• The highland markets - 13 days

Bai Tu Long, the eastern end of Halong Bay, is secret and far from tourist routes in the High Region. Sino-Mongols, Thais and Tibeto-Burmese meet in the markets. A trip to the land of tea, cardamom, and opium.


Haut Tonkin is a land of adventure, discovery and encounters, one end of the world and one of the richest ethnographic laboratories.







Day 1


Welcome to Ha Long


Your guide will welcome you at Hanoi Airport, Noi Bai. You will immediately leave for the most secret part of Halong Bay, the so-called Little Dragon Bay. Stroll on the port of Van Don and through the karsts. Your hotel is built at the foot of one of these famous sugar loaves.


Lunch dinner.






Day 2


Cruise on the Bay


At dawn, we leave for a cruise in the middle of the numerous islets of the bay classified World Heritage. Lunch on board. We will disembark in the early afternoon to take the road to the High Region, passing by Lang Son then Dong Dang (Gate of Friendship, border point with China). Our stage of the night will be That Khé. Breakfast lunch dinner.






Day 3


Road through the province of Cao Bang



After the Dong Khé parade, the theater of one of the most deadly battles of the Indochina war, we continue our journey through the province of Cao Bang and arrive in the middle of the day at Lake Ba Be. Our hosts on the lake shore are Tays. In the afternoon we cross the lake by boat to the Dau Dang Falls. Breakfast lunch dinner.










Day 4


Ba Be Park and Hiking


The National Park of Ba Be was one of the first created in Vietnam. Hike the day in this forest bordering this collapse lake. Breakfast lunch dinner.






Day 5


Road to Song Giang Valley


Road to the Song Giang Valley. We change landscapes and populations. In the Tays, the Hmong and the Yaos were succeeded. Breakfast lunch dinner.






Day 6


Encounter with the Black Lolos



Our vehicle takes us to the Chinese border, we are in the ancient Hmong White Kingdom and we will visit the castle of the last king, who offered his estate to the Vietnamese nation after the Indochina War. We will also see a hamlet populated by Lolos Noirs, a Tibeto-Burman ethnic group with very few members. Breakfast lunch dinner.








Day 7


Market day


Market day. The spectacles offered by the Dong Van and Méo Vac Sunday markets, with Tay, Giay, Hmong, Yao, Lolo and Nung performers and performers in their most colorful traditional outfits, some of which attract haute couture Quest for ethnic design. We will cross to the South the succession of stony plateaus of Yen Minh and Quang Ba sliced ​​deep canyons. Breakfast lunch dinner.








Day 8


Claire River Massif


Road to the Massif de la Rivière Claire. Our local guide and our porters await us at Tan Lap, starting point of our trek. Through the rice terraces, we will reach the Man Ta Pan, great connoisseurs of medicinal plants and Shan tea producers. Breakfast lunch dinner. Walking time: 5 hours - Difference in altitude: + 300m and 2 hours drive








Day 9


Trek in the heart of the Claire River Massif


We move into the heart of the massif, the reliefs are accentuated, the tropical mountain forest and the bamboo groves alternate with the terraces. We cross paths of other populations like flowering Nungs or Hmongs. Our guests of the night will be Yaos to Long Tunic. Breakfast lunch dinner. 5 hours of walking Vertical rise: + 300m


Day 10


Back in the valley


We go down into the valley in Tay country. Through an astonishing landscape of mountains carved out of terraces by generations of peasants. We arrive in the afternoon at the base camp of Pan Hou village. Breakfast lunch dinner. 4 hours of walking - Difference in altitude: 400m






Day 11


Red River Delta


We leave Pan Hou village at the end of the morning. The road that takes us back to Hanoi crosses the Middle Region. The orchards of orange trees succeed the tea crops and then leave room for the litchis of the borders of the delta of the Red River. We will arrive in the afternoon in Hanoi. Breakfast, lunch.


Day 12


Hanoi tour


Visit of Hanoi respecting the geomantic and ritual order of royal town planning. We will start with the North with West Lake, Quan Thanh Pagoda, Tran Vu Temple, then the center with the One Pillar Pagoda, Cot Co and the Embassy Quarter. Then come the Temple of Literature to the South, then we will finish by Lake Hoan Kiem, Temple of the Mountain of Jade and Quarter of the Thirty Six Corporations. A visit to the Museum of Ethnography will help you to perfect the identification of your meetings in Upper Tonkin. Breakfast.






Day 13


End of stay


Free time in the Quartier des Trente Six Corporations then transfer to the airport for your return flight. Breakfast.




PRICE PER PERSON


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 - 15% for children under 12 years, -30% for children under 6 years.


 Free for children under 2 years of age, subject to the acceptance of conditions.

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The highland markets - 13 days


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