northeast vietnam adventure

Northeast Vietnam Adventure

Northeast Vietnam Adventure tour takes you to the most stupendous region of Vietnam, the massif area of the Black H’mong of Dong Van and the Ma Pi Leng Pass. An extremely wild region of limestone peaks, black granite needles (the locals call them “stone forests”), vertiginous canyons, limitless panoramas, and the local Black H’mong. The men are remarkably elegant, dressed in black, with a beret, a souvenir of their great allies the French. Historically they are a proud race of fearless warriors.

5 Days/4 Nights – Ha Noi – Ha Giang – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Bao Lac – Ba Be Lake


Type of trip: Private
Trip Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Starting: Hanoi, Vietnam
Finishing: Hanoi, Vietnam
Destination: Ha Noi – Ha Giang – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Ba Be Lake – Hanoi

Activities: Trekking, Boating

Brief itinerary:

Day 1: Ha Noi – Ha Giang

Day 2: Ha Giang – Dong Van

Day 3: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Meo Vac – Bao Lac- Ba Be Lake

Day 4: Ba Be Lake – Puong Cave – Dau Dang Waterfall

Day 5: Ba Be Lake – Ha Noi

Vietnam Great Tours™ Bespoke Style Suits Everyone

Flexibility: The sample itinerary can be modified to suit your interests, budget as well as your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.

Tailor-Made Journey: This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of the trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

Commitment to Excellence: We enjoys excellent relationships with all of the highly regarded hotels and finest properties in our destinations as well as with service suppliers so that we are able to negotiate the most attractive prices for our clients, which enables us to provide exclusive holidays and affordable special offers. We create one-of-a-kind vacations for groups and individuals. We love our destinations and do our best to make sure that our customers feel the same way. Our job is to make sure that everyone gets the right balance of comfort and excitement to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Day 1: Ha Noi – Ha Giang (L, D)

Great Tours’ bus and guide pick you up and then transfer to Ha Giang, though Son Nam District of Tuyen Quang province. Enjoy natural landscape and green fields, palm hill and villages. Passing Tuyen Quang town, you can visit village of black Tay minority. Arrive Ha Giang town in the late afternoon, prepare everything for the next day.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Ha Giang Town

Day 2: Ha Giang – Dong Van (B, L, D)
After purchasing the mandatory permit at the Immigration Office, we take the first spectacular road, which leads to Dong Van, a series of long passes and deep valleys. Lunch will be in the small mountain town of Tam Son.

We then cross a landscape of pine forests and arrive at the astonishing King of the H’mong’s Palace, a fortress built by a local chief allied with the French against the Vietminh, Vuong Chin Duc.  It was evacuated in 1950 (his descendants now live in France and Canada) but it almost feels as if they left yesterday.

We will arrive in Dong Van around 18:00 have dinner in a local restaurant and spend the night in a local hotel.

Day 3: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Meo Vac – Bao Lac- Ba Be Lake (B, L, D)
An absolutely unforgettable day! It starts with a visit to the market of Dong Van, where the locals shop before returning to their mountain hamlets. We then climb a pass up to the French Fortress of Pu Lo, built in 1890 and evacuated in 1945, from which we enjoy a spectacular view of the entire region.

The road climbs on 15 km up to the top of the Ma Pi Leng Pass, through a gigantic maze of limestone peaks, “stone forests”, and canyons, a unique landscape of the world.

Descending into the valley of Meo Vac, we continue snaking through the mountains, cross the river, and arrive in the village of Bao Lac, where we have lunch.  We take the mountain road Bao Lac – Cao Bang. Before Cao Bang, another one of our little secrets : a gorgeous small road snaking through the mountains to the Tay village of Cho Ra and then down to the Tay village of Bo Lu, where you are welcomed by Mr. Tuan Linh  and his amazingly friendly Tay family in their traditional stilted house. If it’s hot, do like the local kids, just jump in the lake!   You will enjoy a superb dinner (Mrs Tuan Linh is specialist in local dishes) on the river terrace. If you want to try something crazy, ask Linh about the one meter pure tobacco cigarette.

