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Northeast Vietnam Adventure Tour 7 Days ( BA BE-BAN GIOC- HA GIANG)

(3 Reviews)
  • 7 Days 6 Nights
  • Private/ Group Tour: 2-10
  • Sleep: Homestay & hotel
  • Difficulty : Gentle (2/5)~10km/day hike on flat and hilly roads
  • Pickup: from Hanoi
  • Min Age : 12+

Ba Be Lake, National park, Ban Gioc waterfall (Cao Bang) and Ha Giang, Vietnam are home to many ethnic minorities that have kept their unique traditions. However, they are also some of the poorest people in the country. Breathtaking landscapes made up of limestone mountains, rice terraces, wild rivers, waterfalls and caves make it a perfect destination for tourists that seek an authentic and adventurous travel experience. It is a truly amazing destination for the more adventurous traveler or for photographers looking to get off the beaten track.
This Vietnam Adventure Tour 7 days is designed for adventure travelers and photographers who love nature scenery, people and adventurous activities. We have many different activities such as trekking, cycling, kayaking, motorbiking combine exploring the culture of hill tribes.

Our program has a well organized and flexible itinerary depends on the weather and your health, so to have a smooth program, let discuss with Zonitrip – local Tour operator Expert before book the tour. 

Recommended Airport

Noi Bai International Airport (Google Map)

Meeting Point

Your hotel in Hanoi Old Quater area 

Price Includes

  • Private car with experience driver
  • 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

Complementaries

  • 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
  • Trekking & kayaking at Ba Be lake – Ba Be national parkVast variety of flora and fauna, interesting geology and landscapes (waterfall, lake, caves, valley…)
  • Boating at Ban Gioc waterfall: The largest waterfall in Vietnam and the fourth in the world. Located at the border of China.
  • Hiking or motorcycling in Ha Giang Karst plateauThe first UNESCO Global Geopark in Vietnam, amazing and immense scenery.
  • Explore the true rural life and interesting traditional culture of ethnic people
  • Experience 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
Itinerary

Day 1HA NOI- BA BE LAKE ( ~250KM) (L,D)

Morning: 7:30: Our guide will pick you up at hotel, start your Vietnam Adventure Tour. It takes around 5hrs to transfer by car, then you will stop for lunch before taking the boat trip.

Afternoon: Travelling on our private boat, you will go through the entire length of the 3 connected lakes (Ba Be – means Three Bays). You will enjoy the beauty of the lake, with green water and various flora beside the river and your boat. Soon, you reach the enormous tunnel of Puong Cave which measures an impressive 300m long by 30m high and many kinds of Bats. This is the result of millions of years of erosion from the flow of the river or you can choose to visit Dau Dang waterfall, with walking through the forest.

The boat will reach the homestay – the Bac Ngoi village– which is located close to rice fields and the lake.

If you are an active person, and don’t like to sit a long time on the boat, you can choose instead of boating by kayak activities. ( Swimming in the summer from April to September)

Sum up:

  • Dring time: 5-6hrs
  • Boating/kayaking time: 3.5 hrs.
  • Sleep in a homestay of Tay people ( If you want to enjoy the traditional performance of Tay people, there is an additional cost)

Day 2Hiking in National Park & kayaking, swiming in Ba Ba Lake(B,L,D)

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 stronger. 

Our hiking journey will hike up through the village of Dao, Mong, Tay people – the different ethnic groups via a hidden trail. A picnic lunch will be prepared. 

After around 7hrs including 1.5-2 hr lunchtime, our car will pick you and transfer to the boat station. After the long trek, you will enjoy around 2 hrs of kayaking and swimming to relax in the Ba Be Lake.

Sum up:

  • Hiking: 15-16km
  • Sleep in the same homestay of Tay people

Day 3BA BE – CAO BANG – PHIA THAP ( QUANG UYEN) (150KM) (B,L,D)

Morning: Cycling about 5km to explore Waterfall. The route for cycling is very nice and peaceful. You will cycle beside of rice or cornfields, river, the villages with many stilt traditional houses, and green Karst Mountain. It’s also an interesting activity when seeing the locals catching the fish along the river and enjoy the peaceful life and fresh air.

After lunch: Transfer by car from Ba Be- Cao Bang.

Reach Phia Thap community-based tourism village – the famous incense making the village. The village is surrounded by limestone pinnacles which make for spectacular scenery. Every household in this village makes incense, so you can easily see and explore the process of making incense and talk with friendly and hospitable locals here.making incense in Cao Bang – ZOnitrip’s guest

Sum up:

  • Driving time: 4hrs
  • Cycling: 2,5-3hrs
  • Sleep in a homestay of Nung people

Day 4Quang Uyen - Ban Gioc waterfall - Cao Bang ( B,L,D) ( 150km)

7:30: Morning: You can hike a short trip in the morning 1hrs to the peak of ain in the village to see the panorama of Phia Thap village – located in the valley and surround by karst mountain.

