Get an early start on the day with 7:30am pickup at your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, then begin the roughly 4-hour drive to Mai Chau: you’ll leave Hanoi’s busy streets for a landscape of small towns, agriculture, and mountains. Stop to stretch your legs after two hours in the car, then continue into Ninh Binh province, which is known for dramatic karst formations, lush valleys, and diverse wildlife.
Pause to photograph the Mai Chau valley, then visit a local village for a traditional lunch, sampling the region’s vibrant cuisine. After lunch, you’ll join a local guide for a 2-hour bike ride, pedaling past farmers working their rice fields, and local women weaving scarves on old fashioned looms. This is the perfect way to get a glimpse of Vietnamese village life far from cities, noise, and congestion.
Following your bike ride, begin the return trip to Hanoi, where you’ll finish the day with drop-off at your Old Quarter hotel.