Get lost in beautiful and wild nature of Vietnam in the East and the West with our 11- day tour. It is also the chance for you to explore authentic culture of many different ethnic minorities like Dao, Tay, Nung and H’mong when setting your foot in each place. This tour requires trekking a lot, make sure that you prepare adequately exclusive items. Notably, Can Cau Market and Dong Van Ethnic Market are only available on Saturday and Sunday. If you would like to visit these market, the tour should be run in the weekend.
 

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Duration: 11 days/10 nights
Date: No fixed, up to your decision
Start/End: Hanoi/Hanoi
Tour route: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Nghia Lo – Mu Cang Chai – Sapa – Fansipan Peak – Bac Ha – Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Lung Cu – Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Ba Be Lake
Highlights: Luong Son Market, Ban Lake, Lac Village, Cum Village, Xa Linh Rouge, Hang Kia Village, Muong Lo, Khau Pha Pass, Tu Le Village, Nga Ba Khin, Kim Noi Village, O Quy Ho Pass, Indochina Summit – Fanxipan Mountain, Silver Waterfall, Heaven Gate in Quan Ba, Vuong Chi Sinh Ancient House, Puong Cave, Dau Dang Waterfall, Pac Ngoi Village
Tour Customizable: Definitely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Guides: Local Guide (English Speaking Guide, Other Languages depend on your Request)
Tour type: Adventure
Active level: Moderate
Transportation: Private first-class air-conditioned motor coach
Accommodation: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges

Brief Itinerary
Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Mai Hich (L, D)
Day 2: Mai Hich – Xa Linh – Hang Kia – Moc Chau (B, L, D)
Day 3: Moc Chau – Phu Yen – Nghia Lo (B, L, D)
Day 4: Nghia Lo –Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai (B, L, D)
Day 5: Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen – Sapa – Cat Cat village (B, L)
Day 6: Sapa – Tram Ton – 2800m (B, L, D)
Day 7: 2800m – the top of Fansipan – Tram Ton – Sapa (B, L)
Day 8: Sapa- Bac Ha visit – Ha Giang (B, L)
Day 9: Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Lung Cu – Dong Van (B, L)
Day 10: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Meo Vac – Ba Be Lake (B, L)
Day 11: Ba Be Lake – Hanoi (B, L)

 
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Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Mai Hich (L, D)
This morning, we take a scenic drive to Mai Chau Valley (Hoa Binh Province) – one of the closest attractions to Hanoi where we can find a truly rural life of ethnic minorities. During the drive, we stop for visit and take photos at some verdant tea fields, Luong Son Market, ethnic villages with their houses on stilts. In the early afternoon, we arrive at Mai Chau then have lunch in a Thai family in Lac Village.

Lac Village in Mai Chau

Lac Village in Mai Chau

After taking a short rest, we visit Ban Lake before drive about 8km from Lac Village to Cum Village. From here, trekking through villages and the foot of mountains, we will see the habitation of Thai people over a thousand years. Next, we walk to Mai Hich Village within 2 hours to marvel a majestic view of mountains and wide cultivated valley of rice and vegetables. At noon, we check into a wooden house of stilts then prepare dinner with the help of local host. Enjoy our meal while having informal talk with all members of family. Overnight in Mai Hich home-stay
FYI: Home- stay is equipped adequately with mattresses, mosquito net and hot water shower

Thai people in traditional dance, Mai Chau

Thai people in traditional dance, Mai Chau

Day 2: Mai Hich – Xa Linh – Hang Kia – Moc Chau (B, L, D)
Morning guided sightseeing in some H’mong villages in Xa Linh Rouge, next to a mountain pass on Highway 6. Then, we take a trekking in 3 hours to Hang Kia Village located in a valley and mostly settled down by H’mong people. Afterward, head to the Northwest about more 60km, we set our foot at Moc Chau Plateau which is famous for cultivated and grown place of green tea and dairy cows. Enjoy our dinner at a cozy local restaurant then overnight in a hotel.

Hill tribe children playing around their house in Moc Chau

Hill tribe children playing around their house in Moc Chau

Day 3: Moc Chau – Phu Yen – Nghia Lo (B, L, D)
Itinerary today starts with the trip to Phu Yen – the oldest town of Son La Province then continue with Nghia Lo (Yen Bai Province) which is well-known for “hoa ban”- a symbolic flower of the Northwest area, Muong Lo rice, five-color sticky rice, brocade and “xòe Thái”- a traditional dance of Thai people.
After check into a hotel in Nghia Lo, alongside the valley of Muong Lo, we will take a walk around the village to get a closer look about daily life of local residents especially Black Thai people. Back to hotel in Nghia Lo for dinner. Overnight here.

