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This morning, depart from Hanoi to Bac Kan Province (260km). In this area the Ba Be National Park is situated, boasting more than 20,000 hectares of valleys, waterfalls, caves, unusual rock formations and lakes. The area is predominantly home to the Tay tribe. Arrive at the lake in the afternoon, just in time for a boat cruise to the beautiful Dau Dang Waterfall and to the boatmen’ home village. The village is located right on the edge of Ba Be Lake with a panoramic view of the surrounding cornfields, lake and mountain ranges. Lunch & Dinner are included at simple local restaurant.
After breakfast at homestay, we leave Ba Be by a fantastic mountainous road, leading us along spectacular limestone formations and densely forested hills. We pass the frontier region of China to pay a visit to the Pac Po Grotto, Ho Chi Minh’s former base during the 1941s. Here you will have the chance to learn more about this all-time Vietnamese hero and his long struggle for liberation against the colonial forces.
Included lunch and dinner at local restaurant.
After breakfast, drive to a local minority market and the beautiful 800-meter long grottoes of Nguom Ngao (Tiger cave) before arriving at the famous Ban Gioc Waterfalls that marks the border between Vietnam and China. Take a picnic lunch at the waterfalls. Return to Cao Bang in the afternoon, stopping along the way to visit the 100 year old forging village of Phuc Sen. Lunch & Dinner are included at simple local restaurant.
Today we travel back in time, back to Indochina, by driving the famous Colonial Road No. 4. We pass areas like Dong Khe and That Khe. The places are well-known for their countless bloody fights between Viet Minh and French forces during the 1950s. In the late afternoon we arrive in Lang Son to visit the central market, the gateway of trade between China and Vietnam. Before checking into our hotel in Lang Son, we visit the Tam Thanh and Nhi Thanh grottos.
Drive from Lang Son to Ha Long Bay via many beautiful countryside of mountain and Tonkin Gulf.
Arrive in Halong and board a traditional sailing junk. As the vessel sets sails, you will be greeted by the Crew Team who will aim throughout your stay at providing you with the highest standards of service for a pure pleasure and utmost comfort onboard. Discover some of the treasures disseminated across the Bay of the Descending Dragon during the afternoon: fascinating caves, pristine beaches, picturesque floating villages, fantastic rock formations rising up out of emerald water. While onboard, you can take advantage at leisure of the cruise services; surrounded by a stunning setting in motion, you could attend our chef's cooking demonstration and try your skills in the art of traditional Vietnamese cooking.
Defined to be one of the highlights of your stay, a highly refined, innovative and varied cuisine will be presented for Lunch and Dinner in the elegant dining-room, accompanied by a wide selection of wines and beverages (with extra charge applied) for drink).
In the evening enjoy the entertainment activities as movie night, squid fishing or just enjoying a cocktail surrounded by limestone rocks majestically springing out from silent waters in the night.
NOTE: This tour is subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Early birds can attend a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck at the break of dawn. Start the day enjoying some delights with a light breakfast and follow by a colorful brunch. . Continue exploring Halong Bay sailing across its 2000 islets and visiting some of its major highlights. Your cruise will come to an end at the pier in Halong late morning and you will be met and transferred back to Hanoi. The drive will take around 3.5-4 hours with technical stop en-route. You will arrive in Hanoi around mid afternoon.
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All GetAboutAsia prices are based on twin share and depend on availability and season. All our itineraries can be customised including international flights and extra nights. For questions or further information, Enquire Now!
Hotels each night of the itinerary are included. All GetAboutAsia accommodation is handpicked by us. Upgrades are available for this itinerary.
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"We enjoyed our trip to Hanoi, Babe lake and the North very much. The driver and guide were well informed, reliable and amiable. Generally we came across very few Westerners and not many Vietnamese tourists. The weather was perfect - warm, clear, little humidity and no rain. " — Mr and Mrs Lewis, Sydney, November 2018
"Everything in Vietnam has gone very smoothly. The guide and driver have been wonderful, helpful and attentive. They have been on time and we have enjoyed all our activities. We would recommend them highly." — Naomi & Alison, Perth & Melbourne, October 2018
"Our guide Hong was lovely and introduced us to some great local tastes. The scenery was absolutely stunning and I highly recommend the itinerary we took. Driving is not for faint hearted and very adventurous area. We had an amazing time as well as our other self planned stops in Bai Tu Long Bay and Tam Coc. Thanks for putting it all together. We would certainly consider using Get About Asia in the future. " — Sonia, Sunshine Coast, October 2017