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Incredible landscapes of the northern Vietnam 7 days 6 nights

Bac Ha, the biggest highland market in North Vietnam takes place on every Sunday. To get there, the villagers in the surrounding hill tribes have to walk or ride horses from the early morning or even the day prior. There are Flower H’mong, Phu La, Black Dzao, Tay and Nung coming to this market situated 80km from Sapa, and is very well known in the area not only for its vibrant colours and local hill tribe people but also for the unique livestock market for selling horses, cattle and other domesticated animals.
 

Tour code: HG PRT 76 E
Type of tour: Private tour
Departure dates: Everyday
Destination: Bac Ha, Ha Giang, Meo Vac, Dong Van, Sapa, Northern, Vietnam.
Duration: 7 days

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi- Bac Ha
Day 2: Bac Ha- Hoang Su Phin- Ha Giang
Day 3: Ha Giang- Su Phin- Dong Van
Day 4: Dong Van- Meo Vac- Bac Me
Day 5: Bac Me- Cao Bang- Quang Uyen
Day 6: Quang Uyen- Ban Gioc- Cao Bang
Day 7: Cao Bang- Hanoi

Day 1
Hanoi - Bac Ha ( L, D)
Incredible landscapes of the northern Vietnam 7 days 6 nights-Day 1
You will be collected from your hotel around 7:30am by car from Hanoi to Bac Ha which is a 7 hour journey. Bac Ha is known by the name “White Tea” because there are many poppies grown here since the mid 80’s. You can visit some ethnic minority villages on the way and stop to take some pictures as well. Lunch in a local restaurant in Yen Bai before arriving in Bac Ha in the late afternoon, where after checking in to the hotel, you have free time to explore the town. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Highlights and activities: Yen Bai, Bac Ha, visit some ethnic minority villages
Accommodation: Hotel in Bac Ha
Meals: Lunch, dinner
Day 2
Bac Ha- Hoang Su Phi- Ha Giang (B, L, D)
Incredible landscapes of the northern Vietnam 7 days 6 nights-Day 2
In Bac Ha, you have two options depending on what day of the week it is.
Option 1: Sunday: Visiting Bac Ha Market, an extremely colourful highland market. The local people gather to sell their homemade product such as:  rice, brocatelle, farming tools, corn wine and even live animals. Minority ethnic groups gather not only for shopping but also to meet and catch up on the local gossip.
Option 2: Other days: After breakfast, you will visit King of the H’mong’s Place Hoang A Tuong which is a substantial building with Oriental and European architectural influences, built in the early 20th century.
Leave Bac Ha through the amazing landscapes of Sin Man and Hoang Su Phi heading for the centre of Ha Giang. Along the way, you can encounter the hill tribe groups, namely Nung Ing, Tay, Red Dao, Dao Ao Dai, La Chi and Co Lao. Spend second night in homestay, which is in a small lovely village 5 km from the centre of Ha Giang city.

Highlights and activities: Bac Ha market or King Palace, Hoang Su Phi
Accommodation: Mr Doan's Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3
Ha Giang- Sa Phin- Dong Van  (B, L, D)
Incredible landscapes of the northern Vietnam 7 days 6 nights-Day 3
After purchasing the mandatory permit at the Immigration Office, we take a spectacular road which leads to Dong Van, through a series of long passes and deep valleys. Lunch will be in the small mountain town of Tam Son. We then cross a landscape of pine forests 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. It was evacuated in 1950 (his descendants now live in France and Canada) but it almost feels as if they left yesterday. We will arrive at the hotel around 17:00 and have dinner and overnight there.

Highlights and activities: Dong Van, King of the H'mong Palace
Accommodation: Hoa Cuong Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4
Dong Van- Meo Vac- Bac Me (B, L, D)
Incredible landscapes of the northern Vietnam 7 days 6 nights-Day 4
After breakfast, depending on the day we will visit the open air market of Dong Van in Sunday or the Lui markets which take place every 6 days, that is to say if the market takes place Sunday, next week it will meet on Saturday and the following week on Friday.
Then we climb up to the French fort Pu Lo, built in 1890, decommissioned in 1945 and perfectly preserved at 2,000 meters above sea level. The Ma Pi Leng Pass offers spectacular views of terraced fields of hemp running down to the valley of Meo Vac. Have lunch in Meo Vac, before continuing to Bac Me through Mau Due. You will follow picturesque paths along the Gam river. Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Bac Me.

Highlights and activities: Local market, Ma Pi Leng pass
Accommodation: Hotel in Bac Me
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 5
Bac Me- Cao Bang- Quang Uyen  (B, L, D)
Incredible landscapes of the northern Vietnam 7 days 6 nights-Day 5
Leaving Bac Me, we take a road snaking through the mountains up to the hills and the ethnic villages of Ngam La, Duong Thuong, Ho Lung, Du Gia, and Minh Son. We also spend some time walking around these villages, exploring the simple lifestyle of locals.
Lunch served in a street restaurant.  Upon arrival in Quang Uyen, you are welcomed by Mr. Hung Dao, an amazingly friendly blacksmith in his traditional village of forging in the early afternoon.

Highlights and activities: Visit some ethnic villages, Quang Yen
Accommodation: Mr Kim's Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 6
Quang Uyen- Ban Gioc Waterfall- Cao Bang  (B, L, D)
Incredible landscapes of the northern Vietnam 7 days 6 nights-Day 6
One of the most scenic roads in Vietnam reaches its end at the magnificent Ban Gioc Waterfalls, the closest you can come to the Chinese border; as it passes through the middle of the falls and the river. We then arrive in the extraordinary site of the waterfalls, where we have lunch. You will then visit Nguom Ngao “Tiger Cave” and we will continue to Cao Bang town for our overnight stay in a hotel.

Highlights and activities: Ban Gioc waterfall, Nguom Ngao Cave
Accommodation: Thanh Loan Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 7
Cao Bang- Hanoi  (B , L)
Incredible landscapes of the northern Vietnam 7 days 6 nights-Day 7
After a night in the hotel in Cao Bang, we depart for our journey back south to Hanoi. It is a journey of approximately 310 kilometres through vertiginous rice paddies and remote villages. You will get the chance to stop at an ethnic village known for its rice production. This is the road less travelled in Vietnam, offering the chance to enjoy some peace and tranquillity. There will be a stop for lunch before returning to your hotel in the bustling city of Hanoi.

Highlights and activities: Visit some ethnic village
Accommodation: Not included
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

The facts…
We take you to the parts other can't reach!

Climate
From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot.
From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.

Transport
Boat
Vehicle

Tour Guides
Our experienced and friendly  tour  Guide(s)
They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.

 

 
Rate: This rate is quoted in USD per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy. Valid until December 2019.
Group size
Price/pp
1p
1298
2p
726
3p
602
4p
545
5p
512
6p
475
7p
445
8p
443
Single Supp’
N/A
 
Tour price includes
Private door-to-door pick-up & -off services.
All private transfer and transportation
Experienced English speaking guide.
Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)
All sightseeing tickets.
No extra charge after confirmation
24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Tour price excludes
Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
Travel insurance
Beverage
Other services not mentioned above.

What to take
Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes. Take a small day pack for hiking and trekking.
It is essential to bring your passport on this trip. We also recommend packing: insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...

 
Have a good journey!