Best of Northern Vietnam 9 days 8 nights

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9 days



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All Transport
All Meals
All Entrance fees
Tour guide
Airline tickets on tour


Hanoi, Ba Be National Park, Ha Giang, Dong Van, Cao Bang, Lang Son, Halong Bay, Cat Ba Island

Embark on a journey that commences and concludes in Hanoi! The Best of Northern Vietnam 9 days 8 nights is an active tour package spanning 9 days, guiding you through Hanoi and 7 other captivating destinations in Vietnam. This inclusive package features accommodations in hotels, the expertise of a knowledgeable guide, meals, transportation, and more.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Hanoi - Ba Be National Park (L/D)

Your guide and driver will rendezvous with you at your Hanoi hotel. The expedition commences as you bid farewell to the cityscape, traversing the rolling landscapes adorned with tea plantations and idyllic villages along the route. This initial encounter introduces you to the charm of rural Vietnam, providing a glimpse of what lies ahead in the coming days. The journey to Ba Be is anticipated to conclude in the mid to late afternoon, contingent upon the road conditions and traffic. Upon arrival at Mr. Linh’s Homestay, you'll have leisure time to wander or unwind by the tranquil lake. Highlighted features and activities: Ba Be Lake, a 2 - 3 km trek Accommodation: Mr. Linh Homestay Meals: Lunch, dinner
Day 2

Day 2: Ba Be lake - Na Hang - Ha Giang (B/L/D)

Ba Be National Park is centered around the expansive expanse of Ba Be Lake, a singular continuous water reservoir despite its name implying three lakes. Technically, it comprises three smaller lakes. Today's exploration involves a boat excursion around the lake, offering the optimal perspective to unveil the park's splendor. En route, there will be halts at hill tribe villages, culminating in a visit to the Dau Dang Waterfall. Following a brief descent to the waterfall, you'll embark on a trek to Na Hang Lake, breaking for lunch along the trail. Post-lunch, the journey continues on the boat, meandering along the river to Bac Me, where your driver awaits to transport you to Ha Giang. The evening unfolds with dinner and an overnight stay in a homestay in Ha Giang. Highlighted features and activities: Dau Dang waterfall, Na Hang, Bac Me, a 3-5 km trek Accommodation: Mr. Doan's Homestay Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3

Day 3: Trekking in Ha Giang (B, L, D)

Embark on a captivating trek today, navigating the breathtaking landscapes for approximately five to six hours towards Nam Hong Village. The trail offers mesmerizing panoramas of rice terraces, mountains, and bamboo forests. Encounter locals from diverse ethnic minority communities along the way, such as the Man and Ta Pan Dao. Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the scenic surroundings before progressing to the secluded village of Ta Pan Man. Witness farmers cultivating the fields, and perhaps engage in some hands-on experience with their agricultural activities. Return to the homestay in the village for a hearty dinner and an overnight stay. Highlighted features and activities: Nam Hong village, Ta Pan Dao, Ta Pan Man, a 15 - 17 km trek Accommodation: Mr. Doan's Homestay Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4

Day 4: Ha Giang - Dong Van ( B/L/D)

Due to the region being under military supervision, obtaining a travel permit in Ha Giang is a prerequisite, and your guide will assist you in this process. Subsequently, you'll embark on a scenic journey traversing through a sequence of dizzying and striking mountain passes en route to Dong Van. A lunch break awaits you in the quaint mountain town of Tam Son. Continuing, you'll pass through an expansive pine forest to explore the Hmong King's Palace, a historical structure constructed by Vuong Chinh Duc during his collaboration with the French. By approximately 18:00, you'll reach Dong Van, where dinner will be served at a local restaurant, and your overnight stay arranged in a hotel. Highlighted features and activities: Dong Van, King's Palace, a 2 - 3 km trek Accommodation: Hoa Cuong Hotel Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 5

Day 5: Dong Van - Meo Vac - Cao Bang (B, L, D

Following breakfast, on a Sunday, a visit to Dong Van Market is in store, providing an opportunity to witness the vibrant local trade where residents from nearby villages gather to exchange fresh produce and handcrafted items. Following this, a trip to the well-preserved French fortress, Pu Lo, built in 1980 and inhabited until 1945, is on the agenda. The journey continues along the awe-inspiring Ma Pi Leng Pass, situated at an elevation of 2000 meters, offering unparalleled panoramic views of valleys, rice terraces, and hemp fields. Descending into the Meo Vac valley, the road leads to Bao Lac for lunch. Post-lunch, the expedition proceeds to Cao Bang, where accommodation has been arranged for the night at a hotel. Highlighted features and activities: Pu Lo fortress, Ma Pi Leng Pass, a 2 - 3 km trek Accommodation: Thanh Loan Hotel Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 6

Day 6: Ban Gioc Waterfall - Lang Son (B, L, D)

Following breakfast, embark on a journey to Ban Gioc Waterfall, a majestic natural wonder nestled on the border between China and Vietnam. Located 85km from Cao Bang, the route showcases captivating landscapes. Ban Gioc stands as one of Vietnam's largest and most awe-inspiring waterfalls. A delightful picnic lunch awaits you. Following this, explore Nguom Ngao, an expansive cave adorned with captivating rock formations on walls and ceilings. Return to Cao Bang and proceed to Lang Son. Enjoy some leisure time before dinner and an overnight stay at a hotel in Lang Son. Highlighted features and activities: Ban Gioc waterfall, Nguom Ngao Cave, a 2 - 3 km trek Accommodation: Vi's Boutique Hotel Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 7

Day 7: Lang Son - Halong Bay (B, L, D)

Embark on the Ultimate North Vietnam Experience, venturing from Lang Son to Ha Long Bay with a scenic four-hour drive. Upon arrival, board a boat to immerse yourself in the breathtaking surroundings while savoring a delectable Vietnamese lunch. Cruise past the key attractions of Ha Long Bay, and in the afternoon, drop anchor to explore the mesmerizing Sung Sot (Surprising) Cave. Take the opportunity to kayak or swim, and unwind on deck as the sunset paints the sky. A delightful dinner awaits, followed by your choice of activities—be it drinks, karaoke, or fishing. Highlighted features and activities: Ha Long Bay, Surprising Cave, a 2 - 3 km trek Accommodation: Apricot Cruise Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 8

Day 8: Halong Bay - Cat Ba Island (B, L, D)

Embark on the Ultimate North Vietnam Experience with a kayaking adventure in Halong Bay, Vietnam. For early risers, the sunrise over Ha Long Bay is a breathtaking spectacle. Travel by boat to Gia Luan Harbour on Cat Ba Island, then drive through Cat Ba National Park, immersing yourself in the tropical flora and fauna. At Ben Beo Harbour, take a boat trip through Lan Ha Bay, exploring Cai Beo Village—one of the oldest floating villages in Vietnam. Check into a bungalow at Cat Ong Beach, relish lunch in the beach restaurant, and enjoy free time in the afternoon. Engage in activities like kayaking, football, or volleyball, or opt for a leisurely exploration of the island. A picturesque walk up the mountain provides panoramic views of Monkey Island and Lan Ha Bay. If luck is on your side, you might catch a glimpse of monkeys playing on the beach. Spend the night in the comfort of a bungalow. Highlighted features and activities: Cat Ba National Park, Lan Ha Bay, a 2 - 3 km trek Accommodation: Bungalow in Cat Ong Island Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 9

Day 9: Cat Ba Island - Ha Noi (B, L)

Embark on the Ultimate North Vietnam Experience with a stay at Monkey Island Resort. For those who enjoy morning activities, kickstart your day with beach exercises or a refreshing dip in the sea before relishing breakfast. Following breakfast, board a boat back to Cat Ba town and then catch a bus to Gia Luan Pier. From there, embark on another boat journey to return to Ha Long Bay. This boat will take you along a different route, providing another opportunity to appreciate the stunning islets and dramatic scenery. Upon reaching Ha Long Bay, drive back to Hanoi, where your memorable journey concludes. Highlighted features and activities: Cat Ba town, Halong Bay, Hanoi Accommodation: Not included Meals: Breakfast, lunch

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Option Private Tour Small Group Hotel
 Standard 1393 USD 993 USD 3-star
Deluxe/Superior 1593 USD 1193 USD 4 & 5star

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* All nights hotel accommodation.
* Breakfast daily & All lunches & Dinners.
* All transfers and transport in
modern air-conditioned vehicles.
* Boat trips   and
Halong Bay.
* 2 domestic flights.
* Sightseeing as specified
* Expert Vietnamese local guides

  • Hotel EARLY check in & LATE check out
  • Peak season surcharge & compulsory dinner at the hotel (if any)
  • International flights with taxes
  • Entry permit or Passport Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips, laundry and gratuities
  • Meals not marked on itinerary, and water during meals

Children Policy

  • The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double cabin with two adults
  • For infant (<04 years old): FOC except domestic ticket cost
  • 04 – 11 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 04 – 11 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate

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