Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
This 5 Day Visit North Vietnam is the best excursion from Hanoi which offers the chance to discover essential travel highlights of north east Vietnam. Attractions include Ba Be lakes, Ba Be national park, Ban Gioc waterfall, Nguom Ngao cave…Travel north east Vietnam to enjoy marvelous scenery of limestone mountain ranges, surrounded by green rice fields and untouched ethnic minority villages. Immerse yourself into different traditional handicrafts at several tribal villages which will make you appreciate its cultural values and lifestyle.
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Visit North Vietnam Itinerary
Day 1: Hanoi – Ba Be Lake (-/L/D)
Picked up at your hotel in Hanoi by the Lotussia team, and brought to Ba Be Lake, Bac Kan province. The first stop will be scheduled in Thai Nguyen, a dynamic mountainous city to visit the Cultural Museum of Ethnic Groups of Vietnam. The museum is located in the former Resident Palace of French Envoy built in the early 20 century and displays the culture of 54 ethnic groups.
After exploring the Museum we keep heading north, making the second stop around noon, in time for lunch. After lunch, served in a local restaurant en route, continue our journey to Ba Be lake. We will head off the main road to visit local villages with tea farms. Reaching Ba Be national park in the mid-afternoon, we may have enough time for taking a short boat trip on the Ba Be Lakes. Ba Be Lake is one of the largest and deepest natural lakes in Vietnam. Feel free to stop and go for a swim or keep cruising on Ba Be Lake to enjoy the landscape of Ba Be National Park. Visit a gigantic cave before returning back to Pac Ngoi village. Pac Ngoi is Tay ethnic village with 90 households located in a beautiful setting. Here you will experience the lifestyle of local people by having dinner, and sharing the house with your hosts.
Day 2: Ba Be National Park – Cao Bang (B/L/D)
We will depart Pac Ngoi village at 8:00 am, heading to Phia Den Mountain Pass. Make a stop at Chang village to visit Coin Dao ethnic group. Here we will explore the traditional ways of making taro vermicelli/noodle (if you wish to participate in the making of taro noodles don’t hesitate to ask your guide to arrange this).
We will then take a tour of the village. We may get the chance to see a demonstration of building Trinh Tuong houses (house made from mud). Enjoy a simple lunch with taro noodle before we get on board again for the road trip to Son Dong, Nguyen Binh and Cao Bang city. Stop along the way for photos and having a coffee break. If time permits, we will stop to visit local family farming dragon fruit. The owners will explain you the process of cultivating dragon fruit and then experience the taste of the fruit (just in harvest season).
Arrive Cao Bang in the late afternoon, check in hotel, and take an optional short walk to explore the mountainous city before dinner out at a local restaurant. Overnight in Cao Bang city.
Day 3: Cao Bang – PhiaThap – Khao – Pac Rang (B/L/D)
We start the day activity by walking to Phia Thap village where you have the opportunity to learn the traditional way of making incense. You will know how incense is made as well as taking part in the incense making process with the craft workers. We will then take a short hike to Khao village to learn about the traditional weaving, dyeing and embroidery handicraft of the village.
Leaving Khao village, we follow the trail passing by limestone hills, heading to the craft village of Lung Ri is known for making the Yin and Yang tiles. Simple Vietnamese lunch is served in a local home. After lunch, you get the chance to make your own Yin and Yang tiles.
The day has not ended yet as we have a short hike to our final craft village of Pac Rang, a handicraft village of Black Smith works. Dinner and overnight at local home in Pac Rang – homestay.
Day 4: Pac Rang – Ban Gioc waterfall – Nguom Ngao Cave – Thang Hen Lake (B/L/D)
Today is a relaxing day to help recover from the last few days of hiking. Touring by car along the sealed road we will enjoy the sights and charming scenery before visiting the spectacular cave of Nguom Ngao.
After exploring the Nguom Ngao cave, we head to Ban Gioc Waterfall, the biggest waterfall in Vietnam (though not full of water in the dry season). This picturesque, cascading waterfall is 53 meters high and has an impressive span of 300 meters.
After a lunch, we continue our excursion by venturing off road to visit the Nung ethnic group in Lung Muon village. Here we will take a walk to explore this village before traveling to Tra Linh. Feel free to stop for photos along the way as the scenery is spectacular. We finish the day at the beautiful Thang Hen Lake around late afternoon. Swimming in this natural lake is a great way to refresh after a day’s travelling (if weather permit). Dinner and overnight in a local guest-house.
Day 5: Thang Hen Lake – Cao Bang – Lang Son – Hanoi (B/L/-)
Depart Thang Hen Lake at 7:30am, heading to Cao Bang City. Take a coffee break at Cao Bang city before driving back to Hanoi. Stopover in Lang Son to visit a local market and having lunch, and then we go back Hanoi in the late afternoon. Tour ends at your hotels at around 5:00pm.