This 7 day trip to Vietnam Northern Highlands is another combination of easy short trek and overland tour, taking you to the less traveled places in Vietnam – Ha Giang, Yen Minh, Quan Ba, Dong Van,Meo Vac, Bao Lac, Cao Bang, Ba Be National Park, Bac Kan. You enjoy both hiking and discovering the wild nature, the rich ethnic culture and more.
DAY 1: HANOI -> HA GIANG
7:00am: You will be met up with Lotussia Travel team at your hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy a full day road trip along the national road 2 via Viet Tri Tuyen Quang to Ha Giang. Have some photo stops and short walk along the way to visit Tay Ethnic villages near by the road and enjoy beautiful scenery of lush palm forests, tea plantations and stunning valleys. Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant en route. After lunch, we continue our drive towards Ha Giang. Arrive in Ha Giang town at about 04.00pm. Check into a local stilt house in a Tay village. If time permit, enjoy a short walk around the village before having dinner in a local stilt house where we will spend the night as well.
DAY 2: HA GIANG TREKKING
8:00am you will be met up with Lotussia guide, driver at your hotel in Ha Giang (please advise us your hotel name). Transfer to Me village where we begin our full day trek. We trek through palm hills and local hill tribe villages. Arrive in Cao Banh village around noon. Lunch will be provided in a local house. After lunch, we continue our trek taking another trail going back to Me village where we will spend this night. Dinner and overnight in a stilt house.
DAY 3: HA GIANG -> QUAN BA
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Tan Son village where we will have another day trek. We trek uphill to Khau Lan Village. Lunch in Khau Lan. In the afternoon, trek through jungle to Din San Village where you will be picked up again and transferred to Tam Son town for overnight. Dinner either at hotel or in a local restaurant in town. Overnight in a simple guesthouse in Tam Son.
DAY 4: QUAN BA -> YEN MINH
Breakfast will be provided in a local restaurant in town. You will be then transferred to Nam Dam Village where you will enjoy another trek. You will trek from Nam Dam village to Na Sai village. Arrive in Na Sai village around noon, you will be picked up again by driver and transferred to Trang Kim town for lunch. After lunch, drive to Yen Minh town. Overnight at hotel in Yen Minh town.
DAY 5: YEN MINH -> DONG VAN -> MEO VAC
Depart for Dong Van. Stop en route for a visit of H’mong villages and the Palace of the Vuong family (The King of H’mong people). Lunch will be provided in a local restaurant in Dong Van. After lunch, we will have a quick visit of Dong Van ancient town before continueing our road trip to Meo Vac. Enjoy great view over the Nho Que river once reaching Ma Pi Leng pass. Arrive Meo Vac around late afternoon. Check into Hoa Cuong hotel for overnight. Dinner is provided in a local restaurant in town.
DAY 6: MEO VAC -> BA BE NATIONAL PARK
Today the trip will processes from the high mountainous region of Meo Vac downhill to the Gam river massif, getting through Bao Lac district of Cao Bang and then onto Ba Be National Park. The 55km road trip downhill from Meo Vac to Ly Bon which takes about 1.5 hour will be highlighted with several stops along the way to visit a hamlet of the Zao and a village of the Nung peoples near the center of Niem Son commune. Then driving for over 2 hours along road 34 before turning to road 212 to Cho Ra and Ba Be. The trip will be highlighted with short visiting to villages of the San Chay and Zao Tien(Zao with coins) along the way. Arriving to the center of Ba Be National Park in the afternoon at about 06.00pm. Check in hotel, dinner and relax.
DAY 7: BA BE NATIONAL PARK -> HANOI
Breakfast, check out hotel at 08.00am, then take 30 minutes walk through the thick rain forest to the boat pier. Boarding a boat for 3 hours cruising on the clear water of Ba Be, the largest natural lake in the mountainous region of Indochina which is surrounded by high mountains covered by thick forest, getting through the stunning Puong Cave before the end of the boat trip. Meet the car and river again for a short transfer to Cho Ra to have lunch. Transfer 237km by road for the whole afternoon via Bac Can, Thai Nguyen to Hanoi.