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THE ULTIMATE NORTHERN LOOP - HALONG BAY - SAPA - HA GIANG 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 the best Halong Bay Experience with our Co... View more
Travel Styles: Backpackers , Adventure Tours
Destinations: Lan Ha Bay, Cat Ba, Sapa, Ha Giang, Dong Van, Ma Pi Leng Pass, Meo Vac
Duration: 8 days and 7 nights
$389.00
$339.00

Day 1 : Hanoi – Cat Ba – Lan Hay Bay – Private Island (Lunch and dinner)

Picture of Hanoi – Cat Ba – Lan Hay Bay – Private Island

Itinerary Details Day 1: Hanoi – Cat Ba – Lan Hay Bay – Private Island

07:30 Departs from Hanoi by bus for 2h30 to Got pier in Hai Phong. 

12:45 Arrive in Cat Ba town and get on the cruise. Tasty lunch is served on the boat.

13:30 You will have chance to see the magnificent landscape of Lan Ha bay, then take time to visit the Fishing village and have more than one hour to do the kayaking through Dark and Light cave. Remember to try your luck looking for a member of the white-headed languor family. They are critically endangered languor’s, which are protected in Cat Ba National Park. Cruise will be anchored for a while so you can have time for swimming or boat jumping.

18:00 Arrive on our Private Island and check in.

19:30 Awesome dinner served on second floor restaurant.

“There are no strangers on our Island, only friends that you haven’t met yet”

Let’s have some friendly games with pool table, karaoke, beer challenge or just set up a small party for all of our new friends. If you don’t like noisy atmosphere you can just relax and enjoy the peaceful beach and wait for the beach bonfire at 00:00 to welcome a new coming day.

 

Transportation: A/C transfers and cruise

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Private island (dorm based)(upgrades available)

Day 2 : Cat Ba Trekking – Hanoi - Sapa (Breakfast and lunch)

Picture of Cat Ba Trekking – Hanoi - Sapa

Itinerary Details Day 2: Cat Ba Trekking – Hanoi - Sapa

05:00 If you don’t have a super party or stay up too late last night so you may catch a memorable sunrise view on the beach. If you did enjoy your last night so let just save your morning on bed until 07:00am.

07:00 - 08:30 Buffet breakfast at the restaurant.

09:30 Leave the Island to Cat Ba town by a smaller boat. Take the bus to Cat Ba national park and start 2-hour trekking to reach Ngu Lam peak, one of the most beautiful and panoramic view of Cat Ba island.

12:30 Have lunch at a local restaurant then transfer to the pear to catch the ferry. After 2.5-3 hours driving you will get back to Hanoi at around 17:00.

We will inform you about the meeting point for the overnight sleeper bus (just a 2-minute walk) – here you can leave your luggage and enjoy dinner in the Old Quarter before our guidance service will direct you to the bus for the overnight journey by sleeper bus to Sapa.

Please check your travel voucher for detailed information!

 

Transportation: Comfortable sleeper bus

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Guide: English speaking tour guide

Accommodation: Comfortable sleeper bus

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

Picture of Sapa – Ta Van

Itinerary Details Day 3: Sapa – Ta Van

The bus arrives early in Sapa, at around 3am but you’ll be able to stay on the bus till around 6am. Depending on the bus service you’ll be either picked up at around 6.30am or you’ll need to walk some 200 meters to our partner hotel where a morning shower will be offered followed by breakfast. 

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

Picture of Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Ta Van

Itinerary Details Day 4: 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 5 : Sapa – Ha Giang (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Picture of Sapa – Ha Giang

Itinerary Details Day 5: 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 6 : Ha Giang – Dong Van (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Picture of Ha Giang – Dong Van

Itinerary Details Day 6: 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 7 : Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Ha Giang (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Picture of Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Ha Giang

Itinerary Details Day 7: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Ha Giang

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 and take you via Meo Vac back to Ha Giang for dinner and your overnight journey back to Hanoi.

 

Transportation: Motorbike (upgrades available)

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Guide: English-speaking local tour guide

Accommodation: Sleeper bus

Day 8 : Hanoi (N/A)

Picture of Hanoi

Itinerary Details Day 8: Hanoi

The sleeper bus normally and unfortunately arrives very early in Hanoi, around 4am. Please make pre-arrangements for your accommodation so you can check in early.

They unfortunately do not drop of at accommodations in the Old Quarter so from the bus stop you will need to arrange a taxi to your accommodation. The fare should be around 200.000VND.

 

Transportation: N/A

Meals: N/A

Guide: N/A

Accommodation: N/A

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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