This wonderful Hanoi tour that combines the beautiful valley of Mai Chau with ancient capital of Hoa Lu and newly Unesco’s heritage site – Trang An Landscape Complex.
Day 01: Hanoi – Mai Chau Valley ( B, L, D)
Depart early in the morning for a beautiful Hanoi Tour with drive on the hilly road to Mai Chau. On half way, optional, stop for visiting Hoa Binh Hydro Power Station – The biggest power station in Vietnam. On arrival to Tan Lac township, turn right to drive through beautiful rice and corn fields, villages and along Hoa Binh Lake. Stop at a local family and have picnic lunch with what we prepare. After lunch, we take one hour boat trip to explore the beautiful lake and refresh with cool and fresh air.
We continue to Mai Chau and arrive at Mai Chau at around 3 pm. Relax before, we cycle to visit Lac & Poom Coong villages here you will have chance to see “Tho Cam” – a unique product of Thai people. See the houses on stilts and beautiful rice paddy fields and sink deep in Thai’s customs by enjoying a traditional music show and taste “Ruou Can” – special local wine. Overnight in the home of Thai hill tribe (Poom Coong village).
Day 02: Mai Chau – Hoa Lu & Trang An Grottoes (B, L)
Today, we continue your impressive Vietnam Tour to Hoa Lu & Tam Coc. On arrivals, we spend one hour visiting the Dinh and Le sanctuaries. These are the two remaining temples of the ancient citadel of Hoa Lu. The first is dedicated to Dinh Tien Hoang (also known as Dinh Bo Linh), an Emperor from the Dinh Dynasty. The second commemorates the rulers of the Le Dynasty. Dinh Bo Linh successfully conquered Vietnam’s first independent rulers, the Ngo Dynasty. On his death in 980, General Le Hoan wisely married Dinh’s widow and established the Le Dynasty and enlarged the citadel.
We then move on to Trang An, a spectacular landscape of limestone karst peaks permeated with valleys, many of them partly submerged and surrounded by step, almost vertical cliffs. Exploration of caves at different altitudes has revealed archaeological traces of human activity over a continuous period of more than 30,000 years. They illustrate the occupation of these mountains by seasonal hunter-gatherers and how they adapted to major climatic and environmental changes, especially the repeated inundation of the landscape by the sea after the last ice age. After 3 hour boat trip to explore this site, we drive back to Hanoi and arrive at around 6 pm.
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