Northern Vietnam Encounter Overview

Travel to Northern Vietnam with Intrepid and visit Sapa, Ha Giang, Dong Van and Ba Be Lake. Meet friendly local Hmong people, hike through rice terraces and be dazzled by the spectacular beauty of this mountain region.

    • 10
    • TVKA
    • Total price tool tip
    • Comfort
There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Northern Vietnam Encounter .

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Trip Validity

  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Journey through foothills, rice paddies and Hmong villages in Northern Vietnam.

The remote and rugged mountains of Vietnam's north-west are home to some of South-East Asia’s most beautiful scenery and fascinating people. Leaving the graceful boulevards of Hanoi behind, catch a train to Lao Cai before traversing the bumpy mountain roads to Sapa, Ha Giang and the lands near the Chinese border. Experience breathtaking mountain views and meet friendly local hill tribes along the way. If you want to get off-the-beaten-track in Vietnam, this is the trip for you.

  • Discover a myriad of Hanoi attractions
  • Explore the remote mountains while trekking in Sapa
  • Travel to historic Son La
  • Meet friendly H'mong tribes people
  • Trek to charming Cat Cat village

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Finish:

    Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Homestay (2 nts), Hotel (5 nts), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt), Resort (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Overnight sleeper train
  • Included activities:

    Ba Be Lake - Boat trip, Dong Van - Day trek, Hanoi - Temple of Literature

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    89kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. A single supplement is available on this trip. 2. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking. 3. Please note this trip ends at 1 pm on the final day. Please do not book a flight to depart before 4 pm. 4.This trip is run by our experienced sister company Peregrine Adventures

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Days 1-2 Hanoi - overnight train

With a vibrant Old Quarter to explore, delicious food to discover and a city where ancient meets modern with ease, no wonder Hanoi is a favourite with travellers.

Days 3-4 Sapa

A mountainous region home to colourful and welcoming hilltribes, gorgeous stepped rice terraces and misty vistas sprinkled with sunshine, Sapa will steal your breath away.

Day 5 Ha Giang

After a long bus journey north to the Ha Giang province, sink into a relaxed highland atmosphere – forests, terraced rice paddies and the undulating mountains of Heaven’s Gate serve as a beautiful backdrop. Then explore the markets and shop fronts, which almost seem as though they belong to an earlier bygone era.

Days 6-7 Dong Van

Visit the Hmong villages in the area before heading to the Minh Tan Market and Royal Palace. In the afternoon, take a leisurely trek around the spectacular landscape and be sure to have a camera handy because the views are sure to impress.

Days 8-9 Ba Be Lake

Enjoy a boat ride on Ba Be Lake, the largest natural lake in Vietnam, and be amazed by the intricate limestone formations.

Day 10 Hanoi

Head back to Hanoi for the last day of adventure. Perhaps stop by KOTO, a restaurant that provides hospitality training for underprivileged street kids in their quest for a brighter future.
    • 10
    • TVKA
    • Total price tool tip
    • Comfort