THE PEOPLE OF THE HIGH TONKIN
THE PEOPLE OF THE HIGH TONKIN
Meet the ethnic groups of northern Vietnam
THE PEOPLE OF THE HIGH TONKIN
All adventure tours focus on the treasures of northern Vietnam. Visit the most beautiful sites of Hanoi: the house and the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, the single pillar pagoda etc ... Then the Perfume Pagoda the second day. Immersion in the daily life of the inhabitants of the different regions and meeting with the different ethnic groups. Homestays at Mai Chau and Ba Be for even more immersion and discovery of the culture in its authenticity. Boat trip to Ba Be Lake. Stop at Dien Bien Phu. Visit the remains of the old battlefield, hills, museum and General De Castrie's PC. Discovery of 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 – Dien Bien – Tam Duong – Sapa – Hanoi – Ba Be – Hanoi – Ha Long – Cat Ba – Hanoi
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DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM
DEVELOP EVERY DAYS
  • Day 1
    Arrival in Hanoï

    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.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.


     
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  • Day 2
    Hanoi – Perfume 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. Return to sampan at the pier, then road to Hoa Binh. Night at the hotel.         

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

     
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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 night at the inhabitant (basic comfort). In the evening: show with dances to Khene sound, and plenty of rice alcohol.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

     
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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.

    Dinner in town and night at the hotel.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

     
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  • Day 5
    Dien Bien – Tam Duong
    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, then drive to Tam Duong, a small town located 70 km from Lai Chau, former prefecture of Thai white.

    Installation, dinner in town and night at the hotel.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

     
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  • Day 6
    Tam Duong – Sa Pa
    Drive to Sapa through a region where alternate virgin forests, waterfalls and rice terraces. Lunch on the way, then, stop at Binh Lu Market. Take a look at Thac Bac Falls before arriving in Sapa. 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 bottom of Mount Fanxipan highest point of Vietnam at 3 142m.

    Dinner in town and night at the hotel.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

     
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  • Day 7
    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 8
    Sa Pa – Lao Cai – 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 station for the night train to Hanoi / 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 19h30. Night on board.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

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  • Day 9
    Arrival in Hanoi – Cho Ra – Ba Be

    Arrival at Hanoi station around 5:00 am Reception and transfer to the hotel.

    After breakfast, departure for Ba Be passing through the mountainous regions of Tonkin.
    Stunning wild mountain scenery with terraced rice paddies, bamboo paddlewheels on both river banks. Lunch en route, then arrive at Cho Ra. 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. 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. Continuation of 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 corn. Their houses on stilts, with thatched roof, pleasantly decorate the austere surrounding landscapes.

    Dinner and night at the inhabitant (basic comfort).

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

     
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  • Day 10
    Ba Be – Hanoi

    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. Continuation of road to Hanoi. We will have the opportunity to discover typical markets on these mountains, where come Tay and Nung women wearing caps conical, dressed in black pants and a short tunic blue or purple, the black Hmong indigo pleated skirt.

    Lunch along the way.

    Arrival in Hanoi. Dinner in town, night at the hotel

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.


     
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  • Day 11
    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.

    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. 

    Night on board.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.
     
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  • Day 12
    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 seabird.

    See the 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. 

    In the afternoon, you will visit Cat Ba National Park, which includes evergreen tree forests on the heights at 331 m altitude, wet forests at the foot of hills and coastal mangroves, not to mention many small freshwater lakes, sandy beaches and coral reefs offshore. 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. Motorcycle ride to Cat Ba fishing port.

    Installation at the hotel. Night in Cat Ba.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.


     
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  • Day 13
    Cat Ba – Hai Phong – Hanoi
    In the morning, visit the Cat Ba Fish Market, then board a ferry boat to Hai Phong. Arrival 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.

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch, dinner.

     
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  • Day 14
    Hanoi – Departure 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

    Meals included : breakfast, lunch.

     
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TRAVEL PRICE (Prix par personne en EUR)
ESTIMATED PRICE
(Depending on season, types of accommodation and activities)
PRICE OF THE TRIP
(price per person in EURO)
These prices are valid until 09/30/2020
  • The estimated budget for this trip is from 991 € / 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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NOTES
  • 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)

City name/ 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
(Confort sommaire)
Mai Chau Ecolodge ****
(Junior Deluxe Room)
http://maichau.ecolodge.asia/
DIEN BIEN
Himlam Resort***
(Deluxe Room)
http://himlamresort.vn/
Muong Thanh Dien Bien****
(Deluxe Room)
http://holidaydienbienphu.muongthanh.com/
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
(Cabine partagée de 4 personnes)
http://www.kingexpresstrain.vn/fr/
King Express
(Cabine partagée de 4 personnes)
http://www.kingexpresstrain.vn/fr/
BA BE
Chez l’habitant
(Confort sommaire)
Ba Be Resort***
(Superior Room)
http://baberesort.com.vn/
HA LONG
Oriental Sails
 (Superior Room)
https://www.orientalsails.com/
Garden Bay ***
 (Deluxe Cabin)
http://www.gardenbaycruise.com/
CAT BA
Sea Pearl hotel***
(Superior room)
http://seapearlcatbahotel.com.vn/
Cat Ba island resort****
(Superior room)
http://www.catbaresortonline.com/

These prices include
  • Transport by road with a private vehicle and air conditioned.
  • Accommodations as mentioned in the program and breakfast included
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Professional guide during the whole trip
  • Entrance fees for the visits mentioned in the program
  • Hanoi / Laocai / Hanoi overnight train tickets, air-conditioned cabin ticket shared by 4 people
  • Rickshaw tour in the old quarters of Hanoi;
  • The ticket to see the water puppet show in Hanoi
  • The water puppet show in Hanoi;
  • The day aboard a junk in Halong Bay including lunch and dinner with seafood;
  • Boat tours to Perfume Pagoda, Halong Ter, Cat Ba.
These prices do not include
  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Visa  fees to the Vietnamese Embassy, in your country or at the airport
  • Beverages, tip and personal expenses Insurances and assistance
  • Every other service that has not been mentioned as « included »
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