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With its numerous national parks, white sand beaches, colourful villages, pagodas and ancient monuments, forests and islands, Vietnam is a land of often surprising beauty, offering cultural depth and history, increasingly combined with tourism-friendly areas offering all the facilities a modern traveller could wish for.

Vietnam’s people are its greatest asset: gregarious, friendly and eager to meet visitors. In the bustling cities, the often chaotic streets contrast ox carts with limousines, ancient rituals with sophisticated technology, and are ruled by the ubiquitous moped.

Our strength is in translating these opportunities into detailed, practical itineraries. We do luxury travel and event planning, as well as a wide range of beach, family, honeymoon, adventure, golf, veteran and cultural tours.

There is no better way to experience a destination than through the perspective of the local people. At Water Puppet Tours, this key element of local insight drives every step of our process of tour design and delivery. We provide tailor-made tours individually crafted for each client, achieving this by emphasizing the direct working relationship between the client and the tour designer and operator.


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Insight Ha Giang 5 Days

The exceptional views of the terrace rice fields, rocky highlands, large valleys and lush forests along with the character of the local people make visiting the Northern Province a truly unique experience. Ha Giang has the highest amount of Ethnic minority groups in Vietnam and the cultural enthrallment works both ways. You’ll be greeted with smiles and admiration from the locals as you stroll through the markets and villages of one of the most untouched areas of Vietnam.

Day 1: Hanoi - Ha Giang - Hoang Su Phi (Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After breakfast, you’ll drive to Ha Giang, the northernmost province of Vietnam. You’ll stop en route at Tuyen Quang to visit the remains of the 15th century Mac Dynasty Citadel and a market nearby. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll continue driving on a winding single lane road through strikingly mountainous scenery. In the mid-afternoon you’ll arrive at the small rural district of Hoang Su Phi. You’ll spend the night in the ‘base camp’ hotel called Pan Hou Village.

The exceptional views of the terrace rice fields, rocky highlands, large valleys and lush forests along with the character of the local people make visiting the Northern Province a truly unique experience. Ha Giang has the highest amount of Ethnic minority groups in Vietnam and the cultural enthrallment works both ways. You’ll be greeted with smiles and admiration from the locals as you stroll through the markets and villages of one of the most untouched areas of Vietnam.

Pan Hou Village is a purpose-built ecotourism hotel which uses solar energy for lighting and heating. The village includes 14 rooms with bathrooms attached in 5 stilt-houses modeled on the traditional house of the Dzao ethnic people. It has one large lounge with a bar and a restaurant, serving Vietnamese and international dishes in separate buildings and all of the staff are employed from the local ethnic community.

Day 2: Pan Hou village - Nam Hong - Phin Ho (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

A morning trip will take you to the Nam Hong village, home to the Red Dzao ethnic minority group. En-route your path will take you through the scenic valleys where you can expect to see views of the faraway mountains and the terrace rice fields.  A local family will prepare lunch for you.

You’ll notice the improvement in panoramic views as you walk further uphill, there may also be a chance to engage with the local’s way of life as you pass by a village of long Tunic Dzao people. As the afternoon draws to a close you’ll arrive at the Phin Ho village, famous for its secular Shan tea plants, here a Red Dzao family will welcome you into their home for the night.

Day 3: Phin Ho - Pan Hou village (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After a light lunch prepared by your guide, it’s time to take a different loop back to the Pan Hou Village. Today’s downward walk is much easier than the previous days trek. The 4 hour journey will take you through giant bamboo forests to get closer to the rice terrace fields and the stream at the bottom of the valley below. After a short break you’ll move on to the Black Tay village built further along the stream. Lunch will be around noon back at the Pan Hou village.

The rest of the day is yours to relax and unwind at the village. You may wish to reward yourself with a sensual massage or a pleasurable dip in a herbal bath. You’ll have dinner and spend the night in Pan Hou Village.

Day 4: Ha Giang – Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

After breakfast, your guide will take you back to Hanoi. You will have lunch on the way and arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon. You will spend the night in Hanoi

Day 5: Hanoi Departure (Breakfast, Driver pickup)

After breakfast, you will be free until the driver arrives to take you to the airport for the departure flight.

Inclusive

  • Free Vietnam Visa invitation letter.
  • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services.
  • Travel in an appropriate private air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced safe driver.
  • Breakfast and accommodation sharing a twin or double room.
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants
  • All sightseeing tickets.
  • VAT and other taxes
  • 24/7 hotline support guaranteed

Exclusive

  • International flight tickets and airport tax.
  • Lunches and dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance
  • Surcharges for Peak seasons (if any)
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee
  • Other services not mentioned above.

 

 

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