Day 1: Hanoi - Ha Giang (App 300 km)
Today, drive from Hanoi to Ha Giang via Tuyen Quang town. Plenty of opportunities to stop en route to have photograph Vietnam's green rice paddy. Stop en route visit Pa Then or La Chi minority people. Check in the home stay on arrival. Enjoy the local hospitality
Day 2: Ha Giang - Quan Ba – Yen Minh (App 70km)
Today, with a medium drive but we will soon be enjoying the wonderful sightseeing of this vast limestone mountain range and perpendicular walls of rock, which brings one a feeling of adventure whilst being lost in a magic land, passing the Heaven Gate, meeting some minority people along the way, then onto Quan Ba town for our lunch. Afternoon, we continue our wonderful drive to Yen Minh. Be prepared your camera with lots of films for today since we will be hitting the Heaven – a more beautiful place, here we are surrounded by many rocks of all shapes and sizes, chances to see and even visit the traditional houses of the hill tribes here. Arrive in Yen Minh town. Check in hotel/guest house. Dinner and stay overnight here.
Day 3: Yen Minh - Meo Vac – Dong Van (App 100km)
Quan Ba - Yen Minh - Meo Vac driving adventure tour. After breakfast, we leave Yen Minh to Meo Vac. The scenic route climbs over a pass, and then we descend down to Meo Vac valley, a beautiful valley situated very close to Chinese border. Have lunch in Meo Vac then we take time to climb over the Ma Pi Leng Pass where we can see and enjoy a beautiful mountain ranges and the the Nho Que river – just amazing place to be! We keep hitting the zigzag roads to Dong Van, visiting these remote areas, we will witness how hard the locals struggle with their environment for survival and development. In the town we stay, we will get the chance to visit the ancient streets with old houses of the H’mong made of clay bricks and tile roofs, built in centuries ago. Sleep in Dong Van town.
Day 4: Dong Van - Yen Minh - Quan Ba - Ha Giang (App 150 km)
A leisurely drive from Dong Van, back to Yen Minh & Quan Ba, this day will make your itinerary a good pace, not in a rush. We will visit the infamous Vuong Palace, a H´mong family of high rank during French colonial rule - this palace attracts keen interest from architecturally minded visitors due to it mixed style of European and Chinese architecture. We then hit the road back to Quan Ba and down hill to Ha Giang for the night. Note: Quan Ba Sunday market is worth an arrangement!
Day 5: Ha Giang - Hoang Sun Phi - Bac Ha (App 209km)
A long but stunning scenery along the zigzag road from Ha Giang to Bac Ha will make today a little busier, some parts of the road might be difficult to travel so make sure that you depart this day early from Ha Giang to arrive to Bac Ha in time before dark. Dinner and overnight in town. Note: Road from Ha Giang to Hoang Sun Phi then Xin Man – Bac Ha can be bad and impossible to ride during the raining season, however a backup to travel to Bac Ha is already planned.
Day 6: Bac Ha - Sapa (App 120km)
We have this morning free in Bac Ha to visit around (if we are lucky on Sunday for the market, one of the most beautiful markets in Vietnam). Afternoon 3 hours drive to get to Sapa. Free time to visit this tourist town and overnight in town.
Day 7: Sapa - Muong Hoa Valley - Fansipan Peak- night train back to Hanoi
After breakfast, trek down to Y Ninh Ho Village of the Black HMong Hill Tribe, visit the local house to see how are their local lives. Trek along Muong Hoa Valley to Lao Cai Village of the Black HMong hill tribe, Ta Van Village of the Day Hill Tribe, Lunch in the local restaurant in Ta Van Village. After lunch, go up to the main road for the car transfer back to Sapa Town. the Car will drop you off at the Fansipan Cable Car Station for the Cable Car trip to Fansipan Peak - the highest peak in South East of Asia : 3143m above the sea level
Back to Sapa Town for the transfer to Lao Cai Strain Station for the night train back to Hanoi at 20h00. Arrive in Hanoi about 5.am next morning, end of the trip.