Highlights Of North Vietnam

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The Best Highlights Of North Vietnam

Duration: 10 Days/ 9 Nights
Trip Code: ORG-NVNO10

Best places to visit:

Tour start from HanoiYen BaiMu Cang ChaiSapaHa GiangBac KanBa Be Lake → End trip in Hanoi


How to get an adventure North Vietnam tour itinerary 10 days? Let’s start and get a camera with you to go around from Northwest to Northeast Vietnam to record amazing sceneries. It is a journey to combine the discovery of looming mountains, mosaic minority people groups, landscapes with dramatic passes, wonderful waterfalls and lush National Parks. How wonderful it is to observe daily life, join unique cultures mixes, and fantastic rice terrace fields? All will enjoy your adventure with different experiences by North Vietnam itinerary for 10 days.


  • Discover and get the charming at Duong Lam ancient village in Hanoi before travel to mountainous areas.
  • Enjoy the amazing rice terrace fields as picturesque at Mu Cang Chai and Than Uyen, which gives you deeply impression for nature and human hand creation.
  • Explore Sapa town with trekking to ethnic groups village with much enjoyment at homestay in traditional stilt houses.
  • Ha Giang Province with famous flower fields that amaze people since October to Dong Van Plateau for more discovery its unique.
  • Explore Ba Be Lake and National Park with much experience the beauties of nature.


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Itinerary Details

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Day 1: Hanoi - Duong Lam Ancient Village - Nghia Lo. O/n At Homestay In Nghia Lo (L/D)

Hanoi - Duong Lam Ancient Village - Nghia Lo. O/n At Homestay In Nghia Lo

Morning activities:

At 8.00 am leave Hanoi with our tour guide and driver for Nghia Lo. The second beautiful valley of rice fields in the north of Vietnam is beside Mu Cang Chai. En route you stop to visit the Mia pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam with over 250 statues. And then travel to Duong Lam ancient village, that’s renowned for its historic houses constructed with laterite blocks. Continue to Nghia Lo through the Trung Ha bridge. Stop alongside the way to discover the daily life and activities of White Thai minority people. Have lunch on the way.

Afternoon activities:

Arrive at Nghia Lo late afternoon. Check in the stilt house. Have dinner with a local minority family. Homestay at stilt-house in Nghia Lo.

Note: Homestay at a remote village in a mountain area in Vietnam is just standard for a mattress. Have a curtain between each mattress. Share the same toilet with many other people but clean.

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Day 2: Nghia Lo - Mu Cang Chai - Sa Pa. O/n In Sapa (B/L)

Nghia Lo - Mu Cang Chai - Sa Pa

Morning activities:

Breakfast with the family. Let’s start the day at 07:30 am to leave Nghia Lo for Tu Le about 40 km. It is an easy hike to visit the village of Thai ethnic people at Tu Le. It’s a tranquil village with beautiful scenery and terrace rice fields. Meet locals and visit a Thai family.

Continue to Mu Cang Chai around 40 km via the scenic landscape of terraced rice fields, especially from April to October (there are lovely seasons: the rice water and the harvest seasons). Have a stop to admire and shoot photos of the lovely and scenic rice terraces. In particular on the neck of Khau Pha Pass with an amazing view over the valley and the most amazing rice terraces not only in northwest Vietnam but also in the country. These are inside the villages La Pan Tan and Che Cu Nha. Have lunch on the way.

Afternoon activities:

Process to Sapa town (about 160 km) passing through fields of lovely tea. In Than Uyen the road climbs up to the highest pass in vietnam (2047 m) with terrace fields and views. Have a fast stop to experience the freshness and to admire Mount Fansipan. Arrive at Sapa town late afternoon, there’s some free time on your free entertainment and discovery. Lied at 1,650 meters above sea level and enjoying a cool temperate weather, Sapa town was an vintage resort created by the French in the region of Fansipan Mountain 3143 m sea level which is known as the roof of Indochina. Have dinner. Overnight at a hotel in Sapa.

