North-Vietnam 5 Day Tour Discovering Ba Be National Park Ha Giang Bac Ha

Join this 5 day tour to discover the northern Vietnam with such highlights as mountainous scenery, hill tribe villages, ethnic culture. The road trip takes you through Ba Be national park, Meo Vac, Dong Van, Ha Giang, Hoang Su Phi and Bac Ha.

Itinerary

DAY 1: HANOI – BA BE NATIONAL PARK

8:30 am you will be met up with our guide, driver and transferred to Ba Be National Park. Stop on the way, in Thai Nguyen to visit the Museum of Ethnology is located in centre of Thai Nguyen City. The museum is a repository depicting the culture of ethnic groups living throughout Vietnam.

Keep driving along the National Road #3 via Bac Can to Na Phac and to Cho Ra where you stop in a local restaurant for lunch. 

After lunch, you will be taken to the local boat pier to embark on a private boat for a leisurely cruise on Ba Be lakes. You will be dropped off in another pier, from there have a short walk to a Tay’s village where you check into a local house for dinner and overnight.

DAY 2: BA BE NATIONAL PARK – MEO VAC

After breakfast, you will leave the homestay at 8:00am. You firstly drive on the road #279 to Ha Hieu junction and turn left for Tinh Tuc, Cao Bang province. Enjoy
stunning scenery of the Colia Pass, take a short walk to visit a village of the Zao Tien before having a coffee break in Tinh Tuc. Then follow the National Road #34A to Bao Lac where you will have lunch. Stop on the way to visit a village of the San Chay. The San Chay inhabitants belong to various family lineages, each lineage having several branches. The father is the head of the family. After a wedding, the wife lives with her parents and she settles permanently at the husband's house only after her first childbirth.

After lunch, keep driving along the Gam River. The first 21 kilometers are in the lowland. Then you will get up steep mountains of the most remote area of Ha Giang province is also the the poorest region of the country. 

Enjoy a short walk through the fascinating valley of Niem Son to discover the way of life of the Nung ethnic group.

Late afternoon, check into your hotel in Meo Vac

DAY 3: MEO VAC – DONG VAN – YEN MINH

If today is Sunday we will be spend the whole morning strolling around Meo Vac and its market. The market is held only on Sunday in the morning with lots of castle. It is the only one of its kind in the entire northern mountainous region of Vietnam. The market is not only for buying cows by the locals living in the karst plateau, it is also a time for the Mong ethnic people to get together. 

Otherwise depart for Dong Van. Stop en route to visit a small village of the Lolo. The narrow road winds its way on the wall-up and deserted mountain sides offering great view of a narrow valley where the Nho Que river sneaking through. This is Ma Pi Leng, probably the most famous mountain passes in Vietnam! 
After lunch, provided in a local restaurant en route, you will follow a narrow road going through Ma Le and Lung Tao, offering marvelous scenery of the Rocky Plateau. You may want to make one more stop for visiting a small village of the H’mong. Next stop is in Sa Phin. There you will discover the historical site of the Vuong family who ruled over the region, control opium production and trading until 1945.

On the way to Yen Minh, make another stop in Lung Cam. There is a chance to meet the village chief who is good at playing the KHEN, a traditional music instrument of the H’mong.

Arrival in Yen Minh around late afternoon, check into your hotel for overnight.

DAY 4: YEN MINH – HOANG SU PHI

After breakfast, you start the day activity with 42km drive through Yen Minh pass. Stop on the way to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes, and to visit an embroidery workshop in Lung Tam village, set amongst perfect surrounding nature. 

Continue the journey, passing over another stunning pass - the Quan Ba Heaven Gate which offers impressive view over Tam Son town and the “Twin Hills”. 

Arriving in Ha Giang City around noon, you will have lunch in a local restaurant. Then have a short visit of a Tay village, is part of the provincial community travel project.

Next stop is Quang Vinh, Hoang Su Phi. Contrasting to the rocky land of Meo Vac and Dong Van, Hoang Su Phi offers a different scenery. Lying on the top of the Chay River Massif, Xin Man and Hoang Su Phi are covered by lush vegetations and green forest, tea farms and this area possess probably the most impressive terraced rice fields in
Vietnam. 

Check into your hotel around late afternoon.

DAY 5: HOANG SU PHI – XIN MAN – BAC HA – LAO CAI – HANOI

If today is Sunday we spend 2 hours strolling in the local market where different ethnic groups gather to sell their home-made products. The market is also famous for exchanging cattle on the bank of the Chay River.

Otherwise we check out after breakfast and depart for Xin Man. Stop in Lung Cai for a short walk. The village is beautifully set on a high mountain range, overlooking down a narrow and steep valley where the Chay River is sneaking through and winding its way between Vietnam and China. 

Stop in Bac Ha to visit the Ancient Palace of Hoang A Tuong, a Tay ethnic person who ruled a region with 70 percent of the population are H’mong people and was called "King". The Palaces was built in 1914, completed in 1921, in the style of Asia - Europe with closed rectangular layouts.

After lunch, provided in a local restaurant in town, you may wish having a short hike to Ban Pho, a village inhabited by the H’mong before being taken to Lao Cai to catch the night train to Hanoi.

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