This adventure through the Northeast and Northwest of Vietnam will give you an unparalleled opportunity to discover a hidden corner of this wonderful country. Drive through spectacular sceneries with visits to markets of mountain tribes, villages and historic sites. You will enjoy and experience this region’s unique culture by visiting Hanoi, Ba Be Lake, Meo Vac, Ha giang, Sapa and Halong Bay. This tour is designed for those who love nature, culture and discovering new lands off the beaten track.

Highlights

  • Float along the lake, viewing magnificent waterfalls and wildlife in the Ba Be National Park. A traditional homestay is the perfect way to access remote parts of this region and to get a real glimpse of Vietnamese life
  • Explore hill tribe’s lifestyle and the breathtaking Ban Gioc Waterfall. The most impressive part of your trip is 30km zigzag road between Dong Van and Meo Vac with breathtaking views of the landscapes
  • Take you off the beaten track in Ha Giang and home stay in local village. Visit lively fair market of Bac Ha gathering ethnic people from different hill tribe villages with colorful costumes
  • Trek through the rolling rice terraces, waterfalls, mountains and lush green hills of Sapa and you’ll quickly realize why this has become an iconic image of Vietnam.
  • Halong Bay feels like paradise, with its blue-green waters and spectacular islands and caves. Spend an overnight cruising and exploring its magical beauty.

Day 1: Hanoi arrival

The car/van will pick you up from Noi Bai airport (in Hanoi) and will take you in the heart of the city. Arrive at the hotel after a 40-minute drive, check in and have a free day to walk around Old Quarter, night market in Hanoi down town.

Overnight in Hanoi hotel located in the old quarter.

Meal: No

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Day 2: Hanoi

07:45 – 08:30: Our bus & tour guide will pick you up at the hotel in Ha Noi old quarter depart to Hanoi city tour full day.

09:00: Visiting first place named Tran Quoc pagoda on the West Lake the oldest pagoda in Vietnam.

09:30: Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Museum to explore the architectural and historical aspects of Uncle Ho’s final resting-place. Just next door is Ho Chi Minh’s house on stilts and lying to one side of the Mausoleum is the One-Pillar Pagoda which was founded by King Ly Thai To in 1049 – the structure has become an important symbol for the people of Hanoi.

11:00: Visit the colorful features of the 54 ethnic groups of Viet Nam in the Ethnology Museum.

13:00: Bus takes you to a local restaurant in Hanoi Old Quarter, have a rest and enjoy the lunch.

14:00:  Visit Temple of Literature, the most famous temple situated in Hanoi, also functioned as Vietnam’s first university. It was first constructed in 1070 under King Ly Nhan Tong and dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. A vast structure that has existed to present day.

15:30: Drive to legendary Hoan Kiem Lake, visit Ngoc Son Temple dedicated to Van Xuong saint and former general commander Tran Hung Dao for his struggle against Mongolians. You also see the beautiful Vietnamese and French architecture around the lake.

16:00: Arrive back to your hotel. Tour ends. Free time for dinner.

Notes:

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & Ethnology Museum are close on Monday and Friday morning.

Meal: B, L

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Day 3: Hanoi – Ba Be National Park

07h00: Pick up from hotel in Hanoi to Ba Be National Park.

12h30: Lunch in Ba Be Lake View homestay, the highest homestay in our village.

14h00: Take a walk to boat station in Pac Ngoi village (1km).

14h30: Enjoy 2 hour boat trip around the lake to Fairy Pond, An Ma temple.

16h30: Swimming in the lake – the most special activity in Ba Be Lake.

17h30: Hiking back to the homestay and have dinner here.

20h00: Enjoy traditional Tay musical performance (excluded). You can share the show with other tourists.

21h00: Overnight at homestay of Tay people’ traditional house-on-stilt.

Meal: B, L, D

Accommodation: Homestay

Day 4: Ba Be Nation Park

20km medium trekking: Pac Ngoi village – Mo, Qua villge – Pac Ngoi

08h00: Have breakfast in homestay.

09h00: Trekking to Mo, Lom village of Tay people in the mountain with the local tour guide (less knowledge of English speaking)

12h30: Stop at the Qua village of Tay people for the lunch.

14h00: Follow the another road to Chay village to come back to homestay.

19h00: Have dinner and stay overnight at the same homestay.

Meal: B, L, D

Accommodation: Homestay

Day 5: Ba Be National Park – Meo Vac

07:00: Have breakfast at homestay. Check out. Departure for Meo Vac.

10:00: Visit to the local market of the Red Dzao and Tay people on the way to Bao Lac town.

11:00: Visit to Bao Lac market, the market of Black Lo Lo and San Chi people.

12:00: Lunch in local restaurant.

13:00: Continue to go to Meo Vac.

16:00: Arrive Meo Vac. Check in hotel. Free to visit Meo Vac town.

19:00: Have dinner in a local resstaurant and overnight in Meo Vac hotel.

Meal: B, L, D

Accommodation: 2 star hotel

Day 6: Meo Vac – Dong Van – Yen Minh – Quan Ba – Ha Giang

07:00: Have breakfast.

07:30: Enjoy Meo Vac market in the morning (Sunday only).

09:00: Continue to explore Karst Plateau Geo-park with deep green Nho Que River and the most dangerous mountain pass – Ma Pi Leng.

11:00: Stop for the Vuong’s Villa to know more about the life-time of the H’Mong people and the King Vuong Chi Sinh.

12:30: Have lunch in local restaurant.

