Pu Luong & Halong Adventure
- Active Adventure
- Culture & Heritage
- Off The Beaten Path
Day 1 – 6: Hanoi – Pu Luong
- Arrive in Hanoi.
- Drive to Pu Luong. Trek to the villages of the Thai, Kho Muong, Cao Hoong, Hin, Son. Learn about the traditions and culture preserved by the ethnic tribes.
Day 7 – 12: Hanoi – Halong Bay
- Head back to Hanoi.
- Board a cruise in Halong Bay. Spend time discovering the area, swimming, kayaking, etc. Visit Sung Sot Cave, Cat Ba Island, Hang Doi lagoon, etc.
- Take your departure flight from Hanoi.
‘Pu Luong and Halong Adventure’ is the journey you did not know you needed to experience until now! Travel to the Pu Luong Nature Reserve in northern Vietnam, home to many ethnic minority tribes. Discover life on the mountains, between lush forests of the Thai and Muong people, admire their simple way of life and the well-preserved traditions in the local villages. Enjoy the spectacular views of terraced rice fields, endless verdant valleys, and tranquil rivers adorned with silhouettes of local houses. Tour Hanoi’s cultural attractions and hear the history of Vietnam’s thousand-year-old capital. On a traditional junk boat, enjoy your time and cherish the wonderful sight of limestone karsts soaring from the water in Halong Bay. You can also explore a stunning lagoon in the area while kayaking.
Xin Chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam.
Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, your private guide and driver are waiting to meet you, holding up a welcome signboard with your names on it and take you directly to your hotel in the Old Quarter.
After checking-in, you will have time to relax and adjust to the pace of Hanoi. There will be a short tour briefing this evening with your guide followed by a welcome dinner at KOTO restaurant, a social enterprise that trains and employs underprivileged youth to provide a step up in life.
Please note: Your travel documents contain a Visa-on-Arrival letter (unless otherwise arranged). Please ensure to pack this in your carry-on luggage. Your Visa-on-Arrival letter must be presented to Customs upon entry into the country.
Overnight in Hanoi
After breakfast, you will meet your private tour guide and driver then depart Hanoi for a 4-hour drive to Pu Luong Natural Reserve.
Enjoy a lunch break in Mai Chau valley and continue to drive further into the reserve where you will begin a trek (approx. 2.5 hours) to the Thai village of Hang. Spend the night with a local Thai family who will be your hosts in a traditional house built on stilts, whilst enjoying their hospitality, discover a little more about their lives and culture.
Overnight in Hang Village
This morning you will have an opportunity to stroll around Hang village before trekking. Today you will be walking for approximately 6 hours. Along the way, pass through several Thai villages and hamlets before arriving at the village of Kho Muong. This is a Muong minority village and you will be their guests for the night.
Overnight in Kho Muong Village
Today you will have a full day trek as you climb to the summit of Pu Luong Mountain. En route, you will pass through a number of small hamlets and minority villages. At the summit, the panoramic views of Pu Luong are magnificent. The climb to the top takes around 8 hours with a further 2 hours for the descent to the village of Cao Hoong where you will stay overnight at a local home.
Overnight in Cao Hoong Village
Your hike through the verdant countryside today will take around 6 hours as you encounter local villagers doing their daily works cultivating the fields and herding buffalo. In the afternoon, you will arrive at the village of Hin and check into a local homestay. Enjoy dinner and spend the night with the local family.
Overnight in Hin Village
Departing Hin village, you will have a 6-hour trek to your next homestay in Son village. This village is located on the slopes of the mountain and as such offers a cooler location.
Overnight in Son Village
You will leave Son village and walk through several hamlets and villages for approximately three hours. You will then rendezvous with the awaiting vehicle that will take you back to Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi
Today will be at your leisure to rest and catch up on some sleep after the Pu Luong adventure. However, if you want to be active, you can head out to explore the charming city of Hanoi with its Old Quarter, French Quarter and many historical, cultural attractions such as Museum of Ethnology, Temple of Literature, “the Hanoi Hilton”…
Overnight in Hanoi
After breakfast, your private guide and driver will pick you up and take you in a private vehicle through the horizon of the Red River delta to the magnificent Halong Bay with a coffee stop en-route.
Around midday, you will arrive at Halong bay, check into a traditional junk boat to start your cruise to the World heritage site while your seafood lunch is served on board.
In the afternoon, you will visit Sung Sot cave then try your hand with some short distance kayaking around the area. You will then dine and enjoy your night on board.
Overnight on board
While enjoying your breakfast on board, your junk boat will cruise to the area of Ba Ham, where one of the largest floating villages of Halong bay located. Right in the area, there is a stunning lagoon connected to each other by long and dark water caves. You will spend the whole morning kayaking and exploring this lagoon and see the Ba Men temple which is small but extremely sacred to the local fishermen.
Back to your junk boat for lunch and after that cruise to Hang Doi spot which is a part of Cat Ba National Park.
This afternoon you will keep on kayaking to discover Hang Doi lagoon area with another short water cave, then you will cruise to another spot for your night anchor.
Overnight on board
After breakfast, you will kayak from your junk to Man’s head island and to Luon water cave which was in one shot of “Indochina” famous film.
