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North East Loop


6 days

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Quan Lan Island






This is one of the most exciting and spectacular journeys in Vietnam. The northeast is a captivating blend of dramatic landscapes and colourful hill tribes. The journey takes us to a border area crowded with incredible limestone mountains and populated by Nung, Tay and H’mong ethnic peoples. Swim under the amazing BanGioc Waterfall right on the Chinese border, take a longboat on the fjord-like Ba Be Lake in the heart of a national park, sail through spectacular limestone karsts of Ha Long Bay, laze the day away on gorgeous white sand surf beaches and dunes of unexplored Quan Lan island, visit remote villages of colorful hilltribes, and cruise on sealed roads over beautiful mountain passes


- Boat cruise on Ba Be lakes
- Spectacular Ban Gioc waterfalls
- Breathtaking scenery of Bai Tu Long Bay and Quan Lan island
- Colourful hill-tribes
- Mountain's cool climate



Day    1 Ba Be lakes
Days  2-3 Cao Bang
Day    4 Cai Rong
Days  5-6 Quan Lan island


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  Brief itinerary


Day 1 Ba Be lakes
Arguably Vietnam's most beautiful lake, Ba Be is situated 240 kilometres north of Hanoi. Board a long boat for a fantastic cruise on the pristine mountain lake, surrounded by primary jungle and limestone cliffs, waterfall, caves and an abundance of wildlife.

Days 2-3 Cao Bang - Ban Gioc Waterfalls 
Explore into the magical region of the far north-east with its impressive limestone karst scenery, meander around and through the countless rock monoliths all the way to the huge Ban Gioc Waterfall which sits on the Chinese border. Take a swim under the falls and picnic on bamboo rafts.

Day 4 Cai Rong
Located on the edge of Bai Tu Long Bay, Cai Rong has become the main port on the route to offshore islands. In recent years, the town has seen great changes in its economy. The wharf is lively crowded with ships and fishing boats. From your hotel you'll have a splendid view over the harbour where fishermen bring in their catch.

Days 5-6 Quan Lan, return to Ha Noi
The only road on Quan Lan is of a surprisingly good quality and discovering the island by bicycle is a must. Enjoying nature, visiting fishing villages and taking a swim from desolate, white beaches will make a perfect day



travel style: Independent
If you're looking for something different (perhaps classic tours aren't for you) or you want an extension to your trip, an Independent adventure could be just the thing. These private itineraries will take you to a new level of personal experience and self discovery. Transport and accommodation are provided and to give you maximum flexibility, inclusions vary from trip to trip - please check the trip notes for full details.
group size
N/A as this trip is on a private basis.
accommodation & meal inclusions
4 nights in standard class hotels or guesthouses, 1 night beach bungalow
Ba Be: Thuy Dung Hotel
or Homestay
Meals included: breakfast
Cao Bang: Huong Thom Hotel
or Thanh Loan Hotel
Meals included: breakfasts
Cai Rong: Duy Khanh Hotel
or Nhat Thang Hotel
Meals included: breakfast
Quan Lan island: Quan Lan Resort
or Ngan Ha Hotel
Meals included: breakfast

Tour includes:
• Accommodation with daily breakfasts
• Extra meals as per the itinerary
• Private transfer round trip by 7 seater
• Tours and excursions as described in the program
• Entrance fees and permits where applicable during guided time
Tour excludes:
• Pre & post trip arrangements
• Transfers beyond the itinerary
• Local English speaking tour guide (30 usd/day)
• Entrance fees and permits during free time

• Travel insurance (compulsory)
• Food & drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
• Tips and gratuities
• Expenses of a personal nature such as bar bills, laundry and telephone charges
• Other services not clearly described in the program



Tour cost: US $755 per person in the party of 2

Extra accommodation 
Start and end of tour: Ha Noi 
Single room:
Double\Twin room:
Arrival\Departure transfer
Ha Noi: 20 US$ for 1-2 passengers, 30 US$ for 3 or more 
Escort guide: US$ 15 




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