Mai Chau Pu Luong Ninh Binh 3 days itinerary:
Day 1: Mai Chau – Pu Luong ( 50kms)
Trekking to Hieu waterfall (hard trek – 10kms) (L,D):
7:00 = Pick you up in Mai Chau Valley to start Mai Chau Pu Luong Ninh Binh 3 days tour. Enjoy the beautiful landscape on the way.
08:30 = Soft break at Pu Luong Eco Garden. Drop your bags to keep light ones for trekking.
09:00 – 12:30 = Board the van to Pho Doan to start your trek. (Visit local market of Pho Doan only on Thursday and Sunday morning) From there, follow the small road, trail through the terrace rice fields, jungle to reach Hieu Waterfall. Have lunch by the waterfall.
Afternoon = Free time to relax and swim in the waterfall or trekking to explore the surrounding village and jungle.
15:30 = Board the van to go back to Pu Luong Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat
17:00 – 19:00 = Free time to relax by the infinity pool.
19:00 = BBQ Dinner at the lodge, enjoy some local rice wine. Have a quiet night in the middle of the Reserve.
* Note that for this day, a local guide with basic English will be provided
*Sleeping options: Pu Luong Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat.
Traditional dorm in the house on stilts or Private Room (no Air-con) or Deluxe Room with Air-con.
Day 2: Pu Luong – Ninh Binh
Explore Kho Muong village and Doi Cave (6km) (B,L,D):
07:00 – 08:00 = Have breakfast in the lodge. Enjoying the breath taking view from Pu Luong Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat and check out.
08:30 – 12:00 = Trek following the small roads through the terrace rice fields and cross the stream to visit remote hidden village of Kho Muong to learn about the local people in Pu Luong. Explore Doi Cave (Bat cave), this is the largest cave in Pu Luong. (Depending on the weather condition)
12:00 – 13:00 = Lunch at Eco Garden – The Mountain Retreat.
13:00 = Free time to relax in the Infinity pool or to walk around the village before boarding the bus to go to Ninh Binh at 14:30.
17:30 = Arrive in Ninh Binh Retreat, check in and have free time.
19:00 = Have dinner at the retreat
*Sleeping options: Hotel Ninh Binh Retreat
Dormitory in stilt house, bamboo bungalow ( no AC ) and deluxe villa (with AC )
Day 3 : Cycling to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital and boat ride in Trang An (B,L):
7:30 – 8:30 = breakfast at the Retreat
8:30 to 12:00 = Cycling through the limestone karsts to reach 2 temples of the first 2 Emperors in the 10 th Century in Hoa Lu Ancient
Capital hike up the Ma Yen Mountain to visit the King’s tomb in 10th century and enjoy the panorama view from the mountain. On the way back, stop in a local family to discover daily life and culture and share a tea with them.
12:00 -13:30 = Check out and have lunch at the Retreat
13:30 -16:00 = Go to Trang An for a boat ride in between the karst pics and enjoy the beautiful scenery and peaceful atmosphere.
16:00 = Drop you off at Ninh Binh Railway station or bus station).
Optional to take bus to Hanoi to book in advance.