Northeastern Vietnam Discovery - 12 days - From $USD
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Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi
Upon your arrival in Hanoi, you are greeted by Indochina Pioneer’s tour guide and driver, and then transferred to the hotel. If time permits we will attend a traditional water puppetry performance & a fun cyclo ride through the vibrant alley ways of Hanoi Old Quarter.
Stay overnight in Hanoi
Day 2: Hanoi – Overnight train to Lao Cai (B, L)
In the morning we will enjoy an exciting trip to the outskirt of Hanoi. Come to a local home where we enjoy a special authentic demonstration by the host. We enjoy our lunch which is cooked and served by the host family. We also rent our bicycles and the land lord will take us on a small cycling excursion around the village and visit home families who do their traditional jobs and to take some photos.
Driving back to Hanoi we will also have a visit to Bat Trang ceramic village to learn about this 1000 years old village with their stunning traditional works. Return Hanoi in the afternoon. Rest and get ready for the train ride. Tonight we are transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train journey (9 hours) from Hanoi to Laocai. Overnight on A/C train.
Day 3: Lao Cai - Sapa – Hilltribe Village (B)
Arriving in Laocai early in the morning, we will take one and half hours drive to Sapa – the town with four seasons in a day. Upon arrival, check into our hotel. Enjoy breakfast in very cozy atmosphere of the hotel then take some time to refresh before embarking on an orientation walk around the town of Sapa. It is said that you will find four seasons in a day here, but Sapa is normally seen in a thin mist. In the afternoon, we have chance to explore the villages of different ethnic groups around Sapa. First, we take very beautiful drive from Sapa to the villages along the valley of Muong Hoa.
Our first stop is at Lao Chai village of the H’mong people. It is said that H’mong was one of the first immigrants to this area and famous for their hand weaving and terrace rice field in Sapa. We take a walk around the village and to the village of Ta Van of the Giay people via the terraces and the trails, experience the diversity of hill tribe people there. After that, you will be transferred back to Sapa by car. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 4: Sapa – Muong Khuong Market (B, L)
In the morning we will drive to visit Muong Khuong – very authentic weekend market in the North West. The market still keeping very original character of weekend market in the mountain area with many difference hill tribes people there on Sunday morning. Afternoon drive from Muong Khuong to Bac Ha. Dinner and overnight in Bac Ha.
Day 5: Bac Ha Market – Xin Man – Hoang Su Phi - Bac Quang - Ha Giang (B, L)
In this morning, we will take an off road but very interesting from Bac Ha to Xin Man. we will hardly seeing another traveler on this road but scenery is outstanding. Then drive to Hoang Su Phi, where we will have a chance to admire one of the greatest terrace rice fields in Vietnam. Arrive to Ha Giang in the late afternoon. Overnight in Ha Giang.
Day 6: Ha Giang - Lung Cu - Dong Van (B)
In this morning, we will have an option to wake up early to discover Noong lake. Located about 20 kms from the town, this lake was describes as the beautiful eye of mountain area in Ha Giang. After rafting on the lake for great picture of water and tree on the lake, drive back to your hotel for breakfast. Then we will drive over Quan Ba Heaven Gate to Yen Minh with spectacular scenery along the way.
Keep driving to Pho Bang, the charming town of Vietnamese and Chinese people located right on the border between Vietnam and China then we drive to Dong Van, where we will see our most unique stone plateau. Overnight in Dong Van.
Day 7: Dong Van - Meo Vac - Ha Giang (B)
On this day, we will go to Meo Vac known as the cradle of the Blue H’mong and Lo Lo, who are mainly living on the hill-sides and working on terraces. One of the highlight for the trip today is great drive to conquer Ma Pi Leng, the breathtaking pass with great scenery can be viewed from the top of the pass. After visit Meo Vac, we will leave to Ha Giang along the beautiful plateau with great rock formation. Overnight in Ha Giang.
