Explore Northern Vietnam, visiting Sapa, Ha Giang, Dong Van and Ba Be Lake.
The remote mountains of northwest Vietnam are home to some of South-East Asia’s most rugged terrain, beautiful scenery and colourful hill tribes. Leaving the graceful boulevards of Hanoi behind, travel to Sapa before traversing the bumpy mountain roads to Ha Giang, Dong Van and cruising the waters of Ba Be Lake. Experience breathtaking mountain views and meet friendly locals along the way. If you want to get a taste of remote Vietnam, this is the trip for you.
ITINERARY CHANGES IN 2018: Please refer to Important Notes for more information.
Hanoi is a progressive city that's packed full of timely reminders of a bygone era. Contrast the ornamental pagodas and pristine gardens that are connected by streets full of commercial ventures and traffic
Meet a community of hill-tribe people who have been in Vietnam for over three centuries. Having emigrated from China, the H'mong settled in Cat Cat Village and invite you to learn about their rich culture
An overnight sleeper train through northern Vietnam is a unique experience. This is a great way to rub shoulders with the locals and to squeeze a bit of local knowledge out of them
As the dramatic mountains of Heaven’s Gate soar above the green forests and rice paddies of Ha Giang, a deep appreciation of this region's landscape will be understood as you journey through it
Mrs Mai’s Responsible Tourism project in Dong Van is an eye-opening insight into the world of human trafficking. Learn about the amazing efforts made by an inspirational project to free their country of this crime
Float along the lake, viewing magnificent waterfalls and wildlife in the Ba Be National Park. A traditional homestay is the perfect way to access remote parts of this region and to get a real glimpse of Vietnamese life
This trip includes a number of long journeys on windy and sometimes bumpy roads in a private mini-bus. This is the only way to access some of these locations, but we promise you that the views for most of the journey are impressive enough to make it all worthwhile.
This trip involves an overnight train, which can be tiresome. This is all part of the adventure, with comfortable beds, food vendors and conversations with the locals making the overnight train journey an enjoyable experience. For your own security, take a lock for your hand luggage on the sleeper train journey.
This trip includes one night in simple homestay accommodation, and there a few ways to better understand a country and its people. You will sleep on mattresses on the floor in a mixed-gender dormitory style, and bathrooms will be shared.
This trip includes a moderate level of hiking in the hills on day 7 for approximately 4 hours. Terrain can be uneven, muddy or loose underfoot. Although this hiking is possible for most travellers, a good level of fitness and comfortable pair of shoes will help increase your enjoyment of this experience.
Trip search is unavailable.
There are currently no scheduled departures on our Northern Vietnam Adventure trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. Please provide your full name as per passport (including middle names on your passport), and passport number at time of booking. These details are required for the internal train tickets. Please check your booking information exactly matches your passport. Ticketing fees may apply for amendments within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing a new ticket.
2. A Single Supplement to have your own room is available on this trip and excludes nights 2 (Overnight Train) and 9 (Homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation.
3. 2018 ITINERARY CHANGES: For departures commencing from 1st January 2018 this itinerary will be 1 day shorter, 10 days in total. Based upon feedback about extra travelling time on the overnight train there will be a bus to Sapa on Day 2. The trip will also include an trek and homestay on day 2, and 2-3 hours of trekking on Day 3.
The planned itinerary will be as follows:
Day 1: Hanoi
Day 2: Drive to Sapa. Trek to Ta Van
Day 3: Sapa
Day 4: Ha Giang
Day 5-6: Dong Van
Day 7: Bao Lac
Day 8: Ba Be
Day 9: Hanoi
Day 10: Departure
Our Northern Vietnam Adventure trips score an average of 4.75 out of 5 based on 24 reviews in the last year.
We especially enjoyed our tour of Northern Vietnam, and the spectacular scenery is a must see. Overnight train to Sapa was clean and comfy. Ginger chews help with travel sickness as roads are very windy. Sapa in May was cold and wet, so be prepared with warm clothes.
Review submitted 15 Jun 2017
This trip is very much a cultural trip and only for those who want to spend time with the local people. A lot of time spent in the bus so be prepared for those long trips.
Review submitted 20 May 2017