Cuc Phuong National Park and Tam Coc + Bich Dong (2D1N)

Established in 1962, Cuc Phuong is the oldest national park in Vietnam. Located only 160km southwest of Hanoi and nestled between the provinces of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh and Thanh Hoa, Cuc Phuong boasts engaging cultural and wildlife heritage and enchanting scenery. Magnificent limestone mountains rise up majestically from the green rice-terraces and traditional stilt houses of the Muong hill-tribe. Covered in a dense forest they form a habitat for some of Asia’s rarest species. It is no wonder that researchers, naturalists, enthusiasts and conservationists alike are drawn to this corner of the world.

Tam Coc is considered Ha Long Bay on land because of its beauty and charm. Sitting on boat en route Tam Coc, you have a good chance of viewing the scenic beauty of huge rocks standing along river and scattered green rice fields, which are all combined to form a poetic painting of the countryside.

DESTINATIONS

  • Cuc Phuong national park and its subtropical forest
  • Tam Coc + Bich Dong and its Halong -like scenery

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trekking in the oldest national park of Vietnam
  • Accommodation in Tam Coc
  • Step into ancient parts of Vietnam’s natural and cultural history
  • Wind between the numerous karst formations on board a traditional sampan
  • Easy and fun cycling through rice fields with gorgeous mountain views
  • Easy hike on the top of Ngu Hanh Son mountain in Bich Dong
  • Beatiful and peaceful boat ride on Tam Coc passing through 3 caves

TOUR STYLE: Private tour, Beautiful landscape, Local life style, Easy cycle

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Hanoi – Cuc Phuong National Park (L, D)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner(local Vietnamese traditional food)

In the morning at 6:00am, private car will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi.  We leave Hanoi for Cuc Phuong National Park, which is 130km south of Hanoi (3 hours drive.) Upon arrival in the national park we visit to the Primate Rescue Centre, which is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of the endangered primates of Vietnam. We also stop and visit Mac Lake where is a beautiful place for picture taking.  Then you’ll visit the Cave of Prehistoric Man.  From here we drive further to the centre of the national park where we start our real jungle trek through the national park. A national park ranger will be our on-site guide who makes sure that we do not get lost and he will tell us about the flora and fauna of the park. During April and May, just before the onset of the rains, the Park is filled with literally millions of butterflies. Picnic lunch in the shade of a giant tree. We will drive about 35 km to Tam Coc Bich Dong.  Check in a hotel and have our dinner.

Day 2: Tam Coc + Bich Dong – Hanoi (B, L)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner(local Vietnamese traditional food)

Enjoy your breakfast with tea and coffee in a fresh air and beautiful peaceful environment.  After breakfast, pick up our bicycles from a bike rental place.  We, then, cycle on a quiet, picturesque road passing through villages, lush rice fields and rocky outcrops in Bich Dong.  On the way, we would stop and interact with the locals.  Then, we will go for a climb up to Ngu Hanh Son mountain to view the marvelous scenery of mountains, rivers, and rice fields…

Cycle back to Tam Coc, have our lunch at a local restaurant.  After our lunch, we embark on a sampan boat journey to the heart of the “Inland Ha Long Bay”. Take in the beauty of the towering karst formations as you wind along their bases and are rowed into one of the many caves carved from the limestone. The total time for the boat ride is about 1 hour more or less.  Back to the harbor, walk around and relax a bit before heading back to Hanoi.  We leave Tam Coc around 3.00pm and drive back to Hanoi around 6:30pm or 7pm depending on the traffic.

We will have a dinner at a local restaurant in Hanoi before the tour ended.

PRICES (Valid from 01/01/2015 to 31/12/2015)

Please, kindly be informed all Zoom Zoom trips are private/personalized trips and they are first come first served

  • Private group of 2 people:  $195/pax
  • Private group of 3-5 people: $180/pax
  • Private group of 6-10 people: $165/pax

Maximum: 10 people/group

If you do a private motorbike trip instead of private car trip, the cost is lower

INCLUDED

  • 2 days private car with experienced driver
  • 2 full days private experienced English speaking guide if Zoom (myself) not around
  • Good condition bicycle
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary +  bottled water during the trip + snacks stop on the way and coffee breaks
  • Tickets for 1.5 hours boat ride on Tam Coc
  • All entrance fees

NOT INCLUDED

  • Beverages, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

* IMPORTANT NOTE: We endeavor to keep the trip as safe as possible but ultimately you are responsible for your own safety and Zoom is not liable for any damage or personal injury.

 

 

 

 

. Arrive in Hanoi around 6pm.