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FAST TRACK DISCOVERY OF NORTH VIETNAM 5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS

This fast track discovery of North Vietnam takes you to a beautiful site : Ba Be Lake, which offers you two treats with a day of boating on the lake and the Nang river, and the pleasure of sleeping in the Tay stilted house of the very hospitable Mr Linh in Coc Toc village. We then take a mountain road to reach Cao Bang and the mountain town of Quang Uyen, with another treat the next day, the visit of the magnificent Ban Gioc waterfalls. We then go back to Hanoi using the Chinese border road, through Dong Khe and Langson, with visit of historical sites.
Tour code: PRT 16E
Departure dates: Everyday
Destination: Ba Be lake, Ban Gioc waterfall, Lang Son, Northeast, Vietnam.
Duration: 6 days

Tour itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi - Ba Be Lake
Day 2: Ba Be Lake Grotto - Waterfall
Day 3: Ba Be - Cao Bang - Quang Yuen
Day 4: Ban Gioc Waterfall - Nguom Ngao Cave
Day 5: Cao Bang - Lang Son
Day 6: Lang Son - Hanoi

Day 1: Hanoi - Ba Be Lake (L, D)

Fast track discovery of North Vietnam , Ba Be lake Departure from your hotel at 7:30. Stop in Thai Nguyen to visit the marvelous Museum of the Culture of the Ethnic Minorities of Vietnam, followed by lunch in a street restaurant. We then leave the main road to take a smaller one snaking through the mountains and tea plantations, and arrive to Tay village of Bo Lu, where you are welcomed by ethnic amazingly friendly Tay family in their traditional house. If it's hot, do like the local kids, just jump in the lake! Superb diner (Mrs Duyen is a true Cordon Bleu) and if you would like to do something crazy ask host  for tobacco cigarette one meter long. Overnight on their house.

Day 2: Ba Be Lake Grotto - Waterfall (B, L, D)

Fast track discovery of North Vietnam, discover bat cave A treat! Breakfast on the terrace, then short drive to the house owner's boat, who takes you through the entire length of the 3 connected lakes (Ba Be - "3 bays") and up the Nang River, to an astonishing site: Dong Phuong, an enormous tunnel (300m long by 30m high) that the river has dug through a lime mountain. The boat then goes up river to the small village of Hua Tang. As simple and authentic as you have been dreaming of! Lunch in a local house alongside the river. After lunch, a short walk (20 mn) through the jungle takes you to the very scenic Thac Dau Dang Waterfalls, a series of spectacular cascades between sheer rock walls. You may continue the trail to arrive in a large river bend full of colorful local life, with a small "harbor" where the local unloads goods to then bypass the falls by motorbike and then reload them on boats to go through the lake. Return by boat for another delightful evening at your Tay house.

Day 3: Ba Be - Cao Bang - Quang Yuen (B, L, D)

Fast track discovery of North Vietnam, Ma Puc pass, Cao Bang Morning departure to take a road snaking through the mountains up to the border town of Cao Bang, nestled between mountains and the Ré Dao River. Visit of the War Memorial to admire the sweeping view of the valley, and of the Central Market. Lunch and continuation on the Ma Phuc Pass to the small town of Quang Uyen, where we spend the night in a Tay homestay.

Day 4: Ban Gioc Waterfall - Nguom Ngao Cave (B, L, D)

Fast track discovery of North Vietnam, border waterfall in Vietnam One of the most scenic roads in Vietnam arrives at the magnificent Ban Gioc Waterfalls, the closest you can come from the Chinese border: it passes through the middle of the falls and the river. Before arriving to the waterfalls, we visit one of the most spectacular grotto in Vietnam, Nguom Ngao Cave, which counts several kilometers of superbly-lit galleries and an huge 100-m room. We then arrive in the extraordinary site of the waterfalls, where we have lunch. Return to Cao Bang for diner and one night.

Day 5: Cao Bang - Lang Son (B, L, D)

Fast track discovery of North Vietnam, Nguom Ngao cave in Cao Bang Departure on a very beautiful road alongside the Chinese border. We arrive in the village of Dong Khé, siege of a terrible battle between the French and the Vietminh in October 1950. Visit of the ruins of the French fort, followed by a beautiful ride among the lime peaks to arrive to the village of Duc Long, location of General Giap's headquarters during the battle. Stroll in the village and visit of the local museum. Lunch in Dong Khé and we then take the road to reach Lang Son. Registration in a hotel on the small lake and diner at the New Century, famous in the entire region for its extensive menu, followed by the visit of the Night Market.

Day 6: Lang Son - Hanoi (B, L)

Fast track discovery of North Vietnam, Khy Khung river In the morning, we visit a site unknown to tourists, the formidable Lang Son French Fort. In addition to the magnificent view of the entire region, it impresses by the power of its huge remains (it was blown to pieces by the Chinese in 1979). We then go back to town and visit Tam Thanh Grotto and the ruins of the Citadel of the Mac Dynasty, a deserted site offering of beautiful view of the countryside. Lunch and return to Hanoi.

The fact...

- We take you to the parts other can't reach! Climate From July to September, the climate is usually humid and hot. From October to June brings cooler and more pleasant weather.

Transport:

- Boat.
- Vehicle.

Tour Guides:

Our experienced and friendly Tour Guide(s) speak excellent English. They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.

Meals:

- 5 breakfasts.
- 6 lunches.
- 5 dinners. We choose local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area, at local restaurants, markets or homes. We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.

Accommodation:

 - Homestay (3 nights)
 - Hotel (2 nights) Clean and comfortable homestays/ hotels with air-conditioning provided.

RATE:This rate is quoted in USD per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy. Applied for the – Private Tour. Valid from 30 Apr 2016- 31 Dec 2017


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Tour price includes:

+ Private door-to-door pick-up & -off services.
+ All private transfer and transportation
+ Home stay with daily breakfast
+ Experienced English speaking guide.
+ Private boat trip
+ Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
+ All sightseeing tickets.
+ No extra charge after confirmation
+ 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Tour price excludes:

+ Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
+ Travel insurance
+ Beverage
+ Other services not mentioned above. What to Bring: Passport, towels, toiletries, change of clothes (loose & lightweight), walking boots, sun block, sunglasses & hat with shade, insect repellent, flash lights, raincoat in wet season.
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