9 days Northern Explore
Ha Noi - Ba Be - Cao Bang - Lang Son - Bai Tu Long - Ha Noi
This trip from Ba Be Lake to Bai Tu Long Bay is diverse and adventurous, offering out-of-the-way experiences that many travellers miss out on: We visit Pac Po, trek through hill tribe villages and explore Bai Tu Long Bay.
|Tour code: HG 06
Tour route: Ha Noi – Ba Be – Cao Bang – Lang Son – Bai Tu Long – Ha Noi
Start : Hanoi ( Morning pick up at the hotel)
End: Hanoi (Late afternoon at the hotel)
Tour duration: 9 Days 8 Nights
Tour date: Daily
Activity level: Medium adventure
Group size: Private tour
Day 1: Hanoi city tours
Quarter while your guide unpack bike box and build up your bike. Short bike riding around the old quarter to make sure that your bike works well. Tonight, you stay overnight in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi – Ba Be Lake (240km, 5 hour driving)
Departing from Hanoi, we embark on a route up into mountain areas north of Hanoi. Then onwards to Ba Be Lake National Park, one of the largest natural lakes in Vietnam, home to many kinds of bird, scenic valleys, towering rocky outcrops, underground tributaries rivers, a gigantic cave and local ethnic minorities, including the Tay, Red Dao and Hmong.
Following a relaxing boat trip, we stroll along the river front. The night is spent in the traditional stilt-house of a Tay family. (Lunch and dinner are included).
Day 3: Ba Be Lake – Cao Bang (100km driving, 3 hours driving, 7km trekking, 1,5 hour trekking)
We take to the road again for a 90 km drive, arriving in Cao Bang town around lunch time. The rest of the day we go to the border village of Pac Po, home to the local Nung ethnic minority and visit Coc Bo (the Source), the tiny natural cave lived in briefly by Ho Chi Minh when he returned to Vietnam after thirty years of self-imposed exile.
We hike along a rocky path, take in the cave and explore its stunning visual neighbourhood, before we return to the town for an overnight stay in a hotel. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 4-5: Cao Bang Trek (15km trekking, 5 hour trekking)
The day begins by driving to the border town of Ta Lung, in an area marked by massive limestone cliffs jutting out of the rice fields, spotted by scenic hill tribe hamlets. We begin our adventure with a trek.
We trek for 15 km per day, with breathtaking scenery, staying in simple village accommodation with our friendly hosts of the Tay ethnic minority people. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 6-7: Cao Bang Trek (17km trekking, 5,5 hour trekking)
Another serious day’s trekking through several minority hamlets. We stop for lunch at the village of Dong Khe before venturing on to the Red Dao settlement of Pac Khoang.
The following day we cover a 17 km trek to the Tay village of Na Pang where we stay overnight. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 8: That Khe / Lang Son ( 80km driving, 12km trekking, 3 hour trekking)
We leave our hosts this morning and trek for a further 12 km until we reach the village of That Khe. After lunch in a local restaurant we meet up with our vehicle for a 2-hour drive to the border town of Lang Son.
This town has become a booming trading town since the normalization of relations between China and Vietnam in the early 1990s.
We go to visit To Thi Mountain, which received its name from the local legend concerning the lady named To Thi. The night will be spent in a hotel in Lang Son. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 9: Lang Son / Bai Tu Long Bay (145km, 4 hour driving)
Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay of the submerged Dragon boasts 3000 craggy and towering islets and are amongst the most picturesque places in Vietnam.
The fantastic beauty of the bays has given rise to many legends, some of them dating back to the ancient past as a dragon descended into the deep water.
Departing Lang Son we head for Cai Rong island, we enjoy a boat trip through spactacular limestone outcrops. Those who are energetic can enjoy a kayak ride around the bay.
Upon our arrival on Van Don island, we settle in with a local family for the night to experience their way of life. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 10: Bai Tu Long Bay / Hanoi
We have breakfast and stroll around the stunning visual surroundings of the island. Later in the morning, we board our boat and explore the extent of the bay.
The return journey follows a different route, allowing us a few hours to soak up the transquil beauty only found in Bai Tu Long Bay. After that we make our way back to Hanoi, arriving there at around 5pm. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
Tour price in USD per person
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Tour price include:
• Picks up, transfer & sighseeing as per program by A/C private car
• English speaking guide
• Entranced fees and permission
• Hotels and home stay
• Two bottles of mineral water per person per day
• Entranced fees
• Cruise in Ha Long Bay
• Kayaking in Ha long
• Accommodation for guide and driver
• Porter when you trek to villages
Tour price excludes:
• Travel insurance
• Other personal expenses
What to take:
Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, and small day pack.
It is essential to bring your passort on this trip. We also recommend packing: personal articles, insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat, sun hat, torch..