Day 8: Ha Giang - Cao Bang (B)
Today, we will spend the whole day to drive to Cao Bang. We will get over many valleys, mountains, villages, water-falls. On the way, we will stop by some places to take a rest and photos. We will probably get to Cao Bang in the late evening. Overnight in Cao Bang.
Day 9: Cao Bang - Ban Gioc - Cao Bang (B)
Today we will start our trip early to Ban Gioc waterfall, the most tranquil waterfall in Vietnam via the scenic pass of Ma Phuc. Arrive at Ban Gioc before it will be crowded by the other tourists. After having great time to visit and taking picture at Ban Gioc, transfer to Nguom Ngao Grotto. From here we take a short trek to Visit Nguom Ngao Grotto, one of the nicest grottoes in the North-East of Vietnam. Then we drive back to Cao Bang. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Cao Bang.
Day 10: Cao Bang - Ba Be (B)
This morning we will drive to visit visit Pac Bo grotto, where Ho Chi Minh returned on February 1941 after 30 years of living abroad in search of a way to liberate the country. The scenery along the way is beautiful with great green rice field and local water wheel everywhere. Return to Cao Bang then drive to Ba Be. The roads are very bumpy and zigzagging, but the spectacular mountainous landscapes with undulating terrace rice field and hill villages make our hardship all worthwhile. Overnight in Cho Ra.
Day 11: Ba Be (B, L, D)
In the morning, we will enjoy a tranquil boat trip downstream Nang River to Ba Be Lake exploring the unspoiled tropical National Park with stop to visit Puong limestone grotto, Dau Dang waterfall. After the picnic lunch, continue by boat to Tay people village. Visit the village and experience the local activities. Overnight at the village of Tay people.
Day 12: Ba Be – Hanoi – Departure (B)
Today, after having breakfast you will be at leisure to stroll around the lake to breath in the fresh air before leaving Ba Be to Hanoi. We will make a break and visit the museum of Ethnology in Thai Nguyen then drive back to Hanoi. End of our service.
Wishing you an Unforgetable Holiday in Vietnam!
The hotels listed below are our suggestions for the best value on this Vietnam Northestern Adventure Package 9 days. However, Indochina Pioneer offers many more options of hand-picked hotels, with different "star ratings", allowing you to customize the vacation to meet your taste and budget. Please contact us for with your questions and requests.
|Name of Hotel||Star Rating||Room Type||Room Type|
|Skylarks Hotel||Hanoi||3 Star||Deluxe|
|Sapa Elegance Hotel||Lao Cai||3 Star||Deluxe|
|Sao Mai Hotel||Bac Ha||2 Star||Standard|
|Truong Xuan Resot||Ha Giang||2 Star||Superior|
|Cao Nguyen Da Hotel||Dong Van||2 Star||Superior|
|Thanh Loan Hotel||Cao Bang||2 Star||Standard|
|Cong Quynh Hotel||Bac Can||2 Star||Standard|
|King Express||Train Ride||Deluxe Train||Superior Cabin|
This tour is private and can be well tailor-made to suite your travel needs. As a result the price is quoted in US dollars and per person basis. The final price will be privately quoted upon your own number of participants, time of travel, grade of hotel rooms and other detailed services. Please click on "Request" button and fill in the requested information then our travel consultant will customize the best value holiday for you. Thank you!
|Description||Price per person in in party of|
|Group Size||1||2 - 3||4 - 5||6 - 7||8 - 9||10 - 12++||Sgl Sup|
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1. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina particularly, hotel price makes up most of the cost of your holiday in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. All of our prices are calculated upon twin-shared basis.
2. Price base in twin share basis accomodation.
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|TRAIN ON BOARD||1 night|
|BAC HA||1 night|
|HA GIANG||2 nights|
|DONG VAN||1 night|
|CAO BANG||2 nights|
|CHO RA||1 night|
|BA BE||1 night|
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