Hoa Binh Reservoir is an ideal place for kayakers thanks to its gorgeous beauty. The beauty of the reservoir can be fully reflected whilst paddling among evergreen tropical forest, karst mountains and numerous hill tribe villages. Nature and human intermingled within tranquility, just as calm as the slow moving water of this country’s largest man-made reservoir.
Chieng Yen Valley nears Mai Chau and offer nice trek through jungle and rice paddies on hill slope. This new trekking area also offer authentic homestay experience.
- Paddling in Hoa Binh Reservoir
- Homestays in villages of Thai people
- Beautiful and easy trails
- All meals included
- Day 1: Transfer to Hoa Binh/Kayaking to Bai Sang
- Day 2: Trek to Phu Mau Village
- Day 3: Trek to Na Bai Village/Transfer to back Hanoi
Day 1: Hanoi – Thung Nai – Kayaking to Bai Sang
8:00 am pick up at your hotel and leave for Hoa Binh Town which is 70km northwest of Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hoa Binh we have a short rest for refreshment. Continue to Thung Nai, a small quiet town on the bank of Hoa Binh Reservoir, the biggest reservoir in Vietnam which is ideal for kayaking. On arrival we start our paddling exploration toward Bai Sang where we will do homestay in a beautiful house-on-stilts of the Muong ethnic minority. The house looks over the reservoir and offers us a real relaxing time after the paddling. Lunch will be served on the support boat. Dinner and overnight at the homestay.
Transfer: 2hr by AC van
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Bai Sang – Buot Village – Phu Mau Village
After breakfast at the homestay we walk 6km to the highway where we meet our van. Transfer shortly toward Son La where we trek through a beautiful area of mountains, jungles, rice paddies and villages of ethnic minorities. We will walk downhill to Buot Village where we have picnic lunch in a local house. After lunch we continue trekking to Phu Mau Village where we will spend another night homestay in local house.
Transfer: 30mins by AC van
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Phu Mau Village – Na Bai Village – Mai Chau – Hanoi
After breakfast at the homestay we walk uphill for 2km to Na Bai Village. The trekking path goes through villages and rice paddies. Upon arrival in Na Bai Village we will drive toward Mai Chau Valley where we have lunch in Pom Coong Village. After lunch we head back to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi at 5.30. Trip completes.
Transfer: 4hrs by AC van
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
- AC car transfer
- English or French speaking guide
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Homestay permission
- Inflatable kayak
- Support boat
- Water & Snacks
- First-aid kit
- Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
Note: These prices are subject to change without prior notice.
Note: the paddling in Hoa Binh Reservoir is strongly affected by wind thus the itinerary will be adjusted as below if the wind changes direction.
- Day 1: Leave Hanoi for Buot Village. Trek to Phu Mau Village. Homestay
- Day 2: Trek uphill Na Bai village. Transfer to Bai Sang. Homestay
- Day 3: Kayaking and cruise to Thung Nai. Transfer to Hanoi. Trip complete.
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Group size: 08 persons
Depart from: Hanoi
End at: Hanoi
When: Sep - Jun
Activities: Trekking, Kayaking, Homestay, Cultural expedition
Trekking grade: Moderate
Kayaking grade: Introductory
Transport: AC vehicle, Boat, on foot
Accommodation: 2 nights homestay
Tour guide: English or French speaking guide from Hanoi
- Day 1: Lunch, Dinner
- Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch
All meals, which are indicated in the itinerary, are included in the price of this trip. Our local guide will cook great dinners for us at the home stay. Lunches are also prepared by the local guide with the emphasis will be on healthy and nutritious fresh local produce. Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirement.
Homestay in villages is simple in term of bedding condition and amenities. We will stay overnight in traditional house-on-stilt of the Thai minority and, as the locals do, we will sleep on bamboo floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillows and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually flush-style.
ATA tour guide
The tour will be guided by one of our tour guides who are experienced in guiding adventure tours in Vietnam. He has been carefully trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by the government. In addition, he has been trained in first-aid by SOS International and he knows how to deal with difficult situations. You will have a great time traveling with him.
We use inflatable Zebec kayak which is suitable for river and lake paddling. Dry bag and life jacket are provided
What to bring
Trekking boots, sun block, hat, anti-insect repellent, sunglasses, sleeping bag (optional), rain coat, toiletries, original passport.
Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.