Hanoi – Thai Nguyen - Ba Be National Park
Meet your driver, 7:30am
at your hotel in Hanoi. As you head out of Hanoi, over the Red River on the
Chuong Duong Bridge, the suburbs quickly give way to the sprawling farm
lands of the
Red River Delta. Travel north along Highway 3 to
Thai Nguyen for
a stop to enjoy a lunch of traditional Vietnamese food. Worth a visit here
Museum of the Cultures of Vietnam’s Ethnic Groups. Leaving the delta
behind, you’ll start climbing into the mountainous area of
Ba Be National
Park. Take a short boat trip (30 minutes) to a
Tay village for dinner and
home stay in a local house.
Ba Be - Cao Bang
(B, L, D)
Ba Be National Park,
surrounded by rugged limestone mountains is Vietnam’s only natural
lake. This important eco-system is best known for it’s over 330 species of
butterflies! Have breakfast with your Tay hosts. The lush forest clinging to
the surrounding mountains is your backdrop as you explore the lake. Reach
the end of the lake and stop for a trek to Dau Dang waterfall. Meet your
Jeep, head north through the lush mountain passes to the city of Cao Bang.
Overnight in Hotel.
Jeep ride to Ban Gioc, visit the waterfall
On this day you’ll take a
scenic in insightful day trip north of
Cao Bang to the beautiful
Waterfall on the Chinese border. This picturesque, cascading waterfall is 53
meters high and has an impressive span of 300 meters. The drive there offers
unique landscapes; limestone Karst formations soar from the verdant rice
paddies of the surrounding farms of local ethnic minorities. Along the way,
you'll see Tay,
Dzao ethnic minority groups. Heading back to
Cao Bang, stop to explore the expansive 2,144 meter Nguom Ngao Cave to
discover its brilliant stalactites. Return to Cao Bang and overnight in
Cao Bang - Lang Son
(B, L, D)
consider climbing the hill up to the War Memorial, it offers a great
panoramic view of the area. Hop in the Jeep for a ride along famous Highway
4. The road winds its way through steep mountain passes where much of the
land remains untouched, the vista views are truly spectacular!
Lang Son is
the capital of this mountainous area and is an important crossing and
trading route with China, the area is home to Dzao, Man, Tho and Nung ethnic
minority groups. Overnight in Hotel.
Lang Son - Hanoi
As a trading post,
has two markets worth visiting, the Old Market and the Dong Kinh Market.
You’ll find everything from electronics and gadgets to textiles and house
wares. Its definitely buyer be aware, as there’s lots of knock-offs of the
original. If the markets aren’t your thing then just a couple of kilometers
from town are two large, beautiful caves and the ruins of the Mac Dynasty
Citadel worth a visit.
Tam Thanh Cave contains a pond and offers great views
of the surrounding farmlands.
Nhi Thanh Cave, formed by the river that flows
through it, has poems carved into the entrance by the man who discovered the
cave in the 18th century. After your morning of exploration its time for
lunch and prepare for the trip back to Hanoi. The highway from Lang Son is a
modern 4 lane divided highway that quickly carries down from the mountains,
back onto the Red River Delta and into Hanoi. Trip ends in Hanoi.
- 4 nights in hotel or guest house. Home stay
with clean blanket, mosquito-net, pillow.
- Meals as mentioned the program.
- Land transfer by private vehicle for whole
- English or French speaking guides. Other
languages are available upon request.
- Admission fees for all sightseeing places.
- Personal expenses.
- Tips and gratuities.