Back to the junk boat. Check out and enjoy lunch onboard.
Around midday, the boat will arrive at the pier where your driver is waiting to take you back to your hotel in Hanoi. Spend the last night in Hanoi before going home.
Overnight in Hanoi
Your private transfer greets you at the hotel after breakfast and escorts you to Hanoi International Airport where you board your flight home or travel on to more adventures, we will help you with the planning.
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- Explore Pu Luong Nature Reserve, a beautiful region of limestone cliffs, forests and terraced fields that is richly biodiverse
- Free time to wander through the bustling narrow streets of the Old Quarter lined with shop-houses
- Cruise and kayak through the enchantingly beautiful Halong Bay
- 11 hotel buffet breakfasts.
- 8 dinners and 8 lunches at well-selected restaurants
- Your own private guide and driver for in-depth cultural touring based on your interests
- Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our locally born travel specialists
- Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and preferences
- A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, hand-picked hotels and restaurants, private airport transfers, internal transportation, and entry visa assistance…etc
- Around-the-clock support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip
Private English speaking guide, accommodation, private tours and transfer, A/C vehicles, some main meals, all entrance fees, tax, and service charge.
What’s Not Included?
Your international flights from and to Vietnam, the entry visa to Vietnam, personal expense, tips to guide and driver.
Free service. No credit card required
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Vietnam Luxury Vacation Review: Sightseeing, Culture, 12-Day Travel
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Sightseeing, Rice Fields, Boat Rides, 18-Day Trip
We started searching for our tour for Vietnam / Cambodia back in October 2022 to start the tour in the first week of January 2023. We selected this travel agency, and contact name provided to us was Elly. She was extraordinary with her communication with us. Excellent English speaking language capability & excellent in communication on Whats app and email communication. We went back & forth few times to arrange the tour we wanted. She was very accommodating in arranging our schedule. We requested automobile tour for both countries, just for two of us.
We requested SUV FOR OUR COMFORT AND WE GOT IT!
We requested to get the high end hotel in each city and she gave us choices and not only that but send videos of each hotel for each City and then waited for us to decide which hotel we select. All the Hotels turned out to be one of the best we would expect to be. M/s Elly, personally came to visit with us on the evening of our first day tour. Very respectful and asked if she could do anything for us.I had requested before in our communication, if she would arrange for power converter for us, since my camera chargers are all in 110. So brought two power converters for us! Something, not everyone will do this kind of service. So all the kiddos to her!
as to the drivers in each city were very courteous, very professional and very careful in how and where they have to do driving.
our Guides in each city were so friendly, courteous and knowledgeable in where ever we visited. How ever wish two guides in Hue An and Ho Chi Minh City spoke English more clearly.
We only wish we had one extra day in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, , however, there is so much to see in the world! Perhaps next time will visit Vietnam.
As to Cambodia, same thing to express about site seeing and our Guide and drivers. Guides and drivers really made our travel thro’ the countries where we do not speak that language, made it so comfortable and enjoyable.
Hi Lam…hope you don’t mind me contacting you directly. My wife Barb & I (Paul) have just arrived home after completing a great tour of Vietnam which was organised through your company Asia Pioneer Travel.
We want to tell you personally how impressed were were with the level of service that we received…it was amazing and the best that we have experienced anywhere. After we made initial contact with you, you handed us over to Chloe to arrange the trip which she did in very quick time and the amount of detail that she went to was fantastic. From the moment that we walked out of Hanoi airport on arrival to see our guide waiting, we knew that we were in for a great trip. The drivers & guides were fantastic and Chloe was in contact by email constantly making sure that everything was going to plan & that we were happy. At one stage we need to vary the itinerary by extending accommodation & changing air tickets and Chloe did that without any fuss or bother.
We also met some wonderful Vietnamese people along the way and Ive got to say that they are our kind of people, very generous & friendly.
Enough of my ramblings, thanks for a great visit to Vietnam, and a special thank you to Chloe for looking after us in such a terrific manner…she is a very special caring lady.
Kind regards & I hope that we have the opportunity to use Asia Pioneer Travel again….Paul & Barb Little from Newcastle Australia
Superbly organised and very flexible
We travelled to Vietnam for two weeks, booking the whole trip through Lizzie at Asia Pioneer, including hotels, excursions, trips, guides and internal flights. Lizzie was so helpful and flexible, accommodating changes to our schedule until the last minute, especially as we missed our connecting flight in Dubai and arrived a day later than planned (our fault). Nothing was too much trouble, including getting my wallet back to me after I left it in the car taking us to the airport.
We started in Hanoi in the North and worked our way south to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon), taking in Ha Long with its amazing sea stacks and sleeping on a boat, then to Sa Pa on the overnight sleeper train from Hanoi, with its wonderful countryside and rice terraces. Afterwards, we went to Hoi An for three days of relaxation. Hoi An probably my favourite place and three days are enough to cover it. Then onto Hue, the original capital, my least favourite place and then finally on to HMC, which was a real contrast to the North.
The 3-star hotels that Lizzie picked were very good and comfortable, and the guides were very knowledgeable. I would definitely use Asia Pioneer again for future Asia trips.