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

ItineraryDay 1: Day 1 Ha Noi - Ha Giang (L, D)Stop At: Home stay Hạ Thành Hà GiangYour 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 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: A local Tay house in Ha GiangDay 2: Day 2 Ha Giang - Dong Van (B, L, D)Stop At: Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, Ha Giang, Ha Giang ProvinceAs 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 VanMeal: Breakfast at homestay. Lunch, Dinner at local restaurant.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Hotel in Dong VanDay 3: Day 3 Dong Van - Ma Phi Leng - Meo Vac - Cao Bang (B, L, D)Stop At: Ma Pi Leng Pass, Ha Giang, Ha Giang ProvinceYou’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 BangMeal: Breakfast at hotel. Lunch, Dinner at local restaurantDuration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Hotel in Cao BangDay 4: Day 4 Cao Bang- Ban Gioc Waterfall (B, L, D)Stop At: Ban Gioc Falls, Cao Bang, Cao Bang ProvinceThis 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 UyenMeal: Breakfast at hotel. Lunch, Dinner at local restaurantDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Homestay in Quang UyenDay 5: Day 5 Cao Bang - Ba Be Lake (B, L, D)Stop At: Ba Be National Park, Nam Mau, Bac Kan ProvinceYour 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 LakeMeal: Breakfast in homestay. Lunch, Dinner at a local restaurant.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Homestay in Ba BeDay 6: Day 6 Ba Be Lake - Hanoi (B, L)Stop At: Ba Be National Park, Nam Mau, Bac Kan ProvinceAfter 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 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

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Untouched Ha Giang Off Beaten Track ( Private 7 Day Tour)

