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Day 1: HANOI - HA GIANG (L, D)
After breakfast, you'll drive to Ha Giang, a province in the far north of Vietnam. Your route will take you through mountainous landscape and striking scenery. Upon arrival at Tuyen Quang, you'll visit the 15th century Mac Dynasty Citadel and a market nearby. After lunch at a local restaurant, you?ll head towards a small town in Ha Giang to spend the night in the Thanh Ha Lodge. You'll arrive and check in with time to relax in a pool of hot spring water or wander to the peaceful villages nearby.
Day 2: HA GIANG - MEO VAC (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you'll visit the small communities of Quan Ba, Yen Minh and Dong Van, some of the most picturesque villages in the northern tip of Vietnam. After lunch, a scenic route will take you to the Ma Pi Leng Pass from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Nho Que River ? with luck you might see one of the northeast's stunning sunsets. Finally, after your busy day, you'll arrive at Meo Vac in the late afternoon where you'll spend the night.
Day 3: MEO VAC - BAC ME (B, L, D)
After breakfast and brief visit to Meo Vac local market, you'll return to Yen Minh via a different scenic route and thence to Bac Me in Cao Bang Province. Your lunch will be arranged in a local restaurant in Quan Ba Town. From there, you'll travel back to Ha Giang and then to Bac Me arriving in the afternoon. After checking into your accommodation, you might consider wandering to a nearby Tay ethnic minority group on the outskirts of the town to see the daily life of the local people.
Day 4: BAC ME - CAO BANG (B, L, D)
Day 5: CAO BANG - BAN GIOC - CAO BANG (B, L, D)
After breakfast, you'll visit the Ban Gioc Waterfall on the China-Vietnam border, 85km from Cao Bang, passing through attractive scenery en-route. Ban Gioc is one of the largest and possibly the most impressive waterfalls of Vietnam. It?s possible to swim in the cool waters below the falls or simply enjoy the pleasant surroundings and views across to China on the opposite side of the river. After a picnic lunch, you'll visit Nguom Ngao, one of the largest caves in the area. It has many fascinating shapes and formations of stalactites. From there, you'll head back to Cao Bang with time to relax before dinner and your overnight stay.
Day 6: CAO BANG - LANG SON - HANOI (B, L)
Extension of this tour:
You may choose to extend this tour with a 2-day overnight cruise on a wooden traditional boat or luxury replica of the paddle steamers on Ha Long Bay. You'll travel to Ha Long Bay from Ba Be Lake via Lang Son and, after your cruise, straight to Hanoi.