Hanoi - Halong - Lao Cai - Local Village Trekking - Bac Ha - Lao Cai - Hanoi

Discover deep into the untouched area of Bac Ha and Si Ma Cai, two districts that share border with China, named as White Highland of Vietnam with diversified cultures of dozens of groups of hill tribes.


Grab your ever dream travel to the untouched area of Bac Ha and Si Ma Cai, two districts that share border with China, named as White Highland of Vietnam with diversified cultures and blend yourself with the complete nature

  • Visit the World Heritage Halong Bay with its thousands limestone islets
  • Hike to Cao Son and overnight in a nice ecolodge
  • Enjoy the local market with much drinking, dancing and chatting 
  • Marvel at the beauty of plum and peach forests with white blossom covering the mountains

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1 - Day 2
    Visit Hanoi and Halong Bay by cruise, relaxing and swimming.  
  • Day 3 - Day 7
    Discovery by trekking at Lao Cai and visiting a market at Bac Ha or nearby.
  • Day 8 - Day 10
    Enjoying trekking through the villages of the Dzao and Phu La hill tribe. 


  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Overnight train from Hanoi to Hue/ Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (4-berth wooden Cabin with AC)
  • Land transportation by air-con vehicles
  • Accommodation in homestay in villages
  • Private room on shared cruise in Halong Bay
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (no drinks)
  • Admission and permit
  • Drinking water during the touring day (2 bottles/person/day)


  • Airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
  • Visa services (Visa approval letter/Visa stamp fee/ Visa fast track)
  • Early check-in/late check-out/ room upgrade surcharge
  • Other meals, Drinks, and personal expenses (phone call, laundry, tipping etc.)
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Optional Tours

In the morning the tour guide of Threeland Travel will meet you at your hotel in Hanoi and transfer you to Halong, a World Heritage as designated by UNESCO in 1994, with thousands limestone islets with stopovers en route to visit the rural life of the Red River Deltal farmers (esp. in transplanting and harvest times), or the ceramic town at Dong Trieu. The transfer will take about 3hours30. Check-in your boat in Halong and have a lunch of fresh seafoods served on board. Afternoon is your relaxation and you can just relax on the sundeck and enjoy the bay- splendid seascape of thousands odd-shaped rocky islands, visit the inside-island grottoes or go swimming. Dinner (seafoods) and overnight on board.

After breakfast, we will continue to tour the Bay until reaching the Wharf of Halong again (around 11.00) and back to Hanoi. Stopover at Hong Ngoc Charity centre in Sao Do Town for a quick lunch. After arrive in Hanoi around 16.00, the guide will show you around the Sword Lake, Ngoc Son Temple and enjoy an afternoon show at 17.00 of Water Puppetry. Dinner in Hanoi before taking the night train (escorted by Threeland guide) to Laocai stantion. Overnight on the train.

We arrive in Lao Cai in the early morning. After a short break for refreshment and coffee, we take 2 hour driving along the winding mountainous road to Bac Ha, the white highland in Northwest Vietnam. Meet and make friend with the local support team then start taking 2 hours trek to Coc Ly, a nice village on the bank of Chay river. If today is Tuesday, you will have great time to enjoy the weekly market of hill tribe there. After lunch we will continue hiking to Cao Son, where we will be overnight in a nice ecolodge.

12km from Cao Son is Lung Khau Nhin, a nice village of H-mong people. Furthermore, every Thursday, a local bazaar held here with a lot of interesting activities of locals such as drinking, dance, chatting and talking. Jumping into the market and joining the people will be an unforgettable feeling. After the lunch, we continue with a descending trek along small and undiscovered tracks thru the terrace rice fields, houses on stilt and winding bamboo fences. Reach the river bank and enjoy the sunset view over the mountain. Get over to the other bank of river by bamboo raft ran by river waterpower – extraordinary feeling of using local transportation method. We will be homestay or overnight at local school.

We will enjoy the first day in Si Ma Cai, the most remote district of Lào Cai, located in the border with China and together with famous Bắc Hà, make an area named White Highland. There are few footprints of tourists there and things still remain as it was in 30 years ago. Trek thru territories of various H-mong hill tribes such as Black H-mong, Flower H-mong,

White H-mong, Green H-mong will make you unforgettable memory of hidden Vietnam. Have a 2-day discovery at an untouched area of extreme Northern mountain Vietnam with the first overnight at Quan Than San, then the second night at hotel in Bac Ha for refreshment. On the way back to Bac ha town, you will stop at Ban Pho village to see the process of producing local whisky..

One night refreshment at hotel in Bac Ha and after unhurried breakfast in the town, you will have an easy start with 2 hours trek along a flat and paved road before catch up a single dirty track to Ban Lien. You will have chance to see plum and peach forests and if the trek held in Spring with the white blossom cover the mountains, the beautiful sceneries will leave the unforgettable mark in you mind. Overnight in Ban Lien, a nice village of Tay people.

A trail run in parallel along Phong river will be our trekking route today. We will have a mixture of up-and-down rugged terrain, wet and dirty soil, crossing stream by unstable temporary stone spillway. The Dzao women live here are famous for their sophisticated dress, skirts with many layers, large red turban over their hair buns, coin necklace representing a woman’s health etc. At the end of a long day, we will overnight homestay in Nam Det.

After 3-hour short descending, we will return to Bac Ha town. On the way we will meet Phu La hill tribe, who impress you by their traditional costume featured by the mixture of local weaving and beads made by glass. Have lunch in Bac Ha and relax with cold beer before transfer to Lao Cai Railway Station for night train to Hanoi.

Arrive in Hanoi at 5am. 
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