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Northeast Vietnam Adventure

Hanoi – Ba Be lake – Ban Gioc Waterfalls – Lang Son – Halong Bay
From: $494
  • Ban Gioc Waterfall in the Northeast Vietnam, near the border Vietnam-China
  • Trekking on Ba Be National Park
  • Kayaking in Ba Be Lake
  • A visit to a fishing village would help you understand more about Vietnamese fishermen
  • Sun bathing on deck while cruising in Halong Bay

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Overview
Tour Code: VNAD04
The northeast mountainous area of Ba Be, Cao Bang, and Lang Son offers breathtaking yet unspoiled sceneries and some of the remote ethnic minority people for those crave adventures. Leave the graceful boulevards of Hanoi behind, drive to scenic sceneries of towering limestone mountains, evergreen forests, waterfall, and caves with some overnights on local homestay in Ba Be Lake before admiring the magnificence of Vietnam’s best known waterfall. Finish the tour with a cruise on traditional wooden junk in Halong Bay.
Itinerary Day by Day

Upon arrival at Noi Bai International Airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to hotel for check in. Located on the right bank of the Red River, Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital with a thousand year old history is considered one of the most charming cities of Asia. Its fascinating beauty is the blend of shadowed boulevards, elegant French colonial architectures, numerous sacred pagodas, tree-fringed lakes and amazing cuisine besides the hustle and bustle of the country’s second largest city.

Meals: No
Accommodation: La Rosa hotel (3*)

Start a full day city tour beginning with Ho Chi Minh Complex which features the life of Ho Chi Minh, the nation’s founder. At the complex, visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the nation’s founder’s body is preserved (closed on Monday, Friday and through October - November) and the rural style house on stilts where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. Stop by one of Hanoi’s icons, the One Pillar Pagoda, built in the 11th Century in dedication to Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara or Buddha of Compassion and reminiscent of a lotus blossom rising from a pond. Continue to the Temple of Literature, known as the first university of Vietnam built in 1070 by the Ly Dynasty to honor Confucius, sages and outstanding Vietnamese scholars.

Continue to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology before proceed to Hoan Kiem Lake, the center point of Hanoi whose name “The Return Sword Lake” originated from a legend of a sacred sword and home to a rare endangered giant turtle species and visit Ngoc Son Temple on the lake. Next, take a one-hour private electric card around the 28 ancient streets of the Hanoi Old Quarter representing traditional trades from the past. Finish the tour at the Thang Long Opera Theatre with a traditional Vietnamese water puppet show.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: La Rosa hotel (3*)

In the morning, transfer to Ba Be National Park in the Bac Can province. The park is set up to protect Ba Be Lake, Vietnam’s largest natural fresh water lake with surrounding scenic scenery of towering limestone mountains, plunging valley, lowland evergreen forests, waterfall, caves. En route, we will stop for refreshment in Thai Nguyen then proceed to Bac Can for lunch. After lunch, we continue to Ba Be. Upon arrival in the park, we take a short boat ride to Bo Lu Village or Pac Ngoi village. Dinner and overnight in local homestay.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation:  Homestay (Basis standard)

After breakfast at the homestay, we begin a full day trekking to villages of Dao and H’mong ethnic minorities. We will have a picnic lunch in Lom village. In the afternoon, we walk to Nam Cuong market; from here we follow a scenic road along the lake shore and walk back to Bo Lu village or Pac Ngoi village. The rest of the day, if the weather permits, we can swim in the cool waters of the lake. Dinner and overnight at the homestay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Homestay (Basis standard)

This is a brilliant day!  Morning, we will have a short transfer to the starting point where we begin a walk through the jungle. At a certain point we can take a breather and admire the great view of Ba Be Lake. After an hour trekking we descend to the lake shore then cross a bridge to An Ma Island. We visit the temple on the island before we start kayaking to the third lake. There we embark on a boat to visit Puong Cave, a 30 m high and 300m long cave created after over millions of years of erosion. We continue to Dau Dang Waterfall where we will have a lunch in a beautiful natural setting of the waterfall. After lunch we return to Ba Be Lake and if the weather permits we can swim in the cool waters of the lake. We return to Bo Lu village for another night at the home-stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Homestay (Basis standard)

