SCENIC NORTHERN VIETNAM

Definitely great for nature lover. The tour offers many opportunities for photo hunters. Learning the colorful cultures of Vietnam through different ethnic minorities. Ending the adventure with relaxing cruise on UNESCO's Halong bay...

Code: HLT-06

Duration: 12 Days

Travel Route: Hanoi - Sapa - Bac Ha - Hoang Su Phi - Dong Van Geo-park - Ban Gioc Waterfall - Ba Be Lake - Bac Son Valley - Halong Bay - Hanoi

Private Tour | Operate all year around | Can be tailored to suite your requirements

Day 1: Hanoi - Sapa

You will be greeted and picked up by the tour guide and driver at your hotel in Hanoi by 7.30 AM. Setting off for the morning drive to Sapa, a quiet mountain town and home to a great diversity of ethnic minority peoples. The journey on the national highway - Noi Bai – Lao Cai offers you a scenic drive from the Red River Delta to the high land. Arrive at Sapa around noon and have lunch at a nice restaurant in town. In the afternoon, we will start the trek to Muong Hoa Valley, start with Cat Cat village of the black H’mong ethic group. Along the trek, you will have a close look at the beautiful rice terraces and amazing life of the hill tribes in the area. The beautiful trek will end at a local house for a homestay night or back to Sapa town for overnight at a hotel as the alternative.

Included meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 2: Sapa - Bac Ha

This morning is free for you to explore the town with shopping or just relax and enjoy the facilities of the hotel. In case you would like to keep busy, your tour guide and driver will accompany with you to visit some waterfalls like Silver Waterfall and Love waterfall near the Hoang Lien Son national park. Lunch on your own account in town. In the afternoon, you will take a 3,5-hour drive to Bac Ha district. Have a stop on the way to talk a gentle walk to visit a hill tribe village which is located at a peaceful valley. Check in to a hotel for rest and overnight in Bac Ha.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Bac Ha - Hoang Su Phi

Bac Ha district is famous for the most colorful hill tribe markets in Vietnam. This morning, after your breakfast at the hotel, the tour guide will take you to visit a market (Bac Ha market on Sunday, Can Cau market on Saturday, Coc Lu Market on Tuesday) where you can take beautiful photos and witness the local people trading and enjoying their specialty food. After the market, we will get back on the private vehicle and spend most of the afternoon drive to Hoang Su Phi. Upon arrival, check in an eco-lodge for the night.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Hoang Su Phi - Yen Minh

After breakfast, take short walk around the area to get a fresh start for the day. After that, it’s followed by a stunning drive to Dong Van karst geo-park with stops on the way for taking photos and visiting local villages. Climb some steps to admire the beauty of Quan Ba area over the top of the Heaven Gate. You will have lunch at a local restaurant in on the way. In the afternoon, we continue driving to Yen Minh town with more stops on the way. Check in a hotel and if it is early enough, get a short transfer to a village for a walk around and learn the local life. Overnight in Yen Minh

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Yen Minh - Meo Vac

The drive today is spectacular as the entrance of the geo-park opens from here. The imposing grey limestone mountains and unbelievable life of the H’mong people on the rock will definitely amaze you. Visit the H’mong King Palace, Pho Bang ancient town whose lanes are filled with traditional Chinese-style houses, the last stop with breathtaking scenery at Ma Phi Leng Pass over Nho Que River is also a great highlight of the day. Check into a hotel and overnight in Meo Vac.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Meo Vac - Cao Bang City

On Sunday, there is a big market in the town so we are open for this and see how our schedule could work it out. If it is on the day, take a stroll around the market for taking some photos before the drive of the day to Cao Bang. The long drive today will take you downhill to Cao Bang City. As usual, you will have chance to stop for photo opportunities on the way whenever you want. Lunch on the way. Arrive at the city late in the afternoon, check in and rest for the remainder of the day. Dinner and stay overnight in Cao Bang.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Ban Gioc Waterfall & Nguom Ngao Cave

