Mountains & Rocks
Come see some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet! The north, center, and south of Vietnam all have amazing examples of the limestone geology known as karst. Sedimentary limestone is formed by layers of seashells and corals deposited over hundreds of millions of years. As sea levels rise and fall over millennia the limestone is eroded, often forming caves and the dramatic pinnacles known as karst. Halong Bay is of course the most famous example, but there are also gorgeous karsts to be found rising from green rice fields and forests in Tam Coc, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, and many other special spots that we'd love to share with you. Ancient natural beauty awaits you.
Often referred to as "Inland Ha Long Bay", the area of Tam Coc and Hoa Lu is characterized by the limestone geology that gives rise to the towering karst formations that make this picturesque area so unique. Let's embark on a small rowboat tour to explore the area, with some scenic cycling also on the menu.
Mai Chau offers a most splendid vista of the valley surrounded by the lush green forests, fields and stilt houses of the White Thai ethnic group. This is a quiet piece of countryside to stroll and cycle through and to be wrapped in the warm and nice hospitality of the Thai people. The Sunday market brings hundreds of locals where many traditional Thai dishes are made and you can revel in the sounds of traditional music and dance.
...Tucked away in a majestic mountain range lying between Vietnam and China, the Cao Son Ecolodge is the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding natural and cultural diversity. Let us introduce you to deep valleys, stunningly terraced rice fields, lush forests, weekly markets, remote villages, and the ethnic minority groups with their colorful textiles and personalities, dwelling for centuries in mountains high above the rest of us. Spend the second night in Sapa and enjoy one day at leisure to discover the town or choose of our optional day-tour... Read More
Moc Chau is all about its surroundings – a mountainous area, famous for its tea hills, limestone karsts, endless plum orchards, corn fields and dairy products... But hold on a minute, we've found some even better reasons to take you there: a range of traditional and deep-rooted ethnic cultures, hidden misty valleys surrounded by crenellated karsts and dense forests, small remote villages that appear mysteriously from the fog, stunning panoramic views, ideal biking routes, and as is so often the case in Vietnam, warm and heartfelt local hospitality.
What better and more exciting way to get off the beaten path and experience the incredible scenery and diverse culture that Viet Nam has to offer than on one of our modern mountain bikes? Together with our experienced guides you’ll ride through breathtaking mountain passes, visit markets in remote hill tribe villages, and interact with the locals as they indulge their curiosity in you and your cool bike.
A highly recommended add-on option for your Sapa holiday plans.
With its towering mountains, sculpted rice terraces and plum orchards rising and falling as far as the eye can see, Bac Ha creates the perfect setting for a mountain biking adventure. The main roads winding along high mountain passes are sealed and yet see little traffic. With endless interwoven trails leading to local hill tribe villages, you'll be rewarded with great exercise and an unforgettable cultural experience as you exchange smiles, stories and a glass of rice wine with the people you'll meet along the way. This area is home to the colorful Flower H'Mong, Phu La, Tay, and Nung hilltribes. Experience their bustling weekly markets which play an important part in the social and economic aspects of hilltribe life here. Read More
This wonderful itinerary takes you over the Tram Ton (Heaven's Gate) Pass to explore the far side of Mt. Fansipan and the Hoang Lien Mountain Range. Often, when Sapa is shrouded in clouds and fog, this side is clear and blue. Descend through one of Vietnam's most picturesque and awe-inspiring valleys. The occasionally rocky road meanders along the base of the mountain range past old growth forest and through the villages of Thai, H'Mong and Lu ethnic minority people. This area sees few tourists, so expect plenty of curious faces and smiling children shouting "Hello!"
This exciting trip down through the stunning Hoang Lien Valley takes you into the heart of local hill tribe communities. Gliding through the fresh air, you are surrounded by dramatic vistas, dotted with hamlets belonging to H'Mong, Dzay, Dzao and Tay tribes. An incredibly friendly Tay family will host you for a night in their traditional stilt house. Keeping with tradition, be sure to share a glass of local rice wine with your hosts as you enjoy your wonderful home cooked meal! Trade songs and stories after dinner. Come away changed.
Nested on the top of cone shaped hills in the Sapa region, the Topas Eco Lodge offers a stunning view over the valley. The lovely thatched roof bungalows with private balconies are individually designed for relaxation and a restful stay... Topas is a model for sustainable ecotourism in the area by seeking to have a minimal impact on the local environment. They also work with nearby Tay and Red Dzao communities to purchase local products, to provide employment and keep tourism revenue flows within the area... We're pleased to work with Topas as a partner pursuing the principles of genuine ecotourism... Read More
Nested on the top of cone shaped hills in the Sapa region, the Topas Eco Lodge offers a stunning view over the valley. The lovely thatched roof bungalows with private balconies are individually designed for relaxation and a restful stay. Half-day walks or mountain bike rides take you to villages in the valley. Or, relax on your hilltop balcony (1500m) and enjoy the tranquility of the region. Topas is a model for sustainable ecotourism in the area by seeking to have a minimal impact on the local environment. They also work with nearby Tay and Red Dzao communities to purchase local products, to provide employment and keep tourism revenue flows within the area... We're pleased to work with Topas as a partner pursuing the principles of genuine ecotourism... Read More
During this cultural expedition, you will enjoy the best of Northern Vietnam in the areas of Mai Chau, Son La, Than Uyen and Sapa, providing you wonderful settings for trekking routes. The Thai minority, a warm and friendly ethnic group, will welcome you into their homes and share their stilt house lifestyle. The roads wind precariously across the mountain ranges capturing the intensely varied lifestyles of Vietnamese people. The final two days of your journey will be spent trekking to stay in minority villages around Sapa.
This is a Handspan-exclusive trip to discover and tread lightly in a very pristine area. We're talking about an untouched secret garden inhabited by the Muong people. The deep roots of their ethnic culture and their isolated location have contributed to the preservation of what is a cultural and natural treasure. This is what Handspan is all about: using responsible tourism to promote sustainability according to the priorities of the locals themselves. While it is essential to preserve the treasures here, it is also important to help the community to improve their (very poor) living conditions. Finding this balance is the challenge that we chose to face in partnership with an NGO in charge of nature conservation and livelihood improvement in the reserve. Get ready for a very special tour... Read More
Moc Chau is all about its surroundings – a mountainous area, famous for its tea hills, limestone karsts, endless plum orchards, corn fields and dairy products... But hold on a minute, we've found some even better reasons to take you there: a range of traditional and deep-rooted ethnic cultures, hidden misty valleys surrounded by crenellated karsts and dense forests, small remote villages that appear mysteriously from the fog, stunning panoramic views, ideal trekking and biking routes, and as is so often the case in Vietnam, warm and heartfelt local hospitality. Read More
This tour lets you wander through diverse sights and sounds of Vietnam's country lifestyle by motorbike. We take you away from the standard city tour routes to explore rural life, country lanes, and picturesque mountain scenery. What could be better than sitting on motorbike while waving at locals and getting great smiles in return? Come make an unforgettable memory with us in and around this fantastic land.
This trip brings you from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap through Battambang, the rice bowl of Cambodia. The adventure begins with a visit to the incredible floating town of Kompong Luang, the largest floating community on the massive Tonle Sap Lake. At Battambang we'll make an in depth exploration of rural Cambodian life by visiting local villages and sacred temples. There is also an option to visit the incredible jungle temple of Banteay Chhmar, famous for its signature carved faces of King Jayavarman VII.
A Handspan-exclusive trip to discover some very pristine areas of the North. We're taking you on strolls through the 1000 year-old history of Hanoi, scenic trails through an untouched secret valley inhabited by the Muong people, and cruising through the globe's largest and loveliest karst formations in the World Heritage Halong Bay. We're living up to the principles of responsible tourism by working in partnership with an NGO that promotes nature conservation and livelihood improvement in the Ngoc Son Nature Reserve. We then explore the least visited part of Halong Bay and kayak through the lush lagoons with a private overnight ship anchorage in an incredible and secluded spot. Get ready for a very special and unforgettable journey.
Koh Kong Island is the largest in Cambodia. The west coast is flanked by beautiful white sand beaches, and the island is becoming an increasingly popular gateway to Cambodia for overland travelers. It is also emerging as a new centre for ecotourism, with several protected areas and community tourism projects now established in the area. Waterfalls, mangroves, wooded groves, and diverse bird and marine life are all easily seen here.
Vang Vieng is a stunning small riverside town and a traveller's paradise, you will take in some of the most spectacular scenery you're ever going to encounter, as this town is located at the foot of the breathtaking mountains and nestled on the banks of the gorgeous Nam Song River. The tour explores Southeast Asia's most laid back capital, Vientiane and the fairy-tale kingdom of Luang Prabang, visiting magnificent temple structures and monuments of national and historical importance.
Visiting friendly Laos capital city where many ancient monuments and stupas. Then Xieng Khoang offers you an impressive archaeological Plain of Jars and colorful hill tribe market of Phonsavan. Up there in Luang Prabang, you experience the ancient kingdom of Laos where traditionally remain uncharged in century. It is known as the 'Thousand Pagoda City', there are countless intriguing architectural highlights in the sleepy and once royal capital.
The tour lets you experience the cultural tapestry of Hanoi, the natural heritage of Halong Bay and the scenic mountains of Sapa. Relax with great cuisine and shopping on your own while you explore Vietnam's capital before heading to Halong Bay for a unique overnight cruise in one of our traditional wooden junks. Curl up on a night train to Sapa, one of Vietnam's most intriguing destinations, set high in the mountains near the China border; it is most famous for its terraced rice paddies and colorful local markets.
This trip brings you to the famed and iconic spots. However we promise an individual and memorable experience by adding healthy servings of creativity and panache. So to offer you the best service possible we find the trails and hidden gems that others overlook in their haste. When you visit the 'must do' spots with Handspan, you'll do more than just see them, we'll give you a deeper understanding of these beautiful places. We'll take you to the spots you expect to see while taking you far beyond your expectations.
This 7-day-tour gives you an amazing experience of truly local life in Vietnam. From the unique Thai ethnic culture in Mai Chau and Moc Chau to the peaceful rural life in countryside land of Ky Son and Duong Lam villages. From a graceful traditional homestay to a luxury boutique garden homestay, come with us to see the difference; to enjoy cycling, trekking between mountainous valleys then immerse yourself in ancient architecture of the best preserved villages.
This special package is perfect for family that has kids go together and would love to discover Vietnam in a more-than-classic-way! Pack all the things you needed and immerse fully in colorful hill tribe market, stunning terrace field valley in Sapa; shake hands and lovely chat with locals in one of the best rural architecture-preserved villages; kayaking and admire floating village in amazing World Heritage Halong Bay; feel the cultural atmosphere of ancient Hue and Hoi An; and get on the boat to cruise along canals lined with palm trees and thick mangroves in Mekong Delta... Let's make a move now!!!Read More
...Let's prepare your backpack and ready to experience our beloved country in an exotic way: Northern with Moc Chau – a range of traditional and deep-rooted ethnic cultures, hidden misty valleys, small remote villages that appear mysteriously from the fog, stunning panoramic views, ideal biking routes; ... Central with a glorious route - the ancient imperial city of Hue and the sixteenth century silk route trading port of Hoi An. Southern with Mekong Delta - home of lush orchards, vibrant flower gardens, musicians playing traditional music and boat trip through the canals and stroll on small islands. This is the Handspan version, and our vision of what a trip to "Vietnam off the beaten path" should be!!! Read More
"We love adventure – we love biking!!!" – ...We give you "Moc Chau plateau" with a range of traditional and deep-rooted ethnic cultures, hidden misty valleys ...; .. "Journey from one World Heritage Site to another" - experience two different atmospheres, both charming and deeply etched with history,...; ..."fantastic coastal bike route" from Da Lat to Mui Ne through small minority villages, jungle forested valleys and beautiful beaches; ..."lovely cycling Mekong Delta highlights" to marvel at the variety of bird life in nature reserves, encounter Khmer monks in incense-filled pagodas, cruise through tangled mangrove swamps, and join one of the most lively floating markets in the region... Read More
A full day spent on the mighty Tonle Sap lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. It was registered as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in 1997. The area is home to many Cham communities living a "floating life" on the lake. Our trip takes us to two main villages in the area for an opportunity to chat with some villagers and learn more about the beauties and challenges of their uncommon lives.
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