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  • Learning Discovery
  • Nature & Landscapes
  • Off The Beaten Path
  • Tours for Couples
  • Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi
  • Day 2: Hanoi – Ha Giang – Thon Tha Village
  • Day 3: Thon Tha – Ha Thanh Village – Quan Ba
  • Day 4: Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Meo Vac
  • Day 5: Meo Vac – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Dong Van
  • Day 6: Dong Van Sunday Market – Ha Giang
  • Day 7: Ha Giang – Hanoi
  • Day 8: Hanoi – Departure

Customizable itinerary

This ‘Ha Giang 6 day Adventure’ tour will guide you to some of its most magnificent landscapes! Venture from Hanoi to the northern tip of Vietnam, where the entire region is covered by a blanket of different shades of green. The sight of bright blue water flowing to the green rice paddies adds a dash of color to make the whole picture even more breathtaking. Visit the local towns of Quan Ba, Dong Van and Meo Vac, inhabited by different ethnic groups, here you will get to talk to the locals and get a glimpse into their daily life.

Arrive in Hanoi

Xin Chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam.

Upon arrival at Hanoi Airport, your private guide and driver are waiting to meet you, holding up a welcome signboard with your names on it and take you directly to your hotel.

After checking-in, you will have time to relax and adjust to the pace of Hanoi. There will be a short tour briefing this evening with your guide followed by a welcome dinner at KOTO restaurant, a social enterprise that trains and employs underprivileged youth to provide a step up in life.

Please note: Your travel documents contain a Visa-on-Arrival letter (unless otherwise arranged). Please ensure to pack this in your carry-on luggage. Your Visa-on-Arrival letter must be presented to Customs upon entry into the country.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meals: (_/_/D)

Hanoi – Ha Giang – Thon Tha Village

After breakfast, you will leave the bustling Hanoi behind and venture your way for 6 hours to the very northern tip of Vietnam – Ha Giang. Stop en-route for photo shooting at times when passing through many of the magnificent views along the way.

Lunch will be served in a local restaurant en route and continue your drive further to Ha Giang.

Arrive Ha Giang in the late afternoon and transfer to Thon Tha, a small village situated in Phuong Do Commune, less than 10 kilometers Ha Giang City. It has a tiny population of about 550 people. Only a total of 90 homes make up the whole neighborhood, traditional stilt houses made from wood and bamboo and with a palm-thatched roof.

After checking into a local homestay in Thon Tha Village, spend the rest of day to regain your energy and get yourself ready for the exciting upcoming trip. Dinner with your host family.

Overnight at a local homestay
Meals: (B/L/D)

Thon Tha – Ha Thanh Village – Quan Ba

After breakfast, the local guide will meet you at your homestay where you will start your trek for four hours through the terraced rice paddies, majestic mountains and serene palm-tree forests to the village of Lung Vai. Along this trek, you will have plenty of chances to meet and talk with the minorities such as Man and Dao, who are generally more than happy to communicate and interact.

After enjoying a picnic lunch, continue trekking for two hours more to the village of Ha Thanh, home to the Tay Minority group. Walk along the river and have a relaxing swim at the waterfalls. From there you will begin your real adventure to Quan Ba, the land called “Heaven on Earth” with your private guide and driver. Venture through small villages and past vast agricultural landscapes and the sweeping mountains of the North.

After passing the Heaven’s Gate and  Quan Ba’s Twin Mountain you will arrive at Nam Dam village inhabited by Dao Ethnic People (Indigo Dao or Long Dress Dao group). The charming village is nestled peacefully in a valley surrounded by karst mountains, holds inside it preserved traditional customs, habits and culture from ancient times which is appealing to travelers.

Tonight you will enjoy staying at homestay with the local family in their traditional houses. The houses’ walls are built from compacted soil to make it cool in summer and warm in the winter, protecting the people here from inclement weather in the high mountains. With fully equipped facilities and equipment, the homestay will make you feel happy and comfortable.

Overnight at a local homestay
Meals: (B/L/D)

Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Meo Vac

After breakfast, your personal guide will take you to visit Lung Khuy Cave, one of the newest caves in Ha Giang discovered in 2015. A 2-km walk is required to get to the cave filled with amazing view of the surrounding and the natural creation of twinkling stalagmites and stalactites inside. After exploring the caves, you will visit Lung Tam, a Flower H’mong’s village, where you can learn how local villagers make embroidery.

