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Discover Northest Beauty and Culture 12 days

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The Discovery through the Northeast and Northwest of Vietnam will give you an unparalleled opportunity to discover a hidden corner of this wonderful country. Drive through spectacular sceneries with visits to markets of mountain tribes, villages and historic sites. You will enjoy and experience this region's unique culture by visiting Hanoi, Ba Be Lake, Meo Vac, Ha giang, Sapa and Halong Bay. This tour is designed for those who love nature, culture and discovering new lands off the beaten track.


  • Float along the lake, viewing magnificent waterfalls and wildlife in the Ba Be National Park. A traditional homestay is the perfect way to access remote parts of this region and to get a real glimpse of Vietnamese life
  • Explore hill tribe's lifestyle and the breathtaking Ban Gioc Waterfall. The most impressive part of your trip is 30km zigzag road between Dong Van and Meo Vac with breathtaking views of the landscapes
  • Take you off the beaten track in Ha Giang and home stay in local village. Visit lively fair market of Bac Ha gathering ethnic people from different hill tribe villages with colorful costumes
  • Trek through the rolling rice terraces, waterfalls, mountains and lush green hills of Sapa and you’ll quickly realize why this has become an iconic image of Vietnam.
  • Halong Bay feels like paradise, with its blue-green waters and spectacular islands and caves. Spend an overnight cruising and exploring its magical beauty.


Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Warmly welcome upon your arrival in Hanoi. Your local guide will meet you at the airport for a transfer to your hotel in the city center. Hotel rooms may not be ready until 14:00 but an early check-in would be guaranteed with a surcharge. The rest of the day is at leisure. Subject to your arrival time, you may want to venture out to explore the city on your own or join one of our wonderful optional excursions in and around Hanoi, such as a walking tour through Hanoi’s Old Quarter for you first impression of Vietnam’s capital city.
Optional: We introduce two one-of-a-kind traditional performances which are found nowhere else than in Vietnam. You can choose one of below options:
- Water Puppet Show where puppets are performed on water stage with folk music, presenting ancient tales, folklore and daily life in Vietnamese countryside.
- Tu Phu (Four Palaces) Show - a very unique show about ritual of spirit practiced in the Vietnamese indigenous religion with music, colors and lively dance performance. The Four Palaces Shows take place on Thursday and Saturday every week.
Meals: NA
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Activities: Transfer from the airport to hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Hanoi
8:30 Your car, driver, and tour guide will be ready at your hotel to start your Hanoi City Tour.
This full day tour takes you around Hanoi’s most interesting sights. Firstly, you will visit Ho Chi Minh Complex including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, House-on-Stilts, the Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda. After that we explore the Temple of Literature - the first university in Vietnam. Have lunch at a local Restaurant with traditional Vietnam cuisines.
After lunch time, Visit the Ethnology Museum – an interesting museum offers informative and well-documented display about 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam.
Return to city center, continue to discover Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son temple, listen to a special legend story about Hoan Kiem Lake.
Ending trip with a Warter Puppet show. Go back to hotel and relax.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Activities: Sightseeing tour full day, visit some "must-see" attractions of Hanoi and enjoy a cyclo around Hanoi Old Quarter.
Day 3: Hanoi - Ba Be
7:00 Your car, driver, and tour guide will be ready at your hotel to start to Ba Be National Park (~ 260 km, 7 hours) with lunch on the way. This national park protects the freshwater lake (Ba Be Lake). Arrive in Ba Be around late afternoon, just enough time for 30 minutes boat cruise to the boatmen’s home village. After arriving at our home stay in Pac Ngoi village, you are welcome by the host family of Tay people. Free time then to have shower, walk around the village before dinner. Dinner and overnight at a traditional wooden stilt house of locals
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay/ Stilt house in Ba Be
Activities: Transfer to Ba Be National Park. Experience homestay with Tay people in Pac Ngoi village.


Day 4: Ba Be
8.30 After breakfast your tour guide will take you on a trek to Pac Ngoi village where the local people live by fishing and growing rice and corn. Continue to walk along the stream edge to view the stilt houses. We will visit Tay ethnic by bike where we explore an amazing cave in the mountain. The journey continues to Silk waterfall which is about another five km by bike. If it’s hot, you can jump in and swim. We will have a picnic lunch at the waterfall.
In the afternoon we come back and leave the bikes and walk around Ba Be lake shore and try to get some great photo of the sunset. We will go to the local markets for souvenirs and then back to our homestay.
Dinner and overnight in the village of ethnic people.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay in Ba Be
Activities: Bike around the village to get an insight into daily life of ethnic people and visit amazing cave, Silk Waterfall.
Day 5: Ba Be - Ha Giang - Meo Vac
We leave Ba Be at 7:30 AM by land transfer to Meo Vac (260 km – 6 hours driving), enjoy beautiful natural landscape along the way with majestic mountain ranges and peaceful rivers. We will also enjoy lunch on the way. Arrive at Meo Vac town of Lo Lo and Pu Peo ethnic minority people in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at your homestay in Meo Vac.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay in Meo Vac
Activities: Transfer to the remote mountainous area of Meo Vac
Day 6: Meo Vac - Dong Van - Yen Minh - Quan Ba - Ha Giang
After breakfast, we leave Meo Vac at 7:30 AM and head straight to Dong Van – the limestone plateau which is inhabited by the Blue Hmong ethnic group. Enjoying the poetic and magnificent mountainous scenery on the way. The most impressive part of your trip is 30km zigzag road between Dong Van and Meo Vac with breathtaking views of the landscapes. Arrive at Dong Van Town, we can witness one more local market: Dong Van market which is organized on every Sunday only if lucky enough.
After that, we continue driving to Pho Bang, visit the villa of Vuong Chi Sinh Royal family, whose architecture is a mixture between Chinese and European styles. Continue the trip passing through Yen Minh, Quan Ba before arriving at "Heaven Gate" the peak of the highest mountain in the area. During the drive you will discover sugar fields and limestone peaks touching the skies which are located among stone forests. Arriving in Ha Giang in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in the local village.
Note: The Dong Van market is held on every Sunday morning. Meo Vac, Dong Van, Yen Minh and Ha Giang are remote areas and have not many tourists. Local restaurants in this area therefore do not have the same standard as restaurants in big cities. Tourists have to take meals as local residents only.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay in Ha Giang
Activities: Take you off the beaten track in Ha Giang and home stay in local village


