OVERVIEW

Ha Giang, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Hoang Su Phi, Ma Pi Leng… all these names call up the spirit of a great adventure. Drive uphill through spectacular landscape to Hagiang; admire the impressive Dong Van Karst pleateau; visit to Pho Bang, Sa Phin, most northern tip of Lung Cu on the border; drive the Ma Pi Leng pass; wander through colorful hill tribe market of Meo Vac; visit to local villages; trek along breathtaking landscape of mountain and terraces ò Hoang Su Phi... With its august mountains, stunning passes, green valleys and colorful hill-tribe groups, Ha Giang offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.    

Highlights
  • Visit Tam Son in Quan Ba and the Twin Mountain
  • Pho Bang ancient town of Chiness minority
  • The Hmong King palace in Sa Phin
  • Great impression of Dong Van Geopark
  • Visit to Lung Cu at the most northern tip of Vietnam
  • Hill tribe market of Meo Vac
  • Trekking in Hoang Su Phi
  • Homestay and local interaction
Trip Length: 6 days | Trip Style: Off the beaten track | Trip Theme: Nature, Local life & culture | Physical Rating: | Start/End city: Hanoi/Hanoi
Places visited: Ha Giang - Quan Ba - Yen Minh - Dong Van - Meo Vac - Hoang Su Phi
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Itinerary Details

On the road in Ha Giang, Vietnam
Rice terraces, Ha Giang, Vietnam

Depart Hanoi at around 08.00AM in the morning for a stunning drive to Ha Giang, a province in the northern most region of Vietnam. Drive past the lust scenery of the Vietnam country from the lowland to highland. You will have stops to visit to villages and tea farms along the way.

Check in home stay in a Tay minority village in the mid afternoon. The rest of the day is to wander around for sightseeing and local interaction.
Dinner and overnight home stay in local house. Accommodation tonight is based on family basis with private mattress, blanket and mosquito net are provided.

Note:
- Drive length today is more than 300km, taking 6 hours but it will be longer due to many stops are made en route.
- You can choose to take accommodation in the hotel or ecolodge instead of homestay local house

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Sightseeing en route
dinner
Homestay local house
Lung Cu flag, Ha Giang, Vietnam
A Hmong house, Ha Giang, Vietnam

Local home breakfast then start your adventure today with a drive along the one of the most spectacular roads in Vietnam getting to the Dong Van Karst plateau with lots of photos stops along the meandering mountain road to Dong Van located along the Chinese border.

Dong Van Karst Plateau with up to 80 percent of its area covered by limestone, with the center is Dong Van Town, was designated by UNESCO as one of 77 geoparks in the World. This is home to 17 ethnic groups including Kinh, Hoa, Lo Lo, Tai, Nung, Chinese Han, Dzao … These people of Dong Van have led their life on the rock for generations and preserve very well their strong traditions and identities. So far, this land has not yet seen the mass tourism and still keeps it pure rhythm as it has been for years. Dong Van is visited by adventure travelers and photographers who yearn for adventure experiences and exotic landscape.

Visit to Twin Mountain in Quan Ba, Pho Bang – the little town of Chinese minority with many ancient houses. These traditional houses are made from clay and are featured with distinctive ‘yin and yang’ tile roofs. Pho Bang used to be “the capital of opium” decades ago and now just like a sleeping child amongst the mountains.

Continue to Sa Phin valley where you will visit to Nha Vuong. This fortress-liked ‘Palace’ belonged to the self-appointed King of the Hmong tribe who ruled the northern mountains around Dong Van in the old time. The palace attracts keen interest from architecturally minded visitors due to its mixed style of European and Chinese architecture. (There is a weekly market here every fourth or fifth day depending on the lunar calendar).
Drive up further to Lung Cu, the mount on the most northern tip of Vietnam. Enjoy the great mountain view from the top of Lung Cu Flag tower and then visit to a village of the Lo Lo hill tribe to discover more on their unique culture and customs.
Get to Dong Van town in the late afternoon. Check in hotel and the remainder of the day is free to wander around the lovely laidback mountain town.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Sightseeing en route
Breakfast
Hotel in dong van
Mountain road in Ha Giang, Vietnam
Hilltribe girls, Ha Giang, Vietnam

After breakfast, leave Dong Van for driving towards the Ma Pi Leng pass, one of the greatest passes in the mountain north of Vietnam and is also known as ‘Heaven’s Gate Pass’ as it gives the feeling of touching the sky. The pass was dug on mountain cliffs by hands of thousands of local workers from 1959 to 1965 during the building of Happiness Road that connects Ha Giang city and mountainous districts. The drive skirts the Chinese border through a deep valley and as you wind along the narrow roads you’ll be surrounded by spectacular valleys and towering perpendicular walls of rock.
Visit Meo Vac town and its market where local come from surrounding villages to buy and sell fresh produce as well as dry goods. The market is particularly busy on Sunday and is considered one of the most colorful hill tribe markets in this remote region of Vietnam. Apart from shops with plenty of beautiful local handicrafts, there’s also a livestock market where the locals trade horses, cattle, pigs, dogs and so on. Then drive downhill along the road 176 through stunning landscapes, passing mountains villages and passes to Mau Due and Du Gia to Yen Minh and back To Ha Giang.

Check in accommodation in Ha Giang in the late afternoon. Remainder of the day is at your leisure and perhaps pamper yourself with a herbal bath and traditional massage (optional - available at eco-lodge).

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Sightseeing en route
Breakfast
Hotel in ha giang
Hoang Su Phi terraces, Ha Giang, Vietnam
Homestay at  local house in Ha Giang, Vietnam

Leave Ha Giang early and enjoy your drive along the zigzag mountain road to Hoang Su Phi, the place known for its terraced field designated as National Heritage.
Leave your luggage at the eco lodge and enjoy the adventure trek passing villages of Yao with long tunics who have settled their house on pillar on the mountainside, through the rice fields in terraces, the bamboo forests.
Lunch is taken at a local home.
In the afternoon, continue your trek through some most fascinating landscapes of mountains and terrace fields, villages.
Check in home stay in a local house of Red Dzao people. Spend time to wander around the village for local interaction and sightseeing.
Dinner and overnight home stay local house.

Summary of inclusions

hill tribe trek
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
homestay local house
Hilltribe lady, Ha Giang, Vietnam
Trekking in Ha Giang, Vietnam

Local breakfast then say goodbye to your host and enjoy the morning trek for sightseeing of more Hoang Su Phi landscapes.
Lunch is at a local home of hill tribe village.
After lunch, take another 2 hours trek little up and downhill back to the eco lodge where you left your luggage.
Check in and remainder of the day is to relax and perhaps pamper yourself with a sauna and foot, body massage (optional).

Overnight night at the eco lodge.

Summary of inclusions

hill tribe trek
Breakfast & lunch
Hotel in Hoang Su Phi

Enjoy the morning at your leisure until check out time (around 10) then drive downhill back Hanoi. (6 hour drive including stops).
Along the way you will make some stops to visit local villages, farms and tea plantations.
Arrive back in Hanoi around 16.00PM. Trip ends!

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Sightseeing en route
Breakfast

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PRICE & TERMS

PRICING IN US DOLLAR FOR PRIVATE TRIP PER PERSON BASED ON TWIN/ DOUBLE SHARING:

Number of Persons 2 3 - 4 5 - 6 7 - 8 9 - 10 11 - 12 13 - 15 Single supp
Price Please contact us for best price upon your travel date, number of travelers and specific needs

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in a shared twin/double room.
  • Meals as mentioned.
  • English/French speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Water & cold tissue in car
  • Government taxes & Service charges

Exclusion

  • Other services than mentioned
  • Visa & International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips, Travel insurance
  • Bank transfer fee if any

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IMPORTANT NOTES

Tour itinerary: This tour itinerary is designed based on local travel conditions, logistics and availabilitis of transportation between visited destinations. It is for you to see how the trip should go, what you can do, see and enjoy during the trip. The itinerary can be tailored by adding more of desired visitng destinations, activities or removing any you do not like to meet your travel time frame, style, budget and expectation the best.

Tour price: Travel Authentic Asia focus on quality and affordable package prices with the best value. The price is based on number of traveler taking the trip, the accommodation category you wish to stay, the mode of transportation, meals provided….

Payment: A deposit of 30% of total price is needed to initiate the tour booking after the itinerary is finalized. The balance for the trip is due 15 days prior to your arrival.

Arrival and departure flights: You are advised to make your own booking for international flights from/back your home country. This allows you to determine better the travel time frame, budget and to deal with insurance claim when needed. Travel Authentic Asia team will base on your flight schedule to work out the best itinerary for you or/and to modify the itinerary to get it matches.

Travel documents: You must carry a valid passport and have obtained all of the appropriate visas, permits and certificates for the countries in which you will visit during your trip. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the duration of the trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas, permits and certificates for your trip. Travel Authentic Asia accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the failure of clients to obtain appropriate documentation.

Travel insurance: It is your responsibility to get your own international travel insurance and read the insurance policy before you travel and ensure that the insurance scheme provides with the requisite level of cover. Insurance should cover personal accident and medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of vacation. In some cases, travelers may have pre-existing medical conditions which their travel insurance company will not cover.
Other than local travel insurance(s) included in sightseeing tickets at sites, Travel Authentic Asia does not provide any kind of travel insurance on the trip except required and paid separately from the tour price.

 
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