A perfect choice for any adventure-minded traveller. Tend to grant you unparalelled adventure experience in remote unexplored northeast Vietnam. From spectacular sceneries of lush rice fields, gigantic karst mountains, wonderful cultural aspects which are still untouched by mass tourism in Ha Giang to the vast variety of flora and fauna in Ba Be National Park and the grandeur panorama of Ban Gioc Waterfall. An unforgettable sense of adventure promises to take your breath away.
Tour code : AOT12
Travel style : Adventure & Off The Beaten Track
Duration : 08 Days - 07 Nights
Route : Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Dong Van – Bao Lac – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Ba Be National Park
Pick up at 8 AM, take a 6-hour transfer to Ha Giang. Chance to witness the change from bustle of busy Hanoi to peace of rural areas. Stop somewhere for photos or a short walk in the middle of emerald rice fields nearby. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way.
Arrive Ha Giang city at about 4 PM.
Take the rest of day wandering around Tay villages where there are lush green rice fields, traditional wooden stilt houses tiled with palm leaves; or cooling off in a local stream nearby. Enjoy typically local dinner and call it a day.
Start the day with an early wake up for sunrise photo hunt. After breakfast, wind up the mountain to Dong Van karst plateau global geopark. Stop at some places in Quan Ba and Yen Minh to cast an eye on exotic nature and have pics. Lunch served at a local restaurant in Yen Minh town.
After lunch, head to Dong Van. Stop en route for 1.5-hour walk on mountain trails crossing some local Hmong villages before paying a visit to King of Hmong palace in Sa Phin valley. Reach Dong Van at about 4.30 PM. If time permits, have an easy walk up the French fortress of Dong Van district where you can have the panoramic view of the town at sunset.
Day begins with a visit to Dong Van market. If Sunday, you will happen to see a unique weekly fair market of Hmong people. After the market, hike up the mountain on a trail to the eadge of Tu San canyon where there is view to mighty mountain border with China. The 7-km hike leads you to Thien Huong ancient village, a traditional village of Tay people with amazing clay houses. Back to Dong Van town on the same way for lunch before a drive to Ma Pi Leng pass.
A 20-min drive tranfers you to hiking point of Ma Pi Leng pass. Now make sure you are not amazed by the glamorous beauty of this top-of-the-world destination. A 2.5-hour walk takes you to the top of the pass, winding through some isolated Hmong villages and their corn fields, ends after a strolling via the high corridor path on the edge of the mountain looking down to Nho Que river and Tu San canyon. After a short break for nature idolization, continue another 2-hour drive to Bao Lac district of Cao Bang province
Start the morning with a visit to Khuoi Khon village of Lo Lo people to discover a unique minor ethnic group of Vietnam with a lot of strange cultures and lifestyles. If lucky enough, you will happen to see weekly fair of Lo Lo, Hmong, Dzao people in Bao Lac district, held every five days starting from 5th according to lunar calendar.
Transfer from Bao Lac district to Cao Bang city on a 3-hour drive. Take the rest of the day discovering Cao Bang fresh market.
Hit the road again to panoramic Ban Gioc waterfall - a hidden wonder of Vietnam, known as the fourth biggest border waterfall in the world between Vietnam and China. Stop en route for a short walk around Phuoc Sen village which belongs to Nung people where they make knives as traditional handicraft for their living. Picnic lunch at the waterfall and relax.
Pay a visit to Nguom Ngao limestone cave, known as Tiger cave before return Quang Uyen where your homestay is located at an incense making village belonging to Nung people. Chance to discover life in the village and the way they make incense. If you are hungry for more amazing landscape, it is recommended you have 1-hour hike up the mountain behind the village to get the whole exotic view and enjoy an idealistic sunset break at the very peak.
After breakfast, take a 3-hour drive to Ba Be national park. Wind through 5 passes around mountain roads. Arrive Cho Ra town at lunch time. After lunch, go up mountain of Cho Len pass to Hua Ma cave, famous as the most beautiful limestone cave in Northeast Vietnam. Spend 1 hour hiking up to discover the cave and admire the beauty of natural stalactites and staglamites. After the cave, move to Tat Ma waterfall in the top mountain to get the whole view of this rural paradise. Chance to meditate or cool off in the fresh water of the waterfall.
Reach Ba Be lake at Pac Ngoi village, an original Tay village by the lake. After check in homestay, walk to Pac Ngoi wharf where you can do kayaking and cool off in fresh water.
Start your full day 17-km trek from Coc Toc village, an isolated village by the lake. Following off-road trails along Pe Lu stream in the middle of poetic emerald rice fields, the steps leads you to the jungle where you spend 1.5 hours to conquer the steep slope up and down and finish at a small isolated Hmong village.
Continue up to Nam Dai where you can pay a visit and be welcomed by little Hmong and Dzao students at a local school. Take your steps downhill to Wind peak for a prepared picnic lunch in a local Hmong community house.
From Wind peak, follow the winding trails down the valley, cross villages, jungles and rice fields to be back to Coc Toc village. If time permits, spend the rest of the day swimming in fresh water during romantic sunset.
Enjoy last breakfast in this rural paradise before 3-hour boating around the lake. Short walk to see Cam village with nature, local people and school at the end of the lake. Follow Nang river to Puong cave, a tunnel cave full of amazement from limestones stalactites and stalagmites to millions of bats. Continue to Buoc Lom wharf where you say good bye to Ba Be and return Hanoi.
Please note that accommodations mentioned in this list are for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed.
A perfect choice for any adventure-minded traveller. Tend to grant you unparalelled adventure experience in remote unexplored northeast Vietnam. From spectacular sceneries of lush rice fields, gigantic karst mountains, wonderful cultural aspects which are still untouched by mass tourism in Ha Giang to vast variety of flora and fauna in Ba Be lake and grandeur panorama of Ban Gioc waterfall. An unforgettable sense of adventure promises to take your breath away.