Secrets of Vietnam 17 days North and Center

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  • Multi-day hike in the high mountains of the North
  • Admire the most beautiful rice terraces in the North
  • Learn about the lifestyles of different ethnic minorities
  • Go off the beaten track
  • Relaxation and history in the famous Hue and the splendid Hoi An
  • Learn about ancestral craftsmanship

Secrets of Vietnam > 17 days North and center

Discover Vietnam differently ! Secrets of Vietnam tour is specially designed for travelers who have already visited the land of the dragon or want to avoid crowded areas. An immersion in a different, captivating, intriguing, spectacular Vietnam!

The North is like Vietnamese gastronomy, varied, delicious and surprising, immerse yourself in this cultural rainbow and make memorable encounters. The rice fields of Hoang Su Phi, like a master painting, remain engraved in the memories. Whether they are in water, green or covered with a golden yellow, it is always impressive to attend this spectacle. Combined with meeting ethnic minorities, it is a timeless journey and a profound change of scenery that awaits you. The other discoveries of the North included as in Xin Man, Bac Ha or Tam Duong perfectly complement this masterpiece of nature.

In order to stay off the traditional paths of travelers, after discovering the North, head for less popular places like Nam Dinh, Dong Du or the exceptional Pu Mat national park. At the rendezvous, culture and varied landscapes. Finally, for those who have not yet had the chance to visit two extraordinary sites in Vietnam, you will go to Hue, the former imperial city, and Hoi An with its ancient town and its lanterns.

More information about Hoang Su Phi and unique rice terraces here > https://songvoyages.com/en/hoang-su-phi-travel-guide-what-to-do-to-see-to-eat-how-to-go-when-to-go/

Secrets of Vietnam 17 days North and Center

  • Day 1 > Hanoi
  • Day 2 > Hanoi – Lao Cai
  • Day 3 >Lao Cai – Nam Dich – Ho Tau
  • Day 4 > Ho Tau – Suoi Thau
  • Day 5 > Suoi Thau – Su Phi – Xin Man
  • Day 6 > Xin Man – Bac Ha
  • Day 7 > Bac Ha – Chu Va 6 – Si Thau Chai
  • Day 8 > Si Thau Chai – Lao Cai - Hanoi
  • Day 9 > Hanoi – Hai Hau
  • Day 10 > Hai Hau – Dong Du
  • Day 11 > Dong du
  • Day 12 > Dong Du – Con Cuong (Pu Mat National Park)
  • Day 13 > Pumat – Vinh – Hue
  • Day 14 > Hue
  • Day 15 > Hue – Cloud pass - Hoi An
  • Day 16 > Hoi An
  • Day 17 > Hoi An – Hanoi
  • Day 1 > Hanoi
  • Arrival at the airport, welcome and transfer to your hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight.
  • Day 2 > Hanoi – Lao Cai
  • 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 > Lao Cai – Nam Dich – Ho Tau
  • tam-coc_smallArrival at the station, local breakfast and transfer for the first stage which will take you to Nam Dich , in the district of Hoang Su Phi. On the way, short break in the village of Bac Ha (visit of the market on Sunday morning) and end of the road to Nam Dich for lunch with the Flower H'mongs . In the afternoon, you will begin a trek in the mountains to contemplate among the most beautiful terraced rice fields in Vietnam and cross villages of the Daos with long tunics and the Nungs. You will dine and sleep with the Man Pa Tan minority.
  • Day 4 > Ho Tau – Suoi Thau
  • After breakfast, it will be time to say goodbye to your hosts and resume the hike that will take you to the village of Ban Vam . The path will pass through bamboo forests, rivers, waterfalls and the "Ban Luoc Heaven's Gate ". Of course, the endless landscapes of espalier rice fields will take shape in front of you as the trek progresses. This is also the time to admire the locals working and living in their natural habitat. Lunch will be either with a Man Pa Tan family or at the “Ban Luoc gate ”. You will then arrive at Suoi Thau, located near the most impressive rice fields in the Hoang Su Phi district. The dinner and the night will be spent with a family of Daos with long tunics.
  • Day 5 > Suoi Thau – Su Phi – Xin Man
  • After a 2h30 walk, you will reach Su Phi where the car will pick you up to start the transfer to Xin Man, the poorest district but of rare beauty. Arrive for lunch which you will share with the Tay minority host family. The afternoon will be devoted to discovering the places, enjoying the delicious mountainous landscapes and the local life. The dinner and the night will be spent in the company of the host family .
  • Day 6 > Xin Man – Bac Ha
  • After breakfast, we continue the visit of the Xin Man district to discover the minorities residing in the perched hamlets. Back at the guest house to freshen up, it will be time to hit the road again for the next stop, the charming village of Bac Ha where you will have lunch. If the visit to the market on Sunday morning is a "classic", local life outside market days remains very interesting. A hike in the surroundings will lead you to magnificent landscapes. You will visit a traditional house and share tea with the locals. You will also learn about botany and how minorities use them in their daily lives. You will share dinner with the host family for a friendly moment and exchange. Quiet night.
  • Day 7 > Bac Ha – Chu Va 6 – Si Thau Chai
  • The day begins with exploring the colorful and folkloric market of Bac Ha, only on Sundays. A real cultural crossroads with the weekly gathering of minorities from the surrounding area, you can witness the osmosis that reigns there , everyone exchanges, sells, buys everyday goods. If you are there on another day, a morning hike will be taken to admire the view, the rice fields and meet the locals. Then drive to Lao Cai for a lunch stop. The road will take the magnificent pass of O Quy Ho. A stop to visit the H'Mong village of Chu Va 6. Small isolated village with its new and very simple church, a mixture of ethnic tradition and fascinating Catholic. The day will end at the hilltop village of Si Thau Chai among the Flat Hat Dao. After settling into the guest house, you will take a tour of the village and be invited to a herbal foot bath before a family dinner. Night on site.
  • Day 8 >Si Thau Chai – Lao Cai - Hanoi
  • Wake up at dawn for a breakfast at the entrance of the village while watching the sunrise, a spectacular spectacle with a panoramic view of the valley and the mountains. Time will come to hike along the mountain to Tac Tinh Super Waterfall . The time will be for relaxation around the impressive waterfall, swimming if the weather allows it followed by a picnic on site. Back in the village for a relaxing break, the afternoon will be devoted to discovering the surrounding jungle and the way of life of the Daos , daily activities (program depending on the season) and use of the riches of nature. Transfer back to Lao Cai for dinner and board the sleeper train to Hanoi
  • Day 9 >Hanoi – Hai Hau
  • Arrival at dawn at Hanoi train station, breakfast will be taken at a local restaurant. Then head to Hai Hau , in the province of Nam Dinh for a day dedicated to exploring and discovering local crafts. First through the “ Rach Water Puppet Village ” – or the long-known Nam Chan Puppet Hall. Here you discover the history of the creation and development of the profession of water puppet makers in this region, understanding all the steps to make them from the work of scissors, assembly, painting and decoration. Then, head to the Co Le pagoda, with its unique architecture. It is a perfect combination between the architecture of Buddhism and Christianity. Buildings such as the Nine-story Flowering Tower and the Big Rose are the hallmarks of the history of the establishment and development of this temple. Lunch in the homestay for a tasting of local specialties. In the afternoon, visit the Bach Long salt field. You will then cycle to Pham Phao Church and then the traditional village of Hai Minh copper trumpets. You will see an old Japanese bridge recognized as one of the 5 most beautiful bridges covered in tiles in Vietnam, built in the 16th century. Return to the hostel for a herbal foot bath, dinner and peaceful night.
