Off beaten tracks destination
North Vietnam loop 15 days
North Vietnam loop 15 days
– Get close to the daily life of ethnic minorities
– Adventure trip in moto taxi
– Off beaten path destinations
– Unique and exclusive tour by Eco Travel Go green
– Various landscapes from waterfall, rice fields and tea fields
This North Vietnam loop in 15 days is especially designed for adventure and nature lovers. Combining the must see places to some exclusive destinations, you will have the chance to explore the unexplored !
From the bustling Hanoi to more remote areas as Mu Cang Chai, Tram Tau or even Moc Chau, you will totally immerse in Vietnamese culture and its ethnic minority life !
End your trip with a relaxing visit of the two bays, on land and on sea ! Ninh Binh and its scenic landscapes and rich history and Bai Tu Long bay , a sister of the too touristy Halong Bay. A cruise in a traditional wooden junk to perfectly relax after the adventurous trip
HANOI arrival ( -/-/-)
Arrival at the airport and picked up by the driver to
transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day to rest and recover from jet lag
HANOI ( PDJ/DJ/D)
Early morning, taxi to Ngoc Ha market . Stop at Lake B52 for a fruit juice and see the plane wreck emerging from the lake, a vestige of the war with the Americans. Then, walk to Tran Quoc Pagoda . On the way back, walk to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum.
Then, stop at a Vietnamese canteen to taste traditional dishes. The walk then continues to the temple of literature . Discovery of the opera, building of the French colonial empire, the walk reaches Hoan Lake Kiem to visit the Ngoc Son temple and discover the legend of the sword and the turtle. After the visit, stroll through the streets of the Old Quarter and stop by the Train Street for a snack.
For the evening, a culinary tour to appreciate and try some local specialties.
If week-end, time to enjoy the pedestrian street around Hoan Kiem Lake , a place of gathering
and activities for both tourists and locals and the Dong Xuan night market (Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening).
HANOI – LONG COC – TRAM TAU ( PDJ/DJ/-)
Night at Zoni Home in private room
Day 4: TRAM
TAU – PHINH HO – TRAM TAU (PDJ/DJ/D)
7 a.m. – 8 a.m. > Breakfast to gain strength for an exciting day .
8 a.m. – 9 a.m. > Departure by car and start the adventure to reach the magnificent Hang De Cho waterfall . The asphalt
road extends for around 40km to then arrive at Lau Camping, which overlooks the entire Nghia Lo valley. Break for a
drink while admiring the view. Then, you will leave with motorcycle drivers by the road which joins a small path for the last 6 kilometers. Passage through an isolated village, a few wooden bridges and spectacular viewpoints. Arrive at the impressive waterfall, enjoy free time to swim and rest while the local team begins to prepare the fire for an on-site barbecue picnic
After lunch, take the scooter back to the main road and continue the journey with a stop at Chi Lu village , inhabited by the H’Mong minority . Visit a local home to share tea with the owner. Then visit a second house where tea is prepared in the old-fashioned way.
Return to Tram Tau around 6 p.m.
Dinner with a local menu. Night at Zoni Home in private room
Day 5: TRAM
TAU – KHAU PHA (PDJ/DJ/D)
8:30 a.m. > departure of the trek (7 or 15km of your choice) to the Ta Xua waterfall via the bamboo forest, the pine forest , crossing a stream along the rice fields. Arrival at the waterfall in the middle of the jungle for a break and a picnic.
On the way back, visit a H’Mong village and a local house. Participate in local activities depending on the season.
3 p.m. > Return to the homestay to say goodbye to the hosts and
continue the journey. You will take the road again to the Khau Pha pass , one of the most beautiful passes in Vietnam,
also called the “Photographers’ Route”. Photographers from all over the world come there to photograph the rice fields during the golden period, in October.
Settling in with a local host family of the Thai ethnic group in It Thai village . Family dinner and quiet evening.
Night in a private traditional stilt house in Khau Pha by KPF
Day 6 :
KHAU PHA ( PDJ/DJ/D)
Visit less touristy villages and discover the local thermal baths of the Thai minority. Picnic lunch will be taken during the day . Passing through small paths, a gentle stroll through a resplendent countryside. Return to the host family for a family dinner
Night in a private traditional stilt house in Khau Pha by KPF
Day 7: KHAU PHA – MU
CANG CHAI (
8:30 a.m. > You will start trekking to the village of Xe Xang . Along the way, you will pass by H’Mong and Thai villages as well as a bamboo forest. Magnificent view of the rice fields and mountains. Visit a local Thai house and have lunch with a family.
Return to the host family for check-out.
Then, departure by car for Mu Cang Chai , one of the rice granaries of Vietnam with its infinite terraces, and more precisely La Pan Tan
Dinner and free evening
Night in double bungalow at Hello Mu Cang Chai
Day 8: MU CANG CHAI –
HUA TAT ( PDJ/DJ/D)
Morning by motorbike taxi in La Pan Tan to visit the local villages inhabited by the H’Mong people . Head
to the Dinosaur Backbone in Mu Cang Chai District, De Xu Phin , then visit the most famous place called “ Rasberry Hill.” Continue the walk passing some
Return to the homestay early in the afternoon and free time to relax before hitting the road for Hua Tat, a small village of Moc Chau, in the east.
