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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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Northern Adventure 6 Days

The northern province of Ha Giang has the highest amount of Ethnic minority groups in Vietnam. Its unique mountainous landscapes are covered with terrace rice fields, rocky highlands, large valleys and lush forests.

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 modelled 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.

It’s worth arranging this tour to start on a suitable day in order to visit the fascinating Quan Ba and Yen Minh market. They take place on Sunday and are frequented by members of the H’mong ethnic minority groups in Quan Ba and Yen Minh. It’s a good place to meet the buyers and sellers of the local products and to get involved with the hustle and bustle of the market activities. It’s an interesting introduction to the local culture.

At this stage of the tour, you’ll be deep in the remote areas of the north where the accommodation is very basic with very few travellers (and hardly any foreigners!). From here until you arrive in Bac Me town, your guide’s will provide food and somewhere to sleep. It’ll be a long way from five-star menus and facilities, but our local guides know the area intimately and will ensure that you have the best available accommodation.

By visiting these remote areas, you’ll have direct interaction with the local people’s perpetual struggle to survive in the unforgiving environment. Living conditions are extremely harsh, and there is hardly any arable land in the mountains. The people survive mainly on a diet of corn, one of the very few species capable of growing in the rocky soil. Despite the hardship and simple lifestyle, the local people are very friendly, welcoming and generous to any visitors.

Northern Adventure 6 Days

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 a ‘base camp’ hotel called Pan Hou Village.

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 modelled 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) Hoang Su Phi - Meo Vac (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After breakfast, you’ll visit the small communities of Quan Ba, Yen Minh and Dong Van, of which are some of the most picturesque villages in the northern tip of Vietnam. The scenery is spectacular – a vast limestone mountain range and perpendicular walls of rock. There will be plenty of opportunities to take photos, but please be unobtrusive when photographing the local people – cameras and camcorders are rare in these areas.

You’ll call in at the infamous Vuong Palace, once the home of a high-ranking H'mong family during French colonial rule. The palace attracts architecturally minded visitors due to its unusual combination of European and Chinese styles. From there you’ll drive to Dong Van town where your guide will show you the charming ‘Old Streets’ near the market. After lunch, a scenic route will take you to the Ma Pi Leng Pass from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Nho Que River –if you’re lucky you might see one of the stunning northeast sunsets. Finally, after your busy day, you’ll arrive at Meo Vac in the late afternoon where you’ll spend the night.

It’s worth arranging this tour to start on a suitable day in order to visit the fascinating Quan Ba and Yen Minh market. They take place on Sunday and are frequented by members of the H’mong ethnic minority groups in Quan Ba and Yen Minh. It’s a good place to meet the buyers and sellers of the local products and to get involved with the hustle and bustle of the market activities. It’s an interesting introduction to the local culture.

At this stage of the tour, you’ll be deep in the remote areas of the north where the accommodation is very basic with very few travellers (and hardly any foreigners!). From here until you arrive in Bac Me town, your guide’s will provide food and somewhere to sleep. It’ll be a long way from five-star menus and facilities, but our local guides know the area intimately and will ensure that you have the best available accommodation.

By visiting these remote areas, you’ll have direct interaction with the local people’s perpetual struggle to survive in the unforgiving environment. Living conditions are extremely harsh, and there is hardly any arable land in the mountains. The people survive mainly on a diet of corn, one of the very few species capable of growing in the rocky soil. Despite the hardship and simple lifestyle, the local people are very friendly, welcoming and generous to any visitors.

Day 3: Meo Vac - Ha Giang (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After breakfast and a brief visit to Meo Vac local market, you’ll return to Yen Minh via a different scenic route. The breath-taking scenery makes today a real worthwhile challenge - you’ll travel along rough roads and tortuous bends to Lung Phin, another small town about 14km from Meo Vac. Your lunch will be arranged in a local restaurant in Quan Ba Town.

From there, you’ll travel back to Ha Giang, arriving in the afternoon. After checking into your accommodation, you might consider wandering around the city.

Most mountain markets in Vietnam happen at weekends, but Lung Phin is an exception. Its calendar is based on the dates of 12 animal designations - Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare/Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep/Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. The market looks like a huddle of thatched huts on a hillside and takes place every Monkey and Tiger day. The local people tether their animals to sell at the corner of the market. If you can arrange your travel in time to co-ordinate with the market days, you’ll experience an untouched culture that has experienced very little change in the last millennium.

Bac Me is a small town located on the bank of the Gam River, despite being easier to access from Ha Giang thanks to a newly improved road, it’s still a sleepy town seldom visited by people outside the area.

Day 4: Ha Giang - Ba Be (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

After breakfast, your route will take you through Thai Nguyen to the Bac Can Province. The scenery is spectacular as you wind round the mountain until you stop for lunch in a small town. In the afternoon, you’ll arrive in the Ba Be National Park with time for a sunset stroll in the fresh air before dinner. You’ll spend the night in the Ba Be National Park’s Guesthouse.

Day 5: Ba Be (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Guide)

In the morning, you’ll travel down the river in a motor boat through Puong Cave. After lunch, you’ll visit the Fairy Pond at the lake, set in a dense forest with many birds. You’ll see the Widow’s Island which is said to be haunted by the ‘river ghost’ who punished greedy villagers by creating the lake. It’s a relaxing experience as the boat glides through the unruffled crystal-clear water. In the late afternoon, you’ll disembark at a Tay ethnic minority village for dinner. You’ll spend the night in a ‘stilt’ house in Ba Be National Park.

Day 6: Ba Be - Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Guide)

In the morning you’ll return to Hanoi, en-route you’ll visit the Ethnology Museum in Thai Nguyen City. After stopping for lunch you shall arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon where you will spend the night.

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
  • Boat cruises as specified in the programme.
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, picnics where suitable restaurants are not available
  • 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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