14:30: Visit to Lung Tam village – the sewing handicraft village of H’Mong people.

15:30: Arrive Quan Ba. Visit to Quan Ba Fairy Bosom Mount.

17:00: Arrive Ha Giang. Check in Truong Xuan Resort.

19:00: Have dinner and stay in Ha Giang.

Meal: B, L, D

Accommodation: Truong Xuan Resort

Day 7: Ha Giang – Bac Ha

After breakfast at the hotel, we leave Ha Giang at 7:30 for Bac Ha Town (~ 240 km, 6 hours driving), you will arrive in the late afternoon. If enough time, on the way to Bac Ha, we can stop at Thai Giang Pho village of flower Hmong people for short visiting. You will have a chance to explore the reality of life for the ethnic minority people in the mountains of Vietnam… Check in your hotel for relaxation. Dinner on your own and overnight at your homestay.

Meal: B, L, D

Accommodation: Homestay

Day 8: Bac Ha – Coc Ly Market – Sapa

Leave Bac Ha early at 6:30 AM for ethnic weekly market; enjoy the peaceful life of different minority peoples (Flower H’mong, Black Dzao, Tay, Dzay, HaNhi and Nung). The market is the chance for the minorities to meet and share joy and sorrows after the crops, to exchange one another’s experience. Say goodbye to the market and get down onto a boat along Chay river. You are bound to feel great and find yourselves smaller among high rock mountains and to be surprised at white and breathtakingly waterfalls. The Fairy Cave is located deeply in the rocks. Get off the boat to visit a village of the Tay Minority (TrungDo village) by the river. After the boat trip, visit a small town – Bao Nhai and then take car back to Sapa. Dinner in your own and overnight in Sapa.

Remark: Coc Ly market is held on every Tuesday morning only. Other markets are held in the region on some other days of the week: Sin Cheng & Cao Son are on every Wednesday; Lung Khau Nhin & Muong Khuong are on every Thursday; Can Cau market is on every Saturday morning and Bac Ha Market is on every Sunday morning. Depending on your traveling dates, another market visiting will be arranged rather than Coc Ly market

Meal: B, L

Accommodation: 2 star hotel

Day 9: Sapa

6km of walking down to the south east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. A 2km-trekking down to Lao Chai village, through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people. Lunch at a local family, it gives you a worth chance for you to learn about the local house architecture which is full of their daily life styles and exclusive custom. Enjoy the landscapes…on the way. Get back to Sapa by Car.

Meal: B, L

Accommodation: 2 star hotel

Day 10: Sapa – Lao Cai – Hanoi

This morning, you will take a short transfer to the small village of Sin Chai, inhabited by Black H’mong people. You will walk around and experience the daily life of the villagers. Continue to walk out of the village, following a trail running through rice paddy and corn hill along a narrow river, enjoying the spectacular scenery surrounding. Return the Sapa for lunch, relaxing before transfer back Hanoi by car. Arrive Hanoi in the evening, dinner in your own and overnight in Hanoi Hotel.

Meal: B, L

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Day 11: Hanoi – Halong Bay

07:00: Have breakfast at hotel.

07.45  –  8:30: The shutter bus will pick you up from your hotel  in Hanoi and heading to northeast of Vietnam. At the middle of the way, we have a quick stop to stretch your leg and refresh then continue our way to Halong Bay.

12.30: Arrive  in cruise office  in Hon Gai Pier, have a bit time to relax and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee. Wait for our captain and transfer by tender to cruise.

12.45: Enjoy welcome drink and spend a couple minutes to briefing about safety on boat and activities included then we check in our cabin.

13.30: Delicious Vietnamese set menu will be served while leisurely cruising further into Bai Tu Long Bay.

15.00: Arrive in  kayaking area  –  that is Cap La Island. Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature, swimming and relaxing.

17.30: Get back to the boat and enjoys Sunset party while our cruise sailing to the overnight anchorage.

19.00: Sumptuous set-dinner onboard.

20.30: Free time  to challenge yourself in Vietnamese puzzle games, or gather your group/family for a board game; try your luck with squid fishing or simply has a cocktail and enjoy the quiet night on the bay.

Meal: B, L, D

Accommodation: Overnight on boat

Day 12: Halong Bay – Hanoi 

06.00: Start your day with a Tai Chi routine on sundeck or catch a morning  view of Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee.

07.00: Breakfast will be served in Western style and furthermore with Vietnamese popular breakfast – Pho.

08.00: Explore the well hidden  Thien Canh Son  Cave  and  enjoy a white sandy beach at Hon Co Island, swimming or kayaking.

09.30: Upon return to the boat you will have about 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing.

10.00: Attend in a Vietnamese cooking demonstration. You can quickly learn a simple but delicious Vietnamese dish that Gordon Ramsey (a 2 Michelin Star Chef) used to guide – Nem Cuon.

11.00: Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch on boat.

12.00: Back to the harbor and disembark in Hon Gai pier.

12.30: Farewell Halong Bay then our bus will take you back to Hanoi.

17.00: Drop off at your hotel.

18:00: Free time for dinner.

Meal: B, L

Accommodation: 3 star hotel

Day 13: Hanoi departure

After having breakfast at your hotel, you have free time until we pick you up to transfer to the airport.

Meal: B

Accommodation: No

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in TWN/ DBL sharing except overnight at local homestay or on train
  • All transport and transfer by air conditioned vehicle (including airport pick up & see off), as per itinerary
  • All in-tour stationed local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the program

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