Day 4: Ba Be Lake – Puong Cave (B, L, D)
A treat! Breakfast on the lakeside, then a short walk to the house owner’s boat, which takes you through the entire length of the 3 connected lakes (Ba Be – “3 bays”) and up the Nang River, to an astonishing site: Dong Phuong, an enormous tunnel 300 mtrs long that the river has cut through a limestone mountain.

The boat then goes down river to the small village of Hua Tang, as simple and authentic as you have been dreaming of! Lunch will be in a local house alongside the river.
After lunch, a short walk through the jungle takes you to the very scenic Thac Dau Dang Waterfalls, a series of spectacular cascades between sheer rock walls. Return by boat for another delightful evening at your Tay house.

Day 5: Ba Be Lake – Ha Noi (B, L)
Relax in Bo Lu and depart on a secret road of ours, following the river and then snaking from pass to pass through the hills of Central North Vietnam.  You may find the locals are fascinated by you for few tourists ever go that particular and spectacular way. We then join the main road to Ha Noi, with a short stop in Cho Chu to visit the ruins of the French Prison. Return to  your hotel around 17:00.

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. The prices quoted are in US dollars and are charged on a per person basis. The final price quoted will be based upon the total number of travelers in your private group, the dates chosen, the total days of travel and the grade of hotel rooms chosen, together with any other detailed services.

Please click on the “Customized” button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

Thank you!

Category Price per person in USD varies acordding to number of people in your party
From 01st May – 30th Sep, 2016 (summer promotion)
1 pax 2 pax  3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8 pax   Single Supplement
First Class (3 Star)
Superior (4 Star)
Deluxe (5 Star)
Category Price per person in USD varies acordding to number of people in your party
From 1st Jan – 30th April, 2016 and 1st Oct – 31st Dec, 2016 (high season)
1 pax 2 pax  3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8 pax   Single Supplement
First Class (3 Star)
Superior (4 Star)
Deluxe (5 Star)

This rate is quoted in USD per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy

Price Inclusion:

  •  All land transportation by private air conditioned vehicles
  •  Tour arrival and departure airport transfers
  •  Hotel or home stay accommodation on a double or twin-share basic
  •  Meals as mention in the program
  •  Local English (or French) speaking guides
  •  All entrance and sightseeing fees
  •  Travel insurance
  •  Visa approval fee
  •  Mineral water

Price Exclusions:

  •  Airfare and airport tax in & out Vietnam
  •  Drinks and other meals do not indicate in the program
  •  Early check-in and late check-out at all hotels
  •  Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping…)
  •  Tipping/ Gratuities
  •  Additional expenses in case of force majeure

What to bring?

  1.  Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes.
  2.  We also recommend packing insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat…
  3.  Take a small day pack for hiking and trekking.
  4.  It is essential to bring your passport on this trip.


1. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:
2. Sgl Sup = Single Supplement or Single room surcharge.
3. Tour price based in twin/full/queen shared basis.
4. Tour price shown is base price, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
5. More people = lower prices. Please ask for a quote based on your group size.
6. The above rates do NOT include “peak season” hotel surcharges, nor the charge for any compulsory festive gala dinners. Please email us to check  availability, together with the cost of any “peak season” surcharges if applicable.
7. Child policy: Under 2 years old are free of charge for tour & pay 50% of airline charges, from 2 to 5 years old 50% charge for tour & 75% of airline charges, from 5 to 12 years old 75% for tour & airline full charges. 12 years old & up = 100% (charged as an adult).

The hotels listed below are our suggestions for the best value on this tour. However, Vietnam Great Tours offers many more options of hand-picked hotels, with different “star ratings”, allowing you to customize the vacation to meet your taste and budget. Please contact us for with your questions and requests.


Ha Giang

   Ha An

Dong Van

   Hoa Cuong

Ba Be Lake

   Home stay


List of hotels is recommended by Vietnam Great Tours™. Please feel free to advise hotels you prefer in each category or combine hotels category at your wish (tour price will be changed accordingly)Special note:

Please note that all of our trip are privately designed. So that price includes the above-mentioned hotels, activities, and transport, and visits to attractions are by private car and guide unless otherwise stated. Your guide will pick you up from lobby of your hotel in the morning. The guide will confirm the pick-up time the day before. If you prefer to start next day’s trip earlier or a little later, please feel free to tell your guide.



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