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Overview

On a short getaway to Ninh Binh, discover nature and the daily lives of villages. Visit a beautiful bonsai village, clam farms and salt farms of Nam Dinh before arriving at Ninh Binh for a rustic and engaging experience. Partake in agricultural practices and admire the spectacular sparkling caves.

Trip Highlights

Nature and Cottage Industries of Ninh Binh

Explore beautiful Nam Dinh

Visit Vi Khe Bonsai Village, a famous beautiful bonsai village  and cruise the waterways of Xuan Thuy National Park to discover cottage industries.

Partake in agricultural habits of Ninh Binh

Pass peaceful villages, enjoy the rustic countryside and join in engaging activities like catching crabs and fishing along Dong Tam Hamlet.

Admire spectacular Galaxy and But Hien Cave

Take a short trek and discover the natural sparkling stalactites of Galaxy and But Hien Cave.

Itinerary

1

Hanoi – Nam Dinh – overnight in Ninh Binh

After breakfast in Hanoi; drive 2.5 hours to Nam Dinh - the land of religious freedom, home of various traditional festivals and rituals and wild beautiful nature. Upon arrival, spend an hour to discover Vi Khe Bonsai Village – a famous beautiful bonsai village in Vietnam. Through the guide’s knowledge, get a glimpse of the techniques in bonsai and the stories that each shape represents such as a dragon, phoenix, horse etc… Then head to Xuan Thuy National Park and hop on a local boat to explore the Clam Farm. Learn about the process of clam cultivation.

(Note: This activity might be changed during monsoon season between Jul - Aug). Afterwards, enjoy lunch before choosing from the optional activities for this afternoon. 

Opt 1: Transfer to Bach Long Salt Village, experience the process of how to make the salt from the sea water and explore the daily life of the poor local people in there. Continue to pass Phu Nhai Church – A first church was built in 1866 after three century Christianity had been banned by Nguyen dynasty ( not recommended to visit between Oct – Feb due to no sun for drying sea water)

Opt 2: Cycle around the Village - Pham Phao is famous with wooden caving and traditional trumpet making brass village and cathedral. On the way see House Bridge that was built in the 16th century with a unique architecture. Explore the daily life of local people and understand about the ancestor worship village.

In the late afternoon, arrive at Ninh Binh and check-in to the hotel.

Overnight in Ninh Binh

2

Ninh Binh – discover amazing land

Depart the hotel this morning at 09:00 for 45 minute drive through other rural landscape of Ninh Binh.

Upon arrival, begin a leisure 5 to 15 km (according to preference) biking trip around Tho Ha village passing by peaceful villages and enjoying the rustic countryside landscapes. Continue to Dong Tam Hamlet to join in some engaging agricultural activities such as catching crabs, fishing and transplanting, watering vegetables and more.

Enjoy lunch before cruising on a 2-hour boat trip through small canals among the paddy fields (rice fields seen between March and early June), then stroll along the winding rocky path of the foot for 200m and go up 20 steps to reach the Galaxy Cave gate. Get inside the cave and admire the spectacular stalactites above the cave ceiling. Continue to discover But Hien cave and be attracted by many natural sparkling stalactites with shapes and figures before returning to the pier and transfer to the hotel

Overnight in Ninh Binh.

3

Ninh Binh – Hanoi

Enjoy a leisurely morning at the hotel or explore the surrounding area independently before being transferred with guide and driver to Hanoi.

Important Information

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance

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