Local ethnic children help their parent on the rice paddy field

Local ethnic children help their parent on the rice paddy field

Day 4: Nghia Lo –Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai (B, L, D)
Leave Nghia Lo this morning, we take a scenic drive to Mu Cang Chai. To get this town, we have to drive through Khau Pha Pass known as one of the four largest pass of the Northwest where we can experience mighty landscape of mountains, forests and enormous paddy fields. Besides, on the road, our driver will stop the car at Tu Le Village to let us rest, walk around and enjoy the scenery. Then, continue the trip with a visit at H’mong village of Nga Ba Khin before drive more 7km to set foot on another H’mong village of La Pan Tan. Arrival at Mu Cang Chai in the early afternoon.

Hmong girl in Mu Cang Chai

Hmong girl in Mu Cang Chai

When in Mu Cang Chai, we first check into a Thai people’ house then have lunch with their family. After taking a short rest, we move to Kim Noi Village by walking. In the late afternoon, we return to our home-stay for preparing meal with the host. Enjoy dinner and overnight here.

Day 5: Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen – Sapa – Cat Cat village (B, L)
This morning, we shift round to the North and take 4 hours driving – Sapa is the next site in our journey. On the way, besides beautiful green tea fields in Than Uyen, visit a Thai Village with short trekking about 2-3km. Have lunch in Than Uyen’s local restaurant before continue the trip. On the rest of the road, we can see the panoramic view from one of the highest pass of Vietnam – O Quy Ho Pass (2047m) and the Indochina Summit – Fanxipan Mountain (3143m)

P Quy Ho Pass

P Quy Ho Pass

Take a short rest after arrival in Sapa, we walk down to Cat Cat Village – a living place of Black H’mong people. Here, we get deeper insights into local people’s life by seeing ethnic women selling colorful brocade traditional dresses in small houses or ethnic children playing together in the front yards, etc; enjoy fresh air and peace of mountainous area.

Cat Cat Village

Cat Cat Village

Next, we move to a hydroelectric center and a beautiful waterfall, then hear our local guide introduce about its history and other related interesting stories. Back to the hotel in Sapa center when it gets dark. Enjoy our free dinner and overnight here.
Approx: 5 driving hours/ 1-hour lunch

Day 6: Sapa – Tram Ton – 2800m (B, L, D)
This morning, our driver will take us to Silver Waterfall before having breakfast. After climbing up the stairs within 20 minutes, the waterfall make its appearance spectacularly in front of us. Then, we drive farther to Heaven Gate – a must-visit attraction of Sapa known as the highest peak of Vietnam’s road. From here, we can marvel at Fansipan – the top of Indochina and might landscape of surrounding mountains and forests. Lunchtime will be taken place in a convenient spot among the forest.

Silver Waterfall

Silver Waterfall

After having a break, we continue our trekking tour to the campsite and enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of Sapa and Lai Chau Province during the hike. In the late afternoon, we arrive at the campsite at 2800m ASL then rest and enjoy dinner after a long walking day.
Approx: 0,5 hour driving/ 6 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.

Fansipan mount trekking

Fansipan mount trekking

Day 7: 2800m – Fansipan Peak – Tram Ton – Sapa (B, L)
Located in the height of 2800m and known as “Indochina Summit”, trekking to the Fansipan peak will be our highlight today. Gain a victory over ourselves and enjoy breathtaking scenery of nature are certainly the most unforgettable experiences in this journey. After a few minutes of resting, we hike down to the campsite and have lunch.
Then, follow the trail and stone steeps in Hoang Lien National Park, we meet our car to return to our hotel in Sapa where we can relax after a long trekking day.
Approx: 0,5 hour driving/ 7,5 hours walking/ 1 hour lunch.

Scenic view from Fansipan

Scenic view from Fansipan

Day 8: Sapa – Bac Ha visit – Ha Giang (B, L)
If our trip falls on weekend, we will visit Can Cau Market- a famous ethnic market in Bac Ha Town that is only taken place on Saturday morning and Sunday morning. After breakfast, our driver takes us to this town within 3 hours. Passing Bao Nhai Bridge, we set our foot on Can Cau Market and start exploring bustling and hustling atmosphere here.

Can Cau Market

Can Cau Market, Sapa

We can find various types of products and easily buy an unique souvenir like brocade or silver items for ourselves. Transfer to Ban Pho Village – a small village of Nung and Flower H’mong people where they grow many vegetables and fruit trees especially plum. Stroll around and witness daily life of them before visit a local house and taste a kind of ethnic alcohol named corn alcohol. In the late afternoon, back to the town and check into our hotel. Overnight in Bac Ha.
Approx: 3-hour driving/ 1.5 hours walking.

Hmong ethnic sell and exchange their products at Can Cau Market

Hmong ethnic sell and exchange their products at Can Cau Market

Day 9: Ha Giang – Quan Ba – Yen Minh – Lung Cu – Dong Van (B, L)
Leave Bac Ha this morning, we shift the direction to Dong Van – the largest rocky plateau of Vietnam. On the way, we stop for a visit and take photos at Lung Cu Flagpole then enjoy the majestic landscape from Heaven Gate in Quan Ba before continue climbing the chain of limestone peaks. We aslo visit several H’mong villages with old mud house built in colonial style. Specially, all the house will light their lanterns at night 3 times per month.

Ethnic villagers in Dong Van Rocky Plateau

Ethnic villagers in Dong Van Rocky Plateau

Located in 12km far from Dong Van, Vuong Chi Sinh Ancient House is our next site. He was considered as the King of the H’mong in Dong Van in Indochina War. The house is a palace made from stone and wood of Qing Dynasty in Chinese architecture style. Afterward, we back to Dong Van for dinner and rest. Overnight in a hotel.

Tribal kid carry rices in Dong Van Ha Giang

Tribal kid carry rices in Dong Van Ha Giang

Day 10: Dong Van – Ma Pi Leng Pass – Meo Vac – Ba Be Lake (B, L)
Similar with Can Cau Market, Dong Van Ethnic Market (Ha Giang Province) is only available on weekend (Sunday). If we are lucky, we will visit it where we can buy variety of products and ethnic items and get more insights into local people’s life.

Ma Pi Leng Pass at mist

Ma Pi Leng Pass at mist

Leave the market, we drive along Nho Que River and get amazed when witnessing the whole breathtaking scenery from the top the most magnificent pass of Vietnam – Ma Pi Leng Pass. After 2 hours, transfer to Meo Vac to have a short break before drive to Bac Kan. In Ba Be Lake, we will enjoy the tranquil landscape and relax ourselves after a long day with the nice river view from Pac Ngoi Village. Have dinner, beer time and overnight in a beautiful homestay.

Breathtaking landscape of Ba Be Lake

Breathtaking landscape of Ba Be Lake

Day 11: Ba Be Lake – Hanoi (B, L)
Morning sightseeing with local guide introduces us about Ba Be Lake – the largest natural lake in Vietnam with over 650 hecta of area and around 8km of the length. Take a boat and row it along the river, we will visit Puong Cave in Ba Be National Park before marvel at Dau Dang Waterfall. Afterward, take a stroll around it while waiting for our lunch in a local restaurant. In Pac Ngoi Village, we have a short break before prepare to go back to Hanoi. Arrive at Hanoi in the late afternoon where your holiday ends.

Pac Ngoi Village

Pac Ngoi Village

What’s included?

  • Transfers between hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing
  • English speaking tour guide, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. He or she will provide you with the best local knowledge available
  • Accommodation bases on double or twin sharing room
  • Entrance fees & permits
  • All meals as specified in the itinerary with authentic local food. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
  • Boat excursions
  • Bottle of drinking water on the car

What’s excluded?

  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Vietnam Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Hotel in Hanoi
  • Other meals which are not indicated above
  • Beverages in the restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Personal and other expenses such as porterage, bar bills and laundry not stated in the itinerary

Recommended Hotel List:

Location Accommodation Room Category
Nghia Lo Nghia Lo hotel Superior room
Mu Cang Chai Homestay Local standard
Sapa Sapa Boutique hotel Superior room
Bac Ha Ngan Nga hotel Superior room
Ha Giang Cao Nguyen hotel Superior room
Dong Van Hoang Ngoc hotel Superior room
Ba Be Homestay Local standard
  • Room type is based on Double bed or Twin-shared rooms by 2 people
  • Inclusive of Daily breakfast & taxes