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Black Lo Lo in Vietnam 12 days

- Hike through landscapes of the grandest mountains of Vietnam
- Discover local life and meetings with different ethnic groups in the Northest of Vietnam: Black H’mong, Flower H’mong, - Green Hmong, Phu La, Tay, Black Lo Lo ...
- Homestay of the black Lo Lo, in their beautiful village hidden in a valley
- Cruise in the legendary Ha Long Bay and overnight onboard an beautiful wooden junk.

Day 1.  Hanoi – Arrival

Day 2.  Hanoi Visit – Lao Cai

Day 3.  Lao Cai – Bac Ha

Day 4.  Bac Ha – Ha Giang

Day 5. Ha Giang

Day 6. Ha Giang – Dong Van

Day 7. Dong Van – Bao Lac - Black LoLo

Day 8. Bao lac – Ba Be

Day 9. Ba Be

Day 10. Ba Be – Hanoi

Day 11. Hanoi – Ha Long Bay

Day 12. Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Departure

 

 

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Day 1.  Hanoi – Arrival

Arrive at Hanoi airport where an English-speaking tour guide will welcome you and take you to a hotel in the center of the city.

The afternoon will be devoted to an orientation tour of Hanoi by rickshaw. Discover a city of poetry and markets, a city enchantingly balanced between tradition and modernity.

In the evening, enjoy a Water Puppet show, a unique art of the people in Red River Delta.

Spend the night at hotel in Hanoi

Day 2.  Hanoi Visit – Lao Cai

Begin exploring Hanoi with a walk around the exquisite grounds of the old Indochinese governor’s palace (now a Presidential Palace). 

Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, Vietnam’s pagoda for defense. Located on an island in the West Lake, the pagoda surrounded by water is a marvelous sight. After, whet your appetite for discovering Vietnam’s unique cultures at the Museum of Ethnology. 

In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Literature. In the evening, go to the railway station for overnight train to Lao Cai.

Day 3.  Lao Cai – Bac Ha

At 5 a.m, arrive at Lao Cai. Take a shower to refresh yourself at a mini hotel before travelling to Bac Ha, a small charming town characterized by its mild climate.

Depending on the date of arrival, visit Bac Ha market on Sunday, Can Cau market on Saturday or Sin Cheng market on Wednesday.

The markets feature local scenes that have been going on every week for generations, where cattle, buffalos, pigs, chickens, horses, goats and dogs as well as a variety of traditional goods like saddles and plowshares, along with elaborate textiles, handbags and other trinkets are bought and sold by the Flower Hmong.

Drop at Mr Pa’s house set against the hill in a wide open space with panoramic valley view. Have dinner and spend the night in the homestay of Mr Pa

In the afternoon, enjoy a trek through Ban Pho villages, located a few kilometers from the hotel. These villages are nestled into a cozy valley with a fascinating landscape.

Spend the night in the homestay Tays

Day 4.  Bac Ha – Ha Giang

After breakfast, transfer to Ha Giang via Pho Rang, Viet Quang town. 20 km before Viet Quang, take 2 hour walk to a village of Pa Then people, a very rare ethnic minority in Vietnam.

The Pa Then, also called Pa Ma Teng, migrated to Vietnam from China in the late 18th century. Their population in Vietnam is about 4,000 people, living only in the extreme north. Their village, composed between 30 and 40 homes, settled near rivers, at the foot of high mountains.

Arrive late afternoon in Ha Giang, check in hotel and relax at your leisure.

Spend the night at hotel in Ha Giang.

Day 5. Ha Giang

After breakfast, hike one hour along a path that descents to the road connecting the Middle Song Mien valley to the Du Gia mountain range. 

Walk on the trail along Nam Pa river to reach a Tay hamlet, little eden surrounded by rice fields and jungle. Take a visit around the village.

Move to another Tay village which is located in the shade of groves of palmetto, dominated by limestone ridges covered with jungle. Enjoy a picnic lunch in a traditional Tay house.

In the afternoon, visit the village and a cave, then short walk along the Nam Pa River via some rice paddies and hamlets. Then you will be picked up by car at Nan Ria village and drive back to Ha Giang town.

Spend the night at hotel in Ha Giang

Day 6. Ha Giang – Dong Van

After breakfast, travel along a beautiful mountain road to Dong Van, a small town located in Dong Van Highlands. Tourists can choose to stop midway to visit villages or markets of ethnic minorities.

Explore Pho Bang, a tranquil village of thatched – roof houses. Then, keep driving to discover the enchanting former palace of King Hmong, namely Mr Vuong Chi Sinh.

Spend the night in Dong Van Town.

Day 7. Dong Van – Bao Lac

Drive 1 hour from Dong Van through the sumptuous countryside of Dong Van Geopark. From here, begin a trek on Pa Vi Mountain.   

Pa Vi Mountain is a limestone mountain rising to 1,500m. The north face of the mountain roughly resembles a triangular tower with spectacular views overlooking the gorge of the Nho Que River, Tu San Canyon, the famous Ma Pi Leng Pass, and the misty peaks of the Chinese border. The mountain’s unusual shape is unique among Vietnam’s mountains and makes it a sight to behold.    

Hike along the slopes of Pa Vi. Cross at Ma Pi Len and begin the day’s trek (30 minute trip). Climb the west side of the mountain on a path past several Hmong hamlets clinging to the steep slopes of the mountain. Revel in the alpine environment and the amazing bird-eye views of the terraced rice fields below, as well as Tu San Canyon, Ma Pi Leng Pass, and the No Que River gorge. Gaze at the awe-inspiring mountains all around.   

Arrive at the Hmong Der village of Ti Cu Si, where around 100 families live in a completely self-sufficient community. The village is hidden in a small valley surrounded by a plethora of limestone peaks. Tour the village and its traditional houses and learn about local hemp weaving techniques. Continue trekking along a high trail towards the east side of Pa Vi, where the minibus awaits.

Continue the trip to Bao Lac, a region covered with magnificent rocks in Cao Bang Province.

Spend the morning immersed in the daily life of the Black Lo Lo villagers. Participate in tasks such as feeding the pigs and the buffalos, fetching water from a spring, and lighting the fire. Depending on the season, enjoy the educational experience of helping the Lo Lo with agricultural work such as hoeing, weeding, transplanting, and harvesting.

Spend the night in Bao Lac.

Day8.  Bao lac – Ba Be

After breakfast, drive to Ba Be Lake, passing through Ban Na and Na Phac villages. On the way stop to visit an ancient house, one of the remaining vestiges of the colonial era.

In the afternoon, arrive in Ba Be Lake, a region often referred to as "Ha Long Bay on the mountains". The lake is decorated by green mountains under the clouds, giving tourists the impression of having been transported to heaven.

Board a boat along the beautiful lake to Coc Toc, a Tay hamlet nestled at the foot of a wooded mountain on the southern arm of the lake. Tour the village, and then help prepare a traditional dinner with the host family. Learn about the night fishing techniques if the weather permits.

Spend the night in homestay.

Day 9. Ba Be

In the morning, head out of the village for a fascinating hike through the stunning landscape along a flat trail, passing through rice paddies, corn fields and vegetable gardens. After an hour, arrive at Ban Mo, a Tay hamlet situated at the bottom of the verdant valley. Tour the village and then continue along a trail that offers breathtaking lake views. Explore the Hmong village of Na Ban and the Dao village of Na Sen. After passing through an ancient and magical forest at the summit of the mountain, slowly descend towards Dau Dang cascades. From here, enjoy a delicious lunch.

Visit Dau Dang cascade, a picturesque natural wonder. Re-embark to Coc Toc village along a tranquil lake. Dine and spend a second night with the Tay family.

