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Ha Giang is the northernmost province of Vietnam, completely off the tourist trail. Ha Giang is home to approximately 22 ethnic minority groups who are still strongly attached to their traditional ways of life. Almost being isolated from the civilization, they live peacefully together in a magnificent world.

Ha Giang landscape is made up of sweeping valleys, karst formations, meandering rivers, dense forests and stilt houses with thatched roofs. Quan Ba is famous for its elegantly shaped rice terraces while Dong Van boasts a unique rock plateau called a "global geo-park of rock". Meo Vac hosts an ancient bartering ethnic market which has remained the same for several hundreds of years. Combined with a visit to Bao Lac village and the impressive Ban Gioc waterfall inCao Bang, your trip in far north Vietnam will end perfectly.

A journey to a paradise of untouched nature and culture!


Ha Giang - off the beaten path

- Explore the amazing Ha Giang "global geo-park of rock"

- Visit the biggest and most spectacular waterfall of Vietnam, Ban Gioc Waterfall


- Discover the most remote tribal village of Vietnam, the Bao Lac village in Cao Bang

- Meet the ethnic minority & overnight in a homestay to discover their traditional way of life


Day 01Hanoi - Ha Giang Transfer to Ha Giang - Stop en route to visit a village of Black Tay ethnic people
Day 02Ha Giang – Dong Van Explore Dong Van plateau - visit Pho Bang town " the town falling into oblivion" and the Dong Van Sunday market Dong Van if possible
Day 03Dong Van – Meo Vac – Bao Lac Depart to Bao Lac via spectacular Ma Pi Leng pass - Overnight in Bao Lac guesthouse
Day 04Bao Lac – Cao Bang Transfer to Cao Bang - Overnight in the hotel
Day 05Cao Bang – Ban Gioc – Cao Bang Admire the splendid waterfall of Ban Gioc.
Day 06Cao Bang – Hanoi Transfer back to Hanoi - End of service


Day 01: Hanoi - Ha Giang (B,L,D)


Picked up by our guide and car at your hotel in Hanoi, transfer to Ha Giang, passing Tuyen Quang province. Along the way, you can see picturesque landscape of rolling hills, quiet villages and lush paddy fields dotted with palm trees. Stop enroute to visit avillage of black Tay ethnic people. Arrive in Ha Giang town in the late afternoon. Overnight in the hotel. 


Day 02: Ha Giang – Dong Van (B,L,D)


After breakfast, drive to Dong Van plateau situated at 1025m above the sea level and inhabited by H’mong and Tay ethnic groups. Stop at the Heavenly gate of Quan Ba before arriving at Yen Ninh- a beautiful valley nested in lush mountains. Walking through the Pho Bang town called by tourists “the town falling into oblivion” home to the Hoa and H’Mong ethnic people. The locals keep to their laidback lifestyle in the clay houses decorated with a pair of couplets written in Chinese scripts with wishes of good luck and prosperity. Continue to visit the Palace of H’Mong King Vuong Chi Sinh built in 1914 and now a symbol of the glorious past of the H’mong people. Night in local guest house in Ha Giang.

If you are lucky, you may also have a chance to visit Dong Van market held every Sunday. Early morning, ethnic people from near and far carrying vegetables, fruit, chicken cages, bird cages and even pigs, buffalos or cows flock to the market for bartering. All seems very excited and enthusiastic because after days of strenuous work, they are gathering here to exchange their products and funs together. And one thing they never miss is “Thang Co”- a specialty of the northwest area made of beef organs.  Ethnic men come here, squad to eat Thang Co, drink wine and chat until getting drunk. When the sun is falling down, they come back home on the horse’s back led by their wives.


Day 03: Dong Van – Meo Vac – Bao Lac (B,L,D)


After breakfast, we depart to Meo Vac village inhabited by the Lo Lo and Pu Peo ethnic minority people who still retain their cultural traditions and traditional costumes. We enter the border areas with Yunnan province of China sculpted by amazing karst landscape. A hike down to Meo Vac valley, a beautiful valley made of picturesque terraced rice fields, winding rivers and peaceful villages nestled at foot of the hills.

We continue the journey to Bao Lac crossing the Ma Pi Leng Pass. In good weather, this pass creates an amazing picture with mountain shrouded in cloud and poetic Nho Que river winding off from a distance like a silk ribbon. A place where heaven and earth meet. Night in a hostel in Bao Lac.



Day 04: Bao Lac – Cao Bang (B,L,D)


Continue our adventure by a morning drive to Cao Bang province. Stop en route, time for relaxing your legs, shooting nice photos and get in touch with local people. Overnight in Cao Bang.


Day 05: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc – Cao Bang (B,L,D)


Heading out of town, we start venturing into the famous waterfall Ban Gioc, the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam. On the other side of the waterfall is Chinese territory. En route, take a short hike to the villages of Nung and Tay ethnic people. Arrive at the waterfalls, get on a raft that will take us in front of the waterfall in order to take picture of its spectacular setting. Picnic lunch near the falls to enjoy its fresh atmosphere. Continue with a visit to the Nguom Ngao cave and return to Cao Bang. Overnight at the hotel.


Day 06: Cao Bang – Hanoi (B,L)


Free time to visit Cao Bang until we return to our vehicle and get back to Hanoi. Several stops en route. Arrive in Hanoi. Transfer to your hotel. End of our service.

 Big market as Bac Ha on Sunday is so touristic, but there other choices for markets. 
You can take an adventure tour to Lung Khau Nhin and Cao son market.

 Pha Long market is one border gate location, and it is less tourist one in comparision with Bac Ha, Coc ly, or Can cau

 Can Cau market is on saturday and is a market of Hmong people in Bac ha district
 1 hours from Bac ha, 2 hours and half from Lao cai station
the road to Simacai border gate ( is under repair often during rain season)

Every Sunday, Bac Ha hosts the biggest fair near the mountainous highlands and the Chinese border. It is the largest and most colourful market in the area and attracts throngs of villagers from the surrounding hill tribes.

The market operates on Tuesday and is one of the small markets of the distric of Bac ha ( Can Cau on Saturday, Bac Ha on Sunday, Cao son on Wednesday, Lung Khau nhin on Thursday). From Lao cai station you take the road 70 direct to Bao Nhai, just 5 km before the cross to Bac ha, you turn left and drive about 30 minutes.
You can take steel boat from Bao nhai but only when the Chay river has water. 

 Discovery the tribes in the moutainous area of Vietnam
Na tam village of the Lu people
Ban bo village of Laos, Zay, Dzao, Hmong and Thai

 Fan si pan the roof of South asian countries, for the Thai people in Vietnam, this mountain is called the horn of the sky for its highness. Fansipan has its national park and becomes one of the top wanted of backpackers.

 Not in the central of Taphin touristic village, you have to walk 20 minutes to Sa xeng hamlet where there are some houses of the red Dzao
overlooking the green valley.

The homestay is hidden in the green, and the quiet of forest
the smell of nature wakes us up each morning and the call of the wild echos

 One of the most breathtaking valley of rice is at Sin chai, Lao chai and Ta van
Giang Ta chai the world of red Dzao people with red, long tail hat
Ban ho the village of Tay people living on house on stilts
Thanh Phu, Thanh Van, Nam sai is the inhabition of Tay, Giay and Xa pho ( Phu la) tribes

Lunch at the local House in Ta van village
Wait the sun set at Sin chai and the sun rise at Lao chai

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Mrs. Roberta Tione from Italy
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 Hallo Mario
We had a nice flight back home, and now we are redatto to get back to work. Which is the hardest part or been back home :( 
The journey through Vietnam was marvellous and did enjoyed very much! We do appreciate your and all the staff in Vietnamtravelart professional!
Thank you for our discovery of your beautiful country! 
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