From The Mountain To The Sea

This tour offers the best attractions of the North, starting in the capital city Hanoi, you will visit many wonderful sites. Visit Bac Ha market and trek along the spectacular landscapes & colorful hill tribe people. Enjoy a homestay with more tribal experience in Hoang Su Phi located in the far Northeast region of Vietnam. Passing the longest pass of Vietnam with stunning landscape of Ha Giang. Ending the adventure with a boat trip along Ba Be lake. Cruise the spectacular Halong Bay on a romantic old style Vietnamese Junk boat.


Hanoi | Bac Ha | Hoang Su Phi | Ha Giang | Ba Be | Halong Bay

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Day 01

Hanoi Arrival

Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel to relax

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Not included

Upon arriving in Hanoi, Asia Top Travel's tour guide will personally meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is time at leisure. 
If you arrive early in the day, you can add the optional evening street food tour or a cultural show to experience the best thing of our interesting city.
Day 02

Hanoi - Bac Ha

Hanoi City Tour and transfer to Bac Ha

Accommodation: Hotel in Bac Ha

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, a 45 minute Cyclo Tour takes you through the Old Quarter of Hanoi. The old quarter is also known as the 36 streets and guilds, this bustling area of narrow streets is home to literally thousands of small businesses and shopkeepers. Originally each of the street’s names was related to the products being sold there.
Move to Ho Chi Minh Complex including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, His House-on-Stilts, One Pillar pagoda…
Visit the Temple of Literature - a temple to Confucius, this is also known as Vietnam’s first University dating back to 1070.

Lunch at a local restaurant.
Enjoy a 4 hours drive along the new highway to Lao Cai. Then take another hour ransfer to Bac Ha town.
Arrive your hotel in the late afternoon at about 6:00 - 6:30pm
Day 03

Bac Ha Sunday Market - Hoang Su Phi

Visit Bac Ha cultural market and drive to Hoang Su Phi - a great trekking area in Vietnam

Accommodation: Homestay in Hoang Su Phi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Located 110km from Sapa, Bac Ha mountain town is well-known by travelers with the most colorful market of the hill tribes in the North of Vietnam. This every-Sunday-market is attended by at least 8 ethnic groups. It is also a chance to discover the H’mong King’s palace (old building built by the French & Chinese). Transfer towards Hoang Su Phi. Make stops on the way to take photos of the landscape and short walks to visit some village.  Upon arrival at Thong Nguyen a trekking point to Nam Hong village and embark on a short trek (about 2 hours) to a Red Yao village for the home-stay.
Day 04

Hoang Su Phi Trek

A full day trekking in Hoang Su Phi leads you through beautiful terrace paddy fields and local families

Accommodation: Homestay in Hoang Su Phi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning, after the breakfast at the hotel. We trek on the scenic dirt trail up and down the rice terraces in Ban Luoc area. This is one of the national rice terrace heritage cores in Hoang Su Phi. The beauty of the landscape is at its best in yellow season (early half of October). Get picked up by your car for a short transfer to Vinh Quang town.

Lunch is at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, enjoy a beautiful drive to Nam Son commune where you will start another trek (2 hours) uphill to a homestay of different ethnic minority. Dinner and overnight at a local house.
Day 05

Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang - Quan Ba - Yen Minh - Dong Van

A long ride brings you to the most beautiful landscapes of Ha Giang province

Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Van

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive from Hoang Su Phi to Dong Van via to Ha Giang city, Yen Minh & Quan Ba. The scenery today is spectacular – a vast limestone mountain range and perpendicular walls of rock. You’ll call in at 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. Arrive to Dong Van in the late afternoon and check-in at your hotel.

