Hill Tribes of Northern Vietnam - Private Tour 9 days

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9 days



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All Transport
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Tour guide
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Hanoi – Mu Cang Chai – Sapa – Bac Ha Market – Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Ba Be lake – Ban Gioc Waterfall

Embark on an extended exploration of Vietnam with the 9-day Private Hill Tribe of Northern Vietnam tour. This carefully crafted itinerary captures the essence of Northern Vietnam, offering gentle adventure experiences and off-the-beaten-path excursions that steer clear of crowded tourist routes.

Immerse yourself in the serene ambiance and captivating natural beauty, all while delving into the rich cultures of the indigenous people in Northern Vietnam.

Tour Overview

Day 1

Day 1: Hanoi - Nghia Lo

Morning Depart from Hanoi Old Quarter for a transfer to Nghia Lo Explore Duong Lam Ancient Village, designated as a National Cultural Monument, showcasing distinctive architecture in its ancient houses, historical temples, and the richness of Confucian cultural heritage Indulge in a delightful lunch at a local residence Take a moment to unwind with a brief nap Afternoon Experience the serene charm of the rural countryside, adorned with picturesque paddy fields and tea plantations Marvel at the sight of corn or maize fields nestled amidst the karst limestone formations Evening Overnight stay in a traditional stilt house within a Thai family's homestead in Nghia Lo Meals: Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Homestay in Nghia Lo
Day 2

Day 2: Nghia Lo - Mu Cang Chai

Morning / Afternoon Awaken to the invigorating freshness and tranquility of the countryside Kickstart your day with a delightful and nourishing breakfast Complete the check-out process Embark on a journey to Nam Co village to immerse in the traditional customs and daily life of the H’Mong people Proceed to explore Mam Soi and La Pan Tan terrace rice fields Take a leisurely stroll to a higher vantage point and bask in the unobstructed panoramic views Evening Indulge in a delectable dinner featuring unique cultural dishes, thoughtfully prepared by local residents Retire for the night at Mrs. Chons’s Homestay in Kim Noi Village Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Homestay in Kim Noi Village
Day 3

Day 3: Mu Cang Chai - Sapa

Morning Prepare for a day of exploration after indulging in a delightful breakfast Depart from Mu Cang Chai, passing through Tan Uyen, en route to Sapa Marvel at the breathtaking vistas of the rural countryside, adorned with majestic mountains and serene rice fields Savor a delicious lunch upon reaching Sapa Afternoon Enjoy leisure time to discover the charms of Sapa for the remainder of the day Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa
Day 4

Day 4: Sapa - Bac Ha market - Hoang Su Phi

Morning Reach Bac Ha market and commence your exploration Immerse yourself in the vibrant trading culture that showcases the distinctive costumes of various minority groups, creating a colorful spectacle in the market NOTE: Bac Ha market is open only on Sundays; an alternative market will be visited if Bac Ha is closed Enjoy a satisfying lunch at a local restaurant Afternoon Explore the captivating Hoang A Tuong Palace, a remarkable architectural marvel blending baroque and oriental design elements Continue the journey to Ban Phung village, situated atop a small mountain road Encounter the La Chi ethnic people and marvel at their traditional attire, featuring black knee-length skirts and jackets adorned with delicate embroidery Evening Descend to Hoang Su Phi for a delightful dinner Overnight stay in a homestay Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Homestay in Hoang Su Phi
Day 5

Day 5: Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang

Morning / Afternoon Enhance your fascinating journey by exploring Tan Su Phin Pass and Cong Troi Pass, two of the most captivating mountain passes in Northern Vietnam. Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes and capture memorable moments through your camera lens. Enjoy a delightful lunch at a nearby local eatery en route to Ha Giang. Evening Immerse yourself in the authentic cultural experience by spending the night at a traditional stilt house belonging to the Tay ethnic group. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Homestay in Ha Giang
Day 6

Day 6: Ha Giang - Dong Van - Meo Vac

Morning Journey to Dong Van via the scenic Cong Troi Pass and then Yen Minh. Explore the historic King's Palace nestled in the H'mong ethnic village of Sa Phin, a remarkable architectural gem dating back to the early 20th century. Discover the wonders of the Karst Plateau Geopark in Dong Van, an enchanting region showcasing expansive limestone landscapes, breathtaking mountain vistas, and the cultural richness of ethnic minorities. Indulge in a delectable lunch within the charming ambiance of one of the ancient houses surrounding the old market area. Stroll through the old market area, immersing yourself in the vibrant hues of the local people's traditional attire. Afternoon Embark on a trek through the awe-inspiring Ma Pi Leng Pass, renowned as one of the most picturesque routes in Vietnam, offering breathtaking views of the river valley. Evening Enjoy an overnight stay in Meo Vac, embracing the authentic local experience. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Homestay in Meo Vac
Day 7

Day 7: Meo Vac - Bao Lac - Cao Bang

Morning / Afternoon Explore Meo Vac, a quaint town inhabited and bustling with various ethnic communities such as Tay, Dao, H'mong, and Lo Lo, each contributing uniquely to the local life. If your visit coincides with a Sunday morning, seize the opportunity to explore the local market, where residents showcase and vend intricately handmade garments. Witness the crafting of indigo-dyed jackets on vintage sewing machines, all adorned in vibrant ethnic attire. Enjoy a delightful lunch at a restaurant in Bao Lac. Immerse yourself in the culture of the Nung ethnic people in Pac Rang, observing their traditional methods of crafting farm tools and practicing the art of blacksmithing. Evening Conclude the day with a satisfying dinner and an overnight stay at a charming local Nung ethnic house. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Homestay in Pac Rang
Day 8

Day 8: Ban Gioc Waterfall - Ba Be Lake

Morning / Afternoon Begin the day with a nourishing breakfast. Journey towards Cao Bang. Discover the awe-inspiring Ban Gioc Waterfall, a natural wonder that stands out as one of the most enchanting destinations in the Northern mountainous region. Capture the beauty through sightseeing and take captivating photographs of the majestic waterfall. Recommendation: Witness the splendor of Ban Gioc Waterfall at its peak beauty, particularly from September to December. Proceed to Nguom Ngao, also known as "Tiger Cave," featuring extraordinary rock formations and stalactites of diverse shapes. Continue the drive to Ba Be National Park, where you can immerse yourself in the tranquility of this natural haven. Evening Conclude the day with a delightful dinner and an overnight stay at a welcoming homestay. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Accommodation: Homestay in Ba Be
Day 9

Day 9: Ba Be Lake - Hanoi

Start the day by fueling up with a hearty breakfast. Embark on a trek to explore the mesmerizing rice fields and reach the Bo Lu boat station. Indulge in a serene experience as you embark on a 3-hour boat cruise across the picturesque Ba Be Lake. For those inclined, take a refreshing dip into the lake for a swimming session. Savor a delicious lunch at a local residence. Conclude the journey with a transfer back to Hanoi, marking the end of this delightful trip. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Accommodation: Not Applicable

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Deluxe/Superior 1232 USD 832 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.

* 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

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  • 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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