Day 10. Ba Be – Hanoi

After breakfast, leave the Tay family and drive back to Hanoi on a stunning mountain road.

Spend the night at hotel in Hanoi.

Day 11. Hanoi – Ha Long Bay

Take a journey to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The bay, filled with thousands of limestone karsts and verdaant, monolithic isles, is truly a magical locale.

Embark on a luxury wooden junk boat for an enchanting 2 day and 1 night Ha Long Bay cruise.

Spend the night in a private cabin on board.

Day 12. Ha Long Bay – Hanoi – Departure

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at 8 a.m as the boat begins its journey back to the pier.

Disembark at around 11:30 a.m and begin the journey back to the airport in Hanoi for departure flight.

 

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Black Lo Lo in Vietnam 12 days

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+ Start the tour on any date at your convenience.
+ Choose the tour length as long as your schedule and budget allow.
+ Plan the tour with hotels and sightseeing spots that you are specifically interested in.
+ You may order the dishes you want .
+ Experienced guides and skillful drivers in each city offer services are provided for your exclusive use.
+ Travel at your own pace that flexibly fits your travel style.
+ Ideal for those who need special assistance, such as the elderly, people with disabilities or families with small children.

Prices:

We offer a complete package tour that covers all expenses excluding the cost of international flight ticket. Our tour prices vary depending on:

+ Travel period: prices tend to be higher in peak season (March, April, November, and December) than in low season (May, June, September).

+ Number of travelers: The more people in your group travel, the less you pay.

+ Hotel quality: If you choose a 5-star hotel, you will surely have to pay more than a stay in a 3-star hotel.

+ Booking date: Early bird booking can help you save a great deal than last minute booking.

To have more information about your trip’s quote, simply click the link “personalize your trip” at the bottom of the page and our sales team member will contact you shortly. This service is completely free of charge and requires no commitment to buy.

Booking process:

Step 1: Select a tour
You may choose a pre-made tour on our website. However, if you prefer to customize the tour in your own way, simply click “personalize this tour” at the bottom of the page. A form will appear and requires you to fill in all fields. After the form is successfully sent, one of our sales team members will contact you within 2 working days.

Step 2: Book a tour
If you agree on the proposed quote, you are kindly requested to send us the confirmation mail and we will proceed accordingly. It is our duty to reserve all the services related to your trip such as hotels, restaurants, domestic flights, toURIt guides and so on. We will contact you once again to make sure that the program fits your travel needs. Should you agree on it, a temporary contract will be issued as a written commitment between you and Amica.  Consequently, you are kindly requested to deposit 25 % of the trip’s total cost that can be paid by credit card, check or money order.

Tips:

Although tips are not compulsory in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, it is an etiquette to offer something for those such as your drivers or waiters for their services during the trip.

Accommodation:

There are a variety of accommodation options in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. You can choose from an economic, unrated hotel to an exceptionally luxurious resort and those in between. For your convenience, it is recommended that you stay in a small, authentic, family-run hotel rather than big and crowded one.

Transportation:

Our great cars are from popular brands such as Toyota, Ford, and Mercedes. They are all brand new, modern and air-conditioned. Below is our standards chart:

Number of travellers

2 travellers

3 travellers

4 to 7 travellers

8 to 15 travellers

16 to 20 travellers

Type of vehicle

vehicle of 4 or 7 seated

Vehicle of 7 to 16 seated

Vehicle of 12 to 16 seated

Vehicle of 24 or 30 seated

Vehicle of 35 to 45 seated

Visa:

With a valid passport, 2 identity pictures and a fee of 10$, you can easily get an entry visa to Cambodia and Laos upon arrival. If you choose to stop in Vietnam, you must either get a visa from your home country prior to your departure or request an entry permit to obtain visa on arrival which costs 25 dollars. For the second option, we will provide all the necessary documents to help you obtain the visa on arrival.

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