North-East Vietnam Tour | Ha Giang, Ba Be, Bai Tu Long - 12 Days

North-East Vietnam Tour | Ha Giang, Ba Be, Bai Tu Long
Overview
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  • Start/End: Hanoi/Hanoi
  • Visit: Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang - Dong Van - Bao Lac - Ba Be - Hanoi - Bai Tu Long bay
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Travel style: Authentic, Active, Mountain & Minority, Nature & Discover, Family
  • Category: Private tour
  • Tour schedule: Daily departure
  • Tour guide in: No Guide, English, Français, Español, Deutsch, Italiano
Highlight

This 12-day guided tour of Northeast Vietnam is ideal for travelers who love trekking, exploring mountainous regions, and connecting with local communities. You'll visit many of the highlights of Northeast Vietnam, uncover hidden landscapes, and enjoy remote trekking and unique cultural encounters. The trip concludes with a relaxing cruise through the stunning, world-famous Halong Bay.

Advice
  • From December to January, some days in the Northeast can be cold and foggy. For summer visits, bring trekking shoes, insect repellent, and sunscreen. Don’t forget your swimsuit.
  • A homestay offers an authentic, rustic experience. You’ll stay in a house on stilts equipped with basic amenities: clean mattresses, pillows, mosquito nets, blankets, and an outdoor WC. Hotel accommodations are also available; please contact us for recommendations.
  • The shuttle bus for the Halong trip picks up and drops off at hotels in the Hanoi Old Quarter.
Itinerary Expand All
  • Day 1,Hanoi - Hoang Su Phi300km - 6hSun, Jul 14, 2024
    Transfer to Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang

    8:30 AM: Our driver will pick you up from your hotel in Hanoi. We will then head to Thong Nguyen, one of the 23 communes in the Hoang Su Phi district, Ha Giang province. It's approximately a 6-7 hour journey from Hanoi. Upon reaching Thong Nguyen around 3:00 PM, you will check in at your accommodation and take some time to familiarize yourself with the surroundings.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: L, D
    Private transportation
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Panhou Retreat(Superior)
    Thong Nguyen village, Hoang Su Phi district, Ha Giang , Vietnam
  • Day 2,Hoang Su Phi18km - 6hMon, Jul 15, 2024
    Visit the Nam Nghi and Giang Ha villages of the Red Dao and Long Dress Dao

    After breakfast, we'll kick off a 6-hour trek right from our accommodation to the nearby mountain. The hike starts with a steady ascent, offering expansive views of distant mountains seemingly merging with the undulating slopes of terraced fields.

    Our path leads us to a village inhabited by the Red Dao ethnic group. Here, women don vibrant red dresses and gleaming brocade, tending to medicinal plants used for treating muscle pain, arthritis, flu, or simply for relaxation. 

    After a satisfying lunch, our journey continues through picturesque rice terraces, rolling hills, and tea plantations. Eventually, we'll reach a village where the Yao people reside, easily recognizable by their distinctive long tunics. 

    Finally, we'll make our way back to our accommodation, wrapping up an unforgettable day of exploration.  

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Panhou Retreat(Superior)
    Thong Nguyen village, Hoang Su Phi district, Ha Giang , Vietnam
  • Day 3,Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang80km - 2.5hTue, Jul 16, 2024
    Travel to Ha Giang city, take a walk to discover Me, Lup, Tha villages

    Our driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Thong Nguyen and transfer you to Ha Giang City. The journey takes approximately 2-3 hours, with an optional short break along the way.

    Embark on a short stroll to the Me, Lup, and Tha villages, inhabited by the Tay ethnic group, and known for their serene beauty. These villages boast hundreds of wooden stilt houses, their roofs thatched with palm leaves. In front of each house, you'll find small ponds used for fish farming, accompanied by areas cultivating water hyacinths for pig feed. The villagers are renowned for their exceptional hospitality and will greet you with warm smiles. Don't miss the chance to visit a traditional house and gain a deeper understanding of the local lifestyle. Your journey concludes in Tha Village, nestled among verdant palm-covered hills and rice fields, offering a tranquil haven for rest.  

