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Trek North-eastern Vietnam 18 Days

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Trek North-eastern Vietnam 18 Days Travel Route: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Silkworm Village – Bac Ha – Hoang Su Phi – Dong Van Geo-park – Ba Be Park – Cao Bang – Bac Son Valley – Halong Bay – Hanoi

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    All about the Trek North-eastern Vietnam 18 Days.

    Trek North-eastern Vietnam 18 Days

    Tour Highlights
    The bustling old quarter, tree-lined boulevards, peaceful lakes and historical relics of Hanoi are a great introduction to modern Vietnam.
    Hiking amongst the limestone mountains and stunning rice fields. Take a row boat on a small river to explore mythical tunnel-like caves and view the spectacular karst country of Ninh Binh
    Natural beauty of imposing rice terraced fields and interesting hill tribes in Ha Giang
    Colorful tribal market in Bac Ha or Dong Van or Meo Vac
    Amazing rocky highland Geopark of Dong Van, Ha Giang
    Cruising on the intoxicating landscapes of Ba Be lake and admiring the most beautiful waterfall of Vietnam in Ban Gioc, Cao Bang.
    Enjoy the enticing beauty of Bac Son Valley from one of its mountain summits
    Gain the lifetime homestay experiences at some tribal villages
    Cruise around the mystical landscape of Halong Bay and stay overnight on board in between thounsands of karst islands.
    Personal English speaking guide during the trip

    Travel Route: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Silkworm Village – Bac Ha – Hoang Su Phi – Dong Van Geo-park – Ba Be Park – Cao Bang – Bac Son Valley – Halong Bay – Hanoi

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    Private air-conditioned vehicle and transfers
    Accommodation with daily breakfast
    Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
    English speaking tour guide (Other languages on request)
    Sampan boat ride in Ninh Binh
    Motorized boat trip in Ba Be National Park
    Overnight boat in Halong Bay
    Local way leader while trekking (If any)
    Sightseeing tickets and permits during guided time
    Bottled water on the car
    Government Taxes

    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    Travel insurance (Compulsory)
    Any flight tickets
    Visa arrangement
    Cable car tickets to Fansipan Summit
    Drinks and other meals
    Tips and gratuities
    Personal expenditures and others are not mentioned clearly in the INCLUSION list

    1. Day1 ARRIVAL IN HANOI

      Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival to Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, your driver and guide will meet you and they will transfer you to your hotel. Check-in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
      Overnight in Hanoi
      Meals included: No

    2. Day2 CITY TOUR OF CAPITAL HANOI

      At 8:30 AM, you will set out with your private tour guide and driver for the full-day tour of the capital city. Although it is the modern-day capital of Vietnam, Hanoi still retains the mystery and charm of past centuries. The first place is the Temple of Literature, a peaceful series of walled courtyards and graceful gateways, and one of the best serving examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture. Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was also the site of Vietnam’s first university. Next we visit the fascinating Ethnology Museum, which are both a research center and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. A Vietnamese lunch is served at a restaurant by the museum garden. In the afternoon, continue to Ba Dinh Square where you will view the Mausoleum (outside) and the former residence of Vietnam’s most famous revolutionary, Ho Chi Minh. On walking here, you will call at the famous One Pillar Pagoda, dating from the 11th century, this monument was rebuilt after being destroyed by the French in 1954. Folowed by a short transfer to Hoan Kiem Lake for you to cross a wooden red bridge to give a look at a Taoist temple, situated on a small island. End the day with 30-minute cyclo ride (a kind of local rickshaw) to view the narrow lanes and traditional shops houses in the Old Quarter.
      Overnight in Hanoi
      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    3. Day3 NINH BINH BOAT AND BIKE RIDE

