This tour program focus on the off the beaten track mountainous areas of Vietnam where photographers, nature lovers,… will encounter breath-taking natural landscapes, colourful ethnic minorities and authentic experiences all year round.
- Staying in local ethnic villages – learning the local life
- Soaking in amazing landscape of the unique rocky plateau
- Meeting ethnic peoples such as Thai, Lu, Hmong, Red Dzao,…
- Mingling with traditionally dressed locals in ethnic minority villages
- Driving over Khau Pha pass, the most stunning terrace field view in Vietnam
- Trekking through the beautiful valleys and peaceful villages: Tu Le, Mu Cang Chai and Sapa
- Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast
- Other meals listed in the itinerary
- Expert English-speaking local guide
- Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
- Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
- Boat cruises and rides while on tour
- Flights to tour destinations (Economy Class)
- Service charges and government VAT tax
ITINERARY BY DAY
Day 1: Hanoi – Nghia Lo
Our tour guide and driver will pick up you at your hotel in Hanoi at 8.00 AM departing for a fascinating 5 day trip. Leaving behind the bustling Hanoi city, you will enjoy viewing the pleasant countryside scenes along the way to Yen Bai province. Arrive to Nghia Lo town early in the afternoon, you check into a friendly homestay at a peaceful village nearby the town. Enjoy a home cook lunch and have a short rest. In the afternoon, get your cycle to discover the beautiful villages of the ethnic minority groups, visiting rice fields. You enjoy the home hosted dinner and overnight at the homestay.
Day 2: Nghia Lo – Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai
Having breakfast at homestay, then say farewell to the host, we depart to Tu Le town. Tu Le is a small town located at the beautiful valley in the foot of Khau Pha Pass. Here you will enjoy a soft trek visiting to the beautiful rice field and some villages, taking stunning pictures and meeting friendly local people. You then have a lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you enjoy a drive to the famous Khau Pha Pass which is one of 4 best pass in the North well-known for picturesque terraced paddies. You then have a few more stops en route for taking stunning pictures on the way to Mu Cang Chai. Arrive in Mu Cang Chai town later in the afternoon, say hello the friendly home host and have a short rest. Then you enjoy a walking tour visit the village of Thai ethnic minority at the foot of the nearby mountain. Have dinner and overnight at the homestay.
Day 3: Mu Cang Chai – Sapa
8:00 Am After having breakfast you check out and traveling to Sapa. Driving out of Mu Cang Chai, you will stop en route to visit the stunning village of Lu people. Have lunch at a local restaurant on the way heading to Sapa. Arrive to Sapa by 5:30 Pm. Check into a boutique hotel in Sapa downtown. There are plenty of the good restaurants in Sapa for your choice. Enjoy your dinner on your own cost and explore Sapa night market.
Day 4: Sapa trekking – homestay
At 9:30 the trek starts in the center of Sapa. We will walk towards the new market on the edge of the town. From there we hike up the hill for some spectacular views of Sapa. We keep walking through the incredible rocky landscape surrounding Sa Seng village. Sa Seng is a small Hmong farming village located on the edge of the hill. After Sa Seng village we have lunch and a well-deserved short break. After lunch we continue our trek in the direction of Hang Da village. This part of the trek will be the most rewarding with some breathtaking views of Muong Hoa valley. On the way you can stop at one of the small roadside shops and try some sugar cane. Continue to trek downhill through the woods towards Cau La Chuoi village. Cau La Chuoi village is a small Hmong farmers community and the home of Sue’s parents, this is where you will spend the night. You can relax a bit and meet Sue’s parents before it is time to make dinner. Learn about daily village life for the Hmong while enjoying your homestay. Sue will teach you how to make spring rolls and a delicious home-cooked meal will be prepared. During dinner try drinking some rice wine with your host.
Day 5: Sapa trekking – drive back Hanoi
The next morning trekking starts at 8 AM. First however it is time for breakfast to give you the strength for another long day of trekking. The trek will start downhill to Muong Hoa valley and Lao Chai village. We will walk past grazing buffalos and through a beautiful small bamboo forest before reaching Lao Chai. We will then walk through the Hmong village of Lao Chai towards Ta Van where we will have a small lunch.
Then we transfer back to Hanoi.