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Untouched North East Adventure

VA 12


6 Days/ 5 Nights

Hanoi – Lao Cai/ Sapa – Trung Do– Hoang Su Phi– Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Ba Be National Park – Thai Nguyen - Hanoi

Brief description
Spectacular landscapes of the northern mountainous region with famous highlights such as: Hoang Lien Mountain range, Chay river massif, Dong Van Limestone Plateau and Ba Be Lake & national park.
Unique discovery of culture, custom and way of life of different tribal ethnic peoples living in remote far north of Vietnam.


Tour Code : VA 12
Tour Route: Hanoi – Lao Cai/ Sapa – Trung Do– Hoang Su Phi– Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Ba Be National Park – Thai Nguyen – Hanoi
Tour Duration: 6 Days/ 5 Nights packages
Dates: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Starts: Hanoi (pick up from the hotel in the evening)
Ends: Hanoi (drop off at the hotels in the morning)
Activity Level: Adventure
Group size: Private tour only
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)


Day 1 Hanoi – overnight train to Lao cai
Day 2 Lao Cai – Trung Do Village – Hoang Su Phi
Day 3 Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh
Day 4 Yen Minh – Pho Bang – Dong Van – Meo Vac
Day 5 Meo Vac – Bao Lac – Ba Be
Day 6 Ba Be – Boat trip – Thai Nguyen – Ha Noi


