15 Day – Hidden Gem Of Far Northern Vietnam Adventure Tours will offer captivating way for active travellers, lover nature,and photographers opportunity in exploring both colorful hill tribes and outstanding scenic beauty in the North Vietnam. Rich culture, brilliant natural scenery and alluring colorful hill tribe markets, are highlight in our trip. we also stay in eco homestay and contemplate world classed food preparing by local people
In this Hidden Gem Of Far Northern Vietnam Adventure Tours , has been carefully crafted and offered for those are looking for off the beaten track, less tourist regions and rich culture heritage in the Northern Vietnam, perfect trip to escape bustling city to seek our way with nature, hospitable hill tribe people.
It is actually rewarding trip for travelers who want to get out the crowded, interact with friendly people, admire misty vallley and pristine scenic beauty.
Leaving our bustling city behind, setting our Hidden Gem Of Far Northern Vietnam Adventure Tours on scenic route lead to Pu Luong nature Reserve, you will rewarded by outstanding beauty, cultural interest anh high biodiversity value from Mai Chau in the North West, to Cuc Phuong National Park in South East. It is blessed with rich forest, limstone panoramas, magnificent rice terraces and breaktaking rain forest
Just temporarily leaving the stunning scenery in low land behind, we jump on bus and head to North west of Vietnam where brilliant landscapes and sightseeing, quaint villages and friendly people are waiting for us.
Staying in top hill of Sapa Town to experience captivates scenic beauty of Sapa Valley, before descendling trekking through rural area and stunning rice terrace to Ecohomestay. Our amazing trip will move to Hoang Su Phi – where is well – known dreamlike scenery and rich cultural identity of Red Dao Hill tribe people.
Trekking through mysterious region of Tay Con Linh Mountain Range will offer incredible way to interact with both nature and human being.
Our last destination is Cat Ba and Lan Ha Bay which will be surely worthwaiting in our holiday.
Enjoy the best of both worlds on this 3-day Halong Bay cruise, including one night on-board and one night at the Monkey Island resort on Cat Ba Island. Admire the natural highlights of Ha Long Bay as you explore Sung Sot cave; stop to swim and kayak around the beaches and islets; and watch the sunset over the UNESCO-listed landscapes. After dining and sleeping onboard, cruise around Lan Ha Bay and the Cai Beo floating village,
Day 1: Hanoi – Pu Luong Nature Reserve
Following to hearty breakfast in Hotel, our supported team will meet and escort you to Pu Luong Nature Reserve. Enjoy three and half hour on bus to immerse yourself with its scenery, rustic village life over the window. After over hours transferring out of hustling city, we quickly drive on newly upgraded Ho Chi Minh Highway to Cam Tu Section where we are able to go toilet or refresh for while.
We continue our trip through authentic village to admire stunning scenery, rugged limestone mountain and green carpeted rice paddy fields, rustic house on stilts with thatched roof of Muong people along hillsides or infront of Riverside.
We will be on arrival of Ecologe at noon, have brilliant lunch meals with delicious dishes and tropical fruit drinks. After lunch meal, we do check in and refreshment after long hours sitting on bus, or wandering around the ecolodge to inhale fresh air.
Meet your supported team again, you will join in amazingly adventerous activity in the afternoon. Taking short transfer from Ecolodge to Ban Cong Village where we are able to walk through village and rice paddy fields, admire magnificent sights and waterwheels along river.
Spending 45 minutes to jump on bamboo rafts along river to contemplate breathtaking scenery in both river. Meeting our bus at wharf and transfer back to ecolodge for taking shower and refreshment. Have dinner and stay overnight in Ecolodge.
Activities: Fullday Trekking trip and Rafting
Accommodations: Pu Luong Ecogarden Ecolodge***
Cycling/ Trekking distances: 4 – 6 Km
Day 2: Pu Luong Hiking Trail
Getting up early to immerse natural scenery and look sunrise over soaring limestone mountains, shining on golden rice terraces. Sipping hot coffee and warmly welcome new actively day by strolling around village to observe daily life of local people.
Start early to descend into the beautiful valley facing the Ecolodge where you walk around tumbling rice terraces. Trek through single trail shrouded in vegetation to slowly reveal a picturesque village sitting at the foot of a towering mountain. Your camera will not be able to sit still!
