Feelings of Vietnam > 16 days North Vietnam

  • Multi-day hike in the high mountains of the North
  • An immersion in Vietnamese culture through the meeting of various ethnic minorities
  • Travel off the beaten track
  • Visit the UNESCO-listed Dong Van Geopark
  • Varied activities in connection with nature
  • Unusual landscapes between high mountains, rice terraces, valley and waterfalls
  • Tasting of local dishes specific to each province and minority

Feelings of Vietnam > 16 days tour North Vietnam

A deep exploration of the various beauties of North Vietnam to awake your feelings. Passing through the less touristy places, an adventurous feeling emerges in this exciting, intriguing, surprising journey! Adventure, nature, culture are waiting for you! It is impossible to avoid during your trip to Vietnam hiking through the rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi, among the most beautiful and impressive. It is also the way to meet different ethnic minorities and to exchange with them. The province of Ha Giang, in the far north, is the region best endowed with landscapes. If the rice fields of Ban Luoc will amaze you, you will not be outdone by doing the “loop of Ha Giang” with its sometimes lunar, sometimes mystical and mysterious landscapes. The Dong Van Geopark is also the first to have been classified in Vietnam by UNESCO.

Then, other more hilly landscapes await you in the province of Cao Bang. Known for the largest waterfalls in the country, Ban Gioc, the landscapes are also of rare beauty. Finally, the descent to Hanoi will take you to the province of Lang Son with its two less frequented communes which are Bac Son and Huu Lung. Feelings guaranteed in this adventure in North Vietnam.

More information about the UNESCO Geopark of Dong Van > https://en.unesco.org/global-geoparks/dong-van-karst

Feelings of Vietnam 16 days North

  • Day 1 > Hanoi
  • Day 2 > Hanoi
  • Day 3 >Hanoi – Hoang Su Phi (Tan Xa Phin – Nam Dam)
  • Day 4 > Nam Soong – Seo Phin – Ho Thau
  • Day 5 > Ho Thau – Ban Van – Suoi Thau
  • Day 6 > Suoi Thau – Ban Luoc – 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 – Bac Son
  • Day 14 > Bac Son
  • Day 15 > Bac Son – Huu Lung
  • Day 16 > 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 taste the egg coffee, a Hanoian specialty. For dinner, enjoy a delicious local specialty, Cha Ca, fried fish accompanied by Bun and aromatic herbs before heading to the station to board the sleeper train.
  • Day 3 > Hanoi – Hoang Su Phi (Tan Xa Phin – Nam Dam)
  • tam-coc_smallEarly breakfast and departure for a 4-day trek to Hoang Su Phi, Ha Giang. Lunch en route. Arrival in Tan Xa Phin in the early afternoon, short break then 2-hour hike through the small village of the Dao ethnic group with long tunics and descent into the valley where the Tay ethnic groups live. Dinner and night at the inhabitant of the Tay ethnic group.
  • Day 4 > Nam Soong – Seo Phin – Ho Thau
  • You will walk to Nam Son and experience small town life in northern Vietnam. Then, you leave the city by a suspension bridge and go up the mountainside to a small village of the Hmong ethnic group. You will have time to admire the breathtaking view of the rice terraces . You will also discover the daily life of the inhabitants throughout this trek and you will meet in particular the Dao with the Long Tunics, the Flowered H'mong and the Nung. You will have lunch with a H'Mong family . The night will be spent with another ethnic group (Nung or Man Ta Pan) so that you can compare the lifestyles, homes and foods of each.
  • Day 5 > Ho Thau – Ban Van – Suoi Thau
  • You will walk (5 to 6 hours) until you reach Suoi Thau, a village inhabited by the Dao with long tunics . This village is located between the largest rice terraces of Hoang Su Phi . Following the route, you will cross streams, waterfalls, bamboo forests, pass the “ Ban Luoc Heaven Gate ” and beautiful rice terraces. On the winding paths, you will also witness the daily work of the local people, especially the group of s Man Ta Pan and the Dao. In Suoi Thau, you will see an old tea tree (more than 100 years old) with buds that have white hairs, this is called S han tea - a famous tea in Vietnam that you will have the chance to taste. Visit an ancient temple of the long-robed Dao people, where you can learn about their way of praying for a prosperous and healthy future. Lunch with a family of the Man Ta Pan ethnic group. Dinner and night at homestay with a Dao family
  • Day 6 > Suoi Thau – Ban Luoc – Ha Giang
  • After breakfast, you will walk 2 hours to leave the rice terraces of Ban Luoc. You can have tea with a local family and rest until lunch there. Then you will take the direction of Ha Giang and more precisely at P'apiu Resort . After this trek of several days, you can regain your strength in this elegant hotel perched at the top of the mountain. Arrived at the end of the afternoon, you will have free time to enjoy the hotel and the room. Dinner on site. For the more adventurous, you can spend a night under the stars within the hotel grounds.
  • 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 – Bac Son
  • The road resumes in the direction of Bac Son, known for its valleys surrounded by kartsic peaks . 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 take the road back to Bac Son for dinner and overnight in a Tay village
  • Day 14 > Bac Son
  • Day on a bike to enjoy the tranquility of the valley and soak up the atmosphere of the place. The first stop will be in a workshop making the "Yin and Yang" tiles that adorn the roofs of the splendid traditional Tay houses. The walk then continues through the valley to the village of Pac Mo. You will visit an old house and can share with the hosts. Then, a short tour in the jungle behind the village to the entrance of the cave and to see the century-old trees. Back on the bike to go to the restaurant for a tasting of local dishes. After lunch, you will take the road back to the start of the hike to climb Na Lay Peak. Arrived at the top, break with fresh fruit to contemplate the exceptional landscape that awaits you. After the descent, you will finish the walk to return to the guest house to refresh yourself before having dinner and attending a traditional dance performance. Night on site.
  • Day 15 > Bac Son – Huu Lung
  • After breakfast, transfer to Huu Lung Valley 2 hours away. Arrived mid-morning, a relaxing bike ride will take you to discover the surrounding villages until lunch which will be taken with a local family. Back at the guest house, the afternoon will be devoted to climbing (all levels). Another way to discover the valley by gaining height. (Possibility to continue the bike ride for a more in-depth exploration of the places for those who do not wish to climb). End of the day free until dinner. Quiet night.
  • Day 16 > 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 conditioning
  • 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