Detail itinerary
Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai
Our trip starts with an overnight train journey from Vietnam, s capital city to the border town of Lao Cai. The accommodation for tonight will be in soft sleeper berths on the express train.
Day 2 Lao Cai – Trung Do Village – Hoang Su Phi (219 km driving, 5hour driving, 4 hour walking and sightseeing)
Picked up at Lao Cai station for those who take the night train from Hanoi.
Take the road transfer for 70km through the lush lowland of Lao Cai via green tea plantation as well as a series of stunning valleys where the Tay and Dzay ethnic peoples grow rice on large terraces. Then turn to road 279 for half an hour to Trung Do valley. Enjoy an hour walking through this valley for marvelous landscapes as well as to explore the interesting way of life of the Tay peoples. Lunch break in a local house on stilts.
Continue the road trip after lunch along the 279 road to make a cut through the prosperous lowland of Ha Giang province to Bac Quang town let. Enjoy another hour walk in My Bac commune for a discovery of the unique culture of the Pa Then ethnic whose population is only 5,500 living mainly in Ha Giang province whose culture is unique and interesting.
Follow national road 2 for 15km in mid afternoon from Bac Quang town let to Tan Quang and then turn to narrow mountain road for 32km to Thong Nguyen commune. This portion of the trip offers magnificent landscapes of the Hoang Su Phi mountain pass as well as breathtaking scenery of impressive terraced fields. Paying visiting to a hamlet of the Red Dzao before arrival to the Panhou Ecolodge for staying overnight.
Day 3 Hoang Su Phi – Quan Ba–Yen Minh ( 165km driving, 5 hours driving, 4 hour walking and sightseeing)
Breakfast and leave the Hotel at 08.00, driving the same way for 32km back to national road 2 and then heading for Ha Giang city. Take a coffee break while your tour guide gets local security permission for traveling along the borderin gregion.Leaving Ha Giang and follow road 4C 46km uphill the spectacular Quan Ba mountain pass for about 3 hours including some stops along the way paying visiting to villages of the Tay and Hmong as well as taking photo of the stunning landscape. From the top of Quan Ba pass which is called Heaven Gate, the panorama of Tam Son valley opens wide below which is highlighted with green rice fields and colorful flower farms, especially the TWIN HILLS beautifully set amongst immense and walled-up lime stone mountain. Process gradually downhill shortly to TamSon townlet at noon for lunch break. Afternoon trip begins with an hour walking to explore Nam Dam village of the Dzao Ao Dai(Dzao with long dress) who live their most traditional way in a beautiful village at the foot of Quan Ba mountain range. Then back to the road again for 42km road ride first downhill and then passing over Yen Minh pass. This portion of the road trip offers breathtaking scenery of the terraced fields, probably among the most beautiful ones in Vietnam.Arrival at the Thao Nguyen Hotel in Yen Minh town let at about 4.30 to 5.00pm, check in hotel and spend the rest hours on your own to relax or explore this charming town let.
Day 4 Yen Minh – Pho Bang – Dong Van – Meo Vac (82km driving, 3 hour driving, walking, sightseeing 4-5 hours)
If on Sunday: Spend about 1 hour early in the morning to visit the market where tribal peoples such as Hmong, Dzao…in their colorful traditional costumes gather not only for shopping but also for socializing, a feature of social life in the mountainous region.
Leaving Yen Minh after breakfast for a road transfer uphill heading to Dong Van and then onto Meo Vac town let. The road of this part gets winds its way up and down steep mountains with many sharp bends but the scenery is amazingly beautiful.
Customers will enjoy many stops along the way for magnificent and beautiful landscapes as well as paying visit to some highlights of the region such as:
The ancient town let of Pho Bang featured with clay walled, yin & yang roofed houses built centuries ago.
The Sung Muoi village with typical & traditional way of life of the Hmong peoples
The historical relics of the Vuong Palace to learn about the past when the Vuong family ruled over the region and control opium production and trading.
Arriving in Dong Van in late noon, lunch break and customers may choose to enjoy an easy walk for two hours afterwards to explore the Quyet Tien valley and the ancient street of Dong Van town let.
Continue the road trip downhill 28km passing over the Ma Pi Leng pass which is famous for its magnificence and beauty, composed by walled-up mountains, deep valley and the 800m high canyon and the Nho Que River running in between.
Arriving in Meo Vac at about 5.00pm. Check in the Hoa Cuong hotel and relax.
Day 5 Meo Vac – Bao Lac – Ba Be (197 km driving, 4 hour driving, 4-5 hour walking and sightseeing)
Today the trip will processes from the high mountainous region of Meo Vac downhill to the Gam river massif, getting through Bao Lac district of Cao Bang and then onto Ba Be National Park.
The 55km road trip downhill from Meo Vac to Ly Bon which takes about 1.5 hour will be highlighted with several stops along the way to visit a hamlet of the Dzao and a village of the Nung peoples near the center of Niem Son commune. Then driving for over 2 hours along road 34 before turning to road 212 to Cho Ra and Ba Be. The trip will be highlighted with short visiting to villages of the San Chay and Dzao Tien (Dzao with coins) along the way.
Arriving to the center of Ba Be National Park in the afternoon at about 06.00pm. Check in hotel, dinner and relax.
If on Sunday: Spend an hour early in the morning joining the weekly market in Meo Vac town let before leaving.
If on the date of the Tiger and Monkey: Early breakfast and then transfer 17km to Lung Phin to attend the famous weekly market where customers have chance to meet Hmong and Dzao peoples from remotest villages who come and create festive atmosphere at the market place.
If on 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 of the lunar months, spend an hour joining the tribal peoples at Niem Son Market(25km from Meo Vac) or even earlier for 2 hours driving to Bao Lac Market where the Black Lo Lo and San Chay peoples can be met.
Day 6 Ba Be – Boat trip – Thai Nguyen – Ha Noi (225km driving, 5 hour driving, 3 hour on boat trip)
Breakfast, check out hotel at 08.00am, then take 30 minutes walk through the thick rain forest to the boat pier. Boarding a boat for 3 hours cruising on the clear water of Ba Be, the largest natural lake in the mountainous region of Indochina which is surrounded by high mountains covered by thick forest, getting through the stunning Puong Cave before the end of the boat trip. Meet the car and river again for a short transfer to Cho Ra to have lunch. Transfer 237km by road for the whole afternoon via Bac Can, Thai Nguyen to Hanoi.


About Price:
Since this is a private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give you as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!


What is included:
• English speaking guide
• Permission for traveling along the border and visiting fees
• Road transfer by good vehicle and mountain experienced driver
• Hotel and home stay
• Meals
• Mineral water, fruit or snack along the trip


What is not included
• Soft drink (beer, coca cola…)
• All other services which is not mentioned above

What to bring
• Original passport
• Insect repellent
• Warm clothe in the winter time (October – March)
• Comfortable shoes
• Wide brim hat
• Sun cream

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