This is a combination of Cao Bang trek, Ba Be lakes and Halong bay cruise. 4 days trekking in Cao Bang to discover remote hill tribe villages, rocky mountains, and terraced paddy fields.
Day 9: Halong Bay - Hanoi (B)
Day 1: Hanoi - Ba Be Lake (L,D)
Departing from Hanoi, we embark on a route up into mountain areas north of Hanoi. Then onwards to Ba Be Lake National Park, one of the largest natural lakes in Vietnam, home to many kinds of bird, scenic valleys, towering rocky outcrops, underground tributaries rivers, a gigantic cave and local ethnic minorities, including the Tay, Red Dao and Hmong. Following a relaxing boat trip, we stroll along the river front. The night is spent in the traditional stilt-house of a Tay family. (Lunch and dinner are included).
Day 2: Ba Be Lake - Cao Bang (B,L)
We take to the road again for a 90 km drive, arriving in Cao Bang town around lunch time. The rest of the day we go to the border village of Pac Po, home to the local Nung ethnic minority and visit Coc Bo (the Source), the tiny natural cave lived in briefly by Ho Chi Minh when he returned to Vietnam after thirty years of self-imposed exile. We hike along a rocky path, take in the cave and explore its stunning visual neighborhood, before we return to the town for an overnight stay in a hotel.
Day 3,4: Cao Bang Trek (B,L,D)
The day begins by driving to the border town of Ta Lung, in an area marked by massive limestone cliffs jutting out of the rice fields, spotted by scenic hill tribe hamlets. We begin our adventure with a trek. We trek for 15 km per day, with breathtaking scenery, staying in simple village accommodation with our friendly hosts of the Tay ethnic minority people.
Day 5,6: Cao Bang Trek (B,L,D)
Another serious day’s trekking through several minority hamlets. We stop for lunch at the village of Dong Khe before venturing on to the Red Dao settlement of Pac Khoang. The following day we cover a 17 km trek to the Tay village of Na Pang where we stay overnight.
Day 7: That Khe - Lang Son (B,L)
We leave our hosts this morning and trek for a further 12 km until we reach the village of That Khe. After lunch in a local restaurant we meet up with our vehicle for a 2-hour drive to the border town of Lang Son. This town has become a booming trading town since the normalization of relations between China and Vietnam in the early 1990s. We go to visit To Thi Mountain, which received its name from the local legend concerning the lady named To Thi. The night will be spent in a hotel in Lang Son.
Day 8: Lang Son - Halong Bay (B,L,D)
Leave Lang Son for Halong in the morning.The road these days will be a little bit bumpy but with the beauty of the sceneries, the drive will be worthwhile. We will drive through beautiful mountains and coastline of Quang Ninh province, the hometown of Halong.Arrive Halong city in the afternoon. Then take your time visiting Halong Bay in the afternoon – one of the new 7 World Wonders of Nature. Enjoy a sea-food lunch while you cruise among hundreds of islets to discover unspoilt pockets of Halong Bay and visit 'Sung Sot', one of the most imposing grottoes of the bay. After sunset, enjoy dinner before retiring to your cabin for a good night's sleep.Overnight on board cruise.
You will spend the morning cruising Ha Long Bay then have lunch just before you dock around noon. We will take you to your hotel in Hanoi or to the airport for departure.