Cao Bang - Ha Giang - Sapa 10 days tour - The northern Vietnam loop

Cao Bang – Ha Giang – Sapa 10 days tour – The North Vietnam loop

cao bang ha giang sapa tour 10 days north vietnam

Introduction

Intense experience in the Northen Vietnam loop 10 days tour to Cao Bang – Ha Giang – Sapa. Unique adventure awaiting you

Start your journey in the North East Vietnam in Cao Bang combining stunning landscapes (including Ban Gioc waterfall) and local villages from various minorities.

Continue to explore the famous Ha Giang loop ! Not like any other tours there, sleep in local homestays for an authentic experience. A mix of the highlights as the various amazing passes and the hidden Ha Giang

End your trip by a trekking in the surrounding of Sapa town. Beautiful rice paddies and rich culture.

The North Vietnam loop 10 days is customized to create a lifetime memory of your trip to Vietnam.

Cao Bang – Ha Giang – Sapa tour > 3 different destinations with different way of traveling. By private car, by motorbike and by foot

Brief program

  • Day 1: Hanoi – Phia Thap incense village (-/-/D)
  • Day 2 Phia Thap – Ban Gioc waterfall – Khuoi Ky (B/L/D)
  • Day 3: Khuoi Ky – Mat Than mountain – Pac Bo (B/L/-)
  • Day 4: Pac Bo – Khau Coc Cha pass – Meo Vac (B/-/-)
  • Day 5: Meo Vac – Dong Van – Lung Cu – Ma le – Lao Xa (B/L/D)
  • Day 6: Lao Xa – Nam Dan (B/L/D)
  • Day 7: Nam Dan – Ha Thanh (B/L/D)
  • Day 8: Ha Thanh – Sapa – Ta Van (B/L/D)
  • Day 9: Ta Van – Lao Chai San (B/L/D)
  • Day 10: Lao Chai San – Sapa – Hanoi (B/L:-)

ban gioc waterfall - cao bang ha giang sapa 10 days tour

BAN GIOC

HA GIANG

Cao Bang - Ha Giang - Sapa 10 days tour - The northern Vietnam loop

SAPA

Detailed program

Day 1: Hanoi – Cao Bang – Phia Thap incense village

Cao Bang - Ha Giang - Sapa 10 days tour - The northern Vietnam loop - incense village

Journey: 06:00

06:00: Departure by private car towards the province of Cao Bang . Stop in the city around 12 p.m. for lunch. You will then continue to the village of Phia Thap , known for its local incense stick crafts . You can also visit the village of Phuc Sen , specialized in cutlery and the village of Dia Tren , paper manufacturing. (If there is no time to visit both villages, we can visit one the next morning)

Arrived at the village of Phia Thap , you will check in at the homestay . Then you will visit the village which lives to the rhythm of incense manufacturing. Each house has its workshop and you will be able to understand how it works from start to finish.

Quiet evening and dinner with the hosts

Accommodation: Dormitory bed in traditional house

Day 2: Phia Thap – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Tiger Cave – Khuoi Ky

Journey: 1h30

07:00: After breakfast, say goodbye to the hosts and head towards the Trung Khanh district which is home to a jewel of North Vietnam, the Ban Gioc waterfalls , the largest in Vietnam.

On the way you will stop at the Trung Khanh Sunday market (if sunday) . You can taste local specialties and see the morning activity in the market.

You will pass by the superb viewpoint of Ngoc Con to finally arrive at the falls. Visit the site and a great place to indulge in photography.

On your way back, you will visit the Phat Pagoda Tich , which offers a panoramic and elevated view of the falls.

It will be time to regain energy by enjoying a local lunch in a nearby homestay .

You will then leave for the very beautiful tiger cave “ Nguom Ngao ” . A very large cave with surprising rock formations.

You will end the day by going to the ancient village of Khuoi Ky . Once there, check-in at the homestay and break to refresh before taking a tour of the villages. You can admire the magnificent stone houses with their roofs covered with tiles.

Evening and dinner on site with the hosts.

Accommodation: Private room in Yen Nhi homestay

Cao Bang - Ha Giang - Sapa 10 days tour - The northern Vietnam loop

Day 3: Khuoi Ky – Mat Than Mountain – Pac Bo

Journey: 3 hours

Early morning departure towards the famous pierced mountain (called God’s eye mountain). After a one and a half hour journey, you will arrive in this sumptuous valley dominated by the pierced Mat Than mountain.

You will begin a hike in this peaceful valley of approximately 2 hours. Moment of tranquility and connection with magnificent nature.

You will then return to the homestay for a break and lunch.

In the afternoon, you will take the road again to the historic site of Pac Bo . Nestled near the Chinese border, this splendid site was used by Ho Chi Minh to hide. You can learn about the history of the conflict with the French. It is a site of meditation and glory for the Vietnamese.

You will then return to the homestay where you will have dinner and spend the night.

Accommodation: Private room at Me Farmstay

Day 4: Pac Bo – Khau Coc Cha pass – Meo Vac

Journey: 5 hours (during the day)

After breakfast, you will take the road to the province of Ha Giang and more particularly the town of Meo Vac.

On the way, you can admire magnificent landscapes such as the Na Tenh Pass , the Xuan Truong Valley and the Khau Coc Cha Pass , the latter being one of the most beautiful in Vietnam.

You will stop for lunch at a local restaurant in the town of Bao Lac, halfway.

