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Ha Giang – The Final Frontier


This tour takes you to the most stupendous region of Vietnam: Ha Giang, the markets of ethnic people, the mountains of the Black H’mong of Dong Van and the Ma Pi Leng Pass, to the spectacular Ban Gioc waterfall, through another very spectacular mountain road.


Note: This tour is customizable. Contact us to have it tailor-made to suit your expectation if necessary.

Travel Highlights

  • Ha Giang: a firsthand breathtaking karst mountain views, vibrant markets, blankets of flowers, and distinct minority communities Read more!
  • Cao Bang: North Vietnam’s lightly inhabited frontier region. This highland stretch is situated on the Northeast outskirts of China, with several ethnic minority communities residing here Read more!

Detailed Itinerary


You will be picked up by your guide and car at your hotel in Hanoi, and driven to Ha Giang, via Tuyen Quang province. Along the way, you will see a picturesque landscape of rolling hills, quiet villages and lush rice paddies dotted with palm trees. Stop en route to visit a village of black Tay ethnic people. Arrive in Ha Giang town in the late afternoon. Overnight at homestay.


After breakfast, drive to Dong Van Plateau situated at 1025m above sea level and inhabited by H’mong and Tay ethnic groups. Stop at the Heavenly Gate of Quan Ba before arriving at Yen Ninh- a beautiful valley nestled amongst green mountains. Walk through Pho Bang, known to tourists as the “town falling into oblivion”, home to the Hoa and H’Mong ethnic people. The locals have kept their laidback lifestyle. Their clay houses are decorated with a pair of couplets written in Chinese scripts with wishes of good luck and prosperity. Continue your tour with a visit of the Palace of H’Mong King Vuong Chi Sinh built in 1914 and now a symbol of the glorious past of the H’mong people. Night at a hotel in Dong Van.

If you are lucky, you may have a chance to visit Dong Van market held every Sunday. In the early morning, ethnic people from near and far carrying vegetables, fruit, chicken cages, birdcages and even pigs, buffalos or cows flock to the market for bartering. The atmosphere is very excited and enthusiastic, as after days of strenuous work, they are gathering here to exchange their products and have fun together. And one thing they never miss is “Thang Co”, a delicacy of the northwest area made of beef organs. Ethnic men come here, squat to eat Thang Co, drink wine and chat until drunk. When the sun sets, they return home on their horse’s back led by their wives.


After breakfast, you depart to Meo Vac village inhabited by the Lo Lo and Pu Peo ethnic minority people who still retain their cultural traditions and traditional costumes. You will enter the border area with Yunnan province in China sculpted with an amazing karst landscape. You will hike down to Meo Vac valley, a beautiful valley filled with picturesque terraced rice fields, winding rivers and peaceful villages nestled at the foot of the hills. You continue the journey to Bao Lac crossing Ma Pi Leng Pass. In good weather, this pass makes for an amazing picture with mountains shrouded in cloud and the poetic Nho Que river winding its way to the horizon like a silk ribbon. This is a place where heaven and earth meet. Night at a hotel in Bao Lac.


Continue your adventure with a morning drive to Cao Bang province. Stop en route, to shake out your legs, shoot nice photos and get in touch with local people. Overnight in Cao Bang.


Heading out of town, you start venturing towards the famous Ban Gioc Waterfall, the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam. On the other side of the waterfall is Chinese territory. En route, take a short hike to villages of Nung and Tay ethnic people. Arrive at the waterfall, and get on a raft that will take you to the front of the waterfall in order to take picture of this spectacular setting. Picnic lunch near the waterfall to enjoy its fresh atmosphere. Continue with a visit to the Nguom Ngao Cave before returning to Quang Uyen. Overnight at a homestay


Free time to visit Cao Bang until you return to your vehicle and drive back to Hanoi. Several stops en route. Arrive in Hanoi. Transfer to your hotel.


This trip is organized for private group only. The tariff depends on the number of participants and the tourist season of the year. Please send us an enquiry to get the price of your group and your travel date.


Note: Please note that due to cost efficiency, we only organize tour for at least two people.


For your peace of mind, our tours are designed to include as much as possible in the price, but also to give you the freedom to find a special place to eat or to seek out an independent adventure that especially appeals to you.
    • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
    • Mineral water 2 bottles/person/day.
    • Travel on private, modern & comfortable air-conditioned vehicles with a caring driver for all transfers and ground transportation (except the break time or tour clearly mentioned “WITHOUT DRIVER”).
    • Boat trip as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Entry fee for all mentioned sites for visit.
    • Qualified local tour guides during the whole trip (except the break time or tour clearly mentioned “WITHOUT GUIDE”).


    • Domestic & International flight tickets.
    • Transportation vehicles not listed in the itinerary.
    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Drink, telephone, laundry and all that is not clearly mentioned in the “INCLUSIONS”.
    • Tips and personal expenses.
    • Insurances.
    • Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any

Accommodation List

Please note that the hotels mentioned in this list are for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed. If we are unable to book any hotel, it will be replaced by another hotel at least of equivalent standard and value.
Ha GiangMr. Cay's Homestay1
Dong VanHoa Cuong Dong Van Hotel31
Bao LacDuc Tai Hotel31
Cao BangThanh Loan Hotel31
Quang UyenMr. Hung's Homestay1

Cancellation by Customer

    • Cancellation received before 15 days: FREE of charge
    • Cancellation received from 7 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 30% of total rate
    • Cancellation received from 2 days to 6 days prior arrival date: 50% of total rate
    • Cancellation received less than 1 day prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate


1. How do I reserve my tours with The Terrible Tour Guide Travel?

Just complete and send the reservation form on our website, making sure that you have given us your e-mail address and phone number. As soon as we receive your request we will contact you to confirm the reservation. It is our policy to reply to all requests within 24 hours.

2. Do you have tours available on specific dates?

Almost all of our tours are daily departure. To make a booking, you must submit a reservation form. Then we process the booking and reply to you within 24 hours.

3. I don’t want to make a reservation online, what can I do?

You can reserve by phone or WhatsApp: You can call our 24/7 call center hotline at + 84 343 470 507 (also available on WhatsApp)

4. Can I make a reservation directly through a travel agent?

Yes, of course if you would like to make a reservation directly with the tour operator or travel agent, you will need to contact them directly. However, we are in good position to make the offer, make the booking and run the trip as we are a local tour operator.

5. What if the preferred hotel is not available?

You will be notified via an e-mail (within 24 hours after placing your order) and we will do our best to suggest or book an alternative similar hotel based on your preferences and our experience.

6. What is the latest time that I can make my reservation?

We can only guarantee bookings made at least 3-working days (not including Sun & Public holidays) before the departure date.

7. How far in advance can I book?

You can book as far as 24 months in advance, but please ensure you remember you have made the reservation. We will charge 30% of total rate is required upon the confirmation of services require full payment 60 days before departure.
You can expect to receive the invoice as a reminder well in advance of your trip.

8. How do I make a reservation for someone else?

To complete a reservation for someone else, simply type in his or her name instead of yours for guest name. Don’t forget to use your email address to receive your confirmation information.

9. What happens to my tour booking if my flight is delayed?

Please inform us and the hotel immediately as any changes or fee will depend on the hotel policy. We will also try our best to offer you similar ground services.

10. Is it reliable to book online?

Making an online reservation is easy and safe. Just complete the secure reservations form (SSL – 128bit), making sure that you give us your e-mail address. As soon as we receive your request we will reply within 24 hours.

Every booking with us will add 1$ US to our humanitarian project to help increase development capacity for ethnic groups in northern Vietnam. At the meantime, we are focusing on helping children in remote mountainous villages in Vietnam, major destinations of our tours.

As travelers, you can join us too. Donations of unwanted clothes, books and toys are welcome and warmly appreciated. You can also take part in our regular mission trips to these hill tribal communities.