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Northeast Loop 9 days

Northeast Loop 9 days
Northeast Vietnam is a destination most tourists who go to Vietnam do not visit. It is really a pity, because sceneries here are fabulous. In some of the places, tourism is still very scarce. These areas offer breathtaking views and interesting subcultures. The legendary lake of Ba Be surrounded by primeval forest, the scenic BanGioc Waterfall, the historical Pac Po Cave...all exposed to your sight.
This trip takes you through a stunning and isolated area which has changed little over the centuries and is steeped in history. You will not only experience rural Vietnam behind the scenes but also meet numerous different ethnic minority groups who are only too pleased to let you into their world.

Day 1 Hanoi - Ha Giang
This first long day will take you over a good road to Ha Giang, the capital of the remote province of the same name. Ha Giang is located at the highest latitude in Vietnam . It is surrounded by Cao Bang, Tuyen Quang, Lao Cai, and Yen Bai. Many ethnic minorities, including the Dao, H’mong, Tay , and Nung, live in Ha Giang Province, this is where H'mong poeple consider as their capital. We will meet many ethnic villages en route with rich culture, this is a political sensitive area - Ha Giang shares its borders with Vietnam 's arch-enemy China in the north and your guide will apply for a "permit" for the days to come.
Overnight in Ha Giang

Day 2 Ha Giang - Quan Ba heaven gates - Dong Van rocky plateau
Rise and shine for a few hours drive over an endless winding road to the most northern town of Vietnam , Dong Van. You'll travel through many of the Heaven Gates such as Quan Ba, Yen Binh, and Dong Van. They are so called because one gets the feeling of touching the sky, the heaven gates. This is the best time and place to enjoy the wonderful sightseeing of the vast limestone mountain range and perpendicular rock walls which give a feeling of adventure while being lost in a magic land. Here we are surrounded by many rocks of all shapes and sizes. Then we continue our trip to visit the infamous Vuong Palace , a H'mong high-rank family during French colonial rule. This palace attracts keen interest from architecturally minded visitors due to its mixed style of European and Chinese architecture. The more you go north, the further "normal" Vietnam seems to vanish and most people you'll see wear their traditional, extremely colorful clothes. But you won't be the only one who is amazed, so are Ha Giang's inhabitants who seldom see a foreigner. In Dong Van you'll spend the night in a simple, government run "nha khach" (guesthouse).
Overnight in Dong Van

Day 3 Dong Van - Meo Vac - Lung Phin market - Bac Me
The trip from Dong Van to Meo Vac is one you'll never forget: along a steep, hundreds of meters deep abyss the road will take you through a spectacular mountain area with on your left side China . Meo Vac is conquered by the Lo Lo and Pu Peo ethnic minority people. They still retain their age old cultural traditions and are recognisably distinct from each other by their dress. The remoteness and the simple lifestyle of local people are a highlight of Meo Vac although conditions are very basic. Main goal of this day is a visit to the market of Lung Phin, a small village where time has stood still for ages. Miles and miles before you'll reach Lung Phin there's an endless stream of people accompanied by goats, cows and dogs - for human consumption – who are heading by foot to the market. After spending a few hours in the amazing village of Lung Phin, you'll keep going to Bac Me via Yen Minh, using a shortcut way.
Overnight at hotel in Bac Me

Day 4 Bac Me - Bao Lac - Tinh Tuc - Babe pational park
An early morning start to drive through the rolling hills and the picturesque scenery to Ba Be National Park. The roads are very bumpy and zigzagging however we will have a chance to meet the Hmong, Dao, Tay and Nung ethnic minorities who make for the main population of this region. We are sure to attract their attention as this part of the country receive very few visitors. Depending on road and traffic conditions we arrive in Ba Be by late afternoon or early evening, but it is still an interesting day.

Day 5 Babe lakes exploration, Puong cave
The legendary lake of Ba Be is just one continuous water body although the name means three lakes?. Today we embark on a boat cruising down the Nang River which is the main water source of the lake. This exciting river trip will give us a taste of the tranquil countryside and an enjoyable exploration of the Ba Be National Park. We traverse the Poong Grotto en route before stopping at some nearby hill tribe villages and getting off the beaten track to the scenic Dau Dang Waterfalls. In one of the desolated villages near the water you'll spend the night in a traditional Tay house.

Day 6 Babe - Cao Bang
The following destination of our trip is Cao Bang Town . After breakfast we set off on our half day journey past the spectacular mountainous landscapes, with a mixture of steep terraced rice field and hill villages. Along the way, we can made stops at our pleasure, to stretch our legs and shoot some wonderful photographs. The remainder of the day will be free to explore the town or simply to relax.

Day 7 Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfalls - Nguom Ngao cave
An eighty kilometers long road will take you to the Ban Gioc Waterfalls. Half way you'll visit a village of the Nung minority. Close to the Chinese border you'll make a short walk to the falls which are 300 meters wide and 50 meters high. In winter, the dry season, it's possible to take a boat to the falls. On a short distance from the falls are the Nguom Ngao caves. Our local guides will take you for a trip to underground rivers and lakes and sinter caves. Late in the afternoon you'll return to Cao Bang.

Day 8 Cao Bang - Pac Bo cave - Lang Son - Mau Son mountain
Heading out of town , we make our way north to the historical cave of Pac Bo where Ho Chi Minh set up the headquarter for the August Vietnamese Revolution in 1945. After seeing this vestige site we continue our journey past the many hill villages and the tranquil town of Dong Khe and That Khe. The journey north continues along the National Highway 4 and follows the Ky Cung river which flows around the foot of limestone mountains to Lang Son. If time permits we will visit Mau Mount. It's about 30 kilometres from Lang Son city to Mau Mount on the winding narrow mountain path, like a snake, lies tucked between 2 steep mountains. Mau Mount is 1542 m above sea level, This area's picturesque scenery turns it a mini Sapa characterized with the beautiful steep mountains.

Day 9 Mau Son - Lang Son - Hanoi
After spending a few hours exploring Mau mount we drive down to Lang Son, the capital of this mountainous area and is an important crossing and trading route with China . As a trading post, Langson has two markets worth visiting, the Ky Lua Market and the Dong Kinh Market. You’ll find everything from electronics and gadgets to textiles and house wares. Its definitely buyer be aware, as there’s lots of knock-offs of the original. If the markets aren’t your thing then just a couple of kilometers from town are two large, beautiful caves and the ruins of the Mac Dynasty Citadel worth a visit. Tamthanh Cave contains a pond and offers great views of the surrounding farmlands. Nhithanh Cave , formed by the river that flows through it, has poems carved into the entrance by the man who discovered the cave in the 18th century. After your morning of exploration its time for lunch and prepare for the trip back to Hanoi . The road from Langson is a modern highway that quickly carries down from the mountains, back onto the Red River Delta and into Hanoi . Back to the hotel for dinner and a toast to the completion of one of Vietnam 's most spectacular loops.


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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