The Nature Trail

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 interesting cities of Indochina, Hanoi. A city rich with culture and history. Slowly you move north 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 that time more than worth it. Of course should Halong Bay be visited, but we do that the Lolei Travel way. Instead, you head for Bai Tu Long and visit the splendor of Ha Long Bay differently and far from the crowds that Ha Long attracts.

Length of Tour: 12 days This tour only focuses on the far north of Vietnam and is easily connected with other parts in Vietnam. By plane it is just a short flight to Hue or Danang (Hoi An), or Ho Chi Minh City. Northern Vietnam can also be perfectly combined with northern Laos. You just need to budget more time for this combination but it is well worth the efforts as only few people travel this route.

Outline of the tour

Day 01

Arrive in Hanoi and transfer in to your hotel

Day 02

An introduction to Hanoi and visit the Old Quarters on foot and meet with a Tai Chi master

Day 03

Visit the highlights of Hanoi

Day 04

Transfer to Nghia Lo and observe the views from Muong Lo

Day 05

Transfer by car to Mu Cang Chai, visit ethnic groups and marvel at the terraced paddy fields

Day 06

Continue to Sapa and view Mt. Fansipan along the way. View the valleys and walk around Sapa town

Day 07

Visit Bac Ha and hike in the Muong Hoa Valley, in the afternoon enjoy a boat trip on the Chay River

Day 08

Return to Hanoi via local villages, markets and observe the minority groups

Day 09

Transfer to Ha Long Bay and board a traditional junk for an overnight cruise through Bai Tu Long

Day 10

Cruise Bai Tu Long and visit Cat Ba Island

Day 11

Return to the port and transfer in the afternoon to Hanoi. Visit But Thap Pagoda along the way

Day 12

Depart Hanoi

The unique aspects of this tour

  • Travel “Photographer’s Road” and Khau Pha Pass
  • Meet many different ethnic minorities
  • Observe the most amazing landscapes in Mu Cang Chai and Tu Le
  • Be active in between the locals and meet the locals with your guide
  • 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 Ha Long Bay
  • Practice Tai Chi with our master in Hanoi

What does our expert say about this tour?

“This superb route offers you the opportunity to explore the most beautiful landscapes of north – eastern Vietnam. It is by far the most beautiful area in Vietnam and my favorite place to travel through. The local people are easy to talk with if you have a local guide with you. If you open up to their way of life, I experienced that you get even more back from a visit than just amazing pictures. I observed their lifestyle and shared experiences and by doing so I managed to live their way of life. For me, as a Vietnamese person, it was very valuable. And I can you imagine what you would bring home after such an experience.”

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