Destinations: Hanoi – Ha Giang – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Bac Me – Bao Lac – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Lang Son – Hanoi
1/ Ha Giang with Dong Van & Meo Vac: Ha Giang is the final frontier in Northern Vietnam with spectacular landscapes of limestone pinnacles and granite outcrops, especially the driving between Dong Van and Meo Vac acrossing Ma Pi Leng Pass. You will be surprised by the snaking roads hidden on the slopes of mountains, the stilt-houses on nearly top of the mountains, corn-fields on rock mountains...
2/ Bac Me: Not really famous for tourism like many other sites in Ha Giang like Hoang Su Phi with beautiful rice fields or Sa Phin with vibrant market, Bac Me is famous for its vast space and strangely charming beauty where you have chance to view fascinating Gam River. Bac Me is also striking enough to tempt passers-by to stop at its historical and cultural attractions.
3/ Ban Gioc Waterfall: Ban Gioc is the largest waterfall in Vitenam near Sino-Vietnamese border. It is seperated into three falls by rocks and trees and the thundering effect of the water hitting the cliffs. From the high of thirty meter, it fall down on the stones and a large river at the food creating an amazing landscape.
Brief Hagiang Discovery tour:
Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang
Day 2: Ha Giang – Dong Van
Day 3: Dong Van – Lung Cu – Meo Vac – Bao Lac
Day 4: Bao Lac – Lo Lo Minority – Cao Bang
Day 5: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfalls – Cao Bang
Day 6: Cao Bang – Lang Son – Hanoi
This is one of the unique off-the-beaten tracks that offer you the opportunity to discover Ba Be Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Vietnam found in the mountains, to discover the limestone plateau of Dong Van, one of the famous addresses of Ha Giang province with its endless mountains sheltering innumerable caves and orchids of all colors. The adventure also gives you the opportunity to meet the Black Lolos who live mainly in Bao Lac, the H'mongs, Tay, Dzao, Nung in Ha Giang. A trip through very less tourist regions, to get a glimpse of deep Vietnam, rich in surprises will be a best experience for your trip in Vietnam. The sometimes long and difficult roads are compensated by the beauty of the landscapes.
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Depart the capital by road this morning for the start of your adventure. The drive to Ha Giang takes around 7 hours but is some of the most breathtaking scenery in Vietnam and along the way you will stop as often as you like to visit small villages and take photos.
After the long drive, stretch your legs with a short walk around Ha Giang to a Tay village, set in a picturesque valley near town.
After breakfast, we head toward the most remote part of the north. Northern Ha Giang Province has some of the most picturesque and varied scenery. Our drive will take us over high passes and we can view deep valleys along the entire journey. We’ll stop along the way at The Vuong Palace, the beauty of Chinese-style architecture. This was the seat of government for the Hmong during the first Indochina war.
Overnight in Dong Van and take a walk around the town to the old streets.
Today, we drive to Ban Gioc Waterfall, a very scenic spot directly on the border with China. Half the pleasure of the visit to Vietnam’s largest waterfall is walking across rice paddy fields to reach the base of the falls. On the way back, we may have time to stop at several giant irrigation water - wheels that lies along the road overlooking villages. We also visit to Nguom Ngao Cave which is so natural and spectacular.
We return Cao Bang and stretch your legs with a walk to the market nearby. We make a climb to the War Memorial with an overview of the town.
Have dinner at and overnight in Cao Bang.
Question 1: Best time for Ha Giang Discovery Tour
Ha Giang is the northernmost province fulfilled with rolling high steep mountains and so the weather is cool/cold all year round. It will be severely cold from December to February with average temperature of 8 degree C and cool in the rest of year with average temperature of 25 degree C.
Be aware that it will be wet and foggy in cold season and you can't enjoy the spectacular and beautiful sceneries. However, there will be drizzly weather during cold season only, not typhoon. Furthermore, visiting local ethnic people during cold days will be different experiences as you can see and entirely understand their life of deprivation and misery.
Especially, it is said that Ha Giang is beautiful all year round and each season brings it different beauty. It is really true and means that you can visit Ha Giang at any time of year.
