Vietnam Northern Highlands off the beaten path Trip

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

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

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.

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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.

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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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