The most charming area of the mountainous Vietnam
Two falls combine to a masterpiece
Where rustic life is in harmony with peaceful nature
Try the little boat in the middle of river, through rice fields and limestone caves
The North of Vietnam is one of the most beautiful parts of the country, filed with intrigue and mystery.
We offer you some hidden gems and some more well trodden paths in the North, besides the main attraction Ha Long, Sapa.
We really encourage you to try to see as much of the North as possible, and would love to help you create a tailor made trip. Please get in touch with the contact form below, and check out the itineraries below for inspiration.
Ninh Binh is another charming province in the North of Vietnam. Admire the ancient and rustic countryside, with rich and interesting history.
Hoa Lu – Tam Coc
8.00-8.30 am: Tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Old Quarter to depart to Ninh Binh city
10.30-11.00 am: You will reach Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. In Hoa Lu there are now 2 temples built on the ground of the old royal palace, one is dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang, the other is to King Le Dai Hanh. The visit offers a chance to know more about part of feudal dynasties and historical periods in Vietnamese history.
12:00pm: Enjoy a buffet lunch at local restaurant in Tam Coc. The food served includes local dishes and organic vegetables.
1:30pm: After finishing your lunch, you will be taking the rowing boat at Tam Coc Harbour. Arranged by local people here, the boat is rowed by both hand and legs. The boat will take you to 3 spectacular caves, through a winding river of limestone mountains. If you travel during harvest season, you will see many terrace rice fields in golden colours.
The boat rowing will be in around 2 hours. Not only you could see the peaceful scenery of mountain, rice paddy fields, temples, you also have chances to learn about local people cultures on their daily life.
Optional activities: Riding bicycles
4:00pm leave Tam Coc and drive back to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi at around 6:30pm. Finish unforgettable full day trip at your hotel in Hanoi!
Trang An – Bai Dinh
8.00 – 8.30 AM: Our tour guide will pick you up at the lobby to depart toNinh Binh city to visit Bai Dinh and Trang An, around 98 kms from Hanoi
On the way, you will have chances to take the outlook of Vietnam rice fields with the harding-working farmers doing their working in the large rice fields
10.30 – 12 AM: Our tour guide and driver will take you to Bai Dinh Pagoda, the large pagoda with more than 500 La Han statues, where you can find the biggest Buddha statue made in bronze with 10 meters height, 100 tons in weight
12.30- 14.00: We will have lunch in local restaurant with local dishes (Goat, pork)
14.30: We will transfer from Bai Dinh to Trang An. Upon on arrival, we will tak the boat trip around Trang An to visit cave complex (Sang Cave, Toi Cave, Ba Giot Cave, Nau Ruou Cave) all caves are in mystery and wildness, you also have chances to admire the beautiful scenery of mountain and rivers of the popular countryside in Vietnam
16:00: Getting on the bus for returning to Hanoi.
16:30: Back to Hanoi to our Hostel, Trang An – Bai Dinh Pagoda Tour ends.
Mai Chau is a beautiful valley in the countryside of Hoa Binh Province, about 70km from Hanoi. In Mai Chau, guests can enjoy the peaceful, less touristic area with spectacular views and landscapes. Return to your roots in the beauty of Mother nature and experience the local Thai people.
Enjoy the fresh rice-scented air, the friendly local people and wonderful markets filled with vibrant and colorful textiles and crafts.
If you’re gong to Mai Chau there are a few different options:
1 Day discovering the village by biking trip
2 days 1 night with Classic trip or Adventure trip
3 days 2 nights Mai Chau – Pu Luong
3 days 2 nights Mai Chau – Hoa Binh lake
You can stay overnight in a Communal Dorm (in the Traditional Stilt House) or private bungalow in the valley and enjoy great food with local wine.
I fell in love with Ha Giang at first sight. I could feel my heart beating fast in the cool mountain air. Ha GIang is not just beautiful, it is astounding. The landscape is made of mountains upon mountains, terraces beyond terraces and abundant colors of flowers, rice, and local ethnic costumes.
You can head to Ha Giang and see’ Vietnam’s most spectacular and secluded mountains on a 2 days/3 nights trip or over 3 days/2 nights.
