This eight-day adventure veers off the beaten path and into the wild and unspoilt beauty of northern Vietnam. During the trip, you will trek through mountains, valleys and villages to discover the landscapes and cultures of Sapa and the frontier region of Ha Giang before winding up in the sublime setting of Ba Be National Park.
You will leave Hanoi at approximately 07:30 for the 5-hour drive to Sapa. You can relax and enjoy the transformation of the scenery on the journey. You will arrive in Sapa around midday where you will stop for lunch. You will then trek through terraced rice fields from Lao Chai to Ta Van Village which belongs the H’mong community. In the village, you will have the opportunity to meet the local people and share stories and information before you travel back to Sapa Town by car. You will stay overnight in a hotel.
At around 08:30, after a delicious breakfast, you will begin the walk to the Red Dzao village, Ma Tra followed by Ta Phin Village, passing through the incredible scenery of rice paddies and small villages along the way. You will spend the night in a local homestay where you will share a hearty dinner with hosts and spend the night in their home. This experience brings you right into the heart of local culture.
Today you venture into the wild landscapes of Ha Giang stopping over at the Cat King’s House, Hoang A Tuong, in Bac Ha town and Chang Village, inhabited by a Tay community. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountainous area, dotted with forests. You will continue the journey to Ha Giang, arriving at around 18:00. On arrival, you will visit a nearby Tay village, where you will have dinner and spend the night in a family owned stilt house.
Once we have purchased the mandatory permit at the Immigration Office, you will begin the journey to Dong Van following a spectacular series of passes which wind through the mountains and valleys. En route you enjoy exceptional views of the rolling landscape and interesting flora and fauna. After that, we will have Lunch in the small mountain town of Tam Son visiting the villages of the H’mong, Pho Bang, Pho Cao. You will have the chance to see the former palace of the H’Mong King, Vuong Chinh Duc who was an ally of the French. You will arrive in Dong Van around 18:00 where you will have dinner at a local restaurant and spend the night in a hotel.
This will be an unforgettable day! Starting with a visit to the market in Dong Van (Sunday morning), where the locals shop for all their home cooking supplies, clothes and homewares. We then climb a pass up to the French Fortress of Pu Lo, which was built in 1890 and vacated in 1945, The views from here of the entire region are truly spectacular. We then continue onward on a climb of 15 km up to the top of the Ma Pi Leng Pass, through a maze of lime huge peaks, which look almost like ‘stone forests’, and canyons the like of which you will not see anywhere else in the world. We then head down into the valley of Meo Vac before winding through the mountains and across the river to arrive in the village of Bao Lac. Here we will have lunch and then take the mountain road from Bao Lac – Cao Bang. At this point you will have some free time to relax, rest and unwind, spending the night in a hotel.
One of the most scenic roads in Vietnam arrives at the magnificent Ban Gioc Waterfalls, the closest you can come from the Chinese border: it passes through the middle of the falls and the river. Before arriving to the waterfalls, we visit one of the most spectacular grotto in Vietnam, Nguom Ngao, which counts several kilometers of superbly-lit galleries and an huge 100-m room. We then arrive in the extraordinary site of the waterfalls. Ban Gioc waterfall is divided half site of Vietnam and other site of China, we will travel on a bamboo boat to touch China site, lunch in a local restaurant. We then visit some traditional villages of forged, incense, tile . Return the same way to Cao Bang for diner and overnight at Nung house in Quang Uyen.
Today we go through Ma Phuc pass and continue to Ba Be National Park for a boat ride along the Nang River, with time to explore Ba Be Lake, the caves of Puong Grotto, the rapids of the Dau Dang waterfall and tiny Widow Island. You will also visit the stilt houses of the Tay community in Pac Ngoi Village, where you will spend the night in a homestay.
We stroll along the riverfront, visit some lovely villages and hike the upper reaches of the lake, in an area marked by massive limestone cliffs and mountains. Time for visiting Hua Ma cave, the biggest dry cave in Northeast Vietnam. Lunch in a local restaurant, it is our journey back to Hanoi, arriving there at around 5pm.
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We feel we owe you a big thank you for the services you provided during our stay in Vietnam. The guide, the driver and the car were perfect. Your team was friendly and very attentive to everything we could need. Compliments !
All the peoples we met were also very friendly. The homestays just the standard we had wanted: simple, clean, original, near to the families. The food between good and better, never bad. We know, this is not the kind of voyage everybody likes, but for us it was ideal.
Negative was only the experience with the toilets in Phung and we felt we had to say it tot he host, not to humiliate him but as an advice for his own best and we hope he understood what we meant. Apart this the locality is splendid and we feel it should be promoted. Negative was also the lunch in our hotel the evening we arrived. Very poor standard. It was our foult, but we were too tired to look for something else. Vis-v-vis there is a nice restaurant where we ate a very good lunch when we come back from our tour.
As anticipated the homestays were at all times satisfactory. But he highlights were at Ha Giang, Quang Ba, Ba Be and finally the junk at Lan Ha Bay. Highlights concerning as well the stay as the food.
If we should have the occasion we will not hesitate to recommend your agency to our friends.
Again many thanks, best wishes for the future of your firm.