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Northeastern Vietnam Discovery - 12 days - From $USD

  • Code : VOB01
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  • Tour style : private tour Private Tour
  • Duration : 12 days / 11 nites.
Le Sy Quyen

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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


Contact Person: Mr. Quyen
Call Us: +84 43715 3627 | Fax: +84 43715 3626

Contact us | Hotline: +84 983 145 799

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
From Oct.01 - Apr.30 (High season)
Price list $1,876 $1,060 $731 $609 $592 $546 $118
Contact us for pricing from 01.May - 31.Dec 2014
Note: From May.01 - Sep.30, 2014 (summer promotion)
More discounts during this time. Please contact us for special price
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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.
3. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
4. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.


Tour includes:
  • Accommodation based on twin shared room at selected hotels with daily breakfast
             Check-in time at all hotels is 14:00 and check-out time at all hotels is 12.00.            
            Early check-in and late check-out is subject to availability with surcharge.
  • Meals, drinks and other those mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • Profestional English Speaking tour guide or other languages upon request.
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Sightseeing fees and permits during guided time.
  • Domestic trains from Hanoi – Sapa (economy class).

Tour excludes:
  • Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • Other flight tickets.
  • Visas and airport departure tax.
  • Meals, drinks and other those mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature.
  • Tips and gratuities.

Contact Person: Mr. Quyen
Call Us: +84 43715 3627 | Fax: +84 43715 3626

Contact us | Hotline: +84 983 145 799

HANOI 1 night
SAPA 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
Hotel: We offer small and affordable Family Owned and Run Hotels. Those properties feature in traditional Vietnamese hospitality and usually provide Bed & Breakfast only. Rooms are nice and clean and they are basically equipped with fans, A/C, fridge. 
Local homestay: The homestay used on this tour is in very basic accommodation. Usually in a medium size dormitory style room, where everyone sleeps together. Clean bedding and mosquito nets will be provided by your host family, but please expect LIMITED private space. There may NOT be hot water, but most will have western toilets. Don't expect late, lazy mornings! You may be wakened by roosters, village activities or local loud speakers.
Note: There may be some “codes of conducts” you need to know during your stay with the local host family. Please ask your tour guide for advice.
Breakfasts: Breakfasts are always included unless specified.  Breakfasts are usually served buffet style with a good mix of local and international food.
Lunch: There are 4 lunches included on this tour. Meals provided are "local style" in Vietnamese, Laos and Cambodian restaurants, allowing you to savor authentic local cuisine. However, if you are not keen on local food, our tour guides will be more than happy to offer you alternatives for a surcharge. Note: Please advise us if you have any special dietary requirements.
Dinner: There are 1 dinners included on this tour. Same format as for lunch. If you do not like the local food, we can recommend other restaurants such as Indian, Japanese and Italian where you can dine for a surcharge.
Note: Lunches and dinners provided are all set menus, with various dishes which are sure to please most.  However if you prefer a la carte this can be arranged for a small extra charge. The restaurants will be chosen by us using our knowledge and experience of them, to ensure quality and value, whether a set menu or a la carte.
Please let us know in advance if you require vegetarian or vegan meals so this can be arranged for you.  It will also help if you let us know if anyone in your group is allergic to any type of food.
Drinks are at your own expense with all meals.
We use modern air-conditioned cars for 1-2 people and small comfortable vans for 3 -7 people. Modern A/C buses are used for groups of 10 or more.  All vehicles used by us are well-maintained and meet national safety regulations.  All of our drivers have 5 or more years’ experience, and always ensure a safe and comfortable ride for their passengers.
All of our Tour Guides are University educated. They were born and raised in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, thereby having first-hand expert knowledge of their country. They are friendly, fun, and most of all they are flexible, allowing you to choose the pace of your tours.
They will meet you at the airport with your driver, deliver you to your hotel for check-in, and accompany you on all of your private tours. And, of course, speak your language!
It’s normally cold (7 – 16 Degree Celsius with around 90% of humidity) in the North Vietnam from November until April so bring a (delete peace) light warm jacket with you if you travel within this time.
Sunblock, swimsuits and a light raincoat is advised all year round.
International Flights: International flights are NOT included in our prices. You should buy return tickets from your home Country to Vietnam, according to your arrival/departure points, and your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival.
Local Trains: is the Russian style trains that have been recently upgraded by  Vietnam’s railway authority offer soft sleepers and air-con. You are expected to share the cabin with other passengers. Private cabin is upon request.
Vietnam: For any booking of 10 days or more we will apply for a Visitor’s Visa, on your behalf, at no charge to you. However, you will still be required to the pay the visa stamp fees (USD 45 per person at time of writing) when picking up your Visa at the Airport upon arrival. Your passport must be valid for 6 months at the time of arrival.
Please note: Vietnam Visa on Arrival applies to air travel only. Those who check in at land border immigration checking points are requested to have your visa ready.
If there is a Vietnam Embassy or Consulate near where you live you can apply for a visa there.  You can also apply to the Vietnam Embassy online. Please ensure you apply for your visa well in advance of your trip.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all of our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses, including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that your policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage or personal effects. Travel agents and Airlines usually offer travel insurance, or will advise you where to obtain it.
When your trip is confirmed, we will request detailed insurance information from you for our files, which will also allow us to complete the necessary paperwork here in Vietnam.
Whether you wish to book your trip with this pre-arranged Tour or you have other ideas, please contact us.
- By phone a hotlines: +84 982 116 630 (Mr. Lam) or +84 983 145 799 (Mr. Quyen)
- Or via email at
- If using the REQUEST or BUILD YOUR OWN TRIP forms on our website, a travel consultant will contact you within 24 hours to discuss your requirements.
2. Discuss your requirements
All of our trained travel consultants have the expertise required to make your dream vacation become a reality! They will answer all of your questions, offer suggestions and give knowledgeable advice, helping you to make the most of your time and budget while here in Vietnam.
3. Fine-tuning your tailor-made itinerary
Your request will be handled by ONE travel specialist from start to finish. After carefully designing your trip they will create a detailed itinerary for you. Please keep in mind this is YOUR PRIVATE TOUR so feel free to ask Indochina Pioneer’s travel specialist to make any changes you wish to make, at any time!
4. Confirmation
Once you are satisfied with the itinerary, we will secure the services and you will be required to pay a deposit of 20% of the total cost of your trip. The balance of payment can be paid either by CASH UPON ARRIVAL in Vietnam, or by credit card/ bank transfer/Western Union 45 days before arrival. Please discuss these payment options with your Indochina Pioneer travel specialist, for more detailed information.
5. Staying in touch
Even after booking, you’ll undoubtedly think of more questions, so please feel free to contact your Indochina Pioneer specialist at any time. We LOVE to hear from you!  YES….even while you are on your tour, we will be more than happy to make changes, or correct anything you are not completely happy with.

Contact Person: Mr. Quyen
Call Us: +84 43715 3627 | Fax: +84 43715 3626

Contact us | Hotline: +84 983 145 799

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