From Northwest to Northeast Vietnam Tour - 14 Days

From Northwest to Northeast Vietnam Tour
Overview
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  • Start/End: Hanoi/Hanoi
  • Visit: Nghia Lo - Mu Cang Chai - Lai Chau - Sapa - Bac Ha - Xin Man - Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang - Dong Van - Meo Vac - Bao Lac - Cao Bang - Ban Gioc water fall - Ba Be
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Travel style: Authentic, Mountain & Minority, Nature & Discover
  • Category: Private tour
  • Tour guide in: English, Français, Español, Deutsch, Italiano, Português
Highlight

Unforgettable odyssey from the Western to Eastern regions of Vietnam, delving into the charm of Northern landscapes. Marvel at the breathtaking beauty of renowned places such as in Mu Cang Chai, Sapa, Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang and Ban Gioc waterfall immersing yourself in the timeless allure of these landscapes. This meticulously crafted journey is tailor-made for adventurers seeking the allure of isolated mountains and a genuine connection with cultural minorities.

Itinerary Expand All
  • Day 1,Hanoi - Nghia LoMon, May 20, 2024
    Hanoi - Thanh Son tea plantation - Nghia Lo valley

    Meet tour guide and driver at your hotel in Hanoi and transfer to Muong Lo via Thanh Son. Muong Lo is known as one of the four most important fertile valleys of the Northwest (Muong Thanh in Dien Bien Phu, Muong Tac in Phu Yen and Muong Than in Than Uyen) in which the Thai ethnic group predominates. The village consists of hundreds of houses on wooden stilts and Thai people cultivate the water rice. Drive to the national road number 32 along the black river (Da River) one of the most important rivers in the Northwest.

    In Thanh Son, we will make a stop to visit the green tea plantation hill then walk through the stilt-house villages. It belongs to the Muong ethnic group, considered as Authentic Viet. The Muong ethnic group is one of few northern communities that is immune to Chinese influence.

    Arrive in Nghia Lo, walk or bike around the Thai village to discover the beautiful rice field valleys and hamlets that still preserve the authentic houses on stilts and meet the friendly locals.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: L, D
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    Bike: Nghia Lo
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
  • Day 2,Nghia Lo - Mu Cang ChaiTue, May 21, 2024
    Nghia Lo - Tu Le Valley - La Pan Tan - Mu Cang Chai

    Enjoy breakfast then visit a local market in Nghia Lo then transfer to Mu Cang Chai via Tu Le. Mu Cang Chai is well known for its marvelous rice terrace widely considered as the most beautiful in the world. In 2007, Che Cu Nha, De Su Phinh and La Pan Tan were recognized as outdoor masterpieces on the list of national heritage.

    At the exit of Nghia Lo, you will cross the hilly region populated by the Dao ethnic group on the hills. Stop for a chance to take photos and meet the local people on the way.

    Arrive in Tu Le. It is possible to trek to the valley where Thai people live in houses on stilts and have some unusual encounters that allow you to immerse yourself into the authentic local life. In the afternoon, continue to Khau Pha pass which offers you a splendid panoramic view of the valley of rice terraces.

    Then the car will take you to La Pan Tan which is a legendary route for photographers. You will admire the gorgeous rice terrace masterpieces created by the Hmong peasant artists from generation to generation. Enjoy the majestic landscape and follow the route from La Pan Tan to Mam Xoi. End of the day, check in your accommodation. 

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
  • Day 3,Mu Cang Chai - Lai Chau - SapaWed, May 22, 2024
    Mu Cang Chai - Na Tam village - Sapa

    After breakfast, transfer to Than Uyen, one of the Thai rice valleys. The splendid landscape of rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai will follow you along the way to Than Uyen. Before turning right to Sapa, we will make a stop to visit Na Tam Village where the Laotian and Lu people live. This is a beautiful, tranquil landscape. Traditionally, the local women are distinguished by black teeth and indigo colored clothing encrusted with silver pieces. Take a 2 hour hike through the river, villages, rice fields, and hills and meet the locals.

