Northern Vietnam Adventure Tour – 10 days

Ha Giang 2 Dinh Vua Meo 1 Dinh Vua Meo 3 Cao Nguyen Dong Van 1 Cao Nguyen Dong Van 2 Cao Nguyen Dong Van 3 Ma Pi Leng 2 Ma Pi Leng 4 Ma Pi Leng 5 Cao Bang 2 H'mong Ethnic Ban Gioc Waterfal 2 Cao Bang 2 Ba Be lake 3 Ba Be lake 2 Halong Bay Sung Sot cave Trekking in Cat Ba National Park Hoan kiem Lake Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Ngoc Son temple Temple of Literature

A 10 days Northern Vietnam Adventure Tours is the way to go if you enjoy getting off the beaten track. Visit the amazing lakes of Ba Be and get to know the locals with a home stay. Exploring caves in Cao Bang and to visit Ban Gioc, Vietnam’s biggest waterfall ,spent the night on Glory cruise on majestic Halong Bay. Exploring the area and try your hand at kayaking or just relax. Then you head to Cat Ba Island and try your hands at rock climbing .After that, you will have a day tour of all Hanoi’s main sites and experience a cyclo ride in the towns old quarter.

Tour Information

Day 1

Hanoi - Ha Giang

8:00am The tour guide and driver will pick you up and departure for Hanoi-Viet Tri-Tuyen Quang-Ha Giang on Road #2. An excellent lunch will be served in the garden in Tuyen Quang.  Arrive in Ha Giang around 6pm. Go to a nearby Tay village, where you will have dinner and spend the night at a family stilted house. 

Day 2

Ha Giang - Dong Van

Breakfast at the homestay. Head to Dong Van on a spectacular road where you will expericence a series of long passes and deep valleys. Lunch at the small mountain town of Tam Son. We then cross a landscape of pine forest and arrive at the astonishing King of the H’mong’s Palace- a fortress built by a local chief allied with the French against the Vietminh, Vuong Chin Duc, who was evacuated in 1950 (his descendants now live in France and Canada). Arrival in Dong Van around 6pm. Dinner at a local restaurant and spend the night at the hotel. 

Day 3

Dong Van - Ma Phi Leng - Meo Vac - Cao Bang

Breakfast at the hotel then you will get started for an absolutely unforgettable day! It begins with the visit of Dong Van market, where the locals shop for their daily needs. You then climb a pass up to the French Fortress of Pu Lo, which was built in 1890 and evacuated in 1945.  At here, you will enjoy a spectacular view of the entire region. You will then be driven to the most astonishing road in Vietnam, which climbs on 15 km up to the top of the Ma Pi Leng Pass, through a gigantic maze of lime peaks, "stone forests", and canyons unique in the world. Head down into the valley of Meo Vac, visit Meo Vac market, and continue going through the mountains, cross the river, and arrive in Cao Bang town, where you have dinner and spend the night. 

Day 4

Cao Bang- Ban Gioc Waterfall

Start early to take the mountain road Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfall.  You will take about 2-hour drive to visit Ban Gioc waterfall, the highest and most spectacular place in the area. Enjoy an imposing sight of Ban Gioc waterfall and relax, with plenty of time for you to take photos.   You will then visit Nguom Ngao “Tiger Cave”. After that, going on one of our little secrets pass: a gorgeous small road snaking through the mountains to the Nung village of Quang Uyen, where you are welcomed by Mr. Hung Dao- a friendly amazing blacksmith in the village. Dinner and overnight at his house. 

Day 5

Cao Bang - Ba Be Lake

A treat! Breakfast at the homestay, then 3-hour drive to Cho Ra for lunch. You will get to the boathouse, and the owner will take you through the entire length of the 3 connected lakes (Ba Be - “3 bays”) and up the Nang River, to an astonishing site- Dong Puong, an enormous tunnel 300-long that the river has dug through a lime mountain. The boat then enter into Ba Be lake. If the weather is hot, you can have a swim in crystal clear water before you visit the stilt houses of the Tay community in Coc Toc village, where you will spend the night in Mr Linh's homestay. 