After the breakfast at your hotel, we will embark the morning drive to the remote area, Trung Khach District. Have a short stop on the way to visit Phuc Sen village of the Nung people where you can learn how basically the local blacksmiths are making their farming tools such as knives, sickles, plough plates... Arrive at the Waterfall around 11.30. Take a short walk down to Quay Son River and get on a bamboo raft to visit the most beautiful waterfall of Vietnam. Have lunch at a local restaurant nearby. In the afternoon, continue on with a visit to Nguom Ngao limestone Cave, which is located about 2 km from Ban Gioc. Walking through this cool cave offers you a great chance to admire how wonderful the stalagmites and stalactites have been formed. Back to the car and return to Cao Bang City. Stay the second night in Cao Bang.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Cao Bang - Ba Be National Park

After the breakfast at the hotel, check out and embark on the morning drive down to Ba Be National Park where the beautiful biggest fresh-water lake of Vietnam located.

Lunch is served at a local restaurant at Cho Ra township which is not far from the park.

In the afternoon, get transferred to Buoc Lom dock and embarking on a motorized boat for the down-stream ride along Nang River which follows through the park. Pay a short visit to Puong Cave when the boat is getting through. Get a swim in Ba Be Lake if you wish before checking into your tonight stilt-house home-stay at Pac Ngoi village, a Tay ethnic minority in the area.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Ba Be Lake - Bac Son Valley

Bid farewell to the host family after breakfast and get ready for the morning drive to Bac Son Valley in Lang Son province. The drive includes some stops on the way for you to take photographs whenever you want. Arrive at Quynh Son village and have lunch on a stilt house. This afternoon you will walk to visit the village and hike up to the top of the telephone-station mountain for a stunning scenery over the valley. This is a great point for those who love photographing. Dinner and chat chit with the host of our homestay tonight. The alternative for the homestay is at a mini guest-house at the nearby town.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Bac Son Valley - Bac Ninh

After the traditional breakfast, this morning we will embark on a 3,5-hour hike on a rural back road. Along the hike, you can have a close look at the local farming, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in a good harmony of mountains, forests and local life. At the end of the hike we get picked up by our private transport and go for lunch. In the afternoon, we will head down to the Red River Delta in Bac Ninh Province. Tonight, we will have the last homestay with a Vietnamese family. You may see some different from the homestays in the mountains. Dinner and overnight in Bac Ninh

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Bac Ninh - Halong Bay

This morning, you may be woken up by the village roosters again. To start the day, you may want to stroll around the village for a while before breakfast. About 9:00 AM, bid farewell to the host family and spend the morning drive to Halong Bay. The Bay is one of Vietnam's most spectacular natural wonders and listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Upon arrival at the pier, you will board a boat for exploring the bay, the views that you get while navigating past thousands of limestone islands with rocky outcrops are incredible. Lunch and dinner are served on board. The activities of today include a swim in the bay in warmer months. You may have chance to do some kayaking (Optional and extra cost involved, depends on different boats) as well. Overnight on board in Halong Bay

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Halong Bay - Hanoi

This morning get up early for some fresh-air on the open deck and join the Tai-chi class for some gentle moves if you wish. Otherwise, you are able to remain in your cabin until breakfast time. After breakfast, the crew will pull up the anchor, start the engine again for more cruising to other part of the bay. After visiting a big limestone cave, the boat is gently heading back to the pier. The early lunch (Brunch) will be served aboard. Around noon, you are ferried in and take the return drive toward Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi and end of service at the door of hotel own arranged hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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INCLUSION

  • Private a/c vehicle

  • Private tour guide

  • Vietnamese meals as mentioned in the itinerary

  • Sightseeing tickets, entrance fees & Permits

  • Accommodations with daily breakfast during the tour program

  • Boat trip in Ba Be Lake,

  • Bamboo raft at Ban Gioc Waterfall

  • Packaged cruise in Halong Bay

  • Bottled water on the vehicle

EXCLUSIONS

  • Travel insurrance

  • Drinks & other meals

  • Hotel in Hanoi (On request)

  • Tips and other personal expense.

  • All other services not mentioned above

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