Experience an adventurous activity and kayaking holiday in stunning Northeast Vietnam - an adventure holiday for those that want something different and unique when they go on vacation!
This adventure holiday and activity tour offers you a wonderfully unique range of experiences in locations where other tour operators don’t venture!
You begin your tour in vibrant Hanoi, a city of 6 million friendly people who are proud of the ancient history of where they live and the exciting culture that resides there. Explore the streets of the Old Quarter and other attractive areas of the city, some that are full of French colonial architecture and bustling marketplaces.
After departing Hanoi you travel to Ba Be National Park, a stunning part of Vietnam. You will enjoy kayaking around the untouched Ba Be Lake, whilst all the time catching glimpses of some of the 300+ species of birds and butterflies that live here. You will have the opportunity to visit and explore huge caves and breathtaking waterfalls by foot and boat. We guarantee that you will be itching to jump in the fresh water pools and swim in Ba Be Lake itself.
We then travel to Ha Long Bay to continue your Northeast Vietnam Adventure Holiday. Here we spend more time on the water amongst towering and mystical rock formations, discovering caves and coves as your paddling takes you where you decide. Accommodation here is on a Junk boat restored to be a floating, traveling hotel! As you kayak through Ha Long Bay you will feel like a part of the legend that surrounds this lake, and in just a short time you will love this incredible UNESCO sight. We also give you opportunity to visit and meet the local people that spend their entire lives on floating villages, many who never have, and never will, step on dry land.
The tour comes to a close after returning to Hanoi, when you will be able to enjoy all that this incredible city has to offer you, be it relaxation and rest, or exploration and adventure.
This Adventure Holiday and Kayaking trip in Vietnam is a wonderful opportunity for those that seek a vacation with a difference! Enjoy the beauty of lakes and mountains, and meet local people. Why don't you join us on this adventure holiday in Vietnam this year – you are sure to experience a trip of a life time!
Dates and Prices
Adventure Holiday in Northeast Vietnam Dates
These fantastic adventurous vacations in Northeast Vietnam run all year round.
Adventure Holiday in Northeast Vietnam Prices
- From US $2,187 / £1,367 pp
Price is per person based on 2 sharing. Please use the enquire now form to request a tailor-made price based on your accommodation requirements.
- Transfers to and from the airport
- Transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle
- Accommodation as described in the accommodation tab above. Other accommodation choices are available.
- Meals mentioned in the program
- English-speaking escort guide through out the trip
- Entrance fees for sightseeing
- Kayaking and Trekking in Ba Be National Park
- Kayaking with private boat cruise in Ha Long Bay
Price does not include:
- Drinks during the meals
- Meals not mentioned in the program
- Personal insurance
- Tips and personal expenses
- International flights to Vietnam and airport taxes
- Visa fee upon arrival to Hanoi airport
- Domestic flight
- All services not in the program
Hanoi is Vietnam’s 1,000-year-old capital, and currently has a population of over 6.5 million. It is considered is one of the country’s main cultural centers and is fast becoming very prominent in Southeast Asia.
In the city you will find the Old Quarter which gives you a fascinating glimpse at early 20th century Hanoi. Back then each street possessed merchants and houses that specialised in a specific trade, such as sugar, silver, bamboo or silk. Some of the narrow streets are well preserved and still devoted to age old exclusives trade, but in general the area is famous for its artisan shops.
In Hanoi you will find Vietnam’s first university, the 1,000-year-old temple of literature. Whilst exploring this vibrant city you may find the traditional stilt house and the One-Pillar Pagoda amongst tree-shaded streets bursting with French colonial architecture, busy marketplaces, and kindly residents. While in Hanoi, make sure that you don’t miss the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum or the War Museum.
Ba Be Lake
Ba Be National Park, located in Bac Kan Province and about 260 km from Hanoi, was established in 1992 as a reserve. This tropical rain forest is home to over 550 plant species, and some 300 species of wildlife, and it provides visitors with a wide range of opportunities for watching and studying nature, as well as participating in sports such as trekking and kayaking. In the park you will find a large fresh-water lake, also named Ba Be, waterfalls, caves and rivers. Surrounding the park are impressive mountains reaching up to 1,554 meters high, and closeby, members of the Tay minority live in stilt homes.