Continuing to the foot of the valley, you weave between roads and farmland, villages and wild fields, ponds and rivers, mountains and open land. Savour the ever-changing scenery as you trek to a beautiful spot to enjoy a simple picnic lunch. After enjoying delicious food, you have free time to explore the refreshing water to the nearby river, before moving to our pick up point to be transferred back to the Ecolodge
Activities: Fullday Trekking trip and Rafting
Accommodations: Pu Luong Ecogarden Ecolodge***
Cycling/ Trekking distances: 10 - 16 Km
Day 3: Pu Luong – Mai Chau – Moc Chau
Get up early to immerse fresh air and stunning rice terrace scenery from ecolodge. Sipping hot coffee and admire sunrise over the mountain. We start our new adventure day from Homestay or Ecolodge. Enjoy brilliant Pu Luong scenery as we drive through the core of Nature Reserve. the first stage of our trip is dramatically hilly road. Our driver will drive ascendingly on new paved road or dirt track, through Village and Rice tarrace fields. However, you will rewarded by incredible scenic beauty of Pu Luong Nature Reserve. The sencond stages is descendingly road. your legs will be free for some distances whilst driving on Ho Chi Minh Trai lead to T Junction of Co Luong.
We enjoy the back roads through quaint small villages where you can experience Mai Chau close-up including: bamboo factory, and village surrounding like Poom Coong or Lac village. Upon arriving village have lunch with our host. Following to lunch meal, we continue our trip to Moc Chau Plateau for over one hour. We take the time to visit green town and explore green tea farm, plum forest and admire sunset graduatedly over the mountain peak.
Activities: Transfer and Hiking
Accommodations: Emopea Resort/ Ecohoumestay
Transferring distance: 100 km/ Trekking 5 -7 Km
Day 4: Moc Chau Hiking Trip
Moc Chau is one of the most pristine beautiful plateaus in the North mountainous region that brings the amazing attraction for all classes of people even for hard-to-pleasure tourists. The road between Moc Chau and Son La is amazing with picturesque scenic beauty and diversified ethnic cultures.
Following to Mu Nau and Phieng Canh Hiking route is amazing way to experience the hilltop of Moc Chau Plateau. You will challenge some steep hill route, trek through thick misty tropical forest to encouter ancient plum and peach forest, have been planted for long times. admire rustic life of Hmong people with three zero ( no electric, no road and no school).
After visiting village, we continue our trip to bare hill for picnic lunch whilst looking over Moc Chau Plateau.
After recharging energy, we continue our hiking single track to Mu Nau Plum valley- After taking pictures and enjoying the majestic and magical scenery here, the group continues the journey back to town by another road that is equally challenging and attractive.
14h30 - 16h30: The group started to walk through the Mu Nau primeval forest following the village's path, sometimes having to climb over steep slopes.
Come to the flax field of the people, then follow the new dirt and concrete road to the homestay to rest in the valley of love, watch the sunset fading away on the mountain top.
Meeting again our supported vehicle, do transfer back to hotel for relax. Dinner and stay overnight in Moc Chau.
Accommodations: Emopea Resort
Trekking distance: 16 Km
Day 5: Moc Chau – Nghia Lo – Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai
After breakfast in Resort, leaving the misty hilltop town behind,we embark on bus to Nghia Lo via Phu Yen. You will quikly immerse yourself into breathtaking scenery and sublime nature of Northern Vietnam. Taking public ferry to cross Da river to Phu Yen district, enjoy gently tarmac road winding along river and reservoir o Phu Yen town,
Gearing up and challenge some steep hilly passes which wind amongst hillsides, slope of mountain and misty valley to Nghia Lo.
Have lunch in Nghia Lo town. After recharging energy, we get back on bus depart 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 home-stay 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 home-stay.
Accommodations: Mu Cang Chai Resort/ Ecohomestay
Transferring distance: 220 Km
Day 6: Mu Cang Chai Hiking Trip
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 your private vehicle around 4.00 PM. Transfer back to the accommodation and stay for the second night in Mu Cang Chai.
