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This Vietnam tour through the country's Northeast gives intrepid travelers an unparalleled opportunity to discover a hidden corner of the country. Mixing drives through spectacular sceneries with visits to hilltribe markets, small villages and historic sites, you will get a taste of the region's unique culture.
As you depart Hanoi for the drive north, you will be struck by the dramatic change in landscapes as city skylines quickly fade and rolling hills and rice fields begin to appear. The morning market in Lang Son is your first stop on this Vietnam tour and a good introduction to what awaits in Cao Bang, with locals browsing stalls packed high with fresh produce.
Arriving in Cao Bang, where you are likely to be the only tourist, you will find a town dotted with houses and farms complemented by a backdrop of mountains and rivers. Spend a day touring the area, visiting the Ban Gioc waterfall, skirting the Chinese border and wandering around the rural villages, a highlight of this Vietnam tour.
The area also has a rich history and, before returning to Hanoi, you will visit Pac Po Cave where Ho Chi Minh hid during the 1940s. It was here that he planned the country's revolution which eventually led to their independence from the French. Then, with one final drive through limestone mountains and views untouched landscapes, you will return to Hanoi or continue with an extension to Ba Be Lake, Vietnam's only natural mountain lake.
For nature lovers or those who like to step off the beaten path, our Discover Northeastern Vietnam Tour is the perfect excursion.
Early breakfast then 0800 depart for the 3-hour drive to Lang Son City , explore the bustling market if time permits Then take a spectacular four-hour drive through the mountainous twisted road to Cao Bang. Along the way enjoy the beautyful landscape of verdant tapestry mountains, lush fertile valleys and colourful minority villages.
Reach Cao Bang in the late afternoon, if time allows stroll around the town. Overnight in Cao Bang.
Note: Estimated distance & driving time: 280 km; around 7 hours.
This morning we will visit Ban Gioc Waterfall;This is the opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful sceneries in Vietnam. Ban Gioc is the largest watefall in the country, though not the highest. Its vertical drop is only around 30m, but it has an impressive 300m span; one side of the falls is in China, the other is in Vietnam. Water volume varies considerably between the dry and rainy seasons, and the sight is most impressive from May to September.
Take a spectacular stroll through paddy fields to reach the base of the falls. If you travel to this place in September or October, the harvest time , you mayhave opportunity to try out the pedal-powered threshing machines with local people. Overnight in Cao Bang.
Note : Estimated distance & driving time: 180 km; around 4 hours.
Wake up early then 0700 depart to visit the former hideout of the President Ho Chi Minh. See how this Great Vietnamese Leader inhabited and worked for 4-years to operate succesfully the 1954 independence from French colonialists. Along the way see the giant waterwheels which make a fantastic sight against the surrounding lush mountains. Catch one of the area’s local markets if possible.
Return to Cao Bang Town for lunch.You may want to extend by one night in local guests house or you will take along journey of 8 hourdrive back to Hanoi
Estimated distance & transfer time: 370 km; around 8 hours.
Notes: During some months (June – September) the itineary might changed base on the day weather & road condition.
TOUR DURATION: 3 Days / 2 Nights
TOUR OPERATES: Year Round / On Demand
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