      You will depart from Hanoi at 8.00 AM, the morning drive on a private car will take you southward through the farmland of the Red River Delta to Ninh Binh province. On arrival at Thung Nang boat operation place. We will embark on 1,5-hour sampan boat-ride, rowed by a villager. The ride is on a small river which follows out from the towering limestone cliffs. After getting through 2 tunnel-like caves, get back to the dock and drive to Xuan Ang Ngoai Village where you will take a short hike on farm path to a restaurant in a hidden valley. After lunch and rest, continue on hiking to enjoy the landscape of mountains, farms and villages. End the day with 500 steps up to the summit of Ngoa Long Mountain in Hang Mua . From the top, you are able to enjoy the stunning 360-degree view over the karst area. If the weather is nice enough, the guide will time it well for you to enjoy the sunset from the top. Overnight in Ninh Binh Approx. 5km hiking/ 3 hour boat riding
      Overnight in Hanoi
      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    4. Day4 DRIVE TO BAC BINH SILKWORM VILLAGE

      At 8:30 AM this morning, you will drive north of the city to Vinh Phuc province which is about 80km away. About 10.00 AM, you will arrive at the home of a farmer family at Bac Binh Commune. After being welcomed by the host with a cup of green tea, you will be accompanied by your tour guide to take a gentle walk around the village and to the mulberry farm nearby. Learn about the daily life of the local rustics, especially how they grow the mulberry plan and feed the silk worm for cocoons. Back to the family for enjoying a Vietnamese lunch and rest.
      In the afternoon, embark on a hike to the surroundings. This is another opportunity for you to learn more about the local agriculture in the region. You will see that there is big variety of cereals and vegetables are planted beside the wet rice. The hike will give you a close look at the typical daily life of Vietnamese famer villagers. Get back to the family, refreshing and easy until dinner with the family.

      Approx. trekking duration is flexible (in between 2 & 4km)

      Overnight at the homestay (with fan/ no air-conditioning)
      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    5. Day5 SILKWORM VILLAGE - BAC HA

      After the breakfast at the homestay, bid farewell to the host family and set out for the morning drive to Bac Ha. Lunch is at a local restaurant in Bao Nhai. In the afternoon, take a short boat trip upstream to visit Trung Do village (By boat if the water level permits). After the boat ride and the walk around the village, get back on the car and head for Bac Ha town. Check in your hotel and relax for the rest of the day.
      Approx. 1 hour trekking

      Overnight in Bac Ha Town
      Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    6. Day6 BAC HA - HOANG SU PHI (LUOC VILLAGE)

      Today, you will spend most of the morning stroll around Bac Ha Market to hunt some good pictures. This is the biggest hill tribe market in the Northwest of Vietnam. Alive with the bright colours and extravagant costumes of the local people, specially the Flower H’mong. Together with other minorities, they come from different villages in the surroundings to buy and sell a wide variety of goods and livestock. It is more common to see buffalo, cows, goats, horses and other livestock being traded. After the market, we make our way to Xi Man town for lunch at a local food store. In the afternoon, continue on driving to Hoang Su Phi. Take about 1,5-hour scenic hike to Ban Luoc, a Tay ethic village for a homestay night on a stilt house.

      Approx. 1,5 hour trekking

      Overnight at a local house in Hoang Su Phi

      Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    7. Day7 HOANG SU PHI - QUAN BA

      This morning, after the breakfast at the family. We trek the scenic dirt trail up and down the rice terraces in Ban Luoc area. This is one of the national rice terrace heritage cores in Hoang Su Phi. The beauty of the landscape is at its best at the yellow season (in the early half of October). Get picked up by our car and transfer to Vinh Quang town for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy the beautiful drive to Quan Ba where you will spend the night at a peaceful local lodge.

      Approx.  5km/ 2,5 hours

      Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Overnight at a lodge

    8. Day8 QUAN BA - SA PHIN - DONG VAN

      As usual, you will have breakfast at the lodge and set out for the morning drive to the core of Dong Van Karst Geo-park. You can make some stops on the way to take photographs and visit local villages such as at Pho Cao, Pho Bang. Arrive at Saphin by noon for lunch. In the afternoon, get transferred to a trekking point and spend the rest of the day to explore the amazing landscape of this topography on foot. Get picked up and make your way to Dong Van at the late afternoon. Check in your hotel in Dong Van for refreshment.

      Approx: 9km/ 3 hours

      Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Overnight at a hotel in Dong Van

    9. Day9 DONG VAN - MEO VAC - BAO LAC

      This morning, take a morning trek to further discover the limestone plateau and admire the scenic view over Ma Pi Leng Pass while moving to Meo Vac. After lunch at Meo Vac town, make your way downhill to Bac Lac town in Cao bang province. Check in a guesthouse in the afternoon and relx or strolling around to discover this little town.

