Northern Vietnam Off Beaten Track

Skip Vietnam's popular destination and take a visit to the hidden gems of Northeast Vietnam. Let’s discover the Bac Son Valley, Ba Be Lake, Ban Gioc waterfall and its surrounding. 


 Bac Son Valley | Phia Thap village | Quay Son river | Ban Gioc waterfall | Nguom Ngao cave | Ba Be Lake

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Day 01

Hanoi – Bac Son – Na Lay Peak – Quynh Son village

Visiting Bac Son valley and learn about its unique culture

Accommodation: Homestay in Quynh Son village

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

7:00am: Our guide and driver pick you up at hotel and leave for Bac Son beautiful velley. – the green paradise surrounded by many forested mountains, inhabited by nice and friendly local ethnic people such as Tay, Dao, Nung who have been living here for a long time. Bac Son valley is an ideal place for tourists to admire the unspoiled beauty of an ethnic region and enjoy magnificent panoramic view from the view from mountain summit.
Arriving at Quynh Son by noon, there will be an authentic Vietnamese lunch at a local stilt house. Take your time to enjoy delicious local food and chat with the friendly host.
In the afternoon, Strolling around the village to learn the daily life of Tay people. Afterwards, you will start with a hard trek up to Na Lay peak where a mobile tower is located for great panorama of the whole Bac Son valley region.
Dinner and overnight at the homestay.
Day 02

Bac Son – Cao Bang - Phia Thap village

Visit the village of Nung ethnic minority in Cao Bang Province

Accommodation: Homestay in Phia Thap Village

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Have breakfast at your homestay and say goodbye the local family for our next destination – Cao Bang.
After a long journey to Cao Bang, start hiking uphill in the steep idyllic valley of Trung Vuong.
We will pass through limestone mountains, rice terraces and maize fields to reach Phia Thắp village which is surrounded by limestone pinnacles creating a spectacular scenery.
Spend your first night at homestay in Phia Thap. You can join homestay owners for preparing dinner or enjoying beautiful sunset from homestay’s balconies.
Day 03

Phia Thap village – Kayaking on Quay Son river – Lung Niec village – Ban Gioc Waterfall

Enjoy another day with full of activities

Accommodation: Homestay in Ban Gioc

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a home-made breakfast which will be prepared by homestay hosts.
In the morning you can experience incense making at Phia Thắp village. The village has a long tradition in the production of incense sticks. Test your craftmanship skills and try making your own incense sticks. 
After that we drive to Quay Son river and do kayaking along Quay Son river, gliding through the jade-blue waters of the river along the spectacular scenery of limestone mountains and green rice terraces will be an awe-inspiring and relaxing activity.
Then we start our trek to Lung Niec village and explore the area around the village by foot, then have lunch there.
In the afternoon we climb a mountain next to the village that offers a spectacular view over Ban Gioc waterfall and the nearby pagoda. On the way to the mountain top we will visit a limestone cave. From the top we then hike downhill to the waterfall where you have time to enjoy one of most beautiful natural attractions of Vietnam before we head back to the homestay for dinner.
Day 04

Nguom Ngao Cave - Ba Be National Park

Visit a huge cave in Cao Bang before heading to Ba Be

Accommodation: Homestay in Ba Be

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning we visit Nguom Ngao cave. This immense limestone cave has a total length of 2144m and can be comfortably explored by foot on paths that do not need any special equipment. Inside you can admire many jaw-dropping caverns filled with delicate formations of stalactites and stalagmites and observe occasional bats flying around.
After that we drive to Cao Bang and heading to Ba Be national park. 
En route we will stop at Pac Rằng Blacksmith village to see the daily work & life of Nung people.
We arrive homestay in Ba Be in the late afternoon, check in and relax before dinner.
Tonight you will have dinner and stay at Bố Lù village, where Tay people 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 the delicious dinner by Tay woman. Overnight in stilt house 
Day 05

Ba Be Boat Trip – Hanoi

Enjoy the boat trip on Ba Be lake before driving back Hanoi

Accommodation: Not included

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,

After breakfast, you will take a boat ride around Ba Be Lake and along the Nang River until you reach Puong Cave. The river has slowly eroded the karst, eventually breaking through to the other side and leaving behind an astonishing tunnel full of fascinating rock formations. After exploring the cave, you will continue to Cam Ha Village where you can observe the peaceful life of the Tay people amongst the green rice fields before back on the boat, on the return journey, you will visit An Ma Temple to the remote area of Widow Island on the Ba Be Lake for further exploration before cruising back to the wharf.
We drive to Chợ Rã for lunch.
After lunch, we drive straightly back to Hanoi capital. Arrive hotel at about 5.30pm.


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Trip Inclusions
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Private A/c transportation per itinerary
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 4 Night homestay during the trip with daily breakfast
  • Entrance tickets and permits
  • Kayaking on Quay Son river
  • Boat ride on Ba Be Lake
  • Bottled water on the vehicle.
Trip Exclusions
  • Drinks 
  • Tips 
  • Accommodation in Hanoi

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