This North Vietnam journey will give you a deep appreciation of the cultures and traditions of this fascinating region. Experience life in rural communities, trek through beautiful wilderness areas and visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site, Halong Bay.
This expedition will provide an invaluable source of learning for students, allowing them to develop a better understanding of culture, geography and science as they travel through Northern Vietnam.
- Exploring Hanoi's bustling Old Quarter
- Visiting local villages and watch women working on embroidery and other local handicrafts
- Trek through picturesque rice paddies
- Sail around the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Halong bay
day to day
Upon arrival at Hanoi Noi Bai airport, you will be transferred the short distance into the city and check into your hotel. After settling in, there will be a brief welcome and orientation talk. The afternoon will be spent exploring Hanoi’s bustling Old Quarter, taking in the colonial architecture and ancient tree-lined commercial streets.
Hanoi - Mai Chau - Hang Village
A beautiful drive takes you through spectacular limestone mountains dotted with verdant rice paddies. The first stop of the day is Cun Mountain, which offers a unique photo opportunity to capture the superb panorama of Mai Chau. Upon arrival at the peaceful village of Poom Cong, you will head for lunch at a local home-stay, after which you can explore the village and watch women working on embroidery and other local handicrafts. It’s then back on the bus to continue driving to Pu Luong gateway, where you will disembark and trek through some stunning landscapes to Hang village, home to a Thai ethnic minority group.
Hang - Pa Kha - Kho Muong
After a hearty breakfast, you will set off on a glorious part of the trek, heading for the hidden village of Kho Moung. With beautiful views of valleys, forest and terraces, the path is a mixture of ups and downs. Throughout the day you will trek past picturesque rice paddies and the hamlets of Muong and Thai people. The journey from Pa Kha to Kho Muong valley offers breath-taking scenery.
Kho Muong - Hin
The final full day of trekking includes a challenging but spectacular downhill hike through a nature reserve before stopping for a well-deserved lunch. Afterwards, you will travel by bus to Hin. In this area you will have a chance to investigate the fascinating architecture, bamboo waterwheels and the beauty of the surrounding area.
Hin - Canh Nang - Hanoi
After breakfast, you will walk to La Han Bridge and on to Canh Nang town. From here you will travel by bus back to Hanoi in time to enjoy a celebratory meal marking the accomplishments of the previous days.
Hanoi - Halong
Leaving Hanoi in the morning you will travel through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta making your way to Halong Bay. Halong bay lies 160km east of Hanoi and is a natural wonder of the World, and one of Vietnam’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Over three thousand jagged limestone islands emerge from the emerald green waters of Halong Bay. While some islands are no more than large rocks, others
are much more substantial and contain huge cathedral-like caves of stalactites and stalagmites. You will anchor overnight with time to see the stunning rock formations and hidden lagoons before watching a beautiful sunset over the bay.
Halong - Hanoi - Depart
Before heading back to Noi Bai airport for your journey home, you will spend the morning cruising out to Bai Tu Long Bay and around Bai Tho Mountain.