Highlight of Northern Vietnam 9 Days 8 Nights

Overview

Discover the untamed beauty of Vietnam's far north on this adventurous yet accessible tour. Journey to the remote regions near the Chinese border, where vibrant ethnic minorities reside. Immerse yourself in a world where traditional attire distinguishes families and communities, offering a glimpse of an era untouched by globalization. Experience a kaleidoscope of colors, from the intricate ethnic garments to the picturesque rice paddies. Engage with the local culture by staying in Homestays nestled among diverse villages and scenic mountains.

  • Visit Ba Be National Park - A wild treasure home to one of the biggest natural freshwater lakes in Asia
  • Enjoy the spectacular Ban Gioc Waterfall and its special when locates between China and Vietnam border and each possess a half.
  • Embark on an overnight cruise on Bai Tu Long Bay.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival (No Meal) April 26, 2024

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Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival (No Meal)

Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by the guide and driver, who will take you directly to the downtown massage salon. You can indulge in an oriental oil massage, which will rejuvenate you and eliminate fatigue after a long flight.

Dinner is at your leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel in Hanoi.

Note: Generally, the check-in time is 2:00 PM.

Day 2: Hanoi - Ba Be (B, D) (Breakfast, Dinner) April 27, 2024

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Day 2: Hanoi - Ba Be (B, D) (Breakfast, Dinner)

We will take the road towards Ba Be, a region known as the "Halong Bay of the mountains." Passing through the Thai Nguyen province, famous for its green tea cultivation, you will witness a remarkably beautiful change in landscapes. You will cross stunning tobacco fields and rice paddies surrounded by small hills covered with tea plantations, fruit trees, and palm trees. Along the way, you will have a great chance to encounter ethnic minorities such as the Tays, Nungs, San Chi, and Then, dressed in their traditional costumes.

Arriving at Ba Be National Park in the early afternoon, you will discover a site characterized by a natural lake fed by three rivers and surrounded by towering limestone formations mostly covered in subtropical primary forest. The villages lining the lake are mainly inhabited by the Tay ethnic group, while the higher regions are occupied by the Dao and Hmong.

You will be accommodated in a homestay owned by the Tay ethnic group in the village of Pac Ngoi. This homestay is a stilt house that the family has prepared to welcome travelers. You will have the entire afternoon free to peacefully explore the village and discover the surrounding landscapes of the lake.

Dinner and overnight stay with a local family.

Day 3: Ba Be - Boat Tour (B, L, D) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) April 28, 2024

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Day 3: Ba Be - Boat Tour (B, L, D) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

We will embark on a full-day motorboat excursion to explore the enchanting Ba Be Lake in detail. Throughout the journey across the lake, you will be mesmerized by the breathtaking landscapes: the reflections of trees and mountains in the water, scenes of village life along the shores, encounters with fishermen and boatmen, and the interwoven tree roots.

After a leisurely cruise, we will disembark at the village of Cam, belonging to the Tay ethnic group. You will have the opportunity to visit the village and its school on foot. Then, we will return by boat along the Nang River to reach the Puong Cave.

Lunch will be served at Mr. Hai's place. We will take a short walk along a trail in the park to reach the Dau Dang waterfall.

Afterward, we will return to the lake by boat, disembark, and walk back to the homestay.

Overnight stay with the local family.

Day 4: Ba Be – Hua Ma Cave - Cao Bang (B, L) (Breakfast, Lunch) April 29, 2024

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Day 4: Ba Be – Hua Ma Cave - Cao Bang (B, L) (Breakfast, Lunch)

In the morning, you can take a bike ride to Hua Ma Cave, located in the commune of Quang Khe. This cave is considered one of the most beautiful and interesting in the national park due to its magnificent stalactites and the legend that has been passed down through generations.

Around noon, you will return to the village of Pac Ngoi for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Cao Bang via a picturesque mountain road, passing through the Ngan Son Pass. Cao Bang is a province in the northern highlands, located on the border with China, and is inhabited by several ethnic minorities such as the Tay, Nung, Dao, and Hmong.

You will arrive in Cao Bang in the late afternoon and spend the night at the hotel.

Day 5: Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfalls - Cao Bang (B) (Breakfast) April 30, 2024

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Day 5: Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfalls - Cao Bang (B) (Breakfast)

After breakfast, you will hit the road towards Quang Uyen. Along the way, you will make a stop to visit the village of Phuc Sen, one of the last villages preserving traditional forging techniques of the Tay and Nung ethnic minorities.

Next, you will continue your journey to the famous Ban Gioc Waterfalls, considered the most beautiful in Northern Vietnam. They are located on the border with China, where the main waterfall is shared between the two countries.

You will visit the waterfalls, and then you will have free time for lunch at a local restaurant. In the early afternoon, on the way back to Cao Bang, you will make a stop a few kilometers from the waterfalls to explore the mysterious Nguom Ngao Cave, sculpted by nature in a chain of limestone mountains. This cave is considered one of the most beautiful in Vietnam.

You will arrive in Cao Bang in the late afternoon.

Overnight stay in Cao Bang.

Day 6: Cao Bang - Dong Khe (Colonial Route 4) - Lang Son (B) (Breakfast) May 01, 2024

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Day 6: Cao Bang - Dong Khe (Colonial Route 4) - Lang Son (B) (Breakfast)

We will depart for Dong Khe, located 43 km from Cao Bang and 88 km northwest of Lang Son. Our guide, Mr. Lam, a retired lieutenant colonel, will accompany us on this trek and share the history of the devastating battle that took place there in October 1950, known as the "Battle of Colonial Route 4 (RC4)."

After a few kilometers on a rough road, we will be dropped off at the beginning of the Quang Liet Valley, which we will descend on foot along its western edge for about an hour and a half. We will follow the river that runs through the valley and pass through some hamlets. Our walk will take us to the village of Coc Xa, located at the foot of the fateful cliff, where the small pass is located.

Upon returning to Dong Khe, we will visit a Vietnamese commemorative monument by climbing to the top of the hill overlooking the town, where the citadel once stood.

Before continuing to the city of Lang Son, we will have free time for lunch. Upon our arrival in Lang Son, you will have the opportunity to visit Tam Thanh Cave, located near the city center, on the side of a small karst sugar loaf next to To Thi Mountain. You can also choose to visit the Ky Lua Central Market, where you will mainly find products "Made in China."

You will spend the night at a hotel in Lang Son.

Day 7: Lang Son - Bai Tu Long Bay (B, L, D) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) May 02, 2024

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Day 7: Lang Son - Bai Tu Long Bay (B, L, D) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Departure to Bai Tu Long Bay, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay.

Around noon, board the boat. The crew will brief you on your cruise and settle you into your room.

Enjoy a delicious lunch as Oriental Sails continues its cruise around the limestone islands of Bai Tu Long Bay, heading towards the fishing village of Vung Vieng - one of the largest fishing villages in Halong Bay - to observe the daily life of the locals. You can take a bamboo boat ride around Vung Vieng fishing village or go kayaking, with the assistance and instructions of the village's tour guide.

Around 5:30 PM, return to Oriental Sails and take a bath, then relax while witnessing the sunset. Enjoy the happy hour at the bar and treat yourself to a cocktail before the cooking class.

Dinner is served. Rest or mingle with other travelers. You can also try squid fishing at night or simply relax.

Overnight on board near Cong Do Island.

Day 8: Bai Tu Long Bay - Hanoi (B, L) (Breakfast, Lunch) May 03, 2024

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Day 8: Bai Tu Long Bay - Hanoi (B, L) (Breakfast, Lunch)

At 6:30 AM, start the day with a tai chi class on the deck before having breakfast.

Marvel at the morning seascape while enjoying your tea or coffee. Have breakfast as the cruise heads towards Thien Canh Son Cave, a hidden gem untouched by mass tourism.

Luggage check-out will be around 9:30 AM.

Enjoy lunch before disembarking around noon.

You will be greeted by a driver at the pier and transferred directly to your hotel in Hanoi.

In the evening, attend a water puppetry show, a traditional Vietnamese theatrical performance.

You will spend the night at the hotel in Hanoi.

Day 9: Hanoi - City Tour - Departure (B) (Breakfast) May 04, 2024

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Day 9: Hanoi - City Tour - Departure (B) (Breakfast)

Let's start with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (please note that visits to the interior are not possible on Mondays and Fridays) - the final resting place of the father of the nation and founder of the Communist Party. Explore the exterior of the Presidential Palace, its garden, and most importantly, the two houses where Ho Chi Minh lived until his death in 1969. Then, discover the unique One Pillar Pagoda, an architectural marvel dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy.

Next, transfer by vehicle to the Temple of Literature, a sacred site dedicated to Confucius and the first university in Vietnam. It is located near the West Lake, the largest lake in Hanoi. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

In the early afternoon, visit the Ethnology Museum, the most comprehensive museum showcasing the culture, costumes, and traditions of the 54 ethnic minority groups in Vietnam.

Finally, you will be transferred directly to Hanoi Airport for your departure flight.