After that, we will transfer to Ban Gioc waterfall – one of the largest waterfalls in Vietnam – located in the border between Vietnam and China. We will have time to take the beautiful pictures of 2 huge waterfalls in Vietnam, take the boat trip close the bottom of the waterfall and see the other side of the Chinese border.

Afternoon: Visit Nguom Ngao Cave, one of the most spectacular caves in North Vietnam with beautiful stalactites of various shapes.

Come back to Cao Bang City, take a rest in the hotel.

Sum up:

  • Driving time: ~5hrs
  • Accommodation: Hotel 

Day 5CAO BANG – BAO LAC – MEO VAC (B-L-D)

A great day in the mountains north of Bao Lac is ahead of you. Riding following the mountainous road, with beautiful karst mountain, nice road and meet the different tribes in rural areas.

When arriving Meo Vac, to retreat after along time sit in the car, we will arrange the trekking down Nho Que river and relax by boating or kayaking activities there in the rest time of the afternoon.

NHo Que river – it’s 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.

P/s: You can choose KAYAK activity.

Sum up

+ Morning: Transfer by car around 6hrs ( 8am-14:00) to Meo Vac

+ Afternoon: Boating/Kayaking in Nho Que river ( ups on your health)

Day 6MEO VAC – MA PI LENG PASS – DONG VAN – QUAN BA (B,L,D) ( 130km)

Summary:

+ Visit the local market if your trip falls on a Sunday.

+ Hiking/ Motorbiking in Ma Pi Leng pass 

+ Visit Hmong King palace.

+ Sleep in Homestay of Dao people in Nam Dam village

Day 6 is one of the most interesting days during your 7 days Vietnam Adventure Tour.

If it’s Sunday, you can have a chance to enjoy the unique and special local market in Meo Vac. It only happens on Sunday and therefore is known as the “Sunday Market”. There are very colorful fabrics and various cultures of ethnic minorities. We believe it will be a special experience for you.

If today isn’t Sunday, we have 2 options for you:

Option 1: Hiking on the Sky Path – the path lies on the Rock mountain and rural village.
8:00 am, after breakfast, 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 viewpoints on Sky path is a perfect place for taking the great photos. 
After 2,5-3hrs trekking, you will reach the main road and be transferred to Dong Van.

Option 2:  Half day ride motorbike on Sky Path and Ma Pi Leng pass

Drive to the peak of Ma Pi Leng which gives stunning views of the mountains and sweeping valleys. It’s the most beautiful part of the whole journey, located on the Happiness road connecting the towns of Dong Van and Meo Vac, Ma Pi Leng Pass. The legendary pass is well known for craggy cliffs and breath-taking views. It is the most rugged pass in the north, often referred to as the “king” of the passes in Vietnam! The whole road is winding through the cliffs and overcomes Ma Pi Leng pass at an altitude of 2,000 meters.
To show you the full beauty of the pass, we will trek the breathtaking Sky Path to admire the scenery of the whole valley and Nho Que river. From the amazing mountain viewpoint, you will be able to experience a 360° panorama of Ma Pi Leng Pass and take unforgettable pictures. Standing on the peak of the pass, you will feel overwhelmed by the majestic space of mountains and rivers.

We will continue our journey to more distant villages. From there, you will know how people live in remote parts of Vietnam. 

Leaving Ma Pi Leng pass, we continue transfer to visit the Hmong King’s Palace. Vuong Family was considered the King of the Hmong People in Dong Van, Ha Giang. Their residence was built in the scenic valley of Sa Phin with Chinese architecture. You will explore the history of Hmong people in Dong Van in the French colonic period – the special frontier area.

Leave Vuong palace, transfer to Nam Dam village – the inhabited by Dao ethnic people (long dress Dao group). 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.

Enjoy dinner and sleep in a homestay.

Day 7QUAN BA – HA GIANG – HANOI ( 350km)

7:30am, After a local breakfast, we take a small hike trekking down to Lung Tam village – where Mong ethnic people live. You can learn the way to make the traditional craft and clothes by hemp and draw the pattern by bee wax of Hmong people. It takes around 2hrs.

Option 2: Light trekking around the Nam Dam village to explore the local life before come back to Hanoi.

This is followed by our return journey to Hanoi, arriving around 6 pm

Drop you off at your hotel & say goodbye our guide. Our Vietnam Adventure Tour the end./.