Activities: Fully Day Trekking Tour
Accommodations: Mu Cang Chai Resort/ Ecohomestay
Transferring distance: 13 KM
Day 7: Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen – Y Ty
Breakfast in hotel, we depart to Y Ty on scenic route, stop on Tram Ton summit to take over in O Quy Ho Pass and Hoang Lien Son Mountain View. Taking photo in swing and Silver waterfall area. Have lunch in lolca restaurant. After lunch, we continues our trip to Muong Hum Market, passing thick forest to Y Ty.
Afternoon: Arrive in Y Ty, you check in to rest and have dinner at the restaurant. The group is free to roam, participate in cultural and cultural exchange activities of indigenous people. Overnight at hotel
Accommodations: Yty Ecolodge or Homestay
Transferring distance: 160 Km
Day 8: Y Ty Hunting Cloud & Exploring unique hill tribes
Morning: 6h30: You get up to see and admire the white clouds floating, drifting through the forest canopy. The rays of early sunlight of the day penetrate the thin layer of clouds and light down the valleys and terraced fields, creating a wonderful and lyrical fairyland.
7h30: Start the journey to visit and explore Y Ty by walking through the terraced fields, to the Ha Nhi village, the Hmong in Lao Chai village in The Pha valley.
Having been formed for hundreds of years, the terraced fields in The Pha Valley are the conclusion of a long production process; experiences and folk knowledge of local people accumulated through each different process such as: the process of selecting land, clearing land, uprooting, transplanting rice, tending, harvesting ... and a series of The folk ceremony aims to pray for good weather and good weather for the gods to protect the rice plants from pests and diseases, and good crops.
Noon: after visiting and exploring the village of Ha Nhi and H Mong, we have lunch at the homestay of the local people.
Afternoon: After lunch, we continue our journey to explore the magnificent beauty of the mountains, landscapes and people here. Car takes you back to Y Ty district center, spend time watching the sunset on Choen Thien Park. Evening: dinner and overnight at Ecolodge.
Accommodations: Y ty Ecolodge/ Homestay
Trekking distance: 18 Km
Day 9: Y Ty – Lung Po – Lao Cai – Bac Ha
Getting up early to participart in morning Saturday local market where colorful hill tribes people from all corners of places to market. they will not only buy and sell their own products but they also cultural exchanges with each other after one week working in rice fields.
After visiting market, we depart to Lung Po section where milestone the Red River turns its current run into Vietnamese territory. we will drive toward to visit Cao Son Market. Cao Son Market is a small/medium sized market held every Wednesday. Set among beautiful rolling mountains .
This is a colorful market full of local products and handicrafts. Here you will find Flower H’mong, Black Zao, Nung, Tu Di, Pa Di ethnic form villages in the surrounding region but many come from China to add more colors to the market. Cheerful and smiling faces are everywhere at the market place and the peoples behaved like close friends meeting again after long time away.
We enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before we leave Coc Ly and drive to Trung Do village – inhabited by Tay minority. From the village we go by boat down the river, where we experience the magnificent sight of the beautiful caves and bustling life on the riverbank. The boat trip takes us about 2-2 1/2 hours before we are picked up by our car. Transfer to Bac Ha Town.
Accommodations: Sao Mai Hotel
Transferring distance: 140 Km
Day 10: Bac Ha - Ban Luoc
This morning, if it is on Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday. There are interesting hill tribe markets that you are able to attend. The hill tribe markets in Bac Ha region are very colorful. Spend about 1.5 hours or 2 hours to stroll around and hunt some good photographs. The markets are alive with the bright colors and extravagant costumes of the highlanders, especially the Flower H'mong. Together with other minorities, they come from different villages at the surroundings to the markets buy and sell a wide variety of goods and livestock. It is more common to see buffalo, cows, horses and other livestock being traded. After the market, make your way to Coc Pai town for lunch. Thence keep driving to Hoang Su Phi for the late afternoon scenic terraced field trek to Ban Luoc stilt-house village of the Tay ethnic people - Another home-stay for tonight. Dinner and stay overnight.