    Meet our driver for a transfer to Sapa, crossing Hoang Lien Son pass (O Quy Ho pass). This is the longest and highest pass in Vietnam, 54km in length and 2047m in height. Stop to relax at the top of the pass and soak up the grandiose landscape. This is also a great place for photos. Arrive in Sapa, a town discovered by the French in 1903, in the afternoon. With a temperate climate, Sapa became an attraction for holidaymakers because of its beautiful rice valley, splendid mountain range and the diversity of minority tribes such as Black Hmong, Red Dao and the Dzay ethnics.  

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    KK Sapa Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    Muong Hoa street, Sapa, Lao Cai , Vietnam
  • Day 4,SapaThu, May 23, 2024
    Sapa - village trekking

    In the morning, we will start our full day of authentic trekking on a route from the Ta Phin village. This peaceful land was chosen by the Red Dao people when they immigrated to Vietnam from China since the 17th century. Follow a small hill path you can see many orchid gardens that supply even the biggest demands of cities for New Year's decorations. Towards the Ban Khoang village, trek through the corn–farm to the rainforest with amazing views of rice terraces. On season, you may see local people and buffalos working on the field.

    Have a picnic lunch on the way (or at a local restaurant in village). Being on an isolated up-hill, the primitive culture of the Red Dao people in Ban Khoang has been preserved. They are not only well-known for the most beautiful attire in Sapa, but also the “No eyebrow” tradition of married woman. Visit some houses and stroll around the village. 

    Included:
    Meal: B, L
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    KK Sapa Hotel(Deluxe Room)
    Muong Hoa street, Sapa, Lao Cai , Vietnam
  • Day 5,Sapa - Bac HaFri, May 24, 2024
    Visit Lao Chai - Ta Van - Transfer to Bac Ha

    In the morning, trek to visit Lao Chai village. Turn on a small path crossing the rice field to a small hamlet. Have a special visit to grandma who is the only craftsman left in the community, traditionally using beeswax for decoration to make the unique Hmong’s indigo clothing. It is also great chance to learn about their daily life and culture.

    The next is Ta Van village, the charming land of the Dzay people, well located on the hill with amazing views of river, rice terraces and Hoang Lien Son Mountain range. As you leisurely walk, meet villagers who will kindly invite you to visit their homes.

    Transfer to Bac Ha

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Huy Trung's Homestay(Double Room)
    Na Quang 3, Bac Ha town, Bac Ha district, Lao Cai , Vietnam
  • Day 6,Bac HaSat, May 25, 2024
    Bac Ha market

    Get transfer from Sapa to Bac Ha via Lao Cai City. Stop on the way for a visit to the Vietnam -China border gate. Located at an altitude of 1000m, Bac Ha is home to several ethnic groups such as the colorful Hmong, Phu La and Tay. Bac Ha is well known for its weekly, colorful Sunday market also been for the cultural exchange of the ethnic groups for centuries.

    Start to explore Bac Ha, it is possible to visit a colorful, ethnic market ( Bac Ha market is on Sunday. Otherwise we can visit Coc Ly market on Tuesday, Can Cau market on Saturday instead). Enjoy the striking atmosphere with so many goods such as vegetables, poultry, horses and buffalos while capturing many minority groups in their best colorful clothing of the week. After visiting the market, take a walk through some idyllic ethnic villages, which is a typical Bac Ha landscape, interspersed with corn fields, cassava hills and clay houses, plum gardens adorned by H'Mong women and their colorful dresses will accompany you throughout the trip.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    Bac Ha Lake view(Double / Twin Room)
    D2, Nam Sat 1, Bac Ha town, Lao Cai , Vietnam
  • Day 7,Bac Ha - Xin ManSun, May 26, 2024
    Bac Ha - travel to Xi Man

    Depart to Xin Man, a town at the border between Vietnam and China. En-route, you will take a trip to the center of Lung Cai – Lan Ma communes. Discover the villages, primary school and boarding school for ethnic children, who stay at the boarding school the entire week. This is a great opportunity to interact with teachers and students. From Lan Ma, we will hike down the Lan Ma pass, passing through authentic Hmong villages, a splendid landscape where you can admire the magnificent rice terrace fields. (This trekking route may be done in the opposite direction to enjoy the descent of the pass).

