The provinces of northeast Vietnam, looping eastwards from Ha Giang to Lang Son, lack the grandeur of their counterparts west of the Red River Valley, with the notable exception of the area round Dong Van and Meo Vac. In general the peaks here are lower and the views smaller-scale and of an altogether softer quality; there are also less minority folk wearing traditional dress. Getting to see everything is not as straightforward as in the northwest either, though the upgrading of the road between Meo Vac and Cao Bang means it’s now possible to visit the fabulous landscapes of Ha Giang Province, as well as Ba Be Lake and the region around Cao Bang, without backtracking.
Highlights of the northeast are its rural landscapes, from traditional scenes of villages engulfed in forest to dramatic limestone country, typified by pockets of cultivation squeezed among rugged outcrops whose lower slopes are wrinkled with terraces. However, population densities are still low, leaving huge forest reserves and high areas of wild, open land inhabited by ethnic minorities practising swidden farming. While many have adopted a Vietnamese way of life, in remoter parts the minorities remain culturally distinct – particularly evident when local markets, their dates traditionally set by the lunar calendar, are in full swing.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport, Snail adventure tour guide and driver will greet and pick you up to the hotel at the heart of Hanoi capital. Hanoi, the antique and dynamic city of Vietnam, reserves a unique old world charm and several of the most striking colonial architecture of Asia. After the checking-in,Take relax by your own and do briefing itinerary with our guide for coming days. enjoy a cyclo ride through the bustling streets in the Old Quarter to discover the ancient and modern beauty of Hanoi. After the tour, you will be warmly welcome with a special welcoming dinner in a typical Vietnamese food restaurant. Stay overnight in Hanoi.
Activities: Picking up and transferring to hotel
Acccommodation: The Light Hotel****
Transferring 30 km
Day 2: Hanoi – That Khe – Trek to Na pang
After hearty breakfast in hotel, we will depart to That Khe via Lang Son on National high way No 1A. On the way you will expose the nature beauty of the north Vietnam and friendly people . upon arriving in Lang Son, we spend time to explore Tam Thanh and Nhi Thanh cave Temple which offer for Buhhda and Vietnamese Zen religion. Some Lang son Landmarks before going to That Khe . have lunch in That khe. After lunch meal, we arrange luggages for following trekking days. Start trekking from That Khe ta Na Pang village in Trang Dinh district of Lang Son. We trek along the hillside and crossing rice terrace pady and hill tribe village to Na Pang – the Village of Tay people. Upon arriving homestay, do check in have relax or join with sport with local people. Dinner and enjoy live music performace of Tay people.
Activities: Transferring ad Trekking to Village
Hiking distance:11 Km
Day 3: Na Pang Trek to Pac Quang Village
Get up early to enjoy pristine nature and fresh air in early morning. You can wander around the village to meet and talk with local people to learn about their daily life and culture. Or take some photo with their kids on the way go to morning school. Come back to homestay for breakfast the family. Following to meal, we say good bye the Host and starting new trekking day to Pac Quang – a village of Dao ethnic minority people. We trek along the valleys with on single track trail or on buffalo paths, crossing around the rice fields to Villages and stream to another villages.pinic lunch en route, after lunch meal, we continue to trekking to another village to Pac Quang . Arriving in village, relax with cold beer or enjoy hot coffee after long day trekking. Have dinner and stay overnight with Dao Homestay family.
Activities: Hiking from Village - Village
Hiking distance: 16 ,5 km:
Day 4: Pac Quang Trek to Na Neng – Tay Hill tribe
Joining with member of family to make fancake with honey and banana cake for breakfast. after trying to taste delicous meal. We commence trekking from Homestay to Na Nieng Village. This morning we trek roughly downhill , cross rice terrace paddy and coin field, pass through the tropical junlge to Dong khe townlet for picnic lunch. Dong Khe was the first major battle of the first Indochina war in 1950 between Vietminh and French. We have lunch in local restaurant. After meal, we continue to conquer to slope and enjoy breathtaking scenery of Dong Khe and soaring limestone mountains. Arriving in Na Nieng village of Tay people for check in and relax by yourself.
