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US$ 69.00
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    What to Expect
    Meet your guide and driver in the morning and depart Hanoi bound to Ninh Binh Province. Known lovingly as "Halong Bay on land", this stunning province boasts similar limestone karst topography that rises from emerald rice paddy fields and winding rivers. After a two and a half hour drive, arrive in Gia Vien District and swap your car for a bicycle - embark on a short cycling journey through paddy fields en route to the nearby Van Long reservoir area. Along the way, stop at Mai Trung hamlet for an in-depth experience learning how locals here farm and tend to their rice. Follow the lead of your local host for seeding, putting down fertilizer, scooping water or harvesting, depending on the time of year.

    Afterwards, cycle onward to a local family home, and get an up-close demonstration of traditional cooking using rice crackers or fried crab dishes. Then sit down with your local family hosts and enjoy these local specialties along with another Vietnamese favourite - rice wine! After lunch, challenge your hosts to a game of chess or kick back for a chat to learn about their lives here.

    In the afternoon, reach Van Long wharf and set off on a short boat trip into the reservoir at Van Long Nature Reserve - the largest wetland in northern Vietnam. Float past poetic landscapes and rolling jungle hills that are perfect for photos, before heading back to Hanoi for arrival in the early evening.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hotels in Hanoi City Centre
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Hotels in Hanoi City Centre
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • English speaking tour guide
    • Cycling,
    • Farming tour
    • Boat trip.
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities
    • Travel insurance
    • Visa
    • Services & meals if not mentioned in the itinerary
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • In the Northern Vietnam there are only two rice growing seasons: Feb - Jun and Jul - Sep. There will be other farming activities during Oct to Feb.
    • Please bring hat/ umbrella and be prepared for rainy season or high temperatures during summer season. Drinking water is highly encouraged during summer months.
    • Dress code is smart casual
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed 18 November 2018

    Our tour guide, Trang, gave us a wonderful insight to Viet life and history. The waterways were great but watch out for the photographers and vendors on the river that will try to extort money from you with high pressure sales techniques. Worthhwhile experience overall.More

    Date of experience: November 2018
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    AnhH256, Client Experience Officer at Buffalo Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2019

    Dear Beloved Client, Thank you so much for your nice feedback about recent trip to Ninh Binh with guide Trang. We are very excited that you had a great insight to the local life and history of the area. We hope to welcome you on...More

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