HA GIANG – DONG VAN – MA PI LENG – MEO VAC – QUAN BA
Arrival at Hanoi International Airport, collect your luggage process through custom. Your private tour guide and driver from Indochina Pioneer will be waiting for you outside the baggage claim/customs area to transfer you in a private vehicle to the hotel downtown.
Please look for your tour guide who will hold up your names on a welcome signboard.
While every effort is made to have your room available upon arrival, check-in time is at 02:00 pm; your room may or may not be ready before this time. Your tour guide will provide additional details regarding your stay, and you will be able to ask any questions you may have. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Hanoi
Pick up at your hotel after breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to the bustling Hanoi and venture our way to the very northern tip of Vietnam – Ha Giang. We will stop en-route for photo shooting at times when passing through many of the magnificent views along the way. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant and continue our drive further till Ha Giang arrival. Check into your hotel. In the afternoon, we’ll visit Thon Tha Village. The village is situated in Phuong Do Commune, less than 10 kilometers from the Northern province of Ha Giang. It has a tiny population of about 550 people. Only a total of 90 homes make up the whole neighborhood, traditional stilt houses made from wood and bamboo and with a palm-thatched roof. Thon Tha Village is perhaps one of your best manifestations of provincial, traditional life.
Overnight in Ha Giang
After breakfast, you will depart drive towards Yen Minh for a visit to the remote hill tribe villages. On the way, we will see the huge green mountains with the roads hugging the curves and edges. Villages and houses high up amongst the side of the mountains. Tropical blue rivers flowing below…
We will continue our scenic journey toward Meo Vac. Meo Vac is inhabited by different ethnic minorities including the H’mong, the King, Tay, Dzao…Most ethnic groups have maintained their culture untouched from the outside world.
On arrival, check in your hotel and relax at your own leisure.
Overnight in Meo Vac
Check out our hotel then having breakfast at a local restaurant before starting our trip to Dong Van. On the way, we will make our way through the well-known mountain pass of Ma Pi Leng. This scenic journey up through rugged outcrops to the beautiful town of Dong Van.
On arrival, we will check in our hotel and store our luggage before starting the trekking to the beautiful local villages and interact with local villages.
Return to your hotel after the excursion. The rest of the day will be free at your leisure.
Overnight in Dong Van
After breakfast, we will check out Dong Van to visit the Sunday Dong Van Market, the biggest marketplace of the region (if today is on Sunday). After exploring the market, we will drive to Sung La to visit Pao’s house and Sa Phin Valley to visit H’Mong King’s Palace.
Afterward, we’ll continue our way in the afternoon to Quan Ba where we stay overnight in a traditional wooden stilt-house and to experience the local way of life. This afternoon, we will trek along the villages, meet, talk and chat with local people.
Overnight at the Dao Lodge. Lunch and Dinner will be included on this day.
Overnight in Quan Ba
Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner)
After a local breakfast, we’ll take a relaxing hike in a nearby village with a very lively market. You will have the chance to witness the Dao, Tay and H’mong people exchange their locally made arts and crafts and other daily life necessity. Saying goodbye to Quan Ba, we’ll take our journey back to Hanoi and lunch will be served in a local restaurant along the way. Arrive Hanoi in the late afternoon and check into your hotel.
Overnight in Hanoi
Free at your own leisure until our driver transfers you to the airport for your departure flight home.
This tour is built upon our firsthand knowledge & experience, offering you the best choices available. The price of this trip varies depending on the number of people in your party, dates of departure, and the availability of ground services. Please click on REQUEST A FREE QUOTE (above) and supply the required information, enabling us to send you your personalized quote within 24 hours!
Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suit your requirements.
- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Private Vehicles and Drivers
- Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Domestic flight
- Airport Taxes and Fuel charges
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Your International Flight to and from Vietnam
- Vietnam entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
- Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Any bank fees or charges at your end
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Tips for guides and drivers
Free service. No credit card required
Reviews on Our Service
Vietnam Luxury Vacation Review: Sightseeing, Culture, 12-Day Travel
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Sightseeing, Rice Fields, Boat Rides, 18-Day Trip
We started searching for our tour for Vietnam / Cambodia back in October 2022 to start the tour in the first week of January 2023. We selected this travel agency, and contact name provided to us was Elly. She was extraordinary with her communication with us. Excellent English speaking language capability & excellent in communication on Whats app and email communication. We went back & forth few times to arrange the tour we wanted. She was very accommodating in arranging our schedule. We requested automobile tour for both countries, just for two of us.
We requested SUV FOR OUR COMFORT AND WE GOT IT!
We requested to get the high end hotel in each city and she gave us choices and not only that but send videos of each hotel for each City and then waited for us to decide which hotel we select. All the Hotels turned out to be one of the best we would expect to be. M/s Elly, personally came to visit with us on the evening of our first day tour. Very respectful and asked if she could do anything for us.I had requested before in our communication, if she would arrange for power converter for us, since my camera chargers are all in 110. So brought two power converters for us! Something, not everyone will do this kind of service. So all the kiddos to her!
as to the drivers in each city were very courteous, very professional and very careful in how and where they have to do driving.
our Guides in each city were so friendly, courteous and knowledgeable in where ever we visited. How ever wish two guides in Hue An and Ho Chi Minh City spoke English more clearly.
We only wish we had one extra day in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, , however, there is so much to see in the world! Perhaps next time will visit Vietnam.
As to Cambodia, same thing to express about site seeing and our Guide and drivers. Guides and drivers really made our travel thro’ the countries where we do not speak that language, made it so comfortable and enjoyable.
Hi Lam…hope you don’t mind me contacting you directly. My wife Barb & I (Paul) have just arrived home after completing a great tour of Vietnam which was organised through your company Asia Pioneer Travel.
We want to tell you personally how impressed were were with the level of service that we received…it was amazing and the best that we have experienced anywhere. After we made initial contact with you, you handed us over to Chloe to arrange the trip which she did in very quick time and the amount of detail that she went to was fantastic. From the moment that we walked out of Hanoi airport on arrival to see our guide waiting, we knew that we were in for a great trip. The drivers & guides were fantastic and Chloe was in contact by email constantly making sure that everything was going to plan & that we were happy. At one stage we need to vary the itinerary by extending accommodation & changing air tickets and Chloe did that without any fuss or bother.
We also met some wonderful Vietnamese people along the way and Ive got to say that they are our kind of people, very generous & friendly.
Enough of my ramblings, thanks for a great visit to Vietnam, and a special thank you to Chloe for looking after us in such a terrific manner…she is a very special caring lady.
Kind regards & I hope that we have the opportunity to use Asia Pioneer Travel again….Paul & Barb Little from Newcastle Australia
Superbly organised and very flexible
We travelled to Vietnam for two weeks, booking the whole trip through Lizzie at Asia Pioneer, including hotels, excursions, trips, guides and internal flights. Lizzie was so helpful and flexible, accommodating changes to our schedule until the last minute, especially as we missed our connecting flight in Dubai and arrived a day later than planned (our fault). Nothing was too much trouble, including getting my wallet back to me after I left it in the car taking us to the airport.
We started in Hanoi in the North and worked our way south to Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon), taking in Ha Long with its amazing sea stacks and sleeping on a boat, then to Sa Pa on the overnight sleeper train from Hanoi, with its wonderful countryside and rice terraces. Afterwards, we went to Hoi An for three days of relaxation. Hoi An probably my favourite place and three days are enough to cover it. Then onto Hue, the original capital, my least favourite place and then finally on to HMC, which was a real contrast to the North.
The 3-star hotels that Lizzie picked were very good and comfortable, and the guides were very knowledgeable. I would definitely use Asia Pioneer again for future Asia trips.