Bike, Hike and Kayak Northern Vietnam
Being active as you travel through the north offers a real opportunity to interact and stay with Vietnamís northern ethnic minorities, explore national parks on foot and paddle in the dramatic Halong Bay. From the vibrant centre of Hanoi we travel deep into the valleys of Mai Chau, where we cycle and walk between the traditional stilted villages of the White Thai minority. Avoiding the main highways is crucial to enjoying Vietnam at handle bar level, and as we approach Cuc Phuong National Park we again cycle and walk through the lush jungle and homestay with the Muong minority at Khanh Village. We explore towering limestone karst scenery at Ninh Binh by bike, boat and on foot before heading to the tranquillity of Halong Bay for 2 nights aboard our well appointed junk. Here we kayak, swim and relax in the turquoise waters of this truly special place.
|DAY 1||Arrive Hanoi|
|DAY 2||In Hanoi|
|DAY 3||Drive to Mai Chau, afternoon cycle (10km)|
|DAY 4||Cycle (30km) and trek in Mai Chau (2-3 hrs)|
|DAY 5||Transfer to Cuc Phuong National Park and cycle (30-60km)|
|DAY 6||Trek in the National Park (4hrs)|
|DAY 7||Transfer and cycle to Ninh Binh, also known as 'Halong Bay on land' (40km)|
|DAY 8||Drive to Halong Bay|
|DAY 9||Kayaking in Halong Bay|
|DAY 10||In Halong Bay, return Hanoi|
|DAY 11||In Hanoi, trip concludes|
The 'Bike, Hike and Kayak Northern Vietnam' trip far exceeded all my expectations. The places we visited, the food we ate and the equipment World Expeditions provided were all first class. The support crew we had were extremely attentive and I could not recommend this trip any higher. Go and do it.