In the local language Ba Be lake means “Three Seas” as it comprises 3 large lakes. It is one of the largest natural fresh water lakes in the world, with a length of about 8 kilometers in the north-south direction. On Ba Be Lake, visitors can enjoy relaxing in row-boats, reveling in the untouched surroundings with a vibrant, exotic beauty that is difficult to find in normal city life.
Ha Long Bay
Emerging mystically from the waters of the Gulf of Tonkin, there are nearly 3,000 limestone islands, called karsts. Ha Long Bay, can be directly translated as the Bay of Descending Dragons and this amazing place was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. No trip to Vietnam is complete without a Ha Long Bay cruise to fully take in these strangely sculpted karsts, many of which hide caves, lagoons and beaches. Whilst kayaking you will be able to enjoy an up-close and personal experience of this dream-like masterpiece of nature offering you the opportunity to explore hidden caves that are only revealed at low tide through the cracks in the cliffs.
Meals and Accommodation Details
- Day 1: Hanoi (includes dinner, Hotel)
- Day 2: Hanoi (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, Hotel)
- Day 3: Hanoi – Ba Be National Park (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, Homestay)
- Day 4: Dao hill tribe village (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, Homestay)
- Day 5: Ba Be (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, Guest house)
- Day 6: Ba Be (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, Guest house)
- Day 7: Ba Be – Hanoi (includes breakfast and lunch, Hotel)
- Day 8: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, Boat accommodation)
- Days 9 to 11: Ha Long Bay (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, Boat accommodation)
- Day 12: Ha Long – Hanoi (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, Hotel)
- Day 13: Depart for home (includes breakfast)
Other accommodation options are available from those listed below.
Hanoi – Golden Cyclo Hotel (Premium room)
The Golden Cyclo Hanoi is an authentic charming hotel in Hanoi Old Quarters, which can be described as an unique reminder of Hanoi historic charm. A new hotel (since August 2013), The Golden Cyclo has large spaces, quiet rooms, and a very comfortable atmosphere. Located in the centre of Hanoi Old Quarter – the most favorite tourist area in town – The Golden Cyclo Hanoi Hotel is extremely convenient for travelers to stroll down Hanoi’s charming streets to taste local lifestyle. The hotel provides complimentary Broadband internet/ Wi-Fi access in every room, the public areas, meeting rooms and in the restaurant.
Ba Be – Home Stay In Pac Ngoi (sharing with other guests)
Our home stay is located in Pac Ngoi village with very beautiful and serene views of the paddy fields and mountains. As a typical house on stilts of the Tay ethnic group with the in-house traditional kitchen and 3 clean toilets on the ground floor, home stay in Pac Ngoi is not only a convenient accommodation for travelers to relax after an active adventure but also where they learn local customs and lifestyle, witness and join daily activities with local hosts who are very friendly. This tranquil place with its green and clean atmosphere will ensure travelers can enjoy some peaceful and relaxing moments.
Ba Be – Thuy Dung Guesthouse ** (Standard room)
You will be accommodated in this thoroughly decent guesthouse, one of the best at the centre of Cho Ra town, Ba Be. The Thuy Dung Guesthouse offers basic standard services, helpful and friendly staff and it is a great base for the adventurous times to be had at Ba Be lake.
Ha Long – Bhaya Legend 1 Cabin – Private cruise
Bhaya is one of the first luxury cruise brands on Ha Long Bay. It has very good reputation, nice service and lovely boats. The Bhaya Legend 1 cabin has a special charm and offers unique and flexible routing, and personalized services that guarantee privacy – perfect for your customized kayak tour. Free-flow soft drinks, coffee and tea, lunch, dinner and brunch are included.
PASSPORTS AND VISAS
To enter Vietnam you will require a valid passport with at least six months validity from your return date. A visa is also required. There are several types issued and we shall advise which is best for your particular trip. We can help with all the stages of obtaining your visa, however, if you wish to do this yourself, please contact your local Vietnam Embassy to do so. In most circumstances you will have to attend the Embassy to arrange this visa.
Without a visa, you may be either stopped from boarding your flight or refused entry on arrival, which may lead to high costs and great inconvenience.
For any questions please contact us using the enquire now form. We will always give you honest and correct information for your particular trip. Please note, we can only provide visa assistance when a booking is made; we do not provide a Visa only service.
The local currency in Vietnam is the Vietnamese Dong (VND). There are a variety of notes available, ranging from the 200 up to the 500,000 note. Take care with 20,000 and 500,000 notes they are both blue and can cause some confusion. The US Dollar is very popular to exchange, and you may easily exchange both British Pounds Sterling and the Euro. ATM machines are now readily available throughout most cities and resorts, although if you travel to more remote regions, it is recommended that you carry local currency with you.
FOOD & DRINK
Vietnamese food is very tasty and we recommend that you try all the local dishes! Pho, a rice noodle dish served with your choice of meat and subtle herbs and flavors, is the most famous of all Vietnamese dishes and it is eaten at all times of the day. Eat Pho with the locals, especially if you see a busy restaurant, where you can be sure that the food is good. Coffee is a way of life for the Vietnamese, and here it is served hot or cold with condensed sweet milk.
Bia Hoi, a local beer, is also popular in cities. Take a moment to sit back and enjoy one whilst watching the world go by, and meet some friendly locals whilst you are at it! Food cooked and served on the street is also popular, and we encourage you to try the food and experience, but take some precautions in what you try.
Vietnam has a variable and tropical climate that results in amazing vibrant coloured landscapes that appear to change hue. All of the regions; North, Central and South, have their own varying climates. Below is an idea of the weather in each region at varying times of the year:
The North – The North truly has four seasons. Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa Valley, Mai Chau to the Chinese border are included in this zone.
- Spring (March to May) – Days are clear with temperatures averaging 20-25 degrees Celsius
- Summer (June to September) – Temperatures in the North peak during the summer months with averages of 30 degrees Celsius and highs occasionally reaching over 40 degrees Celsius. In summer you may experience some infrequent short but heavy downpours, that tend to last for about one hour maximum.
- Autumn (September to Mid November) – The autumn months are similar to spring, with clear skies and lovely weather. This is the North’s best season with low humidity and average daytime temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius.
- Winter (Mid November to February) – The average temperature in winter is around 15 degrees Celsius, however, on rare occasions, lows can bring temperatures as low as 5 degrees Celsius. We suggest the during the winter months you begin your tour in the north and head to the warmer south. Also bring a jacket to wear!
Central region – This region has three seasons, covering Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An, QuyNhon, Dalat and the Central highlands
- January till the end May – Days bring clear sunny skies with an average temperature of around 30 degrees Celsius with almost no rain whatsoever.
- June till end September – This time of year can be very hot with temperatures reaching in excess of 40 degrees Celsius. Average daytime temperatures reach 30 degrees Celsius. There are also regular evening showers lasting about one hour. This is a very tropical climate
- October till end January – You will find highly changeable weather at this time of year, with the possibility of storms and rain. It is much coooler with an average of around 15-20 degrees Celsius
The South – The south has two distinct seasons and a sub-tropical climate. The area covers Saigon, PhanThiet, Can Tho, Chau Doc and the south Islands, and the average daily temperature is 32 degrees Celsius.
- April till the end September – This is the hot season, with an average daily temperature of 35 degrees Celsius. There are chances of occasional rain, which may be heavy but short-lived.
- October till the end March – This is our Dry Season, with an average temperature of between 25-30 degrees Celsius bringing with it long dry days.
Vietnamese is the main language, and you will find a very small difference between dialects in the North and South. The Vietnamese language can be difficult for visitors to understand, but with the assistance of phrase book or a translation program you can understand and be understood. The English language is being spoken more often now, and there are many that now speak French too. Be brave and do attempt to speak the local language. The local peoples may laugh at your attempts, but they do so in a kind way. They will appreciate your attempts and like you more for it! Be brave and say “Hello!” or as we say “Xin Chao!”
Vietnam is a large country so most main trips are made by flight, however some road journeys are also required. The road system is improving month by month and many roads have been updated to a modern standard. You will still experience some local and rural roads, but the vehicles in which you are traveling and our drivers are of the highest standard to ensure your safety.
We do not recommend that you hire a car as by law you are only allowed to drive if you have a local driving license. Within city and beach resorts, we suggest using metered taxis. We shall advise you which taxi companies in each location so as to ensure that you get the best price and the safest drivers. In many places you can take a ‘Cyclo’ (a pedal taxi), but before doing so always determine the price before setting off. Another choice in most regions are “Xe Om” which are motorbike taxis, and although they may be cheap and fine for the locals, you will not be covered by your insurance so please consider this.
Gratuities are at your discretion, however it is very much appreciated, especially if a good job has been done. Often a tip of a couple of dollars is very well received, and if you have a private guide for the day a tip of about $5 seems to be the average rate.
As with most Asian countries, Vietnam has its own customs, some unique to it which can surprise you a lot during your trip.
Everyone is family – Vietnamese people well known for being kind, friendly, helpful and respectful. Locals call others as if they are part of their family. For example, “anh” means older brother, and it is quite usual to hear them shout “Anh oi! Anh oi!” at people passing by. It may sound a little rude to visitors, but this is very respectful way that they show their friendliness.
Share everything about you! – The Vietnamese will ask you very personal questions when you initially meet. Don’t be shocked if they ask for your age, hometown, marital status, how long you have been in Vietnam, or your religion. To locals this is not a rude concept – they are simply showing that they care, and they are welcoming you into their world.
Sharing food – As in other Asian countries where people eat rice and use chopsticks when eating, Vietnam also has ‘food sharing’ culture. Locals often share the same dishes when eating together, and they won’t hesitate to finish your food for you if you are sat with them! In the more Westernized cities and tourist spots this is less frequent, especially in chic restaurants, where food is aimed directly at travelers.
Holding hands – Don’t be concerned if you keep see girls holding hands in the street. They are simply good friends and perhaps not what you are thinking at all! People of the same gender holding hands is common here and it is the way local express their closeness and caring to their friends. It is actually quite sweet!
Go shopping after 9am – In Vietnam, shop owners believe that the first customer of the day determines their luck for the rest of the day. Therefore if you do not want to bring bad luck to a store for the day, we recommend that you do not go in until after 9am, after others have already been. Of course, if you plan on buying something and do so, you will then bring them great luck all day long!
“I am home safely, it took me a few days to get rid of jet lag. I just wanted to let you know that the trip was fantastic and it was really an adventure of my lifetime. I was impressed by the way you handled my trip, from the first proposal to the final itinerary. Thank you for your patience on my demand and requests over this time. The trip was very smooth. It was memorable at every single moment, the morning I did kayaking on Ba Be Lake, the night I drank the traditional wine with the host at homestay in Pac Ngoi, the afternoon I wandered in Old Quarters with my super humorous guide, etc. If I wanted to start at 5:00 AM for sunrise shots, the guides were always at the lobby at 4:45 with a beautiful smile. I am happy to recommend your company as well as this amazing tour to all of my friends who want to travel to Southeast Asia.”
Barbara Anderson (USA)
“My husband is an experienced kayaking traveler and he said to me this was his best kayak experience so far. Thanks for designing a really unique trip for us to experience. The kayaking in Babe lake was incredible, we have never seen such magical views on a lake before. Logistic works was done perfectly for our tired but exciting adventure. Our guide in Babe was excellent, he was funny, friendly, passionate, inspiring and knowledgeable. We both agree that he was born to be a tour guide. He was also very helpful, I got a cold on the first day in Babe and he acted as my “medicine man” when buying medicine for me and giving a lot of useful tips for healthy trekking and kayaking. Overall, we are completely happy that we joined this tour. Challenging but worthwhile to try!”
Jeremy and Deb Buckley (UK)
“We want you to know how much we enjoyed every aspect of the trip. We enjoyed our brief time in Hanoi but were glad that our itinerary focused on BaBe and Halong. It is hard to say what we felt was the best part of the trip since we were pleased with everything. All the sites we visited were great and all of our drivers were very cautious. However, I would say that the guides were what made the trip the most special part of our vacation. As you know, Ms. My was an exceptional guide. Her knowledge and enthusiasm kept us interested at all times. Her English is excellent. She was always sensitive to our needs and desires. We also have high praise for the guides we had in BaBe. We will be recommending you to friends and acquaintances for years to come as a company providing an exceptional tour of Vietnam.”
Brendan Siqueira (Brazil)