Off-the-beaten-track journey takes you to ignite adventurous yet flaming experiences such as wandering among huge predators on land or roaming tiger territory or just immersing yourself deep in the breath-taking mountainous landscapes full of pristine and fresh air which is far from being found in aggressive metropolises. Travel with us in 8-day journey through northern provinces in Vietnam to get the most authentic adventure in your lifetime.
Duration: 8 days
THEMES: Off the beaten track
We will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi and drive you through a long ride to Ha Giang. Natural landscapes, lush paddy fields, everlasting palm hills and ethnic villages for sure are fully curtailed in your eyes. You also have the opportunity to visit the ethnic village of the Tay at the middle of the ride. We are expected to arrive in Ha Giang city in the late afternoon.
Overnight at a hotel in Ha Giang.
Transfers: 8 hours
Breakfast is served at the hotel. After that, we move to typical Dong Van limestone plateau at an altitude of 1025 meters above sea level and pass through Yen Minh to have lunch in a local restaurant. After a short nap, we take a walk in the village of Pho Bang and visit the old palace of the H’mong King. There you will find a mystery insight into the turbulent history of the H’mong in Vietnam.
Overnight at a hotel in Dong Van.
Transfers: 160 km
On the third day, as usual, the breakfast is served at the hotel. The trip then starts by visiting a typically colorful market in Dong Van on Sunday and continues to wander around charming villages in the next few hours. After that, you are driven to Meo Vac through notable Ma Pi Leng Pass at the altitude of 2,000m. There will be a stop for you to catch breathtaking views of the magical valley with terraced fields, karst hills, stilt houses of the H’mong and Yao people, and the romantic Nho Que River. After that, we head to Bao Lac to stay at a hotel there.
After the breakfast at the hotel, we will explore the majestic beauty of Bao Lac. You can either have picnic lunch or indigenous dishes at a local restaurant. At the afternoon, we move to charming Ba Be Lake and stay with a host family in a stilt house in the village of Tay.
Transfer: 180 km
After having scrumptious breakfast with the host family, we will take the floating boat trip in the magical surroundings of Ba Be Lake and Nang River. Then you will pay a short visit to the stunning cave Puong before we have a further cruise to fairy Dau Dang waterfall. Lunch will be served with the locals before you spend the afternoon wandering around Pac Ngoi village to visit ethnic Tay inhabitants.
Overnight with a hostile homestay in Ba Be.
After having local breakfast with the host family, we continue the trip to Lang Son through the road 279 and then along the routes 3B, 4A. If you have enough time, you are able to pay a visit in Cao Bang and striking Ban Gioc Waterfall. Then you will have lunch in a local restaurant.
After 6-hour drive, the trip is expect to reach Lang Son. The spare time can be utilized to visit Nhi Thanh Cave and Lang Son Market.
Overnight at a hotel in Lang Son.
Transfer: 6 hours
You will have breakfast at the hotel before heading to Halong Bay and presumably arrive at noon. After that, you will get on the DRAGON PEARL Junk and enjoy the seafood on board as well as the fantastic beauty of the islands and islets as the boat moves towards Bai Tu Long Bay. Moreover, the journey to discover Cong Do region, the pristine Thien Canh Son Grotto and the stunning Hon Co Island. After the scenery-feeding cruise, you are taken back to the boat Dragon Pearl and spend time to relax in deluxe cabin and admire the pale tint of orange sunset. Dinner is served on board. After that, you can fish squid or relax on the sun loungers in the terrace.
Overnight on the Dragon Pearl junk or similar junks.
Transfer: 4.5 hour car ride
After breakfast on board, you will visit the floating fishing village of Vung Vieng in a rustic rowing boat. You have chance to meet hostile locals and also visit the floating school and fish farm.
More time for swimming will be available in the middle of the day. That’s the end of the trip, take your time to pack your suitcases and check out.
Disembarkation. Back to Hanoi, arriving in Hanoi at 4.30pm.
Transfer: 4 hours