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6-Day Off The Beaten Track Tour of North Vietnam from Hanoi

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    Day 1: Day 1 Ha Noi - Ha Giang (L, D)

    Stop At: Home stay Hạ Thành Hà Giang, Hạ Thành - Bản Lúp, Phương Độ, Hà Giang, Vietnam
    Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi at around 8am. We will set out towards Ha Giang via Tuyen Quang, passing countless tea plantations, mountains and ethnic minority villages along the way. You will have lunch at a local restaurant in Tuyen Quang, before arriving in Ha Giang in the late afternoon. Time permitting, you can explore the town and meet the local people before you’re served dinner and stay overnight in a local Tay house.

    Accommodation: Homestay in Ha Giang

    Meal: Lunch, Dinner at local restaurant.
    Duration: 5 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: A local Tay house in Ha Giang

    Day 2: Day 2 Ha Giang - Dong Van (B, L, D)

    Stop At: Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, Sa Phin, Ha Giang 310000 Vietnam
    As we set out from Ha Giang after getting our permit from the immigration office, your journey to Dong Van will be filled with spectacular landscapes in the form of a series of long passes. En route you will stop for lunch at the small and beautiful mountain village of Tam Son, before heading to the majestic “King of the H’mong Palace”, a fortress built by a local chief, Vuong Chin Duc, who allied himself with French forces against the Viet Minh. Built in the 1900’s, this palace was designed in the style of ancient Chinese architecture dating to the Qing era, and it was made from materials such as solid stone blocks, wood and terracotta tiles. You will arrive in Dong Van at around 6pm, at which time you will have dinner at a local restaurant and stay overnight in a hotel.

    Accommodation : Hotel in Dong Van

    Meal: Breakfast at homestay. Lunch, Dinner at local restaurant.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Dong Van

    Day 3: Day 3 Dong Van - Ma Phi Leng - Meo Vac - Cao Bang (B, L, D)

    Stop At: Ma Pi Leng Pass, Meo Vac, Ha Giang 310000 Vietnam
    You’ll start the day off with breakfast and a visit to the Dong Van Market, where locals come from all the surrounding villages to purchase and trade for essentials they cannot produce themselves. Then you will be making the trek up to Pu Lo fortress which was built in 1890 and evacuated in 1945. From here you can enjoy spectacular views of the entire region, before climbing 15 km to the top of Ma Pi Leng Pass, through a gigantic maze of limestone peaks, stone forests, and canyons before descending into the valley of Meo Vac. You will then descend into the valley of Meo Vac, visiting Meo Vac Market before continuing on the snaking road through the mountains, crossing the river, and arriving in Cao Bang. You will have dinner and spend the night in Cao Bang.

    Accommodation: Hotel in Cao Bang

    Meal: Breakfast at hotel. Lunch, Dinner at local restaurant
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Hotel in Cao Bang

    Day 4: Day 4 Cao Bang- Ban Gioc Waterfall (B, L, D)

    Stop At: Ban Gioc Falls, Trung Khanh, Cao Bang 22000 Vietnam
    This day is likely to be your highlight of the tour, as we take you to one of the most incredible natural wonders in Northern Vietnam; Ban Gioc Waterfall. The drive here from Cao Bang is roughly two hours, and this breath-taking 300-metre wide cascade sits right on the border between China and Vietnam, amidst a beautiful mountainous landscape. While you’re here you can spend your time relaxing in the glow of the natural beauty, take some amazing photos, and board a bamboo boat that will take you so close to the falls you’ll feel the spray on your face, practically sitting at the very edge of Vietnam, so close to China that you can actually touch it. After enjoying the waterfall, you will venture deep underground into the magical Nguom Ngao Cave to discover the rock formations which have been carved by erosion over millennia. After visiting the waterfall and cave, you will travel down a beautiful road which is unknown to many, which winds through the mountains before reaching the Nung village of Quang Uyen. You will be welcomed by Mr. Hung Dao, an amazingly friendly blacksmith, before having dinner at his house and settling in for the night in this cosy traditional Nung house.

