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With 11 days adventure tour, we will take you off the beaten track, but the trip is not difficult. The local people you meet at their home and their farm, the scenery, and the variety of cultures make this the vacation of a lifetime.

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  • 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, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.

    In the evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture – followed by a welcome dinner at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants.

    Day Inclusions: Transfer, Welcome dinner, tour guide, entrance fee, hotel in Hanoi.

  • Day 2: Hanoi – Ha Giang- Overnight in homestay

    Distance: 300km

     After breakfast at the hotel, your guide and driver will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to Ha Giang. On the way, visit Ethnology museum in Thai Nguyen province. Arrive in Ha Giang in the early afternoon , go ahead to Tien Thang village

    Overnight in homestay and join in dinner with local family.

    Day Inclusions: Transfer, hotel breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour guide, entrance fee, homestay in village.

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

    Distance: 150km

    After breakfast, you will 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 famous house Pao’s House. Then visit the residence of the Vuong family (Palace of Hmong King). And continue taking a drive to Dong Van town. Visit ancient houses, departure for Lo Lo minority village, trekking to Flag tower on the top of Lung Cu mountain about 1km, view ancient valley from the top.

    Have dinner and overnight at Rocky Plateau Hotel.

    Day Inclusions: Transfer, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour guide, entrance fee, hotel in Dong Van

  • Day 4: Dong Van

    After breakfast, we 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 we pass through several villages along tracks used by the local people.

    We 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 we return to the same hotel in Dong Van.

    Day Inclusions: Transfer, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour guide, entrance fee, hotel in Dong Van

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

    Distance: 150km

    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 and come back to Ha Giang via Bao Lam, Bao Lac and Bac Me. Stop for lunch on the way and arrive in Ha Giang 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.

    Day Inclusions: Transfer, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour guide, entrance fee, hotel in Ha Giang

  • Day 6: Ha Giang – Sin Man

    Distance: 100km

    After breakfast, we 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 we travel by winding roads with many uphill and downhill drives.

    Along the way we 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.

    Day Inclusions: Transfer, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour guide, entrance fee, homestay in Sin Man village.

  • Day 7: Sin Man - Bac Ha

    Distance: 150km

     Today you will drive to Bac Ha, the capital of the region of the Flower Hmong, a relaxed base to explore the northern highlands and hill-tribe villages. Have lunch on the way.

    Arrive in Bac Ha, check in hotel and you are free to explore the town on your own interests. This is a long drive from Ha Giang to Sapa (about 6 – 7 hours on over 230km mountainous road), though there’s no time to get bored as the scenery is truly breathtaking.

    Day Inclusions: Transfer, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour guide, entrance fee, hotel in Bac Ha

  • Day 8: Bac Ha – Sapa – Visit Hill Tribe Village

    Distance: 70km.

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before setting out on a full day’s trek to explore Sapa’s cultural diversity and haunting natural beauty. Take a guided hike through yawning valleys decorated with terraced rice fields and pass through remote hill tribe villages. You have three trekking options to choose from: Soft trek (~ 3 km), medium trek (~ 6km) and long trek (~ 12km).

    Trekking is an excellent way to explore the daily life and familiarize yourself with the cultures of the H’mong, Dzao and Dzay people who populate the region. Have lunch at a hill tribe village then explore the village by our own. Having dinner with a local family and enjoying a homestay in their long house.

    Day Inclusions: Transfer, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour guide, entrance fee, homestay

  • Day 9: Sapa – Night train to Hanoi

    After breakfast at homestay, your driver will transfer you back to Sapa Town. Then you are free at your leisure. In the afternoon, take a drive back to Laocai to catch your return night train to Hanoi.

    You can hire a motorbike; go for a long ride to visit the Silver Waterfall, O Quy Ho Pass and Xeo villages (not included – please let us know if you want to take this service)

    Meals: Breakfast

    Accommodation: on train (in sharing 4 soft berths cabin with A/C)

    Day Inclusions: Transfer, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour guide, entrance fee, train ticket to Hanoi

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

    Arrive in Hanoi in the early morning. Regroup at the railways station then your guide will take you to a hotel nearby for a shower and breakfast, before setting out on a 3 to 4 hour drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Halong Bay. Spend 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 permitting). Pass the night on your junk, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of calm waters.

    Day Inclusions: Transfer, breakfast, lunch, dinner, tour guide, entrance fee, cruise in Halong bay.

  • 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 we 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 (20:45).

    Good bye & Safe travels!

     

    Day Inclusions: Transfer, breakfast, lunch.

  • Accommodations
  • Breakfast & meals per mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private transportation as the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Snacks, Water & First Aid
  • All entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam Visas
  • Gratuities for tour guides/ drivers
  •  Beverages &other personal expenses