A DISCOVERY OF NORTHERN VIETNAM

- A Secret Retreats journey -

 

Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.
– Confucius

From the mountains to the sea on a 7 day tour of North Vietnam.

Trek to places in the mountainous north far from the beaten track of mass tourism and enjoy encounters with the ethnic groups in this recently opened area. Sail Halong Bay, one of the most romantic and beautiful natural wonders of the world, on a luxurious private sailing junk.

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Photo: Pham Dac Kham, the author of this journey, who lives in Hanoi: “There is a bug that nothing can cure, the travel bug! I am passionate about my work, I practise it with faith, dignity and humility. Client satisfaction is my daily goal.”

Highlights of the Journey:

  • Secret Journeys, taking you to paths untread by mass tourism.
  • Sailing the iconic Halong Bay on a traditional and luxurious sailing junk.
  • Rare opportunities to meet and learn about the lifestyles of Vietnam’s mountain peoples.

 

6 Nights / 7 Days from 1,600USD per person.
The price is net and based on two people sharing a room.

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Your journey day by day:
Day 1 – Hanoi- Puluong ( -/ -/D)

Your Vietnam discovery starts on arrival at Hanoi International Airport where our staff will be waiting to welcome and transfer you to the village of Ban Don and your hotel for the next 3 nights, the Puluong Retreat.
Once checked-in and settled in to your room, simply enjoy the moment and the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding mountain scenery. The evening’s dinner will be at the hotel.
Overnight at the Puluong Retreat hotel.

Hotel: Puluong Retreat (Bungalow)

Day 2 – Puluong (B / L /D)

A relaxing start to the day, after a leisurely breakfast you will have free time to explore the property and its surroundings. After lunch, we will lead you on a gentle trek around Kho Muong village, home to the White Tai people. Nestled between steep karst mountains and rice terraces it is perhaps of one of the most beautiful spots in Vietnam and a rare opportunity to witness the lifestyle of the ethnic Tai people, unchanged for centuries. We will then head to Don Village, the perfect vantage point to watch the sunset before returning to Puluong Retreat for dinner.
Overnight at the Puluong Retreat hotel.

Hotel: Puluong Retreat (Bungalow).

Day 3 – Puluong (B / L /D)

After breakfast, we will embark on today’s trek from Puluong Retreat to Ton Village where after exploring the village we will head to the river to board a bamboo raft. Following the gently flowing river we will head to the Puluong Nature Reserve to experience the beauty and simplicity of the daily life of the White Tai people and learn about their culture.

We will return to Don Village for lunch before embarking on a longer trek of about 4 hours through the Puluong Valley to Hieu Village. The route through Hieu Village is one of the best hiking routes in Puluong with views over beautiful valleys, unspoiled village scenery, karst landscapes and rice terraces. We will end the day with a visit to the stunning waterfall near the village, before heading back to the hotel for dinner.
Overnight at the Puluong Retreat hotel.

Hotel: Puluong Retreat (Bungalow).

Day 4 – Puluong – Hanoi (B / - /- )

A morning stroll after breakfast relishing the scenes of village life along the way before heading out on an easy hike to the Ma River winding its way through a wide open valley. The river and rice terrace views are spectacular. We will then head to Pho Doan market, a local market for the Tai community, to witness local market life and see trading in all things from food and daily necessities to agricultural tools. Lunch at your leisure.

We will leave Ban Don and the Puluong Retreat after lunch and drive to Hanoi, Vietnam’s iconic capital city, and check-in to your hotel for the night, the Chi Boutique Hotel. Dinner at your leisure.

Hotel: The Chi Boutique Hotel (Superior room).

The Chi Boutique Hotel (Superior room)

Morning transfer from your hotel to Halong Bay by private car with accompanying tour guide.

Halong Bay, with its 1,969 islands set in beautiful turquoise waters, was recognized for its natural beauty by UNESCO in 1994 and is now classified as a World Heritage Site.

‘Ha Long’ means ‘descending dragon’ and according to local legend, a dragon was lowered into the bay to harness the ocean currents. His violent tail movements disturbed and broke up the surrounding mountains and when he plunged into the sea the water level rose up, leaving only the highest peaks above the water.

