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Northern Vietnam Hiking Adventure

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Trip Overview

Duration

11 Days

Activities

Boating/Rafting
Cultural
Hiking
Wildlife Viewing

Physical Rating

Moderate–Challenging

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Hike into the Heart of the Dragon

Spend three days trekking through the bamboo pine, blue cypress, scrub and savannah of Hoang Lien National Park. Here, the country’s tallest peak, Fansipan, looms in the bellies of the clouds. We visit the serene Red Dao villages of Sin Chai and Nham Niu to learn more about their deep traditions and rituals along the way. A cooking class, market visit and time at the Vietnam Women’s Museum provide an intimate introduction to the culture of the Black and Flower H’mong ethnic minority groups. We also visit remarkable places like the Ninh Van Stone Village and the colorful floating Vung Vieng fishing village where more than 50 households harmoniously exist and depend on the fish below.


Feel the Culture and contours

Vietnam Sapa view of rice terraces

Paddies, Pagodas and Panoramas

This adventure begins and ends in Hanoi, the ‘city of lakes.’ This foodie hub is also known for its tube houses, French Colonial architecture, water puppetry and unreal stream of motorbike traffic. The scenery and soundtrack takes a dramatic shift from the mountain town of Sapa to the surreal limestone karst islets, caves and grottos of Ha Long and Bai Tu Long Bay. We spend two nights on a junk boat, where the sacred legends of Mother Dragon and the Jade Emperor come alive. We also spend three pampered nights in Scandi-inspired bungalows surrounded by a fringe of rice terraces and impossible views at the hilltop Topas Ecolodge.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Hanoi

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  • Day 2

    Hanoi – Sapa

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  • Day 3

    Sapa

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  • Day 4

    Sapa

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  • Day 5

    Sapa

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  • Day 6

    Bac Ha – Hanoi

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  • Day 7

    Ha Long

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  • Day 8

    Bai Tu Long Bay

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  • Day 9

    Ninh Binh

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  • Day 10

    Ninh Binh – Hanoi

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  • Day 11

    Hanoi

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What’s Included

  • checkmark icon Accommodations: twin-share rooms at a hotel for eight nights and two nights on a traditional boat
  • checkmark icon 10 breakfasts, nine lunches and eight dinners
  • checkmark icon Air-conditioned private vehicle transfers throughout the itinerary
  • checkmark icon Arrival and departure transfers (*group transfer, without guide)
  • checkmark icon One awesome English-speaking guide 
  • checkmark icon Applicable entrance/admission fees to museums, national park 
  • checkmark icon Interactive cooking class
  • checkmark icon Kayaking gear and PFDs
Please Note:

All applicable taxes are included in the trip price.

Optional single private upgrade, subject to availability.

Itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather and other environmental conditions. Please review our Booking Terms.

Trip Details

Know Before You Go

COMING SOON…for all of the logistical details you’ll need to know prior to departure—including the packing list, arrival and departure details and suggested tipping information.

This trip starts in Hanoi, Vietnam (airport code: HAN) and finishes in Hanoi, Vietnam (airport code: HAN).

Traditional Junk Boat

You will be spending two nights on a traditional junk boat. If you are prone to sea sickness, be prepared with your own sea sickness medication. For more information, please consult with your travel doctor.

Day 10 Hike

The stairs to the top of Hang Mua are steep and not safe to climb in or after rain so this walk will be dependent on the weather and determined by our guide.

The Wild Women Way

If you’re wondering how we roll, it’s together. The Wild Women Way is our modus operandi, our mantra and our rock solid foundation. You can learn more about our Wild Ways HERE.

How We Support You

Ready for a big adventure? We’re in it together. On this trip, we see and do so much, and you’re never alone. If you would like to experience the best of a country and dive deep into culture, nature and beauty, then this trip is for you!

Like all our trips, this trip can be scaled to suit different abilities and comfort levels. If you have concerns or reservations about your ability to complete or enjoy this trip due to any physical or medical reasons, please contact us and let’s talk about it.

What the Trip Entails

You should be comfortable or open to the following:

  • checkmark icon Waking up very early on a few mornings
  • checkmark icon Days that are jammed with activity and days that are laid-back 
  • checkmark icon Walking at a medium pace on uneven, unpredictable terrain for an average of 5.6–9 miles (9–15 km) in humid conditions
  • checkmark icon Spending two nights on a traditional junk boat
  • checkmark icon Hot and humid temperatures
  • checkmark icon Being in a vehicle for up to 7.5 hours a day
  • checkmark icon A menu of unfamiliar foods
  • checkmark icon Physical Rating: Moderate – Challenging (Be prepared for active physical activity. Trips average 5 to 8 hours of physical activity most days, and depending on the shape you are in, they typically require activity specific training ahead of the trip.)
  • checkmark icon Rating Details:
    – Hiking in Sapa will be challenging due to the heat and humidity.
    – The rest of the itinerary is more moderate.
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