Adventure in Northern Vietnam: An Ecological Paradise

This 13-day adventure veers off the beaten path and into the wild and unspoiled beauty of Northern Vietnam. During the trip, you will trek through mountains, valleys and villages to discover the landscapes and cultures of Sapa and the frontier region of Ha Giang before winding up in the sublime... More

This 13-day adventure veers off the beaten path and into the wild and unspoiled beauty of Northern Vietnam. During the trip, you will trek through mountains, valleys and villages to discover the landscapes and cultures of Sapa and the frontier region of Ha Giang before winding up in the sublime setting of Ba Be National Park. Enjoy 2-day experiencing the stunning scenery of Lan Ha Bay. This tour encapsulates the aspects which make Vietnam a unique and unmissable destination.



  • Explore the wild and untouched beauty of Northern Vietnam
  • Experience trekking through rice paddy fields Ý Linh Hồ, flower valleys and Black Hmong villages
  • Enjoy home-cooked dinner with a local family in Ha Giang
  • Ride the longest cable car system of Southeast Asia to the highest mountain top of Southeast Asia, Fansipan – also known as Roof of Indochina
  • Visit (trek up) to Pu Lo fortress which was built in 1890
  • Witness the natural wonder of Northern Vietnam – Ban Gioc Waterfall
  • Visit Ba Be National Park and explore the lake, the caves of Puong Grotto, the rapids of Dau Dang Waterfall and tiny Widow Island
  • Spend a night in a traditional Tay stilt house with a local host family
  • This is set to be a wonderful day of trekking! Your tour guide will take you to Coc Toc
  • Picnic lunch in a H’mong ethnic village
  • Explore 4 km deep river Lo Mo Cave which is yet to be documented by geologists
  • Experience the wonders of Hua Ma Cave, famous for its thousands of stalactites and stalagmites

Welcome to Vietnam! Upon arrival in Hanoi, Vietnam’s bustling colonial capital, meet by travel-to-nature Asia representative/guide outside the baggage claim of Noi Bai Airport and take you to your hotel. Please look out for your name-card once you exit out of arrival area.

In the afternoon, take a walk around the centre, visiting some of Hanoi’s main attractions: the Opera House, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. In the evening enjoy a traditional Water Puppet Performance – a unique Vietnamese art form hailing from Southeast Asia’s wet-rice culture – followed by a welcome dinner at one of Hanoi’s finest restaurants.

Accommodation: La Siesta Ma May Hotel
Meal: Dinner

Our guide and driver will pick you up around 7:30am for your 5 hour drive to Sapa. Simply sit back, relax, and enjoy as the scenery transforms from bustling metropolis to rolling hills and endless rice paddies.

Around midday you will arrive in Sapa, at which time you’ll get to enjoy a local lunch. Then for your first trip use the longest cable car system in Asia, departing from Sapa Town to the highest mountain top of Southeast Asia, Fansipan, once known as the ‘Roof of Indochina’. The highest point of the mountain culminates at 3,143m above sea level.

The ascension by cable car takes about 30 minutes, offering you on the way a stunning view of terraced rice fields as far as the eye can see. Once arrived, you will be able to visit the temples and finish the climb by foot, just 600 stairs, or by funicular before you head back to Sapa Town by car for an overnight stay in a hotel.

It is recommended to bring a jacket as the temperature drops and the wind blows at this altitude.

Accommodation: Pao’s Sapa Leisure Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will trek to rice paddy fields Ý Linh Hồ, flower valleys and Black Hmong villages, located in the mountains with amazing panoramic views. You will visit a local house to meet the villagers and discover their daily life. After lunch in a local restaurant, you will continue through the rice terrace fields to Lao Chai and Ta Van Village of Zay people to discover their culture. This is the biggest valley and features the most impressive rice terrace fields in the whole of Sapa. You will have dinner and spend the night in a homestay in Ta Van Village.

Accommodation: Ta Van Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we’ll leave Sapa in favour of Vietnam’s final frontier, Ha Giang. On the way we’ll make a stop at Pho Rang for lunch before we have a walking tour to Vinh Yen inhabited by Tay communities.

We continue our drive deeper into Ha Giang, enjoying the spectacular scenery along the way, before finally reaching the Tay village for another walk where we will spend the night around 6pm, just in time for a home-cooked dinner. You’ll stay overnight in this traditional Tay stilt house.

(6-8 km walk).

Accommodation: Mr Doan Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Once we have purchased the mandatory permit at the Immigration Office, you will begin the journey to Dong Van following a spectacular series of passes which wind through the mountains and valleys. En route you enjoy exceptional views of the rolling landscape and interesting flora and fauna. After that, we will have Lunch in the small mountain town of Tam Son visiting the villages of the H’mong Lung Cam B. You will have the chance to see the former palace of the H’mong King, Vuong Chinh Duc who was an ally of the French. You will arrive in Dong Van around 18:00 where you will have dinner at a local restaurant and spend the night in a hotel.

Accommodation: Hoa Cuong Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You’ll start the day off with breakfast and a visit to the Dong Van Market, where locals come from all the surrounding villages to purchase and trade for essentials they cannot produce themselves.
Then you will be making the trek up to Pu Lo fortress which was built in 1890 and evacuated in 1945. From here you can enjoy spectacular views of the entire region, before climbing 8 km to the top of Ma Pi Leng Pass, through a gigantic maze of limestone peaks, stone forests, and canyons (the Sky Path at the Nho Qué River Viewpoint) before descending into the valley of Meo Vac. Winding our way through the valley, we’ll eventually reach Bao Lac village, where we’ll rest for a bit and have lunch before being driven to Cao Bang where you’ll spend the night in a hotel.

– A 8-10 km trek

Accommodation: Thanh Loan Hotel/ Mr Kim Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This day is likely to be your highlight of the tour, as we take you to one of the most incredible natural wonders in Northern Vietnam; Ban Gioc Waterfall. The drive here from Cao Bang is roughly two hours, and this breath-taking 300-metre wide cascade sits right on the border between China and Vietnam, amidst a beautiful mountainous landscape.
While you’re here you can spend your time relaxing in the glow of the natural beauty, take some amazing photos, and board a bamboo boat that will take you so close to the falls you’ll feel the spray on your face, practically sitting at the very edge of Vietnam, so close to China that you can actually touch it.
After enjoying the waterfall, you will venture deep underground into the magical Nguom Ngao Cave to discover the rock formations which have been carved by erosion over millennia.
After visiting the waterfall and cave, you will travel down a beautiful road which is unknown to many, which winds through the mountains before reaching the Nung village of Quang Uyen.
You will be welcomed by Mr. Hung Dao, an amazingly friendly blacksmith, before having dinner at his house and settling in for the night in this cosy traditional Nung house.

Accommodation: Thanh Loan Hotel/ Mr Kim Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we leave Quang Yen behind and drive through Ma Phuc pass on our way to Ba Be National Park. Once in the park, you’ll have time to explore the many wonders located here, such as the lake itself, the caves of Puong Grotto, the rapids of Dau Dang Waterfall and finally the tiny Widow Island located on the lake.

We’ll be staying in a traditional Tay stilt house overnight, staying with a local host family.

Accommodation:  Mr Linh’s Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This is set to be a wonderful day of trekking! Your tour guide will take you to Coc Toc Village where you can meet the Tay community. After you have seen the lovely stilt houses and seen this idyllic way of life, you will set out to cross the Pe Lu Stream, before hitting some rough, steep terrain that will give you a little bit of a workout. As you gain height, though, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular views of the verdant rolling countryside. Pressing on to the uplands we will stop for a picnic lunch in a H’mong ethnic village. During the afternoon, your guide will take you through mountains and valleys and to see the houses of the Dzao ethnic people, before moving back to homestay.

Accommodation:  Mr Linh’s Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You’ll be picked up at the homestay after breakfast for the main event of your tour. After a quick drive you’ll reach Lo Mo Cave, where you’ll spend about three hours exploring this 4km deep river cave, so far uncharted by geologists. We will of course provide you with the necessary gear, like hardhats and strong headlamps. The cave dramatically widens once you pass the initial entrance, and presents some great opportunities for excellent photographs. During your three hours of exploration you’ll get to enjoy the beautiful rock formations, enormous passages and even an underground river. Leaving Lo Mo, you will have lunch in the campsite then travel back to the homestay where you will have dinner and stay the night.

Accommodation:  Mr Linh’s Homestay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, we’ll take you on a stroll along the riverfront to visit some surrounding villages, followed by a hike up one of the higher points around the lake, providing you with some impressive views surrounded by limestone formations and mountain peaks.

Following this we enter Hua Ma Cave, famous for its thousands of stalactites and stalagmites, and also known for being the biggest dry cave in Northeastern Vietnam. After lunch in a local restaurant, it’s sadly time to head back to Hanoi and say our goodbyes, arriving at your hotel around 5 pm.

Accommodation: La Siesta Ma May Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

07:15 – 8:15 AM: Pick up at hotel for three and a half hours road trip with short refreshment on half way to Cat Ba.
12:00 Welcome by our staff at the Cai Beo Cruise Port
12.30 – 13.00: Check-in the boat, enjoy a welcome drink & cruise briefing
13.15 – 14.30: Have lunch while cruising to charming Lan Ha bay; admire the fascinating
formations on the way
15.00 – 17.00: Explore the magnificent quiet bay by kayaking or just relaxing on wild beach on the island
17.30 – 19.15: Back to junk for refreshing and enjoying your relaxing time on the sundeck and experience our Vietnamese authentic cooking demonstration before having BBQ dinner on board.
After dinner: Relaxing on the sundeck or enjoying some drinks at the bar.
Overnight on board

Accommodation: Cosy Boutique Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

06.15 – 07.00: Say hello to the Bay with a pleasant stretching Taichi
07.00 – 07.50: Morning view of Bay’s landscape with a cup of tea or coffee. Have breakfast in our cozy Vietnamese decorated dining area while heading to Viet Hai fishing Village on the Bay
08.00 – 09.30: Cycling or electric car, visiting the local life of a fishing village on the island and melting yourself in the fresh air of lush and evergreen trees and little local life in the village of Viet Hai
10.00: Check out of the cabin. Start cruising towards the port while a set lunch is served
11.45 – 12.00: Disembark

Transfer by tender to the pier and relax inside our waiting lounge while waiting for the return transportation – Drop-off at hotel in Hanoi . Hanoi Departure.


  • Airport (pick up/drop off) transfers by private A/C vehicle
  • Twin-Sharing accommodation in all Hotel/Resort/Lodge as mentioned or similar
  • Daily breakfast throughout the trip, other meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All sightseeing and long-distance transportation in a private air-conditioned vehicle (cars/SUVs or mini/micro-van etc. depending on group size). This includes toll taxes, parking, allowance for the driver, outstation overnight charges for the driver
  • Cruise on Lan Ha Bay
  • Professional & Licensed English Speaking Guide
  • Government taxes

Not Included

  • International flight tickets
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance & vaccinations
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Tips for trip leader/guide, driver, hotel staff, and porters
  • Items of personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, laundry, telephone calls and other unforeseen expenses Items/services not listed in the "included"
  • Compulsory gala dinner on Christmas or New Year (if applicable)
  • Extra expenses/payment for 'OPTIONAL’ activities/programs if opted in

Price: US$ 2,195 per person (Twin Sharing | Based on Minimum 6 Travelers)
Single Supplement: US$ 310

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La Siesta Classic Ma May, Hanoi

With its imposing white exterior and warm Asian-inspired interior, La Siesta Classic Ma May is situated in the heart of the Old Quarter, close to Hoan Kiem Lake providing a luxuriously quiet oasis within the busy maze of streets. The property has 75 bespoke-designed guestrooms and suites, the Moonlight Sky Bar on the rooftop, La Spa and gym on the 2nd level.

Pao’s Sapa Leisure Hotel, Sapa

Nestled on a hillside amongst spectacular mountains, overlooking the poetic Muong Hoa valley and the marvelous Hoang Lien Son mountain range, Pao’s Sapa Leisure Hotel prides itself on being the first luxury 5-star hotel in Sapa. Pao’s Sapa Leisure Hotel offers 223 rooms featuring the cultural identity of Sapa, subtly blended with high-class rooms and impeccable facilities.

Hoa Cuong Hotel, Dong Van

Hoa Cuong Hotel is located in the center of the old town of Dong Van district - Ha Giang, where the center of the Stone Plateau Complex has been recognized by UNESCO. The hotel was inaugurated and put into operation at the beginning of 2015. It is the largest and most modern hotel in Ha Giang up to this point.

Cozy Boutique Cruise, Lan Ha Bay

Cozy Boutique has focused on developing comfortable and traditional boats to bring guests to the remote areas in the bay, and our staff show their highest attitude of sincere, honest and enthusiasm of local Vietnamese. We have built 2 types of high quality boats – Ocean Cruise, and the newest 2019 built Cozy Boutique Cruise.

Trip Facts

  • Price (USD) From 2,195
  • Duration 13 Days
  • Group Size 3-12 Pax
  • Arrive Hanoi
  • Depart Hanoi
  • Trip Level
  • Activity Nature | Culture | Adventure
  • Meals 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • Accommodation 4* Hotels, Cruise, Homestays

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With every trip, you also support the SWAN and thus projects for Sustainable Community development and Biodiversity protection.

Our primary NGO partner is Social Welfare Association of Nepal (SWAN), with whom we have carried out multiple CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) projects. Besides carrying out regular CSR activities in the areas of education and women empowerment, we have supported relief and rehabilitation initiatives in the aftermath of several natural disasters like earthquake, immediate response to COVID-19 pandemic across Nepal. 

Giving something back to the world is a special and responsible affair of travel-to-nature Asia right from its inception. When you travel with travel-to-nature Asia and SWAN-Nepal, you become an integral force for change in addressing the most pressing social and wildlife conservation issues. Your tourism funds help transform the future of under-privileged and marginalized communities and transform the future of at-risk natural places you travel. Portion of our profit flows to local communities who live with and steward nature, creating jobs and improving livelihoods.

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