac on your bikes. You will be mostly riding along rural lanes, through the surrounding villages to Lien Mac, a beautiful area of immaculately tended vegetables and flowers. Here, you will have a chance to admire the colourful fields and talk to locals about their traditional farming methods. Take another route back to Lien Mac and stop at your homestay for a refreshing drink and to bid farewell to your hosts before you catch the van back to Hanoi for the night.
Wake early once again to leave your hotel at 7 am. You will be able to snooze in the car as you are driven for around 3.5 hours to Ninh Binh and into Cuc Phuong National Park. Here, you will visit the primate rescue centre to learn about the invaluable work that is being done to protect the beautiful creatures of Vietnam. After this, fuel up on delicious lunch. Check in to your room early.
In the afternoon, you will trek through the sublime landscape of the park. Along the way, your guide will point out the incredible insects and reptiles of the area. Head back to the visitor centre for dinner, before returning to the park for some moon-lit adventures spotting critters and creatures including civets, owls, large insects, flying squirrels, and bats. You will overnight in the simple guest house here in the park.
Wake up to a delicious breakfast at 8.00 am then enjoy the morning. You have some free time to relax or stroll through the park. Later in the morning, you will head to the Botanical Gardens and the oldest forest in Vietnam. Later still, transfer on to Trang An, a world heritage site. Here, you will glide across the water, amongst towering stone peaks, and into limestone caves. Have lunch at a local restaurant then take a transfer back to Hanoi.
Depart for Bai Tu Long from your hotel in the morning. The journey is around four hours and you will arrive at the port around noon. Welcome aboard! You will begin with a trip briefing followed by a lunch of fresh local seafood while you cruise around Bai Tu Long Bay. Stop for a swim and visit a mysterious cave. Enjoy utter peace and tranquillity relaxing on a secluded island-beach or explore more of the surrounding waters by kayak.
Later, when you return to the boat, you will have a moment to dry off and relax before watching the stunning sunset. After dark, sit on the top deck and enjoy more fresh local seafood for dinner.
Early risers can enjoy a stunning sunrise and the utter peace of the Bay’s landscape. Have breakfast around 8 am before you head out on a short rowboat ride.
Lunch on the boat as you cruise slowly back to the pier. Hit the road back to Hanoi around 5.30 pm. From here, you will transfer to Noi Bai airport for an evening flight to Ho Chi Minh city. You will arrive fairly late to your hotel, so settle in and get some rest!
Have breakfast at your hotel before you begin exploring the city. Begin with a visit to the Binh Tay Market in Cho Lon; stop over at Thien Hau, a 150-year-old Chinese temple; visit a lacquer-ware workshop and the stunning Jade Emperor Pagoda. In the afternoon, visit the War Remnants Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the historic Central Post Office. You will end the tour at your hotel at around 5.30 pm.
This morning, the tour shuttle will take you out of town towards Cai Lay, where you will collect bikes and cycle peacefully through country lanes and along quiet roads, passing through villages and alongside canals. There are plenty of opportunities to stop off and see seasonal fruits and tropical plantations. You will even get a chance to taste some fruit straight off the tree (it definitely taste better like this)! You may see farmers harvesting peanuts, visit a coconut candy or puffed-rice factory, stop at a market to buy fruit, or take any other opportunity that presents itself. Cai Be Catholic Church is fantastic for photos!
After the bike ride, board a boat to head to the floating market and cruise over the Mekong river to Tan Phong island. Here, a small Sampan boat will paddle through natural waterways to see the beautiful tropical gardens on the islands. Stop for lunch, then head on bikes along small paths under verdant tree-canopy. Here you will discover more of the daily life of the farmers and discover rambutan and logan gardens. Take a ferry crossing to Ngu Hiep island, known for its durian, and continue your cycle ride. Another ferry crossing will take you to Tam Binh, where you will stop for a coffee in the market. Cycle on to more orchards at Vinh Kim, along Rach Gam river to the monument to the Battle of Rạch Gầm-Xoài Mút. Hear tales of what is considered one of the greatest victories in Vietnamese history. You have 5 km more to cycle along the main road to Binh Duc, where you will catch the ferry to Thoi Son Island. Here, overnight at a local homestay.
Wake up to a delicious breakfast served at your homestay, then pack up and prepare to hop back on the bike. The route today will take you along the river, through the coconut palm-lined roads of Ben Tre to Pau, where you will stop for lunch. Here, taste the fresh seasonal fruit of the area and learn to make the local coconut candy. If there is time, you will also get to take part in a handicraft workshop. After this, take a short cruise of the canal, surrounded by the sounds of the natural world. Take a transfer back to Ho Chi Minh City late afternoon, to arrive at your hotel around 5.30 pm.
Breakfast at the hotel, pack up and say some fond farewells to the country that has left you with such incredible memories. If you have an afternoon or evening flight, you may have some time to explore the city and do some shopping. Take your transfer to the airport, thank your guides, and head back home.
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