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Hill tribe markets, homestay trekking 9 days

Hill tribe markets, homestay trekking 9 days
Exploring market of ethnic people in the northern region of Vietnam is the most splendid area of where concentrates various obstacles of limestone mountains ranges and wonderful terraced paddy fields. Suitable to those who love green Eco tours, prefer untouched areas and explore customs of the hill tribal people. Extremely attractive to picture-hunting travelers.

Day 1: Hanoi - Ba Be Lake (L,D)
7.30am departure from Hanoi, to embark on a route up into mountain areas north of Hanoi, to visit (Đền Đuổm) Duom Temple which is a majestic temple built during the Ly dynasty to memorize the national hero Duong Tu Minh. After this stop you will continue onwards to Ba Be National Park, one of the largest natural lakes in Vietnam, home to many different species of birds, scenic valleys, towering rocky outcrops, underground river tributaries, a gigantic cave and local ethnic minorities, including the Tay, Red Dao and Hmong. Following an exploration of a spectacular cave, you will visit some small villages along the lake shore. The night is spent in Coc Toc village in a traditional house of a Tay family to experience their way of life. You will be made very welcome by the host family of Tay people. You will have time to shower, relax and enjoy an evening meal of home cooked dishes.

Day 2: Ba Be Lake Boating (B,L,D)
After breakfast at the local family you board on our private boat for a cruise on the Ba Be Lake. We trek through Ba Be rain forests for climbing up on tower to take the best photos of Ba Be area. We are going down the forest to visit An Ma temple where Mac command in chief was memorized then We can have a swim in crystal clear waters before having lunch in the local restaurant near the Dau Dang water fall. Following lunch we have the opportunity to work off our feast with a trek to Tay ethnic minority villages. A visit to this small hamlet will enable us to witness how little the lives of the people in these remote areas have changed. Cruise further to Puong Cave and come back the same way to Bo Lu village for overnight.

Day 3: Ba Be - Tinh Tuc - Bao Lac (B,L,D)
Today you will journey to the town of Bao Lac in the Cao Bang province. On route you will be able to soak up the wonderful mountainous landscapes. You will stop for lunch at a local restaurant and then on to Bao Lac where you will arrive in the late afternoon, enough time to shower and relax before dinner. You will spend the night here at a hotel.

Day 4: Bao Lac - Meo Vac - Dong Van (B,L,D)
After breakfast in your hotel in Bao Lac, we will depart for Dong Van, a beautiful place that is like heaven - make sure you have your camera ready as there will be many opportunities for great photos. At Dong Van, you will be surrounded by fascinating geology, and have the chance to see and visit the traditional houses of the hill tribes here. The scenic route climbs up over a pass, before descending to the beuatiful Meo Vac valley, which is close to the Chinese border. You will have lunch in Meo Vac before taking some time to climb over the Ma Pi Leng Pass to enjoy the beautiful mountain ranges and the the Nho Que river – an amazing place to be! We will then hit the winding roads to Dong Van, visiting some very remote areas on the way to see how the locals struggle hard with their environment for survival and development. We will stay in town so that you have the chance to visit the ancient streets with its centuries old clay brick, tiled roof houses of the H’mong, and sleep in Dong Van town that evening.

Day 5: Dong Van – Cho Lui Market - Yen Minh - Quan Ba - Ha Giang (B,L,D)
Before leaving Dong Van you will visit Lung Phìn, Sà Phìn, Phó Bảng, Ma Lé and depending on the day “Cho Lui market”. You will then drive at a leisurely pace from Dong Van, back to Yen Minh & Quan Ba. Your itinerary will include a visit to the infamous Vuong Palace. Once belonging to a prestigious H'mong family during the French colonial rule and as such the architecture of this palace a blended style of European and Chinese design. You will then head back to Quan Ba and onwards to Ha Giang for the night. Note: Quan Ba market is worth a look but as this market day falls on a Sunday it is a good idea to try and arrange your trip accordingly.

