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Mysteries of the Northern Tour

Highlight: Hanoi - Vu Linh - Pan Hou - Ha Giang - Meo Vac - Bao Lac - Ba Be - Halong bay - Trang An - Hanoi

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Adventure Tours in Vietnam

There are numerous Adventure Tours in Vietnam conducted by various tour adventure and private. One can take part in a number of activities right from canoeing to cycling, trekking and cross country trails, etc. The Adventure Tours in Vietnam are some of the most exciting expeditions in Vietnam.

There are quite a number of adventure activities which are recommended in various Vietnam travel guides. The popular ones include trekking, cycling, kayaking, canyoning, rock climbing, motor biking and other 4WD adventures. Vietnam has a diverse landscape and is ideal for these activities. Canoeing in Vietnam is one of the popular adventure activities which has become increasingly well liked by the tourists.

If you explore this country you will see quite a number of venues which are ideal for embarking on these adventure trails. The mountainous areas of Ba Be Lake, Cao Bang, Sapa and Ha Giang .etc...offer breathtaking views of diverse landscapes. These places attract a lot of international travelers where they can get a glimpse of some of the ethnic people of the region.

Among the popular locations Dalat is most alluring to the international travelers. It is located in the south central highlands of Vietnam and has a diversified landscape. Here you will find various lakes, valleys and hills covered with vast stretches of pine forests. This ever popular hill station was established by the French. This city is set at an altitude of 2000 meters and is ideal for mountain biking, kayaking, rappelling and rock climbing. There are a number of tour operators who offer adventure itineraries for the international travelers. The mountain treks will take you through the amazing ecosystem and mountain terrains.

One can go through the forest regions over the Lang Bian River to reach the remote Chil village. You will be mesmerized by the picturesque view of the farmlands and the forests. This is infact one of the most demanding physical treks which comprises of fast paced action all throughout.

Besides, you can also stroll through the vast stretches of pine forests hike to the Pinhatt Mountain top from where you can get the picturesque view of the Tuyen Lam Lake. Just take a boat ride to visit one of most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam.

Adventure Tours in Vietnam will be quite enthralling which would enhance your touring experience.

 


Detailed Itinerary

Mysteries of the Northern Tour


Itinerary in Brief

Day 01: Arrival Hanoi
Day 02: Hanoi – Vu Linh
Day 03: Vu Linh
Mysteries of the Northern Tour
Day 04: Vu Linh – Pan Hou
Day 05: Pan Hou
Day 06: Pan Hou – Ha Giang
Day 07: Ha Giang – Meo Vac
Day 08: Meo Vac – Bao Lac
Day 09: Bao Lac – Ba Be
Day 10: Ba Be
Day 11: Ba Be – Hanoi
Day 12 : Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise
Day 13: Halong Bay – Trang An
Day 14: Trang An – Hanoi
Day 15: Visit of Hanoi
Day 16: Hanoi Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Hanoi
Arrival in Hanoi. Welcome from the Green Trail Tours guide and transfer to your hotel. Free time to rest and get acquainted with the town. Welcome diner. Hanoi by night with a cyclo-pousse tour. Night at the hotel. Diner included.

Day 02: Hanoi – Vu Linh
Morning departure for the province of Yen Bai. After around 60 km, superb road snaking between majestic lime peaks and the rice fields. Arrival in Vu Linh for lunch with our Dao friends in their magnificent stilted house with an exclusive view of the lake. Swimming, strolling around… One savors that magnificent site. Diner and night in our friends’ lake house, a diner during which you will discover what Green Trail Tours means.Breakfast, lunch, and diner included.

Day 03: Vu Linh
Breakfast alongside the lake, then boat ride on the lake covered with hundreds of small islands shaped like upside-down bowls. Small tour of the local market before lunch. In the afternoon, walking, bicycling, cooking class, fishing, swimming, or, why not, learning how to row with your feet. Diner and night in our friends’ lake house.  Breakfast, lunch, and diner included.

Day 04: Vu Linh – Pan Hou
En route for Hoang Su Phi on a very beautiful countryside road. Arrival at the Tay ethnic tribe’s village of Pan Hou and check in our eco-lodge. Trekking, massage, herbal bath, etc. up to you to decide! Night in the eco-lodge bungalows. Breakfast, lunch and diner included.

Day 05: Pan Hou
Trekking day in the surrounding mountains, from terraced rice fields to Tay villages. Night in eco-lodge  bungalows. Breakfast, lunch, and diner included.

Day 06: Pan Hou – Ha Giang
After breakfast, visit of the local market, meeting place of all the region’s mountain tribes. Road to Ha Giang Province, at the border with China, famous for its wild preserved scenery. Night at the hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 07: Ha Giang – Meo Vac
Today, we drive on one of the most beautiful roads in Vietnam. Breathtaking scenery, end-of-the world atmosphere. Mountain slope road overlooking magnificent terraced rice fields, followed by a forest of lime peaks where Nature seems to have become insane and petrified for eternity in its delirium. Night at the hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 08: Meo Vac – Bao Lac
Discovery of Dong Van extraordinary weekly market Dong Van (Sunday). Mountain trekking to some villages. Night and diner in a Lolo home. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 09: Bao Lac – Ba Be
We cross the Lolo territory on a winding, wild, gorgeous to reach the one of the San Chi, H’Mong, and Dao, and arrive in the afternoon among the Black Tay, on Ba Be Lake, encircled by an extraordinary jungle. Night along side the lake in a stilted local home. Breakfast, lunch and diner included.

Day 10: Ba Be
We start our day of discovery of that magnificent national park with a boat ride to the Dau Dang Waterfalls. Lunch at Mr. Hien, a highly colorful man and a cook reputed in the entire region. Then trekking in the surrounding mountains covered with jungle and inhabited by Tay, H’mong, and Dzao. Diner and night in our friends’ lake house. Breakfast, lunch, and diner included.

Day 11: Ba Be – Hanoi
Small tour of the local market, then, road to Hanoi. Lunch on the way and visit of the Thai Nguyen Ethnographic Museum. Early evening arrival. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 12 : Hanoi – Halong Bay Cruise
Morning departure to Halong Bay. Infinite rice fields and the daily life of the Red River hamlets enlighten our trip before our arrival at the bay around twelve noon. Checking on our junk boat for a fairy tale cruise on the jade checkerboard. Sumptuous seafood on board. Night in a boat private cabin. Breakfast, lunch and diner included.

Day 13: Halong Bay – Trang An
Breakfast in the middle of the City of Lime Palaces enrobed in a morning mist. We continue our cruise of the mirrored waters. Return to the pier around 11AM, road to the fabulous site of Trang An via Thai Binh and Nam Dinh. In the province of Thai Binh, we visit a Keo pagoda, the imposing wooden architecture of which emerges in the middle of a magnificent village. End-of-the-afternoon arrival. Night at the hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 14: Trang An – Hanoi
We board a small sampan to explore the recently discovered site of Trang An, an “Halong Bay on the Ground”. Instead of the emerald green waters of the bay, it is the green of the rice fields which dominates. One of those sites where Nature seems to have become insane and petrified for eternity in its delirium. Boat ride amidst the lime rocks. Visit of Bai Dinh Pagoda in the village of Van Long. Stroll on an ox cart. Return to Hanoi to discover the pagodas disseminated in the countryside. Then boat discovery of the Kenh Ga floating village. Night at the hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 15: Visit of Hanoi
Thorough discovery of the capital of Vietnam. We start with the Small Lake or “Lake of the Reconstituted Sword of the Giant Turtle”; then, visit of the Temple of Literature, Tran Quoc Pagoda, and Quan Thanh Temple. In the afternoon, visit of the extraordinary Museum of Ethnography. Hanoi by night in a cyclo-pousse. Night at the hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 16: Hanoi Departure

Free time until your transfer to the airport. Take advantage for the last time of Hanoi’s atmosphere, its small street shops, a good little soup, and goodbye Hanoi!

Breakfast included.

Departure & Price

This is a sample itinerary so the cost really depends on your hotel choice, number of people in your group and time of travel. An indication of the cost for this itinerary is between US$1675 -US$3068 per person based on four people travelling in high season.


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INCLUDING

+ Pick up & drop off at hotels at the tour places

+ Accommodation based on twin sharing at places as indicated in program

+ Food as mentioned in the itinerary (B- breakfast, L- lunch, D- dinner)

+ All transfers and transportation

+ All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary

+ Professional English speaking tour guide at places

+ Purified water & wet towel

+ Private car and driver

NOT INCLUDING
+ Visa application fee to Vietnam

+ Personal expenses

+ Other meals and drinks

+ Late check out & early check in for accommodation at the places

+ Airport tax and departure tax

+ All other service not made on the written form

+ Insurance

+ Tips and gratuities

 

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Travel facts

Green Trail Tours Portals - Traveller Tips for Vietnam

GEOGRAPHY: Vietnam stretches over 1600 km.along the eastern coast of the Indochina Peninsula. The S-shaped country is broad in the north and south and very narrow in the center. Almost 80% of Vietnam consists of mountains and hills. The Mountainsides extend almost the length of Vietnam along the borders with Laos and Cambodia.

VISAS: All visitors are required to have a valid visa to enter Vietnam. A one-month tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors though it is possible to arrange 3-month and 6-month multiple entry visas for regular visitors. All visitors must obtain visa approval from the Vietnamese Immigration Department before a visa is issued.

MONEY: The currency issued by the Vietnam State Bank is the dong (abbreviated "d" or VND) which is used informally throughout the country. Bank notes in denominations of 200d to 100,000d are presently in circulation. The exchange rate is approximately 18,000d = US$1. Australia Dollars are accepted in many hotels, restaurants. Banks are open Monday to Friday and some are open Saturday morning. Traveller's cheques can be exchanged at banks, some international hotel and some exchange bureaux but can be difficult to change outside of the major cities. Visa Card and MasterCard are now accepted in many hotels, restaurants and shops.

ELECTRICITY: Electric current in Vietnam is 220 volts and will operate all Australian appliances. Always carry a torch with fresh batteries. Recharge photographic batteries regularly.

CLOTHING: Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors to Buddhist countries should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings and shoes should be removed before entering a private home

CLIMATE / WEATHER: Vietnam’s weather conditions are pleasant for visitors throughout the year. The WINTER monsoon comes from the northeast between October and March with wet chilly conditions in the north, but dry warm temperatures to the south. From April to October the southwest monsoons bring warm, humid weather to the whole country.

LANGUAGE: Because Vietnamese has six different tones, it is a difficult language for most foreigners to speak despite the fact that the Roman alphabet is used in modern Vietnamese. The same word can have six different meanings depending on the tone used to pronounce it. In the cities and larger towns English is becoming popular and is now spoken by many younger people while some of the older generation still speak fluent French. Russian and Chinese are also spoken by some people

ACCOMMODATION: All group tour hotels have been especially selected. All have private western bathroom facilities. Laundry service can launder clothing within 24 hours. It is not customary for all hotels to have refrigerator and tea/coffee facilities.

FOOD / DRINK: The cuisine of Vietnam comes as a pleasant surprise to many visitors and is definitely a part of the Vietnam experience not to be missed. One of the characteristics of Vietnamese food is that it is always fresh being bought the same morning straight from the market. Food is usually prepared with a minimum of oil and served with the ubiquitous fish sauce called nuoc mam. Typical Vietnamese dishes you can expect to try include pho, a type of rice noodle soup eaten for breakfast, cha gio, deep-fried spring rolls and goi ngo sen, a delicious salad made with lotus stems, shrimps and peanuts. Due to the strong Buddhist influence in Vietnam, vegetarian food is widely available.

SHOPPING: Souvenirs to look out for in Vietnam include lacquerware, silk, conical hats, woodcarvings, hill tribe fabrics and handicrafts, embroidery, marble, ceramics, silver jewellery, antique watches and paintings. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi have the best choice when it comes to shopping but Hoi An in the centre of Vietnam is also a very good place to hunt for bargains.

TOILETS: Public toilets can sometimes be difficult to find. Take every opportunity you can to use clean toilets in hotels and restaurants. Make this a habit on your stay.

HEALTH: Consult your medico or visit the Traveller Medical and Vaccination Centre for professional medical advice well in advance of your departure, Wash hands before and after eating. Carry ‘wet-ones’,anti bacterial hand wash, insect repellent, band aids and emergency medicines eg. Diarrhoea. Drink plenty of water and have adequate rest. Seek medical care, if needed. Don’t take risks with health and personal hygiene.

SAFETY / SECURITY: Always maintain a high level of personal security. Cash or wallets in pockets, obvious jewellery and open bags attract unwanted attention. Beware of pickpockets in crowded places. Lock your case, Carry a hotel card so that taxis know where to take you.

LUGGAGE: All passengers are limited to TWO items of luggage each. One case with maximum weight weight of 20 kg. and maximum size of 70 litres. It is essential to lock this case. One piece of hand luggage with maximum weight of 5 kg. It is advisable that hand luggage consist of a ‘day pack’ to carry camera, water, toilet paper, umbrella, hat etc.

TIPPING: Tipping for good service is not expected but is always appreciated in these developing nations. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of a tour. Hotel and station porters should also be tipped.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All group tour passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with Asian Trail Tours if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you.