Dinner is served at a local restaurant.
Day 06

Dong Van - Meo Vac - Ba Be

Drive through Ma Pi Leng pass to Meo Vac and Ba Be

Accommodation: Homestay in Ba Be

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning, travel to Ba Be. The scenery is spectacular and the road runs along the sides of the mountains. Stop en-route to take pictures of Ma Pi Leng pass, the most spectacular pass of the Northeast Vietnam. 
Tonight you will have a dinner and stay 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). You will have a chance to enjoy a delicious dinner made by Tay woman. Overnight in stilt house.
Day 07

Ba Be lake - Hanoi

Enjoy the boat trip on Ba Be Lake before driving back to Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast will be served before setting off for your boat trip in Ba Be National Park. Travel on a private boat on the Ba Be Lake first visiting the Puong Cave, famous for its thousands of bats. Continue down the Nang river to see the Dau Dang Waterfall.

Head to Cho Ra for lunch.
In the afternoon, drive back to Hanoi.
Day 08

Hanoi - Halong Bay (Sample Itinerary of 3* cruise)

Enjoy the overnight cruise trip on Halong bay

Accommodation: Halong Bay Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

09:00-09:30: Pick up at your hotel in Ha Noi by private car. After that we leave Hanoi for a 2.5 hour to reach Halong Bay.
12:00′ – 12:30′: At Tuan Chau International Marina, a tender boat will take you to  Halong Phoenix Cruiser. A refreshing welcome drink is served and you can check into your cabin.
13:00′: When you are putting all of your stuffs into your cabin, our boat starts gliding out to the centre of the World Heritage Site. Your lunch, at the boat’s restaurant, is would be served with fresh local seafood, but vegetable menu is always available at your request. From the marina area, our cruiser passes by Dog Head and Swan Islands, Ba Hang Floating villages (with floating houses), Incense Burner then Thumb Islands before reaching to Luon cave area for kayaking.
14:30′ – 15:00′: We have time to gear up for one hour kayaking around Luon cave area. Our guide will show you some basic safety guidelines and techniques to paddle before helping you to sit on our brand new sit-on-top kayaks. After that our boat will help you visit the Titop Island one hour for swimming, sun-bathing or getting a panoramic view on island peak.
17:00′: As the sun sets over the bay, we head back to our cruise and relax. Coffee, tea and fruits will be available on the sundeck or you can order your favorite drink while our boat cruises to the night’s anchorage area.
19:00′: Dinner will be served with local seafood. After dinner you may choose to enjoy drinks from the bar or top deck or experience squid fishing before retiring.
Day 09

Halong Bay - Hanoi

Visiting Sung Sot cave before cruising back the harbor and driving to Hanoi

Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi

Meals: Breakfast, Brunch

07:00' - 07:45': Enjoy the morning view of the beautiful landscape with a cup of coffee or tea. Have breakfast in the fresh air.
08:00' - 09:00':You will visit the impressive Cave of Halong Bay – Surprising Cave (Sửng Sốt) with your tour guide, a truly awesome and amazing cave to experience.
10:00':Check out of your cabin and settle your bill as our boat begins cruising back to the harbor. Experience more views of Halong Bay such as Fighting Cocks Island (Symbol of Halong Bay), Incense Burner and Stone Dogs Islands.
10:20':A cooking demonstration onboard shows you how to make authentic Vietnamese Spring rolls. You will learn about the recipes and techniques that create this popular dish of Vietnamese people.
10:45':Lunch is served on board during cruising towards the harbor.
11:20': Depart the Halong Phoenix Cruiser and travel by tender boat back to Tuan Chau International Marina where you then board the bus for your return journey to Hanoi. Arrive at your hotel around 15.00.
The rest of the day is free at your leisure.
Day 10

Hanoi Departure

Say goodbye to our team at Noi Bai airport

Accommodation: Not Included

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast is served at your hotel. Transfer to Noi Bai Airport for your onward flight.


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Trip Inclusions
  • Hotel accommodation & homestay in Ba Be & Ha Giang
  • Private transportation
  • Private boat trip in Ba Be
  • Halong Bay cruise
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 5 dinners
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees 
Trip Exclusions
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Your international flight ticket

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