    Enjoy a picnic lunch, then meet our driver and transfer to Xin Man. Stop to take photos of the beautiful wild landscapes and meet the locals. Arrive in Xin Man, the main town of the district that is very difficult to access, and home to a beautiful, well preserved ethnic market on Sunday. This is a place for dozens of ethnic groups to meet and exchange their goods and specialties (housewives, edible goods, crafts, animals). It is also a good way to experience the local way of life.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    Phu Cuong Guest House(Standard Room )
    Xin Man town, Ha Giang , Vietnam
  • Day 8,Hoang Su Phi - Ha GiangMon, May 27, 2024
    Hoang Su Phi - travel to Ha Giang

    to Ha Giang via the Hoang Su Phi district. This part will surprise you with its beautiful landscape of rice terraces and green tea hills in Hoang Su Phi. You not only have a chance of encounters with colorful ethnic groups on route, but also to take breathtaking photos.

    Arrive in Ha Giang in the middle of the afternoon, beginning a trek to the Me – Lup – Tha Village. Featuring serene beauty, these villages are made up of hundreds of houses on wooden stilts covered by palm leaves. In front of the houses, there are small ponds for raising fish and water hyacinth cultivations for pigs. You will be welcomed by big smiles from the villagers testifying to their legendary hospitality. Visit a typical house and discover the local daily life. Arrive in Tha Village, a village on the palm hills with rice fields where you can rest in the serenity. Check in at your accommodation.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    Ha Giang Homestay (Mr Nghiem) (Sharing homestay)
    Ha Thanh village. Ha Giang city, Ha Giang , Vietnam
  • Day 9,Ha Giang - Dong VanTue, May 28, 2024
    Ha Giang - Dong Van town

    Travel to Dong Van with the magical landscapes of this region present along the route. Before arrival at the Quan Ba pass, we will stop to visit a village of Bo Y people in the Quyet Tien Commune. Their origin is from China. The Bo Yis a small community of 2000 people who populate in the mountainous parts of the north. Stop at the Quan Ba pass and take a short break to admire Quan Ba town with the famous Twin Fairy Mountain (Nui Co Tien).

    Continue drive to the Limestone rock plateau zone, considered as mountainous Halong Bay. This majestic natural treasure has been listed in the World Geological Park book. On the way, you will discover “Nha Trinh Tuong” (a special type of house) by a walking to the Lung Hoa Village. This is the typical house of Hmong people in the village which is built on sticky ground. Next, visit the Palace of the H'mong King (Dinh Vua Meo). Dating back 100 years ago, far from the plain, the regions of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van, Meo Vac created an autonomous zone with their own king. They cultivated poppies and their economy was based on the opium business with China. Arrive in Dong Van, check in accommodation and relax.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Hoa Cuong Hotel(Double Room)
    70 Le Quy Don, Ha Giang city, Ha Giang , Vietnam
  • Day 10,Dong Van - Meo Vac - Bao LacWed, May 29, 2024
    Dong Van - Ma Pi Leng pass - Bao Lac town

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart from Dong Van to Meo Vac by crossing Ma Pi Leng Pass which seduces you with the breathtaking view of limestone mountains, Nho Que River and H'mong Villages nested in the mountain. Continue toBao Lac. This is well known for the Black Lo Lo ethnic group. This region was highlighted by the French media, “The journey into unknown land”. This documentary was filmed in Khuoi Khon village of the Lo Lo people, 9km away from Bao Lac town, by the rugby player, Frederik Michalak. Lunch is served in Bao Lac town and check in to your hotel.

    In the afternoon, we transfer to Coc Xa village, in the Na Van commune. This village of the Lo Lo ethnic group remains more authentic than Khuoi Khon village which became more touristic after the famous documentary. Walk through the rice fields and trails in the village, visit the local people's houses, and talk with the hosts to understand more about the local life as well as their traditional customs. Go back to the town and stay overnight in your hotel.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Duc Tai Hotel(Double Room)
    Bao Lac town, Cao Bang , Vietnam
  • Day 11,Bao Lac - Cao BangThu, May 30, 2024
    Bao Lac - Transfer to Cao Bang

    Depart to Cao Bang via Tinh Tuc, 30km from Bao Lac, in Hung Dao commune, there is a beautiful village of the San Chi ethnic group. Of course, we will stop to visit and discover the beauty of the village. You will be one of just a few travelers to visit this area because of its hidden location behind the hill. The village with hundreds of houses on stilts is nested on the side of a mountain and has views of the stunning valley. To reach to the village, you will have to walk up a 2km steep incline. The higher you walk, the better the view you will get. Also, you can visit a family to understand the authentic life of this ethnic group.

