Best 5 Day Visit North Vietnam Hanoi Ba Be Cao Bang

This 5 Day Visit North Vietnam is the best excursion from Hanoi which offers the chance to discover essential travel highlights of north east Vietnam. Attractions include Ba Be lakes, Ba Be national park, Ban Gioc waterfall, Nguom Ngao cave

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This 5 Day Visit North Vietnam is the best excursion from Hanoi which offers the chance to discover essential travel highlights of north east Vietnam. Attractions include Ba Be lakes, Ba Be national park, Ban Gioc waterfall, Nguom Ngao cave…Travel north east Vietnam to enjoy marvelous scenery of limestone mountain ranges, surrounded by green rice fields and untouched ethnic minority villages. Immerse yourself into different traditional handicrafts at several tribal villages which will make you appreciate its cultural values and lifestyle.

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Visit North Vietnam Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi – Ba Be Lake (-/L/D)

Picked up at your hotel in Hanoi by the Lotussia team, and brought to Ba Be Lake, Bac Kan province. The first stop will be scheduled in Thai Nguyen, a dynamic mountainous city to visit the Cultural Museum of Ethnic Groups of Vietnam. The museum is located in the former Resident Palace of French Envoy built in the early 20 century and displays the culture of 54 ethnic groups.

After exploring the Museum we keep heading north, making the second stop around noon, in time for lunch. After lunch, served in a local restaurant en route, continue our journey to Ba Be lake. We will head off the main road to visit local villages with tea farms. Reaching Ba Be national park in the mid-afternoon, we may have enough time for taking a short boat trip on the Ba Be Lakes. Ba Be Lake is one of the largest and deepest natural lakes in Vietnam. Feel free to stop and go for a swim or keep cruising on Ba Be Lake to enjoy the landscape of Ba Be National Park. Visit a gigantic cave before returning back to Pac Ngoi village. Pac Ngoi is Tay ethnic village with 90 households located in a beautiful setting. Here you will experience the lifestyle of local people by having dinner, and sharing the house with your hosts.

Day 2: Ba Be National Park – Cao Bang (B/L/D)

We will depart Pac Ngoi village at 8:00 am, heading to Phia Den Mountain Pass. Make a stop at Chang village to visit Coin Dao ethnic group. Here we will explore the traditional ways of making taro vermicelli/noodle (if you wish to participate in the making of taro noodles don’t hesitate to ask your guide to arrange this).

We will then take a tour of the village. We may get the chance to see a demonstration of building Trinh Tuong houses (house made from mud). Enjoy a simple lunch with taro noodle before we get on board again for the road trip to Son Dong, Nguyen Binh and Cao Bang city. Stop along the way for photos and having a coffee break. If time permits, we will stop to visit local family farming dragon fruit. The owners will explain you the process of cultivating dragon fruit and then experience the taste of the fruit (just in harvest season).

Arrive Cao Bang in the late afternoon, check in hotel, and take an optional short walk to explore the mountainous city before dinner out at a local restaurant. Overnight in Cao Bang city.

Day 3: Cao Bang – PhiaThap – Khao – Pac Rang (B/L/D)

We start the day activity by walking to Phia Thap village where you have the opportunity to learn the traditional way of making incense. You will know how incense is made as well as taking part in the incense making process with the craft workers. We will then take a short hike to Khao village to learn about the traditional weaving, dyeing and embroidery handicraft of the village.

Leaving Khao village, we follow the trail passing by limestone hills, heading to the craft village of Lung Ri is known for making the Yin and Yang tiles. Simple Vietnamese lunch is served in a local home. After lunch, you get the chance to make your own Yin and Yang tiles.

The day has not ended yet as we have a short hike to our final craft village of Pac Rang, a handicraft village of Black Smith works. Dinner and overnight at local home in Pac Rang – homestay.

Day 4: Pac Rang – Ban Gioc waterfall – Nguom Ngao Cave – Thang Hen Lake (B/L/D)

Today is a relaxing day to help recover from the last few days of hiking. Touring by car along the sealed road we will enjoy the sights and charming scenery before visiting the spectacular cave of Nguom Ngao.

After exploring the Nguom Ngao cave, we head to Ban Gioc Waterfall, the biggest waterfall in Vietnam (though not full of water in the dry season). This picturesque, cascading waterfall is 53 meters high and has an impressive span of 300 meters.

After a lunch, we continue our excursion by venturing off road to visit the Nung ethnic group in Lung Muon village. Here we will take a walk to explore this village before traveling to Tra Linh. Feel free to stop for photos along the way as the scenery is spectacular. We finish the day at the beautiful Thang Hen Lake around late afternoon. Swimming in this natural lake is a great way to refresh after a day’s travelling (if weather permit). Dinner and overnight in a local guest-house.

Day 5: Thang Hen Lake – Cao Bang – Lang Son – Hanoi (B/L/-)

Depart Thang Hen Lake at 7:30am, heading to Cao Bang City. Take a coffee break at Cao Bang city before driving back to Hanoi. Stopover in Lang Son to visit a local market and having lunch, and then we go back Hanoi in the late afternoon. Tour ends at your hotels at around 5:00pm.

Additional Information

tour-starts

Hanoi

tour-ends

Hanoi

availability

Upon request

difficulty

Easy

travel-style

Ethnic Culture, Off-the-beaten track

trip-duration

5 days

type-of-tour

Private tour

places-visit

Ba Be National Park, Bac Kan, Ban Gioc Waterfalls, Cao Bang, Nguom Ngao Cave, Thang Hen Lake, Tra Linh Cao Bang, Vietnam

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Itinerary Disclaimer

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.

Inclusions

Our trip cost usually includes 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).
  • Local porter(s).
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Bottled water.

Exclusions

Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.

  • Visa
  • Flight/Train tickets.
  • Accommodation pre/post trip.
  • International travel insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.

Tour Guide

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.

Trip Routes

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.

Accommodation

LOTUSSIA Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or homestays 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.

Meals

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.

Drinks

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).

Vehicle

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.

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