Encounter with the Black Lolos
Encounter with the Black Lolos
Ethnies with beautiful traditional embroidered clothes
Encounter with the Black Lolos
Meetings with ethnic minorities and discovery of everyday life and different cultures, ethnicities, especially the originality of the Lolos culture. You will see great landscapes of the mountainous regions of northern Vietnam. Nights at the inhabitant for more immersion and discovery of the culture in the most authentic way. The weekly markets frequented by many ethnic groups offer you the possibility of multiple encounters with the population and the ethnic groups.
Hanoi - Ha Giang - Bao Lac - Ba Be
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  • Day 1
    Road to Ha Giang crossing the province of Tuyen Quang. During the ride you will admire beautiful mountain landscapes carved in checkered rice fields and terraces. Slopes traditionally cultivated after burning are gradually worked in irrigated terraces. Women spend a great deal of their time there, while men go out into the forest in search of game, or picking mushrooms, berries, wild plants, which are a significant contribution to the usual rice-based diet. , corn, beans and cucumbers, not to mention the peppers that go into the composition of many dishes.

    Lunch along the way.

    Arrival in Ha Giang at the end of the day. Ha Giang - border region with China which is little visited because of its isolation and its altitude, but it was recognized in 2010 as World Heritage of Geography by UNESCO. Dinner at the local restaurant and night at the hotel.

    Meals included : lunch, dinner.

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  • Day 2
    Departure for Dong Van via Quan Ba, the road passes a pass and overlooks beautiful landscapes of rice terraces.

    In the middle of a small plain, the big village of Quang Ba is nestled at the foot of limestone "loaves of sugar". Wrapping around these peaks, rice terraces draw long sensual waves whose softness contrasts with the aridity of the surroundings. Continue the road to Dong Van via Yen Minh, plateau that appears as a series of valleys separated from each other by an abundance of limestone peaks and escarpments; Mediterranean forest cover (oaks, pines, walnut trees, acacias) suffers from both aridity and deforestation.

    Lunch along the way. Stop to visit the abandoned home of Vuong Chinh Duc, a former H'mong chief.

    Upon arrival at Dong Van, check-in at the hotel. Dinner at the local restaurant and night in Dong Van.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.
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  • Day 3
    In this amazing environment, you have to live the days of the market. As everywhere, the markets are the occasions in which all the ethnic groups of the region find themselves, in silence or in laughter, according to the local interethnic relations, or more prosaically family.

    In this northern Vietnam, it is the white Hmong who are in the majority; they drove out of these ungrateful lands the majority of families of other ethnicities who were present before them: LoLo, but also Pu Peo and Co Lao. The radius of attraction of these markets is one to two days walk, the neighboring Chinese border is not an obstacle. The Hmong of China come to sell or buy on the Vietnamese side, as those of the Dong Van plateau cross the border to do their shopping. Motorcycle owners improvise taxis; the competition is strong on the part of the many small horses that the local peasants are fond of, moreover moreover as pack horses than as riding animals. In the midst of this delirium of colors formed by the diversity of costumes, some Viet sellers offer haberdashery or industrial fabrics.

    After visiting Dong Van Market, depart by road to Meo Vac, the Hmong Eagle's Nest.

    Lunch along the way.

    After about an hour of transfer on the most impressive road of Vietnam, you will arrive at a mountain range that separates Vietnam and China. Mounted on a mountainside, on the western slope of the massif. The path runs along some Hmong hamlets hung on the steep slopes of the building. View from above of terraced rice fields, the Tu San canyon, the Ma Pi Leng pass, the Nho Que river gorges and the surrounding mountains. Continuation of the road in a beautiful setting of karst mountains towards Bao Lac.

    Dinner at the local restaurant, and night at the hotel.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.
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  • Day 4
    Early in the morning, visit the Bao Lac market where you will meet Hmôngs, Lo Lo, Tays and San Chi.

    Transfer to the village of the black Lo Lo via the road, then by a mountain track leading to the bottom of a forgotten valley, under a rugged massif, where seventy families lolo lead a life in autarky and live according to their ancestral rules.

    Formerly, nomads, forest-eaters, minority in the minority, the Lo Lo fled the eighteenth century China. 

    Installation in the host family then around 10 am, with as a guide the main character of Rendez-vous en Terre Inconnue, departure for a hike of 5 hours around the massif overlooking the village. You will cross hamlets Hmong, walk along a path from where you can discover unique views of the MeoVac, deep valleys, on paths where Lo Lo practice slash and burn. In return, you will follow Lo Lo, women and children, shepherds and their buffaloes returning from the fields and will be able to immerse you in their daily life.

    Preparation of the dinner with the host family. Night at the inhabitant.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.
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  • Day 5
    After breakfast, we say goodbye to the villagers and leave for Ba Be, on a small mountain road, via Na Ban and Na Phac.

    Stop en route to visit some vestiges of colonial time, including a castle built by the French.

     Arrival at Ba Be in the early afternoon. Lunch at the local restaurant.

    Boat trip on the Nang River, which winds its way into a cultivated countryside before entering a landscape of Ba Be limestone cliffs, on the flanks of which hang small wild gardens from which lianas and long roots in search of earth hang. . Sometimes earthy mounds are swallowed by the jungle, stained with blood-red cannas, marbled with silvery trunks, and old trees twist to lean over the river. The other attraction of navigation is the spectacle of fishing. Nasses line the course of the river, men throw the sparrowhawk, others hit the rocky banks to dislodge tiny shrimps. We enter the Puong cave-tunnel bank. The river runs only on one side, leaving a bank to admire on foot the stalactites of this avenue. Boat trip in the enchanting scenery of Ba Be Lake; the lake "of the three seas" which stretches for 9 km long and a width of 100 to 1800 m, is at 145 m above sea level. It is at the end of 3 valleys that meet in an arc. Ba Be is not only a site for the imaginative, but also for nature lovers. Nearly forty species of mammals live there, as well as over a hundred species of birds and many butterflies. Visit Dau Dang waterfalls. Then continue boat to the village Pac Ngoi des Tay located not far from the lake on the hillside. The Tay who settled there live from fishing, rice growing and maize. Their houses on stilts, with thatched roof, pleasantly decorate the austere surrounding landscapes.

    Dinner and night at the inhabitant.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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  • Day 6
    BA BE - HA NOI
    After breakfast at home, walk to the village of Pac Ngoi des Tay. Then departure by road to visit a beautiful cave of Hua Ma located 7 km from the lake. Road to Hanoi. Stops at pleasure to extend the legs, take pictures, or make contact with the villagers. Lunch along the way. Arrival in Hanoi and end of the excursion.

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TRAVEL PRICE (Prix par personne en EUR)
(Depending on season, types of accommodation and activities)
(price per person in EURO)
These prices are valid until 09/30/2020
  • The estimated budget for this trip is from 327 € / person.
  • Talking about fixed prices when discussing about a personalized trip makes little sense. Indeed, it varies depending on many factors (quality of services, period, turnaround time and many more).
  • The only exact price will be the one of your personalized quote.
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  • A supplement will be added to the price of your trip during the period of Christmas and New Year (from 24 of December 2020 to 04 of January 2021), as well as during the period of the festivities for Tet (from 10 of February to 17 of February 2021)

Name of city / List of hotels Standard
HA GIANG Huy Hoan Hotel**
(VIP Room)
DONG VAN Hoa Cuong
(Superior Room)
BAO LAC Thuy Duong
(Superior Room)
(Basic comfort)
BA BE Homestay
(Basic comfort)

Thank you for noting that, this trip is in the less developed regions of the country, hotels with basic comfort and there is only one type of hotel.

These prices include
  • Land transportation by private vehicle, air conditioned according to the program;
  • Accommodation in a double room, breakfast included;
  • Lunch and dinner (at local restaurants and / or at the hotel and on board the boats);
  • The assistance of a English speaking guide;
  • Boat trip to Ba Be;
  • Entrance tickets for the visits mentioned in the program.
These prices do not include
  • International flights
  • International airport tax
  • Visa fees
  • Drinks, tips, personal expenses
  • The supplement for the single room;
  • The supplement for early installation or late release in the rooms;
  • Insurance and assistance
  • Any other service not mentioned above
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