Sum up:

Driving time: ~7hrs

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FAQ

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.
Email: info@zonitrip.com
Tel/whatsapp: +84389927861

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: Ba Be lake Nam Pe homestay or similar  
Night 2: Ba Be lake Nam Pe homestay or similar  
Night 3: Quang Uyen, Cao Bang Phia Thap homestay  
Night 4: Cao Bang city Thanh Loan hotel or Cao Bang river side hotel 2 star Max Boutique Cao Bang 3 star
Night 5: Meo Vac Meo Vac Clay House   
Night 6: Quan Ba  Homestay Hong Thu or similar Dao Lodge

 

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

3 Reviews
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Micheal-UK

Couple Traveller

TRULLY MEMORABLE

Wow…. What can we say about the trip we have just completed with Zonitrip? We are a couple in our sixties from the UK and we like to think that we are fairly active. From the outset when Nghia and her husband picked us up from our hotel we were really well looked after and it felt more like touring with friends. All our many questions were answered in detail and Nghia’s passion and love for her country soon became apparent. We did various tours in the Northern region stopping off to see caves and waterfalls along the way. Our itinerary was totally flexible so when we saw a village festival for example, we had plenty of time to go and join in. We did a cycle ride and two really enjoyable kayaking trips where the scenery was incredible. Our accommodation was varied from nice hotels to basic, but thoroughly enjoyable “homestays”. We really enjoyed the local food which was more than plentiful and really tasty. Nghia gave us a tremendous insight into the true rural life by our “unscheduled” visits to various households who all welcomed us into their homes and showed us great hospitality.
The highlight of our trip was the day we spent on motorbikes in the Dong Van and Meo Vac region. The scenery was incredible and the whole day was great. We have some great photographs and some great memories from this whole trip. If you want to see the real Vietnam and really get off the well beaten tourist track then contact Nghia and she will put together a package for you. Many thanks to Nghia, her husband and the Zonitrip team for a trully memorable experience.

05/02/2020

Tuan Tran – Australia

Couple Traveller

“Our Vietnam adventure tour – All Above the expect”

I did extensive research before planning our trip and looked at multiple tours. We went with Zonitrip’s NORTH VIETNAM Adventure TOUR 7 DAYS (to Ba Be Lake, Cao Bang/Ban Gioc and Ha Giang) as it included multiple activities that aren’t organised by most other tours. This included Kayaking in Ba Be Lake or near Ban Gioc waterfall or cycling to Hua Ma Cave.
There were multiple treks that our guide (Zoey) who took us to village after village that seemed completely off the beaten track. We walked off small tiny pathways will no signs that led further and further into small villages. Often we would be walking in rice paddies and taking various shortcuts.
One great unexpected experience was taking a local villagers suggestion and walking up the top of a small mountain in Phia Thap with magnificent views. it was also Zoeys first time and was well worth the 1hr trek (up & down).
Zonitrip seem to be very knowledgable on where are good places to stay and take in reviews and feedback from many others. Every place we stayed out, we were very happy and preferred the booked accommodation over others in the same village.
Communication with Zonitrip was excellent before the trip had begun and we came to an agreement on which accommodation was suitable for each night and any preferences.
I also told Nghia my plans to propose to my partner with certain specific requests (including organising a bottle of champagne, booking a nice hotel with nice views/roof top in Cao Bang, ensuring private raft/boat in Ban Gioc waterfall etc). This was of course all done (and my partner said ‘yes’!).
The best part of the trip was have our Driver (Chu Mi-Anh?) and our guide Zoey. The driver was excellent with 30 years of driving – we felt very safe on the hazardous roads in Ha Giang. As my partner was scared of biking in Ha Giang, we took a private car and she felt incredible safe (unusual for her) and slept on each trip!
Zoey was the best guide ever and our trip was amazing mainly because of her. She was thoughtful and very friendly and she cared for us from start to finish every day. She was very knowledgable on every aspect of the tour – where to stay, guiding treks, available activities, interacting with locals, ordering food, basically everything! We certainly felt that she understood us and accommodated for our needs. Being Vietnamese (from Australia), I understood the interactions and I would certainly recommend her as a guide and also this tour. Best 1 week holiday we’ve had.

17/10/2019

Mai Tien- Vietnam

Family Traveller

My family had spent the wonderful days at Ba Be Lake and Ban Gioc Waterfall, Ha Giang 7 days with Zonitrip & Ms. “Tour guide” Zoey (Tung) who was very nice, positive and friendly during our 4d3n tour.
Boating on Ba Be Lake & Ban Gioc Waterfall, bicycle to famous Hua Ma cave through very beautiful road with mountain, river and corn fields along to, visiting Ngườm Ngao cave, walking through the villages to get near to the life of people there … all made our tour to be very great.
Thank to Zonitrip & Zoey

06/06/2019
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