days Northern Explorer
Hanoi, Ba Be Lake,
Cao Bang, Bai Tu Long Bay, Hanoi.
This trip from Ba Be Lake to Bai
Tu Long Bay is diverse and adventurous, offering
out-of-the-way experiences that many travellers
miss out on: We visit Pac Po, trek through hill
tribe villages and explore Bai Tu Long Bay.
Day 1 Hanoi /
Ba Be Lake
Departing from Hanoi, we embark on a route
up into mountain areas north of Hanoi.
onwards to Ba Be Lake National Park, one of
the largest natural lakes in Vietnam, home to
many kinds of bird, scenic valleys, towering
rocky outcrops, underground tributaries rivers,
a gigantic cave and local ethnic minorities,
including the Tay, Red Dao and Hmong.
a relaxing boat trip, we stroll along the river front.
The night is spent in the traditional stilt-house of a Tay family. (Lunch and dinner are included).
Day 2 Ba Be Lake / Cao Bang
We take to the road again for a 90 km drive,
arriving in Cao Bang town around lunch time.
The rest of the day we go to the border village
of Pac Po, home to the local Nung ethnic minority
and visit Coc Bo (the Source), the tiny natural
cave lived in briefly by Ho Chi Minh when he
returned to Vietnam after thirty years of self-imposed
We hike along a rocky path, take in the
cave and explore its stunning visual neighbourhood,
before we return to the town for an overnight
stay in a hotel. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are
Day 3-4 Cao Bang
The day begins by driving to the border town
of Ta Lung, in an area marked by massive limestone
cliffs jutting out of the rice fields, spotted
by scenic hill tribe hamlets. We begin our adventure
with a trek.
We trek for 15 km per day, with
breathtaking scenery, staying in simple village
accommodation with our friendly hosts of the
Tay ethnic minority people. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 5-6 Cao Bang
Another serious day’s trekking through
several minority hamlets. We stop for lunch
at the village of Dong Khe before venturing
on to the Red Dao settlement of Pac Khoang.
The following day we cover a 17 km trek to the
Tay village of Na Pang where we stay overnight.
(Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 7 That Khe / Lang Son
We leave our hosts this morning and trek for
a further 12 km until we reach the village of
That Khe. After lunch in a local restaurant
we meet up with our vehicle for a 2-hour drive
to the border town of Lang Son.
This town has
become a booming trading town since the normalization
of relations between China and Vietnam in the
We go to visit To Thi Mountain,
which received its name from the local legend
concerning the lady named To Thi. The night
will be spent in a hotel in Lang Son. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 8 Lang Son / Bai Tu
Ha Long Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay of the submerged
Dragon boasts 3000 craggy and towering islets
and are amongst the most picturesque places
The fantastic beauty of the bays
has given rise to many legends, some of them
dating back to the ancient past as a dragon
descended into the deep water.
Son we head for Cai Rong island, we enjoy a
boat trip through spactacular limestone outcrops. Those who are energetic can enjoy a kayak ride around the bay.
Upon our arrival on Van Don island, we settle in with a local family for the night to experience their way of life. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).
Day 9 Bai Tu Long Bay
We have breakfast and stroll around the stunning
visual surroundings of the island. Later in
the morning, we board our boat and explore the extent of the bay.
The return journey follows a different route, allowing us a few hours
to soak up the transquil beauty only found in Bai Tu Long Bay. We also spend time paddling our kayaks to explore the bay.
Finally we reach Cai Rong Island for boarding our vehicle for our return journey to Hanoi, arriving there at around 5pm. (Breakfast and lunch are included).
includes walks, hikes and treks with:
- a 3-5 km hike on Day 1.
- a 5-7 km hike on Day 2.
- a 12-14 km trek from Day 4.
- a 14-16 km trek on
- a 10-12 km trek on
- a 15-16 km trek on
- a 1-2 hour kayak ride on Day 8.
We need to be reasonably fit as the hikes
and the treks can be challenging sometimes,
depending on the weather conditions.
to September, the climate is usually humid and
hot. From October to June 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.
hotels (4 nights).
homestays (4 nights).
Clean and comfortable
homestays with mosquito nets provided.
We choose local ingredients, typical
of the way people eat in the area, at local
restaurants, markets or homes.
We also cater for
Vegetarians please request this at time of booking.
$588USD per person
for a group of 2 to 6 people.
per person for a group of 7 to 8 people.
The cost of the trip includes:
meals listed on the itinerary.
permits during guided excursions.
The cost of the trip does not include:
of a personal nature, such as drinks, gratuity
What to take:
for 9 days, including light comfortable clothes
suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes.
a small day pack for walking, hiking and trekking.
It is essential to bring your passport on this
We also recommend packing: towel, swimsuit, personal articles,
insect repellent, sun cream,
raincoat and sun hat...
a great journey!!!