Traveling through some of the north's most dramatic scenery, our Roof of Vietnam: Ha Giang and the Far North tour package is a fantastic journey into this mountainous region. Encounter fascinating hill tribes, be captivated by the pristine landscapes and gain an understand of the intense relationship between these people and this land. If you are ready to discover an incredible corner of Asia, bring your camera and your sense of adventure and join us on this Vietnam tour.
Scenic beauty coupled with diverse cultures, our Roof of Vietnam tour is a sensational journey into one of the country's most remote regions.
DAY 1 HO CHI MING CITY – HANOI (L, D)
Morning: Depart for Hanoi. Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, a car and a tour guide will welcome and transfer group to Hanoi city center for visiting the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu), dedicated to the great Chinese scholar Confucius, was founded in 1070 as the first university of Viet Nam to educate Viet Nam's administrative and warriors class. Have lunch.
Afternoon: Group visit Returned-Sword Lake - a beautiful basket of flowers at the heart of Ha Noi, a mirror-like green lake, Ngoc Son Temple, place for worshipping Tran Hung Dao (1226-1300), a Vietnamese general, scholar and master of the martial arts. Under his command, Dai Viet (currently Vietnam) armies defeated 2 major Mongolian Invasions in 1285 and 1287.
Group is free to go shopping in old street area - Old Quarter, a maze of streets dating back to the 13th century, crowded with variety of beautiful narrow streets with a lot of Food stalls, souvenir shops, a location of many historical buildings not only of French style but also of traditional style of Ha Noi in the early on 20th century. Have dinner at restaurant.
Evening: After dinner, group enjoy water puppet show – a very special show found only in Viet Nam - a series of “ancient” short stories and legends presented through the use of traditional music, song, and characters. The stage is actually a large container of water where the characters (carved wooden puppets} “act” out the story. The music is live, performed by a group of musicians that share a side stage adjacent to the water stage. After that, the car will transfer group back to hotel for relax.
DAY 2 HAGIANG TREKKING TOUR: Hanoi - Ha Giang (B/L/D)
Depart the capital by road this morning for the start of your adventure. The drive to Ha Giang takes around 7 hours but is some of the most breathtaking scenery in Vietnam and along the way you will stop as often as you like to visit small villages and take photos. After the long drive, stretch your legs with a short walk around Ha Giang to a Tay village, set in a picturesque valley near town. Overnight in Ha Giang
DAY 3 HAGIANG TREKKING TOUR: Ha Giang - Meo Vac (B/L/D)
Continue northwards this morning to the town of Meo Vac located along the Chinese border. The six-hour drive takes you through many H'mong villages with several stops made en route. Reaching Meo Vac in early afternoon set off on a light trek along the banks of the Nho Que River to visit villages of the Tay and Nung hill tribes. Overnight in Meo Vac.
DAY 4 HAGIANG TREKKING TOUR: Meo Vac - Dong Van (B/L/D)
After a visit to the morning hilltribe market at Meo Vac take a short drive to Dong Van, passing over 'Heaven's Gate Pass'. This road skirts the Chinese border soaring above a deep valley dotted with fields and rock formations. This afternoon there is time to explore the local villages and valleys around Dong Van. Overnight in Dong Van.
DAY 5 HAGIANG TREKKING TOUR: Dong Van - Lung Cu - Tam Son (Yen Minh) (B/L/D)
Following breakfast leave Dong Van for a spectacular 1-hour drive to Lung Cu, the northernmost point of Vietnam. Discover the diversity of the north with a visit to the local market where hilltribes from around the region come to trade their wares, stop at a palace of a former H'mong king and take a walk through Pho Bang town whose lanes are filled with traditional Chinese-style houses. Continue to Tam Son arriving late this afternoon. Overnight in Tam Son (Yen Minh).
DAY 6 HAGIANG TREKKING TOUR: Tam Son (Yen Minh) – Ha Giang – Hanoi (B/L/D)
Looping back to Hanoi, this full day of driving first takes you over the Tam Son - Yen Minh Valley where, should you wish, you can take a short trek to a H'mong village. You'll the reach Ha Giang again around midday before continuing onwards to Hanoi arriving early evening.