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Exploring the Mountains and Lakes of Northern Vietnam: Ha Giang, Cao Bang, and Ba Be Lake




Tour Length: 6 days


Tour Description

This 6-day tour is a great way to experience the best of northern Vietnam. You will visit Ha Giang, Cao Bang, and Ba Be Lake, three of the most popular tourist destinations in the region.

  • Great timing of the year to catch Rice harvest and Buckwheat flowers in blooming in Northern Vietnam mountain ranges
  • Intermingle with the people of ethnical groups like Hmong, Tay, Nung, Yao, which are the hosts of the mountains, with remarkable traditions and cultures
  • Enjoy sharp curves in an adventure thru the most challenging yet gorgeously beautiful mountain passes of Indochina

This tour is perfect for travelers who want to experience the natural beauty and culture of northern Vietnam.

Trip Itinerary

Around 7am, ABI Holidays’ tour guide and vehicle will welcome you at the meeting point and depart for Ha Giang. Lunch at a restaurant en route.


On the way to Yen Minh, we will conquer the 7 km-long Bac Sum Slope, standing on the mountain, watching the whole road of Doc Voi. Going through Quan Ba, we will stop at Quan Ba Heaven Gate and admire the panoramic view of Tam Son town, nestled beside Co Tien Twin Mountain, an artwork of the creator bestowed for this land. Upon arrival in Yen Minh, check-in hotel.

Dinner at your own arrangement.

Afterwards, we will be free to enjoy the tranquility of the town at night. Overnight in Yen Minh.

After check-out hotel and having breakfast, the vehicle will take us to Dong Van Stone Plateau, also known as the ‘’Ha Giang loop’’. On the way, we will visit Sung La Valley, Dong Van District, known for many people from the good movie “Pao’s Story”. The Lung Cu flagpole is the next, it’s the northernmost point at Lung Cu peak, where each Vietnamese sees as a symbol of national sovereignty. Have lunch at the restaurant. Check in at the hotel and rest.

In the afternoon, we will conquer one of the most famous “Four Great Peaks of Vietnam’’, including Ma Pi Leng Pass with an altitude of 2000m above the sea, with steep slopes and winding sleeves, bringing a thrilling yet enjoyable experience. Boarding a boat upstream of Nho Que, through Tu San gorge, we can see the majesty of Ha Giang heaven and earth (the boat trip is an alternative, not inclusive).

After boarding our vehicle back to the center of Dong Van.

Dinner at your own arrangement. Overnight in Dong Van.

After breakfast, we will set-off to conquer the ‘’Happiness Road’’ between Dong Van and Meo Vac, which is famous for its difficulties when it was built during the American – Vietnam War and bypass Ma Pi Leng pass, one of the “four great passes” of the North, then go on to Cao Bang Province.

The majestic view from above looking down along this route quickly turns the road into a legend for all visitors, from adventure tourists to experienced people. On the way to Cao Bang, we will conquer more passes with beautiful scenery of mountains and forests such as Giang pass, Gio pass and Cao Bac pass.

After lunch at a local restaurant, our vehicle will take us to Truong Ha commune, Ha Quang District to Pac Bo Cave, a historical site, a place attached to Ho Chi Minh and his associates during the first Indochina War, so called the French-Vietnam War. Beside the historical value, Pac Bo Cave possesses a poetic beauty with stops near Lenin Stream, and Karl Marx Mountain.

Dinner at your own arrangement. Overnight in Cao Bang.

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After breakfast at the hotel, we will get on our vehicle to head to Khuoi Ky Stone Village, with original houses on stilts, bringing the very own beauty of the Northeast mountains. Lunch at a local restaurant.
Go on this afternoon to visit more famous beautiful scenery of Cao Bang at Ban Gioc Waterfall, a waterfall with a height of 53m, dividing into 3 floors; it’s considered the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam and the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia, one of the great waterfalls located at the borders of 2 countries in the world as a natural watershed.

Dinner at your arrangement before check-in hotel and overnight at Ban Gioc Waterfalls.

Have breakfast at the hotel. After that, we will move to the boat dock in Ba Be Lake in Tay village. Lunch at a local restaurant.

Then we will get on a boat to explore Dau Dang waterfall and learn about the life, culture, and habits of ethnic minority villages living on the mountainside by the lake. Being one of the greatest freshwater lakes in Northeast Vietnam, Ba Be Lake is green all year round and Boat trips on the lake are attractive not only to visitors but scientists and students thanks to its rare flora and fauna.

Dinner at your arrangement. Overnight at Ba Be Lake.

After breakfast, we will pack our luggage back to Hanoi. Lunch on the way back.

In the afternoon we arrive at our Meeting point in Hanoi and say goodbye to our Guide and driver.

We wish you good health and wealth, and look forward to seeing you in another trip!


No of guests46810


  • Professional English and Vietnamese-speaking guide
  • Vehicles with good air conditioning and water onboard
  • Room at 3 and 4 star hotels, clean and comfortable
    • 3-star Dinh Gia Hotel (2 guests/room/night)
    • Meo Vac Clayhouse (4 guests/room/night)
    • 4-star Saigon Ban Gioc Hotel (2 guests/room/night)
    • 4-star Saigon Ba Be Hotel (2 guests/room/night)
  • Meals as per schedule
  • Entrance fee as per schedule
  • Boat visit in Ba Be lake
  • Boat visit on the Nho Que River

Not Included

  • Personal costs
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned in the program
  • Tips for guides, drivers, or serving people
  • Single room surcharge
  • Other places outside the program
  • Tax

Children policy

  • Children under 5 years old: no extra bed needed and the child sleeps with their parents: free of charge if there is one child, the second child is charged 50% of the adult tour price.
  • Children from 5-11 years old: sharing the bed with their parents, the charge is 85% of the adult tour price.
  • Children from 12 years old: charged as an adult.


  • No services have been kept until a confirmation is made in writing and a deposit of 30-80% is made; the balance is expected to be settled three working days prior to the first day of the tour.
  • Hotels and other services can be adjusted twice to the guests’ interests with no service charge.

Terms of payment

  • AADASIA accepts payment and deposit by both bank transfer and credit card using One Pay.
  • This price is usually one month valid unless a deposit is made to Confirm the booking
  • and to discuss further the routes, hotels, program design, or any other offers to the Guests.
  • Pro-forma Invoice will be provided upon the confirmation of the program.

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We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Vietnam.

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