Northern Vietnam - The Grand Tour

18 days

Cost/day $ 1,384
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5 star Code tour: MCC05
Location: South Vietnam, Vietnam
Duration: 18 days 17 nights
5 star Code tour: MCC05 Location: South Vietnam, Vietnam Duration: 18 days 17 nights
You are looking for Vietnam Northern tours as Northern part of Vietnam is one of the most remote areas in the entire country. However, those intact and pristine area is the home of various glorious destinations which are naturally preserved and almost untouched by human. Ranging from Limestone Mountain, rice terrace, river valley, green meadow; there are plenty of wonderful landscapes and places for travelers to get immersed themselves into. This Northern Vietnam tour 18 days 17 nights includes all the most beautiful places, we will take you to discover the masterpieces of nature in the mountainous areas of Vietnam. Undoubtedly, Northern Vietnam tour 18 days 17 nights will be vivid memories for your journey to this S-shaped land. 
 
DESTINATIONS: Hanoi/ Nghia Lo/ Tu Le/ Mu Cang Chai/ Sapa/ Bac Ha/ Hoang Su Phi/ Yen minh/ Meo Vac/ Ba Be lake/ Cao Bang/ Bac Son/ Ha Noi/ Ninh Binh/ Nam Dinh/ Lan Ha 
 
HIGHLIGHTS:
+ Admire the beauty of the rice terraced paddy fields in Mu Cang Chai, Sapa & Hoang Su Phi with homestay experience
+ Enjoy Colorful Sunday hill tribe market in Bac Ha.
+ Get amzed by Dong Van Geo-park
+ Enjoy boat ride in Ba Be Lake, View the maverlous Ban Gioc Waterfall.
+ Learn the interesting cultures of different ethnic groups such as Thai and H'mong, Yao...
+ Trek along back roads up and down the mountains to enjoy the breath-taking landscape.
+ Enjoy sampan boat-ride in Ninh Binh, rural life in Nam Dinh and amazing Halong Bay Cruise.
 

Northern Vietnam - The Grand Tour
Northern Vietnam - The Grand Tour
You are looking for Vietnam Northern tours as Northern part of Vietnam is one of the most remote areas in the entire country. However, those intact and pristine area is the home of various glorious destinations which are naturally preserved and almost untouched by human. Ranging from Limestone Mountain, rice terrace, river valley, green meadow; there are plenty of wonderful landscapes and places for travelers to get immersed themselves into. This Northern Vietnam tour 18 days 17 nights includes all the most beautiful places, we will take you to discover the masterpieces of nature in the mountainous areas of Vietnam. Undoubtedly, Northern Vietnam tour 18 days 17 nights will be vivid memories for your journey to this S-shaped land. 
 
DESTINATIONS: Hanoi/ Nghia Lo/ Tu Le/ Mu Cang Chai/ Sapa/ Bac Ha/ Hoang Su Phi/ Yen minh/ Meo Vac/ Ba Be lake/ Cao Bang/ Bac Son/ Ha Noi/ Ninh Binh/ Nam Dinh/ Lan Ha 
 
HIGHLIGHTS:
+ Admire the beauty of the rice terraced paddy fields in Mu Cang Chai, Sapa & Hoang Su Phi with homestay experience
+ Enjoy Colorful Sunday hill tribe market in Bac Ha.
+ Get amzed by Dong Van Geo-park
+ Enjoy boat ride in Ba Be Lake, View the maverlous Ban Gioc Waterfall.
+ Learn the interesting cultures of different ethnic groups such as Thai and H'mong, Yao...
+ Trek along back roads up and down the mountains to enjoy the breath-taking landscape.
+ Enjoy sampan boat-ride in Ninh Binh, rural life in Nam Dinh and amazing Halong Bay Cruise.
 