ItineraryDay 1: DAY 1: HANOI - HA GIANG CITYStop At: Hà Giang MarketDepart from Hanoi at 7:30 a.m.. The drive takes about 7-hours to Ha Giang city. As you leave the Red River Delta the scenery will start to change as you are entering the mountains of Northern Vietnam. The lunch is at a local resrtaurant on the way. After that, continue on the drive to Ha Giang. This province is the destination of the trip. Located in the northernmost of the country, Ha Giang consists of breathtaking scenery, a colorful array of hill tribes and vibrant local markets (these rotate on a daily basis). As this is a remote area, accommodation and facilities are of basic level however we’ll make sure your journey is as comfortable as possible. On arrival in Ha Giang, check into the best hotel in town to refresh then take an afternoon walk to a Tay Hill Tribe village, beautifully set in a stunning valley close to town. Return to your hotel for an evening free at leisure. Overnight in Ha Giang.Meals: Lunch, dinner3 activity includedRed River Delta, Ha Giang, Tay Hill Tribe villageDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in Ha Giang.Day 2: DAY 2: HA GIANG CITY - SA PHIN (THE GEO-PARK AREA)Stop At: Ha Giang HomestayToday you will take a fantastic 6-hour drive toward the famous Dong Van Karst Geo-park. The journey will take you past many villages, inhabited by different colorful hill tribe groups such as the Tay, Han and H'mong... In the Karst geo-park's area, like most of Ha Giang, the H'mong poeple are the marjority. They are believed to have migrated from southern China into Vietnam only over the last 300 years. Today they live in villages throughout the northernmost part of the country. There are several interesting stops along the drive such as Quan Ba Pass; Fairy Mountains, Pho Bang ancient town... The lunch is served at a local restaurant at a small town. The afternoon drive becomes impressive as you start climbing the grey limestone mountains. You're able to have many stops as you want for photo opportunities. Arrive at Sa Phin, check in a basic guesthouse and stay for the night.Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner5 activity includedDong Van Karst Geo-park, Ha Giang, Quan Ba Pass, Fairy Mountains, Pho Bang ancient town, Tay & Han & H'mong villagesDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: a basic guesthouse and stay for the night.Day 3: DAY 3: SA PHIN - LUNG CU FLAG TOWER - DONG VANStop At: Lung Cu Flag Tower, Ha Giang, Ha Giang ProvinceToday, you don't have much driving as you will spend most of the day discovering the typical part of the geo park. After breakfast, get to visit the nearby Palace of a H'mong King which is served as an interesting national monument today. After a walk through to watch the palace constructure and listen to the Vuong family's story, get back on your vehicle for a short transfer to a trekking point. The trek starts with a H'mong village, through argriculture farms on rocks to the side of terraced fields. It definitely a scenic trek of 3 hours (approx.). Followed by another vehicle transfer to Lung Cu Flag Tower. After enjoying the view from the tower's top and having lunch, drive toward Dong Van town where you will take another trek for the remainder of the afternoon. This second trek of the day lasts about 2 hours. Arrive at the town, check into your hotel room. Relax and being at leisure until dinner time.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner4 activity includedH'mong village, Lung Cu Flag Tower, Dong Van townDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: check into your hotel roomDay 4: DAY 4: DONG VAN - MEO VAC - DU GIA (YEN MINH)Stop At: Dinh Vua Meo, Dong Van, Ha Giang ProvinceIf it's Sunday today. There is a fabulous tribal market in town, a trading place among ethnic minorities such as Tay, Nung, Han, Hmong, Hoa, Dao and Kinh. Each group of people eagerly travel to the market, with pedestrians carrying baskets of vegetables, fruits, chicken cages, buffaloes, cows, and those on bicycles and motorbikes transporting bundles of goods or small pigs. Others are dressed in colourful ethnic costumes and come to the market from hamlets far away just for fun and entertainment. After a couple of hours strolling around the market, you start your drive to nearby town of Meo Vac. On the way, take a break at the pointview of Ma Pi Leng Pass to admire the beauty of Vietnam's unique tectonic valley. Lunch is at a restaurant in Meo Vac. The afternoon drive is winding to Du Gia, Yen Minh for the night at a local guesthouse.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner5 activity includedTribal market in town, ethnic minorities village, Meo Vac, Du Gia, Ma Pi Leng PassDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: the night at a local guesthouse.Day 5: DAY 5: DU GIA - HOANG SU PHI (THONG NGUYEN)Stop At: Hoang Su Phi Union DistrictAfter the breakfast, take a walk around to visit the village before embarking on your morning drive back to Ha Giang City. Lunch is at the city. The afternoon drive takes you to Hoang Su Phi District. At this region, you will see the different topography from the one in Dong Van Karst Geo-park. Here you see the difference of the topography of Hoang Su Phi area from the places you have visited. It is good with the change as it may enrich your adventure. Arrive at Thong Nguyen Commune Center, get off your vehicle and start your afternoon trek (2 hours approx.) to Nam Hong village. It's mostly uphill but very scenic with the terraced fields and local life. Check into your accommodation at the end at a local house of the ethnic Red Yao family.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner5 activity includedHa Giang City, Hoang Su Phi District, Dong Van Karst Geo-park, Thong Nguyen Commune Center, Nam Hong village, Red Yao familyDuration: 24 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: a local house of the ethnic Red Yao family.Day 6: DAY 6: HOANG SU PHI (THONG NGUYEN - NAM SON)Stop At: Hoang Su Phi LodgeYou may be woken up early today by domestic animals' sounds (Roosters, ducks, pigs, dogs) from the neighborhood. Breakfast at the family. Today trek lasts about 7 hours, mostly on dirt paths through villages, ride fields and on sides of steep mountains... A picnic lunch is prepared by your local way leader at a village on the way. This part of Hoang Su Phi is famous with incredible terraced fields which has been classified as a National Heritage by the Vietnamese Government. Arrive at Nam Ai village, check into your last home-stay of another ethni group - The long-tunic Yao (or Black Yao). Dinner ans overnight at the home-stay.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner4 activity includedHoang Su Phi, Thong Nguyen, Nam Ai villageDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: overnight at the home-stayDay 7: DAY 7: HOANG SU PHI - HANOIStop At: Hoàng Su PhìBid farewell to the host family after breakfast. Take a downhill trek to the main road where your private vehicle awaiting. Spend most of your day driving back to Hanoi.Lunch is at a local restaurant as usual.Arrive in Hanoi late in the afternoon, get dropped off at your own accommodation.End of the service.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch3 activity includedHoang Su Phi, HanoiDuration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$990 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6 Days Ba Be to Ban Gioc and Ha Giang Motorbike Tour

