Hidden North Of Vietnam, 11 days

Tour Overview

Experience the most stunning landscapes of Northern Vietnam over eleven days. We will discover the captivating heritage of Vietnam’s historic capital city, Hanoi, visiting fascinating monuments and soaking up the vibrant street culture. We will delve deep into the rural north, venturing to the stunning Ha Giang, where we can admire the region’s magical limestone forest rising from the mist, as well as experiencing a home-stay with a Tay family. We will discover spectacular landscapes and vistas throughout this mountainous region, also encountering many of the different hill-tribe communities here and learning about their cultures. We will boat across the picturesque Ba Be Lakes, stopping at lakeside villages, cycling through lush vegetation, visiting dramatic caves and magnificent waterfalls around the lake. Finally, we will enjoy an overnight cruise through the sensational Halong Bay, gliding past majestic limestone islands jutting from the emerald waters and exploring the astonishing Surprise Cave.

Tour Information

Tour HighLight

+Tour the key attractions in Hanoi, including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Temple of Literature

+Enjoy free time in Hanoi to soak up the atmosphere and try local food

+Experience the staggering limestone forest of Ha Giang

+Spend two nights staying with hill-tribe families in traditional houses and learning about their culture and customs

+Explore the beautiful countryside of this stunning region, taking in diverse landscapes and meeting different ethnic minority communities

+Spend time on the Ba Be Lakes, boating and cycling through tranquil scenery, visiting caves and waterfalls

+Shop at the vibrant local markets, with a huge variety of products being sold by ethnic minority communities in their traditional dress

+Enjoy an overnight boat cruise through the gorgeous vistas of Halong Bay, discovering magical caves and with opportunities for swimming, kayaking and cooking

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival – Hanoi

Greeted  at airport by our guide and driven to hotel. Check in hotel and have free time.


On arrival at Hanoi Airport, you are greeted  by our guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer. You may have free time to relax and catch your first glimpse of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. This treasured city is a fascinating blend of East and West, combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair. The building boom has made Hanoi a rapidly developing city in Southeast Asia. However, it still retains an old charm brought from a thousand year of history, with many interesting cultural and historic monuments, beautiful lakes, shady parks, bustling street markets, funny shops and open air eating spots jostled in ancient houses, and historic temples adjoining colonial style structures. They offer both local and foreigner visitors an endless exploration. You can stroll through the fascinating old quarter containing many vibrant streets which are named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. The lively atmosphere in Hanoi old quarter runs from the early hours until late at night  with many street vendors calling, horns honking, and chaotic traffic with waves of motorbikes you’ve never experienced.

Day 2

Hanoi City Tour

Spend a day to explore Hanoi, seeing Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ( close on Mon. and Fri) and  Ho Chi Minh House , One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of  Literature  and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology.  Take a walk around the old quarter and enjoy a water puppet show.

OVERNIGHT: Hanoi MEALS: Breakfast

Day 3

Hanoi – Ha Giang

Begin the expedition in Ha Giang and drive past the scenic landscape. Arriving at a Tay Village near Ha Giang Town, check in homestay and enjoy a walk through village and rice fields.

OVERNIGHT: Ha Giang MEALS: Breakfast

Day 4

Ha Giang – Yen Minh – Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Dong Van

Get up early to see the local life before setting off on trip to Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark. En route, visit Heaven Gate ,  many hill tribe groups and Hmong King Palace.

OVERNIGHT: Dong Van MEALS: Breakfast

Day 5

Dong Van – Lung Cu Flagpole – Meo Vac

Enjoy a short walk to explore Dong Van Town with old quarter and market. Continue venturing into this remote area and visit Lung Cu Flag Tower. Drive through Dong Van Geopark and catch a view of Nho Que  River, Tu San Canyon and Ma Phi Leng Pass.

OVERNIGHT: Meo Vac MEALS: Breakfast

Day 6

Meo Vac – Bao Lac – Ba Be Lakes

Leave Meo Vac and drive down from Dong Van Geopark to Bao Lac, homeland of the Black Lolo ethnic minorities. Stop in Bao Lac to see the market place if you are lucky travelers. Continue driving to Ba Be National Park and check in a local house.

OVERNIGHT: Ba Be Lakes MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Ba Be Lakes Hiking And Biking

Spend this day to explore Ba Be National Park on a biking trip. Stop to see Pac Ngoi Village and Hua Ma Cave. Walk around the lake and return to your homestay. Have free time at leisure.

OVERNIGHT: Ba Be Lakes MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Ba Be Lakes – Bac Can – Thai Nguyen – Hanoi

Take a boat trip in  Ba Be Lakes and discover the birdlife, landscape and Dau Dang Waterfall. Continue navigating along Ba Be Lakes to Puong Cave and drive back to Hanoi.

OVERNIGHT: Hanoi MEALS: Breakfast

Day 9

Hanoi – Halong Bay

Take a drive through the countryside to  Halong Bay. Embark a cruise for two day trip in Halong Bay, visit the scenic stone landscape and enjoy sea activities.

OVERNIGHT: Halong MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Halong Bay – Hanoi

Get up early to join the Tai Chi exercise or explore the bay at dawn. Visit Surprise cave and have brunch on cruise before heading back to Hanoi.

OVERNIGHT: Halong MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

Hanoi – Departure

Check out hotel and transfer to airport for departure.



What are Included?

Tour Transport:

Car, minivan or bus, private or joint boat , train,  mentioned  flights ( 20kg luggage allowance )

Tour Accommodation:

7 nights at hotel  and 1 night on cruise on twin sharing basis , 2 night homestay

Included Meals:

9 breakfasts (B) , 2 lunches (L), 3 dinners (D) and 1 bunch (L)


English speaking guide. French , Germany , Spanish, Italian, Russian  speaking guide can be arranged with on request.

Tour Activities:

Sightseeing tour of Hanoi  with entrance fee

Water puppet show in Hanoi

Travel permit in Ha Giang

Biking trip in Ba Be Lakes

Boat trip in Ba Be Lakes

Boat trip in Halong Bay with entrance fee

What are Excluded?


Transport  to/from Hanoi

Optional services ( extra activities, pre /post night)

Visa fee to Vietnam and  travel insurance

Tipping for tour guide/ leader, driver and local service

Single room on request and personal expenses

How are Hotels?


Tour document

To make your trip more convenient, we would like to provide quick facts to ensure that you have the right travel documents.


The passport must have six-months validity remaining and one blank page for entry stamp. To enter Vietnam, foreigners require a valid visa, except  nationals of certain countries, which may visit Vietnam without visa for a period of time. You are required to contact our sales dep. to get the update visa exemption.


At this time, no vaccination is required, but you should check with your doctor the health  information of Vietnam.


Based on the current custom regulation of Vietnam, visitors can get free import : 200 cigarettes, or 20 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco, 1,5 liters liquor at 20% volumes and above or 2 liters liquor below 20% volume or 3 liters of alcoholic beverages (excl. wines) and soft drinks, 5 kilograms of tea in maximum, 3 kilograms of coffee in maximum, a reasonable quantity of perfume and personal belongings, and other goods, total value of which is not exceeding ten million VND.

Import and export of firearms and ammunition is prohibited. Transit transportation of firearms, ammunition, explosives and highly dangerous goods is subject to prior approval from the government of Viet Nam.

No restriction of currency is applied for entry or exit Vietnam. However you must make the declaration if you bring along  Vietnamese Dong in excess of VND 150,000,000 or foreign currency in excess of 5,000 U.S. dollars or equivalent.  



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