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10 DAYS HIDDEN TRAILS OR NORTH VIETNAM

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10 DAYS HIDDEN TRAILS OR NORTH VIETNAM

This is a Big North By Train 10 Days tour of the North Eastern Regions of Vietnam and Ha Giang, Bac Cao Bang. This area is set in beautiful rolling green mountains. Highlights along the way include: Skirting along the mountainous border of China and Vietnam, Visiting Lake Ba Be and spending a whole day boating the lake, seeing waterfalls and limestone caves as well as getting up close to the Ban Gioc Waterfalls. Along the way, we will stay in local villages where will be hosted by some local families. We will taste Vietnamese food, sample Vietnamese brandy/beer and visit some pretty amazing roads!

DAY 1

ARRIVAL HA NOI

Arrive to Noi Bai Airport. You will be greeted by our guide and driver and transfer to hotel. Check in and have a restful morning. In the afternoon, you will start visiting historic University-The Temple of Literature that dates back to the 11th century; learn about Buddhist practices in a serene lakeside pagoda. Visit the famous Ethnology Museum. Back to the Old Quarter to walk through the narrow streets that were famous for its specialized craft making guilds, the guild streets are named for their product or location and still bear such names nowadays; and then join in a unique water puppet show that features the Viet folklores and culture. Overnight in Hanoi. Read more

Ha Noi, 1 night.
DAY 2

HANOI-HA GIANG (B, L, D)

You will depart from Hanoi at 8 am, heading via Road no.2 to Ha Giang. After stopping for a delicious lunch in Tan Quang gardens you will continue the journey arriving in Ha Giang at 6 pm. On arrival, you will visit a nearby Tay village, where you will have dinner and spend the night in a family owned stilted house. Read more

DAY 3

HA GIANG-DONG VAN (B, L, D)

After purchasing the mandatory permit at the Immigration Office, you will journey along a spectacular road with a series of long passes and deep valleys, leading to Dong Van. After enjoying lunch in the small mountain town of Tam Son, you will then cross a pine forest to 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, and evacuated in 1950 (his descendants now live in France and Canada). Arrival in Dong Van will be around 6pm where you will have dinner in a local restaurant and an overnight stay in a hotel. Read more

Dong Van, 1 night.
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DAY 4

HALONG-HANOI-DEPARTURE (BRUNCH)

Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise (@30 min) with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast visit a beautiful limestone grotto then come back to the boat for a final glimpse of Ha Long Bay while cruising back to the dock. Board on the waiting vehicle for the transfer back to Hanoi, then take a private transfer out for your flight back home or extending to Cambodia (Siem Reap). Read more

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DAY 5

CAO BANG-BAN GIOC WATERFALL (B, L, D)

We start early to take the mountain road Cao Bang to Ban Gioc Waterfall (90km/2 hrs). We will take about 2-hour drive to visit Ban Gioc waterfalls, the highest and most spectacular in the area. Enjoy an imposing sight of Ban Gioc waterfalls and relax freely with plenty of time for photos. You will then visit Nguom Ngao “Tiger Cave”. After Ban Gioc, another one of our little secrets: a gorgeous small road snaking through the mountains to the Nung village of Quang Uyen, where you are welcomed by Mr. Hung Dao amazingly friendly blacksmith in their traditional villages of forging. Dinner and overnight at Nung hour. Read more

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DAY 6

CAO BANG-BA BE LAKE (B, L, D)

A treat! Breakfast at hotel, continue 3-hour drive to Cho Ra for lunch. We will reach to the house owner’s boat, who takes 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. Then the boat enters to Ba Be Lake. If it hots, we can have a swim in crystal clear waters 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. Read more

Ba Be, 1 night.
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DAY 7

BA BE LAKE-HANOI (B, L)

We stroll along the riverfront, visit some lovely villages and hike the upper reaches of the lake, in an area marked by massive limestone cliffs and mountains. On the way, we pay a visit Pac Ngoi village where the local people still keeps the traditional stilt house then enter Hua Ma cave famous with thousands of stalactites and columns. Driver will bring you through a pass which we call “Dog Flower Pass” then stop to take amazing photos by terraced fields. After lunch in a local restaurant, it is our journey back to Hanoi, arriving there at around 6pm. Read more

Ha Noi, 1 night.
DAY 8

HANOI-HALONG (B, L, D)

