OVERVIEW

North East Vietnam In Depth

This breathtaking mountainous landscape is famous for its spectacular scenery and ruggedness, primitive infrastructure and very friendly people that offer a real unique experience for anyone who wants to discover the unknown.

ITINERARY

Hanoi | Ba Be | Ban Gioc | Ha Giang | Hoang Su Phi

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Day 01

Hanoi Arrival

Pick up at airport and transfer to your hotel

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Not included

Upon arrival in Hanoi, your tour guide will personally meet you at the airport for the transfer to your hotel.
Day 02

Hanoi City Tour

Visit the highlights of the city

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Meet your tour guide at your hotel and visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, One pillar pagoda and the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first University.
 
Lunch at a local restaurant.
 
Continue your tour in the Museum of Ethnology, the best in the country, with a display of 54 Vietnamese ethnic minorities. Back to the center of Hanoi, cross the Huc Bridge to reach Ngoc Son Temple set on a tiny island of Hoan Kiem Lake.
 
A 45 minute Cyclo Tour will take you through the bustling 36 streets of the Old Quarter.
 
Watch a traditional water puppet show at Thang Long theatre before going back to your hotel.

 

Day 03

Hanoi – Thai Nguyen – Ba Be

Transfer to Ba Be National Park

Accommodation: Homestay in Ba Be

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your tour guide and driver picks you up for a transfer to Ba Be National Park via Thai Nguyen, province of tea plantation. Photo stops en-route. Keep going to Ba Be lake via Bac Kan province.

Stop in Cho Ra for lunch.

Enjoy a 3.5 hour boat trip on Ba Be lake. The motorized boat will take along the Nang river to get to “Dong Puong” cave - a 30m high and 300m long Cave.
 
Dinner and overnight at Pac Ngoi village, where Tay people are living. (The Tay people is one of the 54 Vietnamese group who still keep living very traditional style). Enjoy the delicious dinner prepared by Tay women. Overnight in a stilt house. 
Day 04

Ba Be – Nguom Ngao cave – Ban Gioc waterfall – Cao Bang

Visit Nguom Ngao Cave and Ban Gioc Waterfall. Then, transfer to Cao Bang

Accommodation: Hotel in Cao Bang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early visit to the local market to see how the local people are living.
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic in insightful day trip north of Cao Bang through unique landscapes of limestone karts formations soar from the verdant rice paddies of the surrounding farms of local ethnic minorities. Along the way, you’ll see Tay, Hmong and Dzao ethnic minority groups. Explore the beautiful Ban Gioc waterfall on the Chinese border. This picturesque, cascading waterfall is 53 meters high and has an impressive span of 300 meters. 

Heading back to Cao Bang, stop to explore the 144 meter Nguom Ngao Cave to discover its brilliant stalactites. And stop at Pac Rằng village to learn more about the daily life of Nung people.

Return to Cao Bang for the night.
Day 05

Cao Bang – Meo Vac – Dong Van

Drive to Ha Giang via Ma Pi Leng Pass

Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Van

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, our driver will take you to Ha Giang. The scenery is spectacular and the road runs along the sides of the mountains on the way. Stop en route for taking pictures of Ma Pi Leng Pass the most spectacular pass of the Northeast Vietnam.
 
Upon arrival at Dong Van town, strech your legs around the town and ancient village before relaxing in your hotel.
Day 06

Dong Van – Yen Minh – Quan Ba – Ha Giang

Transfer to Ha Giang. On the way, visit Twin Mountain and Heaven Gate

Accommodation: Homestay in Ha Giang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head to Ha Giang city via Yen Minh & Quan Ba. The scenery along the way is spectacular – a vast limestone mountain range and perpendicular walls of rock. You’ll visit the infamous Vuong Palace, once the home of a high-ranking H’mong family during French colonial rule. Stop at Quan Ba Twin Mountain and Heaven Gate. Today you have many chances to take pictures of Vietnam’s outstanding landscape.
 
Arrival at Ha Giang in the late afternoon and overnight in a homestay in Tien Thang village
Day 07

Ha Giang Trek – Hoang Su Phi

Trekking in Ha Giang

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoang Su Phi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, hike around Tien Thang village to enjoy the fresh atmostphere of the morning and rice fields. Move to Thon Tha village, Only a total of 90 homes make up the whole neighborhood, traditional stilt houses made from wood and bamboo and with a palm-thatched roof.

Lunch served at a local family.
 
In the afternoon, head to Hoang Su Phi – a rural distric of Hagiang province known for the deep valleys and unique adaphological character. Hoang Su Phi not only brings good harvests for local but also offers a splendid attraction for travelers.
Day 08

Hoang Su Phi

Trekking in Hoang Su Phi

Accommodation: Hotel in Hoang Su Phi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the whole day for a further trek to explore the mountains of Hoang Su Phi. This area is well-known for its dramatic rice terraces and also has been recognized as the national heritage. The highlights of the day also include the local hill tribes who you will meet on the way, such as the Tay people, the Black Dao people or Yao with long tunic, the Red Dao people.

Stop on the way for a picnic lunch served by a local family.

Late afternoon get back to the lodge for the night.
Day 09

Hoang Su Phi – Hanoi

Transfer back to Hanoi city

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, return to Hanoi with some short breaks for lunch and photos en-route.
Arrival in Hanoi in the late afternoon, your guide will lead you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Day 10

Hanoi Departure

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight

Accommodation: Not included

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast is served at your hotel and free time till check-out and transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Note

 Good hiking shoes are recommended for this tour.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

For your peace of mind, our tours are designed to include as much as possible in the price, but also to
give you the freedom to find a special place to eat or to seek out an independent adventure that especially appeals to you.
Trip Inclusions
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Full transportation by private car/minivan as tour indicates
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Double/twin room accommodation or Homestay with daily breakfast
Trip Exclusions
  • International flight ticket
  • Visa fee
  • Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, emergency
  • Tip and gratitudes
  • Bank/transferring fee

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