North-Vietnam 7 Day Tour Exploring Ba Be Bao Lac Meo Vac Yen Minh Hoang Su Phi Bac Ha

Join this 7 day tour to explore the northern Vietnam with such less-traveled destinations as Ba Be national park, Bao Lac, Meo Vac, Dong Van, Yen Minh, Quan Ba, 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 – BAO LAC

After breakfast we say good bye to our hosts, leaving Ba Be National Park for Bao Lac, Cao Bang province. Make several stops on the way to visit local hill tribe villages, to take picture of the spectacular scenery of the western part of Cao Bang.

Arrival in Bao Lac in mid-afternoon, check into your hotel, then explore the little town for the rest of the day.

DAY 3: BAO LAC – MEO VAC

If today is Sunday, we get up early to take a stroll at the local market, held just by the hotel to experience the exciting atmosphere of a typical trade fair in the northern highland of Vietnam. Otherwise we leave Bao Lac at 8:30 am. Stop on the way to visit other hill tribe villages, especially the small village of the Black Lolo is situated on the way to Meo Vac. 

Arrival in Meo Vac, check into your hotel. 

DAY 4: 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 5: 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 6: HOANG SU PHI – BAC HA

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. 

Arrival in Bac Ha around noon, check into your hotel then have lunch at local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you first 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. Then enjoy a short hike to Ban Pho, a village inhabited by the H’mong.

DAY 7: BAC HA – LAO CAI – HANOI

If today is Sunday we get up early to attend to Bac Ha market is the biggest market in the area, and is open only on Sunday morning. Different ethnic minority come here to sell their homemade products or to buy something for their family. They are Hmong, Phu La, Back Dzao, Tay or Nung. Some of these ethnic minorities only live in the area of Bac Ha. For them the market is not only a trade fair, but also a fun place for socializing, where they can see friends and enjoy food. 

After lunch, you will be picked up again by your car and transferred to Lao Cai Train Station to catch the overnight train back to Hanoi. The alternative option is to drive back to Hanoi, directly from Bac Ha, and the journey takes approximately 8 hours.

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