Itinerary at a glance
Option 2: Replace 1 trekking day in Ba Be by add more 1 day in Dong Van – Meo Vac ( Ha Giang) with motorbike or Trekking activity.
“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 NORTH VIETNAM TOUR 7 DAYS is designed for adventure travelers and photographers who love nature scenery,people and adventurous activities.
Morning: 7:30: Pick-up at hotel, start your NORTH VIETNAM TOUR with Zonitrip. It takes around 5hrs to transfer by car, then you will stop for lunch before take 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 kind 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 active person, and don’t like to sit long time on the boat, you can choose instead of boating by kayak activities. ( Swimming in summer time from April to September)
+ The traveling time by boat is around 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)
Trekking around 14-15km from 8am-3pm ( around 7hrs including 1.5-2 hr lunchtime). You will go through the natural forest, the village of Dao and Tay people via a hidden trail.
After the long trek, you will enjoy around 2 hrs of kayaking and swimming to discover the beauty of Ba Be Lake.
Sleep in the homestay of Tay people
Morning: Cycling about 5km to explore Silve Waterfall. The route for cycling is very nice and peaceful. You will cycle beside of rice or corn fields, river, the villages with many stilt traditional houses, and green Karst Mountain. It’s also very interesting activity as 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.
You also have the option to visit Pac Rang blacksmith village.
Sleep in a homestay of Nung people
7:30: Morning: You can do a short hiking for take energy in the morning, spend around 1hrs to climb up the mountain 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 waterfall 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.
boat trip on Ban Gioc waterfall
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.
+ Morning: Transfer by car around 6hrs ( 8am-14:00) to Meo Vac
+ Afternoon: Boating/Kayaking in Nho Que river ( ups on your health)
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 arrive Meo Vac, to retreat after long 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 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 a 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.
+ Visit the local market if your trip falls on a Sunday.
+ Trekking around 2,5hrs on the trekking route in Ma Pi Leng peak
+ Visit Hmong King palace.
+ Sleep in Dao ecolodge or Homestay of Dao people in Nam Dam village
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:
You will spend around 2,5-3hrs trekking to the peak of Ma Pi Leng pass on the Sky path trekking road – which gives stunning views of the mountains and sweeping valleys, with the poetic Nho Que river. You will be impressed with the landscape of Ma Pi leng pass and history to build for this road.
Trekking on Skypath, Ha GiangAfter 2,5-3hrs trekking, you will reach the main road.
Then visit the infamous Vuong 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 palce, transfer to Nam Dam village – the inhabited by Dao ethnic people (long dress Dao group). The local 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.
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.
P/s: Option 2: Light trekking around the Nam Dam village to explore the local life before comeback 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. Tour the end./.
P/s: The itinerary can change according your requirement
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What to take:
Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes.
Take a small day pack or medium backpack
It is essential to bring your passport on this trip. We also recommend packing: insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat, and sun hat.
WilmaSK10 – TRULLY MEMORABLE – NORTH VIETNAM TOUR 7 DAYS
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
Tuan Tran – Australia
I did extensive research before planning our trip and looked at multiple tours. We went with Zonitrip’s NORTH VIETNAM 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.
Irena- Czech republic
The best trip in our life
We have 5 days North Vietnam Tour with Nghia – the tour guide of Zonitrip. We have visited three different ethnic groups and stayed overnights in their Homestay type if accommodation. The trip was prepared and handled excellent way. Nghia has provided outstanding service for our family (consider we have traveled with two children 10 and 13 years old) and all our wish has been full filled immediately. She responded and adjusted the trip even during the day when our son wished to go fishing to give us an unforgettable experience and a really wonderful time. This trip was for all of us just like dream, she took us on places in mountains where we never could get or even think of, also by using local tour guide knowing the language of the small ethnic families. Every day was full of adventure however we felt absolutely save thanks to the highly professional care of our tour guide Nghia. We will never forget all the nature, beauty and detail information about the real life of the small communities in mountains in North Vietnam close to China border. We had lots of fun on the trip and we hope to return as soon as possible to this wonderful region and we will definitely use the Nghia’ s service again.
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