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VT5238 – 11-day by vehicle Ha Giang – Cao Bang – Bac Kan- The Great Combination (Home stay, Trekking, Market)

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Tour Details

This tour will take you to the most attractive  destinations in Ha Giang, Cao Bang and Bac Kan – three provinces in northeastern Vietnam, bordering China. Those destinations includes Dong Van Karst Plateau, Ban Gioc Water Fall and Ba Be Lake which are the most beautiful landscapes of Vietnam.  You will have a chance to enjoy your life in nature, to eat ethnic food , to stay at traditional houses of ethnic people and have many nice pictures of people and scenery.

Departure & Return Location

Hanoi [day of Mouse] & Hanoi [day of Dog]

Departure Time

7.30 am

Price Includes

  • Taxi from Hanoi Old Quarter to My Dinh Bus Station.
  • Bus tickets from My Dinh Bus station to Ha Giang City.
  • English speaking Tour guide cum driver from Ha Giang.
  • Driver from Ha Giang.
  • 2 Semi clutch motorbikes with gasoline.
  • Local Hmong boy for trekking in Dong Van.
  • 10 Vietnamese breakfasts.
  • 10 Picnic Vietnam lunches.
  • 10 Vietnamese dinners.
  • 1 night accommodation with Home stay with Dzao People in Nam Dam Village.
  • 1 night accommodation at Thao Nguyen hotel or similar in Yen Minh Town.
  • 2 night accommodation at Khanh Lam Guest House in Lung Phin Village.
  • 1 night accommodation at Hoa Da Guest House in Sa Phin Village.
  • 2 night accommodation at Home stay with Tay People in Dong Van.
  • 1 night accommodation at Home stay with local people at DUNG RAU
  • 1 night accommodation at Thanh Loan Hotel or similar in Cao Bang.
  • 2 night accommodation at Stilt House with Tay People in Pac Ngoi Village in Ba Be Lake.
  • Entrance ticket for Hmong King's Palace.
  • Entrance ticket for Hmong King's Palace.
  • Entrance ticket for Ba Be Lake.
  • Permit in Ha Giang Province.
  • Permit in Bao Bang Province.
  • Boat in Ban Gioc Waterfall.
  • 6 hour, private boat in Ba Be Lake.
  • Water in bottle available in Car.
  • Domestic insurance.
  • Bus tickets from Ha Giang to Hanoi.
  • Bus tickets for Tour guide & Driver from Hanoi to Ha Giang.
  • Transfer from Hanoi to Ha Giang for 2 motorbike.

Price Excludes

  • Drinks such as beer and beverage.
  • Laundry.
  • International insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tip for Tour guide & driver (depend on you).

What to bring with

  • Trekking Shoes
  • Rain coat
  • T-Shirt
What to Expect

Over eleven days, you will discover colourful local markets of the ethnic minority communities, trek through the majestic mountains and experience the winding mountain passes of 3 northern provinces as well as a lot of famous attractions:

  • Vietnam’s first geological park: Dong Van Karst Plateau
  • Quan Ba Heaven Gate
  • Quan Ba Twin Mountain (Fairy Bosom)
  • Lung Khuy Cave - the most spectacular cave in Ha Giang
  • Hmong King' s Palace
  • Lung Phin Market
  • Pho Cao Market
  • Pho Bang Old Town
  • Ma Pi Leng Pass renowned as one of the four greatest passes in Viet Nam
  • Dong Van Town
  • Ban Gioc Waterfall
  • Nguom Ngao Cave
  • Ba Be Lake
  • Traditional local villages in different areas

Day 1 [day of Mouse]Hanoi – Nam Dam village

You will start your trip in Hanoi Old Quarter at 6AM by Taking a City Bus to My Dinh Bus Station for day seated bus that leaves at 7AM to Ha Giang City. It takes about 7 hours so you will arrive in Ha Giang City at 2PM.
From here you will be picked up by your tour guide to set out for our ride up to the northern plateau of Ha Giang. Along the way, you admire the wonderful scenery of Minh Tan Village and Pac Sum Pass. The pass is winding like a silk strip connecting Ha Giang and Quan Ba. You will see local people in Quyet Tien commune in their traditional clothes, bringing many types of vegetable that they grow by themselves to the market. The “Happiness Road” then leads us to Quan Ba Heaven’s Gate which is located about 50 km north of Ha Giang city, This is also the gateway to Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark. You will be impressed by the beauty as well as the heart-rending legend of Twin Mountains. We head to Nam Dam Village to have dinner and an overnight stay at Muddy House with Dzao People in Nam Dam.

Attraction, villages & Town: Hanoi – Ha Giang City – Minh Tan Village – Pac Sum Pass – Quyet Tien Village – Heaven’s Gate – Twin Mountain (Fairy Bosom) – Nam Dam Village. Dinner & Overnight at Muddy House with Dzao People in Nam Dam.

Day 2 [day of Buffalo]Nam Dam village – Yen Minh town

After breakfast at Nam Dam village, say goodbye to the host of the house to visit Lung Khuy Cave which is considered as the most beautiful cave in Ha Giang. We start our motorbike ride to Yen Minh town , you can admire the scenery and take photographs on the way passing Lung Tam, Thai An, Duong Thuong and Lung Ho Village. The scenery is amazing and the local life and the culture of the hill tribes such as the Tay and Hmong in Mau Due and Yen Minh Town is something that will be very memorable for your trip. Overnight at Thao Nguyen Hotel or similar in Yen Minh.

