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North Vietnam Tours 10 Days (Mu Cang Chai – Hagiang- Halong- Ninh Binh)

(2 Reviews)
  • 10 Days 9 Nights
  • Private/ Group Tour: 2-12
  • Sleep: Homestay, hotel, cruise
  • Difficulty : Gentle (2/5)Multy activties: Hiking, kayaking, cycling
  • Pickup: from Hanoi
  • Min Age : 12+

Our North Vietnam tour 10days – Great combination to discover the best highlight of North Vietnam with World wonder, natural landscape, people. Our tour does not bring you the new stunning destinations with less touristic, but we also combine with various outdoor activities which made you have real experience and memorable Vietnam trips.

+ Hiking in Mu Cang Chai – 3 days- the best beautiful rice terraces-

+ Rowing boat, fishing & swimming in Vu Linh village, Thac Ba Lake 1 day

+ Challenging Hiking in Ha Giang Karst Plateau- Global Geopark 3 days

+ Spend 2 relaxing days sleeping on a cruise and kayak in Halong Bay – the World Wonders

+ 1,5 day relaxing on the boat, cycling and a light hiking trip in Ninh Binh – was known as Halong Bay on land

Recommended Airport

Noi Bai International Airport (Google Map)

Meeting Point

Your hotel in Hanoi Old Quater area 

Price Includes

  • Private car with experience driver through the trip
  • Cruise on Halong BayWe have 3-4-5 star cruise options.
  • Entrance fees and signseeing fees
  • Boating or Kayaking ticket
  • All meals are included
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Water: 1 little/day/person

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses, tips and gratuities (industry recommendation is 5-10% of trip cost)
  • Personal items: Clothes, rain-gear, foot wears
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Beverage: Extra drinks


  • Comfortable walking/trekking shoes
  • Light comfortable clothes and warm clothes in winter time ( from Oct to Feb)
  • Take a small day backpack for hiking
  • Insect/mosquito repellent, sun cream, sun hat, light raincoat
  • Passport, camera
What to Expect
  • Breathtaking scenery, Fantastic mountain landscape combine with stunning lakes, river and Bay
  • Explore the true rural life and interesting traditional culture of ethnic people
  • Experience like Local, staying at traditional homestay & enjoy the tasty Vietnamese food
  • Less touristic, avoid the crowed in tourism area, merge with nature
  • Well organization and flexible program with best price

Day 1: HANOI – NGHIA LO- TU LE ( L, D)

7:30 am: Our guide will pick-up you at hotel. We also pass Nghia Lo town – the home of Thai people – one of the main ethnic people in Yen Bai. 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, we will go farther, through Nam Co – Nam Pang to homestay in Bung Som village, around 10km in 3,5hrs. Or shorter route 6-7 km in 2hrs. You will follow the rice field, narrow muddy local path, cross the stream. If you want, you can join to swim with children in the stream. The Hiking road is quite flat, not too much difficult, but cross the field and stream is one of interesting activity.

Overnight at the homestay wooden stilt house of Thai people in Tu Le. ( if you want a private room, we can arrange the room in a hotel)

Sum up
Hiking difficulty: Easy ( 1/5) ~5 -10 Km in 2-3,5 hrs

Driving: 250 Km – 5hrs 



8:00 am: We will start the hiking trip from our homestay, walk around 2km on the road which beside are river and rice or cornfield. After that, the challenging hike starting when we will hike up to the natural forest, steep rocky, surrounded by various green plants and the big trees. The air in the forest will help you be stronge

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 Hiking from La Pan Tan village to Rasberry Hill – one of the most famous destinations in the country with round shape follow the mountain shape. La Pan Tan village is well-known with large and high rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai. 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 Hiking 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 Hiking route leads to homestay of Thai people in Mu Cang Chai center. Enjoy dinner, warmly & hospitality of Thai people.

Option 2: Depends on your fitness and health, if you want to more time to rest, in the afternoon, we can choose the option, Hiking to see the sunset in Sang Nhu village. If the weather is good and the status of rice field, we will make a Hiking trip to Sang Nhu village ( in Mu Cang Chai) – where have the beautiful rice terrace field with Horse feed shape and amazing sunset. However, this Hiking trip is quite steep.
Overnight at the stilt house homestay of Thai or Mong people. ( P/s: If you want to experience sleep in the homestay of Hmong people, we will arrange a night in Hello Mu Cang Chai homestay in La Pan Tan village.)

Sum up

  • Hiking level: Moderate (3/5) with ~15-17 Km in 5-6hrs
  • Driving: 50 Km 


After our breakfast, depending on the season, we can spend 1,5-2hrs Hike up to Sang Nhu or Lao Chai village, where has beautiful rice terraces (attractive many photographers), Hiking through the pine forests, the hidden path and enjoy the overview of Mu Cang Chai small town. Or go down to Lim Thai village – which is located at the bottom of Khau Pha mountain. You will hike down through the local path, beside the rice field, cross the stream and explore the life of Thai people.

If you are interested in the local market, we can visit the market in Tu Le or Nghia Lo. After that, we will drive straight back to Nghia Lo – Yen Bai city – Vu Linh village. It’s the home of White Pan Dao people, near Thac Ba Lake – one of the peaceful lakes in Vietnam.

Sleep in a traditional wooden stilt house of Dao people. 

Hiking difficulty: Gentle (2/5)
~8-10 Km trekking in 3-4 hrs and 200 Km driving


Morning: Rowing traditional boat, swimming in the lake

You will have chance to learn the way to row a wooden boat by hand and legs – the traditional boat of Dao people in this lake. The local will show you how the local life on lakes, how to catch the fish, shrimp, etc.  It’s also the time to relax after 3 days of hiking in Mu Cang Chai mountains. 

Vu Linh is a small village with less touristic, like a hidden land to enjoy the life and nature, so you will feel freedom within the sky and water.

Afternoon: Leave the nice Vu Linh homestay, we continue to transfer to another village of Red Dao people in Ha Giang.

You will reach Quan Ba in the late afternoon. Before Quan Ba, we will pass the “Heaven’s Gate”, with its mountains stretching to the horizon, marking the entrance to Dong Van Karst Plateau. This marks a magnificent point of view to share when you are back home with stunning landscape photos. If it’s enough time, we will descend follow the local path from Heaven gate to the Nam Dam village – the inhabited by Dao ethnic people (long dress Dao group) in around 1,5 hrs. Beautiful hiking trails through the verdant and hill, seasonal farmlands, the vista view of villages, and lake.

Dinner and a night’s sleep in a homestay of Dao people in Nam Dam village

Day 5: Quan Ba –Dong Van- Ma Pi Leng Pass - Meo Vac (B, L, D)

7:30 am, after breakfast, you can walk around the village to explore the life and culture of Dao people. The locals still keep their traditional customs, habits & culture from ancient times. You will have a chance to see the local traditional house made of compacted soil which protects people from the extreme weather in the high mountain. You are welcomed to visit the houses whose owners are very friendly and hospitable. As you walk in the village, you will have the opportunity to observe the daily life of the Dao people.
After that, around 8:30 am, leaving Nam Dam village, our driver will transfer you to Dong Van. Our trip through the stunning winding roads, through the rocky karst mountains, old traditional houses of Hmong – ethnic people. It’s once again a very enjoyable ride today that you will see an amazing and majestic mountain view of the Rock Plateau and take the great photos. Having lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon: Trekking on the Sky Path – the path lies on the Rock mountain and rural village.
After lunch, transfer by car from Dong Van to the bottom of Ma Pi Leng pass and start to trekking.
The adventure trekking path is located on the hazardous Karst mountains, run along Ma Pi Leng pass – also known as the “Sky path”. This steep rocky path goes through limestone cliffs, narrow road, Hmong villages, and cornfields in the tiny valleys. From above, you can admire the extremely majestic scenery of the limestone mountains and the green Nho Que river which cuts through the valley below. The viewpoint on Sky path is a perfect place for taking great photos. 

After 2,5-3hrs trekking, you will reach the main road and be transferred to Meo Vac and stay at a homestay in a Hmong cultural village.

Transfer by car: ~110km, around 4hrs
Hiking difficulty: Gentle (2/5), around ~10km in 3hrs.


Morning: Take a boating/kayaking trip in Nho Que river.

Nho Que River is located in the bottom of Ma Pi Leng pass with Tu San canyon – it’s a new interesting destination in your Ha Giang tour. Tu San canyon is considered the deepest and most unique canyon in Vietnam. The best way to explore the Tu San abyss alley is by boat, where you will be surrounded by the cool green water and immersed in the quiet and fresh atmosphere of the valley. You will be enchanted by the overwhelming presence of the towering mountains on both sides of the river.
You will hike down from the main road to the bottom of the river,

follow the steep and narrow rock road, sit on the boat and enjoy the poetic beauty with the green color of Nho Que river. You can jump to swim to relax after a long day.

