Vietnam Nature Trails 12 Days

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through Vietnam’s most captivating natural wonders, where each destination offers a unique blend of adventure, tranquility, and awe-inspiring beauty. This meticulously planned tour highlights the country’s rich biodiversity and scenic marvels across renowned national parks, lush forests, majestic mountains, and serene waterways.

Hanoi, the starting point of your journey, serves not only as the bustling capital of Vietnam but also as a gateway to the nation’s vast natural landscapes. While in Hanoi, immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant culture and historical depth before venturing into the more tranquil realms of Vietnam’s natural heritage.

Ba Be National Park is your first escape into nature, offering an oasis of tranquility with its sprawling freshwater lakes and cascading waterfalls. Cruise on Ba Be Lake, the largest natural lake in Vietnam, surrounded by lush forested mountains and rich biodiversity, which is ideal for those seeking both relaxation and adventure. Trek through the park to discover hidden caves and diverse flora and fauna, ensuring a full immersion into the ecological wonders of the region.

Next, journey to the Ha Long Bay World Heritage Area, a vision of ethereal beauty with its emerald waters dotted with towering limestone pillars. The bay’s dramatic landscape is best explored by boat, allowing you to navigate through its myriad of islets and caves. This iconic destination is not just a visual wonder but also a haven for biodiversity, supporting numerous species of plants and animals in its unique marine and island environments.

Cat Ba National Park on Cat Ba Island offers a rugged landscape of steep hills and dense forests. It’s a sanctuary for many endangered species and a place of spectacular scenic beauty. Hike through its trails to spot rare wildlife, including the golden-headed langur, one of the world’s most endangered primates. The park’s extensive cave systems and hidden lagoons provide thrilling exploration opportunities.

Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam’s first national park, is an essential destination for ecology enthusiasts. Explore the richly diverse flora, including ancient trees and a myriad of orchid species. The park is also home to rescued primates and turtles, which you can learn about at its conservation centers, making it a crucial area for both biodiversity preservation and environmental education.

Lastly, Bach Ma National Park offers a mix of beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Located in central Vietnam, it boasts a range of habitats from mountains to marine areas. Hike to the summit for panoramic views of mist-laden mountains and the azure sea, or explore the trails that lead to spectacular waterfalls and lush rainforest.

Each of these destinations not only provides a chance to experience Vietnam’s natural beauty but also offers a deeper understanding of the importance of conservation efforts to preserve these ecosystems for future generations. This tour is designed to inspire with its breathtaking landscapes, rich biodiversity, and the opportunity to witness nature’s wonders up close in some of the most pristine environments Vietnam has to offer.


Day 1: Arrival at Hanoi (D, GP)

Upon your arrival at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, a warm welcome awaits from our representative who will facilitate your transfer to the hotel. Unwind and relax after your journey. In the evening, immerse yourself in Vietnamese culture with tickets to a traditional Water Puppetry show—a delightful, light-hearted introduction to rural Vietnamese traditions. Overnight in Hanoi, where you can rest up for the adventure that lies ahead.

Day 2: Hanoi to Ba Be National Park (B, L, D, G)

After breakfast, embark on the 240km drive to Ba Be National Park, a journey punctuated by scenic vistas and stops to stretch your legs. The final leg of the drive offers spectacular mountain views, setting the stage for your exploration of this natural wonder.

Arrive in time to enjoy a sunset stroll in the crisp air of the surrounding forest, followed by a locally-prepared dinner. Overnight at a guesthouse within Ba Be National Park, offering you a chance to experience local hospitality firsthand.

Day 3: Exploring Ba Be National Park (B, L, D, G)

Dedicate your day to exploring the natural beauty of Ba Be National Park. Start with a boat trip down the Nang River, gliding through the dramatic landscape of Puong Cave.

After lunch, continue to Ba Be Lake, visiting the enchanting Fairy Pond and Widow’s Island—legend has it that the lake was created by a river ghost to punish avaricious villagers. The serene boat ride through crystal-clear waters is complemented by the lush forest backdrop.

The day concludes with dinner and overnight in a traditional Tay ethnic minority stilt house, offering a deeper connection to the local culture.

Day 4: Ba Be to Hai Phong (B, L, G)

Morning departure from Ba Be as you head towards the coastal city of Hai Phong. The journey includes a stop at a vibrant local market, providing a glimpse into the daily life of the northern Vietnamese communities. Arrive in Hai Phong by late afternoon and check into your hotel for some well-deserved rest. Overnight in Hai Phong, ready to experience the unique charm of this port city.

Day 5: Hai Phong to Lan Ha Bay on Orchid Trendy Cruise (L, D, G)

Begin your journey to the spectacular Lan Ha Bay, part of the greater Ha Long Bay region and less crowded than its famous neighbour. After check-in procedures at Tuan Chau Marina, you’ll board the Orchid Cruises.

For your Ha Long excursion, you’ll board the Orchid Trendy cruise. The boat has totally 20 stunning cabins organised and crafted according to contemporary design trends. Almost cabins have personal balconies offering your own private outside space in Halong Bay.

All cabins are air-conditioned and have windows overlooking the bay. The cabins are furnished with two twin beds or a double queen/king size bed. All meals, usually based on fresh seafood, will be provided on board

Settle in with a welcome drink and a safety briefing before embarking on your cruise through the stunning seascape. Lunch is served on board as you navigate towards Trung Trang cave on Cat Ba Island, known for its impressive formations and historical significance.

Enjoy an afternoon swim in the emerald waters of Tra Bau, followed by a cooking demonstration and happy hour on the cruise. Dinner is a sophisticated affair with a blend of French neoclassical and traditional oriental touches. Overnight on board, under the stars of Lan Ha Bay.

Day 6: Lan Ha Bay to Cat Ba Island and Hai Phong, then to Cuc Phuong National Park (Brunch, G)

Wake up early for a tai chi session on the sundeck, embracing the tranquil morning beauty of Lan Ha Bay. After breakfast, engage in kayaking activities around the Ao Ech area, exploring the secluded parts of the bay.

Following brunch, disembark from the cruise at Tuan Chau Marina and transfer to Cat Ba Island for a brief exploration. In the afternoon, travel to Cuc Phuong National Park.

Check into your accommodation at the park and relax amidst the sounds of the jungle. Overnight in Cuc Phuong, preparing for the next day’s adventures in nature.

Day 7: Exploring Cuc Phuong National Park (B, L, D, G)

Spend the day trekking through the rich biodiversity of Cuc Phuong National Park. Visit the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre to learn about conservation efforts for Vietnam’s rarest primate species.Among them are two of the rarest species in the world, Delacourt’s Langur, now confined to two or three spots in North Vietnam, and the elegant Cat Ba Golden Langur, now reduced to a colony of around 50 individuals in Cat Ba Island National Park.

Trek to ancient trees, listen to the symphony of the forest, and possibly spot some of the park’s diverse wildlife. A picnic lunch will be served amidst the lush greenery. Dinner and overnight in the park, allowing for a full immersion into Vietnam’s oldest national park.

Day 8: Cuc Phuong to Ninh Binh, then back to Hanoi (B, L, G)

After breakfast, depart Cuc Phuong for the scenic drive to Ninh Binh, known as the “Ha Long Bay on Land” for its limestone karsts and verdant landscapes. Visit Tam Coc for a sampan boat ride through waterways flanked by green rice paddies and towering mountains, an experience that’s both serene and visually stunning.

Return to Hanoi in the afternoon, completing your journey with a deeper appreciation for Vietnam’s natural and cultural splendour. Overnight in Hanoi, reflecting on the unforgettable memories made over the past eight days.

Day 9: Cuc Phuong/Ninh Binh/Hanoi (B, L, G)

Today, after breakfast, you’ll venture out to Ninh Binh, a serene landscape often referred to as “Halong Bay on Land” due to its lush greenery and towering limestone mountains.

Your first stop will be at Tam Coc where you’ll enjoy a rowboat ride, gently gliding along the river that winds between sheer limestone cliffs. This tranquil ride offers a close-up view of the quiet countryside and the agricultural lifestyle of the locals. After the boat ride, enjoy lunch in Ninh Binh before driving back to Hanoi.

The evening is yours to explore more of Hanoi’s vibrant culture or simply relax. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 10: Hanoi to Hue/Bach Ma National Park (B, D, GP)

This morning, you’ll transfer to the airport for a short flight to Hue. Upon arrival, a car will take you directly to Bach Ma National Park, about a 60 km drive. The journey to the park offers scenic views of the coast and the lush landscapes of central Vietnam.

Once at Bach Ma, you’ll check into your accommodation within the park, which is situated high on the mountain slopes, offering stunning views of the surrounding valleys and forests.

Spend the afternoon hiking to a nearby summit for breathtaking vistas, possibly catching a sunset. Dinner and overnight stay in the park, surrounded by the sounds of nature.

Day 11: Exploring Bach Ma National Park (B, L, D, G)

Start your day early with a hike to the summit for sunrise, which offers spectacular views across the mountains and valleys. After breakfast, you’ll take the Rhododendron and Five-Lakes cascade trail through the dense evergreen forest to visit various cascades and crystal-clear pools.

Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the natural beauty. In the afternoon, follow the Pheasant Trail, which offers opportunities to spot rare wildlife and visit more secluded waterfalls. Dinner and another night spent within the tranquil confines of Bach Ma National Park.

If you’re interested in bird watching, we can arrange a special park local guide who can’t speak English but can whistle to call the birds. He’ll research the Pheasant Trail in the afternoon of the day before to spot their mating places, and guide you to places where you’d be most likely to spot the pheasants. The best time for this activity is from June to August.

Day 12: Bach Ma to Hue, Departure to Hanoi (B, G)

After a leisurely breakfast in the park, descend from the mountains and return to Hue. Depending on your schedule, explore some of Hue’s cultural sights such as the Imperial Citadel or the tranquil Thien Mu Pagoda.

In the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Hanoi, or continue with your onward travel plans, marking the end of your journey through some of Vietnam’s most enchanting landscapes.


B = Breakfast

L = Lunch

D = Dinner

G = Guide

GP = Guide pick-up

DP = Driver pick-up


The prices for this private tour are per person in US dollars:

These prices are valid until November 30, 2024.

Please note that bank transfer fees are not included.

Number in group 2 3 – 4 5 – 8 9 – 12 Supplement for single hotel room occupancy*

(four stars)

2,530 2,130 1,836 1,690 763

Price is not valid for the Peak season, please contact us again for price checking and availability

Peak season: Dec 20th, 2024- Jan 07, 2025, and TET (Feb 05 – 18, 2025)

* ‘Single room occupancy’ refers to the accommodation element of the programme only, and applies to someone who is travelling with others but requires an additional room for him or herself. Single traveller prices are available on request.


  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above
  • Return domestic flight tickets: Hanoi – Hue, including domestic airport taxes.
  • Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver.
  • Boat cruises as programme. For Ha Long Bay, you’ll cruise on a high quality wooden boat with good facilities and an experienced crew. The boat will be fully licensed and comply with current safety regulations.
  • Speed boat ticket: Hai Phong – Cat Ba.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
  • Lunches and dinners, as specified, in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available.
  • VAT and other taxes


  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Visas
  • Dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Insurance

Hotel List

Hotel list for Superior standard:

  • Hanoi: MK Premier Bouque Hotel (a vietnamese style hotel, located in the Hanoi Old quarter – Luxury City View room)
  • Ba Be: Park’s Guesthouse and homestay in a local family
  • Haiphong: AVANI Hai Phong Harbour View (****international hotel in town centre, French colonial style with elegantly designed interior decor and furniture – Deluxe room)
  • Lan Ha Bay: Orchid Trendy Cruise (**** Deluxe quality boat with elegant design – Premium Balcony cabin)
  • Cat Ba: Hôtel Perle d’Orient Cat Ba – MGallery (**** brings a cosmopolitan touch to a classic Indochina style, while offering guests with sublimes views of Lan Ha Bay and the nearby Cat Ba National Park. – Classic room)
  • Cuc Phuong: Cuc Phuong Resort (****hotel offers spacious and well-appointed rooms. The on-site restaurant offers authentic delicacies for guests to enjoy in an elegant atmosphere – Deluxe Bungalow Double)
  • Bach Ma: Vedana Lagoon Resort ****Located by the vedana wellness & spa with an uninterrupted lagoon view., ~5.1 miles from Bach Ma National Park – Lagoon View Deluxe
Please note that Vietnam hotels do not recognise provisional reservations, so specific hotels cannot be guaranteed until you have booked your chosen tour. As many of the better hotels are often full during the October to April peak season, early booking is advisable.

Tour FAQ's

1. What is included in the tour package? The tour includes all accommodations, local transportation (including domestic flights), entrance fees to all specified attractions, meals as noted in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), professional guides, and activities.

2. What should I pack for the tour? Given the variety of activities and the nature of the destinations, pack comfortable clothing suitable for warm and cool weather, hiking shoes, rain gear, a swimsuit, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a hat. A good camera for capturing the scenic views and wildlife is also recommended.

3. Are there any specific health requirements? Participants should be in good physical health as the tour includes hiking and walking for extended periods. It’s advisable to consult with a healthcare provider for any pre-travel vaccinations or medications.

4. How difficult are the hiking and cycling activities? The activities range from moderate to challenging. Participants should be comfortable with several hours of physical activity per day. However, alternatives and shortcuts are available for those who might find the going too tough.

5. What kind of accommodations are provided? Accommodations range from comfortable hotels in the cities to guesthouses and homestays in rural areas. All accommodations are chosen for their cleanliness, safety, and provide basic amenities.

6. Can dietary restrictions be accommodated? Yes, please inform us of any dietary restrictions or allergies at the time of booking. We strive to accommodate all dietary needs.

7. What is the maximum group size? The typical group size for this tour ranges from 10 to 15 participants, allowing for a more personalized and immersive experience.

8. What transportation is used? Transport varies from private buses and cars for land transfers to boats for river and bay explorations. Domestic flights are also included to maximize time at each destination.

9. Is there any free time included in the itinerary? Yes, there are periods of free time provided in Hanoi, Hue, and at some nature sites, allowing for personal exploration or relaxation.

10. What are the emergency contact numbers? Emergency contact numbers for guides, local tour coordinators, and main offices will be provided in your welcome packet.

11. What is the cancellation policy? Cancellations made more than 30 days before the start date will typically incur a minimal fee. Cancellations within 30 days may be subject to a higher fee. Please refer to the terms and conditions for detailed information.

12. How can I book the tour and make payments? You can book the tour directly through our website or by contacting our reservations team via phone or email. Payments can be made by credit card, bank transfer, or via online payment platforms.

These FAQs aim to cover key aspects of the “Vietnam Nature Trails 12 Days” tour, providing prospective participants with a thorough understanding of what to expect and how to prepare for their adventure.

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