Vietnam Far North Photograph Tour

This trip will take you to the most isolated but also very beautiful area to the far North of Vietnam where you can see lots of different hill tribes. Mostly untouched by tourists, you will have great chances to discover great nature, scenery as well as hospitable hill tribe people on the trip.

Itinerary: Hanoi – Duong Lam – Nghia Lo – Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen – Van Ban – Muong Khuong – Bac Ha – Xin Man – Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang – Pho Bang – Dong Van – Meo Vac – Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Cao Bang – Be Be Lake – Hanoi

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  • Prices valid until December 2015
Vietnam Far North Photograph Tour
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DAY 1: HANOI – DUONG LAM – NGHIA LO

Morning we will take one hour drive to Tay Phuong, one of ten most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam. Located on the top of the hill, this pagoda is very famous about the collection of Buddha and Arhat statues from 17th century and great architecture. Then take 45 minutes bike ride the rural area around Pagoda through green rice field, local villages. It will be the great chances for you to discover the daily life activities in the Red River Delta, interact to local people and feel the real atmosphere of rural area. After that, back to the car for driving to the ancient village of Duong Lam, the place so called “Hoi An of the Red River Delta” as still preserve many hundred-year-old houses. It will be your unique experience as you walk along tiny ancient alleys, visit Communal House in Mong Phu hamlet – the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact, dedicated to national heroes. Enjoy the great home hosted lunch in traditional atmosphere in the most beautiful ancient house in the village of Mr. Huyen then driving up to Nghia Lo. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of mountain area along the way. We can stop to visit the village of Thai and Mong people along the way before arriving to Nghia Lo.

Photo opportunities of the day: Duong Lam – the ancient village of the Viet people in the Red River Delta. The beautiful drive from Son Tay to Nghia Lo.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel at Nghia Lo

DAY 2: NGHIA LO – MU CANG CHAI –THAN UYEN – VAN BAN – MUONG KHUONG

Today we take a long but very scenic drive from Nghia Lo to Muong Khuong. Enjoy the great scenery of terrace rice field at Mu Cang Chai, spectacular view of Hoang Lien Son Mountain range at Than Uyen, driving in hidden road from Than Uyen to Van Ban. Enjoy the great scenery of mountain area along the way. Arrive to Muong Khuong in late afternoon.

Photo opportunities of the day: Beautiful mountain scenery on the drive from Nghia Lo to Than Uyen and from Than Uyen to Van Ban. Spectacular terrace rice field in Mu Cang Chai, villages of Mong and Thai people along the way. Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Guesthouse at Muong Khuong

DAY 3: MUONG KHUONG MARKET – BAC HA

In the morning we will visit Muong Khuong – very authentic weekend market in the North West. The market still keeping very original character of weekend market in the mountain area with many difference hill tribes people there on Sunday morning. Then drive from Muong Khuong to Bac Ha on very beautiful road along Chay river, that have not been popular by tourist. Arrive to Bac Ha at noon time, that you still can have a chance to visit the biggest weekend market of hill tribe people in the north of Vietnam. Afternoon you can have a option of taking half day trek to local villages in Bac Ha or free at leisure.

Photo opportunities of the day: Beautiful drive from Muong Khuong to Bac Ha along Chay river. Great opportunities of taking pictures in weekend market. Hill tribe people on the way. Hiking or visiting the villages in Bac Ha.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel at Bac Ha

DAY 4: BAC HA MARKET – XIN MAN -HOANG SU PHI – BAC QUANG – HA GIANG

In this morning, you will take an off road but very interesting from Bac Ha to Xin Man. You will hardly seeing another traveler on this road but scenery is outstanding. Then drive to Hoang Su Phi, where you will have a chance to admire one of the greatest terrace rice fields in Vietnam with allots of photo opportunities en route. Arrive to Ha Giang in the late afternoon.

Photo opportunities of the day: Beautiful drive on hidden road from Bac Ha to Xin Man. Great terrace rice field in Hoang Su Phi. Hill tribe people on the way.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Ha Giang

DAY 5: HA GIANG – PHO BANG – DONG VAN

In this morning, you will have an option to wake up early to discover Noong Lake. Located about 20 kms from the town, this lake was describes as the beautiful eye of mountain area in Ha Giang. After rafting on the lake for great picture of water and tree on the lake, drive back to your hotel for breakfast. Then we will drive over Quan Ba Heaven Gate to Yen Minh with spectacular scenery along the way. Keep driving to Pho Bang, the charming town of Vietnamese and Chinese people located right on the border between Vietnam and China then we drive to Dong Van, where we will see our most unique stone plateau. On the way, stop to visit the well-known house of Mong King before driving to Dong Van, where we will see our most unique stone plateau. Afternoon you can take a walk to the old street of Dong Van, where you still can find hundred year old house made from clay that hospitable local people still living there. It could be one of memorable moment on this trip.

Photo opportunities of the day: Morning pictures on Nong Lake, beautiful drive from Ha Giang to Dong Van, pictures of Pho Bang town and great scenery of Quan Ba – the gate of heaven. Hill tribe people on the way. Photo shooting in the old part of Dong Van Town.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Dong Van

DAY 6: DONG VAN – MEO VAC – CAO BANG

We will start our trip early today to Ban Gioc waterfall, the most tranquil waterfall in Vietnam via the scenic pass of Ma Phuc. Arrive to Ban Gioc before it will be crowded by the other tourists. After having great time to visit and taking picture at Ban Gioc, transfer to Nguom Ngao Grotto. Take a short trek to Visit Nguom Ngao Grotto, one of the nicest grottoes in the North-East of Vietnam. Then we drive back to Cao Bang with the stop to visit Phuc Sen blacksmith village en route. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Photo opportunities of the day: Impressive drive on the plateau from Cao Bang to Ban Gioc waterfall. Great picture of Ban Gioc – the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam. Hill tribe people on the way.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Cao Bang

DAY 7: CAO BANG – BAN GIOC – CAO BANG

We will start our trip early today to Ban Gioc waterfall, the most tranquil waterfall in Vietnam via the scenic pass of Ma Phuc. Arrive to Ban Gioc before it will be crowded by the other tourists. After having great time to visit and taking picture at Ban Gioc, transfer to Nguom Ngao Grotto. Take a short trek to Visit Nguom Ngao Grotto, one of the nicest grottoes in the North-East of Vietnam. Then we drive back to Cao Bang with the stop to visit Phuc Sen blacksmith village en route. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Photo opportunities of the day: Impressive drive on the plateau from Cao Bang to Ban Gioc waterfall. Great picture of Ban Gioc – the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam. Hill tribe people on the way.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Cao Bang

DAY 8: CAO BANG – BA BE

This morning we will drive to Ba Be. The roads are very bumpy and zigzagging, but the spectacular mountainous landscapes with undulating terrace rice field and hill villages make our hardship all worthwhile. Upon arrival Ba Be National Park, take a peaceful boat trip on the biggest fresh water lake in the Northern Mountain Area of Vietnam then experience home stay in house on stilts of Tay people in Ba Be.

Photo opportunities of the day: Beautiful drive from Cao Bang to Pac Bo and Cao Bang to Cho Ra. Hill tribe people on the way. Explore Ba Be lake and home stay in Tay people house.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight in house on stilts in Pac Ngoi Village.

DAY 9: BA BE – HANOI

In the morning, we will have some free time to wander around the village before driving back to Hanoi. On the way back visit Ethnology Museum in Thai Nguyen. Arrive back to Hanoi in late afternoon. 9-Day Vietnam Far North Photograph Tour Concluded.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

End of Services

Services included:

• Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver
• Accommodation at hotel & house on stilt in village.
• Meals as indicated: B = breakfast, L = lunch, D= Dinner
• English speaking guide (professional guide for photograph tours)
• Entrance fee to indicated sights
• Boat trips
• Biking
• Waters & cool towels on the van

Services excluded:

• Other meals, tip, drinks, international flights & airport tax, single room, personal expenses, insurance…

Remarks:

• The tour prices are subject to change during Christmas and New Year Eve (24 and 30 Dec)

Price per person in US$
Valid till 31 December 2015 (subject to change on 24 Dec and 31 Dec)
Private party of Standard Class
2 participants 1475
3-4 participants 1134
5-6 participants 964
7-8 participants 826
Single Supplement 125
Trip Highlights
Landscapes and Hill-tribes

Beautiful drive in great scenery in the whole trip, beautiful weekly market on the way, terrace rice field in Hoang Su Phi and Mu Cang Chai, Noong Lake at Ha Giang, charming town of Pho Bang, breathtaking pass of Ma Pi Leng, Dong Van and Meo Vac town, beautiful Ban Gioc waterfall and historical Pac Bo cave. Peaceful boat trip in Ba Be Lake and home stay in house on stilts of Tay people there.

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