Ha Giang – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Ba Be Lake 5 days

This trip is a must, a once of a lifetime adventure across the Northern part of Vietnam. It starts with a tribute to nature in the mystic and beautiful Ba Be national park. We then journey to the Dong Van Geopark, a rocky plateau with impressive mountain sceneries few kilometers off the Chinese border. We end in a beautiful valley made of rice fields and hamlets of wooden houses on stilts. Enjoy fulltime ethnic immersion and homestay experiences almost all along; “almost” because we spend two nights in an ancient rich H’mong farm renovated, enchanting.

Day 1: Ha Noi – Ha Giang (L, D)

8:00 departure from Hanoi – Viet Tri – Tuyen Quang – Ha Giang. Excellent lunch among gardens in Tan Quang. On the way you can see all natural life of local people in the mountain of Vietnam take may picture of Ducks, water bufferloes, rice paddy fields and so on. Arrival in Ha Giang around 18:00.Ha Giang Trekking Tours

We go to a nearby Thai village, where we have diner and spend the night in a family stilted house.

Day 2: Ha Giang – Dong Van (B, L, D)

After purchasing the mandatory permit at the Immigration Office, we take the first spectacular road, which leads to Dong Van, a series of long passes and deep valleys. Lunch in the small mountain town of Tam Son.

We then cross a landscape of pine forest and arrive at the astonishing King of the H’mong’s Palace, a fortress built by a local chief allied with the French against the Vietminh, Vuong Chin Duc, and evacuated in 1950 (his descendants now live in France and Canada). Arrival in Dong Van around 18:00. Diner in a local restaurant and hotel night.

Day 3: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Meo Vac – Bao Lac- Ba Be Lake (B, L, D)

An absolutely unforgettable day! It starts with the visit of the market of Dong Van, where the locals shop before returning to their eagle nest. We then climb a pass up to the French Fortress of Pu Lo, built in 1890 and evacuated in 1945, from which we enjoy a spectacular view of the entire region.Road To Ha Giang

which climbs on 15 km up to the top of the Ma Pi Leng Pass, through a gigantic maze of lime peaks, “stone forests”, and canyons unique in the world. We then go down into the valley of Meo Vac, We then continue snaking through the mountains, cross the river, and arrive in the village of Bao Lac, where we have luch and we take the mountain road Bao Lac – Cao Bang. Before Cao Bang, another one of our little secrets : a gorgeous small road snaking through the mountains to the Tay village of Cho Ra and then down to the Tay village of Bo Lu, where you are welcomed by the owner of traditional stilted house. If it’s hot, do like the local kids, just jump in the lake! Have diner and over night at homestay.

Day 4: Ba Be Lake – Puong Cave (B, L, D)

A treat! Breakfast on the lake shore, then short wark to the house owner’s boat, who takes you through the entire length of the 3 connected lakes (Ba Be – “3 bays”) and up the Nang River, to an astonishing site: Dong Phuong, an enormous tunnel 300-long that the river has dug through a Ba Be Lake - Ba Be National Parklime mountain.

The boat then goes down river to the small village of Hua Tang. As simple and authentic as you have been dreaming of! Lunch in a local house alongside the river.

After lunch, a short walk through the jungle takes you to the very scenic Thac Dau Dang Waterfalls, a series of spectacular cascades between sheer rock walls. Return by boat for another delightful evening at your Tay house.

Day 5: Ba Be Lake – Ha Noi (B, L)

Enjoy local life in Bo Lu and departure on a secret road of ours, following the river and then snaking from pass to pass through the hills of Central North Vietnam. Everybody will look at you, for no tourists ever go that spectacular way. We then join the main road to Ha Noi, with a short stop in Cho Chu to visit the ruins of the French Prison. Return at your hotel around 19:00.

This is a sample itinerary that has been enjoyed by many of our past travelers to the region. It can be custom-made to meet your expectation. The price very much depends on your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give you as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!

The service is inclusive of:

• Private car transfer along the trip with experienced driver
• All accommodation on the trip
• English speaking guide (other luggage upon request)
• Meals as listed in the itinerary: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
• Sightseeing tickets and permits per itinerary
• Food & accommodation for the guide and driver
• Private boat trip in Ba Be lake
• Bottled water on the vehicle

The service is excluded:

• Visa to Vietnam
• International and domestic airfare
• Other meals and drinks
• Other optional and activities not on the package
• Travel insurance, personal expense
• Your hotel accommodation in Hanoi

What to take:
Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, hiking shoes and small day pack, warm clothes in the winter time (from November to March).
It is essential to bring your passort on this trip. We also recommend packing: personal articles, insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat, sun hat,…