Xin chao! Welcome to Hanoi, Vietnam. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Please look for the WORLD EXPEDITIONS welcome sign in the arrivals hall. You are greeted by your guide and driver at Noi Bai International airport for your transfer to the hotel. There will be a trip briefing in the hotel foyer at a time indicated in your final documents.
Hanoi is one of Asia's most enchanting cities, full of culture, history and the engaging contradictions of a rapidly developing and deeply traditional society. In the evening, a welcome dinner at a nice local restaurant is waiting for you. Taste and enjoy our Vietnamese food.
Overnight in Hanoi
After breakfast at the hotel, you will take a drive to the Northwest - Ha Giang. The drive today will offer beautiful scenes of Vietnam's northern mountains and chance to interact with very friendly local en-route.
Ha Giang town arrival in the late afternoon, our enthusiastic driver will continue his way to the Tien Thang Village. Inhabited by Tay people in a beautiful valley surrounded with rice fields, this peaceful village will provide us interesting experience.
Overnight at a homestay in Tien Thang Village
Toilet: European style, clean
Sleeping facilities: Sleeping mat, mattress, pillow and blanket. However it's simple & basic
Early morning wake up and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of countryside, feeding the poultry or assist the host to prepare the breakfast. After breakfast with your host, you find our way to the village of Dao people and start our trekking through bamboo forest, rice terraces and small villages dotted somewhere between the mountainous
Return to village in the afternoon. Free at your own leisure and pace. Maybe you could interest in assisting the local with their daily farmer work or just relaxing
Overnight at a homestay in Tien Thang Village
Approx: maximum 15km trekking
Today you will soon be enjoying the wonderful sightseeing of this vast limestone mountain range and perpendicular walls of rock, which brings one a feeling of adventure whilst being lost in a magic land, passing the Quan Ba Heaven Gate to Yen Minh Town. En route visit Lung Tam hemp weaving village. Driving into the area of Dong Van, you will find one of the most challenging and amazing landscapes in Vietnam, and its first Geopark. This rugged and unforgiving terrain is ideal for exploration and nature photography, and is also home to some of the most graceful and enduring ethnic minority groups in the country. Lunch in Yen Minh
Following, you drive to Meo Vac Town. Embark on the longest road "Happiness road" which connect Meo Vac with Dong Van, crossing the Ma Pi Leng Pass. The Ma Pi Leng Pass is probably the most spectacular Sightseeing spot of Dong Van Karst Geopark, both in terms of landscape and history; it is the perfect platform for you to view the wonder which eons of geological forces have created. Keep zigzagging down to the centre of Dong Van Town, You will see the market and two villages which have long made up the heart of Dong Van Commune. Built in the early 20th century, the structures along the Old Street are largely similar in appearance, but many contain unique architectural features of the owner's ethnic group.
Overnight in Dong Van
Dong Van is a paradise for the photographer in you. Here you will find stunning landscapes set off by the colourful traditional costumes of ethnic minority people. Wake up early to capture the moment of the town. If today is Sunday, don't miss the Dong Van weekly market - the most colourful, lively tribal market in the area held every Sunday. Today you drive back to Ha Giang city, snaking through stunning scenery and minority villages. First stop is at about 15km from Dong Van District centre, you will stop by the Vuong family house, once home to the man considered the King of the H'Mong ethnic people in the Dong Van highland area. The architecture of the building bears highly artistic value and clearly reflects ancient Chinese architecture (Man Thanh Dynasty). It was not only a home, but also a fort in the middle of a rocky highland valley. Lunch en route.
Upon arrival Ha Giang City, rest of the day is free to explore the city.
Overnight at your guesthouse/ hotel in Ha Giang
After breakfast we begin our drive back to Hanoi, taking stops to stretch our legs and enjoy the scenery. Once we arrive back, the rest of the afternoon will be free at leisure to rest or explore Hanoi. If time permits, you might like to take a walk or cyclo rickshaw tour of the peaceful Hoan Kiem Lake or the vibrant market streets of the Old Quarter. Legend has it that in the 15th century Emperor Le Thai To vanquished the invading Chinese with the help of a magical sword, after which an enormous turtle seized the sword from his grasp while he was rowing on the lake. The Emperor took this to mean that peace had been restored, with the sword given back to its guardian spirit. In honour of the event, the Emperor renamed the lake 'Ho Hoan Kiem' Lake of the Restored Sword. Today the tranquil, park-fringed lake is a focal point of the city, being a popular spot among locals to take a stroll or practice Tai Chi. The bustling streets of the Old Quarter are home to hundreds of thriving small businesses, with each of the Old Quarter's 36 streets named after its main trade, such as Lantern Street, Silk Street, Fish Street, and so on. You might also like to take a walk around the sprawling Don Xuan covered market, where you can everything from fresh produce to fake Rolex watches, clothing and electronics.
Overnight in Hanoi.
This morning we transfer to commence our Ha Long Bay cruise. On arrival we will join our traditional 'junk' sailing boat and head out into the Gulf of Tonkin amongst the huge limestone outcrops and emerald waters. We will spend the rest of the day cruising in our boat around the myriad of tiny islands and exploring the many grotts created by the wind and the waves. While on board we will have a fresh seafood lunch followed by a swim and exploring some of the limestone caves in this area. Enjoy 1 hour kayaking in the bay. We will spend the night on board the boat in our own cabins
After a breakfast we'll continue to explore the caves and islands of this marine paradise, before cruising back to port where our car will be waiting to transfer us back to Hanoi. The remainder of the afternoon will be at leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi.
The morning is free in Hanoi where our journey concludes. If you are flying home today you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departure.