Off The Beaten Track – North Vietnam Tour

Summary

Itinerary

This eight-day adventure takes you off the beaten path into the wild and unspoilt beauty of North Vietnam. During the trip, accompanied with a local guide, you'll trek through mountains, valleys and villages to discover the landscapes and cultures of Sapa and the frontier region of Ha Giang before winding up in the sublime setting of Ba Be National Park.

Highlights of the Trip

Trek through terraced rice fields from Lao Chai to Ta Van Village belonging to the Giay ethnic minority community, share cultural experiences with the families that live in the area.

Trek through the immense scenery to the Red Dzao village of Ta Phin to contemplate the stunning mountains laced with terraced rice paddies.

Visit Chang village, Tay ethnic minority community to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountainous area, with hills covered with palm trees.

Visit the astonishing Palace of the H’mong King, Dong Van Market.

Pass to the French Fortress of Pu Lo, the magnificent Ma Pi Leng Pass, through a gigantic maze of lime peaks, stone forests, and canyons.

Venture into the valley of Meo Vac.

Discover the magnificent Ban Gioc Waterfalls, Nguom Ngao Cave, one of the most spectacular grottos in Vietnam.

Journey along Ma Phuc Pass on the way to Ba Be National Park, explore Ba Be Lake, the caves of Puong Grotto, the rapids of the Dau Dang waterfall, Widow Island, and Hua Ma Cave.

What's Included

Accommodation stated in itinerary

Meals stated in itinerary

All transfers between locations

Expert local guide throughout

All sightseeing and tour tickets

What's Not Included

Meals not stated in the itinerary

Personal expenses

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ActivityReviews

  1. Andre

    Sunday 15th December, 2019
    We started at Hanoi and headed for Sapa, our first stop and then headed onwards for the next 8 days following the itinerary set out. We stayed in various home stays and hotels that were prefixed by the company. Some were more authentic than others but all provided a wonderful host service and the food was excellent at each place. Our Tour guide Linh spoke excellent english and is highly informative in all areas. Linh knowledge of his country was second to none (this may have something to do with him also being a history teacher) and he was always happy to take the time to share all the information with us, from the local food that he would source out for us (we ate delicious food for the 10 days due to Linh and Bao knowing the best places to eat) to history of the caves, lakes, rice fields, minority people and their traditions and so on. An excellent tour guide that exceeded all our expectations. Linh takes exceptional care of his clients and provides you with a great sense of care while never over stepping his professional role – a fine balance indeed for a tour guide and someone you are sharing 10 days with that you had never met before. While we met other travellers along the way with other tour guides, each had complained about their tour guide for one reason of another, so we understood how lucky we were to have Linh, who clearly outshone the other guides. Ling knows his job extremely well and we were very thankful for this. Our driver Bao, is an exceptional driver who knows his job very well. Bao knows how to drive to ensure his clients felt safe (which we did) at all times even when the roads and routes were very tricky. Throughout the trip, we can sincerely say that Ling and Bao made our time so much more special! If you ever find yourself in Hanoi I would highly recommend anyone to book Linh and Bao for a trip up north.

  2. Lauren

    Thursday 14th March, 2019
    The impressions we gained were beyond what we imagined. Any wishes and requests concerning our tour were answered and catered for and we felt safe and welcome the whole trip. A great experience in many ways: culinary, scenically, culturally and personally. A big recommendation for anyone who is looking to get to know Vietnam off the beaten track.

  3. Sam

    Monday 21st January, 2019
    We chose the 7 night "Off the beaten track" tour of North Vietnam and had a great trip. We saw and experienced so much, and the whole experience was simply amazing. We had a really good guide, Mr Long, his english skills, local knowledge, humour and kindness made our tour the absolute highlight of our trip to Vietnam. There is a lot of driving on this trip, but the views make it worthwhile, and there's no other way to get to these places. Our driver Mr Thang was really safe and pleasant company and we always felt safe even on the windy mountain roads with vertiginous drops!