Itinerary: 8 Days Self Drive 4WD Trip Northern Vietnam
Day 1. Hanoi – Phu Yen. 180km, 5 hr drive, Hotel
Meeting at your hotel and transfer to our garage where you will start your first day trip to Phu Yen.
Leaving Hanoi and breaking out of the delta plains, we pass through endless limestone karts scenery as we travel up to the Northwestern region, the extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads. Arrive in Phu Yen in late afternoon, Dinner and overnight at hotel,
Day 2, Phu yen – Than Uyen. 220 km. 5hr drive, overnight at hotel.
We head up today into a forested and high mountain region populated by H’mong peoples, We will hike up a very high mountain pass before descending into a mountainous tea-growing region. Soon after we follow a long the valley floor covered in a sea of rice surrounded by Hmong and Thai’s villages all the way to Than Uyen, lunch on route. Overnight in Phuong Nhung hotel, a standard hotel, Dinner in town.
Day 3, Than Uyen – Sapa. 120 km. 2hr drive, overnight at hotel.
Today we head straight towards the main Hoang Liên Mountain range. The massive mountain range dominates the road until Sapa. We will make a splendid climb up from Binh Lu to the top of the highest road pass in Vietnam (Tram Ton Pass). Crossing into Lao Cai Province at over 2000m, The view looks out over the main range for miles and miles. We arrive in Sapa around luch time, check-in hotel, lunch at hotel. In the afternoon, we take a visit to Lao Chai, Ta Van villages. Dinner in town, overnight at hotel.
Day 4, Sa Pa – Ha Giang 270km, 7 hr drive. Hotel.
We start from Sapa and drive to Lao Cai town, a short stop to visit the Chinese border. Continue to Viet Quang by taking a small road going along the Chinese border, during your ride, you will have chances to visit many roadside ethnic villages and markets. Stop for lunch in Xin Màn town. Arrive in Ha Giang in the afternoon, Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 5, Ha Giang – Dong Van – Mèo Vac 180km 6 hr drive. 2 stars standard hotel
Dong Van Town is located in the heart of Dong Van Rock Plateau, which was recognised as part of the Global Geo-Park Network last year, the Dong Van old quarter is home to age old and unique architecture near Ha Giang Province’s border with China
Today’s ride must be highlights of the trip as we will visit one of the most remote land in Vietnam where are special with many ethnic groups with their unique cultures and imposing mountains – the “Heaven Gate” in Quan Ba, Rock Plateau and the Vuong palace in Dong Van. Ma Pi Leng Pass. Arrive in Meo vac in the late afternoon.
Day 6, Meo Vac – Ba Be, 180km, 6 hr drive. Home-stay.
After breakfast, We leave Meo Vac for Ba Be. The scenic route climbs over many Passes where we can enjoy beautiful mountain ranges and the Nho Que river – Just an amazing place to be. Lunch in a local restaurant in Bao Lac, After 30 km riding on paved road after Bao Lac, we will take a small beautiful trail going thought the jungle, we ride across many streams and river, a great day for off-road ride. Continue to Babe lake where the landscape is amazing and the home stay is another unique experience. Dinner and overnight in home stay of a Tay family.
Day 7, Visit Ba Be. Homestay-stay.
Ba Be is Vietnam’s largest natural lake and is now the centrepiece of an extensive National Park. The park and the surrounding area is limestone country, so lakes, waterfalls, caves and unusual rock formations abound. The whole area is richly forested and home to many ethnic minority communities.
Relax or take a boat trip to discover the beautiful lake and its National park. Stop for a pich-nich lunch in a cave. Return to the village for the 2nd night and dinner at Home-stay.
Day 8, Ba Be – Hanoi, 250km, 5 hr drive.
Staying off the main road for as long as possible we head back towards the Red River Delta, passing through areas inhabited by Hmong, Dao, Tay and Nung minority peoples. A mixture of both challenging track and glorious sealed road all the way back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi in the early afternoon. Tour ends,
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