Day 6

Ba Be Lake - Hanoi

You stroll along the riverfront, visit some lovely villages and hike up to the upper reaches of the lake in an area marked by the massive limestone cliffs and mountains. On the way, you will visit Pac Ngoi village where the local people still keep the traditional stilt house.  Then enter Hua Ma cave that famous with thousand of stalactites and columns. The driver will drive you through a pass, which we call “Dog Flower Pass” then stop to take amazing photos by terraced fields. After lunch at a local restaurant, get back to Hanoi around 6pm. Overnight in Ha Noi. 

Day 7

Hanoi - Halong Bay - Halong Glory Cruise

Arrive Hanoi in the early morning, pick up and transfer to the hotel in the old quarter for shower and breakfast. Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Drive toHalongCity through paddy fields in theRed River Delta. Stopover on the way for a refreshment break. Board the Junk and enjoy a welcome drink on arrival, check in to your cabin. Enjoy a sea seafood lunch served on board. Cruise on the Bay and enjoy beautiful views of this world natural heritage site with limestone cliffs growing up from the green tranquil water. SeeDinh Huong Island, Ga Choi Island, Dog Island and Sail Island. Visit the Vung Vieng fishing village by local rowing boat (01 hour) or Kayak into the village then return to the vessel for your leisure or join one of the following optional activities: Sunbathing, traditional massage, swimming etc Have dinner and relax in the quiet and calm of the Bay. Overnight on board. 

Day 8

Cat Ba Rock climbing

Wake up and start your day with Taichi on the sundesk. Have breakfast, coffee, tea and pastries… for breakfast are served in the dining room with morning view of bay’s landscape.

Transfer by tender to Tuan Chau wharf. Our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to Cat Ba Island.

Duration: Approximately 5.5 hours. Depart - Return: Cat Ba Island Town

Agenda Time Segment Option 1: Vietnam Adventure Tours

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM ……………. Coastline ride into the small farming village of Lien Minh 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM ……………. Basic instruction and introduction to Rock Climbing 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM…………… Guided Rock Climbing in Butterfly Valley 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM…………… Delicious lunch on a bee farm with fresh local food 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM ……………. Return to Cat Ba Town

Agenda Time Segment Option 2: Vietnam Adventure Tours

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM …………. Coastline ride into the small farming village of Lien Minh 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM ……………Delicious lunch on a bee farm with fresh local foods 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM…………….. Basic instruction and introduction to Rock Climbing 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM…………….. Guided Rock Climbing in Butterfly Valley 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM ……………. Return to Cat Ba Town

Primary Activities: Scenic Coastline Ride, Rock Climbing, Local Farming Village Experience with Lunch on a Small Farm. Other Activities: Petting Water Buffalo, Chasing Baby Cows, Hammocks, Bouldering, Drinking locally made honey rice wine!

Dinner at a local restaurant and Overnight at a hotel in Cat Ba Island

Day 9

Cat Ba National Park Trekking - Hai Phong – Hanoi

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to theNational Parkfor trekking. Trek in the National park, climb up to visitNgu Lam. Back to the bus for transfer back to hotel, check out and have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we take a high speed boat back to Hai Phong. ArriveBen Binh Harbor, transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight at a hotel inHanoi.

Day 10

Hanoi city tour – Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit theHo Chi MinhComplex, containing the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, thePresidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh's house on stilts and theOne Pillar Pagoda. Continue on to theTemple of Literature, Vietnam's first university. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Museum of Ethnology,Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son templeand enjoy riding in a rickshaw for 1 hour in the old quarter of Hanoi and its teeming streets filled with fascinating shops. Free at leisure until time to transfer to the airport for the departure. End of services. Finish yourNorthern Vietnam Adventure Tour. 

Price & Bookings

Tour price include:

  • Pick up and transfer by private minivan or 4 wheel drive
  • Meals as indicated in the tour program (B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Entrance fees
  • Boat trip in Ba Be
  • Shared cruise in Halong Bay
  • Kayaking paddles
  • Rock climbing Equipment
  • Purified water
  • Accommodation based on twin or double room share (hotel and home stay)
  • English speaking guide

Tour price excludes:

  • Insurance, other private expenses.

Proposed hotels

  • Ba Be: Ba Be guest house & home stay
  • Cao Bang: Huong Thom hotel & home stay
  • Lang Son: Tam Thanh hotel
  • Cat Ba: Holiday View or Hung Long

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