North West Vietnam Adventure Tour

North West Vietnam Adventure Tour
  • North West Vietnam Adventure Tour

7 days

This is the most exciting and spectacular adventure in Vietnam. The northwest is still very unspoiled and is a captivating blend of dramatic landscapes and colorful hill tribes. This adventure takes you through a stunning and isolated area, which has changed little over the centuries and is steeped in history.

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  • Trip highlights

    This is the most exciting and spectacular adventure in Vietnam. The northwest is still very unspoiled and is a captivating blend of dramatic landscapes and colorful hill tribes. This adventure takes you through a stunning and isolated area, which has changed little over the centuries and is steeped in history.

    Brief itinerary

    Day 1.: Hanoi - Mai Chau (160km) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Day 2.: Mai Chau - Moc Chau - Son La (160km) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Day 3.: Son La - Dien Bien Phu (170km) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Day 4.: Dien Bien Phu - Lai Chau - Tam Duong (200km) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Day 5.: Lai Chau - Sapa (90km) (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Day 6.: Sapa trekking, Homestay (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Day 7.: Drive or night train to Hanoi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Detailed Itinerary

    Day 1. Hanoi - Mai Chau (160km)

    Depart a 4WD car from your hotel and head for Hoa Binh province. After weaving your way through the busy Hanoi traffic, you will soon be out of town (10 km) and able to admire the scenic Vietnamese countryside. Traverse a region of spectacular limestone mountains, passes and valleys, as you wind your way downhill to Mai Chau Valley of the Thai people. Spend the afternoon strolling around one of their picturesque villages, learning more about the Thai and experiencing their renowned hospitality. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner whilst watching traditional local dancing and don't miss the opportunity to sample the local rice wine, which is drunk with a rod. Sleep in a house on stilts.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Homestay in Mai Chau

    Day 2. Mai Chau - Moc Chau - Son La (160km)

    Today, you will travel about the same distance as you covered to Mai Chau. The road to Son La is lined with fruit orchards, tea plantations and towering mountains. En route, you will have the chance to meet and talk to the black Thai, white Thai, H'mong and Muong hill tribe people as they journey to work or the local markets. In the afternoon, visit the Prison Museum in Son La, which presents one perspective on the former French colonial rule. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Son La

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Trade Union hotel

    Day 3. Son La - Dien Bien Phu (170km)

    The further you drive, the more impressive the mountain scenery will become. Visit more tribal village people on your way to Dien Bien Phu city. Stop for lunch in Tuan Giao. Continue on to Dien Bien and enjoy the spectacular scenery of Pha Din pass. In the afternoon, visit Dien Bien Phu, the last base of the French colonial power in Indochina. Monuments, museums and preserved bunkers all tell the story of the "final and victorious liberating battle" of 1954. After dinner, you are free to explore the nightlife of this remote mountain city. Overnight in Dien Bien Phu.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Muong Thanh Hotel

    Day 4. Dien Bien Phu - Lai Chau - Tam Duong (200km)

    Today's drive lasts 6 to 7 hours but the scenery of the Lai Chau valley is both breathtaking and dramatic. The road is sometimes steep and often rugged, hugging rice-terraced mountainsides and fording turbulent rivers. In addition to the visual spectacle, you'll have a chance to meet the some of the most beautiful and friendly hill tribe people in North Vietnam, such as the H'Mong, Black Thai, Black Dzao and Pazi. Dinner and overnight in the town of Tam Duong.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Phuong Thanh hotel

    Day 5. Lai Chau - Sapa (90km)

    Take a short walk around this peaceful town and its market before hitting the road once again. As you wind your way through Tram Ton pass, the highest mountain pass in Viet Nam, you will be rewarded by truly magnificent views of the majestic mountains, passes and valleys. Prepare for a dramatic change of climate as you approach the old French hill station of Sapa. Now a busy market town for the regional minority groups, the town is encircled by towering peaks, often shrouded in cloud, and the air is cool and crisp. After checking into a comfortable hotel, you are free to explore this picturesque Sapa town.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Royal View hotel

    Day 6. Sapa trekking, Homestay

    Take car ride along the rugged but scenic road downhill from Sapa. The car will drop you at the village of the Dzay people, your trekking base, from where you will go trekking across paddy fields, villages and streams. Discover a gentler, more tranquil way of life as you experience the genuine hospitality of the hill tribe people. Finish your day's trek at a Tay village called Ban Ho, where you will stay with a local family - the perfect conclusion to a truly satisfying day filled with cultural insights and the unspoiled beauty of nature

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Homestay in Sapa

    Day 7. Drive or night train to Hanoi

    Say goodbye to the family and take a short trek this morning before getting on the car back to Sapa. At leisure for relaxation and shopping in the afternoon. Depart from the train station of Lao Cai at 8.50pm in an air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi at 5am next morning. End the trip.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation: Onboard train

    The itinerary above could be customized to suit your desire, feel free to get in touch with us for the ideas and best quotation.

  • Tour prices quoted in USD per person in private group

    No of travelers 2 pax 3-5 pax 6-8 pax 9 pax up
    Price in USD/person $790 $657 $476 $443

    Not fit your requirement? Feel free to contact us to plan this trip and get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs

    Inclusion

    • Night train ticket: Lao Cai - Hanoi (soft sleeper, 4-berth cabin with air-conditioning)
    • Transfer by private 4WD car, as indicated in the tour program
    • Meals as specified at local restaurant,
    • Entrance fees & permits
    • Hotel/homestay accommodation based on twin/double room shared
    • English or French-speaking guide,
    • Complementary drink water.

    Exclusion

    • Travel insurance,
    • Drinks and tips at customer's discretion,
    • Other expenses not mentioned in the program.
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