PRIVATE TOUR – CODE: VIA03

Ha Giang legendary landscape is truly stunning, flanked by the Lo and Mein Rivers, shadowed by the peaks of Tay Con Linh and Kien Lieu Thi, and intricately detailed with springs, valleys, forests, waterfalls and distinct limestone formations which comprise one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems with thousands of species of herb, bamboo, and other vegetation as well as several species of fauna – an irresistible lure for eco-trekkers and nature lovers alike. From casual hikes to intrepid escapades, it’s the perfect landscape for seeking that lifetime experience which is more than just taking a snapshot, but savouring a moment which will last forever.

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Travel route: Hanoi – Halong – Lao Cai – Bac Ha – Xin Man – Hoang Su Phi – Vi Xuyen – Ha Giang – Tuyen Quang – Hanoi

BRIEF ITINERARY

  • Day 1: Hanoi – arrival (L or D)
  • Day 2: Hanoi – Halong bay – Overnight on boat (B,L,D)
  • Day 3: Hanoi – Halong bay – Train to Lao Cai (B,L)
  • Day 4: Lao Cai – Bac Ha – Ban Lien (B,L,D)
  • Day 5: Ban Lien – Na Tri – Quang Nguyen (B,L,D)
  • Day 6: Quang Nguyen – Ho Thau – Nam Son (B,L,D)
  • Day 7: Nam Son – Motorbike taxi to Ban Nhung – Tung San (B,L,D)
  • Day 8: Tung San – Thuong Son – Vi Xuyen hot springs (B,L,D)
  • Day 9: Vi Xuyen – Hanoi (B)

DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 1: Hanoi – arrival (L or D)

Welcome to Hanoi, the 1,000 year old capital of Vietnam!

Pick up by your tour guide then private transfer from Hanoi internationl airport to your hotel in the city center. Lunch or dinner is pre-arranged upon your flight arrival time. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi – Halong bay – Overnight on boat (B,L,D)

In the morning the tour guide will meet you at your hotel in Hanoi and transfer you to Halong, a World Heritage as designated by UNESCO in 1994, with thousands limestone islets with stopovers en route to visit the rural life of the Red River Delta’s farmers (esp. in transplanting and harvest times), or the ceramic town at Dong Trieu. The transfer will take about 3hours30. Check-in your boat in Halong and have a lunch of fresh seafoods served on board. Afternoon is your relaxation and you can just relax on the sundeck and enjoy the bay’s splendid seascape of thousands odd-shaped rocky islands, visit the inside-island grottoes or go swimming. Dinner (seafoods) and overnight on board.

Day 3: Hanoi – Halong bay – Train to Lao Cai (B,L)

After breakfast, we will continue to tour the Bay until reaching the Wharf of Halong again (around 11.00) and back to Hanoi. Stopover at Hong Ngoc Charity centre in Sao Do Town for a quick lunch. After arrive in Hanoi around 16.00, the guide will show you around the Sword Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and enjoy an afternoon show at 17.00 of Water Puppetry. Dinner in Hanoi before taking the night train (escorted by Threeland guide) to Laocai stantion. Overnight on the train.

Day 4: Lao Cai – Bac Ha – Ban Lien (B,L,D)

Upon our arrival in Lao Cai early morning (about 06.00am) we will take a short break for refreshment and breakfast at Lao cai restaurant before having the car of Threeland to drive 2 to 3 hours along the winding mountainous road to Bac Ha, the “White Highland” of the Northwest. Meet our new friends from our local support team before starting our 3-hour trek to Ban Lien, the Tay family’s hometown. You will have a chance to see plum and peach forests hereby and if the trek is in Spring with white apricos covering mountains, the beautiful scenery will leave you unforgettable memories. Overnight in Ban Lien.

Day 5: Ban Lien – Na Tri – Quang Nguyen (B,L,D)

This day you could see the interesting change of geographical conditions from earth mountain with peach and plum forests to rocky ones with sharp and rugged rocks. Thanks to its great geography this place had been chosen by Raid Gauloise for their big contest in 2002. After a long 7-hour trekking, we will overnight in Quang Nguyen.

Day 6: Quang Nguyen – Ho Thau – Nam Son (B,L,D)

Another hard day with 6-7 hour trekking thru the mountain, rain forest and villages. You will have great chance to meet typical hill-tribal people such as Tay, Nung, Dzao and H’mong. The temporary waterfalls made by sudden rains, foggy mountains and forests etc. will fascinate you by their mystery. Overnight in Nam Son, a modern village with some cold drink and hot dinner.

Day 7: Nam Son – Motorbike taxi to Ban Nhung – Tung San (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we will take one-hour driving by “motor taxi” (xe om) to Ban Nhung, then start trekking from here. This day we will have great chance to discover green tea mountainous fields and the routine activities of tea farmers. Tung San is famous by its green tea and we can taste a little bit this bitter special tea. Overnight in Tung San.

Day 8: Tung San – Thuong Son – Vi Xuyen hot springs (B,L,D)

Being located between the Natural Reserve of Tay Con Linh (Ha Giang province), the wild and narrow tracks in Tung San will challenge the trekkers by its slope, extreme descending and rocky paths. Locals here have a few chances to see foreign tourists so you could find the pure life of hill tribal people hereby. Get over to the elevation of 1,971m where you will reach Vi Xuyen hot spring for relax in the pool and massaging tub by mineral hot water. Overnight at hotel in Vi Xuyen.

Day 9: Vi Xuyen – Hanoi (B)

After breakfast, we will take an easy transfer to Hanoi airport (7-hour transfer). Say goodbye to our guide and end of services in Hanoi.

INCLUSION

  • Private vehicles transfer by Ford Everest, or Toyota Fortuner 4×4
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Motorbike taxi transit
  • Local porters who carry your big luggages and prepare meals for the group
  • Homestay and Eco-lodge accommodation
  • Permission to visit the border area between Vietnam – China
  • First-aid kits and Vietnam travel insurance
  • 1 liter of mineral water/person/day
  • All full board meals
  • Admissions

EXCLUSION

  • Trekking gears – you know what suit you best
  • Visa and airfares from/to Vietnam
  • Other personal expenses.