Activities: Transfer and Trek
Accommodations: Ban Luoc Ecolodge/ Khanh Dinh
Transferring distance: 87 km
Day 11: Ban Luoc Trek Ho Thau - Nam Ai – Thong Nguyen
This morning, after the breakfast at the family, you will trek the scenic dirt trail up and down the terraced fields in Ban Luoc area. This area is one of the highlighted landscapes in Hoang Su Phi. The fields look best at the yellow season (in the early half of October). After 2.5 hour, you will get back to the bigger road where you will get the car transfer to the nearby town for lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, drive down to Nam Son Commune for another up-hill trek to Nam Ai village. The trek takes almost 2 hours. The home-stay tonight is at a local house of ethic Black Yao people. Dinner and stay overnight
Activities: Trek and Transfer
Accommodations: Hoang Su Phi Ecolodge/ Hill home Ecolodge
Trekking distance 12 Km
Day 12; Thong Nguyen – Hanoi
Take it easy today for the breakfast and bid farewell to the host family. Embark on your returning journey at 9:00 a.m.
If you wish to do more trekking before going back to Hanoi. There is a 1.5-hour trek available from the home-stay. For this, you will start from the home-stay a bit earlier (at 8:00 a.m.) Lunch at a local restaurant on way back. Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi after 7 hour drive. Do check in have dinner in local restaurant.
Activities: Transferring back to Hanoi
Accommodations: The Light Hotel
Transferring distance: 240 Km
Day 13: Hanoi – Cat Ba – Lan Ha Bay
You will be collected from your hotel in Hanoi's old quarter at 08:00 to begin the drive to Dinh Vu Harbour. You will then take a 45-minute high-speed boat to Cat Ba Island. After that, you will go to Cat Ba town for lunch. In the afternoon, you will trek to Viet Hai Village through Cat Ba National Park which is a haven for both bird watching and sightseeing amidst the pristine forest and at Frog Lake. Along the way, you will have the chance to see native cats, squirrels, spotted deer, snakes, thousands of butterflies, and if you’re lucky, one of the rare Cat Ba Langurs. Rounding out the day, you’ll enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in a bungalow in the local village of Viet Hai. - Highlights and activities: Cat Ba Island, Cat Ba National Park, Viet Hai fishing village, and a 10-12km trek.
Activities: Transfer and Trek
Accommodations: Viethai Bungalow
Trekking distance: 12 Km
Day 14: Lan Ha Bay Kayaking
Breakfast will be served at 07:30 followed by a walk to the top of Marine Hill which offers panoramic views of both Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay. On returning to Viet Hai Village, you can try a fish massage or take some time to relax before cycling to Viet Hai Harbour. From here you will board the boat to explore the beauty of Lan Ha Bay. Lunch will be served on-board followed by kayaking excursion around Hang Luon Cave, and if it is hot, the boat will take you to some beautiful wild beaches where you can spend some time swimming and snorkelling before having dinner on-board and spending the night on the boat. Highlights and activities: Viet Hai village, Marine Hill, Hang Luon Cave, Lan Ha bay, a 3-5km trek, and 1 hour of kayaking.
Activities: Trekking and kayaking
Accommodations: Onnight Cruise
Trekking and kayaking 5 km
Day 15: Lan Ha Bay – Cat ba – Hai Phong – Hanoi.
After enjoying breakfast on the boat with the sun rising in the background you will continue the cruise around Lan Ha Bay, weaving among the myriad of limestone peaks. On this last day you will also get to visit a fish and shellfish farm and the colourful floating village of Cai Beo. Lunch will again be served on-board (or on land if we have new passengers waiting to embark). You will disembark at around 11:30, return to Hanoi, ending your tour of Lan Ha Bay and Cat Ba Island. - Highlights and activities: Lan Ha bay, Cai Beo fishing village, Cat Ba Island.
Activities: Transfer only
Accommodations: By yourself
Transferring distance: 150 Km
Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose equivalent accommodation
Meals: if you have any specific food requirements ( vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide, our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Snail Adventure tours can be your culinary guide and provide you opportunity to savor tempting local food and world famous – dishes.
Tour included in:
English speaking cycling guide ( other languages upon requests)
Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy.
Including western breakfast.
Meals details in itineraries ( 14 breakfast, 14 lunches, 14 dinners)
A/C transfer/ and transportation
Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
First aid kit
Cold water box, small fresh towel.
Mineral water for drinking
Motorcycle support on cycling road when our supported vehicle will no able to reach.
Local trekking guide in each trekking place
Cruise on Lan Ha Bay.
Tour excluded in:
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
Visa fee in Vietnam and Combodia
Tip for team and guide
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