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  • Undiscovered Northern Vietnam (12D)

    This Undiscovered Northern Vietnam adventure trip will take you to the most isolated, but also very beautiful areas in the far north of Vietnam, where you can see many different hill tribes and magnificent scenery.


    HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUDE

    • You are to be taken the most isolated, but also very beautiful areas in the far north of Vietnam, where you can see many different hill tribes and magnificent scenery.
    • See the weekly market on the way north, as well as terraced rice fields in Mu Cang Chai and Hoang Su Phi, that have been newly recognized as national heritage sites in Vietnam.
    • Explore the charming town of Pho Bang, the breathtaking pass at Ma Pi Leng, Dong Van Rock Plateau, Meo Vac Town, beautiful Ban Gioc Waterfall and historic Pac Bo Cave.
    • Take a peaceful boat trip on Ba Be Lake and experience a home stay with Tay people in a house on stilts.
    • Emphasize your interactions with many hill tribes in order for you to have a well-rounded and profound learning experience that you will value forever.

    DETAILED PROGRAM

    Day 1

    Hanoi Arrival

    Upon arrival at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport, you will be greeted by our guide and transferred to your hotel. You will have a welcome dinner, followed by a traditional water puppet performance before an overnight stay in Hanoi.

    Recommended Hanoi Hotels:

    - Oriental Suites Hotel
    - Essence Hotel & Spa

     Water Puppet Show


    Day 2

    Hanoi - Duong Lam Ancient Village - Nghia Lo

    After breakfast, you will be met then transferred to Tay Phuong pagoda, one of the most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam. Located on the top of a hill, this pagoda is very famous for its collection of Buddha and Arhat statues from the 17th century, as well as great architecture. You will then take a 45 minute bike ride through the rural area around the Pagoda, passing through green rice fields and local villages. It will be a great chance for you to discover daily life activities on the Red River Delta, interact with local people and feel the real atmosphere of the region.

    After that, go back to the car for a drive to the ancient village of Duong Lam, which still has many preserved houses, some hundreds of years old. You will visit the Communal House in Mong Phu hamlet (the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact) which is dedicated to national heroes. You will enjoy a great home hosted lunch at the oldest house in the village, that of Mr. Hung, which dates back to 1649. Then you will drive up to Nghia Lo, stopping to visit the villages of Thai and Hmong people along the way. You will stay overnight in Nghia Lo.

    Tay Phuong Pagoda, Duong Lam village, Villages of Thai & Muong People


    Day 3

    Nghia Lo - Mu Cang Chai - Than Uyen - Sapa

    Travel along very scenic route, from Nghia Lo to Sapa. You will marvel at the terraced rice fields at Mu Cang Chai, the spectacular view of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range at Than Uyen, and the hidden road from Than Uyen to Van Ban. Arrive in Sapa in the late afternoon and stay overnight in Sapa.

    Recommended Hotels in Sapa:

    - Sapa Panorama Hotel
    - Ngan Ha Bac Ha Hotel


    Day 4

    Sapa - Bac Ha Sunday Market

    In the morning, being driven to visit Bac Ha Sunday Market to see the weekend market. Bac Ha Market is one of the biggest weekend markets of hill tribe people in the north of Vietnam. In the afternoon, you will have the option of taking a half day trek to local villages in Bac Ha, or simply have free time. Overnight stay in Bac Ha.

    NOTE: Bac Ha Market is open on every Sunday morning.

    Bac Ha Sunday Market, Day Trek to Local Villages


    Day 5

    Bac Ha - Xin Man - Hoang Su Phi Rice

    Take a very interesting trip from Bac Ha to Xin Man. You will hardly see another travelers on this road but the scenery is outstanding. Then you will drive to Hoang Su Phi, where you will have a chance to admire one of the greatest terraced rice fields in Vietnam. Established hundreds of years ago, Hoang Su Phi District is now home to more than 60,000 people, representing 17 ethnic minority groups. They live mainly on rice cultivation and other subsistence crops. In the rocky mountainous areas of Hoang Su Phi District in the northern border province of Ha Giang, the Dao, Hmong and Nung ethnic people cultivate paddies after rains have covered the drought affected fields in late June. You will have the rest of the day at leisure and you will have a restful overnight stay at the Pan Hou Lodge.


    Day 6

    Ha Giang - Pho Bang - Dong Van

    Today you will drive from Hoang Su Phi to Quan Ba Heaven Gate, where you can stop for great pictures of the impressive twin mountains. You will go on to Yen Minh, with spectacular scenery along the way, followed by a drive to Pho Bang, located right on the border between Vietnam and China. After lunch in Pho Bang, you will visit the impressive house of H'mong King, before driving to Dong Van, where you will see the most unique stone plateau in the world. In the afternoon you can take a walk to the old street of Dong Van, where you still can find hundred year old houses made from clay, with hospitable local people still living there. You will stay overnight in Dong Van.

    Quan Ba Heaven Gate, House of H'mong King, Old street of Dong Van


    Day 7

    Dong Van - Meo Vac - Ha Giang

    On this day, you will visit Dong Van Market before Meo Vac, known as the cradle of the Blue H'mong, Lo Lo people, who mainly live on the hill-sides and work on the rice terraces. One of the highlights of the trip today is a great drive to Ma Pi Leng, a breathtaking pass with great scenery from atop the pass. After visiting Meo Vac, you will head to Ha Giang along the beautiful plateau, covered with great rock formations. Upon arrival in Ha Giang, you will have a chance to visit Nong lake. Located about 20 kilometers from the town, this lake was described as the beautiful eye of the mountainous area in Ha Giang. After rafting on the lake, you will drive back to Ha Giang to check in to your hotel for an overnight stay.

    Recommended Ha Giang Province Hotels:

    - Pan Hou Ecolodge
    - Truong Xuan Resort


    Day 8

    Ha Giang - Cao Bang

    Today, you will spend the day on a scenic drive to Cao Bang. You will pass by and through many valleys, mountains, villages and waterfalls. The journey is an adventure in itself, and you will be rewarded with wonderful and sensational landscapes. Arrive in Cao Bang in the late evening and stay overnight.


    Day 9

    Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfall - Cao Bang

    You will depart today and go to Ban Gioc Waterfall (the most tranquil waterfall in Vietnam) via the scenic pass of Ma Phuc. Arriving in Ban Gioc before it becomes crowded by other tourists, you will have the best photo opportunities before transferring to Nguom Ngao Grotto. You will take a short trek to the grotto and then drive back to Cao Bang. The rest of the day will be spent free at leisure.

    Recommended Hotels in Cao Bang Province:

    - Sunny Hotel Cao Bang
    - Bang Giang Hotel


    Day 10

    Cao Bang - Ba Be Lake

    This morning you will visit Pac Bo Grotto. This is where Ho Chi Minh returned in February 1941, after 30 years of living abroad, and in search of a way to liberate the country. The scenery along the way is beautiful, with great green rice fields and local water wheels everywhere. You will return to Cao Bang town, and then drive to Ba Be. The roads are very bumpy and zigzagging, but the spectacular mountainous landscapes with undulating terraced rice fields and hill villages make our hardship all worthwhile! Upon arrival, you will experience a home stay in a house on stilts. These belong to the Tay people in Pac Ngoi Village, on the bank of Ba Be Lake.

    Pac Bo Grotto, Pac Ngoi Village, Ba Be Lake


    Day 11

    Ba Be Lake - Hanoi

    In the morning, you will enjoy a tranquil boat trip to Ba Be Lake, exploring the unspoiled tropical national park, with a stop to visit Puong Limestone Grotto and Dau Dang Waterfall. After having lunch in a simple restaurant near Dau Dang Waterfall, you will drive back to Hanoi where you will get in late at night, concluding your journey off Vietnam's beaten paths.

      Puong Limestone Grotto, Dau Dang Waterfall


    Day 12

    Hanoi Departure

    Relax until our guide and driver come then transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.

     

     

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    NOTES:

    • Prices are in USD, per person, based on two people traveling together and sharing a room. At Vietnam Senses Travel, we carefully select all hotels to ensure that your accommodations match our standards of trip and service excellence.
    • Prices include the following:
      . All hotel accommodation including all taxes and breakfast
      . Internal economy flights as stated with airport taxes
      . All transfers & sightseeing transportation in private vehicle
      . Private services of local guides
      . All special events & private tours, guest experts
      . All entrance fees into historical sights & museums
      . Drinking water and refreshing towels for touring
      . 24/7 support from the Vietnam Senses Travel Team

     

    Location
    Accommodation

    HANOI 
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    Oriental Suites Hotel

    • Excellent location.
    • The property boasts service levels that you would expect in a higher category of hotel and stylish, contemporary guest rooms.
    • Most of the rooms feature windows with city views and the Suites additionally have a balcony.
    • The restaurant offers a menu of western and authentic Vietnamese dishes.

    YEN BAI 
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    Nghia Lo Hotel

    • The Nghia Lo Hotel is the best place to stay in town, but don’t expect The Ritz: it’s simply furnished, clean and well maintained.
    • The rooms are somewhat old fashioned with brown and cream soft furnishings and carpeted floors, and the lobby lounge can be fairly described as chintzy, but it’s a comfortable spot for socialising with fellow travellers.
    • Rather surprisingly the hotel boasts an indoor swimming pool.

    SAPA 
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    Sapa Panorama Hotel

    • Sapa Panorama Hotel is situated 150 m from Sapa Church, Sapa Market and Cho Tinh (Love Market). Guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi access, a daily buffet breakfast and a free city map.
    • The hotel is 200 m from Ham Rong Mountain. Fansipan Mountain is 14 km away, while Lao Cai City is 38 km away.
    • Fitted with air conditioning and heating systems, rooms feature a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a wardrobe and a minibar. The attached bathroom comes with shower facilities and a hairdryer.
    • Open from 06:30 to 21:00, Cau May serves Asian and Western delights.
    • Facilities include a tour desk, a business centre and a 24-hour front desk. Staff can offer assistance with laundry, luggage storage, massage and airport shuttle requests.

    Ngan Nga Bac Ha Hotel

    • Rooms are basic but spacious and comfortable, with wooden floors and an en-suite shower room.
    • The rooms at the front of the building additionally feature a balcony. The hotel’s large restaurant serves Vietnamese and European cuisine and is especially popular with tourists at lunchtimes.

    HA GIANG 
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    Pan Hou Ecolodge

    • Ecolodge Pan Hou Village is located in Hoang Su Phi District in Ha Giang. The eco-friendly hotel uses solar-powered hot water systems and fans. Free WiFi is available.
    • Rooms at Pan Hou Ecolodge are made from bamboo and are surrounded by ponds and vegetable gardens. Each room comes with a private balcony and seating area.
    • Ecolodge Village is surrounded by mountain jungles and running rivers, with many interesting ethnic minorities living in the area. Ecolodge Pan Hou Village can organize trekking itinerary, while offering local guide services, a cook or arrangements for massages and traditional baths.
    • Other guest services include bicycle rentals and room service. Healthy meals and local dishes are served at the onsite restaurant.

    Truong Xuan Resort

    • Offering clean and spacious air conditioned river view rooms, a decent bathroom with plentiful hot running water, Wi-Fi access and a generous breakfast, this is a perfect retreat from the tourist trail.
    • The restaurant serves a menu of Asian and Western options, there is a mini bar with a range of snacks and drinks, and the property offers a sauna and massage service, perfect after a day’s trekking!

    CAO BANG 
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    Sunny Hotel Cao Bang

    • Sunny Hotel is located in the city center, Cao Bang, including 52 standard rooms are equipped with 3-star facilities.
    • The hotel is located on Cao Bang Dong Kim, right downtown Cao Bang Bang Giang river and a bridge 150 meters north of Bang Giang, convenient for sightseeing tours, walking, sightseeing, shopping and entertainment.
    • Come to Sunny Cao Bang hotel, you will enjoy the friendly atmosphere, professional service style of a team of experienced staff. We will provide travelers with excellent service. Sunny Cao Bang Hotel is best standard hotel with discount rates on hotels-in-vietnam. Booking online and get special deals: instant confirmation, breakfast included with best price guarantee & hotel reviews.

    Bang Giang Hotel

    • At the heart of Cao Bang City, Bang Giang Hotel is a reliable address for guests coming to visit the city.
    • Book a room with us Asia Senses Travel to get special discount rates Bang Giang Hotel and write hotel reviews after your stay.

     BA BE LAKE
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    Mr Linh’s Homestay

    • Offering a sun terrace and views of the lake, Mr Linh's Homestay is located in Ba Be Lake. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on site.
    • Some rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. The rooms come with a shared bathroom.
    • Bike hire and car hire are available at this homestay and the area is popular for snorkelling.
    • A selection of activities are offered in the area, such as cycling, fishing and hiking.