Arrival for dinner. Night at the homestay in a private room
Day 9 HUA TAT – MAI CHAU (PDJ/DJ/D)
After breakfast, you will take a tour of the village before checking out. You will then take the road to see the Tat Nang waterfall. Far from mass tourism, a haven of peace. Enjoy swimming and relaxing before having lunch at a nearby local house.
You will then leave for the Mai Chau valley, inhabited mainly by White Thais. Check-in and free time until dinner. You can walk in the nearby village or take a bike ride.
Dinner will be taken with the hosts before a quiet evening.
Day 10: MAI
CHAU – PU LUONG (B/DJ/-)
Meo which is home to the most beautiful rice fields in the valley, slightly terraced. You will pass through local villages and take a break on the way for a fresh juice.
Return to the homestay for check out and start the journey to Pu Luong Nature Reserve
mountains that surround it. You will go down to the village and go to the bat cave . Cave in its natural state where the vegetation takes over.
Return to the hotel to relax in your room or enjoy the infinity pool.
Free dinner and night in deluxe room .
Day 11: PU LUONG
local market on Thursdays and Sundays) and finally to the village of Hieu . Swim in its waterfall to cool off before having a
local lunch in a restaurant in the village.
You will then take the road towards the village of Ba. You will start a hike by
crossing a suspension bridge; Then you will cross a few villages until you
arrive at the bamboo water mills, a particularity of the Thai minority, the most beautiful of which are in Pu Luong. After receiving information about
Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and at leisure.
Day 12: PU LUONG –
NINH BINH (PDJ/DJ/-)
After breakfast, take the road to Ninh Binh , the famous Halong Bay on land. You will arrive at your hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, you will cycle to the Trang An complex, classified by UNESCO, for a ride on a sampan, a traditional boat. The walk passes through magnificent landscapes in the middle
of karst peaks, under a flooded cave .
Return to the hotel to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the site. Evening and dinner at leisure.
Day 13: NINH BINH (
On the way back, stop at a local restaurant to try the local specialty , sheep meat.
Afternoon, you will visit the ancient capital of Vietnam, Hoa Lu and its very specific architecture. Former residence of emperors in the 10th century, the site is steeped in history and has original architecture. You can walk up to the pagoda on the heights to admire the view. Then return to the hotel and free time.
Day 14: NINH BINH –
BAI TU LONG BAY ( BD/DJ/D)
At 8:30 a.m., departure by car for the international port of Ha Long. Arrive for check-in in the waiting lounge, you will have some
time to relax and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee. Then, registration and transfer in the annex to the junk
Once on board, enjoy a welcome drink and spend a few minutes in a safety briefing on the boat and the included
activities, then check into the cabin.
A delicious Vietnamese menu will be served while leisurely sailing further into Bai Tu Long Bay.
3:00 p.m.: Arrival at the kayaking area – this is the island of Cap La . Enjoy kayaking through the karst and breathtaking nature, swim and relax.
5:30 p.m.: Return to the boat and enjoy our sunset evening as we cruise to the night anchorage.
7:00 p.m.: Delicious dinner on board.
8:30 p.m.: Free time to challenge yourself in Vietnamese puzzle games or to bring your group/family together for a board game; try your luck with squid fishing or just have a cocktail and enjoy the quiet night on the bay.
Day 15: BAI TU LONG
BAY – HANOI ( BD/DJ/D)
with a cup of tea or coffee.
07:00: Breakfast will be served in a western style, familiar to fill your strength and ready for another day of exploration.
08:00: Explore the well-hidden Thien Cave Canh Son.
09:00: Back at the boat, you will have around 30 minutes to freshen up and finish packing.
10:00 a.m.: Attend a Vietnamese cooking demonstration. You can quickly learn a simple but delicious Vietnamese dish that Gordon Ramsey (a 2 Michelin star chef) used to make – Nem Cuon or challenge yourself to cut up fruits and vegetables.
11:00: Enjoy a traditional Vietnamese lunch on the boat.
12:00-12:30: Return to port and disembarkation at Ha Long cruise port then transfer back to Hanoi
3:00 p.m.: Arrival in Hanoi.
- Children under 4: Comes free of charges
- Children from 4-5 years old: 50%
- Children from 6-8 years old: 75%
- Above 8 years old: fully charged
Terms & Conditions
Upon receipt of your request, we will check and inform you about
availability. Your booking is considered confirmed when we receive your
All trips require a deposit from 30% to 50% of the total amount. The deposit will confirm your booking.
In the event of cancellation, we will not impose any charges, as we
strive to provide the best service and experience to our customers.
However, if hotels or transportation contractors apply charges for
cancellation, you will have to pay those charges that apply.
Cancellation policies vary, depending upon the type of service, the time
of year, and the reason for cancellation. We will pass on to you all
details of any cancellation policy with our reply upon demand.
All cancellation must be informed in writing either by email or fax,
should be made at least 3 days before the departure date for free.
Refunds, and their method will be effected as agreed between you and
Eco travel for unused services, and timely cancellations. Again, we will
not charge you any amount for our work. However bank fees, if
applicable, will be for your account.
Tour costs and what inclusion/exclusion are listed on the itinerary
for each tour. Unless indicated otherwise on the tour itinerary, the
tour fee includes: accommodations in double/twin occupancy, meals, all
transportation during the tour, entrance fees , and services of a local
tour guide. Tour costs are based in USD and per person.
1 person – Single booking, please contact us.