Leave Hanoi behind and venture into uncharted experiences. In the far north, Cao Bang presents Pac Bo Cave, where Ho Chi Minh planned the country’s liberation, and nearby 35-meter Ban Gioc Waterfall. Further west in Bac Kan, sail between forested limestone mountains on Ba Be’s three lakes, and cruise past small villages to Dau Dang Falls tumbling 1,000 meters to Puong Cave.
Follow the Chinese frontier southeast to Longzhou’s 2,500-year-old Huashan Cliff Paintings 40 meters above the Mingjiang River, and “Longevity Village”, where inhabitants often live past 100 years of age. Further along, Inspect Chongzhou’s stone forest, Zuojiang Inclined Pagoda, Nanjin Ancient Ferry, Huangchao Castle, Wenyagn Cave, and the world’s largest population of white-head monkeys.