HIGH TONKIN
HIGH TONKIN
Beyond hills and rivers
  • 13 Days 12 Nights
  • Vietnam
  • Trek
HIGH TONKIN
Like all trekking tours, you will have access to places inaccessible to mass tourism offering you privileged moments with nature and the people who live there. Alternation between short treks, long treks, visits and relaxation. Visit the most beautiful sites of Hanoi: the house and the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the single pillar pagoda etc ... Pagoda of perfumes the next day. Visit of typical and authentic villages throughout the trip. Meeting with local ethnic groups. Stop at Dien Bien Phu. Visit the remains of the old battlefield, hills, museum and General De Castrie's PC. Tam Duong Market, one of the most spectacular in North Vietnam. A ride to Hanoi by night train. Discover the magical landscapes of Halong bays land and sea with an unforgettable day and night on a traditional junk.
STEPS IN YOUR JOURNEY
Hanoi - Hoa Binh - Mai Chau - Son La - Dien Bien - Lai Chau - Sin Ho - Tam Duong - Sa Pa - Bac Ha - Ha Long - Cat Ba
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DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM
DEVELOP EVERY DAYS
  • Day 1
    Arrival at Hanoi
    Arrival at Noi Bai airport. Transfer to the hotel. Visit of Hanoi "The city located on the Red River". Walk in the residential area where are the former Palace of the Governor General of Indochina, the house and the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the single pillar pagoda. Then the temple of Mount Jade, ride rickshaw in the old district guilds. Lunch and dinner in town. Night at the hotel.
     
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  • Day 2
    Hanoi – Perfum pagoda – Hoa Binh
    Departure for the perfume pagoda, one of the most beautiful sites of Vietnam. On the side of a limestone mountain are perched pagodas and temples whose architecture blends perfectly with a very lush nature. Depending on the itinerary, from the pier, a paddling sampan takes you to the Yen River in 1 hour at the foot of the Perfume Mountain, but according to the rules of the pilgrimage, you have to make a stop at temple of the Presentations to ask the genius-guardian of the places permission to continue the journey.

    Then it will take you 3 hours to climb up the stairs and reach the pagoda of the Scented Footprint, a huge cave where stalactites and stalagmites form candelabra and altars. Lunch on the spot. Back in sampan at the pier, then drive to Hoa Binh. Night at the hotel.

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  • Day 3
    Hoa Binh – Mai Chau
    Departure for Hoa Binh, a road that crosses beautiful landscapes of mountains planted with tea trees. Continue to Mai Chau. We leave definitely the flat country delta for the mountainous region. The first rice terraces appear, lined with banana groves. The habitat is also changing radically. The countryside is dotted with thatched cottages, among which the Muongs house, which is recognizable by its sloping roof and low stilts. Continuation of road and arrival to the valley of Mai Chau towards noon, serene and splendid, below the road: it is a beautiful puzzle that looms the rice fields cultivated by white Thais, whose hamlets are scattered around the borough. Visit of the two villages Van and Lake. The expert fingers of white Thai women perform all kinds of weavings. Those in their group are based on combinations of lozenges or variations on wild bristles. Lunch ; dinner and overnight at the inhabitant (summary comfort). In the evening: show with dances to Khene sound, and plenty of rice alcohol.

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  • Day 4
    Mai Chau – Son La – Dien Bien
    Departure for Dien Bien through the small town of Son La. Stop for lunch. After, continue the road towards the west. Discovery of beautiful mountain scenery, verdant valleys of rice fields and villages of black Thai minorities. Indeed, the women and the black Thai girls who make rice or school, still wear their suit consisting of a long black skirt, straight and tight and a very tight bodice, bright color, closed on the front by a tight line of silver buttons. Under the bodice, from the base of the breasts to the waist, the women curl the torso of a long strip of fabric with a corset effect. Arrival at Bien Bien. Installation at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at Dien Bien.

    OPTION 2: For those who do not wish to visit Dien Bien Phu, it is possible to reach Lai Chau directly from Tuan Giao.

    Day 4: Mai Chau – Son La – Dien Bien

    Road to Son La. Visit en route of beautiful mountain scenery, green valleys of rice fields and villages of black Thai minorities. Lunch along the way. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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  • Day 5
    Dien Bien – Lai Chau
    Dien Bien Phu, symbol of the French defeat in Indochina, is also a very beautiful valley. Visit the remains of the old battlefield, hills, museum and General De Castrie's PC. Lunch in town. Afternoon: Road to Lai Chau. Stop in H'mong and Meos villages. Dinner and overnight at the hotel

    OPTION 2: For those who do not wish to visit Dien Bien Phu, it is possible to reach Lai Chau directly from Tuan Giao.

    Day 5: Dien Bien – Lai Chau

    Tuan Giao is a small chief district chief, at the foot of the pass, at the junction of the tracks for Dien Bien Phu, to the southwest, and Lai Chau, to the north - west. Leaving Tuan Giao the track crosses a small pass engages in a pleasant suite of valleys and gorges where alternate rice fields, banana plantations and vegetable crops. This route, however, allows to visit several Hmong Red villages, quite numerous around and on the plateau of Sin Chai that must be crossed, as well as some Kho Mu villages that are among the few of this ethnic group to have been established along the road. From a strictly aesthetic and ethnological point of view, this journey to reach Lai Chau is both shorter and more interesting than that of Dien Bien. Lunch along the way. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
     
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  • Day 6
    Lai Chau – Sin Ho – Tam Duong
    Excursion to the plateau of Ta Phinh whose district headquarters is Sin Ho. Thirty kilometers north of Lai Chau, shortly after the large village of Chieng Chan, a track sinks to the right in a narrow gorge. The climb is fast, then the road, drivable (4x4) but not always in good condition, follows a long ridge line from which the views over the north-east of the province, to the borders of China, are superb. The final part of the climb, before reaching the plateau, is made of cornice, quite panoramic, at more than 1,500m of altitude whereas the majority of the surrounding hills hardly exceed 1,000 to 1,200 m. The arrival at Sin Ho is a delight for the eye. In the middle of a circus of limestone hills that rise towards the sky as if to make him columns of support, the rice fields are arranged in steps, in the manner of a Greek theater. Continue to Tam Duong. Lunch along the way. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

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  • Day 7
    Tam Duong – Sa Pa
    The first interest of this place is the holding of the Sunday market district, 6 km on road of Lao Cai. This market is one of the most beautiful in Northern Vietnam today. Sellers and buyers come from all around, the most distant villages being more than a day's walk away. The beauty of the landscapes and the numerous surrounding villages can also encourage visitors to visit the Tam Duong area outside of the Sunday. Nothing is easier than taking one of the paths that go through the hills, either from Tam Duong itself or from the district market. Usually a path has ramifications en route, leading to hamlets Hmong and Dao for the most part. It is however necessary to inquire at the beginning on the length of the journeys, because if the nearest villages are less than an hour of walk, some are more than one day. This Tam Duong-Sapa course follows the Nam Na River Gorge after crossing the Black River. It is a journey in the wilderness, the villages are quite rare. The road, sometimes runway, is rather good, that is to say simply bumpy in acceptable proportions. Encounter en route of the Dao women who wear tunics and black or blue trousers covered with embroidery and big black turbans on a skull whose front part is shaved as soon as they are married; they also carry a great deal of wood, from the mountains down steep and sloping paths to the new points of sale along the road, run by Thai or Viet. Around the new houses some terraces have been developed for the cultivation of rice, maize and vegetables. Arriving at Sapa, the French settlers, attracted by the climate and the beauty of the landscape, had made Sapa a mountain resort. The city is located at 1650m, at the foot of Mount Fanxipan highest point of Vietnam at 3142m. Lunch along the way. Dinner in town and overnight at the hotel.

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  • Day 8
    Sa Pa – Bac Ha – Sa Pa
    Quaint, authentic and colorful: the weekly Bac Ha fair held on Sunday morning. Between 7 am and 9 am, roads and mountain tracks are very lively. There, a peasant pulls his donkey who does not want to move forward. Here, another holds a piglet at the end of a leash by pushing it with a bamboo whip. Others, wiser, prefer to carry the little pigs on the platform to avoid losing weight on the way to the fair. Some go by couple, the woman carrying on the back the stack of hoods that she braided, the man the jerry can of alcohol that he distilled. They put on their best clothes. Turbans of all shapes, red, blue or black, cross simpler chests planted with fresh tea leaves or embellished with silver coins. The colorful H'mong women and girls have donned their most beautiful skirts, all folded, that oscillate right and left with each step, making the grandmothers look like children. The tunics are finely embroidered and the aprons shimmering. The sellers offer basic necessities (groceries, books and school supplies, toiletries, haberdashery), relayed, according to rotations which differ, by the peasants who came to sell their production (vegetables, breeding, handicrafts). Finally women calculate the benefit of the day or compare the products, the girls are beautiful, the men clink at the rice alcohol while discussing horses and land. After lunch in Bac Ha, walk to visit hamlets around Bac Ha: Ban Pho 1 and Ban Pho 2, inhabited by ethnic H'mong variegated. Visit the abandoned house of Huang A Tuong, a former H'mong chief. Back to Sapa. Dinner in town and overnight at the hotel.

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  • Day 9
    Sa Pa – Lao Cai – Night train for Hanoi
    The day is devoted to a walk starting from Sapa via the village of black H'Mong Lao Chai to the village of Giays Ta Van. Great rice terraces to see all the way. Lunch and dinner in town, then transfer to Lao Cai train station and take the night train Lao Cai - Ha Noi / train KING EXPRESS (or LIVITRANS EXPRESS or CHAPA EXPRESS) - Cabin with 4 berths for STANDARD & SUPERIOR categories; Cabin with 2 berths for DELUXE category / Departure 19h 30. Night on board.

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  • Day 10
    Arrival at Hanoi – Ha Long
    Halong Bay is known as the 8th wonder of the world thanks to its magnificent landscapes, its superb caves, its pure air and rich of biodiversity. With an area of 1500km2, more than 3000 limestone islands, Halong Bay is truly a surprising destination.

    You will cross the entire North of the Red River Basin to reach Halong Bay. Our trip starts at Hon Gai Harbor where you embark around 12:00 - 12:15. The team offers you a welcome drink and announces your program as the junk crosses the bay from Along to Southwest. Lunch with seafood is served, followed by a moment of relaxation on the deck. You will discover the Halong Bay through thousands of "sugar loaf" emerging from the waves, you will feel like you are in a world of fossilized animals millions of years ago. A boat trip or kayak to the tunnel to the CA is offered. Once through the tunnel, you enter the lake completely surrounded by cliffs. Back to the junk, continue the cruise. The junk returns to Ong Cam Bay in the late afternoon. We anchor for dinner and overnight in Lan Ha Bay. Night on board the boat.

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  • Day 11
    Ha Long – Cat Ba
    If Hanoi was Thang Long, "Flight of the Dragon", Halong Bay, "Descent of the Dragon", and its unreal chaos of rocky peaks, the fruits of the frolics of this beast, mistress of the waters. The ghostly pitons cutting the horizon into bluish teeth or sunken mountains, of which only the summits emerge, caverns and caves where the waves disappear, set of mists and clouds, inland seas. The most singular is that these strange-shaped hills seem to float on the surface of the water, as their base is gnawed and that everywhere the silence of this sea spreads, sometimes broken by the cry of a sea bird. sunrise if there were no fogs. After breakfast, you will discover the beauty and charm of Lan Ha Bay with its small wild beaches, tunnels and floating fishing villages. Visit a fish pond at Lan Ha Bay. Stop at Ba Trai Dao beach, very beautiful and wild for swimming. Return of cabins around 10:00. Lunch on board around 11am. We land on Cat Ba Island at 12:00. In the afternoon, you will visit the Cat Ba National Park which includes evergreen tree forests on the heights rising to 331 m altitude, forests wetlands at the foot of coastal hills and mangroves, not to mention many small freshwater lakes, sandy beaches and offshore coral reefs. It is inhabited by 28 species of mammals, 37 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles and 200 species of fish. 2-hour hike to the top of the park, from where the look embraces the island. You will find a tree of a rare species "trees with chopsticks". It is so named because its wood, responsive to food poisons, was used to make baguettes used in court, eternal field of intrigues. Return to Cat Ba fishing port. Installation at the hotel. Overnight in Cat Ba.

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  • Day 12
    Cat Ba – Hai Phong - Hanoi
    In the morning, visit the Cat Ba Fish Market, then board a ferry boat to Hai Phong. Arrive at Hai Phong and drive into the French colonial style city, famous for its flamboyant streets and avenues. Visit Hang Du Pagoda, Hang Kenh Communal House, then continue to Ha Noi. Installation at the hotel. Dinner in town. In the evening: puppet show on the water.

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  • Day 13
    Hanoi – Return flight
    Continuation of the visit of the Hanoi city by the Ethnography museum, the Grand Genius temple and the pagoda of the Defense of the Motherland located at the edge of the Great West Lake, the Temple of Literature (1st Vietnamese University of the 11th century). After lunch in town, you are free until transfer to Noi Bai airport and return flight. End of the trip.

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TRAVEL PRICE (Prix par personne en EUR)
ESTIMATED PRICE
(Depending on season, types of accommodation and activities)
  • The estimated budget for this trip is from 1033 € / person.
  • Talking about fixed prices when discussing about a tailored 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.
 
PRICE OF THE TRIP
(Price by person in EURO)
Those price are valid till 09/30/2019
 
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NOTES
Name of city / List of hotels Standard Superior
HA NOI
La Beauté de Hanoi***
(Deluxe room)
www.la-beautehanoihotel.com/
MK Premier boutique****
(Deluxe room)
http://mkpremier.vn/
HOA BINH
AP Plaza ***
(Superior Room)
http://www.anhkyapplaza.vn/
AP Plaza ***
(Deluxe Suite Room)
http://www.anhkyapplaza.vn/
MAI CHAU
Chez l’habitant
(Basic comfort)
Mai Chau Ecolodge ****
(Junior Deluxe Room)
http://maichau.ecolodge.asia/
SON LA
Hanoi hotel***
(Deluxe Room)
https://www.agoda.com/vi-vn/hanoi-hotel/hotel/son-la-vn.html?cid=-218
Hanoi hotel***
(Deluxe Room)
https://www.agoda.com/vi-vn/hanoi-hotel/hotel/son-la-vn.html?cid=-218
DIEN BIEN
Himlam Resort***
(Deluxe Room)
http://himlamresort.vn/
Muong Thanh Dien Bien****
(Deluxe Room)
http://holidaydienbienphu.muongthanh.com/
LAI CHAU
LanAnh Hotel**
(Superior Room)
http://lananhhotel.com.vn/
LanAnh Hotel**
(Superior Room)
http://lananhhotel.com.vn/
TAM DUONG
Muong Thanh Lai Chau***
(Deluxe Room)
http://laichau.muongthanh.com/
Muong Thanh Lai Chau ***
(Executive Suite)
http://laichau.muongthanh.com/
SA PA
Sa Pa Boutique***
(Superior city view)
http://www.boutiquesapahotel.com/
Pao’s Sapa****
(Deluxe room)
http://paoshotel.com/
Night train
King Express
(Shared cabin of 4 people)
http://www.kingexpresstrain.vn/fr/
King Express
(Shared cabin of 4 people)
http://www.kingexpresstrain.vn/fr/

These prices include
  • Land transport by private vehicle, air-conditioned
  • Hotel accommodation mentioned in the program or similar, breakfast included
  • Lunch and dinner (at local restaurants and / or at the hotel and on board the boats)
  • The assistance of the French speaker-guide
  • Entrance tickets for the visits mentioned in the program
  • Night train tickets Laocai / Hanoi
  • Rickshaw Tour in Old Hanoi
  • The water puppet show in Hanoi
  • The day aboard a junk in Halong Bay including lunch and dinner with seafood
  • The private boat tour from Halong to Cat Ba.
These prices do not include
  • International flights
  • International airport tax
  • Visa fees
  • Drinks, tips, personal expenses
  • Insurance and assistance
  • Any other service not mentioned above
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