North-East Vietnam Adventure - 11 Days

The adventure through the country's North-East provinces gives you an unparalleled opportunity to...

discover a hidden corner of Vietnam. The combination of stunning scenery, remote trekking and engagement with local culture makes this an ideal trip for those with a taste for photography and adventure, or anyone wanting to gain a deeper appreciation of Northern Vietnam. The adventure starts in Vietnam's capital - Hanoi then takes you to Quan Ba Twin Mountains, Lung Cu, Dong Van, Ma Pi Leng Pass, Meo Vac, Ba Be Lake, Ban Gioc Waterfall, the border town of Lang Son and Halong Bay.

North-East Vietnam Adventure - 11 Days - Vietnam Tours

Start city: Hanoi (Vietnam)

Finish city: Hanoi (Vietnam)

Duration: 11 Days & 10 Nights

Departure: Private Adventure Tour. Daily, upon your request.

Cities to visit: Hanoi - Ha Giang - Bac Can - Cao Bang - Lang Son - Halong Bay

- Extendable with optional tours from Hanoi (Vietnam)

We reserve the right to deviate from this itinerary for any reasons, including road and weather conditions, frequency of visits to a village, or for any other factor which may influence client safety.

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Tour Highlights
  • Visit the Heaven Gate in Quan Ba
  • Visit H'mong King's Castle in Dong Van
  • Visit Dong Van Old Quarter and local hill-tribal market
  • Experience on traveling to Ma Pi Leng Pass - One of the 4 highest passes in the north of Vietnam
  • Visit Ba Be National Park & Ba Be Lake
  • Admire Ban Gioc Waterfall - one of Vietnam's most beautiful waterfalls
  • Overnight on cruise on Halong Bay, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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PRIVATE TOUR COST: Prices are quoted in US dollars per person double occupancy.
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Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your guide who awaits outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and arranges the transfer to your hotel in the city center. In the afternoon, take a walk around the center, visiting some of Hanoi’s main attractions: the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. In the evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese Art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture – followed by a welcome dinner at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants.
Meals: Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi - Ha Giang - Quan Ba
After breakfast, join us on a scenic journey to Quan Ba in Ha Giang Province. The drive will take you through the delta of North Vietnam with very few stops. You will reach Ha Giang City in the afternoon and walk leisurely at Thon Tha – a village of Tay tribal people.
Continue your trip to Quan Ba with a stop at the amazing Pac Sum pass, Heaven Gate, Fairy Mountain eventually providing a spectacular view over the Tam Son town and the surrounding countryside.
Distance: 333 km
Duration: 8 hour driving
Road condition: Good
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: Dao Lodge.

Day 3: Quan Ba - Lung Cu - Dong Van
Have breakfast at the hotel before leaving for your road-trip again. Today we experience a spectacular day with a drive through the amazing mountainous landscapes nestled up against the border with China. Stop at Yen Minh for lunch then continue driving to an old clay house, a typical local accommodation set in a breath-taking primitive landscape in the mountainous province of Ha Giang, surrounded by flower gardens of Tam Giac Mach (buckwheat), roses and corns (corn season in summer only), famed for a Vietnamese movie: "Pao’s Story". Then, visit the residence of the Vuong family, known as the former Hmong King, admiring its mixture of European and Chinese architecture. Continue a drive to Lung Cu Flag Tower and visit the Lo Lo minority village in foot of the mountain. Finish your day at Dong Van - an isolated town atop a small hill. Dong Van is very beautiful with mountains, forests, hidden grottoes and multi-colored orchid forests.
Distance: 100 km
Duration: 4 hour driving
Road condition: Windy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Van.

Day 4: Dong Van - Ma Pi Leng Pass - Meo Vac
After breakfast, visit the Dong Van Old Quarter, lined with houses of one or two hundred years old, enjoy more of the ancient atmosphere of Dong Van. Then, you will go through remote and beautiful countryside of Dong Van where you pass through several villages along tracks used by the local people.
If you are lucky enough, you may have chance to visit one of colorful local markets in the area.
Leave Dong Van for Meo Vac. The trip from Dong Van to Meo Vac is the one you'll never forget: along a steep, hundreds of meters deep abyss the road will take you through a spectacular mountain area with on your left side China. Meo Vac is conquered by the Lo Lo and Pu Peo ethnic minority people. They still retain their age old cultural traditions and are recognisably distinct from each other by their dress. The remoteness and the simple lifestyle of local people are a highlight of Meo Vac although conditions are very basic.
Distance: 50km
Duration: 2 hour driving
Road condition: Good
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Meo Vac.

Day 5: Meo Vac - Bac Can - Ba Be Lake
After breakfast, leave Meo Vac for Ba Be. The roads are very bumpy and zigzagging however you will have a chance to meet the ethnic minorities who make for the main population of the region. We are sure to attract their attention as this part of the country receive very few visitors.
Upon arrival at Ba Be National Park, we will check in a local homestay of Tay Ethnology people. Have dinner and stay overnight in the village of Tay tribe.
Distance: 233 km
Duration: 7 hour driving
Road condition: Bumpy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: Homestay in Ba Be.

Day 6: Ba Be Lake
After breakfast, take a 2 hour boat trip with spectacular view of Ba Be Lake and surrounding mountains. Take a short trek to the Dau Dang Waterfall before visiting some villages of the Tay and Zao minority people.
Have dinner and stay overnight in the village of Tay tribe.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Accommodation: Homestay in Ba Be.

Day 7: Bac Can - Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfall
After breakfast, leave Ba Be National Park for 4 hours drive to Cao Bang.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
An eighty kilometers long road will take you to the Ban Gioc Waterfalls. Half way you'll visit a village of the Nung minority. Close to the Chinese border you'll make a short walk to the falls which are 300 meters wide and 50 meters high. We will take a boat trip if it is available. On a short distance from the falls are the Nguom Ngao caves. The local guides will take you for a trip to underground rivers and lakes and sinter caves. Late in the afternoon you'll return to Cao Bang.
Distance: 210 km
Duration: 7 hour driving
Road condition: Windy
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel in Cao Bang.

Day 8: Cao Bang - Lang Son – Halong
After breakfast, leave Cao Bang for 7 hours drive to Halong City passing Lang Son Province.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant on the way.
Upon your arrival in Halong, check in your hotel and free for relaxing, exploring local market…
Distance: 294 km
Duration: 7 hour driving
Road condition: Good
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Halong.

Day 9: Halong Bay - Overnight on cruise
After breakfast, free for relaxing until your guide and driver takes you to the harbor for 4 hour cruise in Halong Bay.
A traditional style Vietnamese Junk Cruise is waiting your arrival and will set sail at noon.
Lunch will be served on board amidst spectacular views of the bay.
Today you will visit one of the largest caves in Halong Bay and an offshore beach where you may want to take a swim or dip in the water of the sea.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Accommodation: On cruise.     

Day 10: Halong Bay – Hanoi
Participate in Tai Chi on the top deck or simply watch the sunrise over the magnificent bay. Enjoy your morning cup of coffee or juice before setting out to the near- by cave on row boat. Watch for monkeys high on the cliff tops. Return back to the junk, where breakfast is served, while sailing around Bay Tu Long bay where the film “Indochine” was made. Your cruise will end around noon and your driver will take you back to Hanoi for relaxing.
Meals: Brunch.
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi.

Day 11: Hanoi City Tour - Departure
After breakfast, your guide and driver will come to take you for Hanoi City Tour.
Your city tour will take you to Hanoi’s key sites: the Ho Chi Minh Complex, the Presidential Palace; the nearby One Pillar Pagoda; the Temple of Literature.
Afternoon, your driver will take you to Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport for your departure flight.
Meals: Breakfast.


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1. Are tour dates of "North-East Vietnam Adventure" flexible?

Yes, this adventure tour package is private and you can depart on any dates at your convenience.

2. Can I extend or change my stay?

Absolutely! Extra days can be arranged in most areas if desired. Let us know how you would like to customize your trip and we will do our best to accommodate you. You can ask helps from our travel consultant to amend or extend your stay (subject to availability of hotels and flights; surcharge may be applicable).

3. Are meals included?

We have tried to balance flexibility and convenience regarding meal options. This tour package includes daily buffet breakfast at hotels and some lunches or dinners as listed in parenthesis next to the tour itinerary on each day tour. In the major cities, where there are a wide variety of restaurants, we generally do not include meals to allow our travelers the flexibility of choosing their own food preferences. Our tour guides can recommend some options for our clients to choose from according to traveler’s interest & budget.

4. What type of food is typical of Vietnam?

Vietnamese cuisine is quite varied from the North to the Centre and to the South, having had many external influences over the years that have created an interesting mix of cooking methods and ingredients. French presence in the recent past has led to the assimilation of French cuisine influence, and is often attributed with Pho noodle soup's rise to popularity. Most meals include rice, as well as fish sauce which is a popular condiment added to almost every meal throughout the country.

5. What if I have a special request on food?

You just need to share us your request on type of foods, we will choose a right restaurant and order suitable menus for you.

6. What are the accommodations like?

Vietnam Tours only recommends good hotels rated from 3 stars to luxurious resorts. They are located within walking distance of the town center and the reception generally speaks English. However, in some remote or mountainous regions, we only can book you into some basic hotels/ lodges/ homestay but we will choose the most comfortable standard accommodations and clean for your stay. For more information, check with your travel consultants to view pictures of our suggestion on standard hotels/ lodges/ resorts. Don’t forget that you can give your favorite name of hotel brands to us, so we can get your concept.

7. What are the guides like?

All of our tour guides are professional, helpful and friendly! They are fluent in English (or French, Spanish etc.). They are from the local areas where they guide and are among the very best guides available in each region. Our guides treat our travelers like friends, showing visitors both the major highlights and the local treasures.

8. What type of transportation is used?

Our Vietnam tours utilize a variety of primarily private transportation (arranged just for your groups) including new and modern vans/ cars, motor boats, etc. We use a mix of private (vans/ cars)/ public transportation (domestic flights, sharing cruises, trains) to provide travelers with the safest and most efficient transit in each area.

9. How difficult and flexible are trip activities?

You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to enjoy this adventure tour. We are flexible, we’ll adjust distances and levels of difficulty up or down according to your abilities and desires.

10. Are the hiking and biking distances the same on family trips?

To accommodate our youngest guests, family hikes and bike rides are typically shorter and easier. Our tour guides are happy to keep children entertained while adults/ teens opt for a challenging hike, bike ride, etc. – distances and levels of difficulty for adults and teens are easy to adjust.

11. How many people are typically on your tours?

We only offer completely private tours, so only the people you book for will be on the tour. If you are alone, it will just be you and your guide. If you are a couple, just the two of you and your guide, and so on. We believe this is the best type of tour, so that it can be personalized to you, go at your own pace, and so that you can have the full attention of your guide for the duration of the tour.

12. Is this adventure a good choice for solo travelers?

Yes, it is. Many of our guests travel solo. You will still have a private tour guide and driver to accompany throughout the journey. However, you have to cover all expenses regarding accommodations (single room), tour guides, and transportations because no-one shares cost with.

13. What vaccinations are recommended for this adventure?

It's important that you receive the most accurate and up-to-date travel health information for the region you will be visiting. The only one qualified to provide you with this advice is your family physician or a specialist from a Travel Health clinic.

14. What should I pack for this adventure?

We always recommend packing as light as possible. The basics are lightweight clothing that can be layered, long-sleeved shirts, T-shirts and tank tops (be respectful of the culture you are visiting), socks – wool socks are best for hiking, comfortable walking shoes, rain jacket or umbrella, hat or sun visor, sunglasses, diarrhea/laxative medicines. Just pack smart! Ask your travel consultant for more information regarding what to pack because it depends on your traveling time.

15. What's the climate like?

Whilst Vietnam is typically warm and humid, the weather can vary significantly from one region to another due to the country's length. The weather in Vietnam can be split by region and seasons, so please check with our travel consultants for more information.

16. How if bad weather such as storm, flood, landslide occurs during my holiday with Vietnam Tours?

Our Travel Consultants and Tour Operators keep checking weather forecast every-day, if the weather is bad and it may affect to your safety, we will discuss with you regarding a tentative program immediately to ensure the best interests of the group.

17. What is tipping information?

If you're happy with the service you received, providing a tip for tour guides, drivers - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry.

18. How do I get to the hotel from the airport when I arrive?

When you arrive at airports, you will be greeted with your name on our driver/ tour guide’s welcome sign, then get transferred to your hotel.

19. Do tour rates include international flights?

This tour only includes domestic flights. We find that it is usually less expensive for travelers to book these separately and this also allows you the flexibility to choose the schedule and routing that is most convenient for you. You can purchase international flights on your own, or we can certainly help you arrange these flights with an airfare consolidator who specializes in international flights.

20. Are the rates displayed per person or per room?

The prices shown on our website are per person based on twin/ double accommodation.

21. Any surcharges if my travel dates are during Christmas or New Year Holidays?

The rates are regular price and they are not included a compulsory dinner (Gala Dinner) on the day of Christmas or New Year Eve. Surcharges depend on specific hotels you stay at, so our travel consultants will give further information to you in communications.

22. Are there any discounts available?

We offer select trip discounts periodically throughout the year, especially in the low season (Summer time in Vietnam is from May to Sep). Please contact our travel consultants to get more details.

23. How do I pay when I want to book this tour?

We accept payment by debit/ credit card (Visa, Master, Amex), cash and bank transfer. When you confirm a booking with us, we will send you our online payment link or bank details to deposit 30% of the total tour cost. The balance will be due as soon as you arrive in Cambodia. Our travel consultants will give more details via email about payment instruction.

24. What happens if I fall ill or injure myself?

Most travelling incidents are relatively minor, involving nothing more than cuts and bruises or a brief case of traveller's tummy. Our tour guides are trained to cope with these minor incidents but in the unlikely case of something more serious, we will seek local medical assistance. We suggest you buy cancellation and curtailment insurance.

25. Is travel insurance included? And is it recommended?

Travel insurance is not included in our tour price. Absolutely, we recommend you to contact with your local agent in your country to buy travel insurance which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

26. How to change or cancel my reservation?

You can change or amend your schedule in advance or during your trip but surcharge maybe applied according to our contract with local suppliers, hotels and airlines. Regarding cancelation terms, please check out this link:


Above Price Included
  • Accommodations based on standard 3 stars
  • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of a private driver and an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Service of an English/ French speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
Above Price Excluded
  • International flights into and out Vietnam
  • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotel
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
  • Tips for tour guides and drivers
  • Travel insurance
  • Vietnam Visa fee.

Did you know? All of our Vietnam Tours are private and depart daily. Vietnam Tours can organize any additional accommodation.
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