10 days
2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Northwest Vietnam Discovery

The northwest region of Vietnam is steeped in history and provides a captivating blend of dramatic landscapes and colorful hill tribes. This stunning and isolated area has changed little over the centuries. Experience rural Vietnam as well as meet and talk to numerous different ethnic minority groups. This 10 day northwest Vietnam discovery is on offer.

Accommodations (3 star) Private transfers
Professional guide Meals (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
Boat cruises Entrance fees
Internal and external flights
Personal expenses
Visa fee
Travel insurance

Your Vietnam discovery journey begins in Hanoi and heads north by car to Mai Chau, a small town nestled in the midst of a lush valley and surrounded by emerald-green rice fields then continue your drive to Dien Bien Phu where the Vietnamese successfully defeated the French, marking the end of French colonial occupation. Last destination is Sapa, situated right on the Chinese border. From here you will trek to a very remote area of the Sapa valley, where you will be able to visit the largest ethnic group in the region.


Day 1 : Hanoi Arrival

Arrive at Hanoi airport, transfer to hotel for check-in. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 2: Hanoi City Tour (B, L)

A full day city tour of Hanoi includes Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, his House on Stilts, the One Pillar Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple, the Temple of Literature and the Vietnam Ethnology Museum. After lunch, you will continue to visit Opera House, Cathedral, Ngoc Son Temple and take a cyclo for an hour to visit Old quarter streets followed by the Water Puppet Show. Overnight in Hanoi..

Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau (B, L, D)

Today, you will start your Vietnam adventure holiday by departing to Mai Chau, a small town nestled in the midst of a lush valley and surrounded by emerald-green rice fields. Enjoy picturesque views of the scenic landscape, sown with pagodas and rural villages. Stop along the way to visit the Muong tribe and then at Thung Khe Pass for a spectacular view of Mai Chau Valley. Have lunch in Mai Chau then you will spend the afternoon trekking off the typical tourist track, along the Song Ma River. Trek through terraced rice paddies and small villages to discover the natural beauty of the valley and encounter the culture of the White Thai people living in the region. Your overnight stay tonight will be at a local family in Lac village. Dinner followed by a live traditional dance and music performance.

Day 4: Mai Chau - Son La - Dien Bien Phu (B, L, D)

Start your early day with a simple breakfast with your host family. Farewell to your host of home stay and drive to Son La. You will stop en route to visit villages of various tribes including the H’mong, Thai, Muong and Dzao and orchard, tea farm in Moc Chau plateau – Vietnam’s premier tea-growing region, before reaching to Son La (200km from Mai Chau) for a late lunch. In the afternoon, you will continue your trip along winding mountain roads through North Vietnam’s stunning countryside. The most picturesque scenery here is Pha Din Pass, 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. According to local legend, “Pha Din” means the connection between Heaven and Earth. On arrival, check in at your hotel and spend rest of day at leisure. Overnight in Dien Bien Phu.

Day 5: Dien Bien Phu – Lai Chau - Phong Tho (B, L, D)

Nestled in a heart shaped basin near the border with Laos, lies Dien Bien Phu, the famous historical battleground, where the Vietnamese successfully defeated the French, marking the end of French colonial occupation.
Start the day early with a visit to the local market where you will meet charming Thai tribes in their traditional costumes purchasing their farm products. Next, you will visit Dien Bien Phu Museum and A1 hill then continue to Dien Bien Phu Cemetery to observe a minute’s silence in memory of the heroes who devoted their lives for the victory of the historical Dien Bien Phu Campaign. Visit General De Castries’s Bunker, Old Muong Thanh Bridge and Nam Rom river. After lunch, proceed to Lai Chau along a bumpy road, passing a series of ethnic villages of Kho Mu (Xa), Huoi Chan, and Bung Giat. Continue to Phong Tho on scenic roads, crossing the junctions of Da and Na rivers by the way of the Chinese-built Hang Tom suspension bridge. From here, the road weaves its way northwards through the picturesque and steadily more spectacular Na River valley, past more ethnic villages of White Thai, Kho Mu and later Red and White H’mong minorities. Arrive in Phong Tho and spend rest of the day to cycle around the village. Overnight in Phong Tho.

Day 6: Lai Chau – Sapa (B, L, D)

This morning, you will leave Phong Tho for Sapa. The road is a bit bumpy at times, but the rough route is quickly compensated by the magnificent scenery: yawning valleys, winding rivers, and canonical mountains – a photographer’s dream. The drive to Sapa takes you up Tram Son – the highest pass in Vietnam – and views of the Fansipan Peak, known as “the roof of Indochina”. Stop en route to visit Heaven’s Gate and the Silver Waterfall. You arrive in Sapa in the afternoon. Nestled in a sweeping valley near the Chinese border, Sapa is Northwest Vietnam’s premier travel destination. Built in 1922 as a French colonial hill station, this quaint town is now a trekker’s paradise, offering hiking routes through terraced rice fields and enchanting hill tribe villages. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the colorful town on your own. Have dinner and stay overnight in Sapa.

Day 7: Sapa Trekking (B, L)

Enjoy an entire day trekking through Sapa’s breathtaking countryside. After breakfast at the hotel, begin your adventure, trekking down to the Muong Hoa Valley, continue on one of Vietnam’s most beautiful trekking routes. Walk through pine forests, terraced rice paddies and traditional Hmong villages. Along the way you will visit a village school and have a picnic lunch along the river’s edge. After lunch, trek through the Zay village. You conclude your journey at Ta Van Bridge, where your driver will take you back to Sapa. Enjoy the evening free at your leisure.

Day 8: Sapa Free Day (B)

A full day free at leisure or discover Sapa town on your own. Overnight in Sapa.

Day 9: Sapa - Hanoi (B, L)

After an early breakfast at the hotel, you leave Sapa for the long and beautiful drive back to Hanoi. Enjoy many stops en route to savor the beautiful countryside as the landscape changes from arching mountains to the flat plains of the Red River Delta. Arrive in Hanoi in late afternoon for your overnight stay.

Day 10: Hanoi Departure (B)

Free at leisure till transferring to airport for flight home. End of northwest Vietnam adventure tour.
Northwest Vietnam Discovery
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