Vivacious Northern Vietnam

HanoiHa GiangDong Van TownMeo VacNguom Ngao CaveBa Be Lake
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Trip code: VN6B

Departure Point: Hanoi, Vietnam

Travel Styles: Adventure

Duration: 6 days / 5 nights

Trip overview

This tour will take you to the mountainous areas of North-eastern of Vietnam where photographers, amateurs or professionals, will encounter breath-taking natural landscapes, colorful ethnic minorities and authentic experiences all year round.
Vietnam’s northernmost province of Ha Giang offers some of the most striking sceneries with the rock formations and bizarre landscape in Dong Van rock plateau, a UNESCO World Geopark. Other highlights of the tour includes the beautiful of Ban Gioc Waterfall on the Sino-Vietnamese border and Ba Be National Park with homestay and kayaking on Ba Be Lake, one of the rare karsts mountain lakes in the world which never dries up.

Tour highlights

  • Staying in local ethnic villages
  • Soaking in amazing landscape of the unique rocky plateau
  • Visiting to the palace of the former H'mong king
  • Driving over Ma Pi Leng, the most spectacular mountain pass in Vietnam
  • Mingling with traditionally dressed locals in ethnic minority villages
  • Visiting Ban Gioc Waterfall and Nguom Ngao Cave
  • Taking a boat trip on picturesque Ba Be lake

Trip Inclusions

    • Accommodation in shared twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom at hotels as mentioned
    • Homestay at villages with simple accommodation as mentioned 
    • Meals as stated in the program without beverage (B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner)
    • Transfers and tours with local English in private air-conditioned vehicles
    • Permits to the border areas in Ha Giang and Cao Bang Provinces
    • All entrance fees and boat fees as mentioned in the program

Trip Exclusions

    • All airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
    • Early check-in, late check-out surcharge
    • Personal expenses (phone call, laundry, tipping etc.)
    • Any services not mentioned in the program.

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    Tour itinerary

    Day 1 Hanoi - Ha Giang (L/D)

    Pick up early at your hotel and today you will set off on a full day journey to Ha Giang. Enjoy beautiful landscape along the way. You will stop in Quan Ba District, this area is wonderful weather around year, then process passing Cong Troi (Sky Gate) where you can visit sky, Nui Doi (Fairy Bosom).

    The nature has granted here a wonderful place called “Fairy Bosom”, it is two tops of the limestone mountain. Its shape is the same as “two breasts” of the girl, lie in the middle of the field in Quan Ba. This actually is an unique landscape of Tam Son in particular and Dong Van karst plateau Geopark in general..

    Break in Yen Minh Town and have lunch at local restaurant.

    Afternoon arrive in Tien Thang Village in the suburb of Ha Giang City, check in your homestay where  you enjoy local dinner and spend the night.

    This is an old and beautiful Tay ethnic minority village that well preserves the identity, cultural traditions and architecture. The village's picturesque scene boasts lush palm leaves resembling thousands of green suns overshadowing beautiful Tay houses on stilts.

    Overnight on traditional stilt house (simple accommodation with western toilet located separately from the house

    Ha Giang to Quan Ba: 70km (2,45 hours)

    Quan Ba to Tien Thang Village: 60km (2 hours)

    Day 2 Ha Giang - Dong Van Rock Plateau (B/L/D)

    This morning you will enjoy the breakfast served by homestay then head for a spectacular 1-hour drive northwest out of Ha Giang Town towards this northernmost tip of Vietnam – Dong Van Rock Plateau, a land of rugged mountains and beautiful hill tribe villages which have remained unchanged for centuries locates in remote region of Dong Van and Meo Vac, has been enlisted by UNESCO as a World Geopark.

    We drop in a former H'mong royal house at Sa Phin, the palace of Vuong Chi Sinh, the king of H’mong tribe hill group, is a primary attraction of the region.

    This is a unique architectural work built on a hill shaped a tortoise. The architectural masterpiece was built in 8 years with the cost of 150,000 white silver.

    Continue to Dong Van Town, you can see the blend of the hill tribe people's colorful costumes and the majestic mountainous scenery by the window of the car along the way. The scenery might make this long and sometimes bumpy trip an unforgettable experience.