Day 1 Hanoi – Ba Be 220km8:00AM our team will come and pick you up to our garage station to take the motorbike we chose the day before and head to Thai Nguyen to take in fresh air through the rice field and rural villages of northern Vietnam countryside.After lunch, we will continue your trip to Ba Be National Park. You can refresh yourself with a short walk in the afternoon around the park or swim in the nearby lake. Stay overnight in a Tay monority homestay in Ba Be.Day2 Ba Be – Ban Gioc 200kmThe motorbike ride to the beautiful Ban Gioc Waterfall will be crossing small mountain passes and through some rustic villages of the local hill tribe.This picturesque, cascading waterfall is 53 meters high and has an impressive span of 300 meters. The unique landscape includes limestone karst formations soaring from the verdant rice paddies of Tay, H Mong and Dzao ethnic minority groups.Overnight at Ban gioc homestayDay 3 Ban Gioc- Bao Lac 200kmToday ride will cover an interesting mix of harsh looking scenery, to stunning valleys, little villages and rice fields before reaching one of the largest towns in the region Bao Lac.The road is flanked on both sides by harsh looking rock formation, with one or two little valleys open up. However, after a few km the interesting scenery turns into something stunning. The road suddenly follows the side of a hill, and a large valley full of rice terraces opening up. The first glimpse you get is just great, and seeing the road ahead you can’t help but look forward to the next stretch.Day 4  Bao Lac – Dong Van 120kmThe motorbike ride in the morning is winding along the Rock Plateau, after breakfast, enjoy slowly motorbike on some beautiful mountain passes until Meo Vac where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we will motorcycle along the river and see the different mountain view. Arrive in Dong Van town at 5 PM.Day 5 Dong Van-Ha Giang 140kmAfter a stretch of the road overlooking some valleys with terraces filling the slopes you will ride to a plateau where the road was cutting through, seeing houses left and right. This is actually an area where you can easily slow down to watch rural life in Vietnam – locals working on the fields and water buffaloes enjoying wading through some cold water, with the red roofs showing another contrast to the green rice fields.Some of the views are just like images of postcards you have seen from Vietnam – thinking they do not exist. Well, they do here!Overnight in Ha GiangDay 6  Ha Giang – Hanoi 300kmWe’ll have an early start today as we head south back to Hanoi. We take back roads to avoid the busy traffic and to get away from the highway. Arrive Hanoi at 6:00 PM.Enjoy the ride and see the amazing Vietnam!

$178 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Ha Giang Loop - Yen Minh - Dong Van

DAY 01: HA NOI - QUANG BINH - YEN MINH - DONG VAN (Lunch, dinner)05h00: Car and guide pick you at the meeting point of departure. You stop for breakfast in Noi Bai airport.12h00: Have lunch in Ha Giang city.13h30: After lunch, you depart to the Gateway - Co Cua Mount.You have the opportunity to conquer and watch the North 7 km, from the top of the slope quarter.18h30: Continue the journey to Dong Van ancient town you check in hotel and Have a dinner at the restaurant.DAY 02: DONG VAN - LONG DUC DISTRICT - YEN MINH (Morning, noon, evening)07h00: After breakfast you check out the hotel start to visit:Lung Cu flag tower: Built on the summit of the Dragon Mountain - Cambrian limestone mountain - Chang Pung with an elevation of 1700m above sea level, 24km from Dong Van district, Ha Giang city 154km.- Ma Li Leng (with sound reading Ma Leng): The road winding through the cliffs, over At the peak of 200 meters, at the foot of the Nho Que river deep as the two sides. One side is the peak of Ma Li Leng and one is the Sam Pun, where the border crossing to Tianjin, China.- "King of Cat" Residence: Located in the Sa Phin valley (Sa Phin commune, Dong Van district).15h00: Have lunch at the restaurant at the King's Cat PalaceAfternoon: The tourists continues to visit the Sung La Valley. The background of the film "Pao's Story", watching the flower field stretched road and two sides of the ridge. After that, we return to Yen Minh town to check in hotelRest. Dinner at the restaurant at night at the hotel.DAY 03: YEN MINH – QUAN BA- HANOI (Breakfast, Lunch)06h30: After breakfast you check out procedures. Then go back to Ha Noi, on the road to visit and take photos at mile 0 and Uncle Ho statue, City square.11h30: Have lunch at ethnic rice restaurant in Ha Giang.13h00: Tourists back to Ha Noi, on the way to stop buying local specialties as gifts.19h00: Arrive Ha Noi. See you in the next travel program.

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ItineraryDay 1: Day 1: Hanoi - Thac Ba LakeStop At: Thac Ba Lake, Yen Bai, Yen Bai Province 180km homestay Thac Ba Lake; the minority area of Vu LinhLeaving Hanoi you'll follow the Red River northwest. As you ride, you'll see the flat farmland start to give way to foothills before taking a little road towards Thac Ba Lake. Created by damming up three rivers in order to power the first power station in Vietnam, this man-made lake is the largest in Vietnam. Its banks are populated by people of the Dzao minority—the family who run the homestay you'll spend the night in are Dzao—and, depending on the weather, you'll have the opportunity to explore it further by taking a trip to one of its many islands on a little boat.Duration: 4 minutesMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: homestayDay 2: Day 2: Thac Ba Lake - Ha GiangStop At: Dinh Vua Meo, Dong Van, Ha Giang Province 180km hotel the mountain province Ha GiangYou'll skirt the lake and head north, passing through miles of palm forest before being met with the sight of the imposing mountain range that forms Vietnam's natural border with China. Then it's up and up, the roads becoming steeper and rockier, into Ha Giang. Populated almost entirely by ethnic minorities, most of whom still live in small communities connected by little dirt roads, Ha Giang Province is easily one of the country's most famous riding spots.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: HomestayDay 3: Day 3: Ha Giang - Dong VanStop At: Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, Ha Giang, Ha Giang Province160km hotel the mountain town of Dong Van; the palace of the H'mong King; the Ma Pi Leng PassThe road from Ha Giang City to Dong Van runs east along the Chinese border. You'll ride through the country of, among others, the Tay, Dzao and H'Mong, taking in one of the country's most famous roads, the 20km long Ma Pi Leng Pass. Before arriving in Dong Van you'll also have the opportunity to visit Dinh Vua Meo, the palace of the H'mong king who once ruled the area and famously allied himself with Ho Chi Minh. It doesn't take long to explore, but the building itself and the artefacts it contains make it worth the visit. Dong Van is great, too: it's got a historic Old Quarter, a busy traditional market and some French colonial buildings that are more than 200 years old!Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: homestayDay 4: Dong Van - Ba Be LakeStop At: Ba Be National Park, Nam Mau, Bac Kan Province170km homestay Ba Be Lake; Ba Be National ParkYou'll continue through the mountains of Ha Giang Province before riding south through the province of Bac Kan. Stopping for lunch there is always interesting, since the cuisine so far north differs a lot from that of Hanoi: dishes are more substantial and tend to contain more meat, probably as a consequence of the cold Winters and the harsh terrain. After lunch you'll continue south to Bac Kan's biggest attraction, Ba Be Lake. Ba Be means 'three bays' and, true to its name, is actually three lakes joined together into one body of water. It's got some caves and lagoons which, time and weather permitting, you'll be able to explore on a little boat and the national park in which lies is home to a diverse range of indigenous species and boasts plenty of good homestays.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: homestayDay 5: Day 5: Ba Be Lake - HanoiStop At: Ba Be National Park, Nam Mau, Bac Kan Province190km the Ba Be PassLeaving Ba Be National Park, you'll ride the Ba Be Pass before continuing your journey through Bac Kan and into the province of Thai Nguyen. Thai Nguyen is Vietnam's tea-growing powerhouse, exporting tens of thousands of tonnes annually, and the roads there are good. Entering Hanoi from the north is far more forgiving than doing so from the west, too, so, following the Cau River through farmland and past numerous smaller lakes, you can expect a relatively relaxed journey back into the capital.PricesDuration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: no

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Ha Giang - Dong Van - Meo Vac 3D2N Trip

Day 1: HANOI - HA GIANG - ORIGINAL HAGIANG HOMESTAY - TAY VILLAGE • 6h30: Car and guide pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi Old quarter depart for Ha Giang city on a limousine bus. • 13h00: Have lunch and check in homestay/hostel in Ha Giang city. • 15h00: Car and guide take you to visit Tay’s village and swimming in a fresh stream. • 17h30: Get back to homestay/hostel, have dinner and overnight here. Day 2: HA GIANG - HEAVEN PASS - QUANG BA - YEN MINH - DONG VAN • 7h00: Have breakfast at homestay then departure for Yen Minh town. On the way you are introduced to Quan Ba Heaven Gate and stop at the Quan Ba stop to view Breasts Mountain. • 12:00: Arrived in Yen Minh and have lunch. • 13h00: Departure for Dong Van town, along the way you admire the wonderful scenery of the trip to Dong Van karst plateau, visit Sung La village – which is used as a filming scene “story of Pao”; visit the Meo King palace, Lung Cu Flagstaff – highest latitude of Vietnam. • 17h00: Arrived in Dong Van town, check in hotel, have dinner and free to explore the Dong Van old town. Day 3: DONG VAN - MEO VAC - LUNG KHUY CAVE - HA GIANG • Free time to visit the Dong Van market in the early morning and have breakfast. • 8h00: Departure for Meo Vac town. On the road you will cross the Ma Pi Leng Pass – called Happy road. Admire the majestic beauty lanscape of the Ma Pi Leng canyon 800m deep and the Nho Que River below. • 12h00: Back in Yen Minh town and have lunch and departure for Lung Khuy cave which is the most beautiful cave in Ha Giang rock plateau. • 13h30: Trekking to explore the Lung Khuy cave before get back to Ha Giang. • 15h30: Back in homestay/hostel in Ha Giang city. Fresh up and get on the limousine bus to Hanoi. • 22h00: Arrive in Hanoi. Ha Giang - Dong Van - Meo Vac 3D2N Trip ended.