Best 4 Day Tour Ngoi Tu Vu Linh Yen Bai is another off the beaten track tour we customize for small group and family travel. This is combination of Yen Bai car trip, Thac Ba lake boat trip, overnight trekking homestay Ngoi Tu offering you the chance to discover the natural beauty of Vu Linh commune as well as to experience the rich ethnic culture of the Dzao, the Cao Lan ethnic groups.
Day 1: Hanoi – Vu Linh.
Picked up at your hotel in Hanoi, and brought to Vu Linh, Yen Bai. Check into a local stilt house of the Dzao for dinner and overnight – Vu Linh homestay.
Day 2: Vu Linh – Pa Tan.
Breakfast at the local home. Start the day activity by trekking uphill En mountain. It takes about 3 hours before you reach the summit of the mountain. From there, you have a beautiful view over the Thac Ba lake and tribal hamlets of the Dzao, Cao Lan. Stop for lunch (picnic). After lunch, climb another mountain to get to Pa Tran village is inhabited by the Cao Lan. Check into a local house for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Waterfall, Boat Trip, Cave.
After breakfast, provided at local home you start the day activity hiking through the village to a waterfall. There make a stop at a local house for a short break. Then keep hiking for another half hour to the boat pier. Embarkation for 4 hour boat trip on Thac Ba lake. Lunch is provided on board. In the afternoon, discover a cave, and try row yourself a local fisherman’s boat, or swimming if weather permit. Arrive back at Ngoi Tu village. Dinner and overnight at local home.
Day 4: Vu Linh – Hanoi.
After breakfast, you will be picked up again by your car and brought back to Hanoi. Extension trips to Sapa, Bac Ha or Ha Giang are available upon request.
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.