Highlights of Northern Vietnam
Vietnam, Trek & Walk, 15 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,395 (land only) - from $1,620 (land only)
Trekking off the tourist trail!
This holiday includes a unique trek through the hills and villages of North Vietnam; there is no better way to see the countryside, meet the people and experience real Vietnamese village life than on foot.
- Hilltribes, Hanoi and Halong Bay
- Unique 6-day trek with homestays in hill tribe villages
- Cycle through paddyfields and limestone outcrops at Tam Coc
- Colourful market towns of Bac Ha and Quang Nguyen
- 2 night traditional junk cruise on UNESCO listed Halong Bay
Spend 6 days trekking between colourful hill tribe villages, explore the smoky streets of historic Hanoi and relax onboard a comfortable junk on Halong Bay; All the highlights of North Vietnam are included on this wonderful 2 week trekking holiday. With its spectacular scenery and unique mix of cultures, North Vietnam is one of the most welcoming regions in the world; from atmospheric Hanoi to the verdant rice terraces of the North, you can expect a friendly welcome wherever you go. On our 6-day trek we will explore some of the most mountainous terrain in northern Vietnam, close to the border with China. This area is home to a wide diversity of ethnic minority groups, whose traditional lifestyles have changed little for centuries. From Viet Quang, our trek takes us to some of the most remote villages in the area, where we enjoy home stays with the local tribes: Tay, Dzao, Nung and Hmong; each tribe identifiable through their distinctive and colourful dress. Walking through unspoiled forest and carefully tended rice paddies, we picnic beside hidden waterfalls and spend time in colourful market towns such at Quang Nguyen and Bac Ha. Returning to Hanoi, we have time to explore this enchanting city and also to explore the amazing limestone landscape of Tam Coc, by bike and by boat, as we travel to the trip's grand finale at Halong Bay. Here, we have 2 nights on a comfortable and traditional junk, with island visits, great food, swimming, sunbathing and kayaking. A fitting end to our showcase of the cultural and scenic charms of northern Vietnam!
Is this holiday for you?
During the 6 day trek you will be walking mostly on village trails and jungle tracks. Generally, the underfoot conditions are good although they can become muddy and slippery in some places after heavy rain. It should be noted that it can get humid at times, particularly during the middle of the day. The trekking day is typically around 5 - 6 hours long although the day we trek to Coc Dong will be considerably longer with a fairly large amount of ascent. The holiday also includes the option to kayak while on Halong Bay and some easy cycling while exploring Tam Coc. Please note that it may not be possible to provide cycling helmets for the cycling tour and we do recommend that you take your own cycling helmet with you.