NORTHEAST VIETNAM EXPLORATION
This tour takes you to the most marvelous regions of Vietnam, where you can learn about the lives of the local ethnic peoples, visit the mountains and the Black H'mong communities of Dong Van and traverse the Ma Pi Leng Pass. Visit the Bao Lac village of rare black Lolo ethnic minority. Experience the magic of Ba Be Lake, through another very spectacular mountain road.
Route: Hanoi – Ha Giang – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Bao Lac – Khuoi Khon – Ba Be – Hanoi
At 7:30 am Lighten Travel tour guide and driver will pick you up at hotel in Hanoi and depart to Ha Giang district (320km) through Son Nam belongs to Tuyen Quang province. Admire the natural landscape, lush rice paddies, sloping hill and villages covered by a row of palm trees. En route, stop to visit a village of black Tay.
Lunch is served on the way at local restaurant.
Arrive in Ha Giang town in the late afternoon. Overnight at the hotel in Ha Giang.
After breakfast, drive to Dong Van plateau (155km) located at 1025m above the sea level inhabited by H’mong and Tay ethinc groups. Stop at Heavenly gate of Quan Ba before arriving at Yen Ninh-a beautiful valley nested in the mountains.
Walking through the Pho Bang town called by tourists “the town falling into the oblivion” inhabited by the Hoa and H’Mong people. The local people keep to their quiet lifestyle in the clay houses decorated with a pair of couplets written in Chinese scripts with wishes of good luck and prosperity. Continue visit to the Palace of H’Mong King Vuong Chi Sinh which is a symbol of the past glory of the H’mong people built in 1914. Overnight at the guesthouse in Dong Van
You may have a chance to visit Dong Van market held in every Sunday. On this day, the local people and those from neighboring areas carrying baskets of vegetables, fruit, chicken cages, bird cages, water buffalo, cows; cyclists, motorcycle behind the car as the load goods or the pig ... to play fair. All seems are very excited and enthusiastic because after days of work fatigue, to the weekend, they are gathered here to exchange and enjoy the products of its countryside. And one thing they never miss is “Thang Co”- a specialty of the mountainous area made of beef’s innards. People come here, squad to eat Thang Co, drink wine and chatting until getting drunk. They come back home on the horse’s back when the sun is falling down.
After breakfast, departure to Meo Vac located along the Chinese border, some of the most picturesque villages in the northern tip of Vietnam.
After lunch, a scenic route will take you to the Ma Li Leng Pass from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Nho Que River. You might see one of the northeast’s stunning sunsets. Stop for a while to see a river like a silky fillet looming in fog which brings tourists a pleasant sensation of a naturally romantic masterpiece.
Finally, after your busy day, you’ll arrive at Bao Lac in the late afternoon where you’ll spend the night.
After breakfast, start hiking to visit Khuoi Khon village-mostly inhabited by Black Lo Lo ethnic group who well known with their bronze drum and their attire. Lo Lo women weave fabrics with which they make skirts. Usually the consumers are not for sale. If a visitor is willing to buy, the local women will meet their demand. Some visitors have placed orders to have a Lo Lo ethnic costume at VND3-4 million. The fabrics are often hot colours that go well with silver or aluminum jewels, hence highlighting the wearer’s beauty and charm. Lo Lo men, when searching for their future wives, often evaluate carefully their girlfriends through their ability to make clothing. Lo Lo people depend mainly on maize and rice as forms of income generation. Dinner and overnight on the local house.
Start walking downhill to the foot of the mountain where our private car is waiting for you for transfer to Ba Be lake located 145km far away, nested in the middle of Ba Be National Park. Overnight at homestay in Pac Ngoi village.
Breakfast and start our day with a bike ride. We drop by Pac Ngoi and Peng village to explore the newly discovered Hua Ma Cave. This cave is hidden inside a peak and adorned with spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. Return to local home to have lunch.
In the afternoon, embark a little boat to cruise the emerald Ba Be Lake and soak in its sublime serenity and beauty. The surrounding mountains are covered with lush vegetation, home to diverse flora and fauna. We continue our cruise towards the scenic Dau Dang waterfall, on the way visiting some ethnic minorities. Overnight at homestay in Pac Ngoi village
After having breakfast, you are free & easy until transferring back to Hanoi (220km), having lunch en route. Drop off at the hotel in Hanoi in the afternoon. End of services
- Transport by the air-conditioned private car
- The private English speaking guide
- Hotels as listed (based on 2 persons/room including breakfast) and overnight at homestay
- Meals as indicated in the program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Entrance fees & bicycle
- Private boat trip as mentioned in the program
- Admission of village visiting
- Local guide
- Mineral water
- Hotel in Hanoi
- Visa to Vietnam
- Personal travel guide
- Bank charge fees for payment
- Tips and personal expenses such as: laundry, telephone, drinks…
- Other services not mentioned in the "Inclusion".