Day 1: Hanoi/Ha Giang (L, D, G). After breakfast, you’ll drive to Ha Giang, a province in the far north of Vietnam. Your route will take you through mountainous landscape and striking scenery. Upon arrival at Tuyen Quang, you’ll visit the 15th century Mac Dynasty Citadel and a market nearby. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll head towards a small town in Ha Giang to spend the night in the Thanh Ha Lodge. You’ll arrive and check in with time to relax in a pool of hot spring water or wander to the peaceful villages nearby.
Day 2: Ha Giang/Meo Vac (B, L, D, G). After breakfast, you’ll visit the small communities of Quan Ba, Yen Minh and Dong Van, some of the most picturesque villages in the northern tip of Vietnam. The scenery is spectacular – a vast limestone mountain range and perpendicular walls of rock. There will be plenty of opportunities to take photos, but please be unobtrusive when photographing the local people – cameras and camcorders are rare in the area.
You’ll call in at the infamous Vuong Palace, once the home of a high-ranking H'mong family during French colonial rule. The palace attracts architecturally minded visitors due to its unusual combination of European and Chinese styles. From there you drive to Dong Van town where your guide will show you its charming ‘Old Streets’ near the market. After lunch, a scenic route will take you to the Ma Pi Leng Pass from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Nho Que River – with luck you might see one of the northeast’s stunning sunsets. Finally, after your busy day, you’ll arrive at Meo Vac in the late afternoon where you’ll spend the night.
Day 3: Meo Vac/Bac Me (B, L, D, G). After breakfast and brief visit to Meo Vac local market, you’ll return to Yen Minh via a different scenic route and thence to Bac Me in Cao Bang Province. Today is a real challenge - you’ll travel along rough roads and tortuous bends to Lung Phin, another small town about 14km from Meo Vac. However the breath-taking scenery makes the effort worthwhile. Your lunch will be arranged in a local restaurant in Quan Ba Town. From there, you’ll travel back to Ha Giang and then to Bac Me arriving in the afternoon. After checking into your accommodation, you might consider wandering to a nearby Tay ethnic minority group on the outskirts of the town to see the daily life of the local people.
Day 4: Bac Me/Cao Bang (B, L, D, G). A morning drive will take you through three passes en-route. The scenery is spectacular and the road runs along the sides of the mountains. You’ll have lunch in a small town and, in the afternoon, you’ll arrive in Cao Bang town to check in to a hotel.
Day 5: Cao Bang/Ban Gioc/Cao Bang (B, L, D, G). After breakfast, you’ll visit the Ban Gioc Waterfall on the China-Vietnam border, 85km from Cao Bang, passing through attractive scenery en-route. Ban Gioc is one of the largest and possibly the most impressive waterfalls of Vietnam. It’s possible to swim in the cool waters below the falls or simply enjoy the pleasant surroundings and views across to China on the opposite side of the river. After a picnic lunch, you’ll visit Nguom Ngao, one of the largest caves in the area. It has many fascinating shapes and formations of stalactites. From there, you’ll head back to Cao Bang with time to relax before dinner and your overnight stay.
Day 6: Cao Bang/Lang Son/Hanoi (B, L, G). In the morning, you’ll return to Hanoi on a route that takes you though historic passes to Lang Son. It includes a pause en-route to explore a local market in the city centre and wander around this border city. Your lunch will be in a local restaurant in Lang Son. After lunch, about two and a half hour drive will take you back to Hanoi. Trip ends.
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