Trekking Experience in Cao Bang and Vu Linh 12days
The provinces of northeast Vietnam, looping eastwards from Ha Giang to Lang Son, lack the grandeur of their counterparts west of the Red River Valley, with the notable exception of the area round Dong Van and Meo Vac. In general the peaks here are lower and the views smaller-scale and of an altogether softer quality; there are also less minority folk wearing traditional dress. Getting to see everything is not as straightforward as in the northwest either, though the upgrading of the road between Meo Vac and Cao Bang means it’s now possible to visit the fabulous landscapes of Ha Giang Province, as well as Ba Be Lake and the region around Cao Bang, without backtracking.
Highlights of the northeast are its rural landscapes, from traditional scenes of villages engulfed in forest to dramatic limestone country, typified by pockets of cultivation squeezed among rugged outcrops whose lower slopes are wrinkled with terraces. However, population densities are still low, leaving huge forest reserves and high areas of wild, open land inhabited by ethnic minorities practising swidden farming. While many have adopted a Vietnamese way of life, in remoter parts the minorities remain culturally distinct – particularly evident when local markets, their dates traditionally set by the lunar calendar, are in full swing.
– English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
– Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
– Private Eco homestay village based on size of group
– Meals details in itineraries ( 10 breakfast, 11lunches, 10dinners)
– Van or bus transfer on the first day and the last day
– Truck supported and carry luggage to homestay each day.
– Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
– First aid kit
– Cold water box, small fresh towel.
– Mineral water for drinking
– Support crew to supply picnic lunches and water on trekking day, prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner in trekking.
– Local trekking guide
DAY 1: HANOI – ARRIVAL
Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport, TLV Trekking tour guide and driver will greet and pick you up to the hotel at the heart of Hanoi capital. Hanoi, the antique and dynamic city of Vietnam, reserves a unique old world charm and several of the most striking colonial architecture of Asia. After the checking-in,Take relax by your own and do briefing itinerary with our guide for coming days. enjoy a cyclo ride through the bustling streets in the Old Quarter to discover the ancient and modern beauty of Hanoi. After the tour, you will be warmly welcome with a special welcoming dinner in a typical Vietnamese food restaurant. Stay overnight in Hanoi :
DAY 2: HANOI – THAT KHE TREKKING TO NA PANG VILLAGE
After hearty breakfast in hotel, we will depart to That Khe via Lang Son on National high way No 1A. On the way you will expose the nature beauty of the north Vietnam and friendly people . upon arriving in Lang Son, we spend time to explore Tam Thanh and Nhi Thanh cave Temple which offer for Buhhda and Vietnamese Zen religion. Some Lang son Landmarks before going to That Khe . have lunch in That khe. After lunch meal, we arrange luggages for following trekking days. Start trekking from That Khe ta Na Pang village in Trang Dinh district of Lang Son. We trek along the hillside and crossing rice terrace pady and hill tribe village to Na Pang – the Village of Tay people. Upon arriving homestay, do check in have relax or join with sport with local people. Dinner and enjoy live music performace of Tay people.
DAY 3: TREKKING NA PANG – PAC QUANG VIILAGE
Get up early to enjoy pristine nature and fresh air in early morning. You can wander around the village to meet and talk with local people to learn about their daily life and culture. Or take some photo with their kids on the way go to morning school. Come back to homestay for breakfast the family. Following to meal, we say good bye the Host and starting new trekking day to Pac Quang – a village of Dao ethnic minority people. We trek along the valleys with on single track trail or on buffalo paths, crossing around the rice fields to Villages and stream to another villages.pinic lunch en route, after lunch meal, we continue to trekking to another village to Pac Quang
Arriving in village, relax with cold beer or enjoy hot coffee after long day trekking. Have dinner and stay overnight with Dao Homestay family.
DAY 4: PAC QUANG VILLAGE – NA NIENG VILLAGES- TAY ETHNIC MINORITY
Joining with member of family to make fancake with honey and banana cake for breakfast. after trying to taste delicous meal. We commence trekking from Homestay to Na Nieng Village. This morning we trek roughly downhill , cross rice terrace paddy and coin field, pass through the tropical junlge to Dong khe townlet for picnic lunch. Dong Khe was the first major battle of the first Indochina war in 1950 between Vietminh and French. We have lunch in local restaurant. After meal, we continue to conquer to slope and enjoy breathtaking scenery of Dong Khe and soaring limestone mountains. Arriving in Na Nieng village of Tay people for check in and relax by yourself.
