Explore Vietnam’s northernmost province and experience the true local culture. Home to endless rocky plateaus and romantically-named mountains dotted with tiny villages, Ha Giang is a less-traveled land of beauty and adventure.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Dong Van: Highlights of one of Vietnam's most scenic regions include Heaven's Gate and Fairy Mountain, plus the colorful Quyet Tien Market.
• Ethnic Groups: The far north of the country is home to remote hill tribes, such as Hmong and Han - communities which have lived in the mountains for generations.
• Road Trip: The northern highlands are renowned for their epic landscapes of rolling hills, tiered rice paddies, and winding roads, providing endless opportunities for photography.
Touch down in the beautiful city of Hanoi, with its old-world Vietnamese culture mixed with colonial influences. Relax and enjoy the sights as your guide whisks you from the airport and through the colorful streets to your luxury hotel. We recommend the stunning and award-winning Sofitel Legend Metropole, where you’ll bed down in sumptuous French-inspired luxury before your big adventure.
After a refreshing sleep and a delicious early breakfast, embark upon the first leg of your journey. Hop in your awaiting car and set out on the scenic eight-hour road trip north. Along the way, stop off in the charming town of Tuyen Quang for a traditional Vietnamese lunch at a local restaurant. Pay a visit to the Tan Trao Historical Relic which includes Tan Trao Communal House, Hong Thai Communal House and the Tan Trao banyan tree, before arriving in Ha Giang, where you’ll check in at the clean and modern Cao Nguyen Hotel.
Get your first look at the stunning scenery of Ha Giang province with a view of Heaven’s Gate and Fairy Mountain at Dong Van. Next, explore the Vuong Family Mansion, a dynastical house exhibiting traditional architectural features. In the afternoon, take in the bustling Quyet Tien Market, the center of trade for local minority groups, and visit an authentic house of the Lolo people - whose numbers are fast dwindling - in Sung La. Finally, after a busy day, rest for the night at the Lam Tung Hotel in Dong Van.
Continue your discovery of northern Vietnamese culture and scenery after a hearty breakfast at your hotel. Spend the day trekking through the mountainous villages of Ma U, Ma Tia and Po Lo - homes to the ethnic groups of the white Hmongs and the Hans, and take in the stunning vistas of the Dong Van plateau. Later, transfer to Meo Vac and check into the charming and rustic Auberge de Meo Vac where you’ll enjoy home-cooked food and beautiful views.
Take the day to explore the foothills and the beautiful mountain town of Meo Vac, home to one of the prettiest weekend markets in the area. It is the meeting place for ethnic groups from miles around to gather and trade their goods and livestock, and as such, a unique window into local life. In the afternoon, head back to Ha Giang and check back into Cao Nguyen Hotel for a comfortable night’s rest.
After a traditional local breakfast in Ha Giang, jump in your car and relax as the gorgeous scenery glides past, all the way back to Hanoi - about a six-hour drive. From here, you can continue to enjoy Vietnam or connect to your departure flight at Hanoi airport.
This richly historic 364-room French colonial masterpiece built in 1901 is one of Vietnam's finest hotels, with luxuriously appointed rooms, attentive staff and gracious service. It is ideally located in central Hanoi and houses a beautiful interior garden. Excellent French cuisine is served at Le Beaulieu, and Hanoi specialties are offered at Spices Garden. The hotel has a well-equipped fitness center with cardio machines and weights, as well as a swimming pool and spa offering massage treatments. All of the guest rooms have broadband Internet access and are decorated in an opulent, neo-classical style.
In the perfect spot between the old market and the new market in the small and charming town of Dong Van, the Lam Tung is the ideal place to make a pit stop. While perhaps not opulent or luxurious, the hotel is new and clean with good quality fittings and appliances, and guests are made to feel very welcome. The rooms are spacious, and feature individual water heaters for the private bathrooms as well as flat screen televisions. What’s more, those with windows boast stunning views of the surrounding area in all its glory.
This rustic little gem of a guest house is a shining example of northern Vietnamese charm and hospitality. Nestled in the foothills with the valley of Meo Vac beneath and within a short, pleasant walk to the local town, guests will be delighted from the outside in. The rooms, while simple and humble, are spotless with very comfortable beds and windows with sweeping views. Under a covered walkway, the bathrooms are clean, with running hot water. The homey restaurant serves up traditional authentic Vietnamese food and, for a tempting colonial twist, good French wine or pastis is also available to complement the dishes. On chilly evenings, a roaring log fire is lit and guests will find themselves sitting around sharing stories with fellow travelers and the friendly, welcoming owners.
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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