DAY 1 HANOI – MAI CHAU
Meal: lunch, dinner
Accommodation: homestay at a traditional house-on-stilts
8:00 AM – We will pick you up from your hotel. In the morning we will drive to Mai Chau, we’ll leave the city behind and pass through many, mountainous landscape. We drive up a breathtaking mountain pass and end in the mountainous circus of Mai Chau around noon time. A traditional lunch will be served in a local Thai house.
In the afternoon, we’ll have a small walk around Mai Chau valley before getting a transfer to a small village of Ban Lac, weather permitting, there’s a chance for a cycling ride around the green village. Afterwards, we return for dinner and overnight in the stilt house for our friendly Thai homestay.
With the ‘Homestay’ experience, your overnight accommodation is provided by a local family in their traditional house-on-stilts. There’s no private room and you’ll sleep on the floor in a large communal area. The sleeping corner is set up with a single mattress, blankets, pillow and a mosquito net. The restroom is at international standard and a few steps from the main house.
DAY 2 MAI CHAU – PU LUONG
Meal: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: Pu Luong Ecolodge – bungalow
After breakfast we drive for about 15 km before entering the Pu Luong Nature Reserve. You’ll then enjoy a 2-hour trek, on a single trail, through Thai villages and rice terraces, with an opportunity to take a break at a local houses en-route.
We will then meet your car driver again for a quick transfer to our lunch stop at a small lodge. In the afternoon, we step into the wild with an awesome hike on trails across the second half of the reserve to reach its Western edge. The hike is not too hard and lasts 3 to 4 hours, it is an intermediate level trek. Plan to bring along good shoes and batteries for your camera.
When we arrive at the Ecolodge, we will check into our rooms and go for a refreshing swim in the cascades and natural pools that surround the lodge. Enjoy a homemade dinner before a well-deserved time for rest.
Pu Luong Eco-lodge , (Les-Bains-de-Hieu) is located in the heart of the Pu Luong Nature Reserve and only accessible by foot or motorbike, (so it’s advisable to travel light The lodge has only 3 traditional bungalows, each has private veranda with no air-conditioning but a fan is provided. There’s no attached toilet but you’ll share a stylish rest room a few steps away.
DAY 3 PU LUONG – HANOI
Meal: breakfast, lunch included
Accommodation and Dinner not included
Enjoy an easy morning, depending on the season and your preference, you can stay at the lodge and relax, go for a walk or a bicycle ride around. It is pretty easily, accessible to most of people and offers a unique experience in North Vietnam. We have lunch at the lodge and then walk for about an hour and half to a road where our car can access. We return to Hanoi on the Ho Chi Minh road and should be there around 6pm depending on the traffic .
- Accommodation as mentioned in the program
- Bicycle hire in Mai Chau.
- Meals as specified in the program
- Travel in a private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced driver
- Activities as mentioned in the tour program
- The services of an experienced English-speaking guide
- A local guide for the trek of the second day
- Water during the trek
- All entrance fees
- VAT and other taxes
- Hotel in Hanoi (We can help book a hotel if needed at an extra cost)
- We can pick you up from the airport for a small fee
- Beverages and personal expenses
- Drinks, laundry, telephone and other private services
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