Depart Quan Ba, embark on a four hour drive through rugged outcrops to the beautiful town of Meo Vac, inhabited by different ethnic minorities including the H’mong, the King, Tay and Dzao. Most ethnic groups have maintained their culture untouched from the outside world. Along the way, you will see the huge green mountains with the roads hugging the curves and edges. You will pass Yen Minh town, home to pine forests, terraced fields, and lush tropical jungles.

Arrive Meo Vac town and have lunch at a local restaurant then take a boat trip on the Majestic Nho Que River which will be a unique experience. The kayaks on the river are available if you want to be active. After the boat trip, transfer to Meo Vac Clay House in Pa Vi Community village to check in. Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure.


Overnight in Meo Vac
Meals: (B/L/D)

Meo Vac – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Dong Van

After breakfast, head out to visit Meo Vac market and then embark on a three hour trek through the rugged mountains and trails of Meo Vac. You will feel overwhelmed by the majestic mountains, valleys and rivers below.

After the trek, depart Meo Vac and drive to towards Dong Van Karst Plateau, a major geo-heritage site in Vietnam. The landscape is composed of unlimited rice fields and thousands of limestone rocks. Today you will enter the highlight of the journey, the Ma Pi Leng Pass, well known for its abrupt cliffs and breath-taking views, often referred to as the “king” of the passes in Vietnam with its highest point at an altitude of 2,000 meters.

Arrive Dong Van and have lunch at a local restaurant. After that you will have time to stroll around, meet the minority people and visit the ancient streets with old houses, built in centuries ago. The District of Dong Van is largely rural, with ethnic minorities living in the rugged mountains around the city. This town is famous for it’s Sunday market.

After exploring, transfer to your hotel for check in. Then spend the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Over night in Dong Van 
Meals: (B/L/_)

Dong Van Sunday Market – Ha Giang

After breakfast, your guide will take you out to explore Dong Van’s Sunday Market, one of the most unique market places in the far north. Once a week, buyers and sellers who are mostly ethnic minorities from the surrounding hills, including the Hmong, Tay, Nung and Hoa ethnic groups, flood into Dong Van for trade.  Some come from miles away, walking on the side of the highway carrying goods on their back. Still, by 5AM the market is already alive with sounds of motorbikes and the smell of fresh Pho, the noddle soup. The market ends around 10am so set an alarm – it’s well worth the early wake up.

After exploring the market you will take a short trek to Pu Lo, a French fortress built in 1890 located on a hill above the town. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Dong Van.

Depart Dong Van and wind your way back to Ha Giang City. Along the way, pay a visit to Sa Phin Valley in Lung Phin Commune. Here you will visit the local workshops specializing in traditional flax embroidery, weaving, and dyeing. It has formed a closed chain ranging from self-supply of raw materials to production and consumption and created jobs for 95 members in Sa Phin village. You will also have a chance to explore the H’mong King Palace which once belonged to the “King of the H’mong Tribe” and was constructed by the French and Chinese architects, leading to an interesting fusion of styles.

Continue your journey back to Ha Giang. Arrive and check into Truong Son Ecolodge in the late afternoon where the remainder of the day will be free at your leisure.

Overnight in Ha Giang
Meals: (B/L/_)

Ha Giang – Hanoi

After breakfast and check out of the Ecolodge you will be picked by your guide and driver and then transferred back to Hanoi.

If you wish to stop at any point to take pictures, simply inform the driver and he will make sure you get the chance.

Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant along the way.

Arrive Hanoi in the late afternoon and check in to your hotel. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight in Hanoi
Meals: (B/L/_)

Hanoi – Departure

Your private transfer greets you at the hotel after breakfast and escorts you to Hanoi International Airport where you board your flight home or travel on to more adventures, we will help you with the planning.

Meals: (B/_/_)

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    What’s Included?

    • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
    • Private Vehicles and Drivers
    • Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
    • Airport Taxes and Fuel charges

    • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
    • Service Charge & Government Taxes
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

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    • Your International Flights from and to Vietnam
    • Vietnam entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
    • Any bank fees or charges at your end

    • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
    • Tips for guides and drivers
    • Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)

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    How to Plan a successful Trip to Vietnam, Step-by-Step

    Vietnam, the S-shaped country, also commonly likened to the shape of a dragon, is located to the west of the South China Sea. The perfect combination of colonial elegance and rustic charm, it guarantees to satisfy all types of travelers with its rich experiences made all the more special by its charming people.

    With cities to explore, temples to admire, and green countrysides to roam, there is plenty to see and do in Vietnam. Known as a colorful and diverse country from the wild mountainous north, with its myriad of ethnic communities, to the sleepless city of Ho Chi Minh City (previously known as Saigon) on the edge of the Mekong Delta, it is difficult to pick just one region to visit when coming to Vietnam.

    The charming capital of Hanoi is a fascinating mix of fading colonial buildings and national monuments; the scenery of Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is bound to leave you speechless; Hue, home to the old Kings of Vietnam, appears to have been frozen in time for several hundred years with its ancient atmosphere and architecture.

    With a 3260km coastline, Vietnam is home to many top-tier beaches; the country’s most unsung beauties. My Khe beach – “one of the most attractive beaches on the planet” as described by Forbes – offers blue skies, smooth white sand, clear & warm water year-round. Phu Quoc island, boasting several luxury resorts, is also a favorite escape for the rich and famous. The abundance of mountains, rainforests, and natural lakes also makes Vietnam a great destination for trekking, hiking, mountain biking, sea and river kayaking, and classic overland tours.

    Most popular sites of Vietnam

    • Sapa & Mai Chau – visit the hill tribe villages and plantations
    • Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam
    • Halong Bay – a UNESCO World Heritage site
    • Hue – the ancient capital of Vietnam
    • Hoi An – the kitchen of Vietnam and paradise on Earth
    • Ho Chi Minh City (previously Saigon) – the economic heart of Vietnam
    • The Cu Chi Tunnels – walk through the history of the Vietnam War
    • Mekong Delta – see the floating markets

    Even though Vietnam lies entirely in the tropic zone, its climate varies surprisingly from region to region. Therefore this charming land is well-known as an “all-year-around” available destination for travelers.

    In the north, from Sapa to Hanoi, there are 4 seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

    In the central region, from Nha Trang to Hue, sunshine lasts throughout the year, except for the months of November and December when heavy rainfalls occur. Dalat, at an altitude of 1500m, is cooler than the coastal area, particularly from November to March. Da Nang and Hue both experience typhoon activity from mid-October to mid-December when the climate becomes cooler, more overcast and wet.

    In the south, from Ho Chi Minh City to Phan Thiet, there are two main seasons: wet and dry. The wet season falls between April and September, with sudden heavy showers that don’t last very long. The dry season spans the months of October to March, with higher temperatures and long days of sunshine, followed by cooler nights.

    Almost all visitors to Vietnam need a visa to enter the country, although some exemptions apply for citizens of countries with reciprocal agreements with Vietnam. Depending upon the nationality and passport of the applicant, a tourist visa can be obtained at the Vietnamese diplomatic office or consulates in foreign countries. Visas can also be obtained with the help of a licensed Vietnamese Travel Company, known as a “Visa on Arrival”. Visas may be either single-entry or multiple-entry, as requested at the time of application.

    Visa on Arrival (VOA)

    The easiest way is to get your visa through a licensed Vietnamese Travel Company, such as Indochina Pioneer. We can quickly and efficiently organize your pre-arranged VOA if you wish. Our visa processing fee is a reasonable rate of USD$10 / person only. Except for American citizens who are required to pay a stamping fee of USD$135 to get a 1-year, multiple-entry tourist visa, other nationalities need to pay just USD$25 / person for a single entry and USD$50 / person for multiple entries.

    VOA procedure

    • To apply for your VOA please email us the following information:
    • Arrival and departure dates
    • Full passport details:
    • Passport number
    • Name
    • Gender
    • Nationality
    • Issuing date
    • Expiry date

    Note: your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your travel date, and there must be several blank pages left on your passport.

    • Once we have received your information, we will secure a Visa Approval Letter for you. This usually takes about 2 – 4 working days (ie. excluding weekends). We will then send you the letter via email or fax. You must present this letter upon boarding your flight. Also, you will need to prepare two photos (6 cm high x 4 cm wide – white background, no glasses, no smiling).
    • On arrival at the airport (in Hanoi, Da Nang or Ho Chi Minh City) please find the Visa on Arrival window/counter where you will hand over your passport and photos, and be given a simple form to fill out. Pay the stamping fee of USD$25 for the single entry and USD$50 for multiple entries. The staff at the airport will shortly return your passport with your visa, after which you will be allowed to exit the airport.

    Visa exemptions

    The citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Vietnam for a certain amount of time:


    • Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia (maximum stay of up to 30 days)
    • Philippines (maximum stay of up to 21 days)
    • Japan, South Korea (maximum stay of up to 15 days)


    • Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and United Kingdom (maximum stay of up to 15 days)

    Unfortunately, citizens of the following countries are ineligible for a VOA and will have to apply at their nearest Vietnamese embassy/consulate :

    South Asia – Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

    Africa – Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa


    Starting from February 1st, 2017, the Vietnamese government officially launched the electronic visa plan for foreign tourists of certain countries visiting Vietnam. To apply for an e-visa, please visit http://www.xuatnhapcanh.gov.vn or http://www.immigration.gov.vn. For the list of

    countries whose citizens are eligible to apply for an e-visa to Vietnam, click here.

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    Step 3: Confirming/Paying/ Packing for the trip!

    Once you’re satisfied with the customized tour, please let us know and Indochina Pioneer will need a few working hours to place reservations for all of the tour services. As soon as the availability and reservations of the services are confirmed, we will request a deposit. Please refer our Payment Guide for more details.

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    And then you start counting down the day for your most fabulous trip!

    Booking Amendment & Cancellations:

    Booking Amendment: Flexibility is our strongest point. You can amend your booking even after it is made. Just contact your salesperson or contact us at [email protected] with your booking number. Our reservations team is glad to amend your booking with your preferable alternatives. Please kindly note that you will be responsible for any change of the final price caused by your amendment requests.

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    • Travel documents (passport, visas, travel insurance certificate, air tickets, tour voucher)
    • Money (cash, credit card, debit card, traveler’s cheques and money pouch)
    • Day pack for your personal needs during the day
    • Camera and extra memory cards and batteries
    • Cell phone and cell phone charger
    • Laptop charger (if you are bringing your laptop)
    • Travel plug/international adapter
    • Medication (including a doctor’s letter if you are carrying a large amount of medication)
    • Prescription glasses / contacts and if necessary, contact lens solution


    Best to bring along

    • First aid kit
    • Toiletries
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect repellent
    • Refillable water bottle with filter



    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Comfortable clothing, either light or heavy options, depending on the season you are travelling
    • Clothes suitable for visiting temples (long pants / skirts, long sleeved tops)
    • Waterproof jacket / raincoat / umbrella
    • Hat & sunglasses
    • Bathing suit


    Optional comforts

    • Ear plugs & eye mask
    • Sleep sheet for home stays / trains
    • Lightweight travel towel
    • Local language phrasebook
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    ICP customer
    Tokyo, Japan

    "Awesome service"

    We had a wonderful 7-day trip last July; Kata was awesome to work with. So professional, reliable and helpful!

    Mar 31, 2020
    ICP customer
    Wisconsin, USA

    "Lifetime of Memories"

    Lam did an amazing job putting together an itinerary based on phone/text conversations. We told him the where and what and he did the rest. The accommodations were beyond expectation, the guides were unbelievably friendly, and the places we were taken were spectacular. Having guides and drivers is worth every penny. So much time and money would have been wasted had we tried to accomplish this ourselves.

    We got to experience so much more because of our guides local knowledge. Lastly, how great it was not to worry about how we were getting to the next adventure. Had we not used Indochina Pioneer I truly believe I wouldn’t have as many astonishing memories.

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    Mar 29, 2020
    ICP customer
    David G

    "Amazing 30 Day Journey with Indochina Pioneer"

    If you are looking for a private tour of SE Asia, look no further than Indochina Pioneer. I recently returned from a 30-day private tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand all arranged by Indochina Pioneer and could not have been happier with everything they arranged for me. They are top-notch from working directly with you on planning your trip, arranging visas, having individuals at the airports to meet and walk you through everything when entering the countries, having amazing tour guides and drivers as well as organizing everything for you on the ground and being there to help you all along the way if you have any questions or problems. My tour was amazing with not only the normal tourist sights, but many off the beaten track sights and with your own guides, you learn so much more from these individuals who actually live in the places you will visit. I can’t recommend this tour agency enough. If you are looking to travel to any of the locations Indochina Pioneer has tours, you must book through them, you will not be disappointed.

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    Mar 20, 2020
    ICP customer

    "Excellent from the very beginning"

    We had 21 days on a private tour and every detail was perfectly arranged. Perhaps, the Spanish speaking skills of guides can ve improved, but overall they were very helpful and committed with their job. I want to highlight the performance of Juan (Hanoi), Miguel (Hoi An), Chao (Ho Chi Minh City) and La (Luang Prabang, Laos).
    Hotels were as we asked and the timing for the visits was very good.
    I recommend this travel agency!

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    Mar 19, 2020