BA BE – CAO BANG DISCOVERY
Cao Bang is located in Vietnam’s rugged north near the Chinese border and is home to nine different ethnic minorities including the Tay, Nung, Dao, Lo Lo, Pa Then, and Hmong… This exciting new trek brings us into contact with these fascinating and colorful tribes. We spend four full days exploring the dramatic countryside in and around Cao Bang where we will stay as guests of the Tay and Red Dao tribes. Aside from its natural beauty the area is also very important to the Vietnamese people. Ho Chi Minh has had a hermit-like life in the caves of Pac Bo as he prepared his army for battle against the French.
Day 1: Hanoi – Ba Be
In the early morning, we depart to the North for seven hour drive which takes us through the flatlands of the Red River Delta up into the mountain areas. As closer to Ba Be Lake, the scenery becomes more and more picturesque. We will have lunch at a local restaurant en-route. Arriving in Ba Be town by late afternoon then check into our guest house. The rest of the time is free at our leisure. Overnight in National Park guest house.
Day 2: Ba Be Lake
After breakfast, we transfer to the jetty where we will start a boat cruise along Nang River, once to stop at Puong cave where river goes through a huge mountain. Stop for a short trek to Dau Dang water fall where the river fall then return to the boat dock for a picnic lunch. After lunch, we go back to the boat for transferring back current to Ba Be Lake. If the weather permits, we can have a swim in crystal waters next to Ba Goa islet.
Fairy Pond might be in considering to see if time permit. No visit Fairy Pond in the rainy day.
Continue the trip, we transfer the Tay village of Bo Lu. A visit to this small hamlet will enable us to witness how little the lives of the people in these remote areas have changed. Overnight at Tay local homestay
Day 3: Ba Be – Cao Bang – Pac Po – Cao Bang
This morning we drive 90km drive to Cao Bang. En route, we are passing numerous villages of H’mong, Zao, Tay and Nung ethnic minority people, all living in harmonies. We will arrive at Cao Bang slightly before lunchtime and spend a little exploring this little town, and visiting the local market. After lunch we will visit Pac Po, the hideout used by Ho Chi Minh when he came back to Vietnam after 30 years of self-imposed exile. It was here that he organized his resistance army against the French. Late this afternoon we drive back to Cao Bang for our overnight stay at the local hotel. (B)
Day 4: Cao Bang Trek
We drive to Ta Lung Vietnam-Sino border and have lunch. Later, we begin our 15km trek to the Tay village of La and stay overnight in a local home stay. (B/L/D)
Day 5: Cao Bang Trek
Today we trek to Na Mieng village, another Tay community. The trek is approximately 16 kms long. Overnight in Na Mieng local homestay (B/L/D)
Day 6: Cao Bang Trek
Start this heavy-trekking-day through several minority hamlets. We stop for lunch at the village of Dong Khe before venturing on to the Red Dao settlement of Pac Khoang. Overnight at local house (B/L/D)
Day 7: Cao Bang – Hanoi
Bid farewell to our host and continue walking a further 12kms until we reach the village of That Khe. After lunch in the village, meet up with our vehicle and drive back to Hanoi. (B/L)
PRICE PER PERSON IN VIETNAM DONG:
* Note 1: Price may subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuation
* Note 2: Annually be operated from Sep to May only because floating and landslide problem.
|Activities:||Boat trip, Trekking, cultural exchange|
|Grade:||Moderate to challenging|
|Trip highlights:||Ba Be National park, Cao Bang, Pac Bo Cave, Tay people, Hmong people|
WHAT TO BRING:
- Good trekking boots
- Rainwear ; Warm clothes in the winter ; Camera and film; Flash light
- Medicine for personal use
- English speaking guide
- All transportation and transfers by A.C bus,
- Hotel accommodation 2stars
- Homestays in village
- Local guide
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- All admission fees and permits
- Drinking water during the trek
- Local supporting team during the trekking (porter, cook, local people …)
- Meals not indicated
- Travel insurance
- Other personal expenses
HAVE A GREAT TRIP!!!