From May to September, it is really cool with average temperature of 25 degree C. Shower can come suddenly, however, stop suddenly during those months. Even it can rain sometimes, you can enjoy the spectacular landscapes in bright and sunny weather that you can hardly see in other months.
From October to December, Ha Giang is really famous for its beautiful scenery of Buckwheat Flower Season. The most beautiful areas to enjoy buckwheat flowers extend over Yen Minh, Quan Ba, Dong Van & Meo Vac as the rocky plateau is adorned with buckwheat forests.
From January to March, spring comes with beautiful blooming peach and plum flowers that you can see everywhere.
Question 2: Traveling to Ha Giang in cold season
Hotel with heat: It is better to stay at a hotel with heater (of course, air-conditioner with heat is not available in those areas) if you are planning to travel to the Northeast in cold season. Homestay is not a good idea during that period as you can’t sleep well for sure due to low temperature and privation of warming facilities.
Question 3: What should be prepared for a trip to Ha Giang
Clothes: Traveling in cool season, you should prepare summer clothes with some light jackets as it will be pretty cold in the early morning and evening. Whereas warm coats are highly recommended for traveling in cold season as it can be even dropped to 5 degrees under zero.
Rain gear: Weather in the Northeast is not stable that can be changed continuously. It can be rain in the early morning but sunny at noon and rain again in the late afternoon. Then rain gear should be well prepared.
Personal drugs: The far north is really lack of medical infrastructure as well as pharmacy. Then it is advised to bring your personal drugs as well as popular medicines like paracetamol, thermometer, anti-itching lotion, oral rehydration preparation and bandaids.
Mosquito and insect repellent: Those stuff are necessary as you may trek through the wet jungle or stay at local houses near the forest.
Question 4: Traveling to Ha Giang with kids
Traveling to Ha Giang with infants and small kids under 6 yrs old is not advised because of the simple life condition and poor infrastructure in those areas, but older kids and teenagers are really fine as they can bear a pretty hard trip and more important, a lot of life-time experiences are waiting for them.
Question 5: Is it safe for traveling to untouched areas
It is safe, for sure, while traveling to Ha Giang - the Nothernmost and border province as those areas are highly controlled and protected by local government. That’s why you have to apply for permission before visiting to the border regions and it will be arranged by your local travel agent. The local ethnic groups are also friendly and hospitality even they can’t speak both Vietnamese and English.
Question 6: Interact with local people
Local people are not familiar with tourists but you are surely warmly welcomed by them as Vietnamese in general and ethnic people in particular are very open and kind and so love to see you as well as to help you in case you need. Then, you should show your good attitudes all the time if you want to visit their houses as well as make a short chat with them. Remember to ask for acceptance when you wish to take their photos.
Question 7: Road condition
Roads in those mountainous areas are narrow, zigzag and rugged but keeping speed slowly by the driver will surely help you be comfortable and not too tired. However, you must be careful while standing on the road and taking pictures as the other drivers can’t see you due to zigzag roads.
Question 8: Donation
Donation is highly recommended and it can be money or not. Normally, you can bring along warm clothes for both adults and kids as it is cold there all year round. Quilted Blanket is another great idea. Or at least, you should prepare some small gifts for local kids like cakes, notebooks, pencils, etc.
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- Mosquito and insect repellent: Those stuff are necessary as you may trek through the wet jungle or stay at local houses near the forest.
Unlike other popular tourisit destinations in Vietnam, tourism in Ha Giang Province hasve't been developed and so luxury and modern hotels are not available there. The available accommodation in those areas are homestay, guest-house and mini-hotel with basic facilities. As below, we provide you with all necessary information of hotel accommodation in our Ha Giang discovery tour:
Guest-house & mini-hotel: They are quiet similar in architecture and facilities. All guest-houses & mini-hotels are small building less than 5 storeys with basic facilities of bed, mattress, pillow, mosquito-net, private bath room, hot shower, western toilet and air-conditioner mostly.
Homestay: As revealed through its name, Homestay means that you will stay at local houses with local ethnic minorities that are mostly stilt-houses. Private rooms are not available and you will have a small mattress with a pillow and a mosquito-net. The bathroom is sharing with hot shower and western toilet available.
And below is a list of accommodation's images in the Northeast areas:
Room at a mini-hotel
Room at a guest-house
Toilet at a mini-hotel/guest-house
Sleeping space at homestay
Toilet at homestay
Tour guide and driver are Vivutravel's representatives and your travel companions during your travel in Vietnam Northeast Loop Tour who take care of our travel services and make your holiday a memorable time. Understanding this, Vivutravel always selects the best tour guides and drivers for such amazing trips to the far North.
We do understand that a good tour guide will make your holiday a beautiful time and tour guides who work with us are well-paid, experienced with a university background, eager to exchange our culture, lifestyle, knowledge...with travelers, and have a great passion for their country and understand the personal touch.
Then we always use experienced tour guides who are expert in guiding trips to those Northeast areas and will show you the most beautiful view-points, introduce to you unique cultures and lifestyles of local ethnic people as well as guide you to amazing trekking routes.
Vivutravel guarantees to offer the best means of transport during your Vietnam Northeast Loop tour. The safety, comfort and security of our customers come first. Furthermore, as all tourist sites are mostly far from towns and city centers, vehicle must be the latest modern one or it will be very difficult to manage in case it is broken on the way. Furthermore, checking the vehicle carefully before the trip is a must-do procedure in order that it will work well and stays away from all rising troubles. Our drivers must be very experienced and careful too as it is not easy to go around those untouched areas. They are all full time workers, government licensed in the tourism industry with at least 5 years driving experience.
Luxury restaurants are not available in the far North of Vietnam. Standard restaurants can hardly find. Then our meals are mostly at basic local restaurants with simple dishes. It is not expensive for having lunch/dinner there and it costs around 5-7 usd per meal only. Breakfasts are mostly not included at hotel and you will have breakfasts outside with Vietnamese popular dishes like noodle soup, sticky rice, bread, etc.
NOTE: Acceptable restaurants are all located at towns which are sometimes far away from our visiting destinations. So lunch can be arranged quite late at around 1pm or 2pm.
Northern Vietnam with Vivutravel was amazing! 2 weeks before our arrival in Vietnam, My family and I knew that we wanted to visit Hagiang and Halong Bay but we only had 6 days in Vietnam. We chanced upon Vivutravel's youtube video on hagiang and immediately knew that they would be the right people to engage for our trip. Ms Trang, our travel consultant, was efficient and made the necessary arrangements within a week, taking every requests we had into consideration. Our trip with Vivu Travel was unforgettable. My family and I were captivated with the beauty that Northern Vietnam has to offer. Mr Quang was a fantastic guide and he made sure that we could see and do everything we wanted to within the short 6 days we had in Vietnam. He was genuine, funny and very interesting! so much knowledge to share w us! Our driver, Mr Son was very seasoned in driving in the mountainous areas and we felt that we were really in safe hands although the roads were winding and narrow. We arrived safely in Quan ba and our night at the homestay was just amazing. Mr Quang went out of his way to get us a cake up to the mountains to surprise my mom as it was her birthday! The host and Mr Quang really made us feel at home. Till today, we are still reminiscing abt the same night when we had lots of ' happy water' and delicious home cooked food prepared by the hosts at the homestay. The next day, we were caught by surprise when we were told we had to take the motor bike up to where lung cu tower was. The experience made the whole trip even more memorable! (One of the funniest moments was when one of us requested to take a picture in the corn field during our trip down from hagiang to Hanoi, Mr Quang made it happen! Another was when we requested to take a picture in the paddifield w a cow, and he made it possible as well!Haha!) Ha long bay was really breath taking! Never did we expect that we would have a private cruise waiting for us! the 6 of us spent half a day in Halong bay. Sea food of good! and it was our first time enjoying lunch on a cruise w such a marvellous sight. The Surprise cave was beautiful! and The climb up Ti top island was tiring but the view was definitely worth it. Mr Quang knew that we were exhausted on our way down and he went ahead of us to buy us each a coconut! We are very glad that we decided to make our trip with Vivutravel. It was indeed a once in a lifetime experience, to be able to visit Hagiang..to see the beauty of Vietnam and to have met Mr Quang, Mr Son and the hosts at the homestay! Thank you so much Vivutravel, for making the 6 days an unforgettable one!