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Bird Watching Tour in North and Central Vietnam 11 Days

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Hanoi - Cuc Phuong National Park - Bach Ma National Park - Ba Vi National Park - Halong Bay

Tour code: VET-VBT05
This tour will help you combine your birding with the best of Vietnam’s culture from Cuc Phuong National Park in North of Vietnam to Bach Ma national park in central of Vietnam.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi - Arrival

Our tour guide will meet and greet you at the airport. Drive to your hotel. Free time and relax. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi - Cuc Phuong National Park (B, L, D)

Morning drive to Cuc Phuong National Park 160km south of Hanoi. Visit the Park Museum, the Botanical Garden, the look out and the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre. Later in the afternoon we observe the birds gathering in the lush rain forest. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 3: Cuc Phuong National Park - Bird Watching (B, L, D)

Rising this morning with the sounds of the forest all around us, we head out for a trek through the lush rainforest that makes up the park. The trek will take in stops at centuries old giant trees. Picnic lunch in the park before we reach out the Muong minority people at Bong village. Diner and overnight at local home stay of Muong people. During the 20 km journey, view the wide variety of preserved bird species in the park and enjoy the sights and sounds of the jungle. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 4: Cuc Phuong National Park - Bird Watching (B, L, D)

Spend another second day bird watching. Start from the Bong Station, then follow a circular route viewing a variety of endangered bird species. The 6-km trail passes through a wood of giant trees, some of which are over 1000 years old. Return to the guesthouse in late afternoon.

Day 5: Cuc Phuong - Hanoi - Hue (B) - by flight

After a late breakfast, we drive back to Hanoi. Free until we transfer to the airport for flight to Hue. Overnight in Hue.

Day 6: Hue - Bach Ma national park (B, L)

Depart at 08:00 from your hotel, one and half hour you will arrive at Bach Ma National Park. The park is dominated by a single 1, 448m peak wrapped in tropical monsoon forest below and topped by sub-tropical vegetation. You will visit Do Quyen Waterfall - is astounding and huge in the wooded mountain. It is more than 300m high and 20-30m wide. It is amazing to watch the silver water running into the bright red of water-rail flowers. After lunch, we will walk to Hai Vong Dai - Sea Observation Post where people can have a panoramic view of immense sea and surrounding scenery. Dinner on guest’s account. Stay over night at park's guesthouse.

Day 7: Bach Ma national park - Hue - Hanoi (B, L) - by flight

Morning in the park with walking around and discover the nature to explore the beautiful scenery and many endemic species, and is particularly rich in birdlife. Turn back to Hue airport for flight to Hanoi. Dinner on guest’s account. Stay overnight at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 8: Hanoi - Ba Vi National Park (B, L)

We depart Hanoi at 8: 00 for the one and a half-hour drive to Ba Vi. We will have a three-hour hike through the jungle to arrive at a ethnic minority village of the Muong people. Here we will have lunch with one of the families and learn a little of their lifestyle and customs. After lunch we visit the a Temple dedicated to the God of the Jungle. There will be time to relax in these tranquil surroundings before starting our journey back to Hanoi. We will be in Hanoi by 18: 00. Dinner on guest’s account. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 9: Hanoi - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

07:30 - 07:45 Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive to Halong Bay. Enjoy the peaceful scenery as we travel through the countryside, farmlands and Red River delta.
10:30 Stopover on the way for short break.
12:30 Arrive at Hon Gai wharf - Meet the captain, crews and join us for a welcome drink, cruise briefing, safety instructions and check-in cabins.
13:00 Lunch with fresh seafood is served while cruising towards Vong Vieng floating village, passing through extraordinary shaped-islands.
15:30 Drop anchor at Vong Vieng: visit local houses, fish farm, schools and have a chat with the friendly fish men. (You also swim here if you like) The other option is to travel by kayak (passenger row kayaks for themselves). The kayaking option is $10.00 per person unless pre-booked.
17:00 Back on board, enjoy the sunset and continue cruising to Luom Bo for anchoring.
19:00 Dinner is served.
21:00 Enjoy the comfort in your cabin or night fishing… and overnight on junk.

Day 10: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)

06:30 Enjoy the bay’s morning landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.
07:30 Lightly breakfast is served.
08:30 Explore the mystery of Sung Sot cave, one of the most beautiful caves in Halong Bay.
09:30 Back on board, continue cruising, enjoy the stunning views of the Bay and relax.
10:30 Lunch is served on board while cruising back through Halong Bay to the pier.
11:30 Check-out.
12:00 Arrive Hon Gai wharf. Farewell.
12:30 Return from Halong to Hanoi.
14:30 Stop-over in Dong Trieu town to visit a ceramics workshop.
16:30 Arrive in Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 11: Hanoi - Departure (B)

Free until transfer to the airport for flight back to your country. End of services.
Tour Prices
Tour cost in US$ per person
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Trip Included

  • Private tour
  • Accommodation at selected hotels with daily breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B - breakfast, L - lunch, D - dinner)
  • All transfers and transportation as indicated in program
  • All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide at places as indicated in program
  • Boat trip as indicated in program
  • Air tickets: Economy class - Vietnam Airlines
    • Hanoi - Hue
    • Hue - Hanoi

Trip Excluded

  • Surcharge on Chirstmas Eve and New Year Eve
  • VISA to Vietnam (Please make sure you have 6 months passport validity. We can help for visa on arrival ifrequest)
  • Personal expenses such as shopping, telephone, laundry and bar bills etc.
  • Other meals and drinks
  • Late check out or early check in at all places (Normally check in at 14:00 and check out at 12:00/ surcharge if request)
  • Insurance travel
  • Tips & gratuities
  • All other services are not made on the written form
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Hanoi MK Premier Boutique or Maison D’Boutique Hotel or similar Boss Legend or Pearl Hotel or similar D’Opera or Sheraton Hotel or similar
Halong Bay Marguerite Junk or V’Spirit or similar Huong Hai Sealife or Syrena or similar Aphrodite cruise or Indochina Sails Junk or similar
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