Our 10 day tour of the north- west region of Vietnam begins in Hanoi when you take the road north to Ba-Be National Park, along the way stopping to view a museum that will inform clients of the different minority people you will come across on this tour, including their customs and culture. Enjoy lunch then cruise on the Nang River and discover a large cave. After alighting from the cruise, spend the night in a home-stay situation with a host family. Take a trek in the park and meet some local villagers, then return for a second night with your host family. Meander your way through markets and villages and interact with the minority people along the way, helping some with their daily chores. Head towards China in the north and be stunned by the beauty of the landscapes you travel past and through along the way.  Spend your nights in hotels, guest houses and home-stays as you travel this area, off the beaten tracks of mass tourism. Before your return to Hanoi you will attend the largest market in the mountains of Vietnam, a truly colourful and enjoyable experience.

North West Vietnam discovery - Babe

Hanoi – Ba Be – boat trip – Home-stay

  • Leave Hanoi for Ba Be National Park, passing spectacular scenery along the way; past mountainous landscapes, limestone formations and verdant rice fields.
  • Break the journey along the way with a stop at the Thai Nguyen Museum of Ethnology, to get an introduction to the culture and lifestyle of the various montagnard people residing in the area.
  • Enjoy your lunch.
  • Take a riverboat trip on the Nang River to Puong Cave
  • Spend the night at your home-stay accommodation in Ba Be

Ba Be National Park trekking – Home-stay

  • Begin the day with a morning trek in the park.
  • Descend into a scenic valley, home to some Tay minority people and encircled by rock formations.
  • Cross rolling hills and pass through villages of Red Dao and H’Mong residents.
  • Overnight at your home-stay in Ba Be.

Ba Be –Bao Lac –-trekking to discover Lo Lo Villages – Guest-house

  • From Ba Be we head to the Bao Lac market where you meet H’mong, Tay, San Chi and Ta minority people.
  • Transfer to Khuoi Khon village, home to members of the Lo Lo minority group.
  • Join in some village tasks i.e. feeding stock, (chickens, buffalo or pigs), fetching water from a spring or lighting a fire.
  • Enjoy the educational experience of helping with agricultural work like hoeing, weeding, transplanting or harvesting.(seasonal)
  • Hike along the ridge to the summit for an outstanding overview of the village and surrounds.
  • Chatting with villagers on the walking ways.
  • Overnight in a guest house.

Bao Lac – Meo Vac – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Dong Van (hotel)

  • Take a mountain road from Bao Lac and descend into the plunging Meo Vac Valley.
  • Travel up to the summit of Ma Pi Leng Pass, through a maze of “stone forests”, limestone peaks and canyons, unique to this part of the world.
  • Continue on and discover the former French Fortress of Pu Lo, built in 1890 but evacuated in 1945, for a spectacular over view of the entire region.
  • After crossing a landscape of pine forests discover and explore the ‘King of the Hmong’s Palace’, a fortress built by a local chief allied to the French against the Vietminh, Vuong Chin Duc. The buildings were evacuated in 1950, and his descendants now live in France and Canada.
  • Arrive in Dong Van and spend the night in a hotel here

Dong Van – Pho Bang - Yen Minh (guest-house)

  • Visit Pho Bang and the bustling border town of Dong Van which doesn’t get that much tourism.
  • From here we travel to Yen Minh, stopping on the way and take a easy walk through the ‘hill of pine’ to discover and explore a Red Dao village. We will also enjoy lunch on the way.
  • On arrival in Yen Minh we check into the local guest house for the night.

Yen Minh – Nam Dam (home-stay)

  • Depart from Yen Minh and head for Nam Dam via Quan Ba and enjoy the scenery of vast limestone formations along the way.
  • Meet with the local minority people along your way, in markets where you can take the opportunity to get some excellent photos.
  • Enjoy the peaceful afternoon in the village where you will be overnight in one family.
  • Join cooking or walk around the village before dinner served, chat with family and try maize wine home-made

Nam Dam – Hoang Su Phi (guest house)

  • Today our drive is slower but again through stunning scenery, as the road we travel on zig-zags its way from Ha Giang to Hoang Su Phi. Today we make plenty of stops to assist you to get some breath-taking photos of the scenery.
  • On arrival in Hoang Su Phi we will explore the town and its atmosphere and book into our overnight accommodation.
  • Dinner and overnight accommodation in town.

Hoang Su Phi – trekking

  • Hoang Su Phi is famous for its rice terraces and today on the trek you will have the opportunity to contemplate them as well as mountains, bamboo forests and local hill tribe people, mainly Man Ta Pan and long dress Dzao. Discover the daily works and lifestyles of the hill tribes here.
  • Overnight is spent in a home-stay situation with the locals

Hoang Su Phi – Bac Ha

  • Wake up early and enjoy the ‘whisper of the mountain’ and to see the locals beginning their day, people taking kids to school, going to the local market and attending to chores.
  • Say goodbye to your hosts and transfer to Bac Ha where you will spend the night in a hotel/home-stay.
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Bac Ha – Overnight train to Hanoi

  • Hopefully today is a Sunday, and you can visit the most colourful market in the mountainous north. The Bac Ha market is held each Sunday and attracts people from all groups, some travel for hours by foot to attend. Bac Ha is the biggest and the best. Most goods sold here are handmade including, agricultural tools, food stuffs, tobacco textiles, handy- crafts and animals like chickens, ducks, dogs, water-buffalo, pigs and wine.
  • On other way, if you are not here on a Sunday there are other markets you can attend, but we also can trek through the beautiful landscapes of the mountains and villages where the mountainous minorities located. Visit some small trading corners of the local that we are funny call it super market.
  • After lunch we will back to Bac Ha town to visit house of H’mong King, the highlight architecture of Chinese art in Bac Ha, then transfer to Lao Cai in the afternoon for night train back to Hanoi.

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