Activities: Hiking from village - Village
Hiking distance: 16 Km
Day 5; Na Nieng Trek to La Village
Have breakfast with the host and do check out. We depart to La village – the home of Tay ethnic minority. We start new trekking day by going up and down the trail through rice terrace paddy , passing the route surrounded by tropical forest limestone mountains range and then go down to valley where you meet some ethnic minorities living together in valley. Arriving in La village at late afternoon. Have dinner and stayover night with Tay people family.
Activities: Hiking from Village - Village
Hiking distance: 17 Km
Day 6: La Village – Ta Nung – Ban Gioc Waterfall
Have hearty breakfast with local family and say good bye the Host. We leave La Village to Ta nung, the border gate with China for one hour and one of the most dynamic economic zone of Phuc Hoa district, Cao Bang province. We wiil trek through the jungle and cross some streams. And take bamboo raft to cross the Bang Giang river to Ta Lung . upon arriving in Ta lung, our shuttle bus will pick you up and transfer to local restaurant for lunch. After lunch we take the bus to Ban Gioc water fall. On the way, you are fascinated by pristine nature and picturesque scenery. Stop on the way to visit hill tribe village and explore daily life of Tay ethnic minority in Phuc Sen. Arriving in Ban Gioc Resort for check in and relax by yourself. Have dinner and stay overnight in Ban Gioc water fall resort.
Activities: Hiking to meeting point and Transferring to Ban Gioc
Acccommodation: Sai Gon Ban Gioc Resort
Hiking distance: 11 Km
Day 7: Ban Gioc Water fall – Cao Bang
Get up early to enjoy fresh air and breathtaking nature in frontier line area.. walk down to water fall to catch some of incredible scenery and do bamboo raft to admire magnificent water fall.. come back to resort for having breakfast. after hearty breakfast, our shuttle bus will take us to visit Nguom Ngao Cave and Bac Po where president Hochiminh arrived Vietnam Via China after 30 years lived and worked in abroad. He firstly stayed with local family then move to cave to live and worked for over one year. Have lunch enroute. After lunch. We continue to visit some typical hill tribe village before going to Cao Bang for stay overnight. Have dinner in local reataurant. Stay overnight in Sunny Hotel.
Activities: Trasferring and visiting
Acccommodation: Sunny Hotel***
Transferring distance: 150 Km
Day 8: Cao Bang – Ba Be
After breakfast in hotel, we depart to Ba Be National Park popular Vietnam’s natural complex mainly consisting of Ba Be Lake, the supposed largest natural fresh water lake in Vietnam. The 150-m altitude makes it the Vietnam’s highest lake above sea level. Upon arrival in Cho Ra Town, we will have lunch in local restaurant before taking a relaxing boat trip on Nang River and enter the beautiful Ba Be Lake. We will cruise through Puong Cave, it’s about 30m high and 300m long, and completely passes through a mountain. A navigable river flows through the cave, making for an interesting boat trip.Taking three hour boat trip to explore emerald Ba Be Lake . After the boat trip we reach Pac Ngoi, a village of Tay ethnic minority. Dinner and overnight in local house.
Activities: Visiting and transferring
Hiking distance: 8 Km
Day 9: Ba Be Bike and Boat
Breakfast at the homestay. We will have a short motorcycle ride to starting point where we begin a short walk through jungle. At some rest place we can have great view of Babe Lake. After 1hr trekking we descend to the lake shore and cross a bridge to An Ma Island. Visit to the temple on the island before we start the kayaking time. Leave the island we paddle to Dau Dang Waterfall we we will have a picnic lunch in a beautiful natural setting of the waterfall. After lunch we paddle back to Babe Lake. If weather permits we can swim in the emeraude cool water of the lake. Paddle back to Pac Ngoi village for another night at the homestay.
