North Vietnam Off Beaten Track

HanoiSapaBa Be Lake
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Trip code: VN9VO

Departure Point: Hanoi, Vietnam

Travel Styles: Adventure

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

Trip overview

We would like to tailor-made this amazing 9 day off beaten track for the independent travellers who love nature and are interested in the cultural diversity of Vietnam. We commence with Mai Chau, a mountainous area of outstanding natural beauties then continue to the excellent trekking in Sapa, home to a great diversity of ethnic minority groups.
The journey bring you to Ba Be area, considered as the 'Ha Long Bay of the mountains' followed by the real Ha Long Bay, one of New 7 wonders of the world as well as UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. This amazing trip designed for .

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    Tour itinerary

    Day 1 Hanoi - Mai Chau (L/D)

    Your tour guide and driver will collect you from the hotel in Hanoi and transfer to Mai Chau Village in Hoa Binh Province, a journey with spectacular views around every bend. Upon arrival in Mai Chau Village, you can take a short walk to meet some of the ethnic Thai community. You will have lunch in a local home.

    In the afternoon, you take a bicycle ride to the surrounding the villages to see the farmers work in the paddy rice fields, lose your self in the pure atmosphere of the mountainous area.

    The dinner is served by local host followed Thai traditional culinary whilst enjoy unique performance dance of beautiful Thai ladies. Overnight in resort of Mai Chau.

    Hanoi to Mai Chau: 149km (5 hours)

    Day 2 Mai Chau - Hanoi - Sapa (B/L)

    Dawn is one of the most beautiful times in Mai Chau, as the sun creeps over the valley and the local people get ready for the day ahead. For the early risers, taking part in the morning routine or taking a stroll around the village is a great way to experience the local culture.

    You can then enjoy breakfast with the local families before setting off to visit a nearby cave. The 1000 step cave is aptly named for its position high up overlooking the valley. After conquering the towering staircase, you will be rewarded with an enchanting cave and breathtaking views of the valley below.

    You will also have the chance to visit a local market before being driven back to Hanoi. You are free to leave your luggage safely in our office while you look around Hanoi and find some tasty dinner.

    Our English speaking assistant will meet you and take you to Hanoi Train Station where you will board the 21:55 sleeper train to Lao Cai Province then get to Sapa Town in the following morning.

    Train to Lao Cai from Hanoi: 261km (10 hours)

    Day 3 Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai (B/L/D)

    The sleeper train will arrive in Lao Cai Rail Station around 06:00 A.M where your guide will pick you up and take you to Sapa Town. You will stop in a hotel in Sapa for a spot of breakfast before beginning the trekking at around 10:00.

    The first stretch of the trek is along the road but soon veers off onto a small path which descends into a valley. At the bottom, you will find the Muong Hoa River which you will follow to the Black H'Mong village of Lao Chai.

    The Black H’mong are one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area with a rich and well-preserved culture.  After this, you will continue your hike to Ta Van village to visit a Zay community.

    The Dzay is a fairly small minority group living mainly in the mountainous areas of Northwest Vietnam. Here you can experience the tradition Dzay house, made of wood with a clay floor, as you have dinner and spend the night in with a local family in Ta Van Village.

    Lao Cai Rail Station to Sapa: 63km (2 hours)

    Day 4 Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Sapa - Hanoi (B/L/D)

    After breakfast in homestay, you will trek to Giang Ta Chai to visit the Red Dao community. The traditional outfits of the Red Dao are striking with colourfully embroidered clothes decorated with coins.

    They also wear a bright red scarf wrapped high around their heads and some choose to shave their eyebrows because of a local legend You will also visit a beautiful waterfall near to the village.

    After, you will drive back to Lao Cai City where you can have a shower and relax before embarking on the night train back to Hanoi.

    Day 5 Hanoi - Ba Be Lake (B/L/D)

    You will arrive back in Hanoi at around 06:00 where you will be taken to your hotel.You will be collected from your hotel in Hanoi at 07:30 to begin the journey north towards Ba Be National Park.

    You will stop for lunch on the way in a village before continuing the journey through the mountains and tea plantations to Ba Be National Park. This amazing area features a vast green lake in the middle of a rich, green forest surrounded by karst peaks.

    You will then travel to the Tay village of Coc Toc, with its beautiful stilt houses and friendly population of Tay people, who make their living by fishing and farming.

    You will stay in the homestay of a local family where you can enjoy their wonderful hospitality and have some time in the evening to explore the beautiful surroundings. You will have the option to walk or borrow a bicycle or kayak to explore the area.

    Hanoi to Ba Be: 211km (4h15)

    Day 6 Ba Be Lake - Hanoi (B/L)

    After breakfast, starting enjoy a walk around the lake shore taking in the view of the sun rising over the mountains and lakes. Then climb up to a vantage point to appreciate the view from above.

    Continue your adventure to Hua Ma Cave, one of the most untravelled caves not only in the north but in the whole of Vietnam, left undisturbed for years because of local legend.

    The last site of the trek is Silk Waterfall, a great place to take a refreshing dip in the cool waters.

    The lunch is served at a local restaurant along the trekking road before arrive back to Hanoi in the late afternoon for checking-in your hotel.

    Day 7 Hanoi - Halong Bay (B/L/D)

    Departing from your hotel in Hanoi for a 4 hour drive UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site of astonishingly beautiful Halong Bay after leaving behind the bustle city. Upon arrival, embark on a pretty junk welcomed with cool tissue and fruit juice by our staff before check-in your private cabin.

    Enjoy Vietnamese lunch while sailing through the thousand "dragon pearls" with unique shapes. In the afternoon set anchor to explore Sung Sot (Surprising) Cave. There will also be time to kayak, swim or relax on deck whilst watching the sunset. In the evening, ready to enjoy a splendid dinner followed by drinks, karaoke or fishing, whichever you prefer.

    Hanoi to Halong Bay: 200km (4 hours)

    Day 8 Halong Bay - Cat Ba Island - Monkey Island (B/L/D)

    If you are an early riser, you can enjoy the sunrise over Halong Bay. You will then travel by boat to Gia Luan harbour on Cat Ba Island where you will drive through Cat Ba National Park enjoying the tropical flowers and trees along the way.

    From Ben Beo Harbour, you will go by boat through Lan Ha Bay visiting Cai Beo floating Village, one of the oldest in Vietnam. You will check-in to Monkey Island Resort and enjoy lunch in the beach restaurant.

    In the afternoon you are free to kayak, play football or volleyball or enjoy the entertainment area. There is a lovely walk up the mountain where you will have a panoramic view of Monkey Island and Lan Ha Bay. You may even see monkeys playing on the beach.

    Overnight in Monkey Island Resort bungalow.

    Day 9 Halong Bay - Hanoi (B/L)

    Beach exercise or swimming are a great (but not compulsory) way to start the morning on Monkey Island. After breakfast, you will check out and transfer by boat to Cat Ba Town.

    A bus will take you to Gia Luan Pier where you will embark on a boat back, this time taking a different route to Halong Bay giving you another chance to enjoy the amazing islets and dramatic scenery. Once you disembark then drive back to Hanoi where your tour will end.

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