Choose this off the beaten track in Northeast Vietnam Tour if you are an adventure-minded traveler! Why?
The trip grants you a one-of-a-kind adventure into a faraway remote area, where lies the unexplored Northeastern features of Vietnam. It is the spectacular sceneries of the prosperous rice fields, the gigantic karst mountains and the wonderful cultural values which are still untouched by human beings in Ha Giang. Moreover, the vast variety of flora and fauna species in Ba Be National Park is also a highlight. And from the trip you will admire the grandeur panorama of Ban Gioc Waterfall as well.
Most has never seen anything like a crowd. The great distance of the province from just about anywhere has ruled it out from the itinerary of lots of travelers. However, with this tour, everything is ready for you so that all you have to do is to open your heart and your mind to new experience.
The first part is for conquering the trekking trails up Tay Con Linh, the highest mountain in North Eastern Vietnam. Enjoy the exhilarating moment of reaching the top as well as first-class view of the surrounding.
Ha Giang is rich in culture, as its Hmong, Yao as well as Tay community can attest. Drop by King of Hmong Place and soak up the quaint atmosphere and take a glimpse at the architecture and history of the palace.
Weekend market fairs are also natural attractions and Dong Van is no exception. Go there early and see the locals arrive at the crack of dawn unloading locally-sourced fare if your day falls in Sunday.
Shrug off the hype of markets with a drive to Ma Pi Leng Pass. It is the perfect destination for those in search of staggering sceneries and a sense of adventure. A walk here will explain why most people must visit here when they go to Ha Giang.
Cao Bang province is the next destination. If you are lucky enough, you will happen to visit the Lo Lo’s open fair, a colorful display of vegetables and fruits on the way from Hagiang. Get even closer to nature with a short trip to Ban Gioc waterfall. See for yourself water leaps off the cliffs into a lake below.
Stunningly beautiful, part of the fun of Ba Be Lake is the last but not least of your adventure. The lake is backed by cliffs and is an idyllic spot for trekking, boating, and eating. There you will have chance to explore the whole park on an incredible trek.
Conclude Ba Be Lake part with a 3-hour boat trip on one of the most beautiful lakes in North Vietnam. Stop en route for more caves and a local village in the surroundings.
Without doubt, this unique Northeast Vietnam tour lets the unforgettable sense of adventure take your breath away.
Get your first day started at 8AM to take a 6-hour drive to Ha Giang.
Leave the busy Hanoi behind and head straight to the peaceful hidden corners of Ha Giang. Along the way, make a short stop in between for an awesome photo hunt down the paths in the middle of an endless rice field.
Jump in an exotic lunch in a local restaurant when noontime arrives. After that, arrive in Ha Giang at around 4PM and spend the rest of the first day admiring the rustic local life of the Tay ethnic dwellers.
Here, you will get to see the actual attractiveness of Vietnam’s lush green rice paddies surrounding the authentic traditional wood-made stilt houses tiled with palm leaves before killing off the heat in a local stream nearby.
An exotic dinner is ready for you at the end of the day.
Explore the hidden parts of Ha Giang with a full day 18 km trek on this second day of the trip. Departing from a local Tay village, you will trek up the off-road trails, wind through the wild forests and emerald terraced rice fields to reach the peak of Tay Con Linh Mountain Range -residential place of the Yao people. Take time to enjoy the stunning panoramic view before lunch with a local Yao host.
After that, stroll down the valley and finish the trek in a Tay village after nearly 7 hours off the beaten path trekking.
The next 1-hour drive today takes you to Quan Ba District, where you are about to experience an overnight homestay in a unique clay-made traditional Yao house. Stop at Quan Ba Heaven Gate and Fairy Bosom to get a breath-taking panoramic view at sunset.
Start the day with an early wake up for sunrise photo hunt. After breakfast, wander around the village to witness daily life of local Yao community before het the road again to Dong Van. Stop at some places in Yen Minh to cast an eye on exotic nature and have pics. Lunch served at a local restaurant in Yen Minh town.
After lunch, head to Dong Van. Stop en route for 1.5-hour walk on mountain trails crossing some local Hmong villages before paying a visit to King of Hmong Palace in Sa Phin valley. Reach Dong Van at about 4.30 PM. If time permits, have an easy walk up the French fortress of Dong Van where you can have the panoramic view of the town at sunset.
Dong Van Market is a fresh and dynamic rural destination to start your day. If your trip falls on Sunday, then get ready to feel the vibe of a one-of-a-kind weekly fair market run by the ethnic Hmong people.
After leaving the market, hike up the mountain following a trail towards the edge of Tu San Canyon where you get to admire the mighty mountain border lying in between Vietnam and China. This 7-km hike leads you to a Tay ethnic ancient village, a traditional village where Tay minority spend the lives in the amazing clay houses.
Get back to Dong Van town for lunch before the next 20-minute drive to the one and only Ma Pi Leng Pass. Over here, the pass offers an enormous panorama after you conquer a 2.5-hour walk to the summit. Get ready to wind through the off-beaten Hmong villages enclosing the corn fields, the poetic Nho Que River and of course, the mighty Tu San Canyon.