      Approx. 6km/ 3 hours

      Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Overnight at a guesthouse in Bao Lac

    10. Day10 BAO LAC - CHO RA

      Today we will spend the whole day driving downhill toward Ba Be National Park. The topography is changing from the rocky plataeu to soil mountain with green vegetation and forests. Lunch one the way at a local food store. Arrive at Cho Ra little town (About 20km from Ba Be national park), check in your guesthouse and free to rest for the remainder of the day.
      Approx. No trek today

      Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

      Overnight in Cho Ra.

    11. Day11 BA BE NATIONAL PARK

      At 8:30, you get transferred to Buoc Lom boat dock, a gateway to Ba Be National Park, for the morning motorized boat trip along beautiful Nang River. Moving downstream, you will reach Puong Limestone Cave (Bat Cave), stop for a short walk to visit the cave which is the shelter of thousand bats and watch the river running into the park. Continue on your cruise to enjoy the evergreen scenery of mountains and rainforest. The soft cruise on the tranquil lake of Ba Be is definitely offers you a great mood before ending the morning. Lunch at a local house in a village nearby the lake. After lunch and rest, you will carry on the day with a nice trek in the forest. This gives you very different taste fromother earlier treks. Check in a homestay and spend the night.

      Approx. 2 hours trekking

      Overnight at a homestay in Ba Be National Park

      Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    12. Day12 BA BE NATIONAL PARK - THANG HEN LAKE (CAO BANG)

      The drive to Cao Bang province takes you the whole morning. You don’t stay at the city today because you just get past the city to have lunch at a little retreat lodge in Thang Hen Lake. In the afternoon, you are taken to a trekking point in Tra Linh for the lovely trek in between spetacular steep mountains. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. 

      Approx: 2,5 hour trekking

      Overnight at a basic lodge

      Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner  ​ 

    13. Day13 BAN GIOC FALLS & NGUOM NGAO CAVE

      After your breakfast at the lodge, the car transfer takes you to the remote Trung Khanh District which shares the border with China. There are stops on the way to take photographs and witness the ethnic Nung ethnic blacksmiths making their farming tools in Phuc Sen village. Upon arrival at the waterfall, we take a walk across paddy fields to reach the base of the falls. If the water is not so violent, we will take a raft to get closer to the falls and enjoy the cool temperature, due to the water mist in the air. The fall is located right on the border between China and Vietnam. Enjoy your Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant nearby. Followed by a visit to Nguom Ngao limestone Cave, which is about 2 km from Ban Gioc Fall. Thousands of colorful stalactites and stalagmites will amaze you. Back to the car for returning to Cao Bang town.

      No trekking today

      Overnight in Cao Bang City

      Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    14. Day14 CAO BANG - BAC SON VALLEY

      Check out of the hotel after your breakfast and get ready for the morning drive to Bac Son Valley in Lang Son province. Most of the drive this morning is downhill. Arriving at the valley early in the afternoon. Lunch at a local house in Quynh Son Village. After lunch, take a gentle walk to visit the village and onward to a mountain where you will hike up to the top for the bird-eye view over the stunning valley. This is a great point for those who love photographing. After the summit, you will get back down to the village for refeshment and dinner.

      Approx: 2 hours walking and hiking

      Overnight at a local house (Dormitory)

      Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, dinner

    15. Day15 BAC SON VALLEY - BAC NINH

      After the breakfast, say good-bye to the host family and make your way to Bac Ninh province which is located in the midle of the Red River Delta. After about 3 hours, you arrive at Phu Lao village, a typical Vietnamese delta village in Northen Vietnam. It is a good place for you to compare with some other homestays you have done in the mountains. Join the family with lunch. In the afternoon, the driver will take you to visit a traditional pottery village nearby. Phu Lang village has long-standing history of making glazed terra-cotta products. After that spend the remainder of the day relax at the homestay or just leisurely stroll around the village and witness the daily life of the villagers.

