Hanoi Riding To Mai Chau and Cuc Phuong National Park. An amazing countryside motorbike ride through verdant villages, paddy fields, rugged mountains, and scenic valleys of Hoa Binh (Mai Chau) would be a good choice from Hanoi. Enjoy riding onto the Ho Chi Minh trail past the breathtaking limestone formation of Ninh Binh (Rain Forest of Cuc Phuong National Park, and Ha Long bay on land Tam Coc and ancient capital Hoa Lu). All of which is off the main route ride and include some trekking in the rain forest in the National Park and pleasant encounters with tribal people. ..
Day 1 : Hanoi Ride To Mai Chau ( L , D )
We start our motorbike tour from the office at 8:30 am. About after 30 minutes, we’ll ride our bikes along the dike of Red River to get out of Ha Noi city. Wind our way to Hoa Binh town, on the way we will be making our way through the villages and valleys of Ha Tay and Hoa Binh province.
We stop for lunch in Hoa Binh town, visit the Hydro-power plant and continue hitting the roads up hills to the Kun pass and onto nice roads offering spectacular views over the valleys and mountains. Arrive in Mai Chau by afternoon, time to explore before overnighting in a traditional Thai stilt houses. Mai Chau is located in a flat valley & surrounded by high limestone mountain ranges with forests. Here, that is home to Thai Hilltribes who are used to living in the houses on stilts.
Mai Chau is a rural district located in the Northwest region of Vietnam, approximately 140 km from Hanoi, and is part of the Hoa Binh Province. It is nestled in a peaceful valley sheltered by the outside world by a dramatic ring of hills. It’s a serene, relaxing rural idyll, and the vivid green paddy fields will match your picture postcard fantasies of the Vietnamese countryside. The Mai Chau Valley is dominated by rice paddies and small villages and enclosed by mountains. Sitting outdoors looking at the mountains covering, breathing fresh air from nature, ones can just unwind in a serene and peaceful environment, or easily meet local people and be invited to drink Mai Ha wine with family or friends.
After having dinner with the local family, you’ll have a chance to enjoy a very interesting and special music dancing performance made by young boys & girls in this village meanwhile tasting their traditional jar wine.
Homestay in Mai Chau
Day 2: Mai Chau Ride To Cuc Phuong National Park ( B, L, D )
After breakfast, we continue on the main Mai Chau road heading South. A long drive today but, soon we’ll be enjoying the wonderful sightseeing along the narrow road through the valley of this vast limestone mountain range, it brings on the feeling of adventure whilst being lost in magic land, passing some villages and meeting some minority people along the way.
Cuc Phuong is the oldest national park in Vietnam. Located only 120km southwest of Hanoi and nestled between the provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, and Thanh Hoa, Cuc Phuong boasts an engaging cultural and wildlife heritage and enchanting scenery. Magnificent Limestone Mountains rise majestically from the green rice terraces and traditional stilt houses of the Muong hill-tribe. Covered in a dense forest, this landscape forms the habitat for some of Asia’s rarest animal and plant species. It is no wonder that researchers, naturalists, enthusiasts, and conservationists alike are drawn to this corner of the world. The ancient forest harbors over 2234 vascular and non-vascular plants, 122 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 135 mammals, including the Clouded Leopard, Delacour’s Langur, Owston’s Civet, and Asian Black Bear. There are also an incredible 308 documented bird species
Today, first of all, we visit the Primate Rescue center, butterfly museum, lookout, and then we ride through Cuc Phuong forest to the park center, a short break then trek for 3 hours to the Tetrameles nudiflora (Sequoia) 1,000-year-old tree. Then we, jump on our bikes for a ride around the park, pass by the local ferry, and on into Ninh Binh town.
Overnight in a hotel.
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