Cao Bang Loop begins from Hanoi, taking you to the north east Vietnam, Cao Bang, Lang Son. This short excursion from Hanoi, north east loop Vietnam offers the chance to enjoy beautiful landscape of karst mountain ranges surrounded by rice fields, untouched minority villages, the most beautiful waterfall in Vietnam – Ban Gioc waterfall, and the primitive Nguom Ngao cave.
Day 1: Hanoi – Cao Bang.
7.30 AM: Picked up at your hotel in Hanoi and brought to Cao Bang (approx. 7h). Stop en route to visit tea plantations. Learn the process of making green tea then explore the household wooden manufacturing. You have the chance to do farming works at tea farm. Keep driving to Bac Kan Town. Lunch is provided in a local restaurant. Then heading to Cao Bang City. Arrive Cao Bang in the late afternoon, check in hotel, and take an optional short walk to explore the mountainous city before dinner out at a local restaurant. Overnight in Cao Bang city.
Day 2: Cao Bang – Ban Gioc Waterfall – Nguom Ngao Cave – Thang Hen Lake.
The day begins by driving to Phia Thap vilage, a village of Nung ethnic. In Phia Thap village, you have the opportunity to learn the way of making incense. You are encouraged to take part of making incense process as craft workers. Keep traveling to Khao village. The later village is known for weaving and embroidering handicraft. Make another stop to visit/discover the village. Then head to Pac Rang village to experience Black Smith works. Have lunch with local people. The day is not ended yet as we venturing our trip by car along the asphalted road to Ban Gioc waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Vietnam. This picturesque, cascading waterfall is 53 meters high and has an impressive span of 300 meters. This area is also the most isolate places in Vietnam and bordered with China. Take a fresh air breath in Ban Gioc waterfalls. Then you move on to Nguom Ngao cave. The primitive cave has brilliant stalactites and golden pole. We end the day by venturing off road to visit a Nung village in Lung Muon. Take a short walk to discover this village before traveling to Tra Linh. Arrive at a beautiful Thang Hen Lake in the late afternoon. Go swimming if weather permit. Dinner and overnight in a local guest-house in Thang Hen.
Day 3: Thang Hen Lake – Cao Bang – Lang Son – Hanoi.
Depart Thang Hen Lake at 7:30am, heading to Cao Bang City. Take a coffee break at Cao Bang city before driving back to Hanoi. Stopover in Lang Son to visit a local market and having lunch, and then we go back Hanoi in the late afternoon. Tour ends at your hotels at around 5:00pm. Cao Bang Loop 3 Day Tour from Hanoi is completed.
Cao Bang private guided tours
Lotussia Travel is a Hanoi tour operator offering a wide selection of multi-activity holidays in Vietnam. Options include countryside cycle, biking, road cycling, jungle trek, trekking homestay, mountain hiking, peaks climbs, motorbike, scouter touring, camping, caving expeditions, kayaking, boat trips, cruise, street food, sightseeing, culture tours. Most of our trips are private customized, and specially designed for small group tours, family vacations. The itinerary above – Cao Bang Loop begins from Hanoi is only a sample that can be further customized to fit your requirements better. Just follow it or contact us for designing your perfect adventure in Cao Bang Vietnam.
Occasionally our tour itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers’ comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the service proposal. It’s very important that you print and review a final copy of your itinerary a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact us. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in Vietnam throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Depending on the proposed option (semi-guide tour or all-inclusive package tour), the price may include the following services. Please bear in mind Lotussia Travel is specialized in tailor-made trips. Trip cost vary depending on group size and other details.
- Car transfers.
- Local tour guide. The English-Speaking guide is provided by default. Other language may be available upon request (with extra charge).
- Entrance fees.
Unless required most of the following services are usually not included in our tour price.
- Flight/Train tickets.
- Tour leader.
- Local porter(s).
- International travel insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Our tour guides speak English or French. They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.
Our drivers don’t speak English. It’s possible that a few of them might know some basic words, such as telling time, stop, and lunch. If you’re looking for effective communication throughout the journey, we highly recommend booking a tour guide.
Principally, Lotussia Travel requires all the trip associates to know the destinations well by any means of traveling or enquiry to the local suppliers to figure out all the relative details of any trip. For adventure tours such as jungle trekking, mountain hiking, sea kayaking, river rafting or biking, cycling tours, Lotussia Travel will never add any new routes into available schedule until survey or pre-view it.
Lotussia Travel carefully choose all the hotels, guest-houses or home-stays based on service quality, location, and characteristics, doing best to make the accommodations in the remote small places as comfortable as possible. Please bear in mind that hotels in Vietnam might not be in the same standard in other country. Generally hotels in major cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Hoian, Hue…are much better than hotels and guest-houses in mountainous areas.
Lotussia Travel take dinning as an indispensable experience to clients since it is an important part in Vietnamese culture. Therefore, Lotussia Travel will not intend take clients to the most expensive restaurants but non-touristy local ones which offer delicious, local food, with nice or interesting atmosphere. The restaurants might be simple in the country but LOTUSSIA Travel guarantee is sanitary and cleanliness. Or even on our trek, we encourage our cook offer client food with new tastes from day to day. During adventure itineraries to mountainous or remote areas, there is sometimes no choice for hotel and restaurants. We will try our best to bring you the best taste of local food.
As the tap water in Vietnam is undrinkable, Lotussia Travel recommend clients to drink bottled water throughout your trip, or boiled water on treks. Lotussia Travel offers bottle water all the day, and soft drinks like Cola, Sprite or Vietnamese Tea or if possible juice in restaurants (if mentionned in itinerary). This is not automatically included in the packages. In simple restaurant or on camping, Lotussia Travel offers boiled water, instant coffee or juice, wrapped milk (Details are confirmed in bottom of your itinerary).
In most destinations of Vietnam, all the roads are well paved though the traffic is quite messed up like in Hanoi, Hai Phong… We use proper vehicles, car, minibus or coach in good condition based on the size of the groups. We use 4WD only on the rough road where the other vehicles could not pass through or based on clients requirement on overland journeys or treks. For cycling itineraries, we usually use our support minibus or minibus with support truck. For sea kayaking, river rafting trips, diving packages we use standard boat as support. Detailed information is provided on our service proposal.
We use drivers who are native or local of each travel destination and maintain good safety records for all trips. Most of our drivers can speak English but a little bit. This is just enough to understand basic words such as “time of departure”, “stop”, “restaurants”, “hotels”…If you want to learn more about Vietnamese culture and information about sightseeing sites, booking a tour guide is highly recommended.
Halong bay cruises
Inclement weather, tide levels and operating conditions at sea may force changes in cruise itinerary and schedule at any time. Kayaking and swimming excursion, in particularly, may be canceled due to rough weather.
The cruise offer fusion cuisine: international, seafood and Vietnamese. Please advise our reservation team at least one (01) week ahead of departure about any specific food preference, dietary or food allergies.
Port authority insists on advance registration including full name, gender, date of birth, nationality and passport number. At check-in, a valid passport is required. Port authority may deny boarding if these conditions are not met.
Free Wifi available on terrace deck, but note that the internet signal at sea suffers frequent interruption.