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Itinerary at a glance
Note: The itinerary can change depend on the real and your requirement, but keep the destination.
Our North Vietnam Adventure tour 10days include experience
+ Trekking in Mu Cang Chai 3 days
+ Rowing boat, fishing & swimming in Vu Linh village, Thac Ba Lake 1 day
+ Trekking in Ha Giang Karst Plateau- Global Geopark 3 days
+ Spend 2 relaxing days sleeping in a boat and kayak in Halong Bay
+ 1 day relaxing on the boat, cycling and a little bit of trekking in Ninh Binh
8 am: Our guide will pick you up at your hotel. We pass Nghia Lo town – the home of Thai people – one of the main ethnic people in Yen Bai. When we arrive at Tu Le town, Around 2-3pm, arrive Tu Le town, you will walk around the rice fields, spring and villages, explore the life, the house, the culture…of Thai and Mong people.
Ups on your health and time, you can trek the longer road through Nam Co – Nam Pang to homestay in Bung Som village, around 10km in 3,5hrs. Or shorter trek 6-7 km in 2hrs
8 am: After breakfast, we will move to Mu Cang Chai. We will drive over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam, connecting Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai). These scenic roads offer a lot of stops for picture-taking as it is the viewpoint to see the Lim Mong, Lim Thai village or paragliding-point on the top of this pass.
When we arrive in Mu Cang Chai, we will spend around 3 hrs trekking from La Pan Tan to Rasberry Hill – one of the most famous destinations in the country. Here, we have a round-shaped rice terrace. Everything was built by the human hand of the H’mong people over the past hundreds of years. The simple lunch will be served after go down to the main road, or if you want to try to experience the life of Hmong people, you can visit their house, cook and eat lunch with local.
After lunch, you will continue to take the trekking from Che Cu Nha to Kim Noi village in around ~9-10 km in 3 -3,5hrs. On the way, we will go up a high mountain, pass the H’mong village and a waterfall in a remote area. Besides seeing the beauty of rice fields, you’ll be guided how to plant rice, harvest rice or discover the farm working of locals. We can visit some houses or schools to explore local life and culture if that interests you.
At the end of the trekking route leads to homestay of Thai people in Mu Cang Chai center. Enjoy dinner, warmly & hospitality of Thai people.
After our breakfast, depending on the season and the rice we can do one of two things. We can spend 3hrs continuing to trek from Kim Noi to Che Cu Nha or trek 2 hrs through some villages where they have the beautiful rice fields such as: Lao Chai village, Sang Nhu village.
You will have a chance to take beautiful photos when experiencing this nature. We can have a small picnic on the way or cook lunch in a H’mong family’s home.
In the afternoon, we will transfer to Vu Linh village, the village of White Pan Dao people, near Thac Ba Lake – one of the peaceful lakes in Vietnam.
Morning: Learn to row a wood boat by hand and foot and go fishing with local people in lake. After hard work, you will relax after 3 days of trekking by swimming in the green and clean water here. Vu Linh is small village with less tourists, so you will be feel freedom within sky and water.
When it’s time to leave the nice Vu Linh homestay, we continue transfer to another village of Red Dao people in Ha Giang.
After breakfast, you will take the spectacular road which leads to Dong Van, a series of long passes, deep valleys, with many views spot and take photos . You will then cross pine forests and visit Vuong’s Palace – a grandiose two-story mansion built for a local Hmong king by the French. Set in a hidden valley near a quiet village, the building is a fascinating sight in such a remote region of the country. You will stop for lunch then take 3.5 hours trek on highest mountains of Dong Van for breathtaking panoramic views. You will also have the chance to visit H’Mong ethnic villages of this incredible, untouched frontier region.
Enjoy hot-pot for dinner. After that, you can walk to enjoy the night of Dong Van old quarter.
Stay in hotel.
After breakfast, you will explore Dong Van Old Quarter. If you travel on the weekend, you will have chance to join the colorful local market.
Leaving Dong Van, the car will transfer you to the place where you will start to climb up 15 km to the top of the Ma Pi Leng Pass. This path winds for 22km to Meo Vac, which is the main attraction. Experience a trek through a gigantic maze of limestone peaks, stone forests, and rural Hmong villages in the valley. You will be impressed by the immense beauty of the karst mountain that surround you and the hard life of locals here. Visit some Hmong homes, try their food and wine, and you will be welcomed by the locals.
The road has been cut into the side of a cliff with a view of rippling hills tumbling down to the waters of Nho Que river far below.
The car will pick you up and take you to a village of Tay people in Ha Giang city.
After breakfast, there are 2 options:
1. Trekking through the rice terraces, forests and villages of Dao & Tay people near Thon Tha village before coming back Hanoi.
2. Say good bye to your homestay host and ride back to Hanoi to arrive earlier, spend the rest of your time to relax and enjoy the city air in Hanoi.
You will sleep in a 3-star hotel near the Hanoi Old quarter.
8:00: After breakfast, our car will pick you up at your hotel. You will embark on a cruise at midday around the beautiful bay. You will enjoy a seafood lunch while cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay and Ha Long Bay.
In the afternoon, you will discover the floating village while sitting on rowing boats with local people or experiencing kayaking, swimming or joining their cooking class.
Evening: Enjoy dinner and the bay at night.
Morning: Rise early for morning tai chi on the sundeck. After breakfast, you will explore a cave. When you come back the cruise, you can enjoy the bay on the sundeck when waiting for lunch.
You will check out of the cruise at 12:00pm, transfer back to Bai Chay beach. The car will wait for you and transfer you to the Ninh Binh in 4hrs.
Overnight in a hotel or ecolodge.
After breakfast, we start cycling on the countryside road to Tam Coc . We will take a break on a small boat and enjoy the fresh air of karst mountains. Green and cold water are underneath your boat while we go through three fun caves.
After the boat trip, we cycle to Mua Cave. After climbing up the many steps you will see a panoramic view of the river, rice fields, and stone mountains. You will know why Ninh Binh is called ” Halong Bay on land”.
Transfer back to Hanoi, tour ends at your hotel by around 6 pm.
P/s: The itinerary can change according to your requirement.
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Our time in Vietnam is not easy to describe in words. Our guide Nghĩa took us to the most beautiful places where it was just us and the locals and we got a glimpse of local life that would’ve been inaccessible to us without her. It felt raw and real and we learned a lot about ourselves and each other. We laughed, we cried, we grew. In between, we did our best to take moments of mindfulness: by pausing and breathing deeply, doing some yoga, and feeling the immense beauty of our surroundings
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