    Keep your journey to Cao Bang, where you will be in awe of the magnificent nature where the mountains gently meet the valleys of rice terraces so stop to film or take photos whenever possible. Arrive in Cao Bang in the afternoon. Check in your hotel and walk around the central market in the city. Stay overnight in your hotel.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Thanh Loan 1 Hotel(Double Room)
    131 Vuon Cam street, Cao Bang city, Cao Bang , Vietnam
  • Day 12,Cao Bang - Ban Gioc water fall - Cao BangFri, May 31, 2024
    Cao Bang - Ban Gioc - Cao Bang

    Depart from your hotel to Ban Gioc waterfall located on the border between Vietnam and China. It is 30m in height and 208m in width and is the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam. After 2 hours of driving through the magical limestone region, you will arrive at Ban Gioc waterfall and be amazed by this beautiful natural masterpiece.

    In the afternoon, transfer to Nguom Ngao cave, reached by walking a hundred steps. The cave is located in the maize valley and is 2km in length. It is filled with incredible stalactites and stalagmites. It was a shelter for thousands of local people during the Vietnam/China border war. On the way to Cao Bang we will visit Phuc Sen, a blacksmith village, where you will have an opportunity to burn your name into your souvenir knife. You will be one of just a few travelers who spend a night in the village. The comfort is limited; however, you will enjoy the friendly atmosphere and the legendary hospitality of the Nung ethnic group and their authentic lifestyle. Have dinner and stay overnight in a homestay.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Phia Thap Homestay (Sharing homestay)
    Quang Uyen district, Cao Bang , Vietnam
  • Day 13,Bao Lac - Ba BeSat, Jun 1, 2024
    Bao Lac town - Ba Be Lake

    In the morning, depart from your homestay for a 2-hour trek to Nung village. You will discover the craft villages specializing in the manufacture of paper and incense sticks. The landscape of rice paddies, the limestone peaks and the Nung ethnic group with their delightful hospitality will astonish you. According to our clients, this is one of the itineraries which gave them the most wonder.

    In the Canh Phung Tren village, meet our driver for a transfer to Ba Be. On the way, you will enjoy the magnificent landscape of the villages nestled in the flank of mountain. Stop on the way to meet the natives and take photos wherever possible. Arrive in Ba Be in the afternoon. Visit Pac Ngoi village, a typical village of Tay people. 

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L, D
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    Bike: Ba Be
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
    Ba Be Homestay (Sharing homestay)
    Ba Be lake, Pac Ngoi village, Ba Be district, Bac Kan , Vietnam
  • Day 14,Ba Be - HanoiSun, Jun 2, 2024
    Ba Be lake - Hanoi

    In the morning, take a walk from the village to the pier to enjoy a boat trip on the lake (It is possible to swim in the lake). Stop to discover the Fairy Pond in the middle of the primitive forest. After the lake, move to Nang river. Walk along the river bank and be immersed in the beauty of wild and reach Dau Dangwaterfall.

    Keep continue our boat trip in the opposite direction along the Nang River to Puong Cave home to thousands of bats inside the cave. The boat will go through the cave toward to Buoc Lom pier. Meet our driver for a transfer to Hanoi.

    Included:
    English speaking guide
    Meal: B, L
    Boat: Ba Be
    Private transportation
    Entrance fees
    02 bottles of mineral water (500 ml)/pax/day
Inclusions
  • English speaking tour guide following itinerary
  • All entrance fees and tickets mention on itinerary
  • Selected Accommodations with daily breakfast
  • Boat: Ba Be
  • Private car following itinerary
  • Meal: B: 14, L: 14, D: 11
  • Bike: Nghia Lo, Ba Be
  • Service charges and Taxes
Exclusions
  • International flight from/to your country
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping and Gratuities
  • Other not mentioned in the program


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