• 6 Days from
    $767 p/p in USD
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Footprint Travel

  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Vietnam



Tour Type

Tour Type

Guided, Small Group

Safari Standard

Safari Standard

Budget, Camping, Mid Range

Tour Overview

This is one of the most exciting and spectacular adventures in Vietnam’s mountains. Untouched by tourism, the remote northwest is a captivating blend of dramatic landscapes and colorful hill tribes. Explore on treks through villages, drive through mountains and valleys, enjoy boat trips, swim in lakes and much more.

General Information

  • Safari types:
    Cultural Safari, Mountain Safari, Trekking Safari, Walking Safari
  • You will visit:
    Ba Bể Lakes, Quản Bạ, Bảo Lạc, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Wildlife:
  • Activities:
    Walking Safari, Trekking, Boat Cruise, Cultural Experience
  • Getting around:
    Transfer Vehicle
  • Start/end:
    Start in Hanoi, end in Hochiminh

Price – Per Person USD

From USD 767 per person, based on 2 people travelling

What's Included

  • Homestay accommodation with permit
  • Meals
  • Transfer car with driver
  • Tour guide
  • Boat trip
  • Entrance fees
  • Permits

What's Excluded

  • International flights
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Anything not mentioned in Includes


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  • Display price is usually based on two people sharing
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Day by Day Overview

We depart from your hotel at 7:30 am, hitting the roads up north and stopping en route for some quick sightseeing and coffee breaks. The lunch stop is in Tuyen Quang town before we continue to Tam Son hill town in the Quan Ba district. We arrive there around 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm for dinner and overnight at the homestay nearby Tam Son town.

  • Overnight: Homestay
  • Driving Distance: 400 km
  • Inclusion: Transfer, guide, permit, lunch, dinner, water, homestay

Early breakfast at the homestay, at 8:00 am we start our morning trek from village to village. We pass through paddy fields and waterfalls. Then we walk 30 minutes down to the valley to the Lung commune (altitude difference of roughly 400 m). Visit the hemp shop in the village before having lunch at a local stall. At 1:30 pm, we start our beautiful ride through stunning landscapes of Limestone Mountains, valleys and hidden villages. This afternoon, we also pay a visit to the infamous Vuong palace before hitting the road to Dong Van town, arriving at around 5:30 pm. Check in at the guest house before doing some leisure walks and having dinner. Note: Quan Ba’s Sunday market is worth a visit!

  • Overnight: Guesthouse
  • Driving Distance: 155 km
  • Trekking Distance: 8 km (about 4 hours)
  • Inclusion: Transfer, guide, entrance fee, all meals, water, guesthouse

Enjoy your morning walk on your own in Dong Van and have breakfast at 9:00 am, then depart for another paradise visit through the Geographical Park of Dong Van, the Ma Pi Leng peak, the Nho Que River and Meo Vac town. Meet lots of hill tribes en routes. Have lunch in Meo Vac before we head to Bao Lac for the evening. Arrive in town around 5:00 pm. Dinner and overnight in a guesthouse.

  • Overnight: Guesthouse
  • Driving Distance: 100 km
  • Inclusion: Transfer, guide, all meals water, guesthouse

Have breakfast at 7:00 am and then depart to Bao Lac for the Ba Be lakes today. It is a longer drive than yesterday but it is worth it with beautiful mountains and rural villages. Have lunch en route and continue hitting the roads to Ba Be. We arrive at the lakes around 2:00 pm and check into the homestay. Then enjoy a boat trip for two hours on the lakes. Have dinner and overnight in one of the houses on stilts of the Tay people.

  • Overnight: Stilt house
  • Inclusion: Transfer, guide, local boat, all meals, water, homestay

Wake up to birds chirping, have breakfast then start the day’s explorations by local boat. We glide along the lakes and river, through a pretty cave and on to a powerful waterfall. The whole journey offers great natural scenery. After lunch at a local food stall near the waterfall, we boat back into the tranquility of Ba Be lakes. Take the opportunity to have a refreshing swim. Finish the day trekking through ethnic minority villages and back home. Dinner then sleep the second night at the stilt house.

  • Overnight: Stilt house
  • Inclusion: Guide, guest house, entrance fee, all meals, local boat trip

Early risers can capture many good photos of the local life. Breakfast is served by the locals at 7:00 am. Check-out and say goodbye to your host by 8:00 am. Continue your journey to a tea plantation, where we also have lunch at a local house. Enjoy their homemade tea and ride back to Hanoi. We arrive back at your hotel around 4:00 pm where the trip ends.

  • Driving Distance: 250 km
  • Inclusion: Transfer, guide, breakfast, lunch, water
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