Take a short rest for a while to see this natural beauty once in a lifetime before hopping on a 2-hour drive to Bao Lac District in Cao Bang.
Today, we will take you to a long-lasting memorable trip of your life with a start of Khuoi Khon Village. This is where the unique Lo Lo ethnic villagers preserve their special cultures and lifestyles. If good luck strikes, then you would be able to join in the fun and interesting weekly open fair of the tribal Lo Lo, Hmong and Yao people in Bao Lac District. For more information, the fair is held every five days starting from the 5th of lunar calendar.
Afterwards, get transfered to Cao Bang on a 3-hour drive, then explore Cao Bang fresh market by yourselves at the end of the day.
Hit the road again and observe one of the largest natural border waterfall on the planet – Ban Gioc. Along the way to this phenomenal destination, follow our guide for a short stroll down the paths in Phuoc Sen Village.
The site is known to be where the Nung ethnic citizens call their home for centuries. Other than that, Phuoc Sen Village is where they make knives as traditional handicraft for a living.
Get to Ban Gioc waterfall and enjoy a fun boat ride in the border river with China to get closer to the waterfall. A picnic lunch is waiting for you by the waterfall when noon arrives.
After that, pay a visit to Nguom Ngao cave later on and get to hear the mystic legend of a captivating “Tiger cave” before returning to Quang Uyen where your homestay is based. Do you know that where you will spend the night is in the heart of an incense-making village of the Nung people?
Take the rest of the day to discover the truest village life as well as the magical procedure behind indigenous incenses are produced. Take another 1-hour hike up the mountain behind the village to observe the whole exotic view and enjoy an idealistic sunset break at this very peak if time permits.
Today on the seventh day of the journey, a tasty breakfast will get you ready for a 3-hour drive to the iconic Ba Be National Park. On the way, sneak through 5 beautiful passes on the winding hilly paths and arrive at Cho Ra Town at lunch time.
After an authentic lunch to freshen up yourself, move upwards the incredible Cho Len Pass to Hua Ma Cave and get the truest definition of how the most beautiful limestone cave in Northeast Vietnam was born. Spend 1 hour hiking up to discover the cave and admire the beauty of natural stalactites. Next move to the romantic and wild Tat Ma Waterfall found hidden at the top of the mountain where you can get the whole view of this rural paradise. Don’t forget to meditate and cool off in the jade-like water at the foot of this scenic waterfall.
Reach Ba Be Lake at Nam Mau Village afterward for an insight into a Tay ethnic village situated by the lake. This is where you homestay is based. Spend this tranquil night there after checking in and kayaking around the lake.
Another exciting trek is waiting for you today, with a full day 17 km trek departing from Coc Toc – an isolated village near the lake.
Chasing the off-road trails along Pe Lu stream in the middle of the poetic emerald rice fields in which the muddy steps leads you to a woods where you spend 1.5 hours to conquer the steep slope before ending up in a little lovely Hmong Village. Move on further to Nam Dai and be cozily welcomed by the little Hmong and Yao students going to a native school.
Next, take your steps downhill to the Wind Peak for a picnic lunch in a local Hmong community house. After lunch from there, follow the winding trails down the valley, cross villages, jungles and rice fields to return your homestay.
If you still make it in time, then feel free to go for a refreshing swim while watching sunset.
Here come the final day of the journey! Wake up early for a fulfill breakfast before hopping on a 3-hour boat trip around Ba Be lake. Stop to visit Cam village where you get to feel the freshest tropical nature of Northern Vietnam, along with smily local people.
Next off, chase down the serene Nang river to Puong cave and let our guide tell an interesting story of a cave filled with the amazing limestone stalactites and home to millions of bats. End up at Buoc Lom wharf where you make a farewell to to Ba Be and drive back to the hectic Hanoi.
This rate is quoted in USD, base on double / twin occupancy. Valid from 01 Jan 2020 - 30 December 2020. If you have any special request, please contact us to customize your trip.
|1||Ha Giang||Mr Doan's Homestay|
|2||Quan Ba, Ha Giang||Ly Ta Dat's Homestay|
|3||Dong Van, Ha Giang||Hoa Cuong Hotel|
|4||Bao Lac, Cao Bang||Duc Tai Hoatel|
|5||Cao Bang City||Thanh Loan Hotel|
|6||Quang Uyen, Cao Bang||Long's Homestay|
|7||Ba Be National Park||Hoai's Homestay|
|8||Ba Be National Park||Hoai's Homestay|
Best time to visit: from middle February to Deccember
Physical Level: Moderate
What to bring: hiking boots; raincoats; insect spray, suncream…etc
Not recommended for: handicapped people; infants; pregnant people
Thank Conical Travel for this incredible adventure to all hidden parts of Vietnam which are really out of mass tourism. We had such a great time and a lot of memories with local ethnic people. We were so amazed at the landscape as well, really top of the world destinations. Thank Jack for guiding us and taking great care of us as well! Highly appreciate your job!