Begin your day with a 7.30am pickup from your central Hanoi hotel. After meeting your guide and small group of up to 10 people, hop aboard a minivan and soak up the scenery on the around 2.5-hour drive to Ninh Binh province.
On arrival in Tho Ha village, set out on a scenic bike ride around the countryside, pedaling past lush rice paddies and farmlands, and enjoying a glimpse of local life. Stop along the way to admire the village’s temples, churches, school, and communal houses; browse the stalls at the local market; and chat with the locals.
Next, get hands-on as you help the villagers with daily farm chores, such as fishing, watering plants, or catching crabs, then head to the Tho Ha village restaurant for lunch. Discover the secrets of traditional Vietnamese cuisine as you help prepare an array of local dishes, then sit down with your hosts to enjoy lunch.
In the afternoon, set out to explore the surrounding countryside, starting with a sampan (wooden boat) cruise along the serene canal ways of the Ben River. Continue on foot to Thien Ha cave, a spectacular natural wonder hidden in the foothills of the Tuong Mountain. Venture underground to admire the striking caves, including the ‘Galaxy’ water cave, with its glittering stalactites.
After returning to Tho Ha Village by boat, set off on the return journey to Hanoi, where your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.