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Trip Code


Karsts and Stilt Houses

Trip Duration

7 Days/ 6 Nights

Trip Overview

This sample Vietnam Tour is customizable. Contact us to have it tailor-made to suit your expectation if necessary.

Day 1: Hanoi City Tour

Day 2: Hanoi - Mai Chau Valley

Day 3: Mai Chau - Ninh Binh

Day 4: Ninh Binh - Cat Ba Island

Day 5: Cat Ba  Mangrove - Lan Ha & Halong Bays

Day 6: Lan Ha Bay And Halong Bay Cruise

Day 7: Cat Ba Island - Hanoi

Detailed Itinerary


Meals:  Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi (On request)

Hanoi, located on the banks of the Red River, is one of the most ancient capitals in the world, where travelers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city center.

In the morning, breakfast at the hotel. Start the city tour with Ba Dinh Square, including: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum; View of the presidential palace; Uncle Ho's house-on-stilts; One Pillar Pagoda; Temple of Literature - Vietnam’s first university. Set menu lunch at a restaurant in the city.

In the afternoon, Hoa Lo Prison (A add-on if you are interested in); Ethnology Museum (about Vietnamese ethnic minorities) with water puppet show. An interesting walk along the train tracks through a part of the city residence.


Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Mai Chau (There is a home-stay option, let your travel specialist know if it's preferred.)

The tour departs from Hanoi at 08:00 AM. The morning drive takes about 3.5 hours overland to Mai Chau valley, a stunning valley of White Thai ethnic minority in Hoa Binh province. You will have some stops on the way for taking photographs. Arrive at Lac Village around noon; this is a peaceful and pretty hilly area. Have Vietnamese lunch at a Thai family's stilt house.
After lunch and rest, go for a scenic bicycling tour about 2 hours to explore the surroundings and visit some villages, rice paddies and gardens. This is the best time for you to experience the local life, their agriculture and beautiful handicrafts. At the end of the ride, check into your hotel (at home-stay alternatively) for the night. Enjoy the traditional dance by the local ethic boys and girls after dinner.


Meals:  Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Ninh Binh

After breakfast, you will be transferred to a trekking point in Mai Hich Valley.
Spend the morning to trek this scenic countryside with the scenery of villages, fields and mountains. Get picked up by noon and go for the lunch.
The afternoon drive takes you almost 4 hours to Ninh Binh. You may want to stops for a couple of time on the way for taking photographs and breaks. Arrive at your hotel in Ninh Binh late in the afternoon. Check in and stay for the night.


Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Home-stay at a village

This morning you will tour around Ninh Binh with its famous Trang An Complex - The world's natural & cultural heritage by UNESCO. The private transport takes you to Tam Coc for a sampan boat ride (2 hours approx.) along a small river which meandering in between the sheer limestone mountains.
The local rower will take you through three tunnel-like caves which have many beautiful stalactites hanging down from the ceiling. After the boat ride, you will continue visiting the area by bicycles. The guide will leads you to visit other part of Tam Coc, biking on back roads so that you can get close looks at the local life and enjoy the landscape.
Lunch at a restaurant before the afternoon drive Cat Ba Island. Check in a local house for a home-stay night.


Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Overnight on a boat

This morning you will visit the green mangrove forest of Cat Ba on foot. The trek is along the banks of different fish farms with the surface of evergreen mangroves. After around 1 hour, get on a small fishing boat which takes you along a river, winds through a scenic part of the forest, enjoy beautiful scenery along the ride.
Get off the boat by a fish-farm and walk to discover a hidden limestone cave. End the morning by the another boat ride back to the base.
Bid farewell to the host and make your way to the other side of the island.
Arrive at Ben Beo Wharf, embark on your private junk and spend the afternoon exploring Lan Ha Bay. Lunch is served on the boat after one-hour cruise to the middle of Lan Ha. The afternoon activities include visiting a fish-farm, kayaking and swimming at Ba Trai Dao beaches area. After that, the junk will make its way toward Halong Bay for the night place.


Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Accommodation: Overnight on the boat

The breakfast is served on the top-deck before the morning kayak around Ong Cam area. After the kayak, the junk will cruise further to other parts of Halong Bay. After lunch and rest, you will explore a hidden lagoon by kayak through a tunnel-like cave.
Back onto your boat and heading back to Lan Ha Bay for the second night.


Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi (On request)

The morning tour take you to visit a village which is situated inside the area of Cat Ba National park. You can chose to go by bicycle or electrical car.
Get back on your boat and moving gently back to the wharf. An early lunch is served on the way.
Arrive at the wharf  at noon, bid farewell to the crews and drive back to Hanoi in the afternoon.
Arrive in Hanoi, check back into your hotel to end the trip.

What's Included


  • Accommodation with daily breakfasts.

  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary

  • Private English speaking tour guide

  • Private air-conditioned vehicles with entrance fee

  • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time

  • Boats in Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island

  • Kayaking Sampan boat & bicycles in Ninh Binh

  • Motorized boat in Cat Ba Mangrove

  • Bottled water on the vehicle.


  • Travel insurance

  • Flight tickets and airport transfers (optional)

  • Hotel in Hanoi (Optional)

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Dinks and other meals

  • Other things that not mentioned clearly in the INCLUSIONS

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Send us an inquiry for the tour and tell us any change you would like to make to the program (if any). Please note that all fields with the mark (*) is fully requested.

Jorge L. Perea


Custom made trip of Vietnam and Cambodia

Reviewed: Sep 1, 2019

I wholeheartedly recommend Custom Vietnam Travel. We designed a custom made trip to Vietnam (Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi-An, Siem Reap) with this agency. They accommodated all of our requests. The interaction with them was easy and prompt before the trip and the delivery was excellent. Very good guides, good transportation and great selection of hotels and restaurants throughout.Thanks very much for a great family&friends vacation.

Fook-Mun W


Amazing Service!

Reviewed: Aug 25, 2019

We have just returned from a 6D5N private tour with Custom Vietnam to Mui Ne / Dalat. This is the 2nd time we travel with them, the 1st time was just a year ago to Ninh Bình/Sapa. Like the 1st time, everything went very smoothly from booking to the actual tour. Custom Vietnam continued to impress us with their high standard of customer service and the excellent choice of responsible tour guide and driver.
A special thank to the sales consultant Ms Julie Bui who handle our booking. She is very dedicated and responsible. She even called us on the last day of our tour to find out if we are satisfied with the trip.



Great travel and responsive service from Custom Vietnam Travel

Aug 24, 2019

I was recommended to join this tour by a local friend. Rosie was in charge of liaising with me for arrangement and payment and did a great job responding to my queries.
The tour guide Key was very funny and cute, he entertained us a lot during the tour. We visited Bai Dinh pagoda, Trang An ecotourism boat ride + King Kong Skull Island + Mua Cave and although it was rainy, still enjoyable. There was a lunch buffet provided, which was passable. Met other tour participants from other countries who were very friendly too. Overall an enjoyable tour and good service from the agency and tour guide.

Timothy Ciccone


Fully customized tour, all went smoothly

Aug 12, 2019

Rosie worked with me (very patiently and thoroughly) to organize a HIGHLY customized tour schedule which involved me sending PDFs of sites of I wanted to visit and the specific order in which I wanted to visit them. Everything went smoothly apart from the weather (which, obviously was beyond anyone's control), but the guides were able to ensure that I was still able to visit every site I wanted to see.
She was also available in real-time via WhatsApp to fix the occasional minor hiccup, which was very helpful. If I return to Vietnam I will definitely use this service again.

Britta LN


Excellent 12 day Vietnam tour for the whole family

Aug 8, 2019

It has been an exquisite experience having Custom Vietnam Travel to plan our summer holiday for our family of 4.
As usually were our own planning pour, we had only bought the tickets for the flights in and out of Vietnam, and at short notice Rosie had made a perfect plan for our stay in Vietnam.
We experienced the north, the middle and the south of Vietnam and every hotel, guide and car with driver worked perfectly. All our needs and expectation were met more than we had thought of.
The contact with Custom Vietnam Travel were smooth even as we live in Denmark and Rosie is in Hanoi. We had several emails with details and information before our travel and while we were in Vietnam we were in contact (if needed) by WhatsApp.
When we arrived at the airport Custom Vietnam Travel picked us up and transported us to the hotel. Later the first day we had a nice visit by Rosie where she told us tips about what to do and see in Hanoi.
Every detail of the plan Rosie had made, worked perfectly and if we wanted to do or see something else, we just arranged it with the guides, that was very flexible.
We highly recommend Custom Vietnam Travel for arrangements in the lovely country of Vietnam!

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