Arrive at Meo Vac in the mid-afternoon, you will check in at the superb homestay the Auberge De Meo Vac.

Rest of the day and evening at leisure.

Accommodation: Double room at Auberge de Meo Vac.

Cao Bang - Ha Giang loop - Sapa 10 days tour - The northern Vietnam loop

Day 5: Meo Vac – Dong Van – Lung Cu Tower – Ma Le – Mao Xa

Journey: > 3h

After breakfast, you will meet your drivers to begin exploring the Ha Giang loop with its unique and fabulous landscapes.

To start slowly, you will go to the banks of the Nho Que River for a boat trip which will pass through the Tu San canyon , known to be the deepest (700 to 800m) in Vietnam and South East Asia.

After this appetizer, you will reach the Ma Pi Leng pass which offers a superb view. You can hike the “ Skywalk ”, a narrow path on the mountainside in the heart of the pass.

Arrival at Dong Van town for lunch.

In the afternoon , you will start by going to the village of Thien Huong , a magnificent isolated village accessible only by two wheels or hiking.

You will take the road again to the far north of Vietnam and in particular the Lung Cu tower , the northernmost point of Vietnam. From the top of the tower, you will have a 360° view of North Vietnam on one side and China on the other.

Return on the scooter to reach the village of Ma Le with its traditional old houses.

You will end the day by returning to the village of Lao Xa. Check-in and dine on site

Accommodation: Dormitory bed in traditional house in Lao Xa

Day 6: Lao Xa – Pho Cao – Nam Dan

Journey > 4h

In the morning visit the village of Lao Xa , known for its silver sculpture crafts . You will be able to meet a H’Mong family who have been practicing this process for several generations.

Then you will go to the village of Pho Cao for lunch in this charming village.

You will then take the road again via the Tham Ma pass which offers a superb view.

Arrival at the village of Nam Dan , you will check in at the homestay . Free time to visit the village and see the houses built in clay.

Dinner and night on site.

Accommodation: Private room at Nam Dan homestay

Cao Bang - Ha Giang - Sapa 10 days tour - The northern Vietnam loop

Day 7: Nam Dan – Bac Sum Pass – Ha Thanh

Journey > 2 hours

You will start the road by going to the Tung Vai valley , inhabited by the Bo Y and Tay ethnic groups. You will meet a Bo Y family and interact with them. This minority is part of one of the 16 minorities with the smallest population.

Return to the road via the Bac Sum pass . You will arrive in Phuong Do district to have lunch.

In the afternoon, you can hike in the village of Ha Thanh going to the villages of Nà Thác , Khuổi My and Lùng Vài , inhabited by the Dao minority. You can admire the magnificent old houses in this less touristy part.

You will then go to the homestay to relax before having dinner with the hosts.

Accommodation: private room at Cay homestay

Day 8: Ha Thanh – Sapa – Ta Van

Hiking > approximately 4 hours

Morning, you will be transferred to the bus station to catch the bus to Sapa. Arrival on site, the tour guide will take you to a local restaurant for munch. Then, you will then begin your 3-day trek through the fabulous landscapes of Sapa.

You will pass by the beautiful villages of Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai and Ta Van , typical of the northern region of Vietnam. You will take small paths used by local inhabitants.

This trek will take us through ethnic villages preserved from modernity, offering the ideal opportunity to discover sublime mountain landscapes, to walk in the middle of rice terraces, to come across buffaloes, to breathe pure air and to admire the magnificent panorama of this authentic region of Vietnam.

You will arrive in Ta Van to have a meal and spend the night with a local.

Accommodation: private room with shared bathroom

Day 9: Ta Van – Lao Chai San – Ta Van

Hiking: approximately 5 hours

You will leave at 9:30 a.m. for a 3-hour hike in a magnificent setting of mountain rice fields around Lao Chai San . Halfway, you will have the opportunity to bathe in a bamboo forest.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. at Nhu ‘s family , who will welcome you with great hospitality and offer you beautiful moments of sharing and conviviality around a typical Vietnamese lunch. You will then resume your path through the rice fields at 2 p.m. for a pleasant walk offering magnificent views from the heights, perfect for taking beautiful photos. You will return to the locals’ home in Ta Van to spend the night and have the evening meal.

Accommodation: private room with shared bathroom

Day 10: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Sapa – Hanoi

Hiking: approximately 5 hours

After breakfast, you will resume the trek around 8:30 a.m. You will cross an impressive bamboo forest to discover the typical village of Giang Ta Chai , where you will meet inhabitants of the Dao Rouge ethnic group and reach a waterfall. Then, you will continue towards Su Pan village through a small trail, and stop at a local restaurant for lunch. You will then return to Sapa around 2 p.m. by car. You will be dropped off at the bus station to take the Limousine bus back to Hanoi.

End of the 10 days tour Cao Bang – Ha Giang loop – Sapa

Price

Cao Bang – Ha Giang Loop – Sapa – 10 days tour North Vietnam

Number of pax (price per pax based on double occupancy):

2 pax >

4 pax >

6 pax >

Inclusions / Exclusions

Inclusions:

  • Transportation (private car and buses)
  • Easy riders in Ha Giang Loop
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Meals as mentioned in brief program
  • Entrance fees / activities
  • Accommodations in dormitory / private room
  • 1 Bottle of water / day

Exclusions:

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Activities not mentioned
  • Drinks
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance