Youth Employment and Society Development (YESD) is a social enterprise based in Vietnam that works to create jobs and opportunities for underprivileged youth, while preserving the culture and protecting the environment.
Tour revenue will be invested into projects for the development of local disadvantaged communities through responsible tourism training and educational classes.
Any day by appointment
9:00 AM by a public transport, 7:30 AM by a private car
3 days/3 nights
Adults, Families, Youth, Professionals, Children 8+
Tour will be cancelled or postponed in case of inclement weather
1 to 10
Hard (over 6 miles/ 9 km walking distance, intense physical effort)
Clothing & Equipment
Sunscreen lotion, Rain boots, Rain gear, Comfortable shoes for walking, Mosquito repellent, Comfortable clothes
Day 1: Hanoi – Ha Giang – 300km
The day bus from Hanoi leaves at 9 AM and will arrive at Ha Giang bus station around 4.30 PM. The local guide will welcome you to your homestay in Thon Tha, Phuong Do, Ha Giang. Later that day, participate in a tree-planting activity with YESD staff.
Day 2: Thon Tha – Lung Vai – Ha Thanh
Hike to Ha Thanh Village. Your host in Thon Tha village will prepare a warm breakfast for you around 8 AM. After your meal, meet your local guide at your homestay and embark on a Thon Tha trek through the breathtaking terraced rice fields and Tay villages of Ha Giang. Meet locals working in the fields along the way. Hike for 4 hours to Lùng Vai village, home to the Coin Dao people, and enjoy a break for a lunch at a Dao family's home. The Dao family will warmly welcome you to their traditional home where you'll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in their culture. After, continue the trek to Ha Thanh village and see their famous waterfalls! At night, stay in a Tay homestay in Thon Tha village.
Day 3: Thon Tha – Khuoi Mi – Thon Tha
Enjoy another day of hiking. Wake up with the sun and join in on the morning villages activities. Feed the animals, clean the houses, garden, or help prepare breakfast alongside the locals. After breakfast, continue on the Thon Tha trek through a valley and mountain that connects Thon Tha to Khoui My. Hear stories from your local guides about the unique Dao Ao Dai culture. Then, visit the Khuoi My village, home to about 200 Dao Ao Dai ethnic minority households nestled at the foot of highest mountain in northeast Vietnam, the Tay Con Linh peak. Enjoy a lunch along the way at a local family's home. After, prepare for the final trek back to the first night’s Tay homestay in Thon Tha village. Explore the village and enjoy a traditional cultural love duet show (for an additional price) on your last night.
We spent 6 days on a tour with Yesd which incorporated 2 days in Halong Bay . Our main aim was to see the Dong Van Plateau which we allowed 3 days for but should have been 4 We were picked up in Hanoi and taken to Home stay in Ha Giang then spent 3 memorable nights on the Plateau Our guide Can was excellent with a sound knowledge of the traditions and cultures of both Vietnam and plateau as well as being a fun guy to be around. After the Plateau they organised our Halong Bay trip which was with a good quality company and a pleasant experience If you want to go somewhere that is not over exploited in tourism This is the place and company to do it with Be aware that homestays are not 5 star and that the more you are prepared to walk the more you will enjoy this truly amazing place Thanks to Trang for her efforts in oranising the tour and making sure things went well.
We were there on a "working trip" to volunteer with YESD and our "guide" for the trip was Ms Tuyet who brought along with her two Italian volunteers. We all stayed at Mr Thien's homestay of the Tay village Thon Tha. It was a simple traditional wooden stilt house but the living area was nice and cosy. We slept on mattresses on the floor and each person had their own cubicle partitioned by curtains. The sleeping area (2nd floor) was large and spacious, and could easily accommodate 2 per cubicle, total 4/5 cubicles. The hosts Mr Thien and his wife were very friendly and they prepared all our meals there. The food was simple but incredibly delicious, probably because they grew it fresh themselves, unlike those you'd buy from the supermarket. This is not the 5-star hotel you're looking for with really the basic necessities, but it is enough :) one-of-a-kind homestay experience where you wake up to the sound of frogs/roosters and to the beautiful scenery of paddy fields for yards outside your cubicle window. Perhaps because we came here as volunteers we got a chance to interact with the village kids too. (not sure if tourists get to do that) Everyone was so lovely and so friendly, and the kids were so full of energy and willing to learn! They were such a pleasure to teach. We didn't stay in Ha Giang for long but we managed to do a trek to a mini waterfall with a pool at the base, and the children accompanied us. Although it was just a little waterfall in the region, the scenery we encountered as we walked through the landscape was already so stunning. Can't imagine what the rest of Northern Vietnam would look on the Dong Van loop. Its a small organisation trying to support the minority groups of Ha Giang through sustainable tourism. Although a pity we couldn't do their tours of the mountains nearby, rest assured they will take care of you and give u a memorable trip if u do eventually take up their tours.
If you want to see the far north of Vietnam, this is the way to go. We did homestays in Tiy and Dao villages in Ha Giang province, a hotel in Meo Vac, and lodge at Ba Be Lake. Our guide, Ms. Trang, was terrific, and the driver of our van was masterful over the winding mountain roads. Knowledgeable, flexible, accommodating and attentive, with a good sense of humor. If you're looking for 4-5 star accommodations and relaxation, this is not for you. But if you're fit (for example, able to sleep on floor mattresses separated by curtains and negotiate stairs to the bathroom at night) and adventurous, and want to see spectacular scenery in great hands, this is not to be missed.
Ha Dong dist, Ha Noi, Ha Dong dist, Ha Noi, Vietnam
Take a car from your hotel which is about 30 minutes, from most hotels in the old quarter, to get to the bus station. Nearest public transport stop: MY DINH BUS STATION
To inspire the children of Northern Vietnam by helping them gain access to a proper education and career opportunities.
Responsible tourism skills training for disadvantaged youth to help them become international tour guides.
Building capacity in underserved communities in order to create job opportunities, preserve culture, and protect the environment.