Mai Chau is the heart of a beautiful valley and is a world away from the hustle of Hanoi. The modern village is an unappealing sprawl, but as you immerse on the rice fields and rural living, it turns out to be a real paradise. This stunning area is home of White Thai ethnic group, distantly related to tribes in Thailand, Laos and China.Although most local no longer wear traditional dress, the Thai women are the masterful weavers who ensure that there is plenty of traditional – style clothing to buy in the village centre. You will see women weaving on looms under or inside their houses when wandering around the village. Much of the silk looks similar to that seen in Laos. The Thai people of Mai Chau are less likely to employ strong-arm sales...
Ha Long Bay, located in the Gulf of Tonkin, covers an area of 1500 square km. With more than a thousand limestone peaks soaring from its crystalline emerald water this area is one of the natural wonders of Vietnam and now a World Heritage listed site. Visitors have constantly marvel at Ha Long Bays natural beauty. The tiny islands are dotted with innumerable beaches and grottoes created by the wind and the waves that make a excellent backdrop for swimming or just lazing about on the boat deck.
Perfume Pagoda (Chua Huong)
The Perfume Pagoda is one of the highlights of the Hanoi area and one of the most important religious sites in Buddhist Vietnam. Every spring, after the Vietnamese New Year, thousands of Vietnamese pilgrims come here to pray for all the health and prosperity they need to get them through the year. The pagoda itself is built into limestone cliffs and can only be reached by boat and foot, as there are no roads into this area. You will glide along scenic waterways and walk up steep mountain paths visiting the pagodas and temples that were built in this area over the last centuries.
The three peaks of magnificent Ba Vi Mountain, only 60 km from Hanoi, offer a spectacular view of the Red River Delta. The primeval rain forest of Ba Vi National Park boasts a wide range of flora and fauna. This is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi and is easily accessible. We depart Hanoi at 8h00 for the one and a half-hour drive to Ba Vi.