If you ever wondered what the missing link was between China and Indochina, then look no further. Vietnam is that link from the chaos of China and serenity of Indochina. The country has some of the most stunning sceneries in the region, highlighted by Ha Long Bay.
The north is rough and adventurous where the south is shaped according to the Mekong Delta. In between you find the most stunning caves, heritage towns, and beaches. Vietnam is a more traveled country and getting off the beaten path is a bit harder than the other destinations. Nevertheless, Vietnam still has its secrets for you to uncover!
The nature trail of Vietnam
Starting in Hanoi, you move more northwards towards the Chinese border. The travels are often longer than you are used to, but that is for good reason. You want to see the most stunning waterfalls, valleys and rice terraces? Then we take it up a notch!
You start in one of the most fascinating cities of Indochina; Hanoi. Hanoi is a rich city in terms of culture and history. Hanoi is one of the oldest cities in this part of Asia and is home to many amazing colonial quarters and buildings, excellent street food and scenic lakes.
Slowly you move further north of Vietnam and see the rice fields of Mu Cang Chai. Minority villages, exceptional views and a very cool climate are part of the amazing experience. Traveling this part of Vietnam takes time, and the time spent is more than worth it. Friendly locals along the way, lots of agricultural wonders and amazing views as far as the eye can reach!
Halong Bay should not be missed of course. But we visit the Bay the Bespoke Laos way. Instead of the main routing of most cruise liners, you head for Bai Tu Long and visit the splendor of Ha Long Bay differently and far from the crowds that the Bay normally attracts.
Outline of the tour
Arrive in Hanoi
Visit the Old Quarters on foot and meet with a Tai Chi master
Visit the highlights of Hanoi
Transfer to Nghia Lo and observe the mountainous views from Muong Lo
Visit the paddy fields of Mu Cang Chai and observe ethnic villages and partake in daily life
Enjoy Sapa and the views Mt. Fansipan. Hike through the valleys and around Sapa town
Visit Bac Ha and hike in the Muong Hoa Valley, enjoy a boat trip on the Chay River
Return to Hanoi via local villages, markets and observe life of the minority groups
Transfer to Halong Bay and board a traditional junk for an overnight cruise through Bai Tu Long
Cruise Bai Tu Long and visit Cat Ba Island
Return to the port and transfer to Hanoi. Visit But Thap Pagoda along the way
The unique aspects of this tour?
- Travel the “Photographer’s Road” and Khau Pha Pass
- Meet many different ethnic minorities
- Be part of ethnic minority life and help the communities out
- Observe the most amazing landscapes in Mu Cang Chai and Tu Le
- Enjoy adventurous activities in between amazing landscapes
- A customized Walking tour in Hanoi Old Quarter and meeting with a Tai Chi Master
- Cruise in Bai Tu Long far from the crowds of Halong Bay