Cultural Trails

Discover Ha Giang in the remote north

  • Destination

    Vietnam

  • Trip duration

    7 days, 6 nights

  • Price

    From 4375 cny

  • Availability period

    1 Nov. 2019 - 31 Oct. 2020

  • Min/Max travelers

    Min 1 - Max 9 - the price is per person sharing a twin room and travelling in a group of 6 people

  • Transport

    Mini-coach/Boat

  • Accommodation

    Hotel and Home-stay in local villages (standard category)

Ha Giang province goes as far as the northernmost tip of the border with China. Continue your discovery to Ba Be national park, enjoy a cruise in a peaceful natural setting, sleep in a homestay and wander around charming Tay ethnic minority villages.

Travelling to a mountainous region normally requires a lot of time on road but is compensated by unique scenery and amazing landscape, and certainly remain the best way to experience the local life.

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Day 1

HANOI AIRPORT PICK-UP – THONG NGUYEN

In the early morning, depart from Hanoi to the northern province of Ha Giang. Stop at Thai Nguyen to visit the Ethnology Museum, a very informative introduction about 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. You will get an overview of the area and the hill tribes.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

Arrive at Thong Nguyen in the afternoon. Check-in at your hotel.

Dinner at the hotel.

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Pan Hou resort

Day 2

THONG NGUYEN – TREKKING

Breakfast at the hotel.

Easy trekking (about 12 km, 5 hours) to the local minority villages, seeing rice terraces, tea plantations, stilt houses of the Red Dzao, Hmong, Tay, etc.

Picnic lunch.

Return to the hotel where you will have your dinner.

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Pan Hou resort

Day 3

THONG NGUYEN – HA GIANG

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Ha Giang, capital of the province and starting point for the circle to the remote north. Lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit Tha and Ha Thanh villages, inhabited by the Tay ethnic minority.

Dinner in the village.

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Home-stay in the village

Day 4

HA GIANG - DONG VAN

Breakfast at a local restaurant.

Today you will explore Dong Van, recently recognized as a karst plateau geopark. Go from surprise to surprise along the winding road that will take your breath away. Starting from Ha Giang and heading to Quan Ba, stop at “the heaven gate” to enjoy the magnificent panoramic view from its lookout point over the valley. Continue to Yen Minh and Sung La, then walk to H’Mong and Lolo villages, meet the locals and visit a typical house with thick walls made of soil, only existing in this area.

Lunch en-route.

Before arriving in Dong Van, get down to Saphin and let curiosity guide you through the H’Mong King Palace. It stands out of the rest of the houses in the area due to its size and style, inspired by the Chinese with some French touches. It was built as a palace and fortress to protect from enemy attacks.

Arrive in Dong Van in the afternoon.

Dinner at the hotel.

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Home-stay in the village

Day 5

DONG VAN - MEO VAC – BA BE NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast at a local restaurant.

Dong Van is a modest mountainous town with a nice market open mostly on Sundays with lots of minority ethnic people coming from the surrounding areas. Dong Van is the gate where the 22 km of spectacular road to Meo Vac begins. While driving on this fascinating serpentine road, stop at Ma Pi Leng Pass to admire the natural wonder where the Nho Que River snakes through the karst mountain ranges. Continue to Tinh Tuc and get down to Ba Be national park. Arrive at Ba Be late in the afternoon.

Lunch will be provided en-route.

Dinner in the local village.

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Home-stay in the village

Day 6

BA BE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, take a boat trip across Ba Be lake passing the legendary Widow’s island, Fairy Pond, walk to Dau Dang cascade then cruise upstream on the Nang river to Puong cave (Bat cave).

Lunch en-route.

In the afternoon, walk or bike to the nearby villages, explore the way of living of local people and catch some glimpses of the splendid mountainous countryside around.

Dinner in the village.

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Home-stay in the village

Day 7

BA BE - HANOI AIRPORT DROP-OFF

After breakfast, say farewell to the local family.

Drive through tree-shadowed roads of the national park and make your way to Hanoi.

Lunch en-route.

Arrive at Hanoi in the afternoon.

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THONG NGUYEN

Pan Hou Resort

Pan Hou village is an eco-lodge equipped with solar energy hot water system and fans. It is located in Thong Nguyen town, 33 km from the main Highway No. 2, which may take up to 1.5 hours to access due to the winding road. The Pan Hou Village “base camp” is the right place to start from and discover various landscapes of the region, its markets, and hill tribes

HA GIANG

Home-stay in the village

Please note accommodation and restaurants are often basic

DONG VAN

Hoa Cuong Hotel

Make yourself at home in one of the 38 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as complimentary bottled water and blackout drapes/curtains

BA BE

Pac Ngoi Homestay

Please note accommodation and restaurants are often basic

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