  • Day 10 > Hai Hau – Dong Du
  • Wake up to admire the sunrise and watch the village seafood market. Return to the guest house for breakfast and depart for the village of Sa Chau fish sauce, particularly famous since it was the one used by kings and nobles. Then head to Xuan Thuy National Park. This park has an extremely diverse mangrove ecosystem with rare mangrove and bird species. The main asset of this park is being able to have lunch in the “clam pavilion”. You can experience clam fishing in the area around the lodge or in the Ngan and Lu dune areas of the national park. Lunch of fresh seafood in the lodge and free time. Early afternoon, depart for Dong Du Lake in Nghe An province where you will arrive for dinner. Quiet evening in the homestay .
  • Day 11 > Dong du
  • Peaceful day cycling in the countryside. Visit a rubber farm, walk around Dong Du and Khe lakes Ha . Local lunch during the day. Exploration of local life in a non-touristy area. Dinner and night in the rural lodging.
  • Day 12 > Dong Du – Con Cuong (Pu Mat National Park)
  • After breakfast, departure for the Hong Son waterfall, a magnificent waterfall. You will take the time to refresh yourself there and breathe the pure air of the place. Fresh fruit tasting on site. You will then take the road to Pu Mat National Park, one of the places least impacted by tourism in Vietnam. You will stop at the charming village of Con Cuong , of the Thai minority. You will have lunch and settle into the homestay . In the afternoon, hike in the park to discover its hidden treasures, its rich fauna and flora. Back at the guest house, you will share dinner with the family and spend a quiet night.
  • Day 13 > Pumat – Vinh – Hue
  • The day will begin with a transfer to the starting point of the trek to reach the Khe Kem waterfall, a marvel of 150m altitude. A picnic will be organized on site. The trek goes through forest and jungle. In the afternoon, you will embark on a boat trip on the Giang River where you can try your hand at local fishing and why bathing there depending on the season. You can contemplate local life and the lush nature on the banks. After this delicious day, you will take the road to Vinh to take the night train to Hue. Dinner will be taken at a local restaurant and overnight on board the train.
  • Day 14 > Hue
  • Arrival in the early morning, breakfast will be taken in a local restaurant before heading to visit the citadel, a historic place full of culture. Hotel check-in. After the visit and to deepen the discovery of the ancient capital, visit the tomb of the former emperor Khai Dinh. Lunch to taste some local specialties, Hue is recognized in Vietnam for having a very refined cuisine. In the afternoon, visit the village of incense and the village of folk paintings. On the way back, pause at the sublime Japanese bridge at Thanh Toan , an architectural masterpiece. Back in town, you will embark on a cruise on the Perfume River accompanied by dinner. Night at the hotel.
  • Day 15 > Hue – Cloud pass - Hoi An
  • After breakfast, check out and departure by car to visit the abandoned water park of Thuy Tien and its mystical atmosphere. You will then take the road to the spectacular town of Hoi An and its ancient center classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. The journey will be via the magnificent cloud pass (Hai Van Pass ) to admire the splendid view of the China Sea. Arrive in Hoi An for lunch at a local restaurant. Head to the hotel in the middle of the rice fields for check-in. The afternoon will be under the sign of relaxation with a relaxing bike ride in the countryside to discover the way of life of the local inhabitants. Back at the hotel to freshen up, the evening will be spent in the charming old town for dinner and a boat ride on the river. Night at the hotel.
  • Day 16 > Hoi An
  • Early departure for My Son Sanctuary, listed by UNESCO. Mysterious atmosphere and time travel in the early morning. Built between the 4th and 14th century by the kings of Champa, the site plunges you into lost and bygone times. After this temporal immersion, return to Hoi An with a stop at the silk village to try traditional sewing. Lunch will be at the Hoi An covered market , in the heart of the old town. Depending on the weather and your desire, it will be time to discover the museums, pagoda and the old Japanese bridge or to enjoy a lazy afternoon at the beach. The evening will be under the sign of gastronomy with a cooking class followed by a tasting. Evening to attend the incredible Hoi An Memories show . Night at the hotel.
  • Day 17 > Hoi An – Hanoi
  • After breakfast, free time while waiting for the transfer back to Hanoi by plane. End of round. ( extra -activities according to flight time)
Sample Description
  • Included:
  • Private comfortable car with air conditioning
  • Transports mentioned (Lao Cai - Hanoi – Lao Cai night train, Vinh - Hue night train, Hoi An – Hanoi flight)
  • 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