Remote North Vietnam Tour

From £300 - £510pp *(Depending on group size)

Northern Vietnam

6 Days, 5 Nights


What you'll do

This tour takes you to the most stupendous remote regions of Vietnam. Including the markets of the indigenous people, the mountains of the Black H'mong of Dong Van and the Ma Pi Leng Pass, to the magic Babe Lake.

Nguyen Tuan Linh

Your Local Host:

Nguyen Tuan Linh

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born in Vietnam up in the rural areas of the tea country and growing up I developed a passion for the outdoors and just exploring the unexplored. I worked for my grandfather, in the rice fields in the Phu Tho province. And as I grew, so did my curiosity for the world, bringing the ambition of wo.. Read More

Experience Itinerary

Hanoi – Ha Giang

You’ll depart Hanoi at 08:00 and travel via Road no.2 to Ha Giang. After stopping for a delicious lunch in Tan Quang Gardens, you will continue the journey, arriving in Ha Giang at 18:00. On arrival, you’ll visit a nearby Tay village where you’ll have dinner and spend the night in a family owned stilt house.

(Meals included:  lunch and dinner)

Ha Giang - Dong Van

After purchasing the mandatory permit at the Immigration Office, you’ll  journey along a spectacular road with a series of long passes and deep valleys leading to Dong Van. After enjoying lunch in the small mountain town of Tam Son, you will then travel through a pine forest to arrive at an extraordinary palace which belonged to a H’mong King. You’ll arrive in Dong Van at around 18:00 where you will have dinner at a local restaurant and stay overnight in the Hoa Cuong Hotel.

(Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Dong Van - Ma Pi Leng - Meo Vac - Cao Bang

Today will begin with a trip to Dong Van Market where local people go to stock up on their daily supplies. You’ll then climb a pass up to the French Fortress of Pu Lo which was built in 1890 and vacated in 1945. As well as being of historical significance the fortress offers remarkable views of the region. You will then drive along one of the most astonishing roads in Vietnam, which climbs 15 km up to the top of the Ma Pi Leng Pass, through a gigantic maze of unique limestone peaks and canyons. You’ll then descend into the valley of Meo Vac, visiting Meo Vac Market before continuing on the snaking road through the mountains, crossing the river, and arriving in Cao Bang. You’ll have dinner and spend the night in Cao Bang at the Sunny Hotel.

(Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfall

You’ll make an early start along the mountain road from Cao Bang to Ban Gioc Waterfall  Ban Gioc Waterfall is the most spectacular waterfall in the country and sits directly on the border of Vietnam and China. Here you will have plenty of time to relax, enjoy the breathtaking sights and take photos. You will then visit Nguom Ngao Cave and explore part of the magical underground cavern. Afterwards you’ll travel down a beautiful road that’s certainly off the beaten track. The road winds through the mountains before reaching the Nung village of Quang Uyen. You will be welcomed by Mr. Hung Dao, an amazingly friendly blacksmith and you’ll learn about him, his life and his trade. You’ll have dinner and spend the night in a traditional Nung house.

(Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Cao Bang - Ba Be Lake

Your day  starts with breakfast at the hotel followed by a three-hour drive to Cho Ra where you’ll stop for lunch. You’ll then take to the three lakes that make up the Ba Be Lake on a houseboat and take a trip through the  lakes which make up and up the Nang River to Puong Cave, a 300-meter long tunnel through the middle of a mountain. If it is hot, you can even have a dip in the cool water before you visit the stilt houses and meet the locals in Coc Toc, a Tay ethnic minority village. You’ll spend the night here in a Homestay where you’ll experience the amazing hospitality of the Tay community.

(Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner)


Ba Be Lake – Hanoi

The day kicks off with a relaxing stroll along the riverfront to visit some lovely villages and hike to the upper reaches of the lake, surrounded by massive limestone peaks and mountains. On the way, you will pay a visit Pac Ngoi Village where you can see more examples of the beautifully crafted stilt houses. You will then enter Hua Ma Cave which is famous for its thousands of stalactites and columns. Your guide will then take you through a pass which we call “Dog Flower Pass” where you can stop to take some amazing photos of the terraced fields. After lunch in a local restaurant, you will begin your journey back to Hanoi, arriving at around 18:00.

Reviews (3)


Saturday 16th February, 2019

From Sapa, to visiting Babe Lake, Ban Gioc water fall, I could not praise enough their professional and attentive service. They are knowledgeable about the various excursions, travel arrangements and accommodations they offer. They checked on me on daily basis with what’s app to ensure that I was having a pleasant and comfortable experience.


Sunday 25th November, 2018

Going to Vietnam was our vacation, but it has turned out to be an "experience" instead. The driver and guide (Mr. Long and Mr. Long) were informative, enthusiastic, helpful and attentive in every way. The home stays were wonderful experiences. The host families were friendly and the food was great. We walked the mountain trails, through the valleys, met many villagers living in the remote mountain areas. We visited many villages, including the blacksmiths and Incense villages...etc. The scenery was outstanding. We had a couple of rainy days in Ba Be Lake and we compromised our itinerary to suit the weather. We were very happy with our journey. We have learned so much about the region. We are convinced that North Vietnam is a great place to visit. We will definitely return and bring some friends. Thank you.


Tuesday 3rd July, 2018

My parter and I went on a trekking tour through the Ha Giang provence and Ba Be National Park with guide Mr Long and driver Mr Nam and had a fantastic time!! Firstly the scenery and views were spectacular whether we were on foot or driving in the car. Our guide Mr Long was excellent; he spoke good english, knew the area very well and took us to some excellent spots that not many others know about. Mr Long made sure the trip was personalised for us, from food and drinks we liked to the type of trails we liked. Our driver was also very good and we enjoyed our time with them both. The food was great - we ate heaps and a huge range of things. There was a great range of accommodation from home stays to hotels, always clean and welcoming. If you can afford to spend more for a personalised trip, we would highly recommend this one.

Location Info

You will be picked up at, and returned to, your accommodation in Hanoi.

  • Accommodation stated in itinerary
  • Expert local guide throughout
  • Transfers between locations
  • Meals stated in itinerary
  • All sightseeing tickets and passes

Remote North Vietnam Tour