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Unique Experiences:

•  Experience the Northeast – a rarely visited area providing a unique glimpse of the more remote ethnic minorities and local subculture
•  Get closer to nature where the forests, the mountains, high-degree slopes, valleys, streams, lakes and a massive stone plateau is just some of the reasons to go
•  Take a beautiful boat trip on UNESCO certified Ba Be Lake and pass by the Dau Dang waterfall and Puong grotto with hundreds of bats
•  Spend 3 nights in homestay at minority villages and experience the daily life of the locals

Participants:

Small Group Exploration – normally no more than 2-5 travellers. Being few brings you closer to local life and flexibility to go to places less travelled; to go beyond the ordinary. You can be min. 1 and max. 8 travellers on this tour. You can book 1 person, but we cannot guarantee more participants.

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Trip Length: 6 Day(s) 5 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Every day
Travel Season:

All year, however heavy rain may be expected during the rainy season (May-October)

This product may be affected by Vietnamese TET (New Year) – normally in Jan/Feb. Specific dates are blocked in the booking calendar if and when not bookable.
What can you expect during TET? The lunar New Year is very important to the Vietnamese. The days are spent together with family andrelativesin private homes to celebrate. Expect the streets to be fairly empty and life at street level to be very limited.

Type of Transportation: Car/minibus and boat
Type of Accommodation: Hotel with private bathroom and homestay with shared bathroom
Physical Rate: 2/5
Child Policy:

Child age: 5 – 9 years
Child price: See under “rates”
This tour is not recommended for: children below 5 years old

Included in Price:

Meals: 5 x breakfast, 6 x lunch, 5 x dinner
Accommodation: 2 nights in budget hotels with private bathroom, 3 nights in homestay in Ha Giang and Ba Be with shared bathroom
Entrance fees: All entrances fees to museum, national parks etc. are included in the trip
Transport: Private van/mini bus and boat according to itinerary
English speaking tour guide: Included for the entire tour according to itinerary

Excluded from Price:

•  Personal Travel Insurance (compulsory)
•  Visa to Vietnam
•  Meals not mentioned as included
•  Drinks
•  Tips to guide and drivers
•  Personal expenditures
All other items not stated as included

Map

Locations Visited:
Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Ba Be
Start City:
Hanoi
End City:
Hanoi

Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi - Ha Giang
08:00 am you will be picked-up from your hotel (if you haven’t booked your hotel through us, please give us the name and address at least 72 hours in advance) and transport to Ha Giang (318 km). On the way to Ha Giang, there'll be a chance to explore the countryside in Tuyen Quang. Have lunch enroute at a local restaurant.

On arrival in Ha Giang at around 16:30, you will check-in to your homestay. And after checked-in you can spend your free time exploring the area.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at homestay in Ha Giang Town.
Note: Estimated driving time 6.5 hours


Day 2: Ha Giang - Quan Ba - Yen Minh - Dong Van – Meo Vac
After breakfast at the homestay, we drive to visit Quan Ba Pass (Heaven's Gate - 1500 m high). We stop at Yen Minh town for lunch. After lunch, we drive to visit Vuong palace – home of Meo’s King. Then we drive through Dong Van (the Stone Highland), continue to Ma Pi Leng pass – an amazing landscape. Here, we will stop to see an impressive Nho Que river with blue water. After that, we drive to Meo Vac where we check-in at a local hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at a budget hotel, or similar
Note: Estimated driving time 5.5 hours


Day 3: Meo Vac - Bao Lac
In the morning, you will have time to visit the local market or take a walk to explore the area. Then we drive to Bao Lac. On the way, a chance to admire the beautiful nature along the road. Having lunch enroute. On arrival in Bao Lac at around 14:00, you have some free time to see the daily life of the locals.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at budget hotel, or similar
Note: Estimated driving time 4 hours


Day 4: Bao Lac - Ba Be Lake
After having breakfast, you will have some free time to see the area before we drive to Ba Be. We will stop in Cho Ra for lunch. Then we continue our trip to Ba Be Lake. After checked-in at the homestay, you can go explore the area and visit the Tay minority village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at the Tay Family's traditional stilt house

Note: Estimated driving time 5 hours

Day 5: Ba Be Lake
Starting the day with a boat trip, for about 4 hours on the Ba Be lake. The boat will make a stop at Dau Dang waterfall and the giant Poong grotto with hundreds of bats. In the National Park, you can discover spectacular high waterfall, rivers, deep valleys, natural cave and small lakes.

In the afternoon there will be the possibility to go on a short trek with our guide to one of the small Tay villages scattered around the lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at the Tay Family's traditional stilt house


Day 6: Ba Be Lake - Hanoi
After a long night sleep, enjoy your breakfast before leaving the homestay in Ba Be Lake. A ride back to Hanoi would take approximately 6 hours. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant on the way back and your trip ends, when arriving in Hanoi late in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Note: The estimated driving time does not include time for short break, taking photos and have lunch enroute. If we include time for these, it can be 1 – 1.5 hour more!

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