Activities: kayaking and exploring
Hiking distance: 8 km
Day 10: Ba Be – Vu Linh
Have breakfast with local family , we depart to Thac Ba water Reservoir via Tuyen Quang. On the way , you are rewarded by stunning nature and magnicicent scenery, stop on theway to visit some colorful hill tribe villages, discovery their unique cultures. Arriving in Vulinh village afternoon, take two hour boat trip in Thac BaLake to admire the picturesque scenery and breathtaking limestone mountain range. Come back to boat dock, we spend tour hours more to trek in the village and suroundings. You have opportunity in exploring the daily life of Dao Quan Trang People, study their long standing culture and tradition. Come back homestay for dinner and enjoy live music performance.
Activities: Transferring and trekking
Hiking distance: 12 Km
Day 11: Vu Linh - Hanoi
Wake up early and catch up the sunrise on surface of the lack, enjoy the freshair and pristine nature in the morning. Wander around the village to interact with local people and school kid on the way to school. Or go to local market to participate with hill tribe people those are exchanging their own production with each others. Come back to homestay for breakfast and do check out. After clearing your bill, we depart to Hanoi, you have time to visit some hill tribe villages on sideroads and spend the time to visit Duong Lam Ancent villages before arriving in Hanoi.
Activities: Transferring to Hanoi
Acccommodation: The Light Hotel****
Hiking distance: No
Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose aquivalent accommodation
Meals: if you have any specific food requirements ( vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide, our partners so that they can server
English speaking adventureguide ( other languages upon requests)
Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
Private Eco homestay village based on size of group
Meals details in itineraries ( 10 breakfast, 11lunches, 10dinners)
Van or bus transfer on the first day and the last day
Truck supported and carry luggage to homestay each day.
Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
First aid kit
Boat Trip in Ba Be Lake
Cold water box, small fresh towel.
Mineral water for drinking
Support crew to supply picnic lunches and water on trekking day, prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner in trekking.
Local trekking guide
What is not included
Items of personal nature
Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
Mineral water beyond that supplied
Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
Tip for team and guide
When trekking we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.
Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.
Foods and Drinks
All the meals which, are mentioned in itinerary, are included in the price of this tour. Most of meals are Vietnamese local food in Homestays . while in towns, we will enjoy Vietnamese cuisine in delicious restaurants. Meals consist of a variety of banlanced dishes and aim for universal appeal, we avoid highly spiced foods. Vegetarians are certainly welcome and are always accommodated, please let us know of any dietary concerns at time of booking. Beverage and alcoholic drink are not included at mealtime or in restaurants
when we transfer, ride by minibus ( no trekking day), our bottled waters are always available for you ( two little for one day for person with wet tissue). When we have trekking days, we will offer cold water and wet tissue in box plus fresh tropical fruit, soft – drink, energy – drinking, ( five little water for trekking day/ person). Beer is freely available everywhere in Vietnam, but not include in our trip.
Our guides: the tour will be led by one of English - speaking guides. All our guides have great knowledge of history, local culture, and religions of the area where you are cycling and introduce that experiences for you . our guides have been trained in this field and is fully licensed in tour guiding by Vietnam National Tourism. Our guides are also medically skilled in first Aid by SOS and they know how to deal with hard situations.\
Grading definition: To assist you visualise how our trip is difficult, we have graded our adventure tours into three categories, easy, moderate, and challenging, we group many factors into consideration into this grading, including distant covered, terrain, altitude, weather conditions and vehicle support
Easy: suitable for most people in good health. These trips generally include short days, on good paths and at low attitudes
Moderate: A reasonable level of fitness is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels, hill longer days and altitude.All of our moderate trips have a support vehicle following closely, weary travellers can hitch a ride and take a rest for a while.
Challenging: these trips are physically demanding and best suite for fit people with high endurancce level. Day can be longer, often at altitude, in remoted regions and sometimes without supports vehicle nearby.. travellers may be required to carry a backpacks.
Passport &Visa information
All visitors are required to have a valid visa to enter Vietnam. A one month tourist visa is usually sufficients for most visitors, though it is possible to arrange three months or six month – multiple entry visa for regular visitors. The Snail Adventure Tours company is authorised to issue visa on arrival at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi, Danang International Airport in Danang, and Tan San Nhat in Ho chi Minh city.The same authorisation proceduce and a minimum of 5 days working notice is required. In emergency case they can arrange a visa o arrival if notice of 2 working days is given
Our tour price do not include insurance. However, it is a condition of joining our tours that traveler are fully insured for any medical expenses they may incur whilst traveling. At the start of your travel the tour guide will ask and collect your insurance document and will note down the policy number and emergency contact number.Travel insurance is compulsory for any participant. It is adviced that all travelers should have travel insurance covered before your departure. This will be helpful incase of medical emergency evacuation. It is with go safe. The travel insurance will cover against hospital and medical expenses, the cover relates to expenses asa consequence of accidents occurring to the bearer during the period of insurance and /or unforseen illnesses which arise during that period as well.However travel insurance will cover all your valuable things, luggages, laptop, ipad, camera broken, lost or cut off itinerary once you traveling. Please come to visit WORLD NOMADS.COM to get more details
Vaccinations and protection
When you are planning trip in Vietnam. it is important to get up date with all necessary Vietnam travel health information. Here, we compiled some handy tips and advice about how to get prepared for your trip to help to ensure that you stay healthy during your travel. Though we have taken the greatest care to make sure that the information on this page is accurate. It is your responsibility to visit your doctor or medical facility at least 06 months before you depart for full Vietnam travel health information.
Vaccinations are not officially required by the Vietnamese authorities, However, immunization against cholera, hepatitis, typhoid, tetanus, polio, and Japanese encephalitis is strongly adviced.Please consult your doctor for further medical advice. Also bring mosquito repellent. Wearing long sleeved shirts and slacks from dusk onward and avoiding perfume is also recommended. In addition to an ample supply of any prescription drugs you are taking ( a prescription which can be filled incase your pills go missing) bring medicines for: headaches, diarrhea, constipation, insect bites, sorethroats, eyes drops, cuts, etc. Medical standards outside Hanoi and Hochiminh city, SiemReap and luang Prabang are lower than those found in western countries.
Personal medical kits
You should bring along a personal supply of basic medical items such as plaster, aspirin, insect repellent etc. In area of limites or suspect medical facilities, some travellers also like to take their own medical kit which can be used by the local medical staff in case of accident or illness. Our adventure tour leader carry a comprehensive First Aid Kits ( include a sterile pack) for emergencies but do not dispense medicine.
Exisiting medical conditions.
All persons joining our tours are assumed to be in good health and to have a sufficient level of fitness to complete their chosen itinerary. If you have existing medical condition or disability you must make this known at the time of booking. If accepted on the tours, you must also make your condition know to the cyclign tour leader.
As vietnam is long and narrow country from the north to the south, climate conditions vary considerably. The climate can be divided into three distinct patterns between the north, central and the south regions. The climate in the north generally humid and suptropical. Although the winter months from october to march can be colder with temperature from 8 15 degrees. Summer months, may to september from 28 – 40 degree. Meanwhile south Vietnam enjoys tropical climate all year round, with little variation throughout the year ( around 27 – 35 degrees) however, may to November is the raining season when sort heave downpour are quite frequent. Central Vietnam lies somwhere in between. The coast strips is usually dry and hotter from April to October whileNovember to March is wetter and cooler. A light rain jacket and small umbrella are recommended year round.
Pack essentailly for hot conditions athough December through to February warmer clothing is needed. Bear in mind that the region is tropical ( humid) and can be hot. Lightweight rainwear is advisable at all time. The north is cold at night during winter. Highland areas around Sapa are likely to be cooler especially at night and you should pack accordingly. Cassual clothes are the most practical.
Bedd provided in eco homestay village.
05 days trekking from That Khe – stretch to Ta lung area. we will stay in carefuly selected Eco homestays in each village destinations. You will be provied sleeping mat, mattres, pillow, mosquito net, blanket and toilet kit ( shampoo, tootbrush, tower) hot water and bathroom will be provided in each Eco village.
