**Free night is based on single mixed dorm beds**
**Due to Vietnamese TET New Year the Mai Chau section of the trip will be slightly modified for the dates from 26 Jan - 29 Jan. And we will be running these dates at limited numbers. Please contact our team for more details**
Get ready to get wet and party like there's no tomorrow on the Ha Long Bay & Castaway Island trip. Then head back to Hanoi in preparation to “Go Wild” exploring the stunning surrounds of Mai Chau Valley. This popular package will ensure an unforgettable experience in two amazing parts of Vietnam at great value.
This awesome package includes:
DAY 1 - HANOI TO CASTAWAYS (L, D)
Meet the rest of your crew in Hanoi at the Downtown hostel location for a 7.00am departure. If you're staying Downtown, please be ready by 6.30 am and those staying at Original will need to be ready to leave at 6.15am. Travel by bus and boat to Castaways Island taking in some sights of Cat Ba National Park along the way. Arrive in time for lunch on the beach and fuel up for some activities.
Get into the watersports! Not only are they a bucket load of fun but great for exercise. Go high-speed tubing! (our most popular). You and 3 friends will get real close while you bounce around Ha Long Bay at speed while all trying to be the last one left on. If you’re a wakeboarder or you want to learn, what a place to do it! Our watersports crew will get you up and going for the most memorable wakeboard of your life.
As the sun sets, enjoy drinks on the beach, chill out with your crew or simply take a well-deserved nap in a hammock in preparation for a big night of partying!
DAY 2 - ALL DAY CRUISE (B, L, D)
Breakfast is served from 7am so you have plenty of time to get yourself ready for a day on a traditional junk boat cruising through Ha Long Bay. You will depart at 10am for a cruise through the magnificent un-touristic mountain range of Lan Ha Bay, taking in the local fishermen and their floating villages. This is followed by an hour kayaking tour through ancient caves and a network of lagoons, getting the opportunity to possibly see the endangered Langur monkey, native to Ha Long Bay. After your kayaking you will be treated to a traditional Vietnamese lunch offering fresh seafood, meat, vegetables, rice, noodles and fresh fruit (Vegetarian options are available and please let us know of any allergies at the time of booking). After lunch you can kick back and relax on the boat, taking in the amazing views, or go for a leisurely swim with your Castaways buddies. Before heading back in time to freshen up and be ready for dinner and a night of fun ahead.
DAY 3 – CASTAWAYS ISLAND TO HANOI (B, L)
You do not depart the island until after lunch so lots of time to enjoy a slow morning, kayaking, a morning swim or maybe a well deserved lie in. You will arrive back at the Downtown Hostel at approximately 6pm.
Day 4 - HANOI TO MAI CHAU (L, D)
Depart the hustle and bustle of Hanoi at 8am and your first stop is the lookout where you’ll get some amazing panoramic views of the entire Mai Chau Valley before arriving to homestay. Enjoy lunch in the wonderful surrounds of our homestay and we’ll take you on a guided bicycle ride through local villages and minority tribes. Learn about the local culture first hand and really get a feel for rural Vietnam. Later relax at the homestay and sit down for another delicious meal by our resident master chef Ms Tan, our homestay host!
Day 5 - MAI CHAU – PU LUONG NATURE RESERVE (B, L, D)
Enjoy breakfast before we hop on the bus for a two-hour drive to Pu Luong for an awesome trek. The trek is roughly five hours taking you through rich forestry, countless rice fields and beautiful villages. You’ll get a chance to meet people from the local Thai and Hmong minorities as well as children who will be ready to greet you with high-fives and smiles! We’ll stop for lunch and a short break to stretch the legs before we tackle the last leg of the trek.
Enjoy a couple of well-earned beverages at the homestay and chill out while enjoying the peaceful surrounds. Or if you’re keen, why not show off your chef skills and help the family prepare dinner for you and the rest of the group!
DAY 6 MAI CHAU – HOA BINH LAKE TO HANOI (B, L)
After breakfast, we’ll introduce you to some of the locals and take you through the village to get a glimpse of local farm life! We then head back to Mai Chau for a fun little ride on bamboo rafts along the river. Enjoy some lunch and then freshen up before we head back to Hanoi arriving around 6pm, just in time for the nightly activities!
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
Castaways: All your accommodation, all meals, transport and any entrance fees. We offer different packages which include a choice of activities between tubing, wakeboarding and rock climbing. Please speak to our crew about all the options when booking your trip. Meals are included - please check the itinerary for all the details.
Mai Chau: All your accommodation, transport, activities, bicycles as well as one of our awesome local guides and entrance fees.
All your accommodation, transport and any entrance fees. One activity of your choice between tubing, wakeboarding or rock climbing is included but speak to our crew on the island if you want to do more! Please check itinerary for meals included - most are 🙂
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Drinks, travel insurance (however, if needed, it is available for purchase through WorldNomads) and personal expenses.
Mai Chau: *Please note we have pillion options (local guide driving) for less experienced riders. This will give you the chance also to take in the amazing scenery and take pictures on the go whilst still experiencing the thrill of motorbiking in Vietnam! 100.000 VND for full day, 50.000 VND for half-day driving. This cost is paid locally.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy Fees will be charged in event of booking cancellations:
48 Hours - 30 Days 25% of Fare
24 Hours - 48 Hours 50% of Fare
Within 24 Hours 100% of Fare