Rice terraces and rural villages in the natural heart of Asia
Discover the remote reaches of northwest Vietnam and southwest China on a 29-day adventure from Hanoi to Kunming. Leaving the graceful boulevards of Hanoi behind, travel to Sapa before traversing the bumpy mountain roads to Ha Giang and Dong Van, and cruising the waters of Ba Be Lake. Stay in a Hani village amid the colourful Yuanyang rice terraces, learn of Qing and Ming dynasties in Jianshui, hike one of Asia's finest geological wonders – Tiger Leaping Gorge, break bread with a Bai family and mingle with Tibetan pilgrims in Ganden Sumtseling Monastery. This is the ultimate adventure through the mountains, farms and rice terraces of Asia's highland havens.
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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.
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.
Explore idyllic Yuangyang on a guided half-day walk, snapping photos of the spectacular rice terrace landscapes and learning a thing or two about their makers, the Hani people.
Discover the Ming and Qing marvels of Jianshui Ancient Town on a guided walk. Visit Zhu's Family Garden, the Confucius temple and the amazingly preserved Tuanshan village
In Shaxi, you'll see one of the best-preserved traditional towns in Yunnan. Stay in a friendly, family-run guesthouse and sample some authentic local cuisine
Experience the legendary Tiger Leaping Gorge, with two days of hiking one of China's most breathtaking trails, and journey to Shangrila to walk among Tibetan pilgrims in Sumtseling Monastery.
This trip visits destinations well off the usual tourist trail. It's a fantastic opportunity to see real life in parts of Vietnam and China many people wouldn't be able to find on a map, let alone consider visiting! You'll be without some of the comforts of home, including trying many new foods and experiences.
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 includes two nights 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 and 2 days of hiking in Tiger Leaping Gorge (approximately 5–6 hrs on the first day and 3–4 hrs on the second day). 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.
The border crossing from Vietnam to China will not be accompanied. Your Vietnam leader will say goodbye to you at the Vietnam border and your China leader will meet you once you go through immigration and customs.
1. Please provide a clear copy of your passport info page no later than 30 days before departure in order for us to booking train ticket.
2. A single supplement to have your own room is bookable on this trip with the exception of nights 2 & 8 (Homestay) and overnight train on Day 27, subject to availability.
3. As this is a combination trip made up of some of our most popular itineraries, the composition of your group as well as your group leader may change.
4. Please note that your tour leader will change at the Vietnam–China border and the border crossing from Vietnam to China will be unaccompanied. Your Vietnam leader will say goodbye to you before you go through immigration and your China leader will see you after you clear custom on the China side.
5. Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.
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