Joining the 4 days Northeast Vietnam Adventure tour, you visit Ba Be lakes, Ba Be National park, Ban Gioc Waterfalls, meet up with the Tay, the Nung…
Day 1: Hanoi – Bac Kan – Ba Be National Park.
7.00 AM: you will be met up with Lotussia Travel guide, driver at your hotel in Hanoi. You will leave the town following the national road #3. After about two hour drive, you will arrive in Thai Nguyen city where you will make a stop to visit the museum of ethnology. After visiting the museum, you continue the road trip travelling along the national road # 3 via Bac Can to Na Phac and then turn to Cho Ra. Other stop(s) may be made en route for you to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, to picture of the scenery. Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant in Cho Ra. After lunch, you will be transferred to the Ba Be lakes boat pier where you will embark on a private boat and spend the rest of the afternoon cruising on the Ba Be lakes. After the boat trip, you will enjoy a short walk to a Tay village where you will have dinner and spend the night in a local stilt house (homestay).
Day 2: Ba Be National Park Trekking.
A full day forest hike through primary forest to the remote H’mong village of Hin Dam. The going is tough through the forest but the views from the top of the top, the pristine forest flora, medicinal plants and the opportunity to visit a remote hill tribe settlement make it a rewarding and memorable experience. Total walking time of around 6 hours. Return to park guesthouse for overnight.
Day 3: Ba Be Lake – Ban Gioc Waterfalls – Quang Hoa.
After breakfast, depart early this morning for Cao Bang. On the way, you may want to make a stop en route for a local market (most markets are open based on Lunar Calendar). Arriving in Cao Bang town around early noon. Have early lunch then keep driving to Ban Gioc Waterfalls. Heading out of town, you venture into the remote northern regions of Cao Bang Province. The scenic roads traverse Trung Khanh before arriving at Ban Gioc Waterfalls, which boasts the biggest waterfall in Vietnam (although not full of water in the dry season). Enjoy a short walk to get closer to the waterfalls. Enjoy the wild beauty of nature, take some picture before getting on your vehicle again for the journey back. Dinner an overnight in Quang Hoa at local home.
Day 4: Quang Hoa – Cao Bang City – Hanoi.
After breakfast, you head back to Cao Bang town, then then to Hanoi. Lunch is provided in a local restaurant en route. Arriving back in Hanoi in late of the afternoon, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Hanoi. Trip ends.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Car transfers.
- Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Tour leader.
- Local porter(s).
- International travel insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.