      No trekking organized today

      Overnight at a local house (Private room)

      Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    16. Day16 BAC NINH - HALONG BAY

      This morning, you may be woken up by the village roosters. To start the day, you may want to stroll around the village for a while before berakfast. About 9:00 AM, bid farewell to the host family and spend the moring drive to Halong Bay. The Bay is one of Vietnam’s most spetacular natural wonders and listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Upon arrival at the pier, you will board a boat for exploring the bay, the views that you get while navigating past thousands of limestone islands with rocky outcrops are increadible. Lunch and dinner are served on board. The activities of today include a swim in the bay in warmer months.

      No trekking organized today

      Overnight on board

      Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    17. Day17 HALONG BAY CRUISE

      This morning get up early this morning for some fresh-air on the open deck and join the Tai-chi class for some gentle moves if you wish. Otherwise, you are able to remain in your cabin unill breakfast time. After breakfast, the crew will pull up the anchor, start the engine again for more cruising to other part of the bay. After visiting a big limestone cave, the boat is gently heading back to the pier. The early lunch (Brunch) will be served aboard. Around noon, you are ferried in and take the return drive to Hanoi. Check back into your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours.

      Overnight in Hanoi

      Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    18. Day18 DEPARTURE FROM HANOI

      On this last day, you are free at leisure untill taking the airport transfer for your departure flight.

      Included meals: Breakfast

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    Our Accommodations

    Our Accommodations:
    When Trekking we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.

    Our Homestays:
    Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Our Accommodations

    Our homestays

    Our trekking tours can be classified into three levels

    Easy
    There are about 8 – 10K to walk on flat roads. No previous experience is necessary. Anyone in good health and fit enough to perform an occasional hike can take an easy level trek. Vietnam easy walks are provided in Hanoi, Bac Giang, Mai Chau, Ngoc Son Ngo Luong…

    Moderate
    There are about 10 – 15K to hike on flat and hilly roads. At this point too, no special background is required. Hikers accustomed to trekking in hilly areas of Mai Chau, Pu Luong or Lai Chau, Yen Bai successfully accomplish our treks “moderate”, provided they are in good health and to have a correct fit. These treks are moderate or easy hikes with an average duration or shorter but more difficult steps.

    Difficult
    There are about 16 – 23K to trek on uphill/downhill dirty, rocky trails. Physical fitness is very important for these treks and you may have to lead you home before the trek. Most treks in this level are comparable with long rides in the Fansipan mountain or the the mountainous region of Ha Giang, Cao Bang, sometimes higher altitudes. The climate and isolation can also participate in difficulty. Prior trek experience is preferable but not vital if you have confidence in your fitness.

    Tour Guide
    Our tour guides speak English or French. Etc… 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.

    Porter
    During all trekking tours we may use local porters to carry your luggage as well as our trekking equipment, where required. To generate local income we employ local villagers for this task. Participants will have their own porter, carrying trekking equipment and luggage to a maximum of 15 kg per client. Travelers only have to carry their day packs. Read more how to pack

    Vehicle
    Depending on the nature of the tour, journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections.

    Food
    During all treks meals will be arranged on the spot, in local restaurants and at home in local villages along the way. The meals are prepared by our cooks, the local guide or by the local host. Our cooks are well trained to prepare and serve food hygienically and they cook a variety of local delicacies. Sometimes this may include the slaughter of a chicken, duck or pig. We sometimes have the chance to bring western food, and snacks from Hanoi.Etc… for breakfast and picnics along the way, and coffee and tea are available in abundance. Our cooks make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible. The porters give necessary assistance on the spot.

    Drinking water
    There are many shops and villages that have bottled water for sale. On remote trekking tours, we buy a sufficient supply of water for the next couple of days. We recommend bringing some water purifying tablets.

    Packing
    Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. Etc… The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple, communal house and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.
    What you take will naturally depend upon where you are travelling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.

    1 medium-sized backpack.
    Comfortable walking shoes with good grip
    1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (easy to dry).
    1 pair of flip flop (sandals).
    1 pair of shorts and T-shirt to wear at camp site (2 if you do 4-day trek).
    1 medium-sized towel.
    1 medium-sized dry bag.
    Hiking poles/walking sticks
    GPS

    Responsible Tourism
    We strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.

    Environment
    We have been turning environmentally responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re – usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.

    Community
    Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
    Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, motor-taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.

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