Water bottle: water bootle along the trail must never be considered as drinkable. Take 1,5 litre personal water bottle ( preferable insulated). Our support crew on the trek provide sterilized water each meal time to replenish your supplies. Also energy scacks ( nuts, Cereal bars... are recommended whilst on trek.
Walking poles: there must be useful for the up hill and down hill in this tour. Adequate poles can be bought in Hanoi.
Sunglasses. A good pair of sunglasses are good for protection against UV rays. Sun Hat, High Factor, Sun Cream/ Block & lips salve bring suncream to protect your skin against the sun. Combination sunblock/ lipsalve is ideal for facial protection.
Walking or hiking boots with good ankle support.trainer/ and or sandals for travelling and general wear.
Luggage: on Tours
One main piece of baggages and daypack. Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage, so dont overload yourself
Luggage whilst on trek. This should consists of a main piece of baggage, a holdall or kitbag for your trek and a daypack to carry your personal gear. We recommend you have holdall and kitbag for your trek in Phu Luong. You overnight bag will be taken to the village night stop by vehicle
Day bag: One each trekking day you will be required to carry your day pack or light rucksack, large enough to carry essential items such as water, snack, rain coat and sun / weather protection.
Luggage storage in Hanoi; For a small charge you can use one of hotel based in Hanoi to leave the bulk of your gear while away on treks on the jungle trail to Fansipang mountain and descending through stunning rice terrace to Sapa valley.
Why book this tours
This trekking tour focusing on the north Vietnam is perfect for trekkers who enjoy walking but also want insight into the culture of the destination. You will encounter ethnic minority people as well as visit the fascinating city of Hanoi. Walk take place in lush scenery and highest peak of Vietnam- Fansipang mountain. An amazing trek visiting remote tribal villages in the mountainous back country of the northern Vietnam. We stay in tradtional village houses as we trek through the beautiful rice paddies of . Experience the culture, customs and cuisine of the friendly hilltribes.
Our Commitment to
Responsible tourism: we strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural invironment. We recognise that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.
Environment: we have been turning invironmently responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re - usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.
Community: Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging custommers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, moto taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future
Tipping for crew
Tipping for good services is always appreciated in these developing countries. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of the tour. Hotels and station porters should also be tipped a small amount for . We recommend 5 US Dollar / person/per day for treking tour guides .. 2 USD/ person/ day for driver and 1 USD/ person/ day for door bell when checking in and out. And our team crew is expected to 3 US dollar /trekking day/ person/.
the official national currency is the Vietnamese Dong ( VND), but the US dollar is widely accepted in allmost tourist centers. However, small towns and the villages the VND is preferred, ATM are available in all major cities and towns, tourist destinations, Vietcombank, Agriculture banks are the best networks with a limit a single withdraw limit of 2000,000 d ( 95 USD). Most major currrencies can be exchanged in leading in Vietnam, but th USD is preferred away from the tourist centers. Changing 100 USD wil make you to be a millionaire. You can not legally take the dong out of Vietnam but you can reconvert reasonable amounts of it into USD on departure,.
Know before you go
We strongly recommend that you check your goverment’s travel advisory for up to date information and advise about destination: safety and security, entry requirement, health, local law and customs
100% No surcharge Guarantee
The price paid for our holiday is no longer subject to change. Once booked and confirmed we will guarantee the price you pay will not increase. Whatever the circumstance. You will not be approached to pay fuel surcharges unlike the vast minority of other adventure tour operator.the price guarantee applies to all new booking depart between 1st January and 31st December 2015.
Tour itinerary Versions
Itinerary details may vary depending on departure date and alternative itineraries for this tour may exist. Please referto the dates and price page on your website to check which itinerary operate on each departure date. Please ensure that you have update copy of these tour notes immediately before you travel, as from time to time our itineraries may be amended, either for operational reason or in response to feedback from customers. You will be informed of any major changes to your tour but small changes may just be added to these tours.