Day 6: Ha Giang - Hoang Su Phi - Bac Ha (B,L)
An early start today for the journey from Ha Gaing to Bac Ha. This is a long but exciting journey along some of the most scenic roads you will encounter on your trip. You will need to make a prompt departure from Ha Giang to make sure you reach Bac Ha before it gets dark. You will have dinner and an overnight stay in Bac Ha town.
Note: Road from Ha Giang to Hoang Su Phi then Bac Quang - Pho Giang - Bac Ha can be bad and impossible to ride during the rainy season, therefore a backup to travel to Bac Ha is already planned.

Day 7: Bac Ha - Sapa (B,L,D)
1-Option 1: Can Cau Market - Sapa (Saturday only) After a long muddy roads for visiting Can Cau market as wanted to blend with local. A lot of Hmong ladies with colorful clothes which thinking there are a flower forest then reaching higher. Feeling to wallow in a market hundred years ago with exchange trade system. They are here to trade what they have for what they need. Without higher buildings, super markets, retailers, people here have small stores and sell silk, foods, animals, .etc. Try the traditional food name "Thang Co". It is hard to say "good" but it is a memorable things that you would had then transfer to Sapa for overnight at Holiday Sapa hotel.

2-Option 2: Bac Ha Market - Sapa (Sunday only) A fabulous market is operating on Sundays only, where different tribal peoples attend from miles around to purchase, sell, barter every imaginable commodity. There was hardware, plastic goods, clothing, fresh produce, puppies, water buffalo, chop chop tobacco, chickens, pigs, cut meats, Hmong costume, handicraft, kitchenware, dried natural medicines and you name it. People pay no attention to tourists - most of us with cameras and bendy necks, gaping at the decorative ornate tribal costumes, the beauty of the bejeweled young women, the charm of the rosy cheeked babies and the curious processes of doing business in Northern Vietnam. we may as well been invisible - a valued experience. It is a wonderful spectacle and photos do no justice whatsoever to the richly layered tribal society unfolding and interacting all around then transfer to Sapa for overnight

3-Option 3: Bac Ha ‘- Sapa We visit the H'mong King's house (King Hoang A Tuong) built by the French colonists and the Chinese in 1920. Return the town for lunch. In the afternoon, spend time visiting another village (BanPho village) Say good bye to BacHa and get back to Sapa. On the way back, in to see the Vietnamese and Chinese Harbour Mouth in LaoCai. Reach Sapa late in the afternoon. Check in hotel.

Day 8: Sapa trek, Ta Van homestay (B,L,D)
At 10 am we leave the hotel and start trekking. The first part is on the road but we soon turn to the right and walk on a small path down the valley to the Muong Hoa River and from here to the Black H’mong village Lao Chai San, Lao Chai. Black H’mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigio blue clothing. After this you continue to Ta Van village (1.200 m) to visit Zay people. Zay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in Northwest Vietnam. The development has meant that some of their old customs have been lost but many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green colour. The Zay houses are build of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. We stay overnight with a local family in Ta Van and have our dinner here.

Day 9: Sapa Trekking - Night Train To Hanoi (B,L)
Enjoy the overall pictures of the villages among terraces. Visit the Red Dzao living in wooden and bamboo houses. Transfer by jeep and trekking to Su Pan village to visit the Dzao minority. Take the road to Giang Ta Chai village of via the paths between terraces and through bamboo forests. Visit silver waterfall and suspension Rattan Bridge, visit the people in the village and then cross Muong Hoa River up to the mountain to visit the last village of the trek - Ho village of the Tay. Get back to Sapa by jeep. On the way back, enjoy visiting the ancient stone circle where stones are decorated with ancient carvings. Car pick you up then bring you to Lao Cai train station, overnight to Hanoi.


Tour includes
  • Accommodation with daily breakfasts
  • Other meals as the itinerary
  • Private transfer round trip by 7 seater
  • Tours and excursions as described in the program
  • Local English speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees and permits where applicable during guided time
Tour does not include
  • Pre & post trip arrangements
  • Entrance fees and permits during free time
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Food & drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Other services not clearly described in the program

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