North Vietnam Explorer – Ha Giang and The Far North

VietnamCulture, Landscapes

There's so much more to Sapa in the far north as this exhilarating journey reveals. Encounter fascinating hilltribes, be captivated by the pristine landscapes and gain an understand of the intense relationship between these people and this land. At Ba Be National Park, peaceful lakes and thick forest characterize the scenery. Further north, in remote Ha Giang Province, a wealth of hill-tribe culture can be discovered amidst the spectacular peaks of the area.

7 Nights
From USD 1,386Per Person

Tour Itinerary

Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam's quaint capital city. Meet/greet on arrival by your driver and transfer to your hotel. The afternoon is free at your own leisure to explore this charming capital city.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Depart early morning for a 2-hour drive to Thai Nguyen. En route visit the Thai Nguyen Museum of Ethnology to learn about the hill tribes in the mountainous region of northern Vietnam.

Continue 105km drive to Na Phac and Cho Ra enjoying picturesque landscapes along the way.

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 the village of the Tay in Pac Ngoi.

Overnight in homestay in Pac Ngoi Village.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Distances and journey time
Road transfer 217km, approx.5 hours; sightseeing 1 hour; boat trip 3 hours

After breakfast drive 79km to Tinh Tuc. On arrival, enjoy the stunning scenery of Colia Pass and take a short walk to visit a village of the Zao Tien before having a coffee break. Head to Bao Lac for a 1-hour walk around the village of San Chay ethnic people.
Lunch break in Bao Lac.
After lunch, continue the drive along Gam River for 21km to Ly Bon traveling up steep mountains discovering the remotest land of Cao Bang to Meo Vac townlet of Ha Giang province. Go on a 1-hour walking through the fascinating valley of Niem Son and discover the cultural life of Nung ethnic people.

Overnight in Meo Vac.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Distances and journey time
Road transfer 233km, approx.6 hours; walking and sightseeing 3–4 hours.

If on a Sunday, spend 2 hours in the morning to attend the weekend market of local tribal people in this townlet. H’mong, Zao and some Lo Lo peoples in their best traditional costumes go to the market not only for shopping but also for socializing.

If on the date of the Tiger and Monkey, leave Meo Vac at 07.30 for 17km drive to Lung Phin to attend the most crowded and famous market in the region.

Back to Meo Vac and drive over the Ma Pi Leng Pass to enjoy its magnificent and spectacular scenery en route. Visit Ma Pi Leng II village of the Hmong people set amongst limestone rocks where the highest value of fresh water and cultivating land can be seen evidently.

Arrive in Dong Van and enjoy an hour walking through this stunning valley, explore the market and the ancient street of Dong Van before lunch.

After lunch, follow the narrow road through Ma Le and Lung Tao communes offers marvelous scenery of the Rocky Plateau. Visit a small village of the Hmong at Lung Tao before heading to Xa Phin valley.

Spend an hour visiting the historical site of the Vuong family palace who ruled over the region, control opium production and trading until 1945.

Then continue an hour drive through a series of magnificent valleys surrounded by a near-vertical mountain, enjoy another walk to visit the Lung Cam Tren village where the Hmong changed their way of life into a sedentary one from about 100 years ago which help them to have a better life than many others.

Leave Lung Can and transfer mostly downhill the Pho Cao pass for Yen Minh lush valley.

Overnight in Yen Minh.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Distances and journey time
Road transfer 85km, or 119km if visit Lung Phin Market; walking and sightseeing 3 to 4 hours.

After breakfast depart for Lung Tam while 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.
Continue the drive over stunning Quan Ba Pass which offers the fascinating scenery en route visit another village of the Hmong people. Arrive in Ha Giang at noon and stop for lunch break.

Enjoy an hour walk to explore the Me village which situated around a large valley near Ha Giang before transferring 105km to Quang Vinh town let of Hoang Su Phi district. Contrasting to the rocky land of Meo Vac, Dong Van and Yen Minh, Hoang Su Phi district and its neighboring Xin Man district have very different scenery. Lying on the top of the Chay River Massif, these two districts are covered by 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 at your hotel in late afternoon, check in hotel.

Dinner and overnight at Pan Hou Lodge in Hoang Su Phi.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Distances and journey time
Road transfer 207km, approx.5 hours; walking and sightseeing 4 hours.

If today is 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. Spend 02 hours walking through Lung Cai commune which is beautifully set on a high mountain range, overlooking down a narrow and steep valley where the Chay River winding its way between Vietnam and China.

Arriving at Bac Ha Town at noon, paying a visit to Hoang A Tuong Castle before having a lunch break.

After lunch explore the mighty Ban Pho valley before driving another 2 hours downhill to Lao Cai. Day used hotel room is available near the railway station for you to refresh before boarding the overnight train back to Hanoi.

Overnight on the train in a quad-share soft sleeper compartment.

Meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Distances and journey time:
Road transfer of 175km, approx. 5 hours; walking and sightseeing 4 hours.

Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning. Time at own leisure before transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Or extend another day to explore Hanoi on your own, or go on one of our many day tours.

Meals: Breakfast

Ideas for Hanoi Day Trips

For those who have time to extend their stay in Hanoi, here are a few optional experiences you can indulge yourself in.

Hoa Lu & Tam Coc

A couple hours drive outside of Hanoi will take you deep into Vietnam's past and picturesque countryside: discover Hoa Lu, ancient capital of Vietnam during the Dinh and Le dynasties, before taking a sampan trip down the so called "Halong Bay on Land" - Tam Coc River, famous for its charming grottoes and limestone karst mountains. This Hanoi day trip provides a real insight into Vietnam's outstanding heritage and dramatic scenery.

  • SGD $127 per person (min. 02 persons)
  • Includes lunch.

Sacred Perfume Pagoda

Hidden 60-km Southwest of Hanoi among lush paddy fields, limestone karst and picturesque villages, the Perfume Pagoda is the perfect one-day trip from Hanoi for nature lovers. Enjoy a leisurely 3-hour sampan boat cruise through rice fields and 'Halong Bay' style rock formations before heading up to The Perfume Pagoda, a set of shrines and temples built into a limestone hillside.

  • SGD $137 per person (min. 02 persons)
  • Includes lunch.

Duong Lam Village And Tay Phuong Pagoda

Immerse yourself in ancient Vietnamese culture with an excursion to Duong Lam, one of the country's few remaining ancient villages. Situated northwest of Hanoi, a tour through Duong Lam is a great way to explore the area's twelve-hundred year history. Explore houses over 400 years old, wander the village's narrow alleyways, visit local temples, and most interesting of all, chat with friendly locals.

  • SGD $132 per person (min. 02 persons)
  • Includes lunch.

Cycling to But Thap Pagoda And Dong Ho Village

There is no better way to explore the captivating natural beauty and tranquil village life of Vietnam than on two-wheels. Join the locals and saddle up for our specially-designed cycling tour of rural Vietnam! Our adventure starts in the capital city, Hanoi, and travels through the quaint countryside to But Thap Pagoda and Dong Ho Village, passing smiling faces and great views.

  • SGD $175 per person (min. 02 persons)
  • Price includes lunch plus quality Trek mountain bike with helmets.

Cooking Class in Hanoi

Take part in a hands-on cooking class in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Visit the local market to learn about Vietnamese ingredients before proceeding to the home of a true Hanoian who learned her culinary skills from her grandmother, a cook for the French elite in the 1930’s. After visiting a local market to buy the day’s ingredients, learn how to prepare and cook true northern Vietnamese cuisine before sitting down to enjoy a delectable meal.

  • SGD $130 per person (min. 02 persons)
  • Includes lunch.

Explore Van Giang Village

The rural villages around Vietnam’s capital Hanoi offer a glimpse into country life largely untouched by commercial development. Take a half day tour to an area which is cradled in the Red River Delta – here visit an ancient temple with superb architecture, a country style market where an abundance of produce can be seen and meet a local family in their 150-year old home for lunch.

  • SGD $100 per person (min. 02 persons)
  • Includes lunch.

Phu Lang Pottery Village

The village of Phu Lang is one of the last remaining pottery villages in Northern Vietnam which have been producing ceramics since the 13th century using traditional techniques. Located just over an hour's drive from Hanoi and close to the Hanoi - Halong Highway, spend a half day at the village wandering through the workshops and seeing artisans at work.

  • SGD $87 per person (min. 02 persons)

Tour Cost

Prices per person in SGD dollars

7D6N North Vietnam Explorer - Ha Giang and The Far North

Valid for travel from Sep 01, 2017 - Dec 31, 2018
                                        02 Persons 03-04SGL Supp
From Sep 01 - Dec 31, 201713861156143
From Jan 01 - Dec 31, 201814831235143
Land prices do not air passage to/from Hanoi.
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High Season Supplement of SGD $12 per room night at Panhou lodge from December to February.

Note
Reservations during peak travel periods, e.g. Christmas, New Year, Vietnamese Lunar New Year, National Holidays, etc., are subject to supplementary charges and compulsory meals.

Inclusions

  • 02 nights in twin/double room in Church Boutique (Classic room) in Hanoi with daily breakfast
  • 04 nights outside of Hanoi with daily breakfast
    • 01 night in homestay in Ba Be
    • 01 night in Hoa Cuong Hotel in Meo Vac
    • 01 night in Thao Nguyen Hotel In Yen Minh
    • 01 night in Pan Hou Lodge in Hoang Su Phi
  • 01 night in Fansipan Train from Lao Cai to Hanoi; train tickets based on shared cabins (quad-share)
  • Other meals as indicated in the itinerary (L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-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" above
  • Tipping for guide, driver and other service providers
  • Travel insurance covering trip curtailment, lost baggage and emergency medical evacuation