    Accommodation at Hoa Cuong Hotel in Dong Van

    Ha Giang to Dong Van: 150km (5 hours)

    Meals included:

    Breakfast at home-stay

    Lunch and dinner at local restaurant

    Day 3 Dong Van - Meo Vac - Cao Bang (B/L/D)

    Have time to visit Dong Van Townlet before continuing to Meo Vac via the stunning Ma Pi Leng mountain pass. It took tens of thousands of young volunteers from all over Vietnam painstakingly joined hands in building this short section of road to help bring happiness to the local peoples hence the name of the road.

    Meo Vac is inhabited mostly by the Lo Lo and Pu Peo ethnic minority peoples. They still retain their centuries old cultural traditions and are recognizably distinct from each other by their dress.

    Afterlunch at local restaurant, continue driving to Cao Bang. The province boasts several places of historical interest linking to the national liberation course as well as many natural attractions.

    Apart from the relics with connection to the revolutionary activities of Ho Chi Minh, there are several other significant tourist attractions which include the Mac Dynasty's Temple, Nguom Ngao Cave, Thang Hen Mountain Lake and Ban Gioc waterfall.

    Enjoy landscape along the road. Upon arrival in Cao Bang, check in the hotel and have leisure time for your own discovery of this charming city by the bank of Bang Giang River. Dinner at local restaurant.

    Accommodation at Bang Giang Hotel

    Dong Van to Meo Vac: 42km (1,5 hours)

    Meo Vac to Cao Bang: 170km (6 hours)



    Day 4 Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfall - Nguom Ngao Cave (B/L/D)

    Early visit to Cao Bang market, then drive to visit Ban Gioc waterfall in Trung Khanh District. Ban Gioc waterfall lies on the natural border between Vietnam and China and is said to be the 4th largest waterfall along a national border in the world (the other three are Iguazu Falls, Victoria Falls, and Niagara Falls).

    The falls occur on the Quay Son River, a beautiful jade-blue body of water, flowing through a pastoral landscape of rice fields and bamboo groves, surrounded by limestone pinnacles.

    Ban Gioc is 30 metres high and 300 metres across, making Ban Gioc the widest – but not the highest – waterfall in the country.

    After lunch at local restaurant, proceed on to visit Nguom Ngao Cave which is located about 3km from the water fall.

    Local people discovered the cave in 1921 but the cave was not officially opened to tourists until 2006 when paths were built to lead visitors to many corners of the cave. It takes about one hour to stroll around inside the cave.

    The great work of nature created attractive stalactites of which some look like human bodies, some look like forest trees and animals of fairy tales. The most impressive ones are those that form an upside-down lotus chandelier, which is nestled a little below the path.

    Check-in homestay close to the cave where your dinner is served by local host.

    Meals included:

    Breakfast at hotel

    Cao Bang to Ban Gioc: 90km (2 hours)

    Ban Gioc to Nguom Ngao: 4km (15 minutes)

    Day 5 Ban Gioc - Ba Be National Park (B/L/D)

    Today, the journey takes you through the rolling hills and the picturesque scenery to Ba Be National Park, recognized by UNESCO as the third Ramsar site in Vietnam, an important wetland of the world in 2011. Lunch at local restaurant on the way to Bac Kan Province.

    Check-on homestay of Tay ethnic at upon arrival in Ba Be National Park, take a boat trip to visit Puong Cave a large cave in the north of the park through which the Nang River flows. The main cave is up to 50 meters high and about 300 meters long

    Continue the boat trip on Ba Be Lake. The legendary Widow Island is a small, cone-shaped islet near the center of the southern lake.

    According to the local myth, the islet was once the home of an old widow who was spared from a flood through divine intervention. 

    Back to homestay and take a bath before enjoy traditional cuisine of Tay people for dinner.

    *Homestay is a simple accommodation with western toilet located separately from the house.

    Ban Gioc to Ba Be: 200km (5 hours)


    Day 6 Ba Be - Hanoi (B/L)

    In the morning, wake up early to get inhale the pure atmosphere of the on mountain lake before enjoy the breakfast at homestay. Then stroll through some ethnic villages in the national park, visit Pac Ngoi village by the lake, then visit Hua Ma Cave.

    Have lunch at local restaurant and start journey back to Hanoi. Upon arrival, drop off at your hotel.

    Ba Be to Hanoi: 215km (4,5 hours)

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