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North Vietnam Adventure 7 Days

  • Duration: 7 days
  • Price from: $502 USD

Destinations: Hanoi – Ha Giang icon-16  Quan Ba, Yen Minh icon-16 Meo Vac, Dong Van icon-16 Hoang Su Phi  icon-16  Bac Ha icon-16 Sapa, Lao Chai, Ta Van 

Explore North Vietnam in 7 days, including Ha Giang, Lao Cai – Sapa. You can experience the North Pole area in Ha Giang, visit the deepest part of Southeast Asia and travel through the northern highlands of Vietnam. Enjoy the famous cuisines in Sapa – paradise land of Vietnam, discover the unique landscapes and ethnic minorities of these areas. Travel along roads snaking through high passes, journey through fertile valleys, see incredible rice terraces and visit colorful ethnic-minority markets. Discover some historical places, participate in the night activities of local people and experience traditional dances.

Highlights of trip:

  • Enjoy the stunning landscapes of the northern mountainous areas of Vietnam.
  • View the whole scene of huge highland area with endlessly range of mountain of all sizes, particularly interesting shapes when standing in the peak of Ma Pi Leng.
  • Admire the Sapa floating in the hazy fog and Trek some famous villages in Sapa.
  • Trekking in Northern Vietnam to experience the local life of ethnic minority groups as well as to enjoy fresh air and peaceful landscape.
  • Exploring Sapa Town and visiting traditional market of colorful handicrafts.
  • Interact with the friendly local people.
  • Discover traditional culture of ethnic residents and special cuisines in each destination.
  • Free Visa on arrival guaranted letter

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Full Itinerary

ItineraryRoute map

Day 1: Hanoi / Ha Giang

Hanoi departure

In the morning, our driver and guide will pick you up at your hotel to start North Vietnam Adventure 7 days. We will transfer to Ha Giang – the attractive destination.

  • In the way, we visit Museum of Ethnology in Thai Nguyen which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. Tourist can understand basic knowledge about people and culture of Vietnam.
  • Then we continue our journey and late of the evening, we arrive at Ha Giang.
  • You have dinner.

Ha Giang welcome

Arive Ha Giang about 5.00pm. Ha Giang is the province which located in the north-east region of Vietnam. It is located 320km to the north of Hanoi on the border with China, Ha Giang province at an elevation of 1,000m above sea level and with its fresh, cool air. It is known as the most attractive destination with a highly mountainous area and special culture.

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Free – time idea(s):

  • In Ha Giang, there are lots of cuisines. Dried buffalo is one of special foods in the meals of Black Thai. This meat is usually made from muscle of buffaloes and cows freely on the northwest mountains. So it still retains the flavor characteristics, especially, the sweetness of the meat.
  • Besides, Ha Giang is famous for Shan Tuyet Tea. It grows in highland with big leaves, many snow-white hair covered buds and have good quality. So that people called Shan tuyet. People drink it and cannot forget its flavor.

Today useful note(s):

  • Prepare enough your luggage for long days tour.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Overnight in Ha Giang

Day 2: Ha Giang / Quan Ba / Yen Minh

In the beginning of the second day:

  • The drivers and guides will collect you at your hotel in the morning. From there, you visit Quan Ba pass and Heaven’s gate, about 40km. We snacked along the treacherous roads and clinging to the side of the mountains. Then you reach Heaven’s Gate, the mist enveloped us. The weather is so cold in the morning. Heaven’s Gate is more 1,500m above sea level. In 1939, the French built a stone wall and a wooden gate to block the pass. From the peak of mountain, you can look down across a large valley of unending terraced fields, displaying a charming beauty like a paradise dimly visible through the clouds.
  • After that, you will see Twin Mountain. Quan Ba boasts an extensive karst landscape, but many people regard Twin Mountain as its most beautiful feature, because of its picturesque setting.
  • Have lunch in Quan Ba before travel to Yen Minh in the afternoon.
  • Yen Minh is a district of Ha Giang province, about 100 km north – east of Ha Giang city. The terrains of Yen Minh are mostly composed of steep dirt and karst mountains so the local ethnic people only grow corn and rice on terraces. Besides, you can go exploring around the sublime barren hills around the town. Tourists can catch amazing scenery on the way.

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Free – time idea(s):

  • You can visit the center of Yen Minh province which has many local cuisines and interact with friendly ethnic people.

Today useful note(s):

  • Bring warm clothes with low shoes

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Overnight in Yen Minh province.

Day 3: Yen Minh / Meo Vac / Dong Van

Meo Vac and Dong Van advanture

Tourists will be picked up in the hotel after have breakfast.

