Towards new trails > Tour 15 days north Vietnam

cascade ban gioc waterfall cao bang vietnam du nord
minorité ethnique ha giang vietnam du nord
  • Discovery of less traveled paths and landscapes
  • Meeting of minorities in the high mountains of the North
  • Immersion in local life
  • Exploration of the Vietnamese jungle and its secrets
  • Multiple activities (fishing, hiking, climbing, cooking, bamboo rafting, biking)
  • Night under the stars

Towards new trails > Tour 15 days north Vietnam

Travel off beaten tracks 15 days : North Vietnam has countless riches to offer other than the rice fields of Sapa, Halong Bay or Ninh Binh. Discover another facet of the land of the Dragon through less frequented paths that will amaze you. New landscapes, varied activities and a connection with a green nature, Song Voyages takes you to discover a Vietnam of traditions and culture.

First of all, discover the huge lake of Thac Ba, in the province of Yen bai with its hundreds of islets. Far from mass tourism, you will experience the local Dao life and can discover the secrets of the jungle around. Then departure for Tuyen Quang, another province not very touristy full of magnificent sites. After immersing yourself in the community project, you will take a winding road through mountains and fantastic landscapes to finally make the famous “Ha Giang loop”. Minorities, geopark, an unforgettable trip! Visits to the two other provinces of Cao Bang and Lang Son will make you discover other equally fascinating landscapes. A journey to new paths to discover North Vietnam in a different way!

Some information on Ban Gioc waterfalls, the largest in Vietnam here > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban_Gioc%E2%80%93Detian_Falls

