Rural Villages of Northern Vietnam

Discover off-the-beaten-track Vietnam on a journey through ancient rural villages whilst staying in a quaint guesthouse and ecolodge. Ideal for the active travellers.

Journey Overview

Discover off-the-beaten-track Vietnam on a journey through ancient rural villages, immersing yourself in local life with stays in a quaint guesthouse and ecolodge. The peaceful countryside of Mai Chau, a region rich in natural beauty, mountains, rice fields and hill tribe communities is perfect for scenic walks or biking between villages, ideal for active travellers.

Journey Highlights

  • Experience true Vietnamese hospitality in Moon Garden Homestay
  • Learn the secrets behind Vietnamese recipes passed down through the generations
  • Share a drink with local hill tribes and explore lifestyles unchanged for centuries

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi – Ky Son

Leave Hanoi city behind and head west into the countryside to Ky Son to experience the true rural culture of northern Vietnam. Savour a herbal massage and local cuisine at a quiet estate, mirroring the style of Vietnamese tribal homes. Cycle through rice fields and traditional villages to soak up the rural atmosphere and experience local temples and markets. Your home away from home is Moon Garden House in Ky Son village, a flourishing farming community once known for growing poppies for the opium trade. Enjoy a welcome drink, then venture into the village to meet the locals and discover lifestyles little changed for centuries.

Later, join your host in the kitchen to learn the secrets of traditional Vietnamese cuisine. Try your hand at making local delicacies, then savour the fruits of your labour. This afternoon, a guided bike ride (optional) takes you deeper into local farming communities and ancient villages, with the opportunity to lend a hand on a small farm. Return to your accommodation, where a relaxing herbal foot massage and home-cooked feast await.
Ky Son Moon Garden (Guava Private House) | Meals: LD

Day 2: Ky Son – Mai Chau

Rise early for some gentle yijin jing stretching before breakfast. Then, step far off the beaten track into the emerald Mai Chau Valley, home to the Dzao, Muong and Thai hill tribes. Check in to your ecolodge on a hill overlooking Na Phon Village. Experience true Vietnamese hospitality with an intimate lunch in a local home. Get to know the locals over a drink of ruou can (rice wine). Later, venture to the traditional villages of Na Phon and Na Meo to mingle with locals and learn about life in this beautiful valley.
Mai Chau Ecolodge (Deluxe Room) | Meals: BL

Day 3: Mai Chau

Wake to a breakfast of fresh local fare before hopping on your bike to explore the beautiful villages of Poom Coong and Chieng Sai. Breathe in the stunning landscape of lush rice paddies and misty mountains. Pause awhile at the tiny Van village and step inside a home overflowing with precious antiques. Return to your lodge and enjoy the rest of the day exploring at your own pace.
Mai Chau Ecolodge (Deluxe Room) | Meals: BL

Day 4: Mai Chau – Hanoi

Leave the serenity of Mai Chau behind as you travel back to Hanoi by private vehicle. 
Meals: B

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Ky Son Moon Garden

Rural Villages of Northern Vietnam

Nestled in the ancient village of Ky Son, just 60km from Hanoi, Moon Garden provides a home away from home for those who want to be immer... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.


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