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Trip idea in Vietnam

Vietnam off the beaten track


from £1,460 pp

(ex international flights)


14 days

This off-the-beaten track trip to Vietnam takes you high up into the Tonkinese Alps, wedged between the Gulf of Tonkin and the Chinese province of Yunnan. This vast area is one of the best places in Asia to see hilltribes. Modernity is encroaching everywhere but traditional ways of life are still widespread and, to the delight of all visitors, the colour and dash of hilltribe clothing is a constant. The accommodation and standards along the way are definitely for the adventurous, off-the-beaten path traveller, someone who doesn't mind the roughness of rural Vietnamese living. But it's also for the explorer in you - many locations on this route have seen few travellers of any kind.

We will tailor this trip to you. Change anything - from excursions to accommodation to places visited.

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Day 1 - Hanoi

  • Transfer from Hanoi airport to your hotel
  • At leisure in Hanoi

Day 2 - Hanoi

  • Discover Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum
  • Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda
  • Discover the Temple of Literature
  • See the Museum of Ethnology
  • Street Food Tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter.
  • Watch a show at the Water Puppet Theatre
Duong Lam, Nghia Lo

Day 3 - Duong Lam, Nghia Lo

  • Transfer from Hanoi to Nghia Lo
  • Visit the Mia Pagoda
  • Explore Duong Lam Ancient Village
  • Discover the daily life of ethnic White Thai people
Mu Cang Chai, Sapa

Day 4 - Mu Cang Chai, Sapa

  • Transfer from Nghia Lo to Tu Le
  • Visit the Thai ethnic village of Tu Le
  • Stop at Khau Pha pass
  • Stop at the highest pass in Vietnam
  • Stop at La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha or De Su Phinh village

Day 5 - Sapa

  • Trekking in Muong Hoa valley
  • Transfer from Hau Thao commune to Sapa
Lao Cai, Bac Ha

Day 6 - Lao Cai, Bac Ha

  • Transfer from Sapa to Bac Ha
  • Discover Hoang a Tuong's Palace
  • Discover Hmong minority villages around Bac Ha
Lao Cai, Ha Giang

Day 7 - Lao Cai, Ha Giang

  • Experience Bac Ha market
  • Transfer from Bac Ha to Ha Giang (via Pho Rang)
Ha Giang, Dong Van

Day 8 - Ha Giang, Dong Van

  • Visit the Phuong Thien nursery, infirmary and village
  • Transfer from Ha Giang to Dong Van (via Quan Ba and Yen Minh)
  • Visit Vuong's Palace
Dong Van, Lung Cu, Meo Vac

Day 9 - Dong Van, Lung Cu, Meo Vac

  • Experience Dong Van's market and old district
  • Transfer from Dong Van to Lung Cu
  • Climb Lung Cu flag tower
  • Transfer from Lung Cu to Meo Vac
  • Stop at Mont Ma Phi Leng
  • Walk around village of Meo Vac
Meo Vac, Bao Lac

Day 10 - Meo Vac, Bao Lac

  • Explore Lung Phinh market
  • Transfer from Meo Vac to Bao Lac
Bao Lac, Ba Be

Day 11 - Bao Lac, Ba Be

  • Visit Lolo village
  • Transfer from Bao Lac to Ba Be
  • Explore the Hua Ma cave
Ba Be, Hanoi

Day 12 - Ba Be, Hanoi

  • Boat trip on Ba Be lake
  • Transfer from Ba Be to Hanoi
Halong Bay

Day 13 - Halong Bay

  • Transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay
  • Cruise of Halong Bay - First day
  • Cruise of Halong Bay - Choose your first activity
  • Cruise of Halong Bay - Happy Hour, cooking class and evening activities
Halong Bay

Day 14 - Halong Bay

  • Cruise of Halong Bay - Second Day
  • Cruise of Halong Bay - Tai Chi on the sundeck
  • Cruise of Halong Bay - Visit Thien Canh Son cave
  • Transfer from Halong Bay to Hanoi Airport