Day 1 Hanoi / Perfume Pagoda / Yen Mo
The Perfume Pagoda holds big religious significance for the local people, being considered one of the most sacred of all sites in Vietnam. Departing from Hanoi in an a/c car with a guide, we travel through diverse countryside. We descend to Duc pier for a local upstream boat ride along the stream of Yen, which winds its way through dramatic limestone karsts and lush farmlands.
Followed by a cable car journey up to the Perfume Pagoda, hidden in a cave and surrounded by stunning forests and towering mountains, The sacred Perfume Pagoda lies on top of the Huong Son mountain range, and is famous for its spectacular views over the whole area.
We continue soaking up more breathtaking scenery as we hike to our waiting boat. Then we move on to the small village of Yen Mo, a traditional village in the Red River delta and our base for some demonstrations of the local gastronomic delights.
We settle in with a local family to experience their way of life, having an opportunity to learn about the local cuisine, (dishes such as fresh rice noodles and spring rolls). The night is spent in a local family home-stay. (Lunch and dinner are included).
Day 2 Yen Mo / Cuc Phuong / Mai Hich
This morning we take a stroll through farm land and around the village of Yen Mo before we head into Cuc Phuong National Park, where we visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre to see the conservation efforts being made to save the endangered Langur.
Our final stop is beautiful Mai Hich, a scenic valley in Mai Chau and home to a White Thai community. There is free time for some personal exploration of its nearby villages. Tonight we are the guests in a local White Thai family, enjoying the warm hospitality at dinner and an overnight stay in their traditional wooden stilt-house. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 3 Mai Hich / Hanoi
Mai Hich’s laidback life and scenic surroundings of rolling hills and towering mountains, sculptured rice terraces and friendly villages complete the morning of our tour, we leave our hosts and navigate through lush farmlands and past White Thai communities.
We will meet the local people going about their daily routines, then finally we drive back to Hanoi through the mountains, arriving there at around 5pm, when your tour ends. (Breakfast and lunch are included).