Morning, your guide & driver pick you up at hotel in Hanoi downtown and transfer to Van Long – Ninh Binh. The driving time is approximately 3 hours. Arrive at a house on stilts in Van Long Natural Reserve to get a bicycle. You take a cycling tour on single-lane roads about 7km through hamlets and stopping along the way to visit temples, pagodas, communal houses and countryside markets. Upon reaching Cau Vang hamlet (Golden Bridge) in Gia Hoa commune, join local farmers in some of their activities such as catching crabs, fishing, transplanting paddy seedlings and bailing water into the paddy field. Return to the house on stilts where a local cook will show you how to cook a lunch the rural style from simple ingredients. Lunch at the house.
Afternoon, you’ll continue to cycle on rural roads through waterlogged fields to Van Long lagoon, the main highlight of the natural reserve. Embark on a small bamboo boat to travel around and enjoy the scenic views of towering mountains, vast expanse of water and flocks of bird. Rich in wildlife; Van Long is home to a many species of migratory birds and a wide variety of animals including those rare and endangered like the Delacour’s langur. The reserve is an ideal bird-watching place where you may sight white storks, herons, spoonbills, pygmy geese and crakes.After that we transfer back to Hanoi.