North Vietnam in depth Tour

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  • Duration: 14 days

Like many others neighbor countries in Southeast Asia, Vietnam has a precious treasure; its people. Everywhere you go, you will be welcomed by smiles and kind helps from the locals whether they know Vietnamese or not. People from Hue, from example, are famous all over the country for their royal-like attitude; elegant and sweet. Those from Hoi An, on the other hand, are known for being honest. If you have time to spend in the Mekong delta of Vietnam, you will even be more surprised and inspired by the way you are received by the local farmers. Get impressed!
Vietnam has all of the off-the-beaten-path experience and that you are all looking for. From staying with an ethnic family in the Northern mountain area of Sa Pa to talking photos over the sunrise in Hoi An to sand-surfing with the local kids in Mui Ne- you name then all. A unique travel experience is all about yourself – and the best part about Vietnam is that there are so much to discover after all.

  • Day 1: Hanoi arrives
  • Day 2: Hanoi sightseeing & Cultural exploration – O/N train to Sapa(B)
  • Day 3: Sapa Hilltribe Villages(B)
  • Day 4: Sapa – Hill Tribe Market – Bac Ha (B)
  • Day 5: Bac Ha – Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang (B,D)
  • Day 6: Ha Giang – Sa Phin – Dong Van (B, D)
  • Day 7: Dong Van – Meo Vac – Bao Loc – Nguyen Binh – Babe lake (B, D)
  • Day 8: Ba Be Lake (B, L, D)
  • Day 9: Babe – Pac bo – Cao Bang(B,D)
  • Day 10: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Cao Bang(B,D)
  • Day 11: Cao Bang – That Khe – Dong Khe – Tan Thanh Market – Lang Son (B, D)
  • Day 12: Lang Son – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
  • Day 13: Halong Bay – Hanoi(B,L)
  • Day 14: Hanoi departs(B)


Detail Itinerary :


