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THE NORTH TRAIL VIETNAM - SAPA LOCAL EXPERIENCE - HA GIANG LOOP - LAN HA BAY - CAT BA - TAM COC (8D7N)

The North Trail Vietnam is specially designed for (backpack) travelers who want to travel on a shoestring but who are looking for of the beaten track experiences and enjoy the company of fellow travelers. We offer you our own designed and less touristy local S... View more
Destinations: Sapa, Ha Giang, Dong Van, Ma Pi Leng Pass, Meo Vac, Lan Ha Bay, Halong Bay, Cat Ba National Park
Duration: 8 days and 7 nights
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Day 1 : Hanoi – Sapa (N/A)

Picture of Hanoi – Sapa

Itinerary Details Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa

Our guidance service will pick you up at your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi in between 9:00 and 9:50pm to transfer you to the sleeper bus for the overnight journey to Sapa.

 

Transportation: Overnight sleeper bus

Meals: N/A

Guide: English speaking guide on the bus

Accommodation: N/A

Day 2 : Sapa – Y Linh Ho - Ta Van (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Picture of Sapa – Y Linh Ho - Ta Van

Itinerary Details Day 2: Sapa – Y Linh Ho - Ta Van

The bus arrives early in Sapa, at around 3am but you’ll be able to stay on the bus till around 5:30-6:00am. When you need to leave the bus, please contact the guide on the bus or go to office of the bus company. They will arrange a transfer (it is paid for) to our partner hotel where a morning shower will be offered followed by breakfast. This will be on the 7thfloor where you can enjoy spectacular views from the valley.

Please check your travel voucher for detailed information!

Enjoy a very warm welcome from our local (Hmong) tour guide who will guide you through this stunning piece of Vietnam. From the lush terraced rice paddies to the rustic charm of the native dwellings, Sapa and its surroundings is a place you’re sure to fall in love with!

Many diverse groups like the Dzay, Dzao, Tay, Xa Pho or Hmong populate this richly cultural northern territory. You’ll sample their unique delights as you pass through each village.

At around 8.30am she will meet you at the hotel where your trekking adventure will kick off. We'll start our trekking with a visit at the market to buy food and fruit for lunch, on the way, before we’ll start this fantastic trek to Ta Van, down in the Muong Hoa valley.

During the 15 km walk we’ll visit three villages of ethnic populations. Enjoy the spectacular views of the beautiful valley that leads towards Fansipan, the highest peak in Viet Nam and Indochina. The trek leads through the village of Black Hmong people, where you can learn how they weave and embroider their incredible clothes. Further along our descent we’ll enjoy the many colorful rice paddy fields until we reach Ta Van village, inhabited by the Dzay people. We’ll have a filling lunch on the way at a local family and dinner with your host in a beautiful and traditional Hmong homestay, by far the coziest accommodation in Ta Van!

 

Transportation: Trekking

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English-speaking local Hmong tour guide

Accommodation: Homestay (dorm based)(upgrades available)

Day 3 : Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Ta Van (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Picture of Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Ta Van

Itinerary Details Day 3: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Ta Van

After a traditional breakfast we leave Ta Van and continue our trek to visit the Red Dao people in Giang Ta Chai village. We pass some stunning scenery and a lovely waterfall along our route. As their name suggests, red is used extensively in the Red Dao women’s clothing and scarves.

Our journey leads us along the small paths edging the rice fields, across the Muong Hoa River and lunch will be on the way at a fantastic spot. We’ll head back to the homestay in Ta Van after our second amazing trekking in the early afternoon where you can enjoy a refreshing shower. Dinner will be served later in the evening and the further evening will be at your own interpretation.

 

Transportation: Trekking

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English-speaking local Hmong tour guide

Accommodation: Homestay (dorm based)(upgrades available)

Day 4 : Sapa – Ha Giang (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Picture of Sapa – Ha Giang

Itinerary Details Day 4: Sapa – Ha Giang

After an early breakfast at the homestay we will transfer you to the bus stop in Sapa for the 8am local bus to Ha Giang. It is a local bus so please understand that the journey can be a bit rough.

On arrival – estimated arrival time around 2pm in Ha Giang - you will be picked up and brought to your overnight stay to relax, have lunch and later on dinner. The further evening will be at your own interpretation.

 

Transportation: Local A/C bus

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: N/A – on arrival English guidance

Accommodation: Guesthouse(upgrades available)

Day 5 : Ha Giang – Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Picture of Ha Giang – Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van

Itinerary Details Day 5: Ha Giang – Dong Van

After breakfast at around 8-8.30am we'll start your adventure through this stunning part of Vietnam towards Dong Van.

We will of course take you to the best scenic places on the way and we'll stop at several places to show you the best the area has to offer. Among those, Heaven’s Gate, the Twin Mountains in Quan Ba, Hmong King’s Palace and Lung Tam Weaving Village. Lunch will be served on the way before arriving at our guesthouse where dinner will be served later in the evening. We overnight at the guesthouse.

 

Transportation: Motorbike (upgrades available)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English-speaking local tour guide

Accommodation: Guesthouse Homestay (upgrades available)

Day 6 : Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Ha Giang – Cat Ba (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

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Itinerary Details Day 6: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Ha Giang – Cat Ba

After breakfast we’ll make our way to the most thrilling ride of your life! The Mã Pí Lèng Pass is a mountain pass in Vietnam at an altitude of 1.500m. The road was first built by minority Zao, Hmong, Tay and “Lolo people. It is a stunning road but also known as dangerous and almost 20 kilometers in length. 

We continue our thrilling ride, which takes you via Meo Vac back to Ha Giang for a refreshing shower and dinner and your overnight journey by sleeper bus to Cat Ba. The pick-up will be around 7:30pm.

 

Transportation: Motorbike (upgrades available)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English-speaking local tour guide

Accommodation: Sleeper bus

Day 7 : Cat Ba - Lan Hay Bay – Halong Bay (Lunch and dinner)

Picture of Cat Ba - Lan Hay Bay – Halong Bay

Itinerary Details Day 7: Cat Ba - Lan Hay Bay – Halong Bay

The bus will arrive around 7:30am in Cat Ba town – plenty of time for breakfast, some time to relax or just enjoy the views.

12:00 – 12:30 Pick up in Cat Ba town and short transfer to Cai Beo harbor, Cat Ba Island. Transferred by small tender to the Cruise. Greeted by crew members followed by welcome drinks, get cruise briefing and check in cabin.

13:00 Enjoy lunch on board while we cruise to the center of Lan Ha Bay and Ha Long Bay.

15:00 Explore Dark & Bright Cave by kayak or bamboo boat and go for swimming or snorkeling in nearby area. We return to the cruise later to enjoy sun set party and cooking class.

18:00 Dinner will be served.

19:15 Enjoy free time on your own with karaoke singing or try your luck with squid fishing…

 

Transportation: A/C transfers and cruise

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Private cabin (based on 2 people sharing cabin)

Day 8 : Lan Ha Bay – Cycling on Cat Ba – Tam Coc (Breakfast and lunch)

Picture of Lan Ha Bay – Cycling on Cat Ba – Tam Coc

Itinerary Details Day 8: Lan Ha Bay – Cycling on Cat Ba – Tam Coc

07:00 Enjoy a new day with complimentary tea and coffee. A light breakfast is served on board.

07:45 We’ll start cycling through the forest to Viet Hai Village (5km) where we take a short trek through the forest before returning to the harbor by bicycle.

10:00 Check out your cabin. Enjoy the view while Cruise heads back to Cat Ba town.

10:30 Brunch will be served on board.

12:00 Disembark at Ben Beo Harbor where we say good bye to Lan Ha Bay.

At around 1pm you will be picked up for the transfer by bus and ferry to your accommodation in Tam Coc or Trang An. Estimated arrival time will be around 5:30pm. 

 

Transportation: Cruise, Cycling, transfer by bus and ferry

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: N/A

The price is based from 2 people up!

Luggage during The North Trail Vietnam

Just bring it if you like, we'll take care of it!

What’s included in the tour?

  • Transportation as indicated in the itinerary
  • All tours as mentioned in the overview
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Meals as indicated in the day programs
  • All entrance fees (as indicated in the day programs or specific itineraries
  • Taxes and Service Charges
  • English speaking (local) tour guides.

What’s excluded?

  • Beverages, Tips and Personal Expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • All not indicated in our itinerary

Recommended kit list for homestays and motorbike trip

Long-sleeved shirt/ T-shirt – Fleece for the cooler evenings - Trousers (such as lightweight cargo trousers, avoid jeans) - Shorts optional – Lightweight water & wind proof (jacket & trousers, especially during winter) - Walking shoes (sturdy, with good grip) - Gumboots (for the wet and wintery periods) - Sun hat and sun protection - Toothbrush & toothpaste,ear plugs & eye mask optional, flashlight. 

Dietary or special food request

In order to take care of your special food requests we would like you to inform us by email in advance.

What do I need to bring?

  • Travel voucher from us
  • Your passport with valid Vietnamese visa
  • Cash for personal expense (Vietnamese Dong or USD)

Options:

We have plenty of options to upgrade your means of travelling and accommodation. Please inform us about your preferences and we will make it happen.

Get Up And Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!

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