Welcome to Northwest Vietnam

Northwest Vietnam's people and culture are additional draws, and those mountains are home to a variety of ethnic groups, not to mention the scenic villages where they live and the colourful markets where they shop.

Top experiences in Northwest Vietnam

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Northwest Vietnam activities

$25 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Catba Island Day Tour ( Starting From Catba Island)

Catba – Dark & Light Caves – Ba Trai Dao beach- Monkey island (L) 6:30 You are picked up at the hotel around Cat Ba town to Ben Beo pier and get on boat. Welcome morning Coffee/Tea, you start discovering Lan Ha Bay, dropping anchor at Dark and Light caves.  8:00 Sunrise breakfast is served at the most beautiful, peaceful and fresh sea- area belonging Lan Ha Bay and Halong Bay. After breakfast, start doing Kayaking to discover the area.  11:00 The boat moves to Ba Trai Dao area for you to get high jump from the boat, swimming/ diving and lazy on the sand to enjoy the sceneries,…  12:30 Lunch is served on boat.  13:15 Boat to visit Monkey Island.  15:00 Leave the boat, bus take you to your hotel in Catba center Included features:  Buses and drivers, English-speaking tour guide, Boat, Lunches, Entrance fees, Kayaking. Excluded features:  Insurance, Drinks, Tips, and other private services

$223 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

3-day trekking in Sapa: Hoang Lien National Park

Day 1: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Seo Mi TyTransfer to Muong Hoa Valley for about 15 mintutes before taking a descent on a dirt trail to Y Linh Ho village inhabited by Black H’mong minority. Take your time to enjoy the magnificent scenery of rice terraces, high mountains, streams and wide valley doted by local ethnic minority villages. After crossing a suspension bridge, your trek will be uphill on a small trail amongst the rice terraces. The trek will be easier in the afternoon but the scenery is breathtaking. You pass by Seo Mi Ty village of Black H’mong minority where you will spend the night in a local house with sleeping bag.Trekking distance: 17kmMeal: Lunch, DinnerDay 2: Seo Mi Ty – Den Thang – Ta Trung HoThe trek today takes you through beautiful rice paddies and over old suspension bridge. You will trek on a small village path by the side of the rain forest. You then stop for lunch at Den Thang village of Black H’mong by noon. After lunch, the trek become tough on tiny footpath going up and down hill, which requires some concentration. You will eventually reach Red Dao minority where you spend the night.Trekking distance: 15kmMeal: Breakfast, Lunch, DinnerDay 3: Ta Trung Ho – Nam Toong – Ban Ho – Sapa          You are now at the fringe of the rain forest by Hoang Lien Son mountain range – home to Fansipan, the highest peak in Indochina 3,143m. You start the trek today by ascending to Nam Toong village of Red Dao minority. Lunch will be served in a local school.  In the afternoon, the trekking route will be mostly downhill to Ban Ho Village which inhabited by the Tay minority. It is the largest village in the area with so many green vegetable gardens, fish ponds and traditional stilt houses, spreads along the two banks of Muong Bo Rivers. Yours vehicle is ready at the village for your journey back to Sapa.Trekking distance: 11kmMeal: Breakfast, LunchNote: The trek is hard. The itinerary can be changed due to high water level in the river between Seo Mi Ty and Ta Trung Ho.

$55 Day Trips & Excursions

Cat Ba island 1 day

DAY 1: Catba – Dark & Light Caves – Ba Trai Dao beach- Monkey island (L) 07:20 - 08:00: Pick up from your hotel around Catba Island 10:45: Get to Beo Habor, Transfer to the boat – Boat carries you to Dark & Light Caves. 12.00: Lunch to be served on boat. 13:00: The boat will be cruise to have visit and do Kayaking at Dark & Light Caves area then stop at Ba Trai Dao beach to have swimming, play football or lazily lie on the sand to enjoy the landscape. 16:00: The boat cruising to have a visit on Monkey island. 18: 00: The boat gets back to Beo Habor. Get on bus back to Hanoi, drop off at your hotel around 20:30

$179 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Paddling Nang River and Ba Be Lake

Day 1: Hanoi – Bac Kan – Cho Ra – Ba Be National Park07.30 Get to Ba Be National Park via Highway 3. Make a stop at Thai Nguyen for 20 minutes for a quick rest and breakfast. Head to Bac Can to have lunch. After lunch, we go straight to Ba Be.14.00 Arrive at Boc Luom Dock. Start pumping the SUP and then paddle, follow Nang River through Puong Cave to get to Ba Be Lake. It takes about 3 hours on SUP to get to Ba Be Lake. On the riverside you can see the traditional house-on-stilts of the ethnic people, along with the beautiful green field and majestic mountains. Having arrived at Ba Be Lake area, we will get on the tender and go back to a homestay in Pac Ngoi village for dinner. That is all for the first day!Day 2: An Ma Temple – Ao Tien – Dau Dang WaterfallWe have a full day to explore Ba Be Lake on SUP. After breakfast, we will leave Pac Ngoi village and paddle to Dau Dang Waterfall. On the way we will visit An Ma Temple, and then stop for lunch at Ao Tien – a secluded small lake. After lunch, we race to Dau Dang River, have a swim and rest, wait for the tender to take us back to the homestay for dinner.Day 3: Ba Be National Park – HanoiHave breakfast at the homestay. Get on the tender to go back to Boc Luom Dock. The bus will take you to Bac Can for a rest and then go back to Hanoi. The tour ends here.

$32 Outdoor Activities

Half-Day Sapa Trek Including Lunch

After hotel pickup, your trip will start at around 8:30am toward Suoi Ho, where you will start walking on a dirt trail through a Black Hmong village, you have opportunity to enjoy spectacular view over the rice paddy terraces and cornfields. You will take a stop for lunch at a nice spot or in a cozy local family.After lunch, you will have a stroll and discover the local daily life as Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities, two largest ethnic groups in Sapa. You will enjoy their welcome green tea and having fun with the local people, then your guide will tell you much information about their traditions and their culture.Your mountain trek will wrap up by going downhill Xa Xeng where the car is waiting for you to return Sapa.

$35 Cultural & Theme Tours

Colorful Local Markets of Sapa Tour

The markets in the Northern Vietnam are always the colorful meeting places for the hill tribes, spotlight for any Sapa/Bac Ha Tours and of course, your unique Vietnam Tours experience. Minority people come down from the mountains to sell their products, or just for catching up on the latest news, gossip, and enjoying a drink or two. In the morning, drive to visit one of the areas weekly markets before returning to your hotel in Sapa. Market days:Coc Ly Market - TuesdaysCao Son Market - WednesdaysLung Khau Nhin Market - ThursdaysCan Cau or Pha Long Market - SaturdaysBac Ha Market or Muong Hum Market or Muong Khuong Market - Sundays

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