    Accomodation : Homestay in Quang Uyen

    Meal: Breakfast at hotel. Lunch, Dinner at local restaurant
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Homestay in Quang Uyen

    Day 5: Day 5 Cao Bang - Ba Be Lake (B, L, D)

    Stop At: Ba Be National Park, Bo Lu Village Ba Be district, Nam Mau 270000 Vietnam
    Your day will start with breakfast at the hotel followed by a three-hour drive to Cho Ra where you will stop for lunch. From here you will board a boat and take a trip through the three lakes which make up Ba Be Lake and up the Nang River to Puong Cave, a 300-meter long tunnel through a mountain. If it is hot, you can have a swim in the cool, refreshing water before you visit the stilt houses in Coc Toc, a Tay ethnic minority village, where you will spend the night in Mr Linh’s Homestay, set in a traditional Tay House and letting you experience the amazing hospitality of the Tay community.

    Accommodation: homestay in Ba Be Lake

    Meal: Breakfast in homestay. Lunch, Dinner at a local restaurant.
    Duration: 3 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Homestay in Ba Be

    Day 6: Day 6 Ba Be Lake - Hanoi (B, L)

    Stop At: Ba Be National Park, Bo Lu Village Ba Be district, Nam Mau 270000 Vietnam
    After breakfast, we’ll take you on a stroll along the riverfront to visit some surrounding villages, followed by a hike up one of the higher points around the lake, providing you with some impressive views surrounded by limestone formations and mountain peaks. On the way here you’ll pass through Pac Ngoi Village, an especially good example of the traditional stilt house architecture. Following this we enter Hua Ma Cave, famous for its thousands of stalactites and stalagmites. On the way back to Hanoi your driver will take you through a pass known as “Dog Flower Pass”, where we’ll stop and give you a chance to take some great photos of the terraced fields surrounding you. After you’ve taken your photos and enjoyed lunch in a local restaurant, we’ll finish our journey back to Hanoi, ping you off at your hotel around 6pm.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We will pick up all travelers at their hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    6 days
    • 5x Breakfast
    • 5x Dinner
    • 6x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 5 nights
    • 5 nights accommodation
    • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Private tour
    • Entry/Admission - Home stay Hạ Thành Hà Giang
    • Entry/Admission - Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark
    • Entry/Admission - Ma Pi Leng Pass
    • Entry/Admission - Ban Gioc Falls
    • Entry/Admission - Ba Be National Park
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    • Visa and permits
    • Drinks
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 13 July 2018 via mobile

    We did a 7 days tour with our newly adopted guide, Loi and companied by future F1 champion Mr Tang. My daughter, son and myself had am absolutely amazing time. The scenarios were breathtaking, the people were incredibly hospitable and welcoming and the food was...More

    6  Thank davidkscruggs
    Reviewed 25 March 2018

    We booked a private 6 day and 5 night Northern Vietnam tour from Canada months before our travel. The company was recommended by a well-known guidebook as a reputable tour company. Kevin, the sales rep, was very helpful in planning our trip and made every...More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    11  Thank Casey S
    Reviewed 12 March 2018

    Physical demands perfect for senior citizens. We enjoyed learning about and living among the ethnic minorities. Our guide, Nha, and the driver, Mr. Bao, treated us like family...royal family! They made sure every detail was covered. But more than that, they became our friends. This...More

    Date of experience: March 2018
    Thank marshal486
    Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

    Very interesting trip with Minh as outstanding and pleasant guide, quiet organizer, always around when needed, and with Thanh as excellent driver, always good tempered.

    2  Thank keimpelzn
    Reviewed 4 December 2017

    Fantastic 6 day trip through very dramatic scenery. A lot of driving, but well worth the time. A walk each day was possible and plenty of sight seeing. Minh was a really great guide and Cuong a fantastic and very safe driver in challenging conditions....More

    Date of experience: November 2017
    5  Thank ManLikesFood
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