  • DAY 1: HANOI - NGHIA LO

    You will be picked up at your hotel in Hanoi at 8.00 AM by your private tour guide and driver. After getting out of bustle and hustle Hanoi, you will enjoy the countryside view through the windows while driving northwestward to Yen Bai province. Arrive at Nghia Lo town early in the afternoon, check in our homestay at a peaceful village nearby Nghia Lo. Lunch and rest on a traditional stilt house. In the afternoon, we embark on a bicycling tour to discover the daily life of the ethnic community in the area and enjoy the beautiful scenery of villages, rice fields an mountains. Dinner and overnight at the homestay.

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner
    3 activity included
    Hanoi, Yen Bai province, Nghia Lo
    DAY 2: NGHIA LO - TU LE - MU CANG CHAI

    After breakfast, we bid farewell to the host family and head for Tu Le town. Tu Le is a little town located at beautiful valley at the foot of Khau Pha Pass. Upon arrival, we get ready for a soft trek to the rice valley and visit some villages. Taking photographs and meeting local people. Back to the town and having lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we start our drive up the famous Khau Pha Pass. This mountain pass is known for terraced rice paddies. The scenery over the valley from the pass is so stunning at the rice reason, especially during the harvesting time. We will have some stops for photo opportunities on the way to Mu Cang Chai. Arrive in Mu Cang Chai town late in the afternoon. Check in another homestay by the town. After getting our baggage stored, we will end the day with a gentle walk to visit a village of the Thai ethnic minority at the foot of a mountain nearby. Dinner and overnight at the homestay.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    4 activity included
    Tu Le town, Khau Pha Pass, Mu Cang Chai town
    DAY 3: MU CANG CHAI TREK

    This morning, we will get a transfer to a trekking point for the whole day trek to enjoy Vietnam’s national rice terrace heritage. Our trek will start from Che Cu Nha commune to La Pan Tan Commune. It is around 13 km. This trek will definitely offer us a good opportunity to see the main spots and admire the beauty of amazing rice terraces that Mu Cang Chai has to offer. We will also be able to visit a few villages of the H’mong hill tribe scattered in the area. Get picked up by our private vehicle around 4.00 PM. Transfer back to the homestay for the second night.

    Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner
    4 activity included
    La Pan Tan Commune, Mu Cang Chai
    DAY 4: MU CANG CHAI - SAPA

    After the breakfast, we will bid farewell to the host family and make our way to Sapa. We will have some stops on the way for photographing today such as Than Thuoc Tea Plantation, O Quy Ho Pass, Silver Waterfall... Arrive at Sapa, check in your hotel and spend the afternoon on your own. Overnight at a hotel in Sapa.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    5 activity included
    Than Thuoc Tea Plantation, O Quy Ho Pass, Silver Waterfall, Sapa
    DAY 5: SAPA - BAC HA

    This morning, together with your tour guide you will have a nice trek down the valley of Muong Hoa to visit the rice terraces and hill tribe village of the Black H'mong. Get back to Sapa town for lunch and drive to Bac Ha in the afternoon. Check into your hotel and relax. Overnight at a hotel in Bac Ha.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    4 activity included
    Bac Ha market, Muong Hoa valley, Sapa town
    DAY 6: BAC HA - HOANG SU PHI

    Spend most of the morning to stroll around the Sunday market of Bac Ha. It is an awesome experience of seeing colors, understanding traditions and feeling the atmosphere. Market here is not only places where people come to buy and sell but also the place to meet, to find friends and partners as well as to show their typical culture and color. After lunch, continue your drive to Hoang Su Phi with stops on the way for taking photographs and visiting hill tribe villages. Arrive at the homestay, dinner and overnight.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    4 activity included
    Bac Ha, Hoang Su Phi
    DAY 7: HOANG SU PHI TREK

    Spend the whole day for trekking to visit the hill tribe villages of Tay, Black Dao and Red Dao people. Along the hike you will also have a chance to view more marvelous the rice terraces. Arrive at Pan Hou Lodge around 4:00 PM. The rest of the day is at leisure or enjoy the optional traditional treatments (massage and herbal bath are optional). Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    4 activity included
    Villages of Tay, Black Dao and Red Dao people, Pan Hou Lodge 
    DAY 8: HOANG SU PHI - YEN MINH

    After breakfast, we check out of the lodge and start the morning stunning drive to Dong Van karst geo-park with stops on the way for taking photos and visiting local villages. Climb some steps to admire the beauty of Quan Ba area over the top of the Heaven Gate. You will have lunch at a local restaurant in on the way. In the afternoon, we continue driving to Yen Minh town with more stops on the way. Check in a hotel and if it is early enough, get a short transfer to a village for a walk around and learn the local life. Overnight in Yen Minh.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    4 activity included
    Dong Van karst geo-park, Yen Minh town
    DAY 9: YEN MINH - MEO VAC

    The drive today is spectacular as the entrance of the geo-park opens from here. The imposing grey limestone mountains and unbelievable life of the H’mong people on the rock will definitely amaze you. Visit the H’mong King Palace, Pho Bang ancient town whose lanes are filled with traditional Chinese-style houses, the last stop with breathtaking scenery at Ma Phi Leng Pass over Nho Que River is also a great highlight of the day. Check into a hotel and overnight in Meo Vac

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    4 activity included
    H’mong King Palace, Pho Bang ancient town, Ma Phi Leng Pass, Nho Que River
    DAY 10: MEO VAC – BA BE NATIONAL PARK

    On Sunday, there is a big market in the town so we are open for this and see how our schedule could work it out. The long drive today will take you downhill to Ba Be National Park. Lunch on the way. Arrive at Pac Ngoi village of an ethic minority in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at a home stay.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    3 activity included
    Ba Be National Park, Pac Ngoi village
    DAY 11: BA BE NATIONAL PARK – CAO BANG

    After breakfast, spend most of the morning exploring the lake and Nang River. The activities will include a cruise though this Vietnam's biggest fresh water lake, a visit to Dau Dang water fall, Puong cave. Around noon, get back on your private vehicle to Cho Ra town for lunch at a local restaurant. After that, we will head for Cao Bang. Arrive in Cao Bang City and check into a hotel for the free evening and dinner on your own account. Overnight at a hotel in Cao Bang.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    4  activity included
    Nang River, Dau Dang water fall, Puong cave, Cho Ra town, Cao Bang City 
    DAY 12: BAN GIOC WATERFALL & NGUOM NGAO CAVE

    After the breakfast at your hotel, we will embark the morning drive to the remote area, Trung Khach District. Have a short stop on the way to visit Phuc Sen village of the Nung people where you can learn how basically the local blacksmiths are making their farming tools such as knives, sickles, plough plates... Arrive at the Waterfall around 11.30. Take a short walk down to Quay Son River and get on a bamboo raft to visit the most beautiful waterfall of Vietnam. Have lunch at a local restaurant nearby. In the afternoon, continue on with a visit to Nguom Ngao limestone Cave, which is located about 2 km from Ban Gioc. Walking through this cool cave offers you a great chance to admire how wonderful the stalagmites and stalactites have been formed. Back to car and return to Cao Bang City. Overnight in Cao Bang.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    6 activity included
    Phuc Sen village, Trung Khach District, Quay Son River, Nguom Ngao limestone Cave, Ban Gioc, Cao Bang City
    DAY 13: CAO BANG – BAC SON VALLEY

    Check out of the hotel after breakfast and get ready for the morning drive to Bac Son Valley in Lang Son province. The drive includes some stops on the way for you to take photographs whenever you want. Arrive at Quynh Son village of the ethnic Tay people and have lunch on a stilt house. This afternoon you will walk to visit the village and hike up to the top of the telephone-station mountain for a stunning scenery over the valley. This is a great point for those who love photographing. Dinner and chat chit with the host of our homestay tonight. However, you can choose to stay at a basic mini hotel or at a homestay of the Tay people (If you stay overnight at the homestay, you will be separated to different beds (for couple) as it is the culture of the local people for guests – men and women sleep separately)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    6 activity included
    Bac Son Valley, Quynh Son village
    DAY 14: BAC SON – HANOI

    After the traditional breakfast, this morning we will embark on a 3,5-hour hike on a rural back road. Along the hike, you can have a close look at the local farming, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in a good harmony of mountains, forests and local life. At the end of the hike we get picked up by our private transport and go for lunch. In the afternoon, we will head to Hanoi. Check in your hotel and stay overnight in Hanoi.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    3 activity included
    Ha Noi
    DAY 15: HANOI - NINH BINH

    This morning we drive southward. After 2,5-hour drive, we will arrive Ninh Binh province, snother land of karst formation. On arrival, we embark on a cycling tour to visit a nearby temple, called Thai Vi which is dedicated to a feudal dynasty which defeated the Mongolian in the 13rd century. The temple has a modest size but its location is spectacular, surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. Back to the hotel for lunch and rest. In the afternoon, the driver will take us to Thung Nang jetty where we enjoy a peaceful sampan boat-ride to admire the limestone outcrops of this flooded valley and hike through the valley under lush vegetation before challenging yourself with hundred steps up to pass the mountain. This hike offers you a chance to watch the diversity of tropical flora system. Dinner and overnight in Ninh Binh.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    3 activity included
    Ninh Binh province, Thung Nang jetty
    DAY 16: NINH BINH - NAM DINH

    After breakfast, dive to Nam Dinh coastal province. At the midway, stop yo visit Co Le pagoda, a rare mixed west-east religous structure in Vietnam. Thence, move on to Giao Xuan commune of Xuan Thuy district. Have a short break on arrival before heading to a small dock where you embark on a boat trip through a part of Xuan Thuy Mangrove National Park. Winding through the green mangrove before getting into a clam farming area. Stop by a clam stilt hut where your sea-food lunch is served. Rest and learn about the local clam farming during your lunch. In the afternoon, cruise back to the shore and drive along the cofferdam to visit the afternoon fish market which takes place just on the dam side. Continue on your visit to a home-made fish sauce family and learn the traditional fish sauce making technique. End our day with a gentle bicycling tour to visit the national park’s bird garden. Dinner and overnight at the homestay.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    3 activity included
    Ninh Binh province, Thung Nang jetty
    DAY 17: NAM DINH - CAT BA ISLAND - LAN HA BAY

    Today, you may be woken up early by domestic roosters. Check out of the homestay, bid farewell to the host and go for breakfast. The morning drive through the Red River Delta will take us to Ben Binh port in Hai Phong City where we will take a hydrofoil ride to Cat Ba Island. Arrive at the pier and take a short trasnfer to Beo Jetty to aboard a private wooden boat and spend the afternoon cruising through Lan Ha Bay. Lunch, Dinner and overnight on the boat.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    3 activity included
    Red River Delta, Hai Phong City, Cat Ba Island
    DAY 18: LAN HA BAY - HALONG BAY - HANOI

    Wake up early for the sunrise if you wish. Have breakfast on the boat before having more cruising toward Halong Bay. Enjoy the scenery of the islands while the boat is genttly winding in between the rocks. Lunch is served on they way. Arrive at Hon Gai pier around noon and take the afternoon drive back to Hanoi. End of service.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    3 activity included
    Ha Long Bay, Hon Gai pier, Hà Nội
  • Includes
    Accommodation based on twin-shared/ double basis with daily breakfast at mentioned hotels or similar ones upon availability
    Meals as indicated in the itinerary each day
    Private English Speaking tour guides in each city of visit
    Private air conditioned vehicle transfers during tour
    Entrance tickets at indicated sites
    Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
    All operation service charge and government tax
    Bottled water on the vehicle
    Excludes
    Surcharge on holiday (Tet holiday, New Year, national holiday)
    Travel insurance 
    Drinks and other meals
    Tips and gratuities
    Any international flights
    Banking fee(if any)
    Personal expenses and others not mentioned clearly in the inclusion part
    Visa arrangement
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