Discover Northeastern Vietnam

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Discover Northeastern Vietnam

Get back to nature in Cao Bang. Be surrounded by stunning landscapes where lush mountains conceal cascading waterfalls and impressive limestone grottoes. Explore hill tribe villages untouched by the modern world and soak up the tranquillity of this spectacular and remote province.

3 Days
From SGD 534Per Person

Discover Northeastern Vietnam

Farmhouses and fileds dot the landscapes of Cao Bang

Depart from Hanoi around 0800 for the 1h 30min drive to Thai Nguyen City. Along the way, stop at the Museum of Cultures of Vietnam's Ethnic Groups (closed on Mondays and from 11h30 to 13h30). The museum was originally founded to study and share the culture and history of ethnic groups based in the northern area during the Indochina War. Nowadays the museum gathers an interesting selection of exhibits representing the culture of major hill tribes living in Vietnam. After the visit, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon continue driving on towards Cao Bang city, the capital city of the mountainous province of Cao Bang which is home to various ethnic minority groups including the Tay, Nung, Dao and Hmong.

Arrive in Cao Bang in the late afternoon; if time allows, enjoy a stroll around town.

Overnight in Cao Bang.

Meals: Lunch

Estimated distance & transfer time: 280km; approx. 7hr.

Ban Gioc Waterfall

Start the day around 0800 at a busy market of Cao Bang for a simple but tasty breakfast. Take this opportunity to sample some famous local dishes such as ‘Pho Bo’ or ‘Banh Cuon’ before driving north towards the Chinese border.

On the way, stop in a picturesque hamlet of a Nung ethnic group specialising in homemade incense sticks. Walk through the village to experience the daily life and to interact with the locals. Continue to the scenic blacksmith village of Pac Rang, famous in Vietnam for its knives in wrought iron made by a Nung community.

Upon arrival to the Sino-Vietnamese border, discover Ban Gioc waterfall, on the Quay Son River, considered as one of the biggest waterfalls of Vietnam. Here the river acts as a natural border between the 2 countries. Enjoy a late lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, continue to Nguom Ngao cave, one of the most interesting and impressive limestone grottos of the Northern provinces. Upon entering the grotto, walk for around 1 km to admire the spectacular natural formations.

In the late afternoon return to Cao Bang town.

Overnight in Cao Bang.

Note Authorisation and passport is required to visit Ban Gioc waterfalls. During the dry season, level of the water can be minimal.

Estimated distance & transfer time: 370km; approx. 8-9hr.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Depart around 0700 for the drive north towards the Chinese border to visit the former hideout of the late president Ho Chi Minh. See how he lived and worked for 4 years to mastermind the 1954 independence from French colonialists. Along the way see the giant water wheels which make a fantastic sight against the surrounding mountains.

Return to Cao Bang Town for lunch. After lunch, start the journey back to Hanoi, arriving in the early evening. For those who wish to extend another night for a visit to Ba Be Lakes National Park, please consult us further.

Note During some months (June – September) the itinerary may be subject to change based on the day, weather & road conditions.

Land Cost

Price per person in SGD

5D4N Northeast Vietnam Adventure

Valid from Jan 01 - Dec 31, 2017
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Prices do not include air passage to/from Hanoi. Please check with us for attractive tour-based airfare between Singapore and Hanoi.
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Reservations during peak travel season (Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges and compulsory meals.

Inclusions

  • 02 nights' accommodation in a twin-sharing room with daily breakfast
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • English or French-speaking guide (supplement applies for other language guides)
  • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary

Exclusions

  • Air passage to/from Hanoi
  • Vietnam Visa and visa application fees, where applicable
  • Food & drinks not indicated
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Personal expenses such as bar bills, laundry and telephone charges, etc.
  • Other services not clearly indicated in 'Inclusions'
  • Tipping for guide, driver and other service providers
  • Travel insurance covering trip curtailment, lost baggage and emergency medical evacuation, etc.