6 Day Car Trip North East Loop Vietnam

This is one of our best packages taking you to the North East Loop Vietnam where you enjoy spectacular landscapes of the northern mountainous region

Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary

This is one of our best packages taking you to the North East Loop Vietnam where you enjoy spectacular landscapes of the northern mountainous region with famous highlights such as: Hoang Lien Mountain range, Chay river massif, Dong Van Limestone Plateau and Ba Be Lake & national park. Discover the unique discovery of culture, custom and way of life of different tribal ethnic peoples living in remote far north of Vietnam.

North East Loop Vietnam Map

North East Loop Vietnam Itinerary

Day 1: Sapa – Ethnic tribe market – Bac Ha.

Departure at 07.30am from Sapa or early picked up at Lao Cai station for those who take the night train from Hanoi. Transfer from Lao Cai to one of the regional markets: Sunday – Bac Ha; Tuesday – Coc Ly; Wednesday – Cao Son; Thursday – Lung Khau Nhin; Saturday – Can Cau. Spend the rest of the morning joining local ethnic peoples for market activities and festive atmosphere. Lunch break in a local restaurant before transferring briefly to Bac Ha. Check in hotel and relax until about 02.00pm. Afternoon: Enjoy walking to explore Ban Pho valley inhabited by Flower Hmong, Tay and Nung peoples. There are optional options which takes from 1.5 hours to nearly 3 hours to suit different customers. Back to hotel before sunset and evening is at leisure.

Day 2: Bac Ha – Xin Man – Hoang Su Phi – Panhou Ha Giang.

Departure at 08.00am after breakfast. Take the road excursion for the whole morning to explore the remote region of Bac Ha district which is famous for the spectacular landscapes as well as unique way of life of the Flower Hmong and Phu La peoples. Enjoy 2 hours walking in the morning from Pa Chu Ty 1 to Pa Chu Ty 2 villages. Enjoy lunch break in Xin Man. Transfer by road nearly 2 hours after lunch from Xin Man to Nam Dich valley via Hoang Su Phi Town let. Then walking along a narrow but beautiful valley of the Le Hong Phong commune for about 2 hours, passing villages of the Tay and Red Zao. Picked up at about 04.30pm and transfer 13km to Panhou Lodge in Thong Nguyen Commune, check in and time at leisure in this beautiful and quite place.

Day 3: Panhou – Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh.

Breakfast and leave the hotel at 08.00, driving the same way for 32km back to national road 2 and then heading for Ha Giang city. Take a coffee break while tour guide gets local security permission for traveling along the bordering region. Leaving Ha Giang and follow road 4C 46km uphill the spectacular Quan Ba mountain pass for about 3 hours including some stops along the way paying visiting to villages of the Tay and Hmong as well as taking photo of the stunning landscape. From the top of Quan Ba pass which is called Heaven Gate, the panorama of Tam Son valley opens wide below which is highlighted with green rice fields and colorful flower farms, especially the TWIN HILLS beautifully set amongst immense and walled-up lime stone mountain. Process gradually downhill shortly to Tam Son town let at noon for lunch break. Afternoon trip begins with an hour walking to explore Nam Dam village of the Zao Ao Dai(Zao with long dress) who live their most traditional way in a beautiful village at the foot of Quan Ba mountain range. Then back to the road again for 42km road ride first downhill and then passing over Yen Minh pass. This portion of the road trip offers breathtaking scenery of the terraced fields, probably among the most beautiful ones in Vietnam. Arrival at the Thao Nguyen Hotel in Yen Minh town let at about 4.30 to 5.00pm, check in hotel and spend the rest hours on your own to relax or explore this charming town let.

Day 4: Yen Minh – Pho Bang – Vuong Palace – Dong Van – Meo Vac.

Leaving Yen Minh for a road transfer uphill heading to Dong Van and then onto Meo Vac town let. The road of this part gets winds its way up and down steep mountains with many sharp bends but the scenery is amazingly beautiful. Enjoy many stops along the way for magnificent and beautiful landscapes as well as paying visit to some highlights of the region such as The ancient town let of Pho Bang featured with clay walled, yin & yang roofed houses built centuries ago; Sung Muoi village with typical & traditional way of life of the Hmong peoples; Historical relics of the Vuong Palace to learn about the past when the Vuong family ruled over the region and control opium production and trading. Arriving in Dong Van at noon, lunch break and customers may choose to enjoy an easy walk for two hours afterwards to explore the Quyet Tien valley and the ancient street of Dong Van town let. Continue the road trip downhill 28km passing over the Ma Pi Leng pass which is famous for its magnificence and beauty, composed by walled-up mountains, deep valley and the 800m high canyon and the Nho Que River running in between. Arriving in Meo Vac at about 5.00pm. Check in the Hoa Cuong hotel and relax.

Day 5: Meo Vac – Ly Bon – Bao Lac – Ba Be National Park.

Today the trip will processes from the high mountainous region of Meo Vac downhill to the Gam river massif, getting through Bao Lac district of Cao Bang and then onto Ba Be National Park. The road trip downhill from Meo Vac to Ly Bon which takes about 1.5 hour will be highlighted with several stops along the way to visit a hamlet of the Zao and a village of the Nung peoples near the center of Niem Son commune. Then driving for about 4 hours along road 34 before turning to road 212 to Cho Ra and Ba Be. The trip will be highlighted with short visiting to villages of the San Chay and Zao Tien(Zao with coins) along the way. Arriving to the center of Ba Be National Park in the afternoon at about 06.00pm. Check in hotel, dinner and relax.

Day 6: Ba Be boat trip – Thai Nguyen – Hanoi.

Breakfast, check out hotel at 08.00am, then take 30 minutes walk through the thick rain forest to the boat pier. Boarding a boat for 3 hours cruising on the clear water of Ba Be, the largest natural lake in the mountainous region of Indochina which is surrounded by high mountains covered by thick forest, getting through the stunning Puong Cave before the end of the boat trip. Meet the car and river again for a short transfer to Cho Ra to have lunch. Transfer 217km by road after lunch for the whole afternoon via Bac Can, Thai Nguyen to Hanoi.


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Additional Information

Primary Activity

Off-The-Beaten Track

Duration

6 days

Tour Starts

Sapa

Places to Visit

Ba Be National Park, Bac Ha, Bac Kan, Dong Van Ha Giang, Ha Giang, Meo Vac Ha Giang, Quan Ba Ha Giang, Yen Minh Ha Giang

Tour Ends

Hanoi

Adventure Level

Easy

Itinerary Disclaimer

Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!

Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

Inclusions

Our trip cost usually includes the following services. Please bear in mind LOTUSSIA Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.

  • Car transfers.
  • Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
  • Local porter(s).
  • Accommodation.
  • Meals.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Bottled water.

Exclusions

Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.

  • Visa
  • Flight/Train tickets.
  • Accommodation pre/post trip.
  • International travel insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.

Tour Guide

Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.

Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.

Trip Routes

Principally, LOTUSSIA Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, LOTUSSIA Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.

Accommodation

LOTUSSIA Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or homestays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.

Meals

LOTUSSIA Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, LOTUSSIA Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.

Drinks

As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, LOTUSSIA Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. LOTUSSIA Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, LOTUSSIA Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).

Vehicle

In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.

We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.

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