  • Moving to Meo Vac District which is about 150 km from the center of Ha GIang. Meo Vac has most of the terrain in the Rock Plateau of Dong Van and above 1000m above sea level. You can see the Meo Vac has a harsh climate in the winter which is from November to April with dry and freezing cold weather. Meo Vac is inhabited by different ethnic minorities including the H’mong, the King, Tay, Dzao… There is a famous bustling market here, but it is only on Sunday morning.
  • The road from Meo Vac Town to Dong Van Town is 23km which is via the sublime beauty of Ma Pi Leng Pass. We normally have a couple of hours so that you have enough time to take in the beauty of Ma Pi Leng. The time of the visit should be late in the morning or early in the afternoon because it is often foggy on the pass early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
  • The next destination is Dong Van Rock Plateau is the highland in the most extreme north of Vietnam with majority of the terrain at 1,400-1.600m above sea level and with over 80% of the surface covered by just rocks and with high concentration of rocky peaks of over 2,000m above sea level. You can see a road which snacks through stunning landscapes at Dong Van Plateau and easy to meet the local houses, which build walls around their home with just rocks,… Visit Dong Van town, which is surrounded by rock mountains with a sheer color of gray all year round. The market of Dong Van is a quarter lined with houses of one or two hundred years old…That’s the Old Quarter of Dong Van.

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Free – time idea(s):

  • Visit old house in Dong Van Old Quarter.
  • Sip coffee in the old-house converted cafe near the market and enjoy the ancient atmosphere of Dong Van
  • Enjoy the cuisine here such as Thang Co, Men Men, Ta Chua, of the H’Mong and visit the area display local produce.
  • Tourists can learn more about culture of ethnic people through local people and soak into dance of the Lo Lo
  • “Love market” is a traditional activity of local residents. People from the ethnic minority Hmong, Tay and Lo Lo are coming here and seeking a life partner or they are changing the partner.

Today useful note(s):

  • Bring warm clothes with low shoes
  • “Love market” is held once a year 27 day third month of the lunar calendar.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Overnight in Dong Van Town

Day 4: Dong Van / Yen Minh / Quan Ba / Ha Giang

Dong Van discovery 

  • Today, we drive from Dong Van after having breakfast. Visit The Hmong king´s palace (Vuong palace) in Sa Phin. This unassuming palace is located along the road to Dong Van. It was one the capital-house of the Mong ethnic people under the typical feudal regime of mountainous region. It was also the palace of the Vuong family who once ruled a vast area of the vast area of the border region. This unassuming palace is located along the road to Dong Van. The palace was built with 4 horizontal and 6 vertical rows, 2 stories and 64 rooms. At the back of the building are two horizontal rows on the two sides, linked together by doors. To protect his mansion, Vuong Chinh Duc also built stone walls with holes and post for his men to guard all day and night. Over a long period of time, the building has partly been spoiled but still remains in its original figure. Up to now,  it is very important for the local Hmong community. You can learn more about Ha Giang history.
  • Having lunch before coming back to Quan Ba and down hill to Ha Giang. Once time, you can see all Ha Giang province from the highland. Enjoy the breathtaking views, stunning landscape.

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Free – time idea(s):

  • Enjoy more cuisines in Sapa: “Com lam”, Five-colored “xoi” of Tay ethnic people

Today useful note(s):

  • If it’s Sunday, We can visit Quan Ba Sunday Market

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Overnight in Ha Giang.

Day 5: Ha Giang / Hoang Su Phi / Bac Ha

Hoang Su Phi and Bac Ha discovery

Have breakfast before starting a wonderful day.

  • Hoang Su Phi is among the most untouched area of Ha Giang Province of Vietnam which is 100km from Ha Giang provincial capital. Traveling to Hoang Su Phi nowadays, the visitors will be charmed by the pristine beauty of the wild mountains and the authentic culture of the local ethnic groups which include: the Nung, the Flower H’mong, the Tay and the Ha Nhi People…Hoang Su Phi market is in session every Sunday which offers great opportunities to learn about the life of the local people.
  • Transfer to Bac Ha town for the most colorful market of the hill tribes in the North of Vietnam. Bac Ha has many beautiful landscapes with bold nature and history. Along with the natural scenery bestowed as the majestic mountains, rivers and caves, gentle hospitable people. Local ethnic groups have one gathering per week for bartering and for socializing. We will discover it in the next day.

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Free – time idea(s):

  • Go for a light trek to visit Ban Pho, the village is home to flower H’mong minority. We are invited to enter several local houses to have some green tea, corn wine, listen to the host talking about their family, talk to them…
  • njoy landscapes on a roundabout way to Bac Ha.

Today useful note(s):

  • Hoang Su Phi market gathers early in the morning, around 6 o’clock.

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/ Dinner

Overnight at the hotel in Sa Pa.

Day 6: Bac Ha / Lao Cai / Sapa

Bac Ha – Lao Cai adventure

  • Early morning, we visit Bac Ha Market. Local people leave home early in the morning and travel to the market on foot or by horse. Here you will meet Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Black Dao, Tay, Nung, La Chi, Phu La and other minority groups who come from far and wide to buy and sell a wide variety of goods and livestock, to exchange news and to renew friendships. The most interesting time to visit the market is from 8 A.M to 10 A.M. People start going back home by 11 A.M. Take time to wander around the market, enjoy the atmosphere and have fun with the friendly local people.

Sapa welcome

  • In the afternoon, we transfer to Sapa town, about 3h drive from here. Sapa is a frontier township and capital of Sapa district in Lao Cai province in north-west Vietnam. It is one of the main market towns in the area, where several ethnic minority groups such as Hmong, Yao, Pho Lu, Tay live. Chill out and enjoy the fresh air at Sapa Town. You can visit the church of Sapa where holds many traditional cultural activities of ethnic minorities. In the front of the church is tennis area which has unique cultural activities of local people on Saturday. With flute, trumpet leaves, “xòe” dance… created sparkling, magical atmosphere in Sapa. You can experience them with local people. There is a good handful of shops which sell trekking clothes from shoes to ponchos, backpacks and apparel. Sapa town also has a good selection os international restaurants, café, and street foods.

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Free – time idea(s):

  • Enjoy Sapa cuisine: Sapa Cap Nach Pigs, Sapa Chinese Black Mushroom, Sapa Thang Co, especially vegetable is very fresh and delicious.
  • Visit local church and enjoy fun activities, restaurant around here.
  • You can meet ethnic minorities who sell goods such as: gloves, scarf…and tourists can easily to find the warm clothes or cute souvenirs for friends and relatives.

Today useful note(s):

  • You will trek for the whole day so you should dress up comfortably with recommended sport shoes (not high heels, not slippery sandals, …).
  • You should bring insect protection

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

Overnight in Sapa

Day 7: Sapa / Lao Chai – Ta Van Villages / Lao Cai / Hanoi

Welcome to Lao Chai and Ta Van village

  • Lao Chai is a village of Black Hmong ethnic people. Here we will discover their daily life and how they make their traditional clothes, handicraft, indigo… We will visit the biggest valley which offers to you the best views of the golden rice terrace field in Vietnam. After the Lao Chai village, we walk to Ta Van, a village of Giay people. It is a small group of ethnic people living in Vietnam, they still preserve a rich and traditional culture. We will enjoy the lunch with a local family in one of the beautiful traditional houses located on their rice paddy fields.
  • Enjoy the landscape of Muong Hoa Valley and the trek through Hmong Village and Red Dao Village. Muong Hoa is one of the most famous destinations for breathtaking scenery and is the largest farmland for rice growing in SaPa. So you will get many experiences here.
  • After that, back to Sapa in the afternoon. Transfer back to Lao Cai for night train back to Hanoi.
    See you on next journey.

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Free – time idea(s):

  • Take photos with local people, stunning landscapes.
  • Discover culture of ethnic residents, and enjoy their daily activities.

Today useful note(s):

  • You should check carefully your luggage, your belongings and all your items before checking out your hotel to make sure that you will not miss anything

Meals: Breakfast/ Lunch

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What's Included & ExcludedPrice

Included:

  • Experienced English speaking tour guide(s)
  • Door to door pick-up/transfer service with private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Hotel accommodation in twin/ double sharing basis with daily breakfast
  • Entrance fee and Sightseeing tickets
  • Services charges and Government taxes
  • 1 small bottle of water per person on day trip
  • One by one care service 24/7 during the trip.
  • Food as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Train tickets Lao Cai – Hanoi 1 way in soft sleeper sharing cabin
  • One bottle of water per person everyday on tour

Excluded:

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any International flights and any domestic flights
  • Bank fee
  • Stamping fee visa on arrival to Vietnam (at current 45 USD/ single entry)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuit

List Of Accommodation Recommended

Destination Standard
Ha Giang  Hoang Ngoc Hotel
Yên Minh  Thao Nguyen Hotel
Dong Van  Rocky Plateau Hotel
Bac Ha Sao Mai Bac Ha Hotel
Sapa Hmong Sapa Hotel
Train Orient Express/King Express/ Sapaly Express

If at the time of booking, any hotels or rooms in the list above are fully booked, we will endeavor to find accommodation of a similar standard elsewhere. If the only available accommodation is of a higher or lower standard, we will revise the price accordingly and consult you immediately.

* We suggest central location hotels and highly recommended on Tripadvisor in our list.

Number in group Standard
1 1,370
2 777
3-4 632
5-8 502
S.R.S 92

Children Policy:Price quote in USD per person & valid until 31 Dec, 2016

Kid < 5 years old: Free of charge (share services with Adult)
Kid 5-10 years old: 50% Adult
Kid >10 years old: 100% Adult price

* S.R.S: Single Room Supplement

*Victoria Express Train option is upon on request.

* At the time of quotation, Travel Sense Asia reserves the right to adjust prices to take account of unusual movements in currency markets, hotel and transport costs as a result of inflationary price pressures in oil and other commodity markets.

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Useful information for travel in North Viet Nam

What’s the difference between 3, 4, and 5 -star hotels?

We usually arrange centrally-located and Western-standard hotels. Five-star hotels are usually palatial with huge lobbies and comfortable rooms, their standards not quite matching the best of Paris or New York, but very close. Four-star hotels have quality facilities, but not as luxurious as five-star hotels. Three-star hotels meet the needs of most Westerners, but breakfasts have less choice. We also recommend some courtyard hotels or Vietnamese-style hotels with local features and architecture. These hotels have a good ranking, or positive feedback from our customers, and TripAdvisor. Usually, hotels in big cities, small cities, and rural areas are a bit different, even if they have the same star level. We try to use the best available hotel in each place.

Passport & Visa Requirements

You may be required for visa to Vietnam. Please check the list of countries which need visa to Vietnam in this links: Who need visa to Vietnam? Vietnam Visa is issued by Vietnam Embassy in your country or “Visa on arrival”. Travel Sense Asia will offer free visa to Vietnam for you (except some difficult countries). You will need one clear page (per visa) in a full passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your departure from Vietnam.

Currency Exchange

Vietnam – The Vietnamese Dong is the local currency.

As currency exchange rates in Vietnam fluctuate, we suggest you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com or www.vietcombank.com In 2015 the USD & VND has been around 22.500VND per USD. There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and Master card, but these are limited to cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travelers checks in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but they may charge a 2–4% transaction fee.

Tipping

It is customary to tip service providers in the travel industry in Asia, depending on the service. Tipping is expected — though not compulsory — and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Recommendations for tipping drivers (3 USD per person per day as a guideline) and local guides (8 USD per person per day as a guideline) would depend on the quality and length of the service. In additionally, you will sometimes use rolling boat, cyclo riding, porter which you should give a small tip to these local people.

Food

Eating is an important part of your Vietnam experience. Generally, breakfasts are included in the itinerary and offered by hotels. Travel Sense Asia recommend local Vietnam restaurants that are popular with local people for lunch. You can order dishes with the help of your guide. We usually leave dinner for your own choice — Western food can be found in most large cities. If you are vegetarian or you are looking for e.g. halal food, please feel free to inform your travel advisor, who can arrange a restaurant to fit your needs.

While it is generally safe to eat fully cooked meats and vegetables, care should be taken to avoid undercooked meat and uncooked fruits and vegetables. Because tap water is not potable, visitors should only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled and filtered. Avoid ice, as it is usually made from tap water.

Vehicle

We use comfortable sedans or vans with air-conditioning. The comfort and safety of our customers is of utmost importance, so we ensure that all of the vehicles that we use are well maintained and always very clean. Our drivers take pride in their vehicles. Our car and van are always available space for a comfortable trip. Luggage – All clients are limited to two items of luggage each; a suitcase with a maximum weight of 20kg and one piece of hand luggage with a maximum weight of 7kg. It is essential that your luggage is lockable. Please note that authorities will only allow bottles onto the aircraft if they have been checked in as main baggage. Bottles in hand luggage may be confiscated.

Electric

A soft sleeper is recommended for overnight and long-distance travel. Each soft sleeper compartment is enclosed, and contains four bunks, two on each side. The bunks are wider and more comfortable than hard sleepers, with decent bedding. Soft sleeper compartments may vary between trains. For route Hanoi – Laocai – Hanoi, it also has VIP cabin with 2 soft sleeper beds, please make quest if you prefer a private cabin. You may have both over-head storage and under-bed storage, or just under-bed storage. Fastest train is about 70kph. The railways is small here and it’s not as comfortable as train in developed countries.

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In Vietnam the standard voltage is 220 V. The standard frequency is 50 Hz. The power sockets that are used are of type A / C / G. Below you find pictures of these power sockets and corresponding plugs. And we provide more information about the voltage and frequency. Climate – You will find a complete packing list and a helpful climate chart in the ‘Suggested Packing List’, which is included in the pre-departure information link sent within your deposit documentation. Seasonal weather patterns can be quite unpredictable. Up to the minute information on worldwide weather can be found on www.weather.com.

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