Off-beatent track to North-east of Vietnam – 11 days
Activity Level: Moderate & Adventure
Group size: Private Tour
Tour date: Daily
Up to the north has some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. You will visit, the amazing rice paddy of Sapa and Hoang Su Phi or Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geo park in Ha Giang Province where has many gigantic beautiful sceneries, diverse and endemic geological system. Besides the beautiful scenery, you also experience and explore the lives of ethnic minorities. Then, the trip take you to visit spectacular Ban Gioc waterfall and Bac Son valley – “The Green Paradise on…
Day 1: Hanoi arrival – Night train to Lao Cai.
Upon on your arrival at the airport, you are picked up then transferred to Hanoi Train Station for your night train to Lao Cai which departs at 10:00 P.M
Accommodation: 4 berth soft sleeper train cabin.
Day 2 : Lao Cai – Sapa – Love Waterfall – Golden Stream – Tram Ton Pass – Off beaten trek from Ban Khoan to Ta Phin Village (16km trekking, 4 – 5 hour trekking). B,L,D
Upon on your arrival at the Lao Cai Train Station, you are picked up then transferred to Sapa by our driver. Picking up at your hotel lobby again at 09:30 A.M then we have a 30 minute drive takes you to Tram Ton Pass at the height of 2,100 meters above sea level where great views are offered of the surrounding mountain and lush forests of the Hoang Lien National Park. From there you will trek an hour through forest, along Golden Stream to the Love Waterfall. It is the best place for relax in Sapa. Then return Tram Ton for a short drive to get to Ban Khoan village where you descend on foot through a valley and cross a river. Heading and climbing to village of Ban Khoan of Red Dao minority. You ger great opportunities to discover the traditional life and daily activities of local people there. After lunch, our trek will be taken through the corn-farm and the rainy forests in order to get to Ta Phin village of Red Dzao and Black Hmong tribe. There is more chance for you to get to know more about local hill-tribes as visit their home, communicate with them, experience some of their daily activities. Check in the home stay then join into herbal bath soaking which helps you relax.
Accommodation: home stay.
Day 3: Ta Phin village – Ta Seng Village – Mong Sen Village – Bac Ha Town (13km trekking, 3,5 – 4 hour trekking) B,L,D
After having breakfast in Taphin village, we follow untouched trails through Red Dzao of Taxeng and Mongseng villages which is about 10km from Taphin. You will have a rest next to beautiful stream in the jungle. And then we keep walking along the beautiful landscape of the mountain . We will reach Tacko at noon where we meet the car for transfer for to Lao cai for your lunch. After hat we will have 1,5 hour driving to Bac Ha. Check in the hotel then you are free at your leisure.
Accommodation: Ngan Nga Hotel.
Day 4: Bac Ha – Hoang Su Phi (10km trekking, 3-4 hour trekking) B,L,D
After breakfast, you will be transferred to a trekking point for an easy walk to visit a Tay ethnic minority who live on stilt houses. After strolling through the village, you will arrive at a bank of Chay River, if the river water level is high enough, you will take a short boat trip downstream on the River to enjoy the beautiful scenery from the river sides. Get back to the main road for a drive towards Ha Giang province. You will have some stops on the way to take photos of the landscape and short walks to visit some villages. Lunch on the way at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will get on a car for being transferred to Hoang Su Phi Town, check in the hotel then you are free at your leisure.
Accommodation: Panhouse Village
Day 5: Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang (2,5 hour driving) B,L,D
This morning you are free at your leisure to relax then check out the room at 12:00 P.M to have lunch before having 2,5 hours driving to Ha Giang City. Upon on arrival, check in the hotel then you are free at your leisure.
Accommodation: Truong Xuan Resort.
Day 6: Ha Giang – Dong Van (B,L,D)
The remote region of Dong Van and Meo Vac is a land of rugged mountains and beautiful hill tribe villages which have remained unchanged for centuries. Today we head northwest out of Ha Giang Town towards this northernmost tip of Vietnam. The former H’mong royal house at Sa Phin is a primary attraction of the region, but the blend of the hill tribe people’s colourful costumes and the majestic mountainous scenery make this long and sometimes bumpy trip an unforgettable experience. Stop at Quang Ba Pass for photo apportunity before continuing our trip to Dong Van. Upon on your arrival, we have a short walk to visit Thien Huong Village. Tonight, we spend our night at the hotel in Dong Van.
Accommodation: Hoa Cuong Hotel.
Day 7: Dong Van hiking – Ma Phi Leng Pass – Meo Vac (B,L,D)
The hike for today is through remote and beautiful countryside of Dong Van where we pass through several villages along tracks used by the local people. We are rewarded with a brilliant backdrop of picturesque valleys covered in rice paddies. The H’mong and Hoa people, who are the local ethnic minorities, exhibit their friendliness through their colorful clothing and warm hospitality. Return to Dong Van in the afternoon then we drive the scenic journey up through rugged outcrops to the beautiful town of Meo Vac. Set amongst towering mountains, Meo Vac is home to some H’mong and Hoa farming families. Upon on your arrival, check in the hotel
Accommodation: Hoa Cuong Hotel.
Day 8: Meo Vac – Cao Bang (B,L,D)
Having breakfast at the nearby restaurant then we have a short visit to Meo Vac Market where the locals shop before returning to their eagle nestwe check out the hotel then we continue snaking through the mountains, cross the river, and arrive in the village of Bao Lac, where you can have lunch at the local restaurant before continuing our trip to Cao Bang. Arriving in Cao Bang in the afternoon, check in the hotel then we are free at your leisure
Accommodation: Thanh Loan Hotel
Day 9: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Ba Be National Park (B,L,D)
Having breakfast at the hotel then we will depart for Ban Gioc waterfall, which is closed to Vietnam’s northern border with China. On the way to Ban Gioc Waterfall, you will see many terraced rice paddies dotted with some houses creating a peaceful and poetic landscape. Arriving at Ban Gioc Waterfall after two hour driving, you will marvel at its spectacular beauty, which is worth to be the Vietnam’s most beautiful waterfall. After spending some time relaxing and taking nice photos, you will visit Nguom Ngao Cave, listen to its interesting legends. Finally, we will have two hours driving to Ba Be National Park. Check in the homestay then we are free to relax
Day 10: Ba Be National Park (B,L,D)
After having breakfast, take a boat on Ba Be Lake and explore the lake referred to as “Ha Long Bay on the mountains”. During the boat trip you will visit the Puong Grotto and the Dau Dang waterfall. The scenery surrounding the lake is breathtaking landscape.
In the afternoon, you will take a trek to observe the local communities, exploring their daily life,
By late afternoon you will return to your local Tay ethnic minority house, where you enjoy dinner and stay overnight tonight.
Accommodation: home stay
Day 11: Ba Be National Park – Hanoi (B,L,D)
Having breakfast at the homestay then we will have 4,5 hour driving back to Hanoi or Noi Bai Airport
Since this is private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give you as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!
The service is inclusive of:
• Private car transfer along the trip with experienced driver
• All accommodation on the trip
• English speaking guide (other luggage upon request)
• Meals as listed in the itinerary: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
• All entranced and permission
• Two bottles of mineral water per person per day
• One way train tickets Hanoi – Lao cai
• Boat trip
• Food & accommodation for the guide and driver
The service is excluded:
• Visa to Vietnam
• International and domestic airfare
• Other meals and drinks
• Other optional and activities not on the package
• Travel insurance, personal expense
• Your hotel accommodation in Hanoi
What to take:
Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, hiking shoes and small day pack, warm clothes in the winter time (from November to March).
It is essential to bring your passort on this trip. We also recommend packing: personal articles, insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat, sun hat,…