Our budget tour explores Vietnam by train from Hanoi to Saigon in 15 days, 14 nights. The trip is a combination of group tour and independent travel. The services are shared by group to make the costs cheaper; while you have ample free time at each location to explore the place yourself.
It is late in the morning now and here I am nearly on the top of the Pha Din Pass between Son La and Dien Bien. It is quiet all around. I'm by myself taking the old route on the pass. The new road is in great condition, but it is lower on the mountainside, the old route is deserted but it goes higher. Taking the old route, I hope to have a nicer view of the surrounding nature.
Bac Ha Trekking Holiday is a hard adventure tour for 6 days, 5 nights by AdventureGreen Travel. The trek is off-the-tourist track in the Plateau of Bac Ha with average elevation above 900m. Each day we trek for 5-6 hours on mountain slope, through valleys, through forests of peach trees and plum trees. In spring time, we'll travel our way amid colorful blossoms. In April-early May, we could pick for ourselves fresh fruits which are just on the way.
It is spring time in northern Vietnam now. The official long Tet holiday has just concluded. In cities, people are flocking back for work. In the countryside, things are still slack: holidays here are normally longer! This is the time of flower blossoms and village festivals. The temperatures in Hanoi are around 20-25 Degrees Celsius. It is breezy, dry and sunshine every day.
Cao Bang – Ta Nung – Ethnic Villages – Lang Son - Hanoi
Accommodation: Guest houses and homestay with very very basic facilities.
Times of tour: December through April.
Cao Bang trekking tour is a hard trekking adventure for 6 days 5 nights with off-the-beaten path itinerary. The province of Cao Bang is in the North-East of Vietnam, 300km from Hanoi. The region is characterized with waterfalls, valleys and imposing mountain peaks. Cao Bang is home to a number of ethnic groups in Vietnam such as the Tay, Nung, Dao, Hmong, Lo Lo… whose traditional culture is well preserved for centuries.
The closer to Dong Van, the road goes down and I can feel the air is dry again. Still, it gets colder and colder in the afternoon. Then it comes to the intersection with Road 4C, the main route from Ha Giang City to Dong Van Rock Plateau. There is a road sign saying Sa Phin Valley is 12km to the left and Dong Van Town is 10km to the right. I take the right and travel on the familiar road to Dong Van Town.
From Ra Ban, the road is flat. I travel past Bang Lung Town and turn into the same road I was yesterday coming to Ba Be. It's great that the weather is so beautiful and I can take photos of the landscape that I missed in the dark earlier.
North West of Vietnam Tour via the less traveled route is an off-the-beaten track adventure to north-western Vietnam for 5 days, 4 nights. The tour has a moderate pace and could be done all year round. The highlights of the tour are the magnificent rice terraces which turn into golden color in May-June and September-October, the peaceful and traditional lifestyle of the ethnic minorities.
Trekking Tour in Mai Chau is a hard adventure tour to the north western mountains of Vietnam, in Mai Chau District Hoa Binh Province, for 4 days 3 nights. The tour features the fresh nature as well as the untouched traditional culture of the ethnic minorities who inhabit in these scenic valleys. Hoa Binh is relatively off the tourist track and it is more likely that you won't encounter other travelers on the trek.
Ha Giang Tour via Ba Be National Park is an adventure holiday with moderate travel pace for 6 days, 5 nights. The highlights of the trip is the homestay experiences at different ethnic villages on our travel route, the untouched nature of Ba Be and Cao Bang Province, the sublime beauty of Dong Van Karst Plateau in Ha Giang Province. All meals on the tour are included.