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Overview

Take an epic road trip across the ‘roof of Vietnam’ where spectacular scenery abounds. Rub shoulders with members of ethnic hilltribes at vibrant markets and catch glimpses of their traditional customs. Traveling over high mountain passes and spectacular valleys, this trip has more than its fair share of awe-inspiring moments.

Trip Highlights

The Roof of Vietnam, Ha Giang and The Far North

See spectacular scenery

Spend six days driving through North Vietnam seeing miles of undeveloped lands, visiting charming villages and crossing high mountain passes. 

Be immersed in hill-tribe culture

Stay in a Tay homestay, explore Hmong villages and meet a melange of ethnic groups at markets. 

Visit exotic markets

Mingle with shoppers dressed in colourful hilltribe costumes while browsing stalls for traditional medicines, unusual foods and live animals. 

Itinerary

1

Hanoi – Thai Nguyen – Ba Be

Road transfer 217 km, approx.5 hours/ Stop and sightseeing 1hour/ Boat trip 3 hours

This morning, depart the hotel at 07:30 for a 2 hour drive to Thai Nguyen.

En route visit the Thai Nguyen Museum of Ethnology to learn about the tribal people in the mountainous region of northern Vietnam.

Continue 105 km drive to Na Phac and Cho Ra enjoying picturesque landscapes along the road. Stop for a late lunch in Cho Ra Town.

After lunch, head to Ba Be and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Ba Be National Park and lake on a local boat cruise.

At the end of the day, transfer to local hotel for check-in.

Overnight at Ba Be.

2

Ba Be - Dong van

Road transfer 243 km. approx.7 hours/ Walking and sightseeing 2 hr

After breakfast drive 79km to Tinh Tuc - the town of Subsidy memory sine 1970s then head to Bao Lac for an hour walk around the village of San Chi or Lo Lo ethnic people. Lunch break at house of locals people

After lunch continue to drive along Gam River for 21km to Ly Bon traveling up steep mountains discovering the remotest land of Cao Bang to Meo Vac town let of Ha Giang province. Take an hour walking through the fascinating valley of Niem Son and discover the cultural life of Nung ethnic people.

Then continue drive over the Ma Pi Leng Pass to enjoy its magnificent and spectacular scenery en route. Arrive in Dong Van and Check in hotel

Overnight in Meo Vac.

3

Dong Van – Yen Minh - Quan Ba

Road transfer 125 km/ Walking & sightseeing 3hrs

If on Sunday; explore the weekend market where local tribal people sell their goods in town. After breakfast, Drive to visit The Vuong Dynasty memorial house - a national relic featuring typical H’mong architecture on the way. Keep the camera turned on to capture many pictures of the magnificent scenery of Dong Van Karst Plateau - consisting of narrow valleys alternating with rocky mountain ranges in the north of Vietnam.

Then continue to drive through a series of magnificent valleys surrounded by wall-up mountain, enjoy another walk to visit the Lung Cam Tren village where the Hmong changed their way of life from shifting into sedentary one from about 100 years ago which help them to have a better life than many others. Lunch is served at a local restaurant before leaveing Lung Cam and transfer mostly downhill the Pho Cao pass for Yen Minh lush valley, enjoying the breathtaking landscapes of Yen Minh Pass. Arrive at Lung Tam commune which is set amongst perfect surrounding nature before visiting the workshop of Ms. Mai who gathered over 100 Hmong and Zao women in difficulties and helped them to learn traditional weaving and embroidery for better living.

Transfer to Nam Dam - Quan Ba in the late afternoon for checking in local accommodation

Overnight in Quan Ba

4

Quan Ba – Ha Giang – Hoang Su Phi

Road transfer 130 km, - 4 hrs/ Walking & sightseeing 2 hrs

After breakfast depart over stunning Quan Ba Pass which offers the fascinating scenery en route visit another village of the Hmong people.

On the way passing lush and green forest, tea farms and possess the most impressive terraced rice fields in Vietnam. The road winds its way on high mountain sides and offers beautiful landscapes. Arrive Hoang Su Phi in noon for checking in. Be ready for lunch with ethnic food at the lodge

Afternoon starts with leisurely exploring area nearby with stunning view of terrace rice field and little home of ethnic people

Overnight in Hoang Su Phi.

5

Hoang Su Phi – Xin Man – Bac Ha

Road transfer 170 km, 7 hrs/ walking & sightseeing 2hrs

If on Sunday, spend 2 hours joining local market of Flower Hmong, Red Zao, Nung and Tay people which is famous for its cattle exchanging on the large ground on the bank of the Chay River.

Leave Hoang Su Phi for 100km excursion along Chinese border through the Chay River Massif and explore local life for the Flower Hmong, Tay and Nung. On the way, turn into Ban Phung village - a masterpiece of nature, spend 2 hours walking through community of La Chi people  which is offerred amazing view of terrace field.

After Lunch; continue drive to Bac Ha Town at around noon, paying visit to Hoang A Tuong Castle before having a lunch break.

Overnight in Bac Ha

6

Bac Ha – Lao Cai – Hanoi

Road transfer 320km - 5.5 hrs

This morning it may be possible to visit a local market (Ban Cam on Tuesday/ Cao Son on Wednesday/ Lung Khau Nhin on Thursday / Can Cau on Saturday/ Bac Ha on Sunday. Note: These local markets are only held on the above mentioned days only. Here you’ll see mostly Flower Hmong however Phu La, Black Dao, Tay, Nung hill tribe groups also gather here. The market offers a variety of local products, such as an interesting animal market where pot-bellied pigs, cows and buffalos can be seen.

After lunch drive back to Hanoi

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

Our services do not include:

  • Supplement of room rate at Panhou lodge during Jan, Feb & Dec. (USD 8.00 net/room/ night)
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance

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