This is the trip to the North of Vietnam. Discover the North of Vietnam 13 Days tour stays away from urban areas to remote and far away land which still keeps the backward cultivation and customs. You will dive deeply in the daily life of many different ethnic groups and have real chance to explore the wild Northeast and Northwest of Vietnam. This tour is specially designed for those who love the nature and wish to get to know hill tribes that is no thing same with what you have seen on TV. The 13 day tour ends with Halong bay as a relaxation after a long vacation to feel the sealife on Halong cruise.
Highlights for Discover the North of Vietnam 13 Days tour:
- Take a trip off the beaten path and discover the most beautiful landscapes of North Vietnam and the meeting of ethnic minorities in Vietnam.
- Short walks within the landscape of the grandest mountains of Vietnam.
- The discovery of the living environment and encounters with various ethnic groups in the far north of Vietnam: Black Hmong, green Hmong, Phu La, Tay, Lo Lo.
- The magic of the night in black LoLo, in their beautiful village hidden in a valley.
- Cruising in the legendary Halong Bay with overnight aboard a deluxe junk.
- The support of an experienced English speaking guide.
- Transfers by private vehicle suitable for the entire circuit.
Destination for Vietnam 13 days tour: Hanoi, Sapa-Bac Ha, Ha Giang, Ba Be,Ha Long
- Private English speaking guide
- Accommodation with daily breakfast
- Transfers & transport by private vehicle.
- Boat trip in Ba Be lake
- Water puppet show in Hanoi
- Halong cruise 2 days 1 night
- All entrance fees
- Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
- Water & cool towels
- Government taxes & service charge
Trip doesn’t include:
- International flights
- Vietnam visa stamp fee (45 USD per person )
- Early check in/ late check out
- Travel insurance
- Admission fees during free time
- Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry and bar bills etc.
- Tips and gratuities
*PRICE BY USD/PERSON:
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- Free of charge for children under 4 years old
- 50% rate of aldult for children 4 – 6 years old
- 75% rate of adult for children 7 – 9 years old
- Children 10 years old and over are charged as adults.
- We can arrange additional customized trips for you if the above itinerary does not match your expectations.
- Special request (diet or vegetarian, …) should be sent before your departure date.
- Sapa 2 days 1 night by bus (95$)
- Combo Hanoi – Halong bay – Sapa 5 days
- Majestic 6 days North of Vietnam.
- Halong Bay 1 day
- Hanoi city tour with cooking class
- Trang An – Hoa Lu full day tour
- 7 day typical Vietnam tour
DAY1: ARRIVAL IN HANOI
Upon arrival, you are met at the Noi Bai airport and transferred to the hotel by the guide. Check-in and relax. In the late afternoon, enjoy the Water Puppet Show, the unique Vietnamese traditional art. This art is originated from rural festivals in Vietnam. The artists-men and women-stand waist-deep in the water to manipulate the puppets, making them move about, talk and laugh and even dance on the surface of the water, followed by having dinner at a nice local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel in Hanoi
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR
You’ll have your breakfast at the hotel and then the local tour guide will pick you up to take you into the capital city of Vietnam. Hanoi is over 1,000 years old and during your day tour you’ll get to explore many of its fascinating cultural and historical sites. You’ll visit the imposing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the preserved body of “Uncle Ho” has been laid to rest, the delicate One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Temple and the Quan Thanh Pagoda. After lunch you can go to the Temple of Literature where you’ll get to see ancient Vietnamese relics, then take a cyclo tour in 1 hour through the bustling and exciting Old Quarter to explore marketplace shops and foods. You’ll end your day with a show at the water puppet theater – a beautifully unique cultural performance from northern Vietnam.
DAY 3: HANOI – ROAD TO LAO CAI – SAPA
Breakfast at your hotel. The guide and car pick you up and transfer you to Sapa. On the way to Sapa, stop over for visiting village and taking the photos. Arrive in Sapa, visit local market and then trekking to village for overnight.
The former French hill station of Sapa is characterized by rocky mountain ridges, terraced rice paddies and lush green valleys. Sapa is located in the picturesque Hoang Lien Son mountain range on the border with China. Colorful hill tribe minorities inhabit the surrounding mountains, each with their own distinctive style of dress. From early childhood girls learn to grow and weave hemp, dye cloth, and decorate the family’s clothing with traditional embroidery motifs.
DAY 4: SAPA – BAC HA MARKET
After breakfast, the guide take you on your trekking day. We’ll walk about 15 kilometers and in the course of the day you’ll get to pass cascading waterfalls, terraced rice fields, a sweeping river valley, and truly spectacular mountain vistas. We’ll also visit three different villages that belong to the Black H’mong, Dzay, and Red Dzao people. You can choose to either share a meal with a local family in one of the minority villages or have a lunch brought for you from the hotel to have a picnic with a beautiful view. Then take a car to Bac Ha.
DAY 5: BAC HA – PHO RANG – VIET QUANG – HA GIANG
Breakfast at your hotel and then visit largest market in the area, Bac Ha. There are 10 ethnic minorities living in this part of Sapa and for them the market is the biggest focal point in their lives. After lunch we will take you on a two-hour trek to the Flower H’Mong village of Ban Pho. Here you can visit houses and get an excellent understanding of their unique lifestyle. You can try their speciality, corn wine. Then your private car will take you back to Ha Giang
Transfer by car to transfer to Ha Giang via Pho Rang and Viet Quang, entrance plateau town of Dong Van.A 20 km before Viet Quang, two to three hour drive to visit a village inhabited Pa thens, ethnic minority very rare in Vietnam. The village is framed in a beautiful landscape with hills lataniers. The Pathen, also called Ma Pa Teng, emigrated from China to Vietnam in the late 18th century. Their population in Vietnam is nearly 4,000 people living only in the far north. Their village, comprised between 30 and 40 households, are near rivers, at the foot of tall mountains. Arrive in the afternoon to the city of Ha Giang, the largest and most prosperous among the mountainous provinces of Vietnam. Nights of a stay away.
DAY 6: HA GIANG – QUANG BA – YEN MINH – DONG VAN
After breakfast, drive to Dong Van plateau (155km) located at 1025m above the sea level inhabited by H’mong and Tay ethinic groups. Stop at Heavenly gate of Quan Ba before arriving at Yen Ninh-a beautiful valley nested in the mountains.
Walking through the Pho Bang town called by tourists “the town falling into the oblivion” inhabited by the Hoa and H’Mong people. The local people keep to their quiet lifestyle in the clay houses decorated with a pair of couplets written in Chinese scripts with wishes of good luck and prosperity. Continue visit to the Palace of H’Mong King Vuong Chi Sinh which is a symbol of the past glory of the H’mong people built in 1914. Overnight in Dong Van
Day 7: DONG VAN – MEO VAC – BAO LAC
After breakfast, departure to Meo Vac located along the Chinese border, some of the most picturesque villages in the northern tip of Vietnam. After lunch, a scenic route will take you to the Ma Li Leng Pass from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Nho Que River. You might see one of the northeast’s stunning sunsets. Stop for a while to see a river like a silky fillet looming in fog which brings tourists a pleasant sensation of a naturally romantic masterpiece. Arrive in Bao Lac, visit Khuoi Khon village-mostly inhabited by Black Lo Lo ethnic group who well known with their bronze drum and their attire. Lo Lo women weave fabrics with which they make skirts. Lo Lo men, when searching for their future wives, often evaluate carefully their girlfriends through their ability to make clothing. Lo Lo people depend mainly on maize and rice as forms of income generation. Dinner and overnight on the local house.
DAY 8: BAO LAC – BA BE LAKE
After breakfast, say goodbyes to the villagers and drive to Ba Be, a small mountain road, via Ban Na and Na Phac. En route stops to visit some vestiges of the colonial era, including a castle built by the French. Arrive in Ba Be, check in homestay in Bac Ngoi Village and free time for exploring the village and the landscape around the lake.
DAY 9: BA BE LAKE
After having breakfast, take a boat on Ba Ba Lake, the lush forest clinging to the surrounding mountains is your backdrop as you explore the lake. During the boat trip you will visit the Puong Grotto and the Dau Dang waterfall. The scenery surrounding the lake is simply breathtaking, with the huge, old forest domina -ting in this landscape. During the walk in the afternoon, you will be able to observe the local communities going about their daily life, which includes buffalos and their owners tending the fields. By late afternoon you will return to your local Tay ethnic minority house, where you enjoy dinner and stay overnight tonight.
DAY 10: BA BE – HANOI
After breakfast, return to Hanoi via Bac Kan. On the road, stops over for visiting ethinic village of Tay. Having lunch on the way back. Then visiting the Museum of the Cultures of Viet Nam Ethnic Groups in Thai Nguyen. Arrive in Hanoi, check in Hotel and free time.
DAY 11: HANOI – HA LONG
Early in the morning, arrive in Hanoi, the guide pick you up and transfer you to take a daily room for relaxing and shower.
We’ll pick you up in Hanoi by 8:00am and drive through the verdant Red River Delta to make our way to the famous UNESCO World Heritage site, Halong Bay. You’ll board a luxury junk ship for an overnight cruise– while you relax on-board you can marvel at the incredible limestone karsts that jut out of the sea and the thousands of jungle-covered islands that seem to float on the waves. The turquoise waters of the Gulf of Tonkin swirl around hidden grottoes and ancient caves to create an enchanting, timeless world.
We’ll serve you a fresh seafood lunch while you sit back and relax as you enjoy the incredible view with a drink in your hand. We’ll take you to a traditional fishing village where the locals have created an entire town on the decks of their boats, then you can explore Tien Ong Cave before returning to the cruise for cocktails, canapés, and a spectacular sunset. End your day with a romantic, candlelit dinner.
DAY 12: HA LONG – HANOI
Begin the day with a Tai Chi class on deck in the early morning mist or just admire the beautiful scenery as the sun rises over the azure waters. Choose between an excursion to a secluded island with a sandy beach for a swim or join the chef for a cooking demonstration to learn more about Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy a leisurely brunch while your junk cruises Halong Bay, passing islets and caves as you make your way back to the dock.
DAY 13: HANOI DEPART
You have free time in the morning until your private car arrives to take you to the airport for your next destination.
This is the end tour North in Vietnam with Aroka Travel. We thank you for joining us on this incredible experience to explore all the wonders of Vietnam. Goodbye, and we hope to see you again next time! Aroka Travel can also arrange additional customized trips for you if the above itinerary does not match your expectations.
*Related tour: Sapa 2 days 1 night by bus