Trip idea by Tonkin Travel

Vietnam off the beaten track

Trip cost ex. international flights
from £1,130 per person
14 days
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This trip 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 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.

A trip idea created by Tonkin Travel

We will tailor this trip to you. Change anything - from excursions to accommodation to places visited.
Day 1
  • Transfer from Hanoi airport to your hotel
  • At leisure in Hanoi
Day 2
  • Discover Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum
  • Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda
  • Visit the Temple of Literature
  • Discover the Museum of Ethnology
  • Street Food Tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter
  • Watch a show at the Water Puppet Theatre
Day 3
Hanoi, Nghia Lo, Duong Lam
  • Transfer from Hanoi to Nghia Lo
  • Visit the Mia Pagoda
  • Explore Duong Lam Ancient Village
  • Discover the daily life of ethnic White Thai people
Day 4
Nghia Lo, 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 La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha or De Su Phinh village
  • Stop at the highest pass in Vietnam
Day 5
  • Trekking in Muong Hoa valley
  • Transfer from Hau Thao commune to Sapa
Day 6
Sapa, Bac Ha, Lao Cai
  • Transfer from Sapa to Bac Ha
  • Discover Hoang a Tuong's Palace
  • Discover Hmong minority villages around Bac Ha
Day 7
Lao Cai, Bac Ha, Ha Giang
  • Experience Bac Ha market
  • Transfer from Bac Ha to Ha Giang (via Pho Rang)
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
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
Day 10
Meo Vac, Bao Lac
  • Explore Lung Phinh market
  • Transfer from Meo Vac to Bao Lac
Day 11
Bao Lac, Ba Be
  • Visit Lolo village
  • Transfer from Bao Lac to Ba Be
  • Explore the Hua Ma cave
Day 12
Ba Be, Hanoi
  • Boat trip on Ba Be lake
  • Transfer from Ba Be to Hanoi
Day 13
Hanoi, 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
Day 14
Halong Bay, Hanoi
  • 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

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The best time to visit Vietnam depends on where you plan to go. In the south, the dry season lasts from December to late April, while monsoons can occur from May to November, which can disrupt travel to more remote regions. The temperature rarely falls below 20 degrees and can reach a fierce 40 degrees in April or May. The central coast can experience rain from September to February, but temperatures are glorious in spring (February to May) and warmest from June to August. Northern Vietnam enjoys sunny weather from October to December, cooler misty weather until March, and then scorching weather, particularly from May to August, which often features heavy rain.


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