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The Way to Heaven's Gate: Hanoi to Ha Giang

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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.

FROM $2,500 PER PERSON
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DURATION

6 days | 5 nights

DESTINATIONS

Vietnam

INTERESTS

Trekking,
Tribal

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the charms of colonial Hanoi Stroll through local market towns in Ha Giang province and see the traders in action
  • Trek through the unparalleled mountain scenery of Dong Van
  • Discover beautiful and unique architecture, from grand mansions to humble homes

DETAILED DECRIPTION

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.

DAY-TO-DAY

DAY 1: Hanoi

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.

DAY 2: Ha Giang

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.

DAY 3: Dong Van

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.

DAY 4: Meo Vac

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.

DAY 5: Ha Giang

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.

DAY 6: Departure

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.

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