North Vietnam Off The Beaten Path Trip

Bat Xat Muong Hum Bac Ha 3 Day Tour is another off-the-beaten path itinerary we have just released for travelers seeking a different travel experience in Vietnam.

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

North Vietnam Off The Beaten Path Trip is another off-the-beaten path itinerary we have just released for travelers seeking a different travel experience in Vietnam. The 3 day trip starts from Lao Cai, and takes you to the least traveled places including A Mu Sung, T ty , Den Sang, Muong Hum, Bac Ha where you visit beautiful landscapes, and experience the rich ethnic culture. If you arrive at weekends you have the chance to visit Y ty market, Muong Hum market or Bac Ha market.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: LAO CAI -> BAT XAT -> A MU SUNG -> Y TY

Arrive in Lao Cai early this morning, at about 5.00 AM (train), you will be picked up by our local team and brought to a local restaurant for breakfast.

After breakfast, depart for Bar Xat district, a northern district of Lao Cai Province. Besides the beauties of nature, scenery, Bat Xat also offers the rich ethnic culture.

Arriving in A Mu Sung commune, you make a stop at the border point 92 is the first place that Red River comes to Viet Nam from Yunan – China. Then you will visit Lung Po village, lying in the cross of rivers. Enjoy the beautiful landscape on the way. Keep traveling to Y Ty Commune, exploring the color of Y Ty Market (on Saturday).

Having lunch at local family.

In the afternoon, you visit Lao Chai I village. You have the chance to discover the rich ethnic culture, local traditions, architecture, house of Ha Nhi ethnic minority people.

Dinner and overnight at local home in Y Ty (homestay).

DAY 2: Y TY -> MUONG HUM -> BAC HA

After breakfast, enjoy a short walk in the nearby jungle. Make a stop to visit and take picture of the Muong Hum spring. Keep traveling to Lao Cai City where your lunch is provided.

After lunch, you travel to Bac Ha. Arrive in Bac Ha, check in hotel and have dinner.

Overnight in Bac Ha.

DAY 3: BAC HA -> LAO CAI

After breakfast, you visit the palace of H’mong King – Hoang A Tuong’s Castle. Then check out and travel to Lao Cai city. On the way, make a stop at Trung Do village where you embark on a boat for a short river boat trip on the Chay river. The river boat trip takes you through beautiful landscape, green field, peaceful villages on the both banks of the river. On the way, stop and visit a cave – Fairy Cave.

You are then picked up at Bao Nhai Bridge and brought to Lao Cai.

If time permit you may like to spend the rest of the day discovering the Mother Temple, Upper Temple.
Take the overnight train to get back to Hanoi. Trip ends.

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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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