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Important noted

Trip Inclusion

  • Accommodation in a double or twin room with daily breakfast.
  • Overnight cruise on board a shared good-quality boat in Halong Bay (private boat upon request).
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers.
  • English-speaking guide during all tours.
  • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary.
  • Water & cool towels.
  • Government taxes & service charge.

Trip Exclusions

  • Drinks and meals not mentioned.
  • International airfare and departure taxes.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, drinks… etc.
  • Vietnam Visa (If you are not exempt from the visa).
  • Any gratuities and tip to driver and tour guide ($3-5/person/day for both guide & driver, $1 for boat rower and cyclo rider).

* Notes:

  • Domestic flights: We quote separately and can book for you without fees.
  • Surcharged for Gala dinner on 24th and 31st December if any.
  • The triple room is possible upon your request.
  • Surcharged for Public holidays (30/4-1/5, Lunar New Year).
  • A single supplement is required if you are traveling alone.
  • The timing of check-in and check-out at the hotels: Check-in at 14:00, check-out at 12:00. (Early check-in/late check-out is upon your request).

Thing To Carry

  • All customers participating in the tour must have a passport and identification document when leaving the country.
  • Backpack, toiletry bag, sunscreen/cap, water bottles, camera(optional), extra pair of clothes, personal medication, track pants and cotton T-shirt, sweater/ warm jackets for the night.
  • Dry fruits, energy bar, chocolates, torch per person with extra batteries, moov spray, dettol solution or salt to avoid leeches, sports shoes or trekking shoes or comfortable shoes with good grip, personal hygiene items: medicine, face towel, shower gel, brush, toothpaste.

Cancellation Policy

  • Deposit 50% tour price when signing up and pay the remaining amount 10 days before starting date.
  • In case of tour cancellation: (Tour cancellation time is calculated by working days, excluding Saturday, Sunday and public holidays and New Year).
  • After the deposit, if you cancel the tour, the company will not refund the deposit.
  • If you cancel or change the tour within 20 - 29 working days before the departure date, please pay the fee of: 70% of the tour price.
  • If you cancel or change the tour within 10 - 19 working days before the departure date, please pay the fee of: 90% of the tour price.
  • If you cancel or change the tour 9 working days before the departure date, please pay the fee of: 100% of the tour value.

* Notes:

  • Your passport must be valid for more than 6 months from the date of return.
  • If you are a foreigner or overseas Vietnamese, please bring all your passports (bring both passports in case you have 2 citizenships), and Vietnamese visa (attached to your passport or separate sheet) while on tour.
  • Please follow according to the tour program, do not separate from the group. If there is a need to separate from the group, please notify the consultant when registering for the tour for more information and additional costs (if any).
  • Customers aged 70 years or older require a health certificate to travel abroad from a doctor and must be accompanied by a relative under 60 years old (healthy). Guests over 75 years old, please pay a premium insurance (the fee varies depending on the tour).
  • The program may change depending on the flight situation, the hotel in at the site will be officially confirmed on the day of the group meeting, 2-3 days before the departure date. The attractions may not be in the order in the program. During the peak weeks in the site, the hotel may not be in the central area but still ensure the hotel standard according to the program.

Refund Policy

  • In case of cancellation of the tour right after registration until 10 days before the departure date, you will be subject to a 30% penalty on the travel fare.
  • In case of cancellation of the tour within 5-10 days before the departure date, you will be charged 50% of the travel fare.
  • In case of cancellation of the tour within 3-5 days before the departure date, you will be charged 75% of the travel fare.
  • If you cancel the tour within 0 – 3 days before the departure date, you will be charged 100% of the travel fare.

* Notes:

  • In case of tour cancellation due to objective incidents such as natural disasters, epidemics, postponement and cancellation of transportations service... Tourist will not be responsible for any additional compensation other than refund tour fee.
  • Above is the maximum cancellation penalty, this cost can be reduced depending on the conditions of each service provider for Tourist.
  • The tour cancellation time is calculated for working days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays and New Year.
  • If the travel program is canceled or changed by either party due to a force majeure reason (fire, weather, accident, natural disaster, war, delay and cancellation of the public transport plus…), the two parties will not bear any obligation to compensate for the loss that has occurred and not bear any liability. However, each party is responsible for trying its best to help the aggrieved party to minimize losses caused by force majeure.

Children Policy

  • Children under 2 years old: 30% of adult price (baby sharing bed with parents).
  • Children from 2 to under 12 years old: 90% of adult price (kid sharing bed with parents), 100% of adult price (kid has their own bed).
  • Children from 12 years old and up: 100% of the adult price.

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