Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang – Quan Ba (L, D)
Today we leave Ha Noi for Ha Giang tour. The drive to Ha Giang takes around 7 hours but is some of the most breathtaking in Vietnam. On the way we will stopover at some places to visit small villages and take photos. After the long drive, In the afternoon we will drive to Quan Ba district, on the way we will stop in Quan Ba to visit the Bo Y minority village. Overnight in Quan Ba homestay tonight.
Day 2: Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Lung Cu – Dong Van (B, L, D)
In the morning, after breakfast we will continue the trip to Sa Phin village to visit the Former H’Mong King’s Palace, have lunch at local restaurant and then keep driving up ahead we will visit the Flag tower on the top of Lung Cu mountain, the border with China. Arriving in Dong Van district in the late afternoon, take rest and walking around the ancient town of Dong Van, check in the hotel and then enjoy dinner at local restaurant, Overnight at hotel in Dong Van town.
Day 3: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Meo Vac – Quang Uyen (B, L, D)
If today falls on Sunday we will have the chance to visit Dong Van ethnic market, where all kinds of goods and multi-colored clothes can be purchased. The people here still remain their traditional life of remote minority tribes. After hanging around the Sunday market we will drive from Dong Van along the Nho Que River and go through Ma Pi Leng pass which is considered as the most beautiful pass in Vietnam. We will arrive in Meo Vac after two hours later. Have a short rest before drives to Bao Lac town in Cao Bang province have lunch at local restaurant and then keep driving up ahead to Quang Uyen town. Tonight we will have dinner and enjoy beer time during the homestay in Pia Thap (incense village).
Day 4: Quang Uyen - Ban Gioc Waterfall - Ba Be Lake (B, L, D)
After enjoying breakfast at the homestay, you will depart for Trung Khanh which lies right on the border with China. Here you will have another chance to meet and interact with the local Nung people living in the village of Phuoc Sen, a mountainous village famous for its traditional blacksmithing. The farming tools made here are an integral part of the lifestyle which is evident in the surrounding rice paddies and fields.
Nestled amongst these amazing landscapes is the breath-taking Ban Gioc Waterfall which spans over 300 meters, split half and half between Vietnam and China. You’ll get some time here to simply take in the amazing atmosphere surrounding the falls, which presents an excellent opportunity for some fantastic photography.
Once you’ve finished at the falls, it’s time to head over to Nguom Ngao Cave, for a very different, but no less impressive natural wonder. The cave stretches for 2,144 meters underground and is brimming with incredible stalactites and stalagmites.
You will then return to Cao Bang town and head down the “snake pass” to Ba Be Lake, where you will stay overnight in a homestay constructed in traditional Tay fashion and owned and operated by a local Tay family. Here you can relax and unwind from the day and enjoy a delicious and authentic home-cooked meal.
Highlights and activities: Ban Gioc Waterfall, Nguom Ngao Cave, Ethnic Villages
Day 5: Ba Be Lake – Hanoi (B, L)
This morning we will take a boat trip to Ba Be Lake, the largest lake in Vietnam which has a water area around 500ha, spreading over 8km. We will visit Puong Cave – one of the most beautiful caves in Ba Be national park, and then take the boat to Dau Dang waterfall, while waiting for the lunch served in Minority restaurant, we will take a short walk to visit Dau Dang waterfall. After lunch at local restaurant, have a rest for few minutes then drive back to Hanoi (240 km), Arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon.