North East Expedition
Hanoi, Bac Ha, Viet Quang, Ha Giang, Quan Ba, Bao Lac, Cao Bang, Ba Be, Hanoi.
This expedition takes us
through some of the remote regions in the northeast
of Vietnam. Colourful markets, cultural diversity
and the unique sceneries make this an unforgettable
1 Lao Cai / Bac Ha
Bac Ha is situated in a region of breathtaking
beauty, known for its colourful Sunday market.
Upon our arrival in Lao Cai railway station
in the early morning, we drive to Bac Ha town
(70 km by car).
We head out for some exploration
of the township. In the early afternoon we follow
the trail winding through the tiny tribal settlement
of Tay and plum orchards and then proceed due
north over hillocks and verdant farmland.
we have finished our hike we are the guests
of a Flower H’mong family in Lung Phing
village. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 2 Bac Ha
/ Viet Quang
From the Lung Phing we take a 2-hour trek to
Can Cau Market. It is an open-air traditional
market on Saturdays. We discover some of the
area’s finest scenery marked by dramatic
rice terraces and hilltribal villages scattered
along the way.
It is the best time for appreciating
the market. This is followed by a drive
to the downtown of Viet Quang for an overnight
stay in a hotel. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are
Day 3 Viet Quang / Ha Giang
/ Quan Ba
Ha Giang is one of the most remote provinces
in North East Vietnam. The area is home to some
of Vietnam’s most colourful hill tribe
minorities. We arrive in Ha Giang for lunch.
In the early afternoon, we head north of Ha
Giang to Quan Ba District.
area is populated by Dao ethnic people and encircled
by truly awesome remote forested mountains.
We combine a long, but gentle hike (about 3
hours) with an opportunity to stay with a Dao
family. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 4 Quan Ba
/ Bao Lac
The beauty of the surroundings tempts us to
follow the rugged trail setting off through
verdant hills and tangled jungle growth. Eventually,
the trail arrives at a tiny village perched
nearby the township of Quan Ba.
From there we
board our vehicle and make our way to Bao Lac
for an overnight stay in a guesthouse. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 5 Bao Lac
/ Cao Bang
We take to the road again for a 90 km drive,
arriving in Cao Bang around lunch time. In the
afternoon we go to Tra Linh, an area far removed
from everything industrial and loud. We hike
up to some Tay traditional villages on the steep
We find one of the few places in
Vietnam that are blessed with unique landscapes
featuring vast mountain complexes and spectacular
valleys. The night will be spent in a hotel
in Cao Bang town. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 6 Cao Bang
/ Ba Be
About 150 km east of Cao Bang, we depart Cao
Bang at 8 a.m and embark on a route up into
mountain areas onwards to Ba Be Lake National
This is one of the largest natural lakes
in Vietnam, home to many kinds of birds, scenic
valleys, towering rocky outcrops, underground
river tributaries, and a gigantic cave.
of the villages in the park are not necessarily
ethnic Tay. Those located high up on the slopes
are inhabited by Green H’mong and Red
Dao hilltribal people.
Following a relaxing
boat trip and a hike along the riverfront, we
stay overnight with a Tay family in a traditional
house. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 7 Ba Be Lake
The day begins with a morning hike in the park.
Later, we descend into the scenic valley, home
to the Tay minority people and encircled by
rock formations. We cross the rolling hills
and pass H’mong and Red Dao villages.
The scenery is extraordinary, with rural farmland
and rugged mountains jutting out of the tangled
After a short boat trip along
the lake, we end our day in the park’s
headquarters, where we spend the night at a
comfortable guesthouse. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 8 Ba Be
Lake / Hanoi
We visit the thriving, local market of Chu and
the Museum of the Cultures of Vietnam’s
Ethnic Groups in Thai Nguyen province on our
way back to Hanoi.
Following lunch in a local
restaurant, it is our drive back to Hanoi,
arriving there at around 5pm. (Breakfast and lunch are
itinerary includes walks and hikes, which are
mainly on gentle terrains with:
a 9-11 km hike
on Day 1.
a 6-9 km hike on Day 2.
- a 9-12 km on
- a 6-8 km hike on
a 5-7 km hike on Day 5.
- a 2-3 km hike on Day 6.
a 9-12 km hike
on Day 7.
- a 2-3 km hike on Day 8.
You need to be reasonably fit as the hikes
and the treks can be challenging sometimes,
depending on the weather conditions.
June to September, the climate is usually humid
and hot. From October to July brings cooler
and more pleasant weather.
Our experienced and friendly Tour
Guides speak excellent English or French.
They are extremely knowledgeable about local
cultures, history and the environment.
- 7 breakfasts.
- 8 lunches.
- 7 dinners.
We choose local ingredients, typical
of the way people eat in the area, at local
restaurants, homes or markets.
We cater for
Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking..
- overnight train (1 night).
- hotels (2 nights).
- guest houses (2 nights).
- homestays (3 nights).
Clean and comfortable homestays with mosquito
$558USD per person
for a group of 2 to 5 people.
per person for a group of 6 to 8 people.
The cost of the trip includes:
- Tour Guides.
- entrance fees.
- permits where applicable.
The cost of the trip does not include:
- travel insurance.
- drinks (soft drinks, alcohol,
- personal expenses.
What to take:
for 8 days, including light comfortable clothes
suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable hiking shoes. Take
a small day pack for walking, hiking and trekking.
is essential to bring your passport on this
We also recommend packing: insect repellent,
sun cream, raincoat and