VN20C Ky Son & Ninh Binh Experience ( 4 days / 3 nights )
Hanoi – Ky Son – Ninh Binh – Cuc Phuong National Park – Hanoi
Day 1 Hanoi – Ky Son (Walking – Cycling)
Drive to Ky Son Village in the morning. Take a pleasant walk around the village to get a taste of the northern countryside lifestyle of Vietnam before joining your host for lunch preparation. Have lunch and learn more about the Vietnamese culture through conversations with locals. In the afternoon, set out on a bike ride along local trails with stops for taking pictures, chatting with children and farmers and shopping at the village market while soaking up the pastoral atmosphere and tranquility. Return for a relaxing traditional herbal bath before dinnertime. Before bed, soak your feet in a traditional herbal treatment.
Overnight in Ky Son Moon Garden [Lunch, Dinner]
Day 2 Ky Son – Ninh Binh
The serene morning will inspire you and the host to practice Yi Jin Jing, a series of exercises coordinated with specific breathing techniques and mental concentration. Leave for Ninh Binh after breakfast. Visit Nguyen Saint Temple before relaxing your day at Emeralda Ninh Binh in the afternoon.
Overnight in Emeralda Ninh Binh [Breakfast]
Day 3 Ninh Binh – Cuc Phuong National Park – Ninh Binh
Depart for the Cuc Phuong National Park. On arrival, visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre. If time permits, take an optional visit to the Cave of Prehistoric Man before having lunch at a local restaurant at the headquarters of the park. After lunch, drive to Bong Station and take a walk through the forest where to witness the diverse flora and fauna highlighted by a backdrop of perennial trees. The 7km trail passes through giant trees to a 1000 year-old tree. Drive back to Ninh Binh for overnight.
Overnight in Emeralda Ninh Binh [Breakfast, Lunch]
Day 4: Dong Tam biking – But Cave Complex– Hanoi
Drive from Emeralda Ninh Binh to the national road 12B with an optional stop to visit the Bai Dinh pagoda. Pick up your bike and start cycling through the rural landscape to Dong Tam village (~8km). You may interact with as well as take part in lunch preparation with the locals. Enjoy your lunch with a family. After lunch, take a sampan ride through But Cave Complex. Explore the dry caves as well as the water caves. End the trip at Thung Nham dock. You will be picked up and driven back to Hanoi.