Towards new trails > 15 days north Vietnam

  • Day 1 > Hanoi
  • Day 2 > Hanoi
  • Day 3 >Hanoi - Thac Ba Lake
  • Day 4 > Thac Ba Lake
  • Day 5 > Thac Ba Lake – Binh Xa ( Tuyen Quang)
  • Day 6 > Binh Xa – Ha Giang
  • Day 7 > Ha Giang – Dong Van
  • Day 8 > Dong Van
  • Day 9 > Dong Van – Meo Vac
  • Day 10 > Meo Vac – Bao Lac
  • Day 11 > Bao Lac – Trung Khanh
  • Day 12 > Trung Khanh
  • Day 13 > Trung Khanh – Huu Lung
  • Day 14 > Huu Lung
  • Day 15 > Huu Lung – Hanoi
  • Day 1 > Hanoi
  • Arrival at the airport, welcome and transfer to your hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight.
  • Day 2 > Hanoi
  • duong-lam_smallDeparture for the local market of Ngoc Ha followed by a fresh fruit juice around Lake B52. Explanation on this place steeped in history due to the carcass of the American fighter plane emerging from the water. Passing through small alleys teeming with life, we reach the Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, a sacred place in Vietnam. After a local lunch in the Old Quarter, depart by bike to visit Banana Island, which begins under Long Bien Bridge. We go from the urban frenzy to the countryside, a mixture that perfectly describes Hanoi. The walk runs along the Red River to reach the Tay Ho district in the north of the city to then go to the Tran Quoc pagoda, the oldest in the capital. Slowly return to the Old Quarter to rest at the hotel. For dinner, taste a delicious local specialty, Cha Ca, fried fish served with Bun and aromatic herbs. Night at the hotel.
  • Day 3 >Hanoi - Thac Ba Lake
  • tam-coc_smallThac Ba Lake . Arrived at the pontoon, you will be transferred by boat to Vie Vu Linh. The ecolodge is at the heart of a community project in support of education, the environment and the preservation of local culture. You will discover the beauty of the lake and its multiple islets covered with forests like giant mushrooms. The lake, with its 1300 islets, is called the " Halong in the mountains". Once at the ecolodge, you will have lunch with the hosts, the Dao. In the afternoon, a hike will take you through the neighboring Dao villages, visit traditional houses and discover the mysteries of the jungle. It will be time to set up camp for the night. After having dinner around the fire, it will be time to fall asleep, lulled by the sounds of the jungle.
  • Day 4 > Thac Ba Lake
  • In the morning, back to the ecolodge for a shower, you will resume the hike to the waterfall for a picnic. On the way, you can harvest the fruits of the jungle which can be added to the daily menu. Depending on the season, you can try your hand at crab hunting. You will also make your own bamboo cups which will make a perfect souvenir of this experience. In the afternoon, you will leave by boat to discover the secrets of Thac Ba Lake . You can indulge in fishing and relax on one of the islets for a moment of relaxation and enjoy the exceptional view and tranquility of the place. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
  • Day 5 >Thac Ba Lake – Binh Xa ( Tuyen Quang)
  • After breakfast, transfer by car to Tuyen Quang province and Green Vietnam eco-farm. Once there, you will take a tour of the farm and learn about the community project set up. An organic lunch will be served with local products. In the afternoon, you will leave by bike for a visit of the surroundings. Then return to the hotel to relax around the pool or in the park before dinner and overnight.
  • Day 6 > Binh Xa – Ha Giang
  • Departure by car in the morning towards Cham Chu mountain to admire the landscapes and then transfer to the magnificent Ma Hec waterfall where a picnic will be organized. Possibility to swim there depending on the season or to walk around. The road will then continue to the province of Ha Giang , one of the most beautiful in Vietnam. Stop on the way to enjoy the splendid landscapes and the resplendent nature. You will arrive at the P'apiu hotel , perched in the mountain and enjoying a breathtaking panorama. After dinner, you will have the choice between a night in one of the superb villas or a night under the stars which you can contemplate with a telescope.
  • Day 7 > Ha Giang – Dong Van
  • The day begins with a walk in the forest and indulging in cultivation in the fields for a local experience. Back at the hotel for lunch, you will be transferred to Dong Van, the first stop of the incredible “Ha Giang loop ”. Diner and night at the place.
  • Day 8 >Dong Van
  • The day will be entirely devoted to hiking and meeting minorities. Through breathtaking landscapes, you will immerse yourself in local life and learn about the daily life of locals. Lunch and dinner will be shared with the locals where you can share and learn about their history and way of life. Night in a traditional homestay
  • Day 9 >Dong Van – Meo Vac
  • You will continue the exploration of the geological park, the first park in Vietnam classified by UNESCO, in the direction of Meo Vac passing by the pass of Ma Pi Leng . Contemplating the different views will leave you speechless at so much beauty. You will enjoy a relaxing boat ride on the Nho Que River which meanders through the high mountains. The evening and the night will be with the locals to continue to exchange and learn about the habits and customs of local minorities.
  • Day 10 > Meo Vac – Bao Lac
  • It will be time to head to another sublime province, Cao bang. You will arrive at Bao Lac commune for lunch. Lost in the mountains, the afternoon will be devoted to meeting local minorities such as the Lolo or the San Chi. You will discover their way of life, their traditions and learn their use of the different plants offered by Mother Nature. Dinner and quiet night in a traditional homestay .
  • Day 11 > Bao Lac – Trung Khanh
  • Depart in the morning for the charming Green Door homestay in Trung Khanh district . Arrived on site, you can relax before lunch. In the afternoon, a bike ride will take you to discover the local villages. It is a completely different landscape that is offered to you with karst peaks springing from valleys filled with rice fields. The evening is devoted to relaxation where you will dine with the hosts.
  • Day 12 > Trung Khanh
  • After breakfast, head for a bamboo rafting trip for a peaceful cruise. Swimming is possible here depending on the season. You can try your hand at local fishing. You will have lunch at a local restaurant. You will then head to the impressive Ban Gioc waterfalls , the largest in the country. After strolling in front of this magnificent spectacle offered by the waterfalls, you will visit the cave of Nguom Ngao , underground route amid limestone formations and sculptures. Then return to the guest house for a peaceful evening with the hosts.
  • Day 13 > Trung Khanh – Huu Lung
  • The road resumes in the direction of Huu Lung, known for its climbing area and its ideal location in the middle of the mountains. On the way, you will take the time to visit a village of the Nung minority, known and recognized for their know-how in sewing and cutlery. Visit a traditional house and workshops, you will have tea and lunch with a family. You will then drive back to Huu Lung for dinner and overnight.
  • Day 14 > Huu Lung
  • The morning will be devoted to climbing. All levels are possible, from initiation to seasoned climbers. This is the way to see the valley from another point of view and to experience some thrills in complete safety. Possibility to take a bike or hike to visit the surroundings if climbing does not tempt you. After lunch, you will be accompanied for a bike tour to visit more in depth the charms of the valley. Return to the guesthouse for dinner and overnight.
  • Day 15 > Huu Lung – Hanoi
  • After breakfast, a short walk will be offered to enjoy the last moments in the countryside of North Vietnam. You will then be transferred back to Hanoi to Song Cafe for a local lunch with the Song Voyages team. Possibility to take a shower on site before the transfer to the airport.
Sample Description
  • Included:
  • Private comfortable car with air conditionning
  • Transports mentioned
  • Professional english-speaking tour guide
  • Local tour guide in remote areas
  • Accommodation
  • Entrance fees
  • All activities mentioned
  • Water
  • Excluded:
  • Visa
  • International flights
  • Drinks
  • Extra activities
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses