North-West Adventures 7 Days
Tour code: NW07
Type of tour: Private
Duration: 7 Days 6 Nights
Route: Ha Noi - Mai Chau - Moc Chau - Son La - Dien Bien Phu - Muong Lay - Lai Chau - Sapa - Ha Noi
HANOI - MAI CHAI - SON LA - DIEN BIEN - LAI CHAU - SAPA - HANOI
( 7 Days 6 Nights )
What make this tour so special:
- Overnight train experience to Sapa & home stay
- Visit the Dzay minority in Son La village
- Exploring Su Pan village of the H'mong
- You will have a welcome feeling at any house of the hospitable people.
- You can interact them, learn about their culture and customs.
- Visit village of the black H'mong (Catcat)
- Day 1 : Ha Noi - Mai Chau
- Day 2 : Mai Chau - Moc Chau - Son La
- Day 3 : Son La - Dien Bien Phu
- Day 4 : Dien Bien Phu - Muong Lay - Lai Chau
- Day 5 : Lai Chau - Sapa
- Day 6 : Sapa
- Day 7 : Sapa - Ha Noi
Day 01: Ha Noi - Mai Chau ( B,L )
We start from your hotel 8:00 am and hit the road venturing away from Hanoi. The Vietnam countryside comes up on us quickly and is what see through the window as we head towards Hoa Binh province. We pass through a region of spectacular limestone mountains the wind our way to the Mai Chau valley of the Thai people. Arrival in the village at around noon. Have lunch and take rest. In the afternoon, we spend a little time walking around the village, learning about the Thai people and experiencing their hospitality. Dinner and then a chances to enjoy traditional dances and the local rice wine drunk through bamboo straws. Sleep in their traditional house on stilts.
Day 02: Mai Chau - Moc Chau - Son La ( B,L )
Today we will drive about the same distance. The road to Son La is lined with fruit orchards, tea plantations, and towering mountains. We'll stop along the way for chances to meet and talk to the Black Thai, White Thai, H’mong and Muong hill tribe people on their way to work or the local markets. In the afternoon, we visit the Prison Museum in Son La, which remains as a poignant reminder of former French colonial rule. Dinner and sleep in a standard hotel in town.
Day 03: Son La - Dien Bien Phu ( B,L )
The further we drive the more impressive the mountain scenery becomes. We will be visit villages and meet more of tribal people along our journey to Dien Bien Phu city. Stop for lunch in Tuan Giao then continue on to Dien Bien. Enjoy the wonderful scenery in Pha Din pass.
In the afternoon we will arrive in Dien Bien Phu, the last base of the French in Indochina. We will visit the monuments, museums and preserved bunkers that tell the story of the final and victorious liberating battle of 1954. Dinner and free to explore local nightlife in this remote mountain city. Overnight here at your hotel.
Day 04: Dien Bien Phu - Muong Lay - Lai Chau ( B,L )
With about 6 – 7 hours on the road, our drive is often steep and sometimes rugged. The road through the Lai Chau valley is both breathtaking and dramatic, hugging rice terraced mountainsides and fording turbulent rivers. Visually spectacular! On this day you'll have a chance to see the most beautiful hill tribes in Northern Vietnam such as the H'mong, Black Thai, Black Dzao, and Pazi. Dinner and overnight in the town of Lai Chau (or Tam Duong).
Day 05: Lai Chau - Sapa ( B,L )
A short morning walk around this peaceful town and the market before hitting the road that winds up and through Tram Ton pass - the highest mountain pass in Vietnam. We are rewarded with magnificent views of the great mountain geography. Nearing Sapa – an old French hill station now trekking mecca - the climate changes and the excitement builds. Often shrouded in cloud the air might become cool and crisp. Check in at a hotel with comfort and free to explore this wonderful town of Sapa!
Day 06: Sapa, trek and homestay ( B,L )
Have the morning to walk around the town on your own after breakfast which is served at the hotel. Our guide will meet you at 10:30 am, when we will take a short ride from Sapa to our trekking base. We start our trek through terraced rice fields and Hmong villages. Chances to meet and talk with locals working in the fields are plentiful. We will pause for a picnic lunch en route then continue trekking toTa Phin village of the Red Dao people. Your Dao host family will warmly welcome you to their traditional home where we will share in an ethnic style dinner and stay the night.
Day 07: Trek back to Sapa, then night train back to Hanoi
At the first of gleam of daylight, you will see and hear the sounds of morning village life. After breakfast, we will complete our trek on a valley route to the main road (4 hours). Alternatively, for this long trek, you can choose to take a short morning wander around the village for about 1 hour, resulting in more time spent with the host family. For both options, you will be supported by our car / van back to Sapa (30 minutes).
Back in Sapa, you will have the afternoon for showering up and resting. However you are encouraged to spend the free time to discover more of the secrets of this colorful town. At 5:30 pm your driver will bring you to the train station in Lao Cai. We depart at 8:15 pm on an AC soft sleeper class to Hanoi – a safe train journey will bring you back to Hanoi around 5:00 am (find your own way back to your hotel – a taxi usually costs around 50,000VND). Your adventure ends here with a lifetime's worth of memories.
Price per pax (adult) in US Dollars
Private tour: To do the tour privately. The tour is not fixed, it is possible to be customized for your group. All service is reserved for your group only. You do not have to share the bus, boat, tour guide with other tourists
- Hotel accommodation based on twin or triple share with daily breakfast (incl: services charges, room taxes and baggage handling) or homestay
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- All transfers and transportation
- English- speaking guide (other languages are available upon request).
- Sightseeing as specified including entrance fees
- Optional tours
- Tips for tour guide, driver
- Travel insurance
- Expenditure of a personal nature, tips, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, emergency transfers & etc
- Visa fee
- International airfare to/ from Vietnam & International airport tax in Vietnam
- Others which are not mentioned in the inclusion
- Rates are subjected to changed without prior notice.
- Itinerary is subject to change depending on flights, road condition and room availability
- As indicated: A/C= Air-conditioning, O/N= Overnight, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
The hotel may be changed up to its availability. It will be confirmed after getting your deposit/ payment. You can get details of your hotel at our website: http://www.vietnamhotels.vn/ ; details of your cruise at our website http://www.halongcruise.vn/
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