The Charming beauty of the North - East Vietnam - 08 Days

The Charming beauty of the North - East Vietnam
Overview
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  • Start/End: Hanoi/Hanoi
  • Visit: Ha Giang - Dong Van - Bao Lac - Cao Bang - Ba Be
  • Duration: 08 Days
  • Travel style: Authentic, Mountain & Minority, Nature & Discover
  • Language of Guide: English, Français, Español
Highlight

Leave your footprints on the most famous destinations in North-eastern Vietnam. Encounter the diverse cultures of the mountain tribes and immerse yourself into the beauty of nature. Travel from Hanoi to many hidden and less travelled places.

  • Encounter with minority groups: Dzao, Bo Y, H'mong, Black Lo Lo, San Chi, Nung, Tay
  • Trekking, Hiking, Biking and boating trip
  • Stunning mountain landscapes and nature discover: Quan Ba Twin Mountains, Dong Van karst plateau heritage, Ma Pi Leng pass, well-known Ban Gioc waterfall and Ba Be Lake national park, Nguom Ngao & Hua Ma caves
  • Homestay experience
Note
  • Winter season ( December to January) is cold and foggy on some days.
  • Bring trekking shoes, insect sprays and camera. 
  • For more interactions with local people and a more authentic experience, we invite you to stay at a homestay with only basic equipment: clean mattress, pillow, mosquito net, blankets, outside WC and hot water shower. Hotel service is also available, please contact us for more info. 
Itinerary Expand All
  • Day 1,Hanoi - Ha Giang280km - 5hWed, Jul 15, 2020
    Scenic driving route, trekking via Me – Lup – Tha villages

    8:00 AM: Depart from your hotel in Hanoi to Ha Giang via the highway to Phu Tho. Stop to visit the Daovillage in Ham Yen, Tuyen Quang. First, discover the houses on stilts, a typical style of ethnic groups in this undulating region.

    Arrive in Ha Giang in the middle of the afternoon, beginning a trek to the Me – Lup – Tha villages. Featuring serene beauty, these villages are made up of hundreds of houses on wooden stilts covered by palm leaves. In front of the houses, there are small ponds for raising fish and water hyacinth cultivations for pigs. You will be welcomed by big smiles from the villagers testifying to their legendary hospitality. Visit a typical house and discover the local daily life. Arrive in Tha Village, a village on the palm hills with rice fields where you can rest in the serenity.

    Finally, check in your accommodation and free to stroll around to catch the rhythm of daily life in the mountain before sunset.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: L, D
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Ha Giang Homestay (Sharing homestay)
    Ha Giang city, Ha Giang , Vietnam
  • Day 2,Ha Giang - Dong Van150km - 5hThu, Jul 16, 2020
    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
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Lam Tung Hotel(Twin Room)
    Dong Van town, Dong Van district, Ha Giang , Vietnam
  • Day 3,Dong Van - Bao Lac130km - 3hFri, Jul 17, 2020
    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
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Duc Tai Hotel(Twin Room)
    Bao Lac town, Cao Bang , Vietnam
  • Day 4,Bao Lac - Cao Bang130km - 4hSat, Jul 18, 2020
    Visiting the hill village of San Chi ethnic people, transfer to Cao Bang

    8:00 AM: Depart to Cao Bang via Tinh Tuc, 30km from Bao Lac, in Hung Dao commune, there is a beautiful village of the San Chi ethnic group. Of course, we will stop to visit and discover the beauty of the village. You will be one of just a few travelers to visit this area because of its hidden location behind the hill. The village with hundreds of houses on stilts is nested on the side of a mountain and has views of the stunning valley. To reach to the village, you will have to walk up a 2km steep incline. The higher you walk, the better the view you will get. Also, you can visit a family to understand the authentic life of this ethnic group.

    Keep your journey to Cao Bang, where you will be in awe of the magnificent nature where the mountains gently meet the valleys of rice terraces so stop to film or take photos whenever possible. Arrive in Cao Bang in the afternoon. Check in your hotel and walk around the central market in the city. Stay overnight in your hotel.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, D
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Thanh Loan 2 Hotel(Double Room)
    Cao Bang city, Cao Bang , Vietnam
  • Day 5,Cao BangSun, Jul 19, 2020
    Travel to Vietnam's most beautiful waterfall - Ban Gioc, explore Nguom Ngao cave, visiting Nung group village

    Depart from your hotel to Ban Gioc waterfall located on the border between Vietnam and China. It is 30m in height and 208m in width and is the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam. After 2 hours of driving through the magical limestone region, you will arrive at Ban Gioc waterfall and be amazed by this beautiful natural masterpiece.

    In the afternoon, transfer to Nguom Ngao cave, reached by walking a hundred steps. The cave is located in the maize valley and is 2km in length. It is filled with incredible stalactites and stalagmites. It was a shelter for thousands of local people during the Vietnam/China border war. On the way to Cao Bang we will visit Phuc Sen, a blacksmith village, where you will have an opportunity to burn your name into your souvenir knife. You will be one of just a few travelers who spend a night in the village. The comfort is limited; however, you will enjoy the friendly atmosphere and the legendary hospitality of the Nung ethnic group and their authentic lifestyle. Have dinner and stay overnight in a homestay.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Quang Uyen Homestay (Sharing homestay)
    Quang Uyen district, Cao Bang , Vietnam
  • Day 6,Cao Bang - Ba Be140km - 4hMon, Jul 20, 2020
    Journey with stunning views, trekking to Nung village, transfer to Ba Be

    In the morning, depart from your homestay for a 2-hour trek to Nung village. You will discover the craft villages specializing in the manufacture of paper and incense sticks. The landscape of rice paddies, the limestone peaks and the Nung ethnic group with their delightful hospitality will astonish you. According to our clients, this is one of the itineraries which gave them the most wonder.

    In the Canh Phung Tren village, meet our driver for a transfer to Ba Be. On the way, you will enjoy the magnificent landscape of the villages nestled in the flank of mountain. Stop on the way to meet the natives and take photos wherever possible. Arrive in Ba Be in the afternoon. Visit Pac Ngoi village, a typical village of Tay people. 

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Ba Be Homestay (Sharing homestay)
    Ba Be lake, Pac Ngoi village, Ba Be district, Bac Kan , Vietnam
  • Day 7,Ba BeTue, Jul 21, 2020
    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
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
    Ba Be Homestay (Sharing homestay)
    Ba Be lake, Pac Ngoi village, Ba Be district, Bac Kan , Vietnam
  • Day 8,Ba Be - Hanoi210km - 5hWed, Jul 22, 2020
    Cycling in Ba Be National Park, visiting Hua Ma cave, transfer to Hanoi

    In the morning, cycle through several ethnic Tay villages. Keep your path along the river, get into national park to Hua Ma cave (5km from the village), an attractive place with amazing formations of stalactites and stalagmites. Go back to Pac Ngoi village at 11:00am and meet our driver for a transfer to Hanoi.  

    Optional: If time permits and you are sportive, may extent to Silver waterfall (more 4km from Hua Ma cave)

    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, L
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    Bike: Ba Be
    01 bottle of water/pax/day
Inclusions
  • English speaking tour guide following itinerary
  • All entrance fees and tickets mention on itinerary
  • Selected Accommodations with daily breakfast
  • Boat: Ba Be
  • Private car following itinerary
  • Meal: B: 07, L: 07, D: 07
  • Bike: Ba Be
  • 01 bottle of water per pax per day
  • 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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