2 days 3 night trip
First night: Ha Noi – Ha Giang by sleeping bus
Day 1: Quan Ba – Lung Cam village – Vuong Palace – Lung Cu – Dong Van (B/L/D)
AM: Arrive in Ha Giang city at 05:00. Our A/C car picks you up. Relax, have breakfast at local restaurant and drive to Quan Ba District. On the way, enjoy the spectacular scenery of the mountains on frontier area, stop at Quan Ba Heaven Gate for some photos, admire the beauty of Breast Mountain. Then drive to Yen Minh District for lunch.
PM: After lunch we visit Lung Cam village and the house where Pao’s story was filmed. The film which won four Golden Kite Prizes (like the Oscars, but Vietnamese).
The tour will continue by visiting Vuong Palace – the house of Vuong Chi Sinh, King of the H’mong people. This is a special complex of architecture and is a rare example that can only be seen in Dong Van. After visiting Vuong Palace, you’ll keep driving for Lung Cu flag tower, the Northernmost point of Vietnam. Lung Cu is an historic and sacred destination. It’s a place of national pride for most Vietnamese people.
After, our car will head back to Dong Van District where you’ll be free to explore Dong Van Old Street. In the evening you’ll have a delicious dinner and swing through Dong Van coffee shop on Old Street where a coffee and some music will bring the first day to a close
Day 2: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Meo Vac – Ha Giang – Ha Noi (B/L/D)
AM: Breakfast will be served at your hotel before visiting Dong Van market, and you’ll then depart for Meo Vac District. Our driver will take you to Ma Pi Leng pass to look over its’ dramatic views. Ma Pi Leng Pass belongs to Ha Giang province and it’s a dangerous road over 20 kilometers long. Over the Ma Pi Leng, there is a mountain 2000 meters high located on “Happiness road” connecting Ha Giang, Dong Van and Meo Vac.
PM: In the afternoon it’s back to Ha Giang city for dinner. Our driver will make sure to make lots of stops will where you can get pictures and take in the magnificient views.
20:00: Get on the sleeping bus to return to Hanoi. You’ll arrive around 5AM the next morning and a transfer car will pick you up and drop you back at the hostel.
3 days 2 nights trip
This trip is just a little longer than the 2 night trip and will be sure to give you that extra bit of time in the hills.
Day 1: Hanoi – Tan Trao – Ha Giang (L/D)
Day 2: Quan Ba – Lung Cam village – Vuong Palace – Lung Cu flag pole – Dong Van (B/L/D)
Day 3: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng pass – Meo Vac – Ha Giang – Ha Noi (B/L)
- Meal as indicated in itinerary
- 1 botle of water + 1 cold handkerchief/day/pax
- English speaking guide/s
- Entrance fees and permits during guided time
- VAT tax
- Any kind of drinks
- Personal expense (laundry, telephone, drinks, tips…)
- Other not mentioned in the itinerary
Ba Be National Park is a gem in the highly adventurous and mysterious Northern Region of Vietnam. It is a wonderful place to fill your mind with the sights, sounds and scents of the natural world.
Ba Be National Park for 2 days 1 night
DAY 1: HA NOI – BA BE LAKE (bamboo rafting)
07h00: Pick up from hotel in Hanoi to Ba Be National Park.
12h00: Lunch in a local restaurant in Ba Be district.
14h00: Arrival at Buoc Lom Wharf, embark on the boat to Ba Be Lake.
14h30: Boat-trip along the Nang River. Stop at Puong cave which is famous for being home to thousand of bats
16h00: Enter Ba Be Lake (three lakes). Visit to An Ma Temple then enjoy bamboo rafting and swimming in the fresh water lake.
17h30: Hike to our homestay (1km) in Pac Ngoi village, a small village of Tay people. Check in at Ba Be Lake View homestay, the highest homestay in our village.
19h00: Have dinner and enjoy traditional Tay musical performance. (excluded) Share the performance with other tourists if you please.
21h00: Overnight homestay at Tay people’s traditional house-on-stilts.
Included: Lunch, dinner
DAY 2: BA BE LAKE – HUA MA CAVE – HANOI (cycling)
07h30: Breakfast at our homestay
08h00: Cyling to Hua Ma Cave (6km), the biggest one in Ba Be National Park
10h00: Come back to homestay. Check out and have lunch.