Day 01
Hanoi arrives
  • Aiport pick up and transfer to your hotel.
  • Take a pleasant walk around the lake area for a glimpse of the city.
  • Overnight at your hotel in Hanoi old quarter.
Day 02
Hanoi sightseeing & Cultural exploration – O/N train to Sapa(B)
  • Today we start with a cyclo(rickshaw) ride around the old quarter and French quarter of Hanoi and stop at Hochiminh complex and queue with local to walk solemnly to visit his mausoleum.
  • Walking along tree-lined colonial street in Hanoi French quarter with stop to visit a bonsai garden inside former Thang Long Citadel
  • Keep on to Ngo Si Lien market for authentic local street food market before a visit to Temple of Literature – the first Emperial college of Vietnam and symbol of Vietnamese education traditions.
  • After lunch in a authentic local restaurant called Quan An Ngon for best traditional Vietnamese dishes, we will visit Hanoi Hilton( a former French prison).
  • Visit one of your museum of your choice( Ethnology museum, history museum and Military Museum)
  • Drive to old quarter of Hanoi and enjoy walk in this very Hanoi area to see get to know local life before keep on to Dong Xuan central market – the biggest wholesale market of Hanoi
  • Overnight on train to Sapa
Day 03
Sapa Hilltribe Villages(B)
  • Train arrives early in Laocai
  • We will take scenic drive for 1 hours to Sapa
  • After shower & breakfast at the hotel, we will walk around Sapa town for a glimpse of the town and visit Sapa central market
  • Start hiking with your local guide following the only road built on the side of a mountain range, looking down the valley, over viewing magnificent landscapes composed of high mountains, deep valleys, and stream of water winding, waterfalls and terraced rice paddies and drop us at on the roadside in order to start our trek down to the river and Y Linh Ho village and keep on to Lao Chai village and Tavan villages of different ethnic group with beautiful views of rice terraces, moutains and also interesting local life.
  • Walking through the village of Y Linh Ho( home of Red Dzao), Lao Chai( home of Blac HMong) and Tavan( home of Dzay) with many encounter with locals and home visits
  • Drive back to Sapa from Tavan in late afternoon
  • Overnight at your hotel in Sapa.
Day 04
Sapa – Hill Tribe Market – Bac Ha (B)
  • After having a breakfast, our experiened and friendly guide and driver pick you up to Cocly the way to there you will explore beautiful landscape with pineapple and tea farm,rice terrace field
  • Arrive to market you see many colorful ethnic people Hmong, Dao, Tay, Nung, Ha Nhi…,they are very friendly and like you take a picture from them , then you can drink some corn wine and eat some local food with them, after that visiting the flower Hmong village to explore the basic life of Hmong people…
  • continue to Ta Thang , Coc Ly village with alot great rice terrace field and big lake, break for photos before take a boat ride along Chay river, both of river side are mountain , waterfall, farm,as well as many children swim on river you can stop for swimming . A short walk to Trung Do village of Tay ethnic people after that get back the boat to Bao Nhai
  • Drive uphill to Bac Ha
  • Overnight at your hotel in Bac Ha
Day 05
Bac Ha – Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang (B,D)
  • Upon leaving Bac Ha we set off on a full day journey through Sin Man and Hoang Su Phi to Ha Giang Town. The rough but scenic route traverse a dense jungle before crossing over a pass and dropping down to Sin Man.
  • This day is a real challenge for our driver as we travel by winding roads with many uphill and down hill drives. Along the way we may encounter the Nung Ing, Tay, Red Dao, Dao Ao Dai, La Chi and Co Lao, just some of the many hill tribe groups who have settled there.
  • Overnight at hotel in Ha Giang.
Day 06
Ha Giang – Sa Phin – Dong Van (B, D)
  • The remote region of Dong Van and Meo Vac is a land of rugged mountains and beautiful hill villages which are unchanged for centuries. Today we head north west out of Ha Giang Town towards this northernmost tip of Vietnam.
  • Visit the former H’mong royal house at Sa Phin is a primary attraction of the region but the blend of hill tribe people’s colorful costumes and the majestic mountainous scenery make this long and bumpy trip an unforgettable experience.
  • Overnight at hotel in Dong Van.
Day 07
Dong Van – Meo Vac – Bao Loc – Nguyen Binh – Babe lake (B, D)
  • The landscape along this journey is among the most beautiful of Vietnam, and the slow tempo is only more appreciable.
  • We across the wild regions of the mythical province of Ha Giang, Meo Vac is included. It shares the border with Dong Van District of Ha Giang Province and Bao Lam District of Cao Bang Province. Meo Vac has most of the terrain in the Rock Plateau of Dong Van and above 1000m above sea level. Meo Vac has a harsh climate in the winter which is from November to April with dry and freezing cold weather. It is inhabited by different ethnic minorities including the H’mong, the King, Tay, Dzao…Most ethnic groups have maintained their culture untouched from the outside world.
  • Overnight at homestay in Babe
Day 08
Ba Be Lake (B, L, D)
