The excursion starts with ninety-minute sampan boat-ride in Van Long Nature Reserve after your morning drive from Hanoi. The boat ride offers us a great time to enjoy the beath-taking scenery. If we are lucky enough, we will witness some wildlife in the area such as water birds, White-short langurs picking leaves on steeps mountain sides. The afternoon bicycling tour in Van Long will let us have a close look at the daily life of the locals. We bike through rice paddy fields, villages and fruit gardens…
Not less interesting, the second day we will go to visit the biggest national park of Vietnam. To begin, we will go to visit the primate rescue center and Turtle Conservation Center before 20-minute drive to the middle of the park for a soft trek on small path to visit a thousand-year-old tree. Followed by a visit to a limestone cave where the prehistoric men used as their shelter some 7,500 years ago.
DAY 1: VAN LONG NATURE RESERVE (BOAT-RIDING & BICYCLING)
Depart from Hanoi at 7:30 AM, we drive southward to Ninh Binh province. After getting out of the busy streets of the city, the smooth drive on National Highway No1 through the farm land will offer you a good start of the day with the views of the countryside: rice fields, villages…
About 10.00 AM, we will arrive at Van Long boat operation place where you will get on a sampan-boat for 1,5-hour ride to discover the unspoilt beauty of this nature reserve. If you are lucky enough, you will able to see the so-call White-Short langurs. This primate species is beleived to be unique and only be found in Vietnam. After that, we will go to a local restaurant nearby for a Vietnamese lunch. In the afternoon, we will embark on a cycling tour to visit this rural area. Start pedaling through the rice field and villages. This is a great chance for you to learn about Vietnamese agriculture and the daily life of the local rustics. The bike ride continues on to the dyke of the flooded area of Van Long where you again enjoy the scenery of the towering karst landscape.
Check in your hotel and relax for the remainder of the day. Overnight in Ninh Binh
Included meals: Lunch
DAY 2: CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK TREK
After your breakfast and checking out of your hotel, at 8:00 AM,we will get transferred to Cuc Phuong National Park which is about a hour away. Upon arrival at the park’s gate, the tour guide will get the permit and buy the sightseeing tickets, then we continue on our drive to Bong Sub-center. This 30-minute drive in the green offers you an exciting feeling for the hike later. After getting ready with trekking shoes, insect spraying…, we embark on the 3-hour hike on a small path. This is a great chance for you to enjoy the forest atmosphere, admire the diversity of the tropical flora system. Along the way, we are able to stop as often as we want for watching huge trees, looking for birds, butterflies, wildlife and taking photographs. Get back on the private vehicle afterward and return to the Park’s headquater. We will have a short stop on the way to visit the cave of prehistoric man.
Followed by our late lunch at the park’s headquarter.
In the afternoon, we will take a short walk to visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Center where we will have a chance to see some different species of Vietnam’s rare colorful langurs, and learn about the center’s rescue program. We then go on to visit the Turtle Conservation Center, this is another flagship for efforts to protect tortoise and freshwater turtles in Vietnam.
About 3:30 PM, we start driving back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi and finish our trip at the door of your hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
- Private air-conditioned transportation
- Private English speaking tour guide
- Sightseeing and boat tickets
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Bottled water on the vehicle
- Government taxes and service charge
- Travel insurance
- Dinks and other meals
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses and others not mentioned clearly above.
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