Day 1: Hanoi – Hoa Lu – Trang An
Your guide and driver will meet you at 8:am. You will then embark on a journey south for about 100 kms to Hoa Lu, the ancient capital of the Dinh and Le dynasties dating back to the 11th century. Having been eroded over the years, the dilapidated ruins have nearly been absorbed by the spectacular jungle, creating a mystical atmosphere that will be sure to set your imagination running. After lunch in a local restaurant you will continue to nearby Trang An, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its outstanding natural beauty and the scenic karst formations. These contribute to its reputation as being the “Halong Bay on Land.” Board a small boat and meander lazily down the peaceful river while passing through a series of caves, enjoying the sounds of soaring birds overhead and paddling along the crystal-clear waters of the river. Jagged limestone hills jutting skyward from the green rice paddies will be sure to bring out the photographer in you. We then return our homestay in the afternoon for a shower and dinner. Stay overnight at the very simple homestay.
Day 2: Trang An – Cuc Phuong National Park – Hanoi
After breakfast and 9:00 we will head up to Cuc Phuong National Park, where we will be taking some enjoyable trekking within the Park (insect and reptile spotting along the way), visit to the Botanical Gardens and the oldest forest in Vietnam, then after lunch in the National Park you have a small rest and free time to walk around before returning to Hanoi, arriving about 5:30 PM.
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fees, breakfast, lunch, local rowboat trip.
Exclusion: Visa, insurance, drinks, personal expenses, others not mentioned in details, tips are welcome!
ACCOMMODATION MEALS: Vietnamese foods. If you have any allergies, special requests or if you are on a special diet please let us know. We will arrange it for you in advance
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What to bring: Passport, change of clothes (including long trousers- moisture wicking clothes are highly recommended), sunglasses and hat, toiletries, sunblock, insect repellent, torch/flashlight/head lamp, binoculars, proper hiking boots/trekking shoes, personal first aid kit and medicines, small VND notes for buying drinks. If you feel the need, a light sleeping bag is fine, and a cable lock for your bags is recommended. Before your departure, please make sure you read our “What to bring & tips” and other important notes for trekking and summer travel in Vietnam.
INFORMATION Experience: Trekking in tropical rainforests is very different then trekking in temperate or other forests. First, it is hot and wet. Second, leeches and mosquitoes are common. Finally, Cuc Phuong is located in an area with steep limestone mountains, so trekking can become difficult because of the sharp rocky.
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