Spectacular North-East Vietnam

6DAYs -> Hanoi - Ha Giang - Cao Bang - Ba Be

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Embark on enchantning 6-day tour through North-East Vietnam. From Hanoi, venture into the captivating landscapes of Ha Giang. Wind through the awe-inspiring Ma Pi Leng Pass, immerse yourself in vibrant markets at Meo Vac, and witness the breathtaking beauty of Ban Gioc Waterfall. Conclude your journey with a serene cruise along Ba Be Lake in the enchanting Ba Be National Park. Prepare to be captivated by the remarkable culture and natural wonders of this remarkable region.

Itinerary Summary

By Day Destinations Activities Meals
Day 1 Hanoi - Heading to Ha Giang Lunch, Dinner
Day 2 Ha Giang - Transfer to Dong Van Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3 Dong Van - Ma Pi Leng Pass - Meo Van - Cao Bang Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Cao Bang - Transfer to Bang Gioc Waterfall Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Cao Bang - Ba Be Lake Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Ba Be Lake - Hanoi Breakfast, Lunch

Full itinerary

Day 1

Hanoi - Heading to Ha Giang

Our guide will pick you up at hotel in Hanoi and take a 291-KM drive to Ha Giang at least 6 hours passing through the countryside, villages, and towns in far Northern Vietnam. 

Along the way, stop to visit Mac Dynasty Citadel in Tuyen Quang Province and a nearby local market.

Have a lunch at local restaurant before continuing the journey to Ha Giang. On arrival in the mid-afternoon, visit Tha Cultural Village which is 5 Km away from the town center. The village is home to Tay people and surrounded by rice terrace. Spend your dinner and overnight in a local Tay house. 

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Ha Giang - Transfer to Dong Van

After getting the mandatory permit at the Immigration Office, you will journey along a spectacular road with a series of long passes and deep valleys leading to Dong Van. 

Having a lunch in the small mountain town of Tam Son  before heading to the majestic “King of the H’mong Palace”, a fortress built by a local chief, Vuong Chin Duc, who allied himself with French forces against the Viet Minh. Continue the journey to reach out Dong Van at around 18:00 where you will have dinner at a local restaurant and stay

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3

Dong Van - Ma Pi Leng Pass - Meo Van - Cao Bang

After breakfast, visit Dong Van Market where local people go to stock up on daily supplies. You will then climb a pass up to the French Fortress of Pu Lo which was built in 1890 and vacated in 1945.  As well as being of historical significance the fortress offers remarkable views of the region. 

Continue driving along one of the most astonishing roads in Vietnam, which climbs 15 km up to the top of the Ma Pi Leng Pass, through a gigantic maze of unique limestone peaks and canyons. Take a panorama view of Nho Que river from the top and admire the stunning sunset before continuing to Meo Vac.

Upon arrival, visiting Meo Vac Market before continuing on the snaking road through the mountains, crossing the river, and arriving in Cao Bang. You will have dinner and spend the night in Cao Bang.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Cao Bang - Transfer to Bang Gioc Waterfall

It takes around 2 hours from Cao Bang to Ban Gioc Waterfall - the border of Vietnam and China. From here you will have plenty of time to relax, enjoy the breathtaking sights and take photos. 

Visit Nguom Ngao Cave and explore part of the magical underground cavern. After visiting the waterfall and cave, you will travel down a beautiful road which is unknown to many. The road winds through the mountains before reaching the Nung village of Quang Uyen. Have dinner and spend the night in a traditional Nung house.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Cao Bang - Ba Be Lake

Spend 3 hour to reach out Ba Be. Upon arrival, you will board the house owner’s boat and take a trip through the three lakes which make up Ba Be Lake and up the Nang River to  Puong Cave, a 300-meter long tunnel through a mountain. 

If the weather is hote, you can have a swim in the cool, refreshing water before you visit the stilt houses of a Tay ethnic minority village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Ba Be Lake - Hanoi

Morning, you will start the trip by visiting some lovely villages such as Pac Ngoi Village where you can see more examples of the beautifully crafted stilt houses. Next, you are able to enter Hua Ma Cave which is famous for its thousand of stalactites and columns. 

End of the trip, transfer back to Hanoi with a lunch en route

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Trip Notes


  • All transfer and quality air-conditioned vehicles
  • Accommodation at local house/ basic hotel selected including daily breakfast 
  • Tours with local English Speaking Guide/ Other language is available at your request
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (Breakfast: B ; Lunch: L ; Dinner: D)
  • Entrance fee for all destinations as Tour Itinerary indicated
  • Bottle of water available on coach ( 2 bottle/pax/day)


  • International airfare 
  • Drinks and other meals do not indicate in the program
  • Visa to Vietnam
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (telephone, shopping...)
  • Tipping/ Gratuities
  • Single Supplement
  • Early check in & late check out


Destinations 3 star 4 star 5 star
Ha Giang

Homestay (local house)

Cao Bang

Gia Quy hotel

Luxury Hotel Cao Bang

Ba Be

Homestay (local house)


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