We start early in the morning from Hanoi to Yen Bai about 150 km. On the way, we will see the view of villages, corn farm, and animals. we stop at Yen Bai and have local food lunch there. After that, we continue the journey to Bac Ha, another 150 km. we can stop somewhere drink and take pictures of the landscape . Arrive Bac Ha. This is basically an overnight stop to break our long journey. After checking into the hotel, we can enjoy walking to visit the Hmong King’s former residence and Ban Pho where villagers make the potent local maize alcohol. Overnight in Bac Ha.
Day 2: Bac Ha – Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang
Upon leaving Bac Ha, we set off on a full day journey through Sin Man and Hoang Su Phi to Ha Giang Town. The rough but scenic route traverse a dense jungle before crossing over a pass and dropping down to Sin Man. This day is a real challenge for our driver as we travel by winding roads with many uphill and downhill drives. Along the way, we may encounter the Nung Ing, Tay, Red Dao, Dao Ao Dai, La Chi and Co Lao, just some of the many hill tribe groups who have settled there. Overnight in Ha Giang.
Day 3: Ha Giang – Sa Phin – Dong Van – Meo Vac
The remote region of Dong Van and Meo Vac is a land of rugged mountains and beautiful hill villages which are unchanged for centuries. Today we head north-west out of Ha Giang Town towards this northernmost tip of Vietnam. The former H’mong royal house at Sa Phin is a primary attraction of the region but the blend of hill tribe people’s colorful costumes and the majestic mountainous scenery make this long and bumpy trip an unforgettable experience. in here The ethnic minority people are frequently seen in this hill town and small vendors along the street sell local textiles and handicraft. We have time to visit Dong Van Town before continuing to Meo Vac which is conquered by the Lo Lo and Pu Peo ethnic minority people. They still retain their age old cultural traditions and are recognisably distinct from each other by their dress. The remoteness and the simple lifestyle of local people are a highlight of Meo Vac although conditions are very basic. Overnight in Meo Vac.
Day 4: Meo Vac to Cao Bang about 190km
We will depart Meo Vac for Cao Bang. On the way, we are crossing small villages of local hill tribes of Tay, Nung, H’mong, Dao, they are handicrafts and cultures villages, meeting the daily life in the wild environment. Lunch en route at a local restaurant. Arrive in Cao Bang in the afternoon, Good dinner and overnight in here
Day 5: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Cao Bang
Drive to Ban Gioc Waterfall – which shares the river border with China via Trung Khanh with a stop to visit handmade water reeling system of Nung tribe which help to bring water from the stream to the rice fields. Arrive Ban Gioc Waterfall, take a boat trip to the waterfall, where you will meet visitors from China, who also come here to enjoy the atmosphere of the famous waterfall on the same river. On the way back to Cao Bang, take a short trek to visit Nguom Nao cave, a big and yet unexplored cave with extraordinary natural stalactites and stalagmites. Then we’ll come back to Cao Bang, dinner and overnight in Cao Bang
Day 6: Cao Bang – Ba Be
Breakfast; Start at 8 am go to Ba Be. On the way, we will visit some different life of minority people (Tay, Nung, Da, San Chay,…). Lunch en route at a local restaurant. Arrive in Ba Be. we take a boat cruise down the Nang River which is the main water source of the lake, enjoy the tranquil of nature and bio – diversity at Ba Be National Park. Then we will find the best place for swimming or take an easy hike to meet Ethnic people living along the lake. Return to Pac Ngoi village in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in homestay.
Day 7: Ba Be Lake
The legendary lake of Ba Be is just one continuous water body although the name means” three lakes”. Today we embark on a boat cruising down the Nang River which is the main water source of the lake. This exciting river trip will give us a taste of the tranquil countryside and an enjoyable exploration of the Ba Be National Park. We traverse en route the Pool Grotto before stopping at some nearby hill tribe villages and getting off the beaten track to the scenic Dau Dang Waterfalls. Overnight in Cho Ra.
Day 8: Cho Ra – Ha Noi
Leave Cho Ra for Hanoi with a stop at Thai Nguyen, known as “the tea kingdom of Vietnam” to visit The Museum of Ethnology and to enjoy fresh green tea. Arrive Hanoi in the late afternoon.