Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
Upon you arrival in Noi Bai Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to hotel in Hanoi for check in and relax. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2: Hanoi – Thai Nguyen – Ba Be (B, L, D)
We pick you up from hotel then depart for Ba Be national park via Thai Nguyen, province of tea plantation. Visit some tea hills along the way in Giang Tien town. Then continue the road trip to reach to Dinh Hoa for lunch. After that, keep going to Ba Be lake via Bac Kan province. Stop in Cho Ra market to see how is rural market. Arrival in Pac Ngoi hamlet at 4.30, where Tay people living. (The Tay people is one of the 54 Vietnamese group who still keep living very traditional style). You will have a chance to enjoy the delicious dinner by Tay woman.
Home stay in stilt house.
Day 3: Boat trip on Ba Be Lake (B,L,D)
It is a good chance for early riser to enjoy the very fresh atmosphere with very green forest, river, lake, rice fields… After breakfast, take the boat trip to the Ba Be lake then reach to the Dau Dang waterfall. Have the picnic lunch here with a local family. Then continue the boating trip along the Nang river to get to “Dong Puong” cave. Visit the villages & school of the Tay ethnic people located along the river then back to Pac Ngoi hamlet for relax and dinner.
Overnight in home stay.
Day 4: Bac Kan – Ban Gioc Waterfall (B,L)
Wake up early to visit the local market to see how the local people trading. After the breakfast, driver to Ban Gioc, visit the waterfall On this day you’ll take scenic in insightful day trip north of Cao Bang to the beautiful Ban Gioc waterfall on the Chinese border. This picturesque, cascading waterfall is 53 meters high and has an impressive span of 300 meters. The drive their offers unique landscapes, limestone karts formations soar from the verdant rice paddies of the surrounding farms of local ethnic minorities. Along the way, you’ll see Tay, Hmong and Dzao ethnic minority groups. Heading back to Cao Bang, stop to explore the expansive 2,144 meter Nguom Ngao Cavern to discover its brilliant stalactites.
Return to Cao Bang for overnight.
Day 5: Cao Bang – Ha Giang (B,L)
After breakfast, our driver will take you to Ha Giang.
The scenery is spectacular and the road runs along the sides of the mountains on the way.
You will visit the Meo Vac and join the local Lo Lo, White H’Mong, Tay people in their daily local market. You’ll continue your journey onto the nearby village of the Lo Lo minority.
Overnight in Ha Giang.
Day 6: Ha Giang – Dong Van (B,L)
After breakfast, you will visit the small communities of Quan Ba, Yen Minh and Dong Van, some of the most picturesque villages in the northern tip of Vietnam. The scenery is spectacular – a vast limestone mountain range and perpendicular walls of rock. You’ll call in at the infamous Vuong Palace, once the home of a high-ranking H’mong family during French colonial rule. The palace attracts architecturally minded visitors due to its unusual combination of European and Chinese styles. From there you drive to Dong Van town where your guide will show you its charming ‘Old Streets’ near the market. After lunch, a scenic route will take you to the Ma Pi Leng Pass from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Nho Que River – with luck you might see one of the northeast’s stunning sunsets.
Day 7: Dong Van – Hoang Su Phi (B,L)
A morning trip will take you to the Nam Hong village, home to the Red Dzao ethnic minority group. Your journey will take you through the scenic valleys where you can expect to see views of the faraway mountains and the terrace rice fields. Your guide will prepare lunch for you at a local family. After lunch, you’ll drive to Pan Hou and embark for Ha Giang, your route will take you through mountainous landscapes and striking scenery.
Day 8: Hoang Su Phi – Bac Ha (B,L)
Our driver takes you to Bac Ha town- which you visit a big market filled with many different hill-tribe peoples. This is the most colourful market in North Vietnam. At the market, you have chance to enjoy BacHa people’s simple but unique kinds of food with special wines made from rice, cassavas, corn and different sorts of fruits such as plumps, apples, peaches… talking to the minorities through the guide’s interpretation. In the afternoon, our guide take you for walk to Thai Giang Pho Village of the flower H’mong and the Nung, visiting one school, and trekking by the side of the the highest mountain in BacHa through the beautiful plumb gardens before another visit to the palace of the H’mong King that built in 1921.
Overnight in Bac Ha town.
Day 9: Bac Ha Town – Ham Rong – Cat Cat Village (B,L)
After breakfast, our driver will transfer to Sapa town. Our guide will take you short trek to Cat Cat village, the village of H’mong tribe in the valley, which remains very generally uncorrupted outside forces. Excellent views of the valley, the magnificent limestone and paddy fields of H’mong village. Enjoy some visits to local families and reach their customs. After the village down into the valley, the Cat Cat waterfall will be visible. A “White curtain” cascade appears, surrounded by flowery valley and deep-green pines. The rocks near the river and waterfall provide a marvelous place for picturesque photos and sunbathing during good weather…
Overnight in Sapa.
Day 10: Coc Ly Market – Lao Cai – Hanoi (B,L)
Our guide will take you to visit Coc Ly market which is situated far from Sapa. Enjoy the peaceful life of 6 different minority peoples (Flower H’mong, Black Dzao, Tay, Dzay, Ha Nhi and Nung). The market is the chance for the minorities to meet and share joy and sorrows after the crops, to exchange one another’s experience. Say goodbye to the market and get down onto a boat along Chay river. You are bound to feel great and find yourselves smaller among high rock mountains and to be surprised at white and breathtakingly waterfalls. Get off the boat to visit a village of the Tay Minority (Trung Do village) by the river. Then turn back to Lao Cai and take night train back to Hanoi.
Overnight on night train.
Day 11: Arrival Hanoi
You will arrival in Hanoi in earlyn morning around 5.30 AM, our waiting car and tour guide will pick up and transfer you to your place in Hanoi.
Meals as indicated in program (B– breakfast, L – lunch,D – Dinner)
Private transportation at places as indicated in program
All admission cost at places mentioned in itinerary
English speaking tour guide
Accommodation in places as mentioned in program.
Other meals and drinks/ personal expenses
International air fares/ airport taxes.