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Ha Giang Homestay (Mr Toi) (Sharing homestay)
    Ha Thanh village. Ha Giang city, Ha Giang , Vietnam
  • Day 4,Ha GiangWed, Jul 17, 2024
    Grandiose mountain range, visiting mountainous villages: Tha, Na Thac, Khuoi My, Lung Vai, Ha Thanh

    8:00 AM: Depart from your accommodation for the Tay Con Linh Mountain range, following the itinerary: Ha Thanh - Lung Vai - Khuoi My - Na Thac - Tha villages. Begin with a car transfer to Ha Thanh Village, where your trek up the hill starts. The initial part of the journey may be a bit tiring, but the effort is well worth it due to the stunning natural landscapes. As you ascend, you'll be treated to views of the valley, the mountain peak, and Ha Giang city.

    After a few hours of trekking, you'll reach Lung Vai Village, home to the Dao ethnic group. Take some time to explore the village and enjoy lunch. Continue on the uneven path from the top of the hill to Khuoi My village and then to Na Thac. Along the trek, you’ll be accompanied by splendid views of rice terraces and the chance to meet local inhabitants.

    The trek concludes with a return to Tha village in the afternoon.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Ha Giang Homestay (Mr Toi) (Sharing homestay)
    Ha Thanh village. Ha Giang city, Ha Giang , Vietnam
  • Day 5,Ha Giang - Dong Van150km - 5hThu, Jul 18, 2024
    Visiting Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, Twin Fairy mountain, traditional house of Hmong & Bo Y ethnic people, H'mong King’s Palace

    8:00 AM: Travel to Dong Van with the magical landscapes of this region present along the route. Before arrival at the Quan Ba pass, we will stop to visit a village of Bo Y people in the Quyet Tien Commune. Their origin is from China. The Bo Yis a small community of 2000 people who populate in the mountainous parts of the north. Stop at the Quan Ba pass and take a short break to admire Quan Ba town with the famous Twin Fairy Mountain (Nui Co Tien).

    Continue drive to the Limestone rock plateau zone, considered as mountainous Halong Bay. This majestic natural treasure has been listed in the World Geological Park book. On the way, you will discover “Nha Trinh Tuong” (a special type of house) by a walking to the Lung Hoa Village. This is the typical house of Hmong people in the village which is built on sticky ground. Next, visit the Palace of the H'mong King (Dinh Vua Meo). Dating back 100 years ago, far from the plain, the regions of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van, Meo Vac created an autonomous zone with their own king. They cultivated poppies and their economy was based on the opium business with China. Arrive in Dong Van, check in accommodation and relax.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Hoa Cuong Hotel(Double Room)
    Dong Van town, Dong Van district, Ha Giang , Vietnam
  • Day 6,Dong VanFri, Jul 19, 2024
    Lung Cu flag pole, scenic views, Lo Lo village, trekking in Dong Van, along Nho Que river

    Depart to Lung Cu, located 1470m above sea level. This is well known as a Northern Vietnam landmark. Lung Cu flag pole highlights our nation's sovereignty. Walking up 900 steps will give you the magnificent view of the mountains, valleys and villages in the vicinity then discover the Lo Lo Chai village where the Lo Lo ethnic group lives.

    Return to Dong Van town at noon and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, trek to the villages in Dong Van through Hau De – Ma Pia – Ma Pang Village along the Nho Que river that separates Vietnam and China. Travel back to Dong Van at the end of the day.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Hoa Cuong Hotel(Double Room)
    Dong Van town, Dong Van district, Ha Giang , Vietnam
  • Day 7,Dong Van - Bao Lac130km - 3hSat, Jul 20, 2024
    Crossing spectacular Ma Pi Leng pass to Bao Lac, visit to villages of Lo Lo & H’mong people

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart from Dong Van to Meo Vac by crossing Ma Pi Leng Pass which seduces you with the breathtaking view of limestone mountains, Nho Que River and H'mong Villages nested in the mountain. Continue toBao Lac. This is well known for the Black Lo Lo ethnic group. This region was highlighted by the French media, “The journey into unknown land”. This documentary was filmed in Khuoi Khon village of the Lo Lo people, 9km away from Bao Lac town, by the rugby player, Frederik Michalak. Lunch is served in Bao Lac town and check in to your hotel.

    In the afternoon, we transfer to Coc Xa village, in the Na Van commune. This village of the Lo Lo ethnic group remains more authentic than Khuoi Khon village which became more touristic after the famous documentary. Walk through the rice fields and trails in the village, visit the local people's houses, and talk with the hosts to understand more about the local life as well as their traditional customs. Go back to the town and stay overnight in your hotel.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Duc Tai Hotel(Twin Room)
    Bao Lac town, Cao Bang , Vietnam
  • Day 8,Bao Lac - Ba Be165km - 5hSun, Jul 21, 2024
    Encountering San Chi ethnic people in hill villages, transfer to Ba Be, exploring Hua Ma cave

    Depart to Ba Be via Tinh Tuc, 30km from Bao Lac, in Hung Dao commune, there is a beautiful village of San Chi ethnic. Of course, we will stop to visit and discover the beauty of the village. You are one of a small number of travelers who get to visit this area because of its hidden location behind the hill. The village has hundreds of houses on stilts nested on the side of mountains and views of the beautiful valley. To reach to the village, you will have to walk up a 2km steep incline. The higher you walk, the better view you get. Visit a family to understand the authentic life of this ethnic group.

    Continue to Ba Be, where you will be surprised by the magnificent nature where the mountains gently meet the valleys of rice terraces. Stop to film or take photos whenever possible. Upon arrival in Ba Be, check in your accommodation in Pac Ngoi Village and go cycling through several villages of Tay ethnic groups to Hua Ma Cave (5km from the village). This is an attractive place with amazing formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Finally, come back to your accommodation.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    Bike: Ba Be
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Ba Be Homestay (Sharing homestay)
    Ba Be lake, Pac Ngoi village, Ba Be district, Bac Kan , Vietnam
  • Day 9,Ba BeMon, Jul 22, 2024
    Relaxing boat trip to explore Puong Cave, Dau Dang waterfall

    In the morning, transfer from the village to Buoc Lom Pier to take a boat trip along the Nang river and enjoy the beautiful scenery of forests along the river. The boat will pass through Puong cave, home to thousands of bats, toward Dau Dang waterfall.

    Lunch will be served at a local restaurant by the waterfall. In the afternoon, take the boat back to the lake, stopping at the Fairy pond located in the middle of the primitive forest. Here, you will gently cruise around the lake and it's possible to swim if the weather permits. Disembark at around 04:00 PM. Rest of the day on your own free and easy, enjoy sunset over mountain ranges.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Boat: Ba Be
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Ba Be Homestay (Sharing homestay)
    Ba Be lake, Pac Ngoi village, Ba Be district, Bac Kan , Vietnam
  • Day 10,Ba Be - Hanoi245km - 7hTue, Jul 23, 2024
    Visiting Tan Trao historical relic, Tay community, meeting local people

    Enjoy breakfast and pure air in morning at the national park, then travel to Tan Trao, a former Viet Minh resistance base during the first Indochina war. Visit the historic banyan tree, Na Lua shack house and Tan Trao communal house where President Ho Chi Minh and his team lived and worked before August, 1945 Revolution.

    Continue on the less touristic journey which is distinguished by the Tay ethnic villages whose houses stand on stilts, with a backdrop of tea plantation hills, palm plantations and rice valleys. Visit the villages to meet the locals along the way and obviously do not miss some stops to take the photos of the scenery whenever possible.

    Arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon. Check in at your hotel and enjoy some free time after the mountain getaway.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Conifer Grand Hotel(ROH Room)
    42 Tho Xuong, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
  • Day 11,Hanoi - Bai Tu Long bay160km - 3hWed, Jul 24, 2024
    Cruising in Bai Tu Long bay, visiting Vung Vieng fishing village, swimming & sunbathing at Ban Chan beach

    8:00 AM: Pick up at your hotel (in the Hanoi Old Quarter). Enjoy three hour drive from Hanoi to Bai Tu Long Bay. Your journey will pass the series of villages and rice fields in the Red River Delta. Have a stop for drink and restroom. Continue your driving, arrive at the harbor around noon, get warmly welcomed at cruise reception.

