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The Highlands and Halong BayThe Highlands and Halong Bay


Many tribes living nearby the border of Yunnan remain far from the modernity of our century with the reliefs as bulwark. Ha Giang Province will offer you mountains carved of rice terraces and crowned with rainforests, some deserts of rubble and large valleys with stilt houses villages. After this province which is a summary of the entire natural and human resources of the highlands of North Vietnam, Halong Bay and its amazing natural offer you its legends.

Day 1 : Hanoi

Our guide met us at the airport Noi Bai. A minibus takes us to our hotel. Its location in the heart of District Six Thirty Corporations immerses us in the old Hanoi we will begin to walk. visiting the Museum of Ethnography is a must: it will be very useful for the rest of our trip

Day 2 : Hanoi – Ha Giang3 03

We head North through the Red River Delta and the Middle Region. Populations change very quickly and soon we will see the yoke fade to give way to the hood of the mountain. After a few stops on the way, we finally arrive in the afternoon to Ha Giang.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 3 : Ha Giang – Dong Van

We leave Ha Giang to the Chinese border. On the Plateau of Quan Ba, ​​we stop at the market in May So'n frequented by the ethny Bo Y. Then after crossing the Dong Van Plateau, we will visit the castle of the former King of the kingdom of Hmong. The Erosion has carved in these massive limestone some canyons. Their bottom drops to less than one hundred meters.

Hiking in Lung Cuu in the Lolo country.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 4 : Dong Van – Méo Vac – Yen Minh

Sunday is the market day. Dong Van and Meo Vac are the most important in the region. We will meet no less than six different ethnic groups living on the border with Yunnan.

Hiking in the afternoon Kim Mien Mau Dué. Kim Mien night home.

Day 5 : Yen Minh – Tan Lap

End of the trek following by a 4 hour drive to Tan Lap that we will reach in the early afternoon. We then walk an hour to reach the hamlet of Kthuong in the Song Chay Massif du Haut, granitic mountains that separate the Yunnan from Tonkin.

Haven or refuge, the Song Chay Massif du Haut is a natural fortress that protects even today the tribes of development often irrational. Our hike will take us 4 days and a half in varied landscapes fragmented by "Gates of Heaven" (passes) crowned with forests which grow cary otas, ferns, orchids and rattan in some valleys with different lifestyles, different populations with their own cultures. The Route of the tea that belonged to the court of the Emperor of China located in the mountains one of its starting points. It produces tea tuyet (snow) that sold at exorbitant prices. We will walk through some valleys inhabited by the Tay hamlets then some narrow valleys and passes surrounded by thick forests. We will also meet the Pa Then, then it will be again the mountain with the Yaos and their Long tunic, the Iu Mien or Hmong Hoa.

Iu Mien Homestay.

Day 6 to 9 : Trekking

Average Walking hours per day: 5 hours .

Daily maximum elevation : around + or less 400m

Day 10: Ban Giang – Tam Dao

Rest and free time in the morning. We leave the mountains in the afternoon and take the direction of the coast. We will step in Middle Region for the night.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 11 : Tam Dao – Ha Long

4 hours drive through northern Red River Delta and we embark for a cruise with overnight on board. "

Day 12 : Ha long – Hanoi

Old maps Annamite named the place "Luc Hai", or the blue sea, but it is better known by its popular name Ha Long, because legends inspired by the almost unreal chaos of the place, say that the dragon went from the sky to these water in these waters to direct the currents.

We disembark in the early afternoon to go back to Hanoi.

Day 13 : Hanoi

Visit of Hanoi. Usually considering the outline of the earth influence is sufficient for the geomancers to determine, in mountainous regions, the favorable location that will occupy a new city but it becomes more difficult to retain geomantic characters of a place in the delta. The man can then "perfect the nature", improve the configuration of the ground to regulate terrestrial influences. It was what made the Chinese governors that the first Viets sovereign and we can still observe the presence of mounds that have the function of protective hills.

From the eleventh century, the royal city which has had several names: Dai La, Ke Cho, Thang Long or Dong Kinh (which is the origin of the name Tonkin) will be divided into wards with their own function. Some are reserved for the private life of the king, others for the culture and letters, or trade and crafts. Our tour will take us through the city in that urban order inspired by ancient Chinese master. Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

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