Get away from the hustle and bustle of the Hanoi and enjoy your holiday in the regions of peace, beauty and local inspiration. The tour is highlighted at hilly northwestern parts of Vietnam, start from dreamy Mai Chau to historical Dien Bien Phu, then mingle with local Hmong people in Lai Chau before ending up in charming Sapa.
Tour code : GED06
Travel style : Guided Experience & Discovery
Duration : 06 Days - 05 Nights
Route : Hanoi – Mai Chau – Moc Chau – Son La – Dien Bien Phu – Lai Chau – Sapa
After your guide pick you up at your hotel, transfer to Mai Chau: a small town nestled in the midst of a lush valley surrounded by emerald-green rice fields. Enjoy picturesque views of the scenic landscape. Stop at Thung Khe pass for a spectacular view of Mai Chau valley. Reach Mai Chau at lunchtime.
After lunch, chance for you to visit the real local Thai traditional stilt house before cycling to villages of the Thai ethnic minority to learn about their daily lives and culture. Stop by a local village to learn about cloth weaving as a traditional handicraft. Get picked up by car and move to hidden Buoc village. After check-in the local lodge there, enjoy your sunset by the swimming pool, or cycle and walk around the village. Dinner at the lodge with the local people.
After breakfast with your host family, Transfer to Son La. Chance to stop en route to visit local villages of various tribes like the H’mong, Thai, Muong and Yao or Moc Chau tea plantation. In the afternoon, continue along winding mountain roads to Pha Din pass, well-known as a historical site during the 1st Indochina War and one of 4 greatest passes in Vietnam. It is a charming but dangerous pass at an elevation of 1,300m with breathtaking views of the valleys below. Reach Dien Bien Phu city late in the evening. The rest of the day is free at your leisure.
Spend the whole morning to discover Dien Bien Phu, a famous historical battleground where the Vietnamese successfully defeated the French, putting an end to French colonial occupation. Start with a visit to the local market where you meet charming Thai tribes in their traditional costume. Next, visit Dien Bien Phu museum, A1 hill and then Dien Bien Phu cemetery, General De Castries’s bunker, Old Muong Thanh bridge and Nam Rom river to learn about the historic victory of the Dien Bien Phu campaign.
After the lunch, continue to Lai Chau along a bumpy road, passing a series of ethnic villages of Kho Mu (Xa), Huoi Chan, and Bung Giat. Taking the scenic roads, head for Phong Tho district, crossing the junctions of the Da and Ma rivers by way of the Chinese-built Hang Tom suspension bridge. From here, the road weaves its way northwards through the picturesque Na River valley. Reach your homestay at Sin Suoi Ho village, a border village of Hmong people.
Today, leave Phong Tho for Sapa. The road is a bit bumpy at times, but quickly compensated by the magnificent scenery: yawning valleys, winding rivers, and towering mountains – a photographer’s dream. The drive to Sapa takes you up O Qui Ho – the highest pass in Vietnam which offers amazing views of the Fansipan mount, known as “the roof of Indochina”. Chance for you to visit Heaven’s gate and Silver waterfall – symbols of hilly Northwest of Vietnam.
Arrive in Sapa in the afternoon. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore the dreamy town on your own.
A full day 17-18 km trek will reward you with an up and down winding journey through some poetic terraced rice fields of the Black Hmong ethnic minority. Chance to cast an eye over daily activities of local people. Come across some local schools in Lao Chai village to see the friendly waving hands of native Hmong and Yao children. Lunch in Ta Van village before trekking to a romantic old hanging bridge crossing Muong Hoa river.
After breakfast, spend the last moments in this mountainous paradise before a long and beautiful drive back to Hanoi.
Please note that accommodations mentioned in this list are for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed.