Day 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai. Transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train from Hanoi to Laocai. Overnight on the train.
Day 2: Lao Cai - Sapa – Hilltribe Village. Arriving in Laocai early in the morning, you will take one and half hours drive to Sapa – the town with four seasons in a day. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel. Enjoy breakfast in very cozy atmosphere of the hotel then take some time to refresh before joining us for 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. Photo opportunities of the day: Beautiful mountain scenery on the drive from Lao Cai to Sapa. Hiking to different villages of hill tribe people in Sapa. Waking tour around Sapa town. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Sapa – Muong Khuong Market. 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. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Bac Ha Market – Xin Man – Hoang Su Phi - Bac Quang - Ha Giang. In this morning, you will take an off road but very interesting from Bac Ha to Xin Man. You will hardly seeing another traveler on this road but scenery is outstanding. Then drive to Hoang Su Phi, where you 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. Photo opportunities of the day: Beautiful drive on hidden road from Bac Ha to Xin Man. Great terrace rice field in Hoang Su Phi. Hill tribe people on the way. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Ha Giang - Lung Cu - Dong Van. In this morning, you 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. Photo opportunities of the day: Morning pictures on Nong Lake, beautiful drive from Ha Giang to Dong Van, pictures of Pho Bang town and great scenery of Quan Ba - the gate of heaven. Hill tribe people on the way. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Dong Van - Meo Vac - Ha Giang. 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. Photo opportunities of the day: the tremendous picture of Ma Pi Leng pass, beautiful rocky plateau of Dong Van. Hill tribe people on the way. Includes: (B).
Day 7: Ha Giang - Cao Bang. 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. Photo opportunities of the day: Beautiful drive from Ha Giang to Cao Bang. Hill tribe people on the way. Includes: (B).
Day 8: Cao Bang - Ban Gioc - Cao Bang. We will start our trip early today to Ban Gioc waterfall, the most tranquil waterfall in Vietnam via the scenic pass of Ma Phuc. Arrive to 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. 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. Photo opportunities of the day: Impressive drive on the plateau from Cao Bang to Ban Gioc waterfall. Great picture of Ban Gioc – the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam. Hill tribe people on the way. Includes: (B).
Day 9: Cao Bang - Ba Be. 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. Photo opportunities of the day: Beautiful drive from Cao Bang to Pac Bo and Cao Bang to Cho Ra. Hill tribe people on the way. Includes: (B).
Day 10: Ba Be. 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. Photo opportunities of the day: Explore Ba Be lake and home stay in Tay people house. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 11: Ba Be - Hanoi. 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. Includes: (B).
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