Day 7: Ha Giang - Bac Ha
After breakfast at the hotel, we leave Ha Giang at 7:30 for Bac Ha Town (~ 240 km, 6 hours driving), you will arrive in the late afternoon. If enough time, on the way to Bac Ha, we can stop at Thai Giang Pho village of flower Hmong people for short visiting. You will have a chance to explore the reality of life for the ethnic minority people in the mountains of Vietnam… Check in your hotel for relaxation. Dinner on your own and overnight at your homestay.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Homestay in Bac Ha
Activities: Transfer to the border town Bac Ha. Meet ethnic minority people in the mountainous area of Vietnam
Day 8: Bac Ha - Coc Ly Market - Sapa
Leave Bac Ha early at 6:30 AM for ethnic weekly market; enjoy the peaceful life of different minority peoples (Flower H'mong, Black Dzao, Tay, Dzay, HaNhi and Nung). The market is the chance for the minorities to meet and share joy and sorrows after the crops, to exchange one another's experience. Say goodbye to the market and get down onto a boat along Chay river. You are bound to feel great and find yourselves smaller among high rock mountains and to be surprised at white and breathtakingly waterfalls. The Fairy Cave is located deeply in the rocks. Get off the boat to visit a village of the Tay Minority (TrungDo village) by the river. After the boat trip, visit a small town – Bao Nhai and then take car back to Sapa. Dinner in your own and overnight in Sapa.
Remark: Coc Ly market is held on every Tuesday morning only. Other markets are held in the region on some other days of the week: Sin Cheng & Cao Son are on every Wednesday; Lung Khau Nhin & Muong Khuong are on every Thursday; Can Cau market is on every Saturday morning and Bac Ha Market is on every Sunday morning. Depending on your traveling dates, another market visiting will be arranged rather than Coc Ly market
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Homestay in Sapa
Activities: Visit lively fair market gathering ethnic people from different hill tribe villages with colorful costumes. Transfer to Sapa.

Day 9: Sapa
6km of walking down to the south east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. A 2km-trekking down to Lao Chai village, through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people. Lunch at a local family, it gives you a worth chance for you to learn about the local house architecture which is full of their daily life styles and exclusive custom. Enjoy the landscapes…on the way. Get back to Sapa by Car.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Activities: Trekking full day to villages of ethnic minorities: Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van
Day 10: Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi
This morning, you will take a short transfer to the small village of Sin Chai, inhabited by Black H’mong people. You will walk around and experience the daily life of the villagers. Continue to walk out of the village, following a trail running through rice paddy and corn hill along a narrow river, enjoying the spectacular scenery surrounding. Return the Sapa for lunch, relaxing before transfer back Hanoi by car. Arrive Hanoi in the evening, dinner in your own and overnight in Hanoi Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
Activities: Explore the village Sin Chai and transfer back to Hanoi
Day 11: Hanoi - Halong Bay
Leave Hanoi this morning and head straight to Halong bay a stunning UNESCO World Heritage site with its 3,000 islands of towering limestone dotting the bay and Gulf of Tonkin (180km – 3.5 - 4 hour driving). After arriving at noon, you will board a beautiful boat for an overnight cruise on Halong Bay with an excellent menu of fresh seafood. Lunch and dinner are served on boat. Overnight on board.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Halong Bay Cruise
Activities: Enjoy overnight cruise in Halong Bay

Day 12: Halong Bay - Hanoi Departure
Wake up early in the morning to enjoy aquamarine water of the bay at its best. After tea break, the boat continue to cruise quietly through spectacular limestone formations of Halong Bay. Enjoy this more isolated bay’s spectacular and unique islands of the bay. Return to Halong harbour around noon for a transfer back to Hanoi airport for your own flight. Meals on your owns, end your services.
Meals: Breakfast, Brunch
Accommodation: NA
Activities: Spend the morning exploring the magical bay and transfer to airport in Hanoi for onward flight
Price Includes

  • Accommodation in TWN/ DBL sharing except overnight at local homestay or on train
  • All transport and transfer by air conditioned vehicle (including airport pick up & see off), as per itinerary
  • All in-tour stationed local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the program
Price Excludes

  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights to or from Vietnam with taxes
  • Visa or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals
Cancellation by Customer

  • 30% of total package price should be deposited once the booking is confirmed
  • Cancellation received less than 72 hours prior arrival date or No show: full charge the total package rate
  • Cancellation received from 4 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total package tour charged
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 20 days prior arrival date: 10% of total package tour charged
Children Policy

  • 50% discount for child under 6 years accompany with 2 full paying clients, staying in same room with parents
  • 75% charged for child from 6-11 years accompany with 2 full paying clients, staying on extra bed
  • The above children rates are applicable for booking made with 2 adults and a maximum of 2 children occupancy in a room.
  • Child age of 12 years up is subject to adult rate
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