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Day 3: Sapa Trekking Optional. O/n In Sapa (B/L)

Sapa Trekking Optional

Morning activities:

Have breakfast at the hotel. At 08:00 you begin the tour from Sapa town. Take a short road on the main road about 4 km with a stopover en route for lovely stunning scenery of Fansipan Mountain and Muong Hoa valley. Trekking uphill along a large and rocky path for 2 hours to Hang Da village (The home of the Black H’mong) which hides itself beneath lush trees on the way to Den Thang Mountain. Visit and discover the village, have a visit with local families. Have lunch in the village.

Afternoon activities:

This afternoon you continue trekking on the same trail which goes on the high mountain side for approximately an hour which gives a splendid view of Muong Hoa valley until arriving at Thao Hong Den, also the village of the Black H’mong people, to visit some families and interact with them. Keep going downhill to Pho village in the middle of Hau Thao commune. You’ll be picked up and transferred via avenue again to Sapa. You are back at the hotel in Sapa around 16.00 pm. Have dinner. Overnight at a hotel in sapa.

Note: The itinerary of trekking can be adjusted depending on the weather conditions, your age and your health status:

  • Option 1: Lao Chai / Ta Van (5 km, soft trek, very touristy)
  • Option 2: Cat Cat / Y Linh Ho / Lao Chai / Tavan (14 km, medium trek)
  • Option 3: Xau Chau / Sa Seng / Hau Thao / Giang Ta Chai (14 km, medium trek, off the beaten track)
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Day 4: Sapa - Bac Ha Homestay. O/n In Bac Ha (B/L/D)

Morning activities:

Have breakfast at your hotel. At 08:30 am you leave Sapa town to get on the road to Lao Cai (~35 km). You will make a short stopover at Cau Kieu – the friendship bridge that links Vietnam and China. Continue to Bac Ha about 65 km and visit the old H’mong King house to learn more of traditional style and its history. Then check-in at the local H’mong home (1.5 km from Bac Ha). Enjoy lunch and have some chatting time with friendly host members.

Afternoon activities:

In the afternoon walk around to visit nearby Hmong minority villages, visit their houses, have a cup of tea and visit their green vegetable fields. Have dinner with the family and overnight in a local home.

Note: Homestay is basic condition, no private room, clean mattress, pillow and blacket are provided for guests

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Day 5: Bac Ha Market - Ha Giang. O/n At Homestay In Ha Giang (B/L/D)

Bac Ha Market - Ha Giang. O/n At Homestay In Ha Giang

Morning activities:

Have breakfast with the family. At 8.00 am start the visiting Bac Ha Market right in the heart of Bac Ha Town. It is the largest minority market in this area. Every Sunday, the different and colorful minority groups all come here to sell their homemade products or buy something for their family. They are Hmong, Phu La, Back Dzao, Tay or Nung minorities. Some of these ethnic minorities can’t be met in any other areas. You can buy something at the market for souvenirs and shoot photos of different groups and activities. Then you leave Bac Ha for Ha Giang Province and pass through Pho Rang for lunch.

Afternoon activities:

Afternoon is the continuous time to Viet Quang town which is the entrance plateau of Dong Van. Arrived in Ha Giang. Have dinner and overnight at the stilt house.

Note: If your travel time does not fall on Sundays, we can flexible to replace the market Bac Ha by Can Cau market which is open on Saturdays morning or other markets from Monday to Sundays (each market open only 1 day of the week).

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Day 6: Ha Giang - Quan Ba - Yen Minh - Dong Van. O/n In Dong Van (B/L)

Ha Giang - Quan Ba - Yen Minh - Dong Van

Morning activities:

Have breakfast with the local family. At 08:00 am you walk & enjoy the Phuong Thien nursery, infirmary and village. Then you depart for Dong Van Plateau via Quan Ba and Yen Minh. The remote region of Dong Van is a land of rugged mountains and beautiful hill tribe villages. You can see this region has remained unchanged for centuries.

Afternoon activities:

You travel northwest out of Ha Giang Town towards this northernmost tip of Vietnam. The former Hmong royal house at Sa Phin is a primary attraction of the region. It is famous in some Vietnam film scenes. It is the blend of the hill tribe people’s colorful costumes and the majestic mountainous landscapes that make this long and sometimes bumpy trip an unforgettable experience. Have lunch on the way. Once we arrive in Dong Van, we have dinner and overnight at a hotel in Dong Van.

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Day 7: Dong Van - Meo Vac. O/n In Meo Vac (B/L)

Dong Van - Meo Vac

Morning activities:

Have breakfast at the hotel. At 08:00 am you visit the market and the old district of Dong Van for more experience. Next you continue the excursion to Lung Cu which has the Chinese border. View the panorama of the whole scenery from the top of Lung Cu Flag Tower. Back to Dong Van for lunch.

Afternoon activities:

Afternoon you depart Dong Van for Meo Vac (30 km), in the heart of a mountainous region with a moderate climate, crossing the Mountain Ma Phi Leng at over 2000 meters sea level. You can admire a beautiful view over the valley with terraced fields of hemp, karst hills, stilt houses, and the minority people of Hmong, Dao and Nho Que River. This romantic and tranquil river takes its source in China to expand on the Vietnamese territory as a band of white silk. Arrive in Meo Vac. Check in the guesthouse. Walk through the village environment. Have dinner and overnight in Meo Vac.

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Day 8: Meo Vac - Bao Lac. O/n In Bao Lac (B/L)

Meo Vac - Bao Lac

Morning activities:

After breakfast, At 08:00 am you travel to the Lung Phin market (9 km from Meo Vac). It is the largest and most authentic Northeast Vietnam market. Here you will be impressed by this market that attracts all the minority groups in the region as the Hmong, Dao, Cao Lan, Lo Lo, Tay minorities all come here… Back to Meo Vac for lunch.

Afternoon activities:

After lunch, we transferred to Bao Lac. Arrive in Bao Lac and be free to have your own discovery and enjoyment of Bao Lac. Have dinner and overnight at a hotel in Bao Lac.

Note: This route could be changed depending on Lung Phinh market days.

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Day 9: Bao Lac - Ba Be Lake. O/n In Ba Be National Park - Homestay (B/L/D)

Bao Lac - Ba Be Lake. O/n In Ba Be National Park - Homestay

Morning activities:

Breakfast at a hotel. Leave Bao Lac at 08:00 am and transfer to the village of Black Lolo via the road (10 km), and you have a 2km hike to visit this Lolo village. Continue to Ba Be Lake. Have lunch on the way.

Afternoon activities:

Arrive in Ba Be Lake in the early afternoon. Upon arrival you will visit the Hua Ma cave. Check-in homestay of Tay ethnic minority in the Pac Ngoi village. Enjoy your free time to explore the village & and to capture picturesque views of the village. Have dinner with the family. Homestay at traditional wooden stilt-house.

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Day 10: Ba Be Lake - Hanoi (B/L)

Ba Be Lake

Morning activities:

Breakfast at a local home. Start at 08:00 am for a boat trip on Ba Be Lake on the way to Ba Be National Park, which is surrounded by rugged limestone mountains. It is Viet Nam’s only natural mountain lake. This important eco-system is best known for over 330 species of butterflies they have here. The lush forest clinging to the surrounding mountains is your backdrop while you discover the lake. You continue the trip on the Nang River until you come across the Puong cave. Back to the homestay for lunch.

Afternoon activities:

Afternoon you leave Ba Be Lake to return to Hanoi city. Arrive in Hanoi at about 19.00pm. End of our service at a hotel in Hanoi city. Happy to have an enjoyable holiday Vietnam with us!



  • PRIVATE door to door transport (new vehicle) with air-conditioned
  • Homestay in Nghia Lo, Bac Ha, Ha Giang, Ba Be NP
  • Hotel in Sapa, Dong Van, Meo Vac, Bao Lac (Note: just standard guesthouse clean and safe)
  • Local boat trip in Ba Be National Park
  • Experienced English speaking tour guide (other languages upon on request)
  • Free visa letter to Vietnam (If yes)
  • Entrance fees, permission
  • Mineral water daily 2 bottle 500ml/per day
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
  • Bank fees if payment by credit card
  • Gov tax and service charge
  • No extra charge after final confirmation


  • International Air Fare in & out Vietnam
  • Additional sightseeing or extra usage of vehicle, other than mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, soft & hard drinks
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Tips are welcomed!
  • Travel Insurance
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