Deep feeling of Vietnam Northern routes
About this experience
The northeast region of Vietnam is well known among adventurous travelers for its magnificent landscape and vibrant cultural mix of different ethnic groups. This tour is designed to give you a complete sense of landscape and cultures in the northern mountainous Vietnam with four representatives: Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Bac Kan and Thai Nguyen. You will have opportunities to join on bamboo rafting, climb mountains, ride along breathtaking mountain passes, take part in exciting trekkings, visit ancient temples, caves and local markets, travel along the Chinese border, and head to some of the biggest waterfalls nationwide. Alternating road travels and activities are overnight stays with local families to experience ethnic life.
- Be amazed by the spectacular Dong Van karst plateau in Ha Giang
- Visit Ban Gioc Waterfall, a must-see in the northern areas, which is mesmerizing with its breathtaking view and rich cultures of Tay people.
- Immerse yourself in the wild nature of Ba Be National Park, which is made up of rich tropical forests centred around a large natural freshwater lake and soaring limestone karsts laced with caves and grottoes
- Get lost in Bac Ha Market with its vibrant colors from different ethnic groups: Flower H’mong, Phu La, Black Dzao, Tay, Nung, etc.
- Enjoy local food with your warm-hearted local hosts. Each stay will give you a unique experience of different ethnic cultures.
Your positive contribution
This tour connects community-based tourism destinations into one program that partly contributes to improving the quality of life for local residences. The aim is to provide most authentic experiences possible for visitors while on the other hand, local people benefit from it. This is directly achieved through offering of homestay accommodations and other tourism-related services.
Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang – Quan Ba (L/D)
Morning: Hotel pick-up at 6 a.m. Arrive at Ha Giang city by noon.
Afternoon: After lunch, we will enter the Rocky Plateau and soon you’ll be amazed by the spectacular rocky fields scattered on mountains of Quan Ba district. In Quan Ba, you will get to see Twin Mountains (Nui Doi) – a symbolic image of Quan Ba, and then descend Lung Tam hemp weaving village to explore the local traditional craftsmanship. Drive through the Can Ty valley, along the Mien river to meet with H’Mong, Nung ethnic people. When the sun sets, we’ll stay in Nam Dam village, Quan Ba district.
Evening: Join with your host in dinner cooking with local ingredients. After dinner, you can freely walk around the village for exploration or heal your sore body with Red Dao’s herbal hot tub.
Day 2: Quan Ba – Lung Cu – Dong Van (B/L/D)
Morning: After breakfast, we will continue our journey to Dong Van Geopark on the way to Lung cu flagpole, the Northernmost point of Vietnam. You will be wowed by the stunning landscape with low valleys and high mountains, dyed in the yellow bright sun. Any corner can be a perfect background for your pictures.
Afternoon: Have lunch en route. We will then make a stop at a H’mong Village in Lung Cam commune where a movie called “Pao’s story” was set. In Sa Phin, we’ll visit the residence of the Vuong Family, known as “Hmong King’s Palace”, which was built in 1920 along the lines of a traditional Chinese courtyard house.
Upon arrival at Dong Van, after check-in, you have free time to walk around the small town. If enough time, you can have a short trek to Don Cao, a top mountain bunker built by French military in the wartime to control the area.
Evening: Have dinner and chill out in the Dong Van ancient town. Overnight in a homestay.
Day 3: Dong Van – Meo Vac – Ba Be (B/L/D)
Morning – afternoon: Spending free time in the morning after breakfast to wander around the town. We will depart for Ba Be National Park at around 10am and make a stop at Bao Lac village for a short visit and lunch. Continue snaking through mountain passes and lush forests we will reach the Park.
Evening: Spend time getting to know the area and stay overnight at homestay in Pac Ngoi village of Tay ethnic people
Day 4: Ba Be – Cao Bang (B/L/D)
Morning – afternoon: After breakfast, you’ll have a boat trip on the emerald Ba Be lake surrounded by limestone mountains and lush vegetation. Keep rowing to reach the scenic Dau Dang waterfall and visit mysterious Puong cave inhabited by thousands of bats. At the end of the boat trip, our car is waiting to depart for Cao Bang.
Evening: Upon arrival, we will visit Pac Rang blacksmith village (or Phia Thap, incense making village – depending on time and arrangement) and stay overnight at homestay there.
Day 5: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc – Bac Son (B/L/D)
Morning – Afternoon: Get up early to visit Khuoi Ky stone village of Tay people where all the houses are built of stone. Continue to visit Nguom Ngao cave and spectacular Ban Gioc waterfall with its untouched beauty then depart for Bac Son, a beautiful valley in Lang Son province.
Evening: Stay overnight with a local family in Lang Son province.
Day 6: Bac Son – Ha Noi (B/L)
Morning: Make a short tour around the village to see how villagers do farming or daily activities. Then climb up the highest mountain – the Na Lay peak for panoramic view over the valley. From above, the valley looks like a picture of green paradise with zigzag river runs crossing the village fertilizing the rice fields, and isolated from the outside by high peak mountains.
Afternoon: Lunch is cooked and served by your host before heading to Hanoi. End the tour.
✓ Private car
✓ Meals as mentioned
✓ Professional and enthusiastic English-speaking guide
✓ Entrance fees
✓ Travel insurance
✓ Fresh water on the car: 01 bottle / person/ day
✓ Border fee for foreigners
✓ 5 night-stay in homestay (shared space)
✘ Personal expense
✘ Tips for driver and tour guide 2 USD/ person/ day
✘ VAT Tax (10%)
✘ Other activities that are not mentioned in the tour
✘ Facilitator in other languages available upon request with extra cost
- Starting time: Car pick-up at 6.00 a.m (1st day)
- Meeting point: Your hotel
- What to bring: warm coat, umbrella/hat, raincoat, comfortable shoes personal hygiene kit, some essential medicine, passport.
- Who can join the tour: this tour is suitable for adults. Children accompanied by their parents should have good health conditions.
What's the weather like?
- Depending on the altitude, climate will change. The province is good to visit throughout the year. September to November and March to May are when the temperature is most pleasurable, in their mid 20’s.
- December and a bit into February the temperature falls, especially in the mountains so carry some good clothing.
- October and November is peak season for local Vietnamese tourists.
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