Highlights: Hanoi, Ba Be, Cao Bang, Ba Be Lake, Ban Gioc waterfall, Cat Ba Island, Halong Bay
The Stunning view of North Vietnam, especially The North East Vietnam are of legendary beauty, including mountain covered with vegetation, both on land and at sea (Ha Long Bay). Farther inland, the mountains are also home to an incredible mosaic of mountain people from diverse backgrounds, who have installed over multiple waves of migration from southern China, fleeing the Chinese expansionist push. We will meet these people on the mountain trails and on the markets in a region bordering China, the beautiful enigmatic rock formations, among which are ed rice terraces and villages. We first discovered on foot and by boat on Ba Be lake, around which people live H’mong, Dao (pronounced Zao) and Tay. Then we will cross the limestone from the Upper Tonkin Cao Bang, Dong Khe up and That Khe, through a landscape of great beauty, inhabited by populations Tay, Nung and Dao. We will then explore by boat the famous Ha Long Bay, but also that of Bai Tu Long is a natural extension
Highlights of this trip:
– A walk in the beautiful region of Ba Be with nights in people
– Historic Road-RC4 with walking tours
– One night aboard a boat in Ha Long Bay and Cat Ba
Day 1: Ha Noi
Arrive in Ha Noi. Meet the guide and transfer to downtown. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Ha Noi-Ba Be
Departure for Ba Be lakes north of Red River via Thai Nguyen and Bac Kan. Overnight homestay in a house on stilts in the lake.
Day 3: Ba Be – Trekking Cam Thuong
Boat tour through the three lakes and surrounding mountains covered with forests. Disembarkation to Dau Dang waterfall which is being a pleasant hike to the village of Ban Tau lives by Dao Tien. Overnight Home-stay.
Day 4: Cam Thuong – Tua Ban – Bo lu
Continuation of the hike to the village of Tay Hum. After the picnic, we continue to Bo Lu a small lake village. Overnight at the home-stay.
Day 5: Bo Lu – Cao Bang
Road to Cao Bang. Near phac Na, walking through the fields that will be an opportunity to discover the techniques of field work of Tay. Encounter along the way Dao Tien with silver coins on their costumes. Over the road climbs, the terrain is more mountainous. Overnight in Cao Bang has the h’tel.
Day 6: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc
We discover the waterfall at Ban Gioc regarded as the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam. China is just on the other side of the waterfalls. Excursion on foot along the river. After lunch, back to Cao Bang and overnight in hotel.
Day 7: Cao Bang – Lang Son
We borrow the famous Route Coloniale No. 4. Ballad in Dong Khe That Khe will happen before. Arrive late afternoon after a Lang Son border town between Vietnam and China. Free time to explore the market of Dong Kinh. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 8: Lang Son – Ha Long
Drive to Halong Bay and watching the busy rice paddies over the road.
Arrive in Bai Chay, after boarding a morning excursion to Ha Long Bay. We arrive late in the afternoon after a Cat Ba, the largest island in Ha Long Bay. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Ha Long – Cat Ba
Transfer to Cat Ba National Park and hiking amidst lush vegetation. After lunch, embaquement to Hai Phong, then drive to Hanoi. Evening theater: live music and traditional water puppetry. Over night hotel.
Day 10: Cat Ba – Ha Noi
Visit of the present capital of Vietnam: the Ethnographic Museum, the Temple of Literature, and Lake of the Restored Sword with the legend of the giant tortoise. Free time and transfer to airport for return flight.
Our experienced and friendly Tour Guide(s) speak excellent English or French.
They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.
– 9 breakfasts.
– 10 lunches.
– 9 dinners.
We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes.
We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.
– Home stay (9 nights).
A clean and comfortable home stay and hotel with mosquito nets provided.
What to bring:
-Good shoes for walking
-Other personal needs and some cash for drinks or souvenirs
Tour price includes:
+ Private door-to-door pick-up & -off services.
+ All private transfer and transportation
+ Experienced English or French speaking guide.
+ Private boat trip
+ Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
+ All sightseeing tickets.
+ No extra charge after confirmation
+ 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
Tour price excludes:
+ Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
+ Travel insurance
+ Other services not mentioned above.