  • The legendary lake of Ba Be is just one continuous water body although the name means” three lakes”. Today we embark on a boat cruising down the Nang River which is the main water source of the lake.
  • This exciting river trip will give us a taste of the tranquil countryside and an enjoyable exploration of the Ba Be National Park. We traverse en route the Poong Grotto before stopping at some nearby hill tribe villages and getting off the beaten track to the scenic Dau Dang Waterfalls.
  • Dinner with a family of Tay at homestay in Bac Ngoi village.
  • Overnight at homestay in Bac Ngoi village.
Day 09
Babe – Pac bo – Cao Bang (B,D)
  • As we say goodbye with Pac Ngoi village and Ba Be Lakes, we will take about a 2 hour walk on a flat road through the National Park. Our driver meets us at the center of the park, then we hit the road, and take a scenic 2.5 hour drive towards Cao Bang.
  • Here the ethnic people of Hmong, Dao, Tho and Nung live together in harmony. We will arrive in Cao Bang town about 1:30 pm for our lunch, check in, take a short rest then we drive to visit the historical cave of Pac Po, where Ho Chi Minh set up headquarters for the August Vietnamese Revolution in 1945.
  • Back to Cao Bang town in the late afternoon. Free time to relax and stay overnight in Cao Bang town
Day 10
Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Cao Bang (B,D)
  • Heading out of the town we start venturing into the most remote northern region of Cao Bang Province. The scenic roads traverse Trung Khanh before arriving at Ban Gioc Waterfall, which boasts the biggest waterfall in Vietnam (though not full of water in the dry season).
  • This enormous cave has two main entrances and one branch reaching almost all the way to the waterfalls where is a ‘secret’ entrance.
  • On the way back, we can make breaks en routes as you wish, to visit hill tribe villages and take pictures. Back to Cao Bang for overnight.
Day 11
Cao Bang – That Khe – Dong Khe – Tan Thanh Market – Lang Son (B, D)
  • Departure to Dong Khe, the town well-known for the fighting on the road RC 4. Visit a village of the Nung People before arriving at Dong Khe.
  • Lunch at Dong Khe.
  • After lunch, visit the victory monument of Dong Khe, and then travel by road That Khe and then to Lang Son.
  • Visit Tan Thanh border market before reach your hotel
  • Dinner and overnight in Lang Son city – a border town with China.
Day 12
Lang Son – Halong Bay (B, L, D)
  • After breakfast, we drive for 3.5 hours to Halong bay
  • Embark your boat and start Halong Bay & Bai Tu Long Bay cruise( following cruise’s itinerary as detailed in separate documents)
  • Overnight on board of Paloma cruise
Day 13
Halong Bay – Hanoi(B,L)
  • More cruise in Halong Bay
  • Drive back to Hanoi
  • Overnight at hotel in Hanoi
Day 14
Hanoi departs(B)
  • Free at leisure till transfer to the airport for your outgoing flight home
Inclusions in the price of package:
  • All transfers and transportations with private, new modal, air-conditioned vehicle during mentioned tourings
  • All accommodations based on double /Twin room in hotels mentioned.
  • All touring activities as specified with entrance fees and permits
  • Boat Cruise in Halong Bay as mentioned
  • Train ticket Hanoi-LaoCai on soft-sleeper cabin( 4 berths per cabin)
  • Private Boat rides in cocly & Babe Lake
  • Private English speaking guide during the touring days
  • Meals as mentioned: ( B=Breakfasts, L= lunches & D=Dinners)
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • 2 bottles of water per day per pax during the drive jouneys
Exclusions in the price of package:
  • flight, bank fees, visa stamping fee, travel insurance, meals not mentioned, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
Tour Note :
  • Time for check-in from 12.00 to 14.00 and check-out from 11.00 to 12.00 depending on the hotels. Late check-out or early check-in are often subject to surcharges
  • Please inform us in advance for any special food request
  • All traveler are required to have passport valid for more than 6 months from arrival date for Vietnam
  • The tour involves plenty of walking, over uneven surfaces and climbing stairs, in varying weather conditions.
  • Visa requirements: All persons entering Vietnam require a visa. Travellers need a tourist visa which cannot be issued on arrival unless prior arrangements have been made. Please note normal tourist visas are valid for single entry only. For more information about visa to Vietnam, please contact It is your responsibility to make sure that visa requirements are fulfilled.
  • Health issues: Good medical advice usually recommends vaccinations/ prophylactics in advance of travel to Vietnam. We suggest that you consult with your doctor to discuss health care needs specific to your holiday.
  • Insurance: You must be comprehensively insured as a condition of travelling with Travel Authentic. Insurance should include cover for personal accident and medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of your holiday.
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Hotels To Be Used
Destination Hotel
Hanoi  La Dolce Vita Hotel ***
Sapa Sunny Moutain Hotel***
Bacha Sao Mai Hotel***
Ha Giang Truong Xuan Resort
Dong Van Hoang Ngoc**
Babe Homestay
Caobang Thanh Loan Hotel **
Lang Son Muong Thanh Lang Son****
Halong Paloma junk ****