Ethnic Encounters Impression

Ethnic Encounters Impression - 10 Days

You will discover

  • Dong Van  
  • Ha Giang  
    Cao Bang  
    Ba Be  
    Ha Noi  
  • LAOS

Tour Briefing

  • Day 01
    Hanoi arrival (D)
  • Day 02
    Hanoi full day city tour (B/L/-)
  • Day 03
    Hanoi – Ha Giang (B/L/D)
  • Day 04
    Ha Giang – Dong Van (B/L/D)
  • Day 05
    Dong Van – Bao Lac (B/L/D)
  • Day 06
    Bao Lac – Cao Bang (B/L/D)
  • Day 07
    Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Phuc Sen village (B/L/D)
  • Day 08
    Phuc Sen – Cao Bang – Ba Be (B/L/D)
  • Day 09
    Ba Be – Thai Nguyen – Hanoi (B/L/-)
  • Day 10
    Hanoi Departure (B/-/-)

You will be interested in:

  • Discover the minory ethnic groups with their customs and daily life.
  • Marvelous rice terrace and beautiful road with great views.
  • Ethnic villages with rural idyllic landscapes.
  • Grandiose Ma Pi Leng Pass.
  • Splendid panorama in Me - Lup - Tha village.
  • Magnificient Ban Gioc waterfall and amazing Nguom Ngao cave
  • Boat trip in Ba Be Lake and along the Nang River with Puong ( Bats cave)
  • Short easy bike to Hua Ma and Silver Waterfall in Ba Be.
  • Discover the traditional local dishes and specialties.
  • Home Stay to enjoy the local lifestyle

Detail Program

Hanoi arrival (D)

Day 01 : Hanoi arrival (D)

Our Authentik Travel’s tour guide and driver will welcome you at airport and transfer to Hotel in the city center.
Get some first briefing information about our country and enjoy a welcome dinner in a finest local restaurant.

Overnight in Hanoi.

Hanoi full day city tour (B/L/-)

Day 02 : Hanoi full day city tour (B/L/-)

Today, we discover deeply the capital of Vietnam, filled with timeless charms.

Start to visit the Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) the first University of Vietnam built from the 11th century by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong. Continue to visit Chua Ha (Ha Pagoda) known as a sacred place to pray for the luck in love, especially for the future spouse.
After that, transfer to Ethnology Museum (closed every Monday) which offers a deep insight into our Vietnam cultures through traditional costumes, tools, music instruments and real typical traditional house of many minority ethnic groups. Enjoy a special water puppet show in the museum garden.

Lunch is served in Cha Ca Thang Long restaurant (Grilled fish with vermicelli) a Hanoi specialty.
In the afternoon, discover the Ho Chi Minh complex included: Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh House on stilts, fish pond.
For those who are interested in visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: it is opened only in the morning and closed every Monday and Friday. We have to queue up sometimes to a couple of hours to go inside the mausoleum.
Transfer to the old quarter to visit the Hoan Kiem lake (Restored Sword Lake) and Ngoc Son temples in the middle of the lake.

Overnight at Hotel in Hanoi.

Hanoi – Ha Giang (B/L/D)

Day 03 : Hanoi – Ha Giang (B/L/D)

Home to Tay people at Tay Con Linh mountain range.

Depart from your hotel in Hanoi to Ha Giang via the highway to Phu Tho. Stop to visit the Zao village at Ham Yen – Tuyen Quang. First, discover the house on stilts, a typical house of ethnic groups in this undulating region.
Arrive in Ha Giang at noon, beginning a trekking to the Me - Lup – Tha Village. Featuring peaceful beauty, these villages included hundreds of houses on wooden stilts and covered by palm leaves. In frond of houses, there are small ponds for raising fishes and water hyacinths cultivation for pigs. You will be welcomed by big smiles from the villagers testifying their legendary hospitality. Visit a typical house and discover the local daily life.

Arrive in Tha Village, a village on the palm hills with rice fields. This will give you a rest in the serenity.
Check in your home stay then take a walk around the village to catch the daily life rhythm in the mountain before sunset.
Enjoy local delicious dinner

Driving time: 5hours – 280km
Walking distance: 5km – 1.5 hours.
Overnight in Tha Village - home stay (basic comfort, house on stilts).

Ha Giang – Dong Van (B/L/D)

Day 04 : Ha Giang – Dong Van (B/L/D)

Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark – home to Hmong ethnic people.

Depart to Dong Van, the magical landscapes of this region are present along the route.
Before arrival in Quan Ba pass, we will stop to visit a village of Bo Y in the Quyet Tien Commune. Their origin is from China. The Bo Y is a small community of 2000 people who populate in the mountainous parts of the north.

Reach to the Quan Ba pass, on the top of the pass. Take a short break and admire the Quan Ba town with the famous twin mountain of fairy (Nui Co Tien).
After Quan Ba, you will enter the Limestone rock plateau zone, considered as mountainous Halong Bay. This majestic and grandiose natural treasure has been listed in the World Geological Park book.

On the way, we will discover “Nha Trinh Tuong” by a walking to the Lung Hoa Village. This is the typical house of Hmong people in the village which built by sticky ground.
Then visit the Palace of Hmong King (Dinh Vua Meo). Dating back 100 years ago, far from the plain, the regions of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Dong Van, Meo Vac created their autonomous zone with their own king.
They cultivated poppies and their economy based on the business opium with China.

Arrive in Dong Van, check in Hotel and relax.
Driving time: 5 hours – 150km.
Overnight at hotel in Dong Van.

Dong Van – Bao Lac (B/L/D)

Day 05 : Dong Van – Bao Lac (B/L/D)

Grandiose Ma Pi Leng pass, the region of Black Lo Lo ethnic.

In the morning, we could visit Dong Van and Meo Vac market if you come on Sunday.
After breakfast at hotel, we will depart from your hotel in Dong Van to Meo Vac by crossing Ma Pi Leng Pass which seduces you with the breathtaking view of limestone mountains, Nho Que River and H Mong Villages nested in the mountain.

Continue to Bao Lac. This is well known for Black Lo Lo ethnic group. This region is highlighted by French Media “The journey into unknown land”. This documentary was filmed in Khuoi Khon village of Lo Lo people, 9km away from Bao Lac town with the rugby player Michalak.
Lunch is served in Bao Lac town and check in hotel.
In the afternoon, we transfer to visit Coc Xa Village, in the Na Van commune. This village of Lo Lo ethic remains more authentic then Khuoi Khon village which became to be touristic after the famous documentary. Walking through the rice fields and trails in the village, visit the local people’s house, talking with the host to understand more about the local life as well as their traditional customs. Later, back to the town.

Driving time: 3hours – 130km.
Overnight at hotel in Bao Lac.

Bao Lac – Cao Bang (B/L/D)

Day 06 : Bao Lac – Cao Bang (B/L/D)

Into the Land of San Chi and Zao.

Depart to Cao Bang via Tinh Tuc. 30km from Bao Lac, in Hung Dao commune, there is a beautiful village of San Chi ethnic. Of course, we will stop to visit and discover the beauty of the village. You are one of a few travelers to visit this area because of its hidden location behind the hill. The village with hundreds of houses on stilts nested on the side of mountains and view to beautiful valley.

To reach to the village, you will have to walk up 2km steep. The more higher you walk, the better view you get. Visit a family to apprehend the authentic life of this ethnic group.
Continue to Cao Bang, you will be surprised with the magnificent nature where the mountains gently meet the valleys of rice terrace. Stop to film or take photo whenever possible.
Arrive in Cao Bang in the afternoon. Check in hotel and walking around to the central market in the city.

Driving time: 4 hour – 130km
Walking distance: 4km.
Overnight at hotel in Cao Bang.

Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Phuc Sen village (B/L/D)

Day 07 : Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Phuc Sen village (B/L/D)

Immerse into Nung ethnic. Discover the magical Ban Gioc Waterfall and Nguom Ngao cave.

In the morning, depart from hotel to Ban Gioc waterfall located in the border between Vietnam and China. It is 30m in height and 208m in width. It is the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam.
After 2 hour driving through the magical limestone region, you will arrive in Ban Gioc waterfall to immerse into the natural masterpiece and get the full of relaxation.
In the afternoon, transfer to visit Nguom Ngao cave, reaching by walking hundred steps. The cave locates in the maize valley with 2km in length. It is filled of magnificent stalactites and stalagmites. It was a shelter for thousand local people during the Vietnam – China border war.

On the same way to Cao Bang, we will visit to Phuc Sen, a blacksmith village. You will have an opportunity to burn your name into your souvenir knife.
You will be just few travelers stay a night in the village. The comfort is limited. However, you will enjoy the friendly atmosphere the legendary hospitality of Nung ethnic and their authentic lifestyle.

Dinner and overnight homestay in Phuc Sen village.

Phuc Sen – Cao Bang – Ba Be (B/L/D)

Day 08 : Phuc Sen – Cao Bang – Ba Be (B/L/D)

Immerse in Nung Village.

In the morning, depart from your homestay for 2 hour trekking to Nung village. You will discover the craft villages specialized in manufacture of paper and incense sticks. The landscape of rice paddies, the limestone peak and the Nung ethnic with their exceptional hospitality will bring you surprise to surprise.

According to our clients, this is one of the itineraries which gave them the most emotion.
In the Canh Phung Tren village, meet our driver for a transfer to Ba Be. On the way, you will enjoy the magnificent landscape of the villages nestled in the flank of mountain. Stop on the way to meet the natives and take photos wherever possible.

Arrival in Ba Be, check in your accommodation at Pac Ngoi Village and take a cycling through several villages of Tay ethnic to Hua Ma cave ( 5km from the village). This is an attractive place with multiform formation of stalactites and stalagmites.

Back to village for dinner and home stay in the late afternoon.
Driving time: 4 hours – 140km

Ba Be – Thai Nguyen – Hanoi (B/L/-)

Day 09 : Ba Be – Thai Nguyen – Hanoi (B/L/-)

Relaxing in the Ba Be National Park.

In the morning, take a walk from the village to the pier to enjoy a boat trip on the lake. It is possible to swim in the lake. Stop to discover the Fairy Pond in the middle of the primitive forest. After the lake, there is a Nang river, walking along the bank of river to immerse into the beauty of wild and reach Dau Dang water fall.
Keep continue our boat trip in the opposite direction along the Nang River to Puong Cave home to thousands of bats inside the cave. The boat will go through the cave toward to Buoc Lom pier.
Meet our driver for a transfer to Hanoi.

Arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon. Check in your hotel and free time of you own after the mountain getaway.
Driving time: 5 hours – 250km.
Overnight in Hanoi.

Hanoi Departure (B/-/-)

Day 10 : Hanoi Departure (B/-/-)

Enjoy your last minutes in Hanoi, meet our tour guide and driver for a transfer to airport. Take your flight to next destination or flight home.

Tour ends.

Private tour price

The prices are quoted on USD and based on per pax (Twin/double sharing - 3 star accommodation)
Valid to 31 December 2018

Group size 1 pax 2 pax 3 - 4 pax 5 - 7 pax >8 pax
Grand total price/pax 1480 855 680 530 Contact us
Single Supplement 140
Service Included
  • Accommodation with daily breakfast 
  • Private car transfer
  • All entrance fees
  • English speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Vietnam Visa approval letter.
  • Service charges and Tax
Service Not Included
  • International flight tickets from/to your country
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not indicated 
  • Personal Expenses: laundry, drinking, telephone…
  • Tips and gratuities.
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