Leave Meo Vac ,transfer back to Ha Giang city, do light trekking through the Tay Village to see the beautiful rice field and the traditional stilt wood houses with palm roofs. We can spend around 2-3hrs this afternoon for light hiking in Thon Tha village – through the amazing rice fields, the palm forests, waterfall, and villages to explore the local life & culture of Tay people, their farming work as well as the natural.

Stay at homestay stilt house of Tay people. 

Day 7: HA GIANG – HANOI ( 300km) (B,l,-)

7:30am, After a local breakfast, we say goodbye 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.

You are free for this evening, enjoy the famous street foods or restaurant.

Sum up:

Driving time: ~7hrs


8:00: After breakfast, our car will pick you up at your hotel.

12:30: Transfer by tender to the boat – enjoy Welcome Drink, receive cruise briefing and safety instructions.

13.00-13.30: Check in and begin cruise. Enjoy deluxe Vietnamese and International Set Menu Lunch is served while cruising through the bay enjoy a seafood lunch while cruising through Bai Tu Long Bay and Ha Long Bay.

In the afternoon, you will visit an exciting fishing village, the village is free from busy roads and streets, electric lights, houses and high rise buildings. Instead, there are only herds of little boats and rafts. You will have the chance to discover the traditional culture and customs of the fishermen. Enjoy kayaking, swimming, relaxing on the cruise (if the weather permits).
16.00 Return to the boat and join a cooking class
19.00 Dinner – Deluxe Vietnamese and International Set Menu Dinner
21.00 Evening activities include Leisure time to enjoy a chat around the bar. Relaxing and spending a romantic night on Cruise’s music. Or you can also try your luck at squid fishing & fishing from the boat. 

Day 9: Halong - Ninh Binh

Morning: Rise early for morning tai chi on the sundeck or sunrise photo hunt.

After breakfast, you will explore a cave. When you come back on the cruise, you can enjoy the bay on the sundeck when waiting for lunch.

You will check out of the cruise at 12:00 pm, transfer to Ninh Binh town, 110 km to the south of Hanoi, to visit unspoiled villages and immense rice fields in the center of the Red river’s Delta – the biggest rice basket in North Vietnam. The road goes through Hai Phong city and Thai Binh province. We pass a lot of picturesque sceneries through the town, city, rivers, rice fields.

Arriving Tam Coc area. Overnight in a nice and peaceful ecolodge.

Day 10: Cycling & Boating at Tam Coc- Hiking in Mua Cave ( Ninh Binh) - back to Hanoi

After breakfast, we start cycling on the countryside road to Tam Coc.  

Starting the rowing boat trip to explore the beauty of Tam Coc, known as “Halong Bay on Land”. In 1,5 hours on the boat, you are visiting the Ngo Dong River with three water tunnels, viewing the rice along both sides of the river ( especially in the rice season May and Sep), taking a photo of local farmers who is working and catching river food. Moving between the green high mountains, you feel as living in the quiet and far further from the modern recent life.

After rowing boat trip, spend about half an hour to biking to the local village, close up to the local villager in the countryside and reach to Mua Cave. It is constructed following the model of ” Great Wall” in China with nearly 500 steps up to the mountain peak. After climbing up the many steps you will see a panoramic view of Tam Coc valley, the river, rice fields, and majestic Karst mountains. You will understand why Ninh Binh is called ” Halong Bay on land”.

Leave Mua Cave, come back to return bicycle and prepare to transfer back to Hanoi. After around 2,5h, you will arrive Hanoi around 6-7 pm. Finish your 10 adventure North Vietnam trip. Say goodbye and see you next trip!

P/s: The itinerary North Vietnam Adventure Tour can change to match your inquiry.


A+G: Hanoi      B: Mu Cang Chai    C: Vu Linh, Thac Ba Lake      F: Ha Giang city        D: Dong Van      E: Meo Vac       H: Halong Bay       I: Ninh Binh


I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

Solo travel is taking off. More and more adventurers are forging their own path and travelling alone as part of a group tour. And it’s no wonder. With the confidence you gain from seeing the world on your terms, solo travel gives you a sense of freedom like nothing else.

If you want to travel to your own tune, you’ll be in good company with Zonitrip. Lots of our travellers arrive alone and leave with lifelong friends. With shared authentic experiences in far-flung destinations, our tours are the perfect chance to create lasting friendships.

We’ll match you with the group having suit your departure time, so you can share the tour cost. About single supplements like accommodation, most of our homestay have a single mattress so it’s very convenient for solo travel. If you want to upgrade a private room, the small surcharge can be accepted.
If at the departure time you want, we haven’t had any other group, you can book in advance or deposit to keep a sit. We will inform you of the update or customized suitable or better options.

You can also find many travel ideas and tours here in the best solo travel destinations. Don’t worry, let contact with us.
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How about accommodation?

After a long day with a lot of activities, we know a comfortable place to rest overnight is a special concern. A relaxed and enjoyable accommodation is not only to state the quality of the tour but also to get the energy back for the possibly hard days after.

We can say Vietnam tourism has been developing so well so please do not worried about the accommodations when on tours in Vietnam. We can easily find and stay in a 3 to 5 star hotels in the big cities or touristic areas.

However, the Trekking and Motorbike tours of Zonitrip are almost at remote regions where accommodations are not like other big towns, so we’ll stay mostly at the standard hotels or home-stay. But don’t’ worry, they’re surely safe and the equipment is comfortable enough for you:

  • Hotels: 

Most of the towns we stay during the tour are pretty small where there may be only one or few little basic hotels; however, they have will have most of the standard equipment for you to have a safe and comfortable stay such as soft mats, blankets, mosquito nets, Air-conditioning, clean toilets… and free wifi. We sometimes tour through some big cities/touristy areas and we can have better choices to stay in a better 3 or 4 star hotels.

  • Home-stay:

Mostly 90% of Zonitrip’s customers are pleased with staying at homestays. 

All the families we choose to stay have special permits and are certificated from the local government. Most of the homestays are nice wood and clean houses on stilts, are owned by warmly host, who are local knowing well area. Below is the equipment you can expect to have at the homestay: private mats, blankets, mosquito nets, fans, clean toilets, hot water. 

Time Standard accommodation Upgrade service
Night 1: Tu Le Bung Som homestay or similar  
Night 2: Mu Cang Chai Thai people’s homestay or H’mong homestay  
Night 3: Vu Linh Vu Linh Homestay  
Night 4: Quan Ba Hong Thu Homestay or similar Dao Lodge
Night 5: Meo Vac Meo Vac Clay House   
Night 6: Ha Giang city  Mr Thien homestay or similar Hotel 3 or 4 star
Night 7: Hanoi city  Hotel 3 star  Hotel 4 star
Night 8: Cruise Halong bay Cruise 3 star ( Swan or similar)  Cruise 4 star ( Pelican) or simialr
Night 9: Ninh Binh  Tam Coc homestay or similar Tam Coc ecolodge or similar


How's about the food?

We would like to say food on tours is one of the most important reasons to make our clients come back for more.
We serve almost local Vietnamese food on the tour. Generally, Vietnamese food is light but it’s surely not boring and so healthy. We can be sure all food is fresh with a lot of vegetables, especially for vegetarians.
We sometimes choose a basic roadside restaurant for meals or eating at homestay but the food is always fresh, tasty and plenty to choose.
Such as famous PHO (rice noodle soup), BUN CHA (special noodle with grilled pork), NEM (Spring rolls)…The local people have different methods to cook so we can be sure you can have different food for each meal during the long adventure tours in Vietnam. 

How do I book and pay?

All our quotes are in USD/VND. We accept Visa/MasterCard by either directly giving us your card details or using our authorized payment form, Western Union, bank transfers or cash ( USD & VND).
Once you have agreed on an itinerary or service we will ask for a 30% deposit and start making reservations for you. Once all reservations have been made we will confirm back to you. The final balance is due on your arrival in our area or before your tour departs.

What is cancellation policy?

-Once you have paid 30% non refundable deposit your trip is confirmed.

-Any cancellation of a booking must be in writing and shall only be effective upon its acknowledged receipt by ZONITRIP

-For cancellations made within 7 days and 48 hrs before the day of the service we reserve the right to retain 25% of the due amount.

-For cancellations made within 48 hrs of the tour we reserve the right to retain the full fee.

-No refunds are given in case of force majeure

-No refunds are given if the client leaves the program after it has began for any reasons whatsoever or miss any scheduled sightseeing or visit or no showing up

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Inna – Toronto, Canada

Group Traveller

Trip of a Lifetime
My friends and I just got back from a 10 day trip with Zonitrip and we couldn’t be happier with our experience!! It was truly unforgettable and different from anything we have experienced before. Nghia and our lovely and experienced driver, Aging, took care of every detail and tailored unforgettable customer experience for us. We visited a wide variety of places having the opportunity to hike, bike, and kayak along the way. We saw beautiful landscapes, learned about Vietnam’s history and culture, were welcomed into local homes for meals, and learned quite a few words in Vietnamese! Having a local guide allowed us to have an authentic experience that would’ve been inaccessible to us otherwise and we are grateful to Nghia and her team for sharing it with us!


Olivia – Canada

Group Traveller

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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