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Kayaking Hoa Binh Lake & Trekking Chieng Yen Valley

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Hanoi – Hoa Binh Reservoir – Chieng Yen – Hanoi
3-day tour with 1 day kayaking & 1.5 days trekking
Trekking grade: Moderate
Kayaking grade: Introductory

Hoa Binh Reservoir is an ideal place for kayakers thanks to its gorgeous beauty. The beauty of the reservoir can be fully reflected whilst paddling among evergreen tropical forest, karst mountains and numerous hill tribe villages. Nature and human intermingled within tranquility, just as calm as the slow moving water of this country’s largest man-made reservoir.

Chieng Yen Valley nears Mai Chau and offer nice trek through jungle and rice paddies on hill slope. This new trekking area also offer authentic homestay experience.  

Tour Highlights
  • Paddling in Hoa Binh Reservoir
  • Homestays in villages of Thai people
  • Beautiful and easy trails
  • All meals included

Kayaking Hoa Binh Lake & Trekking Chieng Yen Valley route map


Day 1: Transfer to Hoa Binh/Kayaking to Bai Sang
Day 2: Trek to Phu Mau Village
Day 3: Trek to Na Bai Village/Transfer to back Hanoi

PRICE (Per person)

Valid to 30th September, 2013

1 person:      US$ 775
2 persons:    US$ 445
3-4 persons: US$ 315
5-6 persons: US$ 235
7-8 persons: US$ 215
From 9 persons: price on request


  • AC car transfer
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Homestay permission
  • Inflatable kayak
  • Support boat
  • Water & Snacks
  • First-aid kit
  • Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees


  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses

Note: These prices are subject to change without prior notice.



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Day 1: Hanoi – Thung Nai – Kayaking to Bai Sang

8:00 am pick up at your hotel and leave for Hoa Binh Town which is 70km northwest of Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hoa Binh we have a short rest for refreshment. Continue to Thung Nai, a small quiet town on the bank of Hoa Binh Reservoir, the biggest reservoir in Vietnam which is ideal for kayaking. On arrival we start our paddling exploration toward Bai Sang where we will do homestay in a beautiful house-on-stilts of the Muong ethnic minority. The house looks over the reservoir and offers us a real relaxing time after the paddling. Lunch will be served on the support boat. Dinner and overnight at the homestay.

Transfer: 2hr by AC van
Kayaking: 4hrs
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay

Day 2: Bai Sang – Buot Village – Phu Mau Village

After breakfast at the homestay we walk 6km to the highway where we meet our van. Transfer shortly toward Son La where we trek through a beautiful area of mountains, jungles, rice paddies and villages of ethnic minorities. We will walk downhill to Buot Village where we have picnic lunch in a local house. After lunch we continue trekking to Phu Mau Village where we will spend another night homestay in local house.

Transfer: 30mins by AC van
Trekking: 3hrs
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay
Day 3: Phu Mau Village – Na Bai Village – Mai Chau – Hanoi

After breakfast at the homestay we walk uphill for 2km to Na Bai Village. The trekking path goes through villages and rice paddies. Upon arrival in Na Bai Village we will drive toward Mai Chau Valley where we have lunch in Pom Coong Village. After lunch we head back to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi at 5.30. Trip completes.    

Transfer: 4hrs by AC van
Trekking: 1hr
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Note: the paddling in Hoa Binh Reservoir is strongly affected by wind thus the itinerary will be adjusted as below if the wind changes direction.

Day 1: Leave Hanoi for Buot Village. Trek to Phu Mau Village. Homestay
Day 2: Trek uphill Na Bai village. Transfer to Bai Sang. Homestay
Day 3: Kayaking and cruise to Thung Nai. Transfer to Hanoi. Trip complete.

Note on client safety
We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

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