    07:30 – 8:30: Our driver will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi’s Old Quarter (for private transfer) or at our Shuttle Bus stop (for shared transfer). We will head to Halong city. 

    12:15: Arrival at Sunworld Harbor, where you'll have a short time to relax before boarding the Garden Bay Classic Cruise.

    12:30: Transfer to Garden Bay Classic Cruise Boat by tender (5-10 minutes). Warmest welcome drinks, listen to safety briefing, then check into your cabin.

    13:00: Enjoy a delicious Vietnamese Set Menu while our boat cruises leisurely to the heart of Bai Tu Long Bay, Cap La area.

    15:30: Embark on a kayaking adventure to discover the breathtaking natural scenery of limestone islands and islets. You can also indulge in swimming, sunbathing, and relaxing.

    17:30: Join the Sunset Party on the Sundeck while the boat cruises to the Cong Do area to anchor for the night (Happy Hour offer from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm).

    18:30: Participate in a cooking class where you can learn how to cook traditional Vietnamese cuisines.

    19:30: Indulge in a sumptuous BBQ dinner on the Sundeck (not available until October).

    21:00: Free time to relax on the Sundeck or try your luck with squid fishing. Board games are also available.

    Included:
    Shuttle bus: Hanoi - Halong
    English speaking guide (on board)
    Meal: B, L, D
    Boat: Halong bamboo boat
    Entrance fees
    Leisure: Swimming
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Garden Bay Cruise - 2D1N(Deluxe Cabin)
    73 Ly Nam De street, Hoan Kiem district, Ha Noi City, Vietnam
  • Day 12,Bai Tu Long bay - Hanoi160km - 3hThu, Jul 25, 2024
    Discovering the charming Thien Canh Son Cave, unique cruising route, getting back Hanoi, departure

    06:30: Wake up early in the morning for Tai Chi exercise.

    07:00: Have a light breakfast with Western styles while the boat cruises toward the most beautiful fishing village in Ha Long Bay.

    07:30: Transfer to Vung Vieng Fishing Village by tender.

    08:00: Ride on the rowing boat (rowed by the local fisherman) to explore the Vung Vieng fishing village and learn about the local fishing life.

    09:00: Return to the main boat for the cruise back to the harbor by a different route.

    09:30: Check out.

    10:00: Have lunch onboard (Fusion style).

    11:00: Disembark at Sunworld Harbor. Our driver will pick you up at the port, and bring you back to Hanoi. Expected arrival time in Hanoi at about 3:00 PM.

    Welcome by driver at the harbor then enjoy travel back to Hanoi. Have a rest at the middle of the way. Drop off at your hotel (in the Hanoi Old Quarter).

    Private driver will pick you up at the hotel lobby (Hanoi Old Quarter) for about 45 minutes to Noi Bai airport (international or domestic hall according to your request). Thanks for the visit to our city.

    Note: International flights require you to be at the airport 3 hours and domestic is 2 hours before departure time.

    Included:
    English speaking guide (on board)
    Meal: B, L
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    Leisure: Morning Tai Chi
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
Inclusions
  • English speaking tour guide following itinerary
  • All entrance fees and tickets mention on itinerary
  • Selected Accommodations with daily breakfast
  • Cruise: Garden Bay Cruise - 2D1N
  • Boat: Ba Be, Halong bamboo boat
  • Private car following itinerary
  • Shuttle bus: Hanoi - Halong
  • Meal: Breakfast: 11, Lunch: 11, Dinner: 10
  • Bike: Ba Be
  • Leisure: Swimming, Morning Tai Chi
  • Service charges and Taxes
Exclusions
  • International flight from/to your country
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and Gratuities
  • Other not mentioned in the program


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