Early morning check-out and say goodbye to the hosts. Drive to Ban Gioc grandiose waterfall via Cao Bang city. The fall is the largest and perhaps the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam with an impressive 300m span separated into three falls by rocks, tree and the thundering effect of the water hitting the cliffs can be heard from afar. Upon arrival in the early afternoon, we start boating in the downstream part near from the falls and easy to take best photos. Visit Nguom Ngao cave about 2km from the waterfall. It is considered one of the most spectacular cave systems in Vietnam. Created by an underground river, it extends for several kilometers underground with three main entrances known as Nguom Ngao, Nguom Lom and Ban Thuon. Afterwards, transfer by car to Lang Son city.

Check in the hotel at around 19:00 then overnight in Lang Son city.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Van Xuan Hotel

Early morning, check-out hotel for a 4-hour drive on Highway 1A and Road 279 through the rugged mountain ranges of Western Yen Tu National Park to Halong City. Arrive at noon, welcome on boat junk for your cruise itinerary in Halong Bay. Check in your cabins while the boat starts cruising 12km offshore to Vung Vieng fishing village or Ba Hang fishing village which are tucked away from busy streets and modern life. Here you will have chance to discover the traditional culture and customs of the local fishermen. Enjoy kayaking, swimming or relaxing on the cruise. Dinner and overnight on board.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Halong Glory Cruise

Early risers can join some Tai Chi exercise on the sundeck. After some coffee, tea and breakfast pastries in the dining room, transfer by tender to visit Sung Sot Cave. Walk up about 100 steps to the cave entrance and tour around the cave for approximately 45 minutes then return to the boat by tender, then check-out and enjoy a fantastic cruise on the bay.

At 09.45, enjoy a buffet brunch (breakfast/lunch) or A la carte Menu while cruising back to the pier. At noon, transfer by private car to Noi Bai international airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast
Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip
What's included
  • All private transfers, drives and sightseeing as per program 
  • Boat trips in Ba Be lake and Ban Gioc waterfalls
  • Trekking in Ba Be hill-tribal villages
  • 1 night on Halong Bay boat – Small Group Tour sharing with other tourists
  • 3-star accommodation and homestay in stilt-houses
  • Meals as indicated: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
  • All entrance fees 
  • English speaking tour guides
What's excluded
  • All meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Flights and visa arrangement
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
Our Recommended Add-on Programs & Trips
 Real Experiences to Become a Farmer at Vietnam's Countryside (HAN-F16)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 180 123 103 83

Morning, arrive at a house on stilts in Van Long Natural Reserve to get a bicycle. Cycle on single-lane roads about 7km through hamlets and stopping along the way to visit temples, pagodas, communal houses and countryside markets. Upon reaching CauVang hamlet (Golden Bridge) in GiaHoa commune, join local farmers in some of their activities such as catching crabs, fishing, transplanting paddy seedlings and bailing water into the paddy field. Return to the house on stilts where a local cook will show you how to cook a lunch the rural style from simple ingredients. Lunch at the house.
Afternoon, cycle on rural roadsthrough waterlogged fields to Van Long lagoon, the main highlight of the natural reserve.Take a small bamboo boat to cruise around and enjoy the scenic views of towering mountains, vast expanse of water and flocks of bird. Wildlife rich, Van Long is home to a many species of migratory birds and a wide variety of animals including those rare and endangered like the Delacour’slangur. The reserve is an ideal bird-watching place where you may sight white storks, herons, spoonbills, pygmy geese and crakes. After boating, get back to the house on stilts to end this tour.

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Entrance fee & mineral water. Lunch included
 Bat Trang Pottery Village (HAN-H04)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 43 23 16 10

Transfer to Bat Trang Pottery Village - the famous village is situated approx 15km outside of Hanoi, surrounded by firtile farmland. Watch the artisans forming, painting and glazing their products, which are then baked for serveral days in huge kilns.

