Hiking, sea kayaking, & cultural adventures
Hike along limestone mountain pathways, and kayak and swim in a hidden water oasis of lakes, waterfalls and rivers. Experience tribal villages, their unique marketplaces and the warmth and hospitality of the local inhabitants.
2 days moderate hiking; 4 days easy sea kayaking (no previous experience required); 1 day river/lake kayaking; Moderate road travel
- Explore hill tribe villages, hike, and kayak in undiscovered Ba Be National Park - far from the crowds!
- 4 days sea kayaking in the far reaches of Halong Bay that tourists don't see
- Fantastic mix of culture, activity, interactions with locals, and overall immersion in Vietnam
Duration: 13 days Start Location: Hanoi End Location: HanoiDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi in the afternoon.
Day 2 : Hanoi
Hanoi city tour.
Day 3 : Ba Be National Park
Drive to Ba Be National Park and cross the lake by boat to Tay village
Day 4 : Ba Be National Park
Roundtrip hike in the mountains to a remote Dao hill tribe village.
Day 5 : Ba Be National Park
Visit local market followed by hike in the national park, looking for its numerous species of birds and butterflies.
Day 6 : Ba Be National Park
Kayak through Puong Cave on the Nang River.
Day 7 : Hanoi
Drive to Hanoi. Afternoon free to explore the city.
Day 8 : Halong Bay
Drive to Halong Bay and overnight aboard a traditional wooden boat near Ba Men Temple.
Days 9 - 11 : Halong Bay
Kayak in Halong Bay.
Day 12 : Hanoi
Return to Hanoi.
Day 13 : Depart for home
Depart for home.
DATES: Best time to go: March - April, October - November Departures: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.
2011 & 2012 Prices
Rates quoted are per person, based on sharing double accommodations (except "solo traveler" cost).
If you prefer single accommodations, you must pay the Single Supplement Fee.
Quoc Hoa HotelHanoi
Since 1991, Quoc Hoa is one of the first private boutique hotels in Hanoi - Located in the "old quarter" right in the heart of Hanoi, near Hoan Kiem Lake and the magnificent Opera House. Quoc Hoa's design and interior decoration are in keeping with the classic Hanoi concept.
Home stay Ba Be National ParkBa Be National Park
Wooden stilt house on the edge of the lake
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
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