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Tour type: Daily Tour
Duration: 12 days
Maximum number of people: 2
Location: Ha Giang, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay
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The adventure through the country's Northeast gives you an unparalleled opportunity to discover a hidden corner of Vietnam. Mixing drive through spectacular sceneries with visits to markets of mountain tribes, villages and historic sites, you will enjoy and experience the region's unique culture.
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On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, your guide and driver will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon, take a walk around the center, visiting some of Hanoi’s main attractions: the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoa Lo Prison, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. In the evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture – followed by a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
Today you leave Hanoi for Halong Bay via the Red River Delta. Called “Bay of Descending Dragons” in Vietnamese, the archipelago of Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site composed of almost 2,000 islands and jungle clad limestone pillars. Upon arrival, you will set out on a junk cruise on the bay while lunch is served. Spend the next few hours visiting ancient limestone caves and paddling around on sea kayaks. Overnight on the boat.
Wake up early for a lesson in Tai Chi or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. You will have an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. The boat will then make its way back to the port stopping at the Cave of Surprises, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbour and the return drive to Hanoi. On the way back to Hanoi, you'll enjoy Quan ho Bac Ninh folk songs as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi.
After breakfast at the hotel, your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to Ha Giang via Tuyen Quang province. Arrive in Ha Giang in the early afternoon and check in the hotel. Then take a short walk around the city or take a soft trek to some Tay villages in Ha Giang city. Have dinner and overnight hotel in Ha Giang.
After breakfast, you will take a drive to Dong Van Karst Plateau. On the way, you will have a chance to see a beauty of Pac Sum pass, Heaven Gate, Fairy Mountain in Quan Ba, looking down the Tam Son town from above. Stop at Yen Minh for lunch then continue driving to an old famous house Pao’s House. Then visit the residence of the Vuong family (Palace of Hmong King). And continue taking a drive to Dong Van town. Visit ancient houses, departure for Lo Lo minority village, trekking to Flag tower on the top of Lung Cu mountain about 1km, view ancient valley from the top.
Have dinner and overnight at the hotel in Dong Van
After breakfast, we visit the Dong Van Old quarter, lined with houses of one or two hundred years old, enjoy more of the ancient atmosphere of Dong Van. The rest of the day is through remote and beautiful countryside of Dong Van where we pass through several villages along tracks used by the local people.
We are rewarded with a brilliant backdrop of picturesque valleys covered in rice paddies. The H’mong and Hoa people, who are the local ethnic minorities, exhibit their friendliness through their colorful clothing and warm hospitality. Have dinner and overnight at the hotel in Dong Van
After breakfast, start a trip back to Ha Giang town on another way. The van will stop at Ma Pi Leng Pass for taking photos – the deepest valley in Vietnam as well as in South East Asia. Visit Meo Vac market and come back to Ha Giang via Bao Lam, Bao Lac and Bac Me. Stop for lunch on the way and arrive in Ha Giang in the late afternoon. Check in the hotel and you are free at leisure to explore the town or recover your health for the next day.
After breakfast, we set off on a full day journey to Sin Man and Hoang Su Phi from Ha Giang Town. The rough but scenic route traverses a dense jungle before crossing over a pass and dropping down to Sin Man. This day is a real challenge for our driver as we travel by winding roads with many uphill and downhill drives. Along the way we may encounter the Nung Ing, Tay, Red Dao, Dao Ao Dai, La Chi and Co Lao, just some of the many hill tribe groups who have settled there. Overnight at homestay in Sin Man.
Today you will drive to Bac Ha, the capital of the region of the Flower Hmong, a relaxed base to explore the northern highlands and hill-tribe villages. Have lunch on the way. Arrive in Bac Ha, check in hotel and you are free to explore the town on your own interests. This is a long drive from Ha Giang to Sapa (about 6 - 7 hours on over 230km mountainous road), though there’s no time to get bored as the scenery is truly breathtaking. Overnight at the hotel in Bac Ha.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a full day’s trek to explore Sapa’s cultural diversity and haunting natural beauty. On arrival, you'll start trekking around 12 km to visit two villages of the Black H'mong (Cat Cat and Sin Chai). Enjoy a picnic lunch by a waterfall and see the hydroelectric power station established by the French. Walk from Catcat back to Sapa. Overnight at your hotel in Sapa.
Breakfast at the hotel, start trekking to Y Linh Ho and Muong Hoa valley to visit two villages of the H'mong and the Dzay. Picnic lunch en route or with a local family. Visit the Red Dzao in Giang Ta Chai village, stopping off to see a picturesque waterfall and suspension bridge. Walk up to the road and take the jeep back to Sapa. Transfer to Lao Cai train station for boarding an overnight train.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departing flight.
Private tours with local English speaking guide
Accommodation as mentioned
A/C transport throughout the tours
Train ticket: Lao Cai - Hanoi (soft sleeper cabin for 4 passengers)
Meals as indicated
Permit and porter for trekking
Homestay permissions
First-aid kit
Water, Fruit and Snack (3L/pax/day)
Government tax & Service charge
International flight ticket
Visa stamps upon arrival
Other meals not mentioned
Tips & personal expenses
Other not stated above
Travel insurance

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