What would it be like to stroll along a riverside trail listening to birds in the canopy above? What would you feel if you found yourself looking down from a ridgeline onto a tapestry of emerald ricefields and rolling hills below? What will you learn from the smiling villager you meet on the trail?
Come find out! The fantastic diversity of different types of scenery makes Vietnam one of the best places in the world for hiking and trekking opportunities, and Handspan offers tours for all interests and difficulty levels. We make sure that our guides have a good knowledge of the ecology and geography of the areas we select for our trekking tours so that you can do more than just see the beauty – you’ll come away with a newfound appreciation for the landscapes of Vietnam.
Located 160km south of Ha Noi, Cuc Phuong National Park is home to rare and endangered mammals including: leopards, langurs, birds and butterflies. The park is also well known for its Endangered Primate Rescue Center that is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and conservation of the endangered primates in Vietnam
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.
This tour takes you to one of the few remaining old villages in Northern. Unlike most communities near Hanoi that have succumbed to rapid urbanization, Ky Son and Duong Lam village is known as the best preserved villages in Vietnam in terms of its ancient architecture and the unique character of its people. Staying in an ancient house among your amazing "neighbors", working in the field, cooking Vietnamese dinner or learning about Vietnamese tradition will give you a glimpse into the daily lives of people on the Red River Delta.
Ba Be conjures images of lush forests, sparkling deep lakes resplendent with glimmering fish, mysterious caves and the cloud-capped limestone mountains standing as guardians to a hidden natural kingdom. This trip takes you deep into Ba Be National Park. With simplicity and humility, let’s meet the Queen and her extremely hospitable subjects who are eager to share their natural and cultural heritage.
...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
Beware! This trip is a must, but is reserved for fellow adventurers with an unquenchable love of ecological beauty, and an equal desire to mingle and share time with locals. In four days you will get acquainted with the Dao culture and meet a few green farmers who decided to veer away from the standard agricultural practices. Hiking, biking, boating, bathing... there are too many to list here. Some travelers have gone there and decided to never return... you might meet them along your way.
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
Exploring the colorful markets in the mountains makes for an exciting day trip from Sapa. Leaving early, you have the chance to see the sunrise as you head through indescribable mountain scenery and watch as the local villages wake up. Most of the markets are in the wilderness. To attend the weekly social and commercial event many local hill tribes leave their isolated homes on the precipitous mountaintop cornfields and trek for miles. There are a few souvenirs for sale here but you may find a tasty snack or a bargain price on a buffalo!
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
Sapa is the premier hill station in northern Vietnam and an incredible place for trekking lovers. This has been a crossroads for millennia for Vietnamese, Chinese, and a diverse array of minority groups, all of whom have left the stamp of their cultures. Many minority groups retain their traditional ways of life in earthen or wooden houses in the valleys from which they tend animals and farm the hillsides above. The scenery of the imposing mountains and rice terraces gives this area a great combination of nature and culture and is definitely a place for adventurers. Join us on this trip to experience a great trekking tour through village settings in the beautiful green and learn about the fascinating cultures of the locals. 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... 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
We offer you a number of different ways experience the attractive natural and cultural gems around Sapa and to come away understanding more about the culture of different minority groups in the area. Trekking below looming peaks next to wet rice terraces while exchanging waves and hellos with farmers at work will reward you with a unique experience.
The North East mountainous areas of Ba Be Lake, Cao Bang offer breathtaking views and interesting subcultures. It is the least travelled area of the North and attracts hardier travellers craving a glimpse of some of the more remote ethnic minority people.
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
In the hills above Hoi An, Ba Hom Village is home to the Co Tu people, one of the smallest of Vietnam's diverse 54 ethnic groups. A visit to Ba Hom is an immersion into lifestyles and traditions untouched by time. Our vision of the Ba Hom Homestay is to offer you the rare opportunity to tread lightly here and help maintain the culture by briefly living life like the Co Tu: partaking in daily activities and experiencing their customs and culture first-hand. While in Ba Hom, guests stay in traditional stilt houses and dine on Co Tu culinary specialties many of which are foraged from the land. Swim in the river or the hot springs,... Read More
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. Read More
A tour with a difference, allowing you to really immerse yourself in Lao culture; you will venture out into the rural hill tribe villages to see the different ethnic minorities and to learn about their fascinating lifestyles, traditions and colourful history. You will be scenically rewarded by the stunning river views, such as on the Wat Phou cruise that takes you in comfort down the majestic Mekong River, zigzagging through mild rapids to Champassak, through the 4,000 islands region, and to the scenic splendour Khong Pha Peng waterfall, known as the "Niagara of the East".
This trip is a smooth combination of ecotourism and community-based tourism. It includes the perfect sustainable ingredients for a very complete full day tour: elephant learning, ethnic minority village, handicrafts introduction, kids support... What else could we include to make this trip more responsible?
A full day dedicated to adventure sites around Luang Prabang: trekking through lush forest and rice fields, climbing to explore the hidden Pha Long cave, then visit Pak Ou caves which remain an important place for all Lao pilgrims. We will also have some time for a kayaking trip on Mekong river to a wine-making village.
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.
This package is dedicated to people eager to discover an authentic Vietnam while enjoying some of the best treats en route. From North to South, travel the country in style. You'll get immersed in culture, tradition, charm and exoticism all along. We've picked for you the best gastronomic spots and made a selection of hotels, resorts and lodges that all mix harmoniously tradition and luxury. The "crème de la crème" of Vietnam served with our usual excellence of services.
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 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
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.
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