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Northern Vietnam Encounter Itinerary
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.
Days 1-2 Hanoi - overnight train
Begin exploring Hanoi with a stroll around the city’s lake, shaded boulevards and iconic Old Quarter. Displaying a unique mix of East Asian and Western French influences, the food, architecture and culture is best explored on foot. Be sure to refuel with some tasty street food – try fragrant pho or delicate rice paper rolls.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1
Days 3-4 Sapa
Head to the mountains and trek around the foothills of Sapa. Balance carefully while steadily crossing the rice terraces, walk past rolling tea plantations and meet some of the local minority people on their way to and from Sapa’s trade markets. Buy some local goods like dyed fabrics, fashioned from indigo or hemp plants, or hand made textiles before the tribal Cat Cat people welcome you to their village.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2
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.
ACCOM: Resort - 1
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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2
Days 8-9 Ba Be Lake
Take a trip on a houseboat to see all that this natural wonder has on offer. Visit waterfalls, take a light walk on land or watch birds from the boat. This hidden gem is as tranquil as they come and one of the best spots in Vietnam to spend a relaxing few days.
ACCOM: Homestay - 2
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.
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