Non-Touristy Vietnam Ba Be and Cao Bang Trekking 6 Days

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The six days Ba Be and Cao Bang Trekking tour includes the most important highlights of the northeast Vietnam. Joining the tour, you will explore the beautiful land of the Tay, Nung…

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

The six days Ba Be and Cao Bang Trekking tour includes the most important highlights of the northeast Vietnam. Joining the tour, you will explore the beautiful land of the Tay, Nung…

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DAY 1: HANOI -> BA BE NATIONAL PARK

8:00: You will be met up at your hotel in Hanoi by Lotussia Travel guide, driver. Depart for Ba Be National park. Leaving hotel, we will travel northwards along national road 3. Stop in Thai Nguyen City after about 2 hours drive for visiting the Museum of Ethnology. The museum is a repository depicting the culture of ethnic groups living throughout the Vietnam. After visiting the museum, we leave Thai Nguyen and continue the road ride to Cho Moi townlet. Stop for lunch break and then continue the road ride to Na Phac junction. Visit a local Dzao village before arriving hotel around late afternoon. Dinner & overnight in a stilt house (homestay).

DAY 2: BA BE NATIONAL PARK TREKKING

After breakfast on the terrace of the house, we start the day of trekking at 8h00. We fistly walk along the small river with beautiful view of rice field, then hike up on a mountain pass to Ban Dao, home of the Dao’s peoples. Visit a family then stop for picnic lunch prepared by the family where we stay in Babe. In the afternoon, we take a diferent way to get back to the village. Homestay in a local stilt house of Tay’s village.

DAY 3: BA BE LAKE -> CAO BANG

After breakfast, we will take a short walk to the boat pier and then enjoy the whole morning mainly on boat for exploring the pure nature of Ba Be lake and national park with some highlights including visiting to Dau Dang Waterfall and Puong Cave. Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant on spot (simple). After lunch, continue our drive towards Cao Bang. It is possible to make some more stops en route to visit local hilltribe village before we reach Cao Bang town around late afternoon. Check-in hotel. Dinner in a local restaurant in town. Overnight in Cao Bang.

DAY 4: CAO BANG TREKKING

After breakfast, we will drive for some kilometers towards the Chinese border. We will trek for about 15km from Ta Lung to La village going through local hilltribe villages and rice fields. Dinner and overnight in a local stilt house.

DAY 5: CAO BANG TREKKING

In the morning we cross the valley on small paths up to Khau Lung pass, then descending to Bung village where people live mostly on agriculture. Lunch will be provided in a local village of the Tay ethnic. After lunch, we continue the trek through jungle, rice fields. We will arrive in Na Nieng village around late afternoon. The village is located in the middle of the valley surrounded by a mountain range. Diner and overnight in a local stilt house.

DAY 6: CAO BANG -> HANOI

After breakfast, we say good bye to our hosts then leave the village at at 8 am. We will trek up again to the point at ~500 m above the sea level. On the way down, we will visit another village before getting on our vehicle again at Dong Ke, Lang Son. Travel to That Khe for lunch then return to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi at about 18:00. End.

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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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  1. James

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    This trek was everything and more than I expected and also taught me lot about Vietnamese ethnic culture. I am much richer for having dug deep to do this trek and highly recommend it!

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