After breakfast, depart your trip to Bai Tu Long bay, Ha Long in Quang Ninh province. We will embark at Hon Gai pier, Ha Long City. Later, we board on a traditional junk, have lunch while cruising to magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay, admire the fascinating formations on the way. Later in the afternoon, we will anchor at Vung Vieng fishing village, tender will take you to visit one of the largest and oldest fishing village on Ha Long Bay, exploring the lives of local fishing villagers and then visiting the farm of pearls processing. Then, you can enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach, swimming or kayaking around the picturesque limestone outcrops. While the cruise’s moving to the area of Trong cave for overnight, you will join in Sunset Party, cooking class and experience the purple sunset sight on the sea. Remarks:  You can leave your main luggage in Hanoi, so just take a small bag with a change of clothes and essential travel items,  Kayaking is not included and only served upon request,  The cruise itinerary is subject to change upon the option you go with and upon the weather condition at travelling time. Read more

Ha Long Bay, 2 night.
DAY 9

HALONG (B, L, D)

After breakfast on board we continue sailing through Lan Ha Bay keeping as close to the islets as possible. Lan Ha Bay is a fair way from Ha Long City, so not so many tourist boats venture to this side of the bay. Sailing and kayak trips here are best organized in Cat Ba Town. At the area of Three Peach (near water front) with wildly-scattered beaches, it’s easy to find your own private patch of sand for the day or having wonderful time for kayaking or swimming with friends. After lunch, passengers join in exploring the “Dark and Light” caves by kayak and return back to the boat for overnight. Read more

DAY 10

HALONG-HANOI-DEPARTURE (BRUNCH)

Greet the day with a morning Tai Chi exercise (@30 min) with an opportunity to view the sunrise over the bay. After breakfast visit a beautiful limestone grotto then come back to the boat for a final glimpse of Ha Long Bay while cruising back to the dock. Board on the waiting vehicle for the transfer back to Hanoi, then take a private transfer out for your flight back home or extending to Cambodia (Siem Reap). Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Ha Noi
Day 2
Location Ha Giang
Day 3
Location Dong Van
Day 4
Location Cao Bang
Day 5
Location Ban Gioc
Day 6
Location Ba Be
Day 7
Location Ha Noi
Day 8
Location Ha Long Bay

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Operated with qualified local English speaking guide at each destination
  • Air-conditioned transportation in a private vehicle for transfers to and from hotels, between cities and during excursions
  • All admission fees as per program
  • 7 nights at your chosen of hotels/homestay/cruise, based on twin sharing room
  • Daily breakfasts, 9 lunches and 7 dinners (food only)
  • JOINT 3D2Nt Halong Cruise Package (No our local guide on board). based on twin sharing room with full board meals
  • Private boat trips, all visits & activities as indicated in the program

Package excludes

  • Vietnam entry VISA, A visa may be required for both Vietnam. These should be arranged before you depart your home country, please contact your travel agent to arrange these
  • Insurance
  • Meals are not listed
  • Drink during lunches and dinners
  • Departure taxes (if applicable)
  • Expenditures of personal nature and gratuity for guide and driver
  • Optional tours
  • All items of a personal nature (laundry, alcohol, meals not listed, etc.)
  • Compulsory Christmas/New Year/Peak Season supplements as separately stated
  • International flights, all domestic flights, Cambodia Domestic and/or international airline tickets and airport taxes
  • Porter fees at airports
  • Any other items not mentioned

More information

  • Rates for triple rooms are equal as those mentioned for the sharing twin/double room
  • Early booking of service is recommended, especially for high season.
  • Hotel early check-in (before noon), late check-out (after noon), connecting rooms or adjoining rooms are subject to availability and are not guaranteed
  • No refund for unused services, splitting of package is not allowed
  • Airfares are subject to change without prior notice
  • Please note that local conditions prevalent at the time of travel may result in modifications to the tour contents

REVIEWS

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Donald Wright, United States

This was a wonderful experience traveling with Destination Services Vietnam, you are amazing! I felt extremely safe whilst travelling, being fully supported from office and your onsite tour guide that I can ask everything on the tour and about Vietnam, Cambodia where were on my trip. Will surely contact you for my return next year! Read more

Alicia Feraula, Spain

Thank you for arranging our best trip to East side this year! This is an excellent overview of the REAL Vietnam - its short enough to leave you wanting more but long enough to grow attached! I can't wait to go back!

Peggy GUILLEMET, France

Coucou Luca, Tu trouveras en pièce jointe le retour des participants au dernier voyage au Vietnam. Encore bravo pour ce beau résultat ! J’espère très vite pouvoir collaborer à nouveau avec toi un prochain dossier

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