BAC HA, HA GIANG – NORTHERN PROVINCE TOUR
- Bac Ha local minority market
- Ha Giang province and its ricefields terraces
- Amazing routes and lanscapes
Enjoy the breath-taking landscapes of Vietnam’s northern provinces (Lao Cai and Ha Giang) with a tour in the heart of the most iconic minority villages.
Departing from Hanoi, the adventure starts with a night trip on the local train that will take you to Lao Cai city in the early morning. Don’t worry, the cabin might be shared but it’s still comfortable and air-conditioned.
After a local breakfast near the train station, you will immediately dip in the daily life of the inhabitants at the local market. It’s a colorful place that is daily frequented by the different minorities living in the region: Dzao, Giai, Han, Xa Fang, Nung, etc… It’s the opportunity to observe how diverse ethnicities coexist peacefully in this little piece of green paradise.
The meeting with the locals will be pursued around a shared lunch with a family of the village, before heading to Ban Pho Villa in Bac.
There, you’ll learn about the Minorities’ rural life.
On your way back to the homestay, make a stop at the ancient Hmong Royal Palace. The palace was the seat of the Hmong kings who ruled over the region during the French colonial era up until Vietnam regained independence in 1945. The entrance of the royal residence is surrounded by majestic 100-year-old cunninghamia trees, while the path is laced with large stone slabs.
Dinner will be served in a traditional stilt house homestay where you’ll get to spend the night. The accommodations may seem very bare and basic, and you might share the House with other groups but rest assured that this will be more than compensated by the kindness of our hosts and by the beauty of the location. It’s also the best way to completely immerse in the local culture.
Following mountainous roads and going through the notorious paddy fields of Xin Man village, you will be transferred to Hoang Su Phi Village. After a lunch break and several stops to admire the amazing landscape, you will get to relish in the exceptional view of the village’s miles of stunning verdant green or golden sun scorched fields, depending on the season.
You’ll spend the night at a local hotel.
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, you will go for a nice long walk through the villages’ surroundings. You’ll notice the incredible diversity of the locality with the different houses of minorities. You’ll also get to witness them working on the field, wearing colorful traditional clothes.
Lunch will be served along the road with a local family.
This trekking day will come to an end while you’re going back through the rice paddies, tea, and medicinal plantations.
You’ll spend the night at the local hotel.
Sadly, your incredible journey through the beautiful landscapes comes to an end as it’s time to get back to Hanoi. But, don’t be too upset, the used road follows a river and several stops for photos will be offered along the way. Also, you’ll stop at a local restaurant for lunch.
The arrival to Hanoi is programmed at the end of the day.
Available everyday 5 Days – 4 Nights
From 6 yo till 99 yo Landscape might change depending on the season Accommodation at local homestay in the village with basic facilities
Official Language: Vietnamese
Surface: 330 967 km2
Population: 97 338 579 (in 2020)
Political System: Republic Single-party communist state
Currency: Đồng (VND)
Telephone code: +84
The specificity of Vietnamese cuisine is based on mixtures of herbs and spices that are not found anywhere else, as well as on cooking methods and a set of eating habits specific to the Vietnamese people. Vietnamese cuisine is a little-known cuisine compared to other Asian cuisines such as Chinese, Japanese or Thai cuisine. The cuisine offered by the Vietnamese hostess must be both an expression of her respect for the guests and a demonstration of her propensity to work.
Vietnam is a country in Southeast Asia, surrounded to the west by Laos and Cambodia and to the north by China. It is bordered by the China Sea, Gulf of Tonkin and Gulf of Thailand. It has a surface area of 331,212 km2. Its maritime border is 3,260 km long. Vietnam is made up of three large regions, called Bộ:
In the North (Tonkin or Bắc Bộ), with Hanoi and Hai phong as main cities
In the Center (Annam or Trung Bộ), with Hué and Danang (former Tourane) as its main cities;
In the South (Cochinchina or Nam Bộ) with Hô Chi Minh City (former Saigon) and Can Tho as its main cities
No vaccination is required. However, it is recommended to protect yourself against hepatitis A and B (ask your doctor for advice). We advise you to bring your own:
of a broad-spectrum antibiotic;
of your usual medications if you are undergoing treatment;
an anti-diarrheal and an intestinal antiseptic (Intetrix, Immodium…);
a protective cream against mosquitoes;
moisturizing sunscreen, lip stick;
a healing ointment and a local antiseptic.
Water is not drinkable in Southeast Asia. Avoid tap water, require bottled water. It is harmless and safe to brush your teeth, but do not drink it.
Vietnamese (in Vietnamese: Tiếng Việt) is the official language of Vietnam. It belongs to the Mon-Khmer branch of the Austro-Asian languages. It is the Austro-Asian language with the most speakers (about ten times more than the second, Khmer). It is an insulating and monosyllabic language, with a 6-tone system. It is the mother tongue of about 85% of Vietnam’s population2, as well as of about two million migrants. Some 1,000 years of Chinese occupation have led to the adoption of a large number of words transcribed from Chinese and the old sinogram writing (the Chữ nôm now abandoned).
Hello : Xin chào
Good Bye : Tạm biết
Thank you (so much): Cảm ơn (nhiều)
Can i have the bill ? : Tính tiền
How much does it cost ? : Giá bảo nhiều ?
I don’t understand : Tôi không hiểu
My name is : Tôi tên là …
Where are the toilets? : Nhà về sinh ở đầu ?
220V with several possible socket types: two flat plugs, two round plugs or three plugs. Plan to bring a universal adapter. Power cuts are frequent, but most hotels have their own generators.
On your way, you will often have the opportunity to meet local people. Wherever you are, be discreet and humble. The multiplicity of cultures and traditions means that certain attitudes are perceived differently in different countries. To avoid being disrespectful, take the time to understand the people you meet, take the time to make connections. There too, listen to the advice of your guide! He knows better than anyone the behaviors to avoid or adopt.
For example, if you want to take a picture of someone, always ask them for permission. The best way for acceptance is to have established a prior contact. Similarly, do not distribute gifts at all … This often encourages children to beg, to avoid this kind of drift, it is better to refer to the local structures competent (donate to school, hospital, village chief etc.). Finally, be careful not to wear too light clothing (short shorts, cleavage …) and avoid exuberant behavior.