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You are nature lovers & outdoor adventurers? You would love to stay away from touristic places and explore off-the-beaten-track attractions & authentic local cultures? North West Mountain Vietnam is a large mountainous areas of magnificent beauty viewing gorgeous mountains & valley in Sapa, Mai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien Phu & Lai Chau that could be a smart choice for your Vietnam Holiday.
- Wonderful captivation to majestic landscapes of mountains & valleys in far Northwest Mountains of Vietnam.
- Authentic experiences of local ethnics’s rich cultures when trekking to their villages or homestaying on their homestay.
- Healthy treks on hillsides down the valley to captivate breathtaking scenery of rice terraces, mountains, valleys & peaceful villages.
- Chances to taste local delicious foods at homestays or restaurants during the journey.
- Real touch & exploration to significantly historical sites of Vietnam- French wars in Dien Bien Phu area.
Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau
Mai Chau is home to White Thai people, who live in stilt houses and are made of bamboo and timber and make living by farming rice, corn and animals.
Do a leisurely walking or cycling around Mai Chau to explore Mai Chau beautiful ethnic villages including Na Thia, Pom Coong, Lac, Chieng Chau villages.
Be welcomed by the friendly local people, talk with them and discover their traditional culture. Take it all in the spectacular scenery of Mai Chau and the relaxed rhythm of local life.
Day 2: Mai Chau – Son La
Make a stop at the top of the Thung Khe pass, observe the Muong people selling their homemade products to travelers to make living better. You can also take great photos of the spectacular view of Mai Chau Valley.
Some stop on the way for photos and visiting hill tribe villages of Hmong and Thai people.
Visiting, taking pictures of famous tea plantation in Moc Chau is the famous tourist attraction of Moc Chau plateau, you will be overwhelmed by fresh green tea.
Visit Bach Long Glass Walking Bridge – the world’s longest Glass Walking Bridge. The bridge is 150 metres (492ft) above the forest below, with a width of 2.5 metres and a length of 633 metres (2,073ft). Some of the walkway hugs the mountainside, while 290 metres stretch across a gorge between two peaks. Made from tempered glass imported from France, it can hold the weight of 450 people at a time.
Cross Da River and pass the little town of Phu Yen. This off beaten track provides you stunning sceneries as well as spectacular view of local’s life.
Day 3: Son La – Dien Bien Phu
You spend the day around Dien Bien Phu visiting the former battlefields. It was here that the French planned to lure the Viet Minh, led by Ho Chi Minh, into the valley by sending 16,000 French troops as bait. The French however did not count on the brilliant leadership of General Vo Nguyen Giap.
You see the museum of Dien Bien with exhibits collected during the fiercest war in Indochina during the 1950s.
Day 4: Dien Bien Phu – Lai Chau
Visiting Muong Lay village, you will be transferred to the river, where you take a boat ride downstream in the Black River. You can make a stop to visit a village of Thai minority and hear about their daily life on the riverbank. A friendly atmosphere makes your trip more enjoyable. The boat takes you further downstream. You will be transferred back to the hotel for lunch.
The road is rough, but the scenery is unbelievably beautiful and magnificent with the 7 tall passes cutting though steep mountain along the Da River flowing around the foot of the passes, which can be found nowhere else in the Northwest route.
Moreover, part of the pleasure transfer in this region is the simple joy of the friendly smiles and greetings of the local people, which make the hardship all worthwhile. Along the way, we stop to visit the Black Thai, Kho Mu, Lu, Black H’mong, Green H’mong and White H’mong, just some of the many hill tribe groups and discover their simple lifestyles and colorful cultures. Get to Sin Ho and stay overnight.
Day 5: Lai Chau – Sapa
You first travel by car uphill toward Tram Ton. On the way, you can take a short walk to Silver Waterfall and then head to Heaven Gate, where you will be amazed by breathtaking view to mountain surrounding included Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina. We will be mostly downhill toward Binh Lu. You will stop by Chu Va village of Flower Hmong for a break before you arrive in Binh Lu. Here you will have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, you trek in a dirt road to the villages, which are set in a beautiful valley of rice paddy terraces and mountain surrounded. You will have time to see Pa Pen village of Lu minority. Here you can take a walk around the village as well as visit a local school.
Visit Cat Cat village which is home of Black H’mong ethnic people and is located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak.
Visit the village for its distinctive traditions and practices that have been lost in virtually cultural villages. It’s the closest and easiest hill tribe village in Sapa. The footpath to the village is amazing view. Just passing some sloop you will have chance to discover full this stunning village.
Day 6: Sapa day trip
Drive to Hoang Lien Cable Car Station is at 1,650m above sea level – where you will start the journey to conquer Fansipan Peak – The Roof of Indochina – at 3,143m above sea level. After 20 minutes, the cable car will bring you to Fansipan Station, from here you will need to climb 600 steps up to the peak.
Muong Hoa Valley which is home to hill tribe villages such as Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai village of Hmong people. Ta Van of Dzay people, the villages surrounded by stunning rice terraces.
You will take a short walking down to Lao Chai village from main road, through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people. Visit local families which offer you a worth chance to learn about the local house architecture which is full of their daily life styles and exclusive custom. Enjoy the landscapes on the way.
Day 7. Sapa – Hanoi
Ta Phin Village is located at the foot of Hoang Lien Son Mountain in Sapa Town. As the village is nestled in a picturesque valley and surrounded by stunning mountains, rice terraces, and lush forests, it is an ideal destination for tourists who are keen on participating in outdoor activities and desire to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The route from the center of Sapa to Ta Phin Village is scenic, passing through rice paddies, bamboo forests, and several Hmong and Red Dao villages. Trekking routes are about 12 to 14 kilometers long, so it takes tourists around 3 to 4 hours to move to Ta Phin Village from the center of Sapa.
Driving back to Hanoi on highway for 5.5-6 hours by private car. End trip at your hotel in Hanoi.
What included and excluded for North West Vