The ultimate trip that takes you to the remote mountains in Vietnam and the diverse ethnic cultures in Yunnan privince in China.
Discover the remote mountains of northwest Vietnam and southwest China on a trip from Hanoi to Kunming, taking in all the attractions in between. 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. Venture into the spectacular southern reaches of China. Stay in a Hani village in the colors of the draw dropping Yuanyang rice terrace , step back in time among the pristine Qing and Ming dynasty masterpieces in Jianshui, and wander the busy streets in Kunming.
This combination trip includes one of our most popular trips in Vietnam and one of our most exciting new itineraries in China.
Stay in a local homestay and get to know our H'mong hosts invite you to learn about their rich culture, to share stories and to try some of their local home cooked cuisine.
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
Follow the Yunnan-Vietnam railway and visit the one of the oldest train stations on this line at Bisezhai village for a fascinating glimpse into history
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
Kunming is yours for the taking. Enjoy plenty of free time in the liveable, laid-back 'Spring City' to make your own discoveries
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 2 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. 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.
Want to include the epic Tiger Leaping Gorge into your adventure? Check out our Northern Vietnam and Yunnan Adventure trip (TVSAC) - a combination of this trip and Yunnan Explorer (CBSP) that takes you further into Yunnan province through some most stunning scenery and culture.
1. Please provide the exact passport details to us no later than 30 days before departure.
2. A single supplement to have your own room is bookable on this trip with the exception of nights 2 & 8 (Homestay) where you will be in multi-share accommodation, 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.