DAY 5: NA NIENG VILLAGE – TREKKING TO LA VILLAGE
Have breakfast with the host and do check out. We depart to La village – the home of Tay ethnic minority. We start new trekking day by going up and down the trail through rice terrace paddy , passing the route surrounded by tropical forest limestone mountains range and then go down to valley where you meet some ethnic minorities living together in valley. Arriving in La village at late afternoon. Have dinner and stayover night with Tay people family
DAY 6: LA VILLAGE – TA NUNG – BAN GIOC WATER FALL
Have hearty breakfast with local family and say good bye the Host. We leave La Village to Ta nung, the border gate with China for one hour and one of the most dynamic economic zone of Phuc Hoa district, Cao Bang province. We wiil trek through the jungle and cross some streams. And take bamboo raft to cross the Bang Giang river to Ta Lung . upon arriving in Ta lung, our shuttle bus will pick you up and transfer to local restaurant for lunch. After lunch we take the bus to Ban Gioc water fall. On the way, you are fascinated by pristine nature and picturesque scenery. Stop on the way to visit hill tribe village and explore daily life of Tay ethnic minority in Phuc Sen. Arriving in Ban Gioc Resort for check in and relax by yourself. Have dinner and stay overnight in Ban Gioc water fall resort.
DAY 7: BAN GIOC WATER FALL – CAO BANG
Get up early to enjoy fresh air and breathtaking nature in frontier line area.. walk down to water fall to catch some of incredible scenery and do bamboo raft to admire magnificent water fall.. come back to resort for having breakfast. after hearty breakfast, our shuttle bus will take us to visit Nguom Ngao Cave and Bac Po where president Hochiminh arrived Vietnam Via China after 30 years lived and worked in abroad. He firstly stayed with local family then move to cave to live and worked for over one year. Have lunch enroute. After lunch. We continue to visit some typical hill tribe village before going to Cao Bang for stay overnight. Have dinner in local reataurant. Stay overnight in Sunny Hotel.
DAY 8: CAO BANG – BA BE
After breakfast in hotel, we depart to Ba Be National Park popular Vietnam’s natural complex mainly consisting of Ba Be Lake, the supposed largest natural fresh water lake in Vietnam. The 150-m altitude makes it the Vietnam’s highest lake above sea level. Upon arrival in Cho Ra Town, we will have lunch in local restaurant before taking a relaxing boat trip on Nang River and enter the beautiful Ba Be Lake. We will cruise through Puong Cave, it’s about 30m high and 300m long, and completely passes through a mountain. A navigable river flows through the cave, making for an interesting boat trip. 500, 000d for a boat and takes three hours. After the boat trip we reach Pac Ngoi, a village of Tay ethnic minority. Dinner and overnight in local house.
DAY 9: BA BE NATIONAL PARK – EXPLORING
Breakfast at the homestay. We will have a short motorcycle ride to starting point where we begin a short walk through jungle. At some rest place we can have great view of Babe Lake. After 1hr trekking we descend to the lake shore and cross a bridge to An Ma Island. Visit to the temple on the island before we start the kayaking time.Leave the island we paddle to Dau Dang Waterfall we we will have a picnic lunch in a beautiful natural setting of the waterfall. After lunch we paddle back to Babe Lake. If weather permits we can swim in the emeraude cool water of the lake. Paddle back to Pac Ngoi village for another night at the homestay.
DAY 10: BA BE – VU LINH WATER RESERVOIR
Have breakfast with local family , we depart to Thac Ba water Reservoir via Touyen Quang. On the way , you are rewarded by stunning nature and magnicicent scenery, stop on theway to visit some colorful hill tribe villages, discovery their unique cultures. Arriving in Vulinh village afternoon, take two hour boat trip in Babe Lake to admire the picturesque scenery and breathtaking limestone mountain range. Come back to boat dock, we spend tour hours more to trek in the village and suroundings. You have opportunity in exploring the daily life of Dao Quan Trang People, study their long standing culture and tradition. Come back homestay for dinner and enjoy live music performance.
DAY 11: VU LINH – HANOI
Wake up eary and catch up the sunrise on surface of the lack, enjoy the freshair and pristine nature in the morning. Wander around the village to interact with local people and school kid on the way to school. Or go to local market to participate with hill tribe people those are exchanging their own production with each others. Come back to homestay for breakfast and do check out. After clearing your bill, we depart to Hanoi, you have time to visit some hill tribe villages on sideroads and spend the time to visit Duong Lam Ancent villages before arriving in Hanoi.
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