13h00: Get in the car to come back to Hanoi
19h00: Arrival in Hanoi. Drop off at your hotel.
Included: Breakfast, lunch
Ba Be National Park and Ban Gioc Waterfall for 3 days 2 nights
DAY 1: HA NOI – BA BE LAKE (230km)
07h00: Departure from Hanoi to Ba Be National Park.
12h00: Lunch in a local restaurant in Cho Ra Town.
14h30: Arrival at Buoc Lom Wharf. Boat-trip along the Nang River to Ba Be Lake, one of 20 biggest fresh lakes atop a mountain in the world.
15h00: Stop at Puong cave which is famous for being home to thousand of bats
16h00: Visit to An Ma Temple to learn about religions and beliefs in Vietnam.
17h00: Swim in fresh water and enjoy bamboo rafting near Ba Goa Islet
18h00: Trekking to homestay (1km) in Pac Ngoi village, a small village of Tay people. Check in the Ba Be Lake View homestay
19h00: Dinner and traditional Tay musical performance (excluded). Share the performance with other tourists if you please.
21h00: Overnight homestay at Tay people’s traditional house-on-stilts.
Included: Lunch, dinner
DAY 2: BA BE LAKE – BAN GIOC WATERFALL – CAO BANG (300km)
07h00: Departure for Cao Bang.
12h30: Lunch in a local restaurant in Quang Uyen town
14h00: Visit Ban Gioc Waterfall, the 4th largest waterfall along a national border
15h00: Visit Nguom Ngao Cave (Tiger cave).
16h00: Return to Cao Bang city. Stay in Huong Sen / Thanh Loan hotel (3*)
Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
DAY 3: CAO BANG – PAC BO – HA NOI (400km)
07h00: Check-out and visit Pac Bo Cave *, where President Ho Chi Minh came back to Vietnam after 30 years abroad. Visit to Pac Bo Cave, Lenin river, Karl Marx mountain, stone table..
12h00: Have lunch in a local restaurant on the way back to Ha Noi (via Road 3)
19h00: Arrival in Hanoi. The tour ends.
Included: Breakfast, lunch
* The road from Cao Bang to Dong Dang (Lang Son) is under construction, so we change the itinerary from visiting Dong Dang to Pac Bo Cave
- A/C transfer
- All meals mentioned above
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fees
- Boat trip in Ba Be
- Bamboo rafting in Ba Be Lake
- Home-stay & hotel.
- Immigration fee (in Ban Gioc waterfall)
…Advice and prices on tours is great, but of particular value is their ability to cater for somebody with little in the way of plan. I turned up wanting the moon on a stick – Ha Long Bay style scenery but without the tourists – and ended up with a three day motorbike tour where I saw some absolutely staggering sights, met some of the warmest and friendliest people who put me up and served me amazing food, and saw only two other tourists over 550km, all made possible through the hostel’s attention and connections to the best tours on offer.
But away from the splendor and serenity of Vietnam’s countryside, and the absolutely bonkers bustle and hustle of Hanoi itself, a day whiled away on the beanbags at See You At Lily’s is pretty bloody good.Adam L
I stayed here over the weekend and was very pleased. As soon as I walked in, they welcomed me and gave me great advice on what attractions to see. Their warmth and friendliness to all the guests really impressed me. The hostel is on a small street in the Old Quarter, very close to the cathedral and Lake of the Restored Sword. It’s a great location, with lots of cafes, bars and restaurants near by. The hostel is decorated with murals created by former visitors, giving it a very cool, artistic vibe…
They also have great deals on tours to Sapa, Halong Bay and Tram Coc, and the price is cheaper than the actual tour company. My tour to Tram Coc with Wati tours…Overall, I would recommend this hostel for the great location and excellent staff!Jushua B
Amazing hostel !!!!!!!
One of the best I’ve been while backpacking s.e.asia !
The crew is wonderfull and so friendly and generous ! Helpfull in all you need.
And they organize good trips to the north of vietnam.
The rooms are excellent, clean , comfortable and quite.
Very social hostel. Happy place to stay in and meet lots of new friends.
It was very hard for me to leave the hostel.
I stayed there for a long time and i send all my friends there
I liked the breakfast :))))))
I love you all !!! Sending to all of you all my love. Thanks for amazing times