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Ky Son & Mai Chau
Best time to go: January to April
3 Nights | from £995pp
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- Meet the Muong people, the third largest member of Vietnam's 53 ethnic minorities who are known for producing folk literature, poetry and songs
- Discover farming communities, lush rice paddies and ancient pagodas as you cycle through the local valleys of Ky Son, Tam Son and Van Minh
- During a cookery class, learn the secrets of preparing Vietnamese delicacies
- Stay in authentic homestays such as Ky Son Moon Garden which offer an opportunity to experience Vietnamese rural life
Day 1 Hanoi / Ky Son
Leave the bustle of Hanoi behind to experience Vietnamese rural life in the peaceful region of Ky Son. Browse the local markets and speak to villagers before an enticing cooking class where you'll learn to make spring rolls, a traditional dessert and master the art of food decoration. Burn off lunch with a 6 or 12km bike ride through the communities of Ky Son, Tam Son and Van Minh; help out a small farm or discover the ancient village of Duong Lam. Spend this evening relaxing at your simple and authentic homestay, Moon Garden.
Moon Garden Ky Son | Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 Ky Son / Mai Chau
Home to the Dzao, Muong and Thai hill tribes, the Mai Chau region is a wonderful place to discover an unchanged way of life. Today gain a glimpse of Mai Chau from the saddle, cycling through rich, verdant countryside and paying visit to local hill tribe villages to meet and converse with locals.
Sol Bungalows | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Mai Chau
Cycle from Chieng Chau to Van Mai to Cun to Mai Hich, passing through many villages, across lush rice paddies and out into the seldom-seen countryside where you will get to know the local hill tribe people and their culture better. Visit a home that contains more than 1,000 precious antiques before taking rest for the night.
Sol Bungalows | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 Mai Chau / Hanoi
Return to the capital to continue your adventures in Vietnam.
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 4 day suggested holiday will cost from £995 per person, based on two sharing, excluding international flights.
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Our office in Ho Chi Minh City is managed by a local team of experienced and passionate travel professionals with an intimate knowledge of Vietnam, enabling them to provide clients with great insight into this fascinating destination, and ensuring a seamless experience every step of the A&K journey. With their long standing personal connections and networks they're also there to help you uncover local secrets and experiences, and to open doors to people and places normally beyond the reach of the ordinary traveller.
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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Smith, Lynne and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget.
Best time to be there
Regional climate differences mean that there is no best time; try September to December to avoid the humidity in the north, December to April to miss the rains in the south and December to March is perfect for trips to the Central highlands. Catch the Trung Thu Moon festival in September or October for traditional lion and dragon dances.
Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi (via Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore)
Approximately 13 hours
GMT + 7 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificates if arriving from an endemic area