Explore Northern Vietnam

Explore Northern Vietnam
Starts
Hanoi
Destinations
+ 7
Ends
Hanoi
Hanoi → Ha Giang → Lung Cu → Dong Van → Xin Man → Bac Ha → Sapa → Halong

Highlights

  • Visit Hanoi's Old Quarter.
  • Enjoy the stunning landscapes of the northern mountainous areas of Vietnam.
  • View the whole scene of huge highland area with endlessly range of mountain of all sizes, particularly interesting shapes when standing in the peak of Ma Pi Leng.
  • Explore the ethnic villages in Sapa & the most colorful hill tribe markets.
  • Cruise Halong Bay to enjoy the outstanding natural view.
Age range
< 18 year olds +4 more
Accommodation
3 / 4 / 5
Transportation

While Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa, Hoian is quite familiar to visitors to Vietnam, Ha Giang – the frontier province up north still remains undiscovered.
To find Vietnam’s ‘true north,’ where scenery and customs have been preserved, set your compass and venture to the wilds of Ha Giang. Nestled against the Chinese border, the country’s least-known mountainous region is dubbed the as ‘the final frontier’ for visitors,  Vietnam Travel designs this eleven day trip that makes the Ha Giang adventure become easier for visitors to access this northerly land. Contact our travel consultants for more details and the best offers.

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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Hanoi City Tour in brief.
    Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Hanoi City Tour in brief.
    Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Hanoi City Tour in brief.
    Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Hanoi City Tour in brief.
    Day 1: Hanoi Arrival – Hanoi City Tour in brief.

    Welcome to Hanoi: Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Your guide and driver will meet you outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon, take a walk around the center, visiting some of Hanoi’s main attractions: the Opera House, Old Quarter, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.
    Meals: N/A
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

  2. Day 2: Hanoi – Ha Giang.
    Day 2: Hanoi – Ha Giang.
    Day 2: Hanoi – Ha Giang.

    After breakfast at the hotel, your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to Ha Giang via Tuyen Quang province. Arrive in Ha Giang in the early afternoon and check in the hotel. Then take a short walk around the city or take a soft trek to some Tay villages in Ha Giang City. Have dinner and overnight hotel in Ha Giang.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ha Giang.

  3. Day 3: Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Dong Van.
    Day 3: Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Dong Van.
    Day 3: Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Dong Van.

    After breakfast, take a drive to Dong Van Karst Plateau. On the way, you will have a chance to see a beauty of Pac Sum pass, Heaven Gate, Fairy Mountain in Quan Ba, looking down the Tam Son town from above. Stop at Yen Minh for lunch then continue driving to an old clay house, set in a breath-taking primitive landscape in the mountainous province of Ha Giang, surrounded by flower gardens of Tam Giac Mach (buckwheat), roses and corns (corn season in summer only), famed for a Vietnamese movie: "Pao’s Story". Then visit the residence of the Vuong family (Palace of Hmong King). Continue a long day drive to Lung Cu Flag Tower, a landmark affirming national sovereignty of Vietnam. Finish your day at Dong Van Town.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Van.

  4. Day 4: Dong Van Discovery.
    Day 4: Dong Van Discovery.
    Day 4: Dong Van Discovery.
    Day 4: Dong Van Discovery.

    After breakfast, visit the Dong Van Old quarter, lined with houses of one or two hundred years old, enjoy more of the ancient atmosphere of Dong Van. The rest of the day is through remote and beautiful countryside of Dong Van where you pass through several villages along tracks used by the local people. You are rewarded with a brilliant backdrop of picturesque valleys covered in rice paddies. The H’mong and Hoa people, who are the local ethnic minorities, exhibit their friendliness through their colorful clothing and warm hospitality. Later, return to the same hotel in Dong Van.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Van.

  5. Day 5: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Meo Vac – Ha Giang.
    Day 5: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Meo Vac – Ha Giang.
    Day 5: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Meo Vac – Ha Giang.
    Day 5: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Meo Vac – Ha Giang.
    Day 5: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Meo Vac – Ha Giang.

    After breakfast, start a trip back to Ha Giang town on another way. The van will stop at Ma Pi Leng Pass (*) for taking photos – the deepest valley in Vietnam as well as in South East Asia. Visit Meo Vac market & its town. Stop for lunch on the way and arrive in Ha Giang City in the late afternoon. Check in the hotel and you are free at leisure to explore the town or recover your health for the next day.

    (*) Ma Pi Leng Pass is one of the four most beautiful passes in Vietnam, ranked number 4. Others are O Quy Ho Pass (Sapa – Laocai), Khau Pha Pass (Yen Bai) and Pha Din (Dien Bien).
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Ha Giang.

  6. Day 6: Ha Giang – Sin Man.
    Day 6: Ha Giang – Sin Man.
    Day 6: Ha Giang – Sin Man.

    After breakfast, set off on a full day journey to Sin Man and Hoang Su Phi from Ha Giang Town. The rough but scenic route traverses a dense jungle before crossing over a pass and dropping down to Sin Man. This day is a real challenge for our driver as you will travel by winding roads with many uphill and downhill drives. Along the way you may encounter the Nung Ing, Tay, Red Dao, Dao Ao Dai, La Chi and Co Lao, just some of the many hill tribe groups who have settled there. Overnight at homestay in Sin Man.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: Homestay in Sin Man.

  7. Day 7: Sin Man – Bac Ha – Sapa.
    Day 7: Sin Man – Bac Ha – Sapa.
    Day 7: Sin Man – Bac Ha – Sapa.
    Day 7: Sin Man – Bac Ha – Sapa.

    This morning you will drive to Bac Ha (40km from Sin Man), the capital of the region of the Flower Hmong, a relaxed base to explore the northern highlands and hill-tribe villages. Arrive in Bac Ha, visit Bac Ha coloful market (on Sunday only), H'mong King's House and Flower H'mong's Ban Pho village. Have lunch in the town then spend a 90km drive to Sapa Town. Check in to your hotel and spend rest of the day at leisure or explore the town yourselves.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.

  8. Day 8: Sapa – Visit Ethnic villages (Can Ho B, Ta Giang Phinh).
    Day 8: Sapa – Visit Ethnic villages (Can Ho B, Ta Giang Phinh).
    Day 8: Sapa – Visit Ethnic villages (Can Ho B, Ta Giang Phinh).

    Enjoy your tasty breakfast in the hotel.
    Today, you’ll start a bit later to pick up the best time when the sun arises for the best vision & photos. Your guide and driver will transfer you to Sapa vicinity where the ethnic minorities live. On the way, you will have several stops for magnificent landscapes, silver waterfalls. The first stop is Can Ho B which is a home for Red Dao people. When walking in this hamlet, you will be so much welcomed by the locals whom you meet on the way. Visit their home to learn how the traditional costumes are made from hemp and dyed by indigo plant. Then, proceed further to Ta Giang Phinh, a Hmong village, nestled in the valleys below Sapa for a two to three-hour trek. As you walk through the authentic village, you will have a great chance to meet and interact with the native people who love to share with you about their life and so.
    Back to Sapa later and the rest of the day is at your leisure.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa.

  9. Day 9: Ta Van – Sapa – Hanoi.
    Day 9: Ta Van – Sapa – Hanoi.
    Day 9: Ta Van – Sapa – Hanoi.
    Day 9: Ta Van – Sapa – Hanoi.
    Day 9: Ta Van – Sapa – Hanoi.

    After breakfast at homestay, drive to O Quy Ho to visit Sapa's Silver Waterfall and Hoang Lien Son Pass, the highest pass in Vietnam with an altitude of 2,000m above sea. You will have a couple of hours to relax and enjoy lunch in Sapa town before driving back to Hanoi on the highway (~ 6 hours).
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

  10. Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Cruise.
    Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Cruise.
    Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Cruise.
    Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Cruise.
    Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Cruise.
    Day 10: Hanoi – Halong Bay – Overnight on Cruise.

    Note: The below itinerary is sample and subject to change without prior notice and depends on weather condition. The cruise's itinerary is also different, please contact our travel consultant for more details. Meet your tour guide and driver at lobby of your hotel then set out on a 2.5 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Halong Bay. Spend nearly 24 hours on a traditional junk cruise in the amazing bay: a natural wonderland composed of jutting limestone islands and sparkling turquoise waters. Arrive at the dock around noon and board your junk. Savor a gourmet lunch of fresh seafood onboard as we sail out into the mystical bay. In the afternoon, cruise around some of Halong’s many islands, including Dinh Huong and Ga Choi. Along the way visit one of the bay’s 3 largest caves (Thien Cung, Dau Go or Sung Sot). Stop at an island cove with a sheltered white-sand beach and take a dip in the warm waters of the Gulf of Tonkin (weather permits). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    Accommodation: on cruise.

  11. Day 11: Halong – Hanoi – Departure.
    Day 11: Halong – Hanoi – Departure.

    Awake early and participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply relax and enjoy the sunrise over the bay’s towering islands. Enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, before setting out to explore nearby islands by rowboat. Return to the junk for breakfast then take advantage of the sundeck and admire the amazing rock formations of Bai Tu Long Bay as you navigate back to Halong City. Your driver will meet you at the Halong jetty and take you back to Noi Bai Airport of Hanoi for your departure flight home. Good bye & Safe travels!
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
    Accommodation: N/A.

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      All the hotels/ cruise are subject to availability and can be changed. In case any of the listed hotels are fully booked, alternatives of equivalence will be taken.
    1. Guide

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      English speaking Tour guide (other language on request)

    2. Meals

      Rated Excellent by past passengers

      Daily breakfast at hotel
      - 7 lunches
      - 7 dinners.

    3. Transport

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      Private Car/Van with Air-Conditioning.

    • Flights

      There is no domestic flight included in this package


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    Price Includes

    • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 7 dinners
    • 5 nights 4 star and special class hotels, 1 night deluxe junk boat (Junk boat: private cabin).
    • Halong Bay Junk boat cruise - opt to swim, kayak and explore caves.
    • Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 8.
    • Guided sightseeing - Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue and Hoi An.
    • Escorted by an English speaking Vietnamese tour guide.
    • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles.

    Price Excludes

    • Tipping Kitty: USD$25-35pp, paid in USD or VND.
    • Entrance Fees: USD$30-40pp, paid in USD or VND.
    • International flights and visa.
    • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
    • Travel insurance.

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