Tour code:
7 days 6 nights
Start in
Finish in
Ha Giang
Places to visit
Hanoi - Ba Bể Lake - Khuổi Ky village (Trùng Khánh, Cao Bằng) - Bản Giốc waterfall - Khuổi Khon village (Bảo Lạc) - Mèo Vac - Đồng Văn - Thôn Tha - Hà Giang
Hanoi, Vietnam Ha Giang, Vietnam


Discover Tonkin on North Vietnam itinerary 7 days, immerse yourself in the authentic life of villages (Ba Be Lake, Pac Ngòi village, Khuổi Ky, Ban Gioc Waterfall, Khuổi Khon, Meo Vac, Đồng Văn, Thôn Tha, Hà Giang), explore bustling local markets, and the rich cultures of hill tribes such as the Hmong, Red Dao, Tay, Giay, and many more. Experience the stunning landscapes of Northeast Vietnam and immerse yourself in unique sensations during your week-long journey from Cao Bang to Ha Giang.

Highlights of the Ba Be Cao Bang and Cao Bang Ha Giang tour:

  • Ba Be Lake: Explore the national park and the beautiful lake that characterizes it.
  • Ban Gioc Waterfall: Located on the Sino-Vietnamese border in Cao Bang province, it is among the most spectacular in Southeast Asia.
  • Meo Vac: Discover this picturesque town located in the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, ethnic minority markets, and cultural experiences.
  • Đồng Văn: Explore this charming town nestled in the heart of the Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, renowned for its stunning landscapes and well-preserved architecture.
  • Palace of H'Mong King Vương Chí Sình: Visit this historic site in the Sa Phin Valley to discover traditional H'Mong architecture and culture.
  • Thôn Tha, Hà Giang: Inhabited by the Tay ethnic group. A short walk will allow you to explore the daily life of local farmers.

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Day 1: Hanoi - Ba Bể Lake (L ; D)

We will head to Ba Be Lake, known as the "Halong Bay of the mountains," crossing through Thai Nguyen province, famous for its green tea. You will encounter beautiful landscapes with tobacco fields, rice terraces surrounded by hills of tea, fruit trees, and palm trees, as well as ethnic minorities such as the Tays, Nungs, San Chi, and Then, dressed in traditional costumes.

In the afternoon, we will arrive at Ba Be National Park, characterized by a natural lake fed by three rivers and surrounded by high limestone formations and subtropical primary forest. You will stay in a Tay family homestay in Pac Ngoi, offering you the opportunity to explore the village and the lake surroundings at your leisure.

Dinner and overnight at homestay in Ba Be.

Day 2: Ba Be Lake - Trekking & Cruise By Sampan (B ; L ; D)
Sampan Cruise Hiking Trekking

After breakfast, we will set off on a hike to Mỏ village (5km), then to Quá village where we will have lunch.

In the afternoon, we will continue our trek through the valley, a hill, and a small bamboo forest.

We will reach Cốc Tộc village on the shore of Ba Be Lake, where we will board a sampan for a cruise on the lake. During this journey, you will be amazed by the beautiful landscapes, the reflections of trees and mountains in the water, the bustling villages, encounters with fishermen and carriers, as well as the intertwined tree roots.

We will then return to our homestay.

Note: The hike will be 16 km long and will take approximately 6 hours, at an easy difficulty level.

Dinner and overnight stay with the locals in Ba Be.

Day 3: Ba Be – Khuổi Ky (B ; D)

At 8:30 AM, the driver and guide will take you to Khuổi Ky village in Cao Bang. The journey is picturesque, passing through several mountain passes before arriving in the vast valley where the city of Cao Bang is located in the afternoon.

Rest and overnight stay in Khuoi Ky

Day 4: Khuoi Ky – Bản Giốc Waterfalls – Khuổi Khon (B ; D)
Car Bamboo-rafting

After breakfast, we will head to the famous Ban Gioc Waterfalls, considered the most beautiful in Northern Vietnam, facing China, with the border crossing through the middle of the largest cascade. You will have free time for lunch at a local restaurant along the way.

In the early afternoon, we will continue towards Khuổi Khon (Bảo Lạc).

We will arrive in Khuoi Khon by late afternoon.

Dinner and overnight stay in Khuoi Khon.

Day 5: Khuổi Khon – Mèo Vac – Đồng Văn (B ; D)

We will make a detour to visit the Black Lo Lo people in Khuoi Khon village, where "France 2" filmed the show "Rendez-vous en terre inconnue" with the famous rugby player Michalak.

Then, we will set out to explore one of Vietnam's highest and most impressive passes, Ma Pi Leng Pass, also known as the Horse's Nose Ridge Mountain.

This 25 km route connects the districts of Meo Vac and Dong Van, perched high in a mountain range above the Nho Que River, marking the border with China on the other side. It was nicknamed the "Happiness Road" by the Vietnamese after 11 months of work carried out by several ethnic minorities in 1965.

Overnight stay in Dong Van.

Day 6: Dong Van – Tha Village (Thôn Tha, Phương Độ, Hà Giang) (B ; D)

We will climb a high pass to reach "Heaven's Gate" - the entrance to the Dong Van Geological Park, characterized by karst landscapes. Then, we will visit the Palace of the H'Mong King Vương Chí Sình, unique in size and architecture, built with plateau stones and located at the bottom of the Sa Phin Valley.

We will make a stop in the town of Sủng Là, inhabited by two ethnic minorities: the H'Mong and the colorful Lo Lo. You will visit a traditional wooden and clay house, then take a walk through the H'Mong village, crossing rose and vegetable fields to the Lo Lo hamlet. Lunch will be on your own.

Next, we will head to the village of Tha, home to the Tay ethnic group. A brief walk will allow you to explore the daily life of local farmers in Thôn Tha, Phương Độ commune, Ha Giang city.

Tonight, you will stay with a local family in a guesthouse equipped with showers and hot water for an authentic experience.

Dinner and overnight stay with the locals.

Day 7: Tha Village – Hanoi (B)

After breakfast, we will hit the road back to the capital, Hanoi. Along the way, we'll make some stops to enjoy the scenery...

We'll arrive in Hanoi by late afternoon.

End of your 1 week North Vietnam !

  • What’s Inclusion

    • Accommodation in a double or twin room (hotel or bungalow or homestay) with breakfast
    • Private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers.
    • Sampan for cruises.
    • Local guide during all tours.
    • Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Lunch or dinner as specified in the itinerary
    • Water & cool towels
    • Government taxes & service charge.
  • What’s Excluded

    • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, drinks, tips… etc.
    • Personal travel insurance.
    • Vietnam Visa (If you are not exempt from the visa).
    • All other services not specified in the itinerary
  • Notes

    • Surcharged for Public holidays (30/4-1/5, Lunar New Year)
    • The timing of check-in and check-out at the hotels: Check-in at 14:00, check-out at 12:00. (Early check-in/
    • late check-out is upon your request).
    • A single supplement is required if you are traveling alone.
    • The triple room is possible upon your request.

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  • Leon J

    Leon J

    May 02, 2024
    5.0 Excellent

    Incredible with an unforgettable 1 week north Vietnam Cao Bang Ha Giang

    Our guide Kate was the best, my charming driver also helped a lot ;) 😘 the views were the best. A big shoutout to Autour Asia for crafting such a beautiful experience and tour.
  • Camerone S

    Camerone S

    May 02, 2024
    5.0 Excellent

    A fantastic journey from Cao Bang to Ha Giang

    Autour Asia provided a captivating adventure through the mesmerizing landscapes of Ba Be Cao Bang to Ha Giang. From majestic mountains to vibrant local culture, every aspect of the tour was meticulously orchestrated. The guides were not only informative but also passionate about sharing the beauty of their homeland. With unforgettable memories etched in my mind, I highly recommend this tour to anyone seeking an authentic and enriching travel experience.
  • Nick D

    Nick D

    May 02, 2024
    5.0 Excellent

    Unforgettable North Vietnam itinerary 7 days

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