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Entrance fee and mineral water
 Morning Flower Market & Pulling Off Flag Ceremony by Bicyle (HAN-H10)
Group
1 Pax 2 Pax 3-4 Pax 5-6 Pax
Price 117 69 53 40

Our guide and bike are waiting for you at hotel and will take you to Quang Ba flower market, there are so many kinds of flower. Under flickered light, flower seller girls appear with a smile face radiant to attract customers for buying. Admiring flowers and mixing with local people will bring to you unforgettable memory. . You yourself experience something different from your normal day to day life. You can meet and interact with the local people as well. If time permit, we will visit Ho Chi Minh City Mausoleum and you will have chance to see pulling - flag ceremony with parade in national song, it is real memory among local people before enjoying “Vietnam traditional Pho” – pure of Vietnam.  It is a good opportunity for you to come back past to witness How Hanoi an enjoyed Pho, why “Pho” is so much famous and enjoy traditional Vietnam Coffee.

Included: Private transportation with English speaking guide. Entrance fee and mineral water. Bike using in tour. "Pho" & coffee included
Hotels Used in This Tour
Hanoi: Larosa Hanoi hotel or similar

Larosa hotel Hanoi toursAddress: 34-36 Nguyen Khuyen Str., Dong Da Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam
 
Description: The recently-built Larosa Hotel is located in the heart of the Old Quarter in close proximity to some of the most popular attractions including Hoan Kiem Lake and the nearby Thang Long Theatre, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh complex, Hanoi railway station as well as restaurants and shopping center within a few meters. Designed with European Classical style, the hotel gives a wide selection of 72 rooms with essential amenities, an elegant spa and a fitness center of latest equipment. Larosa is an ideal place for both leisure and business tourists.



Van Xuan Hotel Lang SonLang Son: Van Xuan Hotel or similar

Address: 147 Tran Dang Ninh, Tam Thanh, Lang Son, Vietnam

Description: Van Xuan Hotel is located in city center, near the old Ky Lua Market(now is Night market) of Lang Son city. The hotel has two side streets, the front side is Tran Dang Ninh Street (the old 1A Highway), the back side is Ly Thuong Kiet, next to Phai Loan Lake( an only big lake of the city) That is the reason why Van Xuan Hotel gets advantages: spacious area and convenient traffic. A secure car parking is also available here.

Van Xuan Hotel is 2-star-hotel with 30 spacious rooms which are all well eqquipped with  Satellite TV, Wireless Internet (WiFi), Refrigerator,  Air-conditioning, Hot and cold water, Iron, Working desk...

The hotel is very close to famous attractions such as: Tam Thanh Pagoda about 1,2 km, Nhi Thanh Grotto about 1km, Dien Khanh Pagoda – also known as Thanh Pagoda beside Ky Lua Bridge across Ky Cung River about 800m, Tien Pagoda, Tien Well Water about 2,4 km.


Glory Halong CruiseHalong: Halong Glory Cruise or similar

Address: Tuan Chau Port, Tuan Chau Island, Halong, Vietnam

Description: Featured in each room, among other amenities, are desk, television, in room safe. Tours, room service, laundry service/dry cleaning are some of the extra comforts you'll find at this Halong cruise.

Facilities for recreation and leisure available include jacuzzi. Everything the cruise does is centered around the guest' experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation.

Service Details During the Trip
IMPORTANT NOTE:
• All prices are quoted in USD/ per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy
• Supplement for standard menu meals: US$ 12 for lunch & US$ 18 for dinner
• Private services & daily departure
• Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve
• Surcharge for domestic flight tickets with taxes:

SPECIAL OFFER:
• [Free] Mineral water is available during transfers
• [Free] Vietnam visa approval letter on arrival
• [Free] Traditional Gifts

In every tour we handle, we always try our best to create the best travel experience for you in Indochina region. We take care every little details so that there is no problem on your dream vacation.  


tour guide servicePrivate Local Tour Guide
To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

We also can arrange facilities for the disabled (upon on request)




Featured Local Flavor Dinning
Don’t worry about meals, we select both restaurants and menus for you.

We will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customers. Menu is also carefully selected by us with attentions to details to ensure you try different flavor food every meal. We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. If you do not like it, please tell us. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of our local tour guide, he/she will be very helpful.


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