A right choice for any nature-hungry traveller. Tend to grant you unparalelled experience in remote unexplored northeast Vietnam. From spectacular sceneries of emerald rice fields, unique karst mountains, wonderful cultural aspects which are still untouched by mass tourism in Ha Giang to vast variety of flora and fauna in Ba Be lake and grandeur panorama of Ban Gioc waterfall. All promise to take your breath away.
Tour Code : GED10
Travel Style : Experience & Discovery
Duration : 06 Days - 05 Nights
Route : Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Dong Van – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Ba Be Lake
After pick up at your hotel, have a 6-hour transfer to Ha Giang. Chance to witness the change from bustle to serenity. Stop somewhere for photos or a short walk in the middle of the fields nearby. Lunch at a local restaurant on the way. Arrive Ha Giang city at about 4 PM. Take the rest of day wandering around Tay villages where there are emerald green rice fields, traditional wooden stilt houses tiled with palm leaves or cooling off in a local stream nearby. Enjoy typically local dinner and call it a day.
Start the day with an early wake up for sunrise photo hunt. After breakfast, wind up the mountain to Dong Van Karst Plateau Global Geopark. Stop at some places in Quan Ba and Yen Minh to cast an eye on exotic nature and have pics. Lunch served at a local restaurant in Yen Minh town. After lunch, head to Dong Van. Stop en route to have 1,5-hour walk on mountain trails crossing some local Hmong villages before paying a visit to old Palace of Hmong King in Sa Phin valley. Reach Dong Van at about 4.30 PM. If time permits, have an easy walk up the French Fortress of Dong Van where you get the panoramic view of the town at sunset.
Day begins with a visit to Dong Van market. If Sunday, you will happen to see a unique weekly market fair of Hmong people. You can also enjoy a typically morning Vietnamese coffee in Dong Van old quarter. After the market, a 20-min drive tranfers you to hiking point of Ma Pi Leng pass. Now make sure you are not amazed by the glamorous beauty of this top-of-the-world destination. This 2.5-hour walk takes you to the top of the pass, winding through some local Hmong villages and their corn fields, ends after a strolling via the high corridor path on the edge of the mountain looking down to Nho Que river and Tu San canyon. After a short break for nature idolization, continue to Cao Bang city. Lunch in Bao Lac district.
Hit the road again to panoramic Ban Gioc waterfall, the fourth biggest border waterfall in the world between Vietnam and China. Stop en route for a short walk around Phuoc Sen village, a Nung village where they make knives as traditional handicraft. Picnic lunch at the waterfall and relax. Pay a visit to Nguom Ngao cave, known as Tiger cave before return to homestay in an incense making village belonging to Nung people. Chance to discover life in the village and the way they make incense. If you are hungry for more amazement, it is recommended you have 1-hour hike up the mountain behind the village to get the whole exotic view and enjoy a sunset break at the peak.
After breakfast, take a 3-hour drive to Ba Be lake. Wind through 5 passes around mountain roads. Arrive Cho Ra town at lunch time. After lunch, go to your homestay in Pac Ngoi village where you start a 4-km biking on a local path to Hua Ma cave, known as the most beautiful limestone cave in Northeast Vietnam. Spend 1 hour hiking up to see the cave and admire the beauty of stalactites and staglamites. After the cave, return Ba Be lake at Pac Ngoi village, an original Tay village by the lake. After check in homestay, walk to Pac Ngoi wharf from which you can do kayaking and cool off in fresh water.
Enjoy last breakfast in this rural paradise before 3-hour boating around the lake. Short walk to see Cam village with nature, local people and school by the bank of the Nang river. Continue to Puong cave, a tunnel cave full of beautiful limestone stalactites, stalagmites and millions of bats. Continue to Buoc Lom wharf where you say good bye to Ba Be and return Hanoi.
Please note that accommodations mentioned in this list are for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed.