Hiking on hidden trails along the primary forest and rice terraces to come up with the cultural space of ethnic – local people for cross-culture experience and diversified Vietnamese ethnic minorities
Enjoying the wonderful and spectacular scenery along with exploring the quiet and peaceful life of hill tribe minority groups
Experiencing homestay at traditional stilt houses with friendly and hospitable host and enjoying local traditional specialties
Some places nearby Hanoi Mountain North Vietnam
Day 1: Hanoi – Pu Luong N/R (L/D)
Our car and guide will pick you up at your hotel at 7:00 then we head toward Pu Luong Nature Reserve where offers you chances to explore the pristine and peaceful land of ethnic minorities’ villages. The 200 km (125 miles) drive takes five (05) hours with a scheduled stop for lunch on the way.
Stop at Co Lung commune, we will start a 1.5 hour-walking-trip along the road in Thai’s village. You are fascinated by the plenty of water-wheels, an unique cultural feature of Thai and Muong people living in the nature reserve of Pu Luong.
Arrive in Hieu Hamlet – the most beautiful and remote hamlet in Pu Luong Nature Reserve, you will continue trekking up to the captivating waterfall to come to a stilt house for overnight stay. On the trekking way, the mysterious land lying dangerously on the back of the mountain with rice-terraced paddies tottering horizontally to the sky will capture your heart and imagination at first sight.
Then, you’ll enjoy your dinner with local specialties and let’s stay overnight in a traditional stilt-house of Black Thais with fairyland view from windows.
If you intend to spend your night in a private atmostphere, a local well-equipped bungalow nearby the waterfall may be available for pre-booking.
Day 2: Pu Luong – Hanoi (B/L/-)
After breakfast with locals, you will say good-bye to the poetic Hieu Hamlet. We will try an experience of local “Xe Om” (riding motorbike) from the Hamlet to the meeting point then our car will transfer you to pass through the peaceful and tranquil path of water-wheels. We’ll stop by Pho Doan Market take the chance to capture the hustle of the Northwest upland fair and then start 3 hour hiking trip with our local tour guide. We will hike on the off-the-beaten track passing through the beautiful valley to reach Kho Muong Village where you are welcomed by the hospitable and friendly host and invited with some local specialties for a late lunch.
Take a short rest before leaving Kho Muong Village. We will meet the car and return to Hanoi in the afternoon. Dinner may be served on the way back to Hanoi on your request. The short trip will be ended at your hotel before 19:30.
Private car transfer
Meals as mentioned in Itinerary
Proffessional English speaking tour guide (Other language is available upon request)
Mineral water, snack everyday
Admissions and environment fees
Mu Cang Chai Rice Terrace Fields, it is stretching across the mountainside, layer by layer reaching up as endless, with about 2,200 hectares of rice terraces. Of which, 500 hectares of terraces of 3 communes such as La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and Ze Xu Phinh, Mu Cang Chai Rice Terrace has been recognized as one of the unique landscapes of Vietnam, it is at the most and ranked national landscape in 2007.
Due to its topography with steep slopes, the terraced fields have a narrow width, so the difference between terraces to terraces is about 1m to 1.5m, demanding to keep the water sources on the land and ground for growing rice on the slope of mountain. So Hmong people think a way to keep water by make the land coast on the mountain to create the leveling rice terrace fields.
The pick-up point for the water source was taken from the source field upper points such as stream, and waterfalls where is important is higher to overcome down the low points of rice terrace fields, the duo used to bamboo tree that is cut half of it for a tool of getting water into the fields, according to Hmong People’s experience of working on it, they get water into the first terrace then make the water door to second terrace in the middle of fielding coast, then opening the gate in the ending of coast. That experience to avoid the flooding and wash the soil fertility.
And to create the contour of each piece of land, Hmong people makes the balance of each terrace by water that people will point out a high place that is moved up on the coast and moved down to the low land so the fields surrounding hills are water level and the same height, creating the beautiful rice terraces of the mountain. Mu Cang Chai rice terrace fields is an evidence y to the masterstroke of human hand – Hmong People in the renovation of nature, to create an unique beautiful landscape of North-Vietnam “Mu Cang Chai Rice Terrace Field”. In the recently years, Mu Cang Chai has been one of outstanding Vietnam Tours to visit an impressive place in the north of Vietnam, particularly the rice harvest coming at the beginning of the 1st – 10th of October of the year when it is the best time to visit Mu Cang Chai.
Bac Son is a rural district of Lạng Sơn Province in the Northeast region of Vietnam and it is situated 160km northeast of Hanoi.
One of the interesting aspects about this valley is its incredibly high mountains which are about 500-1200 meters high. These mountains, together with the valley’s paddy fields, create a great scenic landscape that you can only see its best after climbing to the peak of a mountain which is located just a few minutes from the town.
The valley’s pathways leads you to the paddy fields where you’ll get a chance to see the beautiful river that runs crossing the rice fields. Besides the valley itself, Bac Son district’s villages possess a beauty of their own.
The district is inhabited by the Tay ethnic people and their traditional stilt houses. Some of overnight tours will be the best for both the beautiful scenery and learning the local life of the hill tribe.
If you wish to see the entire view of the valley, you would need to hike up to the telephone station which was built on the top of a high mountain. From here, you are absolutely amazed by the stunning 360-degree scenery of mountains, villages, rivers and farms. It can be tiring to climb the mountains, but the effort is very much worth it.
The early settlers of the Bac Son Valley initially resided in Lang Son province, in north Vietnam. When Lang Son was explored in 1922, 43 sites were found related to the ancient Bac Son culture prevalent in the mountains.
Bac Son Valley’s fertile soil lets the local farmers grow various crops in the area. Its main crop is rice which is planted only in two seasons, with each of its squared field cultivated and harvested in different times. Apart from rice, other crops like sweet potatoes and corn also grow in this valley, giving a boost to the agriculture of the region by 80 percent. This is the reason that agriculture is the prime occupation and source of earning for inhabitants.
This valley has just become a source of interest for tourists because of its enticing beauty. However, it is still known as an off-the-beaten-track destination for oversea travelers. The easiest way to reach this valley is by taking a road trip from Hanoi using Highway 3 to Thai Nguyen and turning to National Highway 1B.
Make sure that you visit this enchanting valley of beauty. Seeing such a beautiful place will make you realize that Mother Nature has so much to offer. Moreover, there is so much to explore in the valley and its surroundings. Some of the interesting activities includes climbing to the summit of telephone-station Mountain for the panorama view; walking or bicycling around to visit the villages of stilt houses witness the local rustics working on their rice and vegetable fields. Hiking on a back road to enjoy the peaceful land. No more hesitation, get your bag and go!
Route: Hanoi – Bac Son Valley – Hanoi
Enjoy beautiful mountainous scenery
Learn local life of a hill tribe who lives on stilt houses
Gentle hike in a peaceful countryside
DAY 1: HANOI – BAC SON
We depart from Hanoi at 7:30 AM. The morning drive takes us nearly 4 hours, through the fertile Red River Delta and onward into the hilly area after Thai Nguyen City. The scenery along the way is beautiful with rice and other cereal fields, dotted with stilt-house villages. There will be some stops on the way for taking photographs. Arrive at Quynh Son village by noon. A Vietnam lunch will be severed at a local stilt house. This is not only a chance to enjoy the local food but also a good time to interact with the host family.
After lunch and a short rest, we will take a short stroll around the village to learn the daily life of the Tay ethnic minority. Get picked up by car on the way and transferred to the foot of a mountain where the cell phone tower situated atop. Thence, we start climbing up to the summit for admiring the dramatic panorama of the valley.
Getting back down and walk to the homestay for refreshing, rest and dinner. Overnight at the homestay.
Included meals: Lunch & Dinner
DAY 2: BAC SON – HANOI
After the traditional breakfast, this morning we will embark on a 3,5-hour hike on a rural back road. Along the hike, you can have a close look at the local farming, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere in a good harmony of mountains, forests and local life. At the end of the hike we get picked up by our private transport back to the family. After lunch, we will drive back to Hanoi.
Arrive in Hanoi in between 4. 30 and 5.00 PM. End of service.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Ba Be lake and Ban Gioc water falls
This exclusive tour takes visitors from the venerable city of Hanoi, complete with stately French colonial buildings and a bustling old Vietnamese quarter, to the natural wonderland that is Ba Bể Lake and the Ban Gioc waterfalls, the world’s 4th largest border waterfall after Niagara, Iguacu and Victoria.
You will also be able interact with the ethnic Tay minority in small villages and explore the Nang River by boat.
Day1: Ha Noi – Ba Be Lake (L, D)
You will depart early in the morning for the journey to the forest of Ba Be National Park, a drive of approximately 150 miles (230 kilometers). Along the way you will stop to visit a Tay minority community, the second largest ethnic group in Vietnam after the Viets, mostly living off the cultivation of rice. You will continue to Ba Be National Park for a boat ride along the Nang River, with time to explore the stunning Ba Be Lake, the caves of Puong Grotto and the legendary Widow Island. You will also visit the stilt houses of the Tay community in Coc Toc Village, where you will spend the night in village. At the homestay you can relax and unwind from the day and enjoy a meal of home cooked local food.
Ba Be Lake – Ban Gioc Waterfall (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you will set off to the province of Cao Bang, close to Vietnam’s northern border with China. Here you will be introduced to the Nung people in the village of Phuoc Sen, a small village famous for the production of farming tools. Like the Tays, the Nungs largely live by farming the terraced rice paddies that you will see all around as you journey to Ban Gioc Waterfall, the breathtakingly majestic falls that demarcate the border between Vietnam and China. There will be time enjoy the view and soak up sublime atmosphere of Vietnam’s most beautiful waterfall before making your way to the Nguom Ngao “Tiger Cave” known for its wonderful limestone formations. You will then make your way to Cao Bang town for an overnight stay in a Thanh Loan hotel.
Cao Bang – Ha Noi (B, L)
After a night in the hotel in Cao Bang, you will depart for your transfer south to Hanoi. It is a journey of approximately 185 miles (310 kilometers) through vertiginous rice paddies and remote villages. You will get the chance to stop at an ethnic village known for its rice production. This is the road less traveled in Vietnam, offering the chance to enjoy some peace and tranquility.
There will be a stop for lunch before returning to your hotel in the bustling city of Hanoi.
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