Attraction, villages & Town: Nam Dam Village – Lung Khuy Cave – Lung Tam Village – Thai An Village – Duong Thuong Village – Lung Ho Village – Mau Due Town – Yen Minh Town. Overnight at Thao Nguyen Hotel or similar in Yen Minh.

Day 3 [day of Tiger]Yen Minh town – Lang Nghien village (Dong Van town)

It’s market day today! We leave Yen Minh Town to visit Lung Phin market- one of the most typical hill tribe markets is Vietnam where lots of people from Hmong, Dzao and Lo Lo flock to every week. Our trip takes you to to Sinh Lung village to take a trekking about 10 km to Sa Phin village. We visit Hmong King’s palace then head to Lang Nghien village to stay overnight at a home stay there.

Attraction, villages & Town: Yen Minh Town – Lung Phin market – Sinh Lung village – Trekking through villages (2 hours) – Sa Phin village to visit Hmong King’s Palace – Lang Nghien village. Overnight at home stay in Lang Nghien village (Dong Van town)

Day 4 [day of Cat]Lang Nghien village – Pho Cao village

After leaving Lang Nghien Village, we have 2 hours trekking through villages. Then we passover Lung Cam Village in Sung la Commune and vist Pho Bang old town and Pho La village, a village near the border between Vietnam & China. We take 3 km of Nine Circle Pass on the way to Pho Cao Village where we overnight at a guest house.

Attraction, villages & Town: Lang Nghien village – Trekking through villages (2 hours) – Lung Cam village (Sung La commune) – Pho Bang old town – Pho La village – Nine circle pass – Pho Cao village. Overnight at a guest house in Pho Cao village.

Day 5 [day of Dragon]Pho Cao village – Lang Nghien village

You have chance to visit another local market – Pho Cao Market. On the way towards Meo Vac, we will make a stop is at Ma Pi Leng Pass. Scenery in Ma Pi Leng pass is unique with majestic and wild beauty . The afternoon ride is amazing when we pass Ta lung Village then have a short trek through villages. Wind Pass is also a good photo opportunity along the way to Dong Van Town. we go back to stay overnight in a home stay with local people in Lang Nghien.

Attraction, villages & Town: Visit Pho Cao market – Ma Pi Leng pass – Afternoon Drive to Ta Lung – Trekking through Villages – Wind Pass – Dong Van Town.

Day 6 [day of Snake]Dong Van town – Ma Le village

Today is for discovering Dong Van with many different villages. In Thien Huong Village, you can see the local people do linen weaving. Afterwards, we go to Ma Le Village, 1,600 meters above sea level.The 18km route from Thien Huong to Ma Le has been known as “the valley of rocks” due to its spectacular natural appearance.. Keeping couple of hours trekking through villages , There will be a lot of things to discover about the life and culture of local people in Lung Tao Villages. We then go back to Ma Le to stay overnight at Dung Rau Home Stay.

Attraction, villages & Town: Dong Van Town – Thien Huong Village – Ma Le Village – Trekking through Villages – Lung Tao Village – Ma Le Village. Overnight at Dung Rau Home Stay. in Ma Le Village.

Day 7 [day of Horse]Ma Le village – Dong Van town

Ma Le Village – Trekking through Villages – Dong Van Town. OVERNIGHT AT HOMESTAY WITH LOCAL PEOPLE in Dong Van Town.

Day 8 [day of Goat]Dong Van town – Cao Bang city

After breakfast, You will travel from Dong Van Town along the spectacular Ma Pi Leng Pass at a height of 2000 meters, offers some of the best views over the valleys, rice paddies and hemp fields. You will then follow the road down into the valley of Meo Vac, passing Niem Sown Village and Niem Tong Village before travelling to Bao Lac for lunch. After lunch, you will ride to Cao Bang where you will spend the night at Thanh Loan hotel or similar.

Attraction, villages & Town: Dong Van Town – Niem Son Village – Niem Tong Village – Bao Lac Town – Cao Bang Town. Overnight at Thanh Loan hotel or similar in Cao Bang

Day 9 [day of Monkey]Cao Bang – Pac Ngoi village

After breakfast, Drive from Cao Bang you’ll visit Ban Gioc Waterfall which sits on the China-Vietnam border, 85km from Cao Bang, passing through attractive scenery en-route. Ban Gioc is one of the largest and possibly the most impressive waterfalls of Vietnam. After a picnic lunch, you’ll visit Nguom Ngao, one of the largest caves in the area. It has many fascinating rock formations. We then drive to Pac Ngoi village locate in Ba Be district. Arrive in Pac Ngoi village about 6 pm. Relax, dinner with family, overnight at stilt homestay at Pac Ngoi village.

Attraction, villages & Town: Cao Bang Town – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Nguom Ngao Cave – Ba Be Lake located in Pac Ngoi Village. overnight at stilt homestay at in Pac Ngoi Village.

Day 10 [day of Cock]Pac Ngoi village – Visit Ba Be Lake

Ba Be Lake boat trip & Trekking – Overnight in Ba Be Lake AT STILT HOUSE WITH LOCAL PEOPLE in Pac Ngoi Village.

Our highlighted destination today is the national park of Ba Be centred around the vast waters of Ba Be Lake. This is just one continuous water body, although its name means three lakes, and it is technically made up of three smaller lakes. Today, you will take a boat trip around the lake, the best way to uncover the beauty of the park..

Day 11 [day of Dog]Ba Be Lake - Hanoi

Ba Be Lake – Thai Nguyen city – Hanoi. Tour ends in Hanoi