Trekking North-Western Vietnam and Kayaking Halong bay (11 days)
The 11-day tour takes you to the less traveled places in the north-western Vietnam. Begin the tour in Hanoi, you travel
through Mai Chau, Suoi Lon, Bac Yen, Thu Cuc, Nghi Lo, Tu Le, Mu Cang Chai, Than Uyen, Sapa, Cao Son, Lao Cai and
Halong bay. You trek through local Thai, Muong, H’mong, Dzao ethnic villages, terraced paddy fields; visit the Cao Son
market is open only on Wednesday morning. Spending the nights at a local home (homestay) also offers a great
experience. You enjoy the 3-day tour to Halong bay before the tour takes its ends.
Day 1: Ha noi - Mai Chau. Trekking Mai Chau.
Transfer to Mai Chau. Mai Chau is in a valley just over the biggest hump, about 10km from the Song Da river and only
150 metres above sea level. The village, nestled between two towering cliffs and surrounded by emerald green
paddies, is an enchanting sight as you wind down the cliff side. On the way, trek some kilometers through ethnic
villages (Muong and Thai). Lunch will be providd in Mai Chau. Dinner and overnight in Lac village.
Day 2: Continue trekking Mai Chau. Travel to Suoi Lon.
After breakfast, transfer 17 kilometers then we start trekking in an area of inhabitants of ethnic minority Thai, Muong
the villages of Cun Pheo and Hang Kia. On arriving at Bai Sang wharf, we will take a boat to cruise on the Black river.
Arrive at Suoi Lon for overnight in Muong' Village.
Day 3: Suoi Lon - Bac Yen - Thu Cuc.
Transfer to Ta Sua plateau, you can contemplate the highland scenery of it. Visit some villages of ethnic Black H'mong
and discover the daily life and custom of local inhabitants here, especially you can enjoy the local specialties: Ta Sua
Tea and agriculture products then come back the mountain town for lunch. After having lunch, visit the local market,
the handicraft and farming products made by many ethnics are available here. Then continue to trek over 5 Kilometers
through villages of Thai and Muong village. During the trekking you can take a rest and enjoy the local wine distillated
by ethnics. Transfer to Thu cuc. Overnight in Muong Village.
Day 4: Thu Cuc - Nghia Lo.
Trek through Thai, Dao, Mong visit the water wheel. It is used to scoop the water for the rice fields near the streams.
Continue going to Nghia Lo through the direction of Lung Lo pass. Arrive at Nghia Lo, check in hotel then take a visit
the local market at the moment of decline of day.
Day 5: Nghia Lo - Tu Le.
Leave Nghia Lo for the itinerary, trek and visit some villages of ethnic's minorities along the road: black Dzao, H'mong,
white Thai, etc. They are very kind, honest and plain. Arrive at Tu Le village, dinner and overnight in house on stilt of
inhabitants here. You can discover the daily life activities of this village in particular and the Thai ethnic in general in
Vietnam. Overnight in Thai Village.
Day 6: Tu Le - Mu Cang Chai - Than Uyen.
Take leave of inhabitants of Tu Le, it takes 2 Km to village center, you can visit lots of activity on the early market day
and it is typical colorful ethnics of this high mountain regions. Transfer to the the footing of Kau Pha pass for us to
start trekking about 9 Km through the forest and ethnic villages. This trail runs parallel with the famous and beautiful
Kau Pha pass. We finish the trail at the peak of the pass (1800m above sea level). Transfer to Mu Cang Chai for lunch.
Visit the local market and go on to Than Uyen. Arrive at Than Uyen, check in local guest house.
Day 7: Than Uyen - Binh Lu - Sapa.
Transfer to Sapa, on the way, we can take trek to visit lots of beautiful villages of ethnic. Especially, you can meet the
most typical ethics as: Lao, Lu (Xa Pho). They wear the long traditional and colorful costumes with jeweler hand made.
Moreover, you can discover the kind face in black dyed teeth of ethnics here. Arrive at Sa Pa. Check in and rest of the
day at leisure or visit Sa Pa famous tourist town in Northern Vietnam . You can visit and go shopping, market for
buying souvenirs such as handicraft made by ethics, ethics' traditional costumes, etc before ending the days in North
Day 8: Visit Cao Son Market. Travel to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi.
Drive to Muong Khuong district, via tea plantation and forest of pine. You might encounter
Giay tribe in their traditional dress in Ban Lau or Thanh Binh. Reaching Cao Son about 10.am, enjoy
the excitement of this weekly market. The shining dress of colorful Hmong girls attracts you much as
you fall down to a new world , a world of interest and fun. Having lunch in Cao Son lodge. In the afternoon, commence
your walk to the most secluded yet peaceful village- Tin Thang. In this village,
people still distill the wine from corn, making bacon in the most basic way and offering special corn
cake to anyone who drop by their house. Transfer to Lao Cai Railways Station for overnight train back to Hanoi.
Day 9: Arrival in Hanoi. Travel to Halong Bay. Cruise, kayaking.
Upon your arrival at Hanoi Railways Station, you will be greeted by Lotussia Travel local guide and driver then
transferred to a small hotel in town for breakfast and quick shower. Depart to Halong Bay.
Enjoy the journey through the rich farmlands of the Red River Delta and the scenery of rice fields, water buffalo and
everyday Vietnamese village life. Arrive in Halong and board the Bai Tho traditional sailing junk. Whilst cruising the
exquisite waters sample the regions fresh seafood. Visit the recently discovered Surprise Grotto with its great views,
and on the next island see the yawning mouth of Bo Nau Cave. Take a kayaking trip to explore the Bay or enjoy a swim
in the emerald waters of Halong Bay at any spot that you wish to visit. Watch the sunset over the bay whilst enjoying a
Day 10: Continue kayaking Halong bay.
Breakfast on board. Then we continue kayaking zigzagging through many small islets of different shapes. We will kayak
to the Black Grottoe and The lake of Three Grottoe. The journey is really wonderfull and adventurous! Back to the
support boat for our lunch which will be provided on board.
In the afternoon, we cruise towards the Islands of Rocks and visit the Fishermen floating village. We will kayak in Ba
Men temple area which is also a important highlight of our journey. Swimming at the sandy Three Peach beach if
weather permits and enjoy the great view of Halong bay sunset. Dinner and Overnight on board.
Day 11: Halong Bay - Hanoi.
Breakfast on board. Then we continue our cruise in Halong bay before going back to shore. Arrive at Ha long wharf
about 11h00 and take our car for journey back to Hanoi.
Arrive in Hanoi at around 15h00. Trip ends.
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subject to weather conditions and other circumstances. We have lots of other itineraries which will be available upon
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