Vietnam

Discovery Tour

North East Vietnam Discovery

Summary

Type: Discovery Tour

Duration: 13 Days

Best Time to Travel: October – April

Places you'll discover

Ba Be Lake
Bac Ha
Cao Bang
Dong Van
Ha Giang
Hanoi
Lao Cai
Sapa



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    North East Vietnam Discovery - Itinerary

    Vietnam’s northeast is often referred to as the country’s last frontier and it does indeed have that feel about it – the roads are often poor and the accommodation can be basic – but the unspoilt scenery and genuine hospitality of the people here more than compensates for this. Ha Giang justifiably boasts some of Southeast Asia’s most dramatic panoramas – rugged mountain ranges, sweeping valleys and cascading waterfalls interspersed with hardly hill tribes. This really is a trip of a lifetime to a part of the world only now openly up to the rest of the world.

    Day 1

    Arrive Hanoi

    Arrive Hanoi
    In the morning

    Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport where you will be met and welcomed by your Vietnamese guide. Transfer by road to your hotel for checking-in and briefing of the tour. The remainder of the day is free at leisure.



    Day 2

    Hanoi

    In the morning

    In the morning we depart the capital for the surrounding countryside. Arriving at the village of Van Giang we meet a local family who give us a cooking demonstration followed by lunch.

    In the afternoon

    After lunch we embark on a cycling tour of the village and the local area where we can observe how rural Vietnam functions. This is a great opportunity to learn about the traditional professions and way of life in a typical North Vietnamese community. On our way back to Hanoi we stop at Bat Trang – a village renowned for its ceramic making, whose origins date back a thousand years.

    In the evening

    Transfer to Ga Hanoi for the overnight train to Lao Cai on the Chinese border.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Lunch

    Day 3

    Lao Cai – Sapa

    Lao Cai – Sapa
    In the morning

    We arrive in Lao Cai in the early morning and transfer by road to Sapa, situated at an altitude of 1,600 meters. In the early 20th century the French took advantage of Sapa's cool climate, developing it into a summer retreat from the heat and humidity of Hanoi. Today, Sapa town still retains its European feel, largely due to the French architecture and gardens and today is a popular destination due to its beautiful scenery and colourful ethnic people. After breakfast at our hotel we have a short orientation tour of Sapa town.

    In the afternoon

    We explore some Sapa’s neibouring hill tribe villages nestled in the Muong Hoa valley. Our first stop is at the Hmong hamlet of Lao Chai. From here we walk along local tracks and terraces to Ta Van, a Giay village before returning to Sapa by road.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 4

    Sapa – Bac Ha

    In the morning

    Drive to Muong Khoung – a fascinating weekend market frequented by a variety of ethnic tribes people. Here local villagers come from miles around to buy and sell local produce and livestock. We spend the night in Bac Ha.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Lunch

    Day 5

    Bac Ha – Ha Giang

    Bac Ha – Ha Giang
    In the morning

    Today we venture in to one of the most remote parts of northern Vietnam. Ha Giang boasts an amazing landscape of limestone pinnacles and granite outcrops and has some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. In addition over 90% of the population belong to one of the various ethnic minority hill tribes.

    In the afternoon

    Arrive in Ha Giang and check in to our hotel.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Lunch

    Day 6

    Ha Giang – Dong Van

    In the morning

    There is the option for an early start to visit Noong Lake, located 20km from Ha Giang. In the dry season, when the water recedes, it reveals trees growing in the lake. Local fishermen come here to catch fish and shrimp. We can take a raft on to the lake before returning to the hotel.

    In the afternoon

    We depart Ha Giang for Dong Van. We drive Quan Ba Valley – an area of stunning natural beauty with green hills and abundant limestone caves. We travel through Quan Ba Pass – known as Heaven’s Gate with its panoramic views of the terraced rice fields below.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 7

    Dong Van – Ha Giang

    In the morning

    Today’s amazing scenic drive takes us through Dong Van and Meo Vac. The Dong Van Geopark is littered with an array of ancient karst formations and Meo Vac is a small town inhabited mainly by the Mong and Tay.

    In the afternoon

    The highlight for today though is the drive through the breath-taking Ma Pi Leng Pass. The narrow road, originally constructed by the Hmong and later expanded to accommodate road transport is truly spectacular offering incredible views of the rugged mountainous terrain. We arrive in Ha Giang late afternoon.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 8

    Ha Giang – Cao Bang

    Ha Giang – Cao Bang
    In the morning

    We have a long drive today to Cao Bang but it will be broken up with numerous photo stops and more dramatic scenery.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 9

    Cao Bang

    In the morning

    An early start today as we pay a visit to Ban Gioc Waterfall. The falls, fed by the Quay Son River that marks the border with China, are an impressive sight and in a highly scenic location. At 30 metres high and 300 metres across Ban Gioc is the widest – but not the highest – waterfall in the country. From here we have a short walk to nearby Nguom Ngao Cave. This immense cave holds a series of majestic, jaw-dropping caverns, filled with delicate, intricate formations of stalactites and stalagmites.

    In the afternoon

    Return to Cao Bang and free time at leisure.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 10

    Cao Bang – Ba Be Lake

    In the morning

    We have an excursion to Pac Bo Cave driving through a scenic landscape of green rice paddies and water wheels. Pac Bo Cave is revered in Vietnam as the place where Ho Chi Minh stayed briefly upon his return from China in 1941. It was here that the Vietnamese Independence League or Viet Minh was established. Return to Cao Bang.

    In the afternoon

    Depart Cao Bang for Ba Be Lake. Again the roads are bumpy but the views more than make up for this.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 11

    Ba Be Lake

    Ba Be Lake
    In the morning

    We take a leisurely boat trip down the Nag River to Ba Be Lake. Ba Be is Vietnam’s largest natural lake and is now the centrepiece of an extensive National Park. The park and the surrounding area is limestone country, so lakes, waterfalls, caves and unusual rock formations abound. The whole area is richly forested and is home to many ethnic minority communities. Ba Be National Park has been recognized as a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

    In the afternoon

    After a picnic lunch we visit a nearby Tay village where we can walk around and find out more about their way of life. We spend the night in the village in a homestay.

    Included:
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner

    Day 12

    Ba Be Lake – Hanoi

    In the morning

    After breakfast there is time for a stroll around the lake before we begin our drive back to Hanoi. En route we stop at the Museum of Ethnology in Thai Nguyen.

    In the afternoon

    Arrive in Hanoi and check in to our hotel.

    Included:
    Breakfast

    Day 13

    Hanoi

    In the morning

    Free time at leisure until the transfer to Noi Bai International Airport for your onward flight.



    Additional Information

    What's Included?

    • Room accommodation in twin share
    • Private transportation by car/ minivan   
    • Overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai (King Express)       
    • Experienced English speaking Vietnamese guide
    • Drinking water in car / minivan
    • Daily breakfast and meals as mentioned in itinerary
    • Entrance and sightseeing fees as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Airport arrival and departure transfers

    What's Not Included?

    • International Flights
    • Drinks during meals
    • Optional tours
    • Vietnam visa (not applicable if staying for less than 15 days)
    • Any personal expenses such as laundry, hotel phone etc
    • Tips and gratuities

    Accommodation Information

    • Hanoi – Gondola Hotel
    • Sapa – Sapa Dragon Hotel
    • Bac Ha – Sao Mai Hotel
    • Ha Giang – Truong Xuan Resort
    • Dong Van – Cao Nguyen Da Hotel
    • Cao Bang – Thanh Loan Hotel
    • Ba Be  – Cong Quynh Hotel

    North East Vietnam Discovery Summary

    Details

    Type: Discovery

    Duration: 13 Days

    Best Time to Travel: October – April

    Places you'll discover

    Ba Be Lake
    Bac Ha
    Cao Bang
    Dong Van
    Ha Giang
    Hanoi
    Lao Cai
    Sapa
    FROM
    £1019
    Per person based on 2 people sharing

    Speak to our friendly Travel Experts

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