Northwest Adventure - 6 days

Join us as we travel the roads, rivers, and trails of beautiful Northwest of Vietnam on this 6 day tour. You will experience all the diverse and wonder-filled regions of this incredible country.
Destinations: Highlights in Northwest of Vietnam
Departure date: Flexible Travel Dates
Duration: 6 Days 5 Nights
TravelStyle: Adventure & Discovery
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Highlights

The spirit of Hanoi will start your trip with energy and excitement. Then you will transfer from Hanoi to Mai Chau where you spend  the night at local  Homestay, offering the opportunity to experience the real Thai minority life. Continue on to your trip, you will transfer to  Dien Bien Phu and then Sapa where you will  explore a quiet mountain town and experience the great diversity of ethnic minority people and especially in the paddy fields carpeting the rolling lower slopes of the Hoang Lien Mountains. And trek past scenic rice terraces, meet colorful hill tribes, wander through bustling ethnic markets and enjoy the grandeur of a town at the north end.

Brief Itinerary

Day Destination Accommodation
Day 1 Hanoi - Mai Chau Hotel in Mai Chau
Day 2 Mai Chau - Moc Chau - Son La - Dien Bien Hotel in Dien Bien
Day 3 Dien Bien - Lai Chau - Tam Duong - Sapa Hotel in Sapa
Day 4 Sapa - trekking to ethnic villages - Sapa Hotel in Sapa
Day 5 Sapa - Fansipan Peak - night train to Hanoi Night train
Day 6 Hanoi  

What to bring?

  • Original passport with valid visa
  • Camera and rolls of film
  • Sun block
  • Sun glasses
  • Wide brim hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Warm clothes (necessary to pack in during November to February)
  • Small amount of cash
  • Personal medicines
  • Insect repellent
  • Joy and big smiles :)

Day 1 : Hanoi – Mai Chau (L/D)

Our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi and drive to Mai Chau – a beautiful valley inhabited by the “Thai” people in Hoa Binh province.

As soon as we get out of Hanoi, the limestone mountain ranges rush up and give the scenery an imposing view.

Arrive in Mai Chau late noon, have lunch in Mai Chau and hike around the villages full of house-on-stilts, pretty handmade textile products and vast paddyfields to enjoy the routine life of the Thai people.

Have dinner and stay overnight in Mai Chau (Mai Chau Eco Lodge is optional).

Day 2 : Mai Chau - Moc Chau – Son La - Dien Bien Phu (B/L/D)

It's a long day today since the mountain roads do not allow the car's highest speed exceed 45km per hour. In return, we are crossing the most magnificent part of the Hoang Lien Son range - the Tonkinese Alps, the home of most colourful-dressed montagnards, who still maintain lots of their long-term culture and traditions.

From Mai Chau, we will drive to Son La via Moc Chau, where located hundreds of immense farms of dairy cows and where the best tea of Vietnam is produced. Surrounding Moc Chau is the inhabitation of various tribes including the H'mong, Thai, Muong and Dzao. Let's stop en route to visit villages and orchard/tea farm in Moc chau before reach Son La (200km from Mai Chau) for a late lunch.

Afternoon head to Dien Bien via Tuan Giao. The most picturesque scenery here belongs to Pha Din Pass, which is well-known as a historical site during the 1st Indochina War ended in 1954, and a charming and dangerous pass at elevation 1,300m with breathtaking view. 

Arrive Dien Bien in the evening for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 3 : Dien Bien Phu - Lai Chau - Sapa (B/L/-)

Dien Bien is only 35km from the border with Laos and used to be the last battlefield of the French and Vietnamese during the first Indochinese War. Not so long after 1954, Dien Bien Phu turned to be a green valley inhabited by dozens of the ethnic groups.

Visiting the historical sites in Dien Bien will make our trip more memorable, to name a few, they are Dien Bien Museum, A1 Hill, the shelter of the French General De Castries and the memorials of the Vietnamese and French soldiers died during the fierce battle in 1954.

Head Northwest to Sapa via Tam Duong with stopover to communicate with the people from tribal groups living surrounding Lai Chau like Black Thai, White Thai, Muong and Dzao people. After stopover at O Quy Ho Pass for a magnificent view of Northwest mountains, we'll reach Sapa.

Have dinner and stay overnight in Sapa.

 

Day 4 : Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van (B/L/-)

After having breakfast at the hotel, our tour guide will come and pick you up for trekking to Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai village. You will have a chance to see the daily life of Black H’Mong people. Then you will have lunch.

After lunch, you continue trekking to Ta Van village - walk through terraced fields and along Muong Hoa valley, you will see Ta Van village – home of Dzay people.

Then you will walk to the high road, our car will pick you up to go back Sapa Town.

Estimated distance trekking: 12 km

Estimated time trekking: 3.5 hours

You will have a free evening to discover Sapa by yourself.

Stay overnight in Sapa Town.

Day 5 : Sapa - Fansipan Peak - Sapa - Lao Cai - night train to Hanoi (B/L/D)

After having breakfast our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel then transfer to Cable car station for Fansipan Peak. We will buy tickets then board a cable car cabin flying up to the mountain cable station about 15 munites then start trekking over 600 steps to the peak.

After on the peak, see the panorama of Sapa, we will return to the cable station then go down station where driver will transfer back to your hotel.

After lunchtime, we will go trekking to Cat Cat & Sin Chai village before private car transfer us to Lao Cai Railway Station.

We will have dinner at a local restaurant in Lao Cai then stay overnight on train.

 

Day 6 : Hanoi Railway Station

We will arrive in Hanoi around 5:30 am and our driver will pick you up, transfer you back to your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter.

End of service.

This itinerary is private and customized for a small group. For more details please contact us at anytime.

The price below is US$ per person:

Quantity of group 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax
Superior Hotel US$  US$  US$  US$  US$  US$ 

Service Inclusion:

  • English speaking guide in Sapa
  • Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
  • Train tickets Lao Cai – Hanoi: 4 soft sleeper berth cabin with A/C
  • Fansipan peak cable car (2 ways)
  • Twin or Double shared accommodation at 3 star hotel with daily breakfast
  • Two (02) bottles of mineral water for each person per day.
  • Entrance fees and permits
  • Meals indicated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner)

 Service Exclusions:

  • International flights & departure taxes
  • Domestic flights & departure taxes
  • Beverages
  • Entrance fees & permits not mentioned above
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone call..), tips and gratuities
  • Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$45 & 02 passport photos per person)
  • Others not mentioned above.

Notes:

  • As we've mentioned above, this tour is private and could be customized in order to meet your requirements.
  • More people is equal to Lower cost.
  • Please be aware this itinerary or other trekking itineraries in general are not highly recommended to children, people with history of high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke.
  • Itinerary is subject to change under certain circumstances such as: uncontrolled weather condition.
  • The selected hotel might be changed to another one because of fully booking or renovation. We will surely let you know before decide to book and guarantee that the hotel is the same level to the first one.
  • High Season surchage will be applied if your travel date is on Nov, Dec, Mar, Apr.
  • Public Holiday dates surchage will be applied if your travel date is on 1 Jan, Lunar New Year, from 27 Apr to 1 May, from 27 Aug to 2 Sep, 24 Dec, 31 Dec.