Ultimate Road Trip and Trekking in Northern Vietnam 11 days
Ultimate Road Trip and Trekking in Northern Vietnam is one of our 11 day tour we arrange in the far north Vietnam. Start the trip from Lao Cai, you travel to Bac Ha, Ha Giang. Enjoy beautiful scenery along the road. You then hike in Ha Giang. Keep traveling by car to Dong Van, Meo Vac for visiting the geo karst plateau, colorful hill tribe market before returning back to Quan Ba. Enjoy another hike, then travel back to Hanoi.
Day 1: Arrive Hanoi. Take night train to Lao Cai
Arrive Hanoi. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Old Quarter. Located on an area of 100 ha, the Old Quarter is home to more than 1,000 traditional houses and has 36 streets named after specific merchants’ crafts and trade. Overnight on board the train to Lao Cai.
Day 2: Lao Cai – Bac Ha
Drive through the famous market town of Bac Ha and beyond over one of Vietnam’s highest road passes. This is a full day in the vehicle, though there’s no time to get bored as the scenery is truly breathtaking.
Day 3: 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 traverses 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 down hill 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. O/N in Ha Giang.
Day 4: Ha Giang Trekking
You have the opportunity to participate a guided tour in the Ha Giang museum followed by an early lunch. 12.30 am. The guides pick you up at the hotel and you travel by Transfer to the commune Centre in Quyet Tien. There from you will walk about 3 hours to Khau Lan village, passing green paddy fields, little villages and beautiful forests. In Khau Lan – the Dao people, you meet the village leader and your host families. Arround 6.30 pm. All the tour members will have dinner at one family and split later to spend the night in three or four different host families.
Day 5: Trekking Ha Giang
Khau Lan is a small village of the Dao people. You have the unique opportunity to share the daily life of your host family, which might include working in the fields, fetching wood, cutting grass for the livestock and cooking meals. Depending on the activity, you have lunch on different spots, outside the village. After another local meal for dinner, you might spend the evening sitting together around a fire, discussing and laughing with the local people then you will spend another night at your host family’s house.
Day 6: Ha Giang Hiking
After breakfast and farewell with the hosts, you take another trail back to Quyet Tien commune center, passing beautiful caves, streams and forests. The Transfer bring you to Quan Ba District town, where you have about 2 hours time to take a shower and relax in the district guesthouse or take a walk through the small town. Around 2 pm. Your guides will pick you up to travel by Transfer to Thanh Van Commune. After a short walk (30 minutes) you will arrive in Lang Tan village. Lang Tan is a small village of Hmong people. The village is placed in rugged mountains which makes planting rice difficult. In order to increase their income, the villagers developed a special maize wine production. After you have met the village leader and your second host family, then there is plenty of time is available to walk around in the pretty village and meet the people. In the evening the group will enjoy a local dinner and sleep in Hmong style houses.
Day 7: Hiking Ha Giang. Travel to Dong Van.
Includes a 5-6 hours trek in so far uncharted territory. Together with a guide and a local pathfinder you walk over hills and through forests, villages of Hmong and Dao people to Can Ty Commune where the Transfer is waiting for you. The car takes you through beautifully landscape to Dong Van Town, visiting the vestige of Hmong kingdom on route. Around 6.30 pm. All the members of the tour check-in a small hotel in Dong Van and take dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 8: Travel to Meo Vac – Quan Ba
The Transfer take you through a beautiful landscape of rolling and imposing mountains and steep valleys leading from Dong Van to Meo Vac District. This is the most remote corner of Vietnam, where the traditional life of ethnic minority people is the most vivid and colorful. After lunch in Yen Minh town, the cars take you to Hop Tien village. In Hop Tien you can visit a hemp cooperative, where local people explain and demonstrate the traditional hemp production (including dyeing with natural colors, weaving and decorating). Around 5.30pm. You will travel back to Quan Ba town, where you check in the comfortable district guesthouse. At 6.30 pm you go out for dinner in a local restaurant before you spend the night in the guesthouse.
Day 9: Quan Ba Trekking
After a local breakfast you will have time to visit the very colorful market in Quan Ba town. On this market you will see people from different ethnic minority groups, which walk all the way from their mountain villages to Quan Ba town, in order to trade items and meet other people. 12.00 am. You will have dinner in a local restaurant in Quan Ba town. 6.30 pm Dinner in a local restaurant in Quan Ba town and overnight in the district guesthouse.
Day 10: Quan Ba – Hanoi
In Quan Ba visit an incredible local market. Different minority people descend from their mountain villages to trade items and meet other people. Begin the drive back to Hanoi.
Day 11: Hanoi – Departure
Today we have free time to explore city by your own until transfer to airport for your departure.