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An ideal trekking trip can satisfy the thirst of explorers in Vietnam. After your leisure in a great convenient city, a promising start to the far north of Vietnam where the off-beat locations are awaited for their real soulmates. Travelers are in with a chance to savor an authentic life of ethnic minorities. Trekking, hiking, spectacular mountains, shark tooth peaks, canyons, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, valleys, and caves are well worth it for adventurers who are dreaming of an unaccustomed way of Vietnam exploration. Back to Hanoi after long trekking, the heart of culture in Vietnam, you will smoothly flow with a boat trip to inland heaven – Ninh Binh, and a cruise journey to one of seven new wonders of the world – Ha Long bay as a move bringing back to your real modern life.
Your trekking adventure begins with your arrival in Vietnam. Our driver will meet and greet you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation. Check in to the hotel and get over the jet lag. After enjoying the first day yourself, return to the hotel for a relaxing sleep.
After breakfast at your homestay, visit the Bac Ha fairground market. This is a great place to pick up locally dyed fabrics, hemp plants, and handmade textiles. Depending on your availability, you can witness the extraordinary atmosphere of the ethnic markets around this region:
Tuesday: Coc Ly market
Wednesday: Sin Cheng market
Thursday: Cao Son market Lun Khau Nhin market.
Saturday: Can Cau market
Sunday: Bac Ha market
Then trekking approximately 5 to 6 hours to the hill tribe village and enjoy a picnic lunch on the way. Push on through terraced farmland and bamboo scrub for excellent views of emerald valleys, superb rice terraces, and spectacular mountains.
In the evening, settle into your homestay in Bac Ha for the night.
Today, leave for the first of many scenic mountain drives throughout Ha Giang province. Stop to browse Minh Tao Market before trekking through the village of Nam Luong in North Vietnam. Afterward pass through Lung Tam textile village and the Vuong Family Palace in Sa Phin commune, built in the shape of a royal Manchu palace. This is known as the former palace of the Hmongs’ King before continuing to Dong Van where you’ll spend the night.
Overnight at hotel.
Have leisure time today.
This morning, we take the most spectacular road in all of Vietnam, which winds for 15 km to the top of the Ma Pi Leng pass, a hulk of desert peaks and unique canyons in the world. We then descend on Meo Vac for lunch. Visit the Meo Vac market before setting off on a trekking loop that starts and finishes in Dong Van. The trek (approximately 4 hours in total) is moderate and suitable for those with an average fitness level. Wind your way through the spectacular landscape, where you can expect to witness glorious views and capture some amazing pictures of lush valleys and rice paddies.
After that, drive past terraced rice farms on the road to Bao Lac (approximately 4 hours), a small town in the mountainous region of northern Vietnam. This area is home to the Black Lo Lo ethnic group, who are well known for their colorful attire and finesse in making bronze drums. The bronze drums hold a special place in Lo Lo customs, being used at funerals and important family events. In Lo Lo culture, only the sound of the drums can help the souls of the dead find their way to the birthplace of their ancestors.
Overnight stay in Bao Lac.
After breakfast, boat trip to go up the lake and the Nang river to the Dau Dang waterfalls. Small stroll to admire the waterfall then embark on the boat to go up the river and cross the lake from north to south. Then back to your homestay and be ready to transfer to Hanoi.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Today you will experience the ancient culture and history of Vietnam as well as see the stunning landscape and beautiful scenery when we travel to the Ninh Binh Province. This area is known as “Ha Long Bay on land” and is located 80 km South of Hanoi.
Then, we will go for a relaxing sampan ride through the gentle and elegant landscape of plains and mountains, leading to the beautiful and mysterious Tam Coc Grottoes followed by a gentle cycle ride (4km) and boat ride to Bich Dong Cave and Pagoda. This journey takes you through the breathtaking scenery of rice fields and imposing mountains. We have lunch in a local restaurant. Then head off to Hoa Lu, formally the capital of the Dinh and early Le dynasties between the 10th and 11thcenturies.
We will then head back to Ha Noi later in the evening.
Overnight in Hanoi.
In the morning, after breakfast at the hotel, the Cruise team will pick you up. Take the most scenic route to reach Halong Bay, taking you across the Red River Delta with emerald green rice paddies stretching for as far as the eyes can see. On arrival to Halong, you will enjoy a cruise on the Bay and explore the limestone rocks and the karst grottoes.
After you are done with your exploration of the bay, it is time to enjoy an utterly delicious seafood lunch, after which there will be a trip to the famous limestone cave in Ha Long Bay, you’ll get to spend some time here, kayaking or swimming so that you can get closer to the floating villages and shops. Towards the evening, you will return to the boat for an early dinner, followed by some time at leisure. You can optionally attend the activities taking part on the boat or just relax.
Overnight on cruise.
Rise early for a Tai Chi lesson or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Limestone Cave, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbor and the return to Hanoi around 17:00. Free at your leisure time.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Relish a healthy breakfast on the final day of your trip. Complete the hotel check-out formalities after which you can visit the local markets and buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Later, proceed for departure and board your flight back home. Finish your trekking adventures in North Vietnam!
Hanoi: Dal Vostro Hotel & Spa or similar
Halong Bay: Renea Cruise or similar
Bac Ha: Homestay
Dong Van: homestay
Bao Lac: Local Homestay
Ba Be: Homestay
Experienced English Speaking Guide
This tour offers Vegetarian and Vegan food options on request. Simply let our Customer Support team know the food option that you prefer.
Door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
Travel insurance is not covered in the tour price. You can organize travel insurance with your preferred insurance company. We recommend World Nomads, a company recommended by LonelyPlanet
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