We have prepared a program that leads you to the discovery of Bai Tu Long, a jewel in Halong Bay and outside the well plied channels taken by the majority of Halong Bay’s tourist junks.

Once on board your sailing junk you will meet the captain and the crew, enjoy a refreshing welcome drink and settle down into your cabin for the cruise. Lunch will be served in the elegant dining room or on the outside deck when the cruise starts – a delicious menu of locally caught fresh seafood.

Take a seat on the deck and relax with fresh brewed tea while enjoying the incredible landscape as it unfolds around you; the deep jade coloured water, the limestone islands with their striking shapes rising out of the bay and marching out to the horizons around you. We will be sailing away from the “beaten tracks”, no noise, nothing to clutter your views of the all the natural beauty surrounding you. We will weigh anchor at Cap La Tra San where you can enjoy paddling around the many small islands and lonely beaches by kayak or simply enjoy swimming in the bay.

Dinner will be served around sunset, indoor or outdoor as you prefer

Hotel: overnight on board a private junk (the Amour or the Prince).

Day 6 – Halong Bay (B /L /D)

You will rise with the morning sun surrounded by enchanting peaceful scenes. After breakfast, we continue the cruise to Cong Dam and Bai Tu Long Bay. Here you will have the chance to take a kayak and explore the hidden lagoons and the geological park of Cong Dam.
Lunch will be a BBQ set on the beach before returning to your junk and continuing the cruise to Cong Do. We will cruise to Hon Co Island where you can explore the well-hidden Thien Canh Son cave before we cruise back to Cap La for the evening.
Dinner is served around sunset, indoor or outdoor as you prefer.

Hotel: overnight on board a private junk (the Amour or the Prince).

Day 7 – Halong - Hanoi (B /L /-)

This morning you will have the opportunity to visit the Vung Vieng fishing village and witness the lifestyles of the local fisherfolk. The fisherman and their families live permanently on the water, their houses literally floating on the bay, a truly unique lifestyle. You will meet the village chief who will share with you the stories of the daily lives of the inhabitants of Halong Bay.
On returning to your junk lunch will be served and your Halong Bay cruise comes to its end. The whole crew will bid you farewell and you will return to port by mid-afternoon before taking the drive back to Hanoi where we will transfer you to either the airport or your next hotel as required.

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The Hotels

Pu Luong retreat

Chi Boutique Hotel

Private Junk

6 Nights / 7 Days from 1,600USD per person. The price is net and based on two people sharing a room.

Valid for travel before 30th September 2018.

 

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Secret Retreats Journeys
A Discovery of Northern Vietnam

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The total price includes:

  • All accommodation in double rooms at the hotels and cruise as detailed in the itinerary.
  • All meals where mentioned in the program.
  • All transfers by private, spacious, air conditioned car, with provision of water and refreshing towels, and a professional driver.
  • All other transportation used for travel including sampan, small boat, etc...
  • A competent professional guide at each stage of the journey (except during your free time).
  • All tours as detailed within the program.
  • All entry fees for places visited within the program.
  • All program activities (cycling, bike, kayak, or others...).
  • The cruise in Halong Bay (2 nights).
  • Government taxes as currently in force.

The total price does not include:

  • International flights to and from your home country.
  • Beverages, personal expenses and other services not detailed in the program.
  • Tipping guides and drivers, which is of course not mandatory, but always appreciated, are subject to your discretion.
  • Travel insurance of any kind that you subscribe to personally.
  • Any free time services: including car and driver, tour guide, lunch and dinner where not mentioned in the program as an included pat of the program.
  • Any applicable departure taxes applied to some countries (Cambodia-Laos).
  • Visa fees to Vietnam - but we can send you an invitation letter, which is an entry permit, allowing you to land in Vietnam.
  • Produce the letter to customs, with a passport size photo, and they will issue you with your visa, at a cost of only $25USD, paid directly to them.

 

This Secret Journey was designed in cooperation with Hanoi Voyages (License N° 01-022/2009/TCDL-GP LHQT )