Ha Giang Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark Discovery is another group tour we customize for travelers touring Ha Giang Vietnam with limited budget. This 3 day north Vietnam road trip offers the chance to discover the uniqueness of the famous Dong Van Karst Plateau. Daily departure from Hanoi Old Quarter.
Night 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang.
Take the overnight bus from Hanoi to Ha Giang city.
Day 1: Ha Giang – Dong Van.
The bus arrives in Ha Giang at about 5.00 am, freshen up and have breakfast at our base. Leave Ha Giang at 7.30 am for a full day excursion to explore Dong Van Karst Plateau. The road trip along national road 4C uphill offers spectacular landscapes right from the first hour of the trip, enjoy several photo stops before reaching to Quan Ba Heaven Gate. Leave the van here to enjoy walking downhill 2 km to Co Tien Hill, admire panorama of the fascinating Quan Ba Valley famous with the “Twin Hills”. Continue the road trip downhill 21 km to Lung Tam Valley, home to the Hmong Ethnic. Visit a charming village of the Hmong highlighted with traditional textile workshop where all process of making clothes from hemp can be seen. Then move for nearly 2 hours, getting over Yen Minh Pass which offers beautiful scenery of high mountains and valleys. Lunch break in a local restaurant in Yen Minh town.
Continue the road trip after lunch up and down hills the Pho Cao Pass along the bending tarmac for 19 km to Sung La Valley. Enjoy walking to explore the village name Lung Cam of the Hmong, and if lucky, enjoy traditional Khen Dance. Leave Sung La in mid-afternoon heading to Xa Phin Valley with the famous Vuong Palace, the road winds its way among wall-up Limestone Mountains of the famous Dong Van Karst Plateau, passing by some narrow valleys which offers some pieces of flat land to be home to Hmong peoples. Enjoy visiting the Vauban Style Palace which is known as the palace of the Vuong Family, once the King of the Hmong peoples in the region. Move to Dong Van town let afterwards. Check in hotel at about 5.00pm and relax or take a leisure walk to explore the old street of Dong Van. Dinner served at 7.30 pm in a local restaurant. O/N in Dong Van.
Day 2: Dong Van – Meo Vac – Ha Giang.
Breakfast, check out hotel and leave Dong Van at 8.30 am. Morning excursion is highlighted with spectacular landscapes of Ma Pi Leng Pass, well-known as the most magnificent and beautiful mountain pass in Vietnam. Drive from Dong Van 11km to the top of the pass with some photo stops. Pay visit to a small village of the Hmong where the best value of cultivating land and fresh water can be learnt evidently. Then moving gradually 17 km downhill the pass, enjoy many stops for admiring landscapes before arriving to Meo Vac town let to have coffee break.
Leave Meo Vac and follow the narrow tarmac of the provincial road which sneaks amidst the walled-up mountains of Dong Van Karst Plateau for 47km, take some short walks to visit small hamlets of the Zao and Hmong peoples along the way. Arrive to Yen Minh at noon and have lunch break before following road 4C for 2 hours to get over Yen Minh Pass and onto Quan Ba again. Spend an hour walking to explore Nam Dam Village of the Red Zao near Quan Ba town let in mid afternoon. Leave Nam Dam for 1.5 hour road ride back to Ha Giang, arrive to our base in Ha Giang City at about 5.30pm. Take shower, have dinner and relax. Board the bus at 10.00 pm for overnight road transfer back to Hanoi. Arriving in Hanoi Old Quarter at about 5.30 am the next morning, trip ends.
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Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Car transfers.
- Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Tour leader.
- Local porter(s).
- International travel insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.