This journey through the north-east of Vietnam highlights the immense beauty of Halong Bay, Ba Be Lake and the surrounding areas. You will spend five days travelling across land and sea, visiting waterfalls and forests and meeting local people.
Tour code: PRT 23E
Halong bay, Ban Gioc waterfall, Ba Be lake, Northeast, Vietnam.
Day 1: Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay
Day 2: Ha Long Bay - Lang Son
Day 3: Lang Son - Cao Bang - Ban Gioc - Quang Uyen
Day 4: Quang Uyen - Ba Be Lake
Day 5: Ba Be Lake - Ha Noi
Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay (L, D)
Your tour guide will collect you from the Old Quarter at 07:45 to begin your journey to Ha Long Bay
. After approximately three and a half hours, you will reach Hon Gai Pier, Ha Long City where you will board a boat. Later, you will transfer to a traditional junk and have lunch while cruising the magnificent Bai Tu Long Bay
. On the way, you can admire the fascinating rock formations which arch out of the water. In the afternoon, the boat will anchor at Vung Vieng Fishing Village
, and a tender will take you to visit one of the largest and oldest fishing villages in Ha Long Bay where you can discover the lives of the local fishing villagers. Next, you will visit a pearl farm where you can learn about the processes involved in farming the precious gemstones. Then, you can enjoy relaxing on a white sandy beach, swimming or kayaking around the picturesque limestone outcrops. As the cruise continues on to Ban Chan Beach
, you can enjoy a BBQ dinner and cooking class on board the boat with the sun setting over the bay. You will stay overnight in Ban Chan.
Ha Long Bay - Lang Son (B, L, D)
Ha Long Bay, in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1,600 islands and islets, forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site's outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest. Visiting Thien Canh Son Cave with millions of surprising stalactites and stalagmites you can understand this is a must see area for the majority of people who come to Vietnam.
You will leave Ha Long Bay behind and drive to Lang Son Province. On the way, you will pass through beautiful countryside and see many local people going about their daily lives. On arrival in Lang Son, you will visit Tay and Nung ethnic minority villages to discover their unique cultures. You will stay overnight in a hotel in Lang Son.
Lang Son - Cao Bang - Ban Gioc - Quang Uyen (B, L, D)
After breakfast at your hotel, you will travel to Ban Gioc waterfall, one of the most beautiful landscapes in the north of Vietnam. The majestic falls demarcate the border between Vietnam and China with each end of the 300-meter wide cascade sitting in a different country. You can spend some time at leisure relaxing, soaking up the sublime atmosphere and taking photos. You will then take a 30-minute boat trip on the Quay Son River to touch China border. Next, You will visit Nguom Ngao “Tiger Cave” before returning to Quang Uyen Town where you will stay overnight in a homestay.
Quang Uyen - Ba Be Lake (B, L, D)
There are superb landscapes with the terraced rice fields and winding river on the drive from Cao Bang
to Ba Be Lake
. You will stop for lunch along the way before arriving in Cho Ra
at about 13:30. From here you can take a boat on Nang River
which glides through the unspoilt wilderness of Ba Be National Park
all the way to Puong Cave
. Inside the 300 meter tunnel, you can see the many interesting rock formations that have been created over the many years of erosion from the river.
You will continue the boat trip to Bo Lu
- a village belonging to a Tay community whose main income comes from fishing and rice and corn cultivation. The villages are characterised by modest but beautiful stilt houses with thatched roofs which are dotted throughout the landscape. You will have dinner and stay overnight in Coc Toc
Village at the edge of Ba Be Lake.
Ba Be Lake - Ha Noi (B, L)
After breakfast, you will travel past Ba Be Forest, where you can discover spectacular rivers, deep valleys, natural caves and undulating mountains. You will pay a visit Pac Ngoi Village, a traditional stilt house settlement before entering Hua Ma Cave. Inside the cave, you will be able to see thousands of stalactites and stalagmites. This is one of the best caves in the north of Vietnam and is still relatively unknown making it feel like a true adventure. After exploring the cave, you will drive back to Ha Noi, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant on the way. You will arrive back in Ha Noi at about 17:30 where you will be taken to your hotel.
- We take you to the parts other can't reach!
From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot.
From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.
Our experienced and friendly Tour Guide(s) speak excellent English or French.
They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.
- 4 breakfasts.
- 5 lunches.
- 4 dinners.
We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes.
We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.
- Homestay (2 nights).
- Cruiser (1 night)
- Hotel (1 night)
Clean and comfortable homestays/ hotels/ cruiser with air-conditioning provided.
This rate is quoted in USD per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy. Applied for the – Private Tour. Valid from 30 Apr 2016 - 31 Dec 2017
Tour price includes:
+ Cruise on Halong Bay
+ Private car pick up & -off
+ Accommodation (Homestay and hotel)
+ Experienced English or French speaking guide.
+ Private boat trip on Ba Be lake
+ Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
+ All sightseeing tickets.
+ No extra charge after confirmation
+ 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
Tour price excludes:
+ Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
+ Travel insurance
+ Other services not mentioned above.
What to take:
+ Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes. Take a small day pack for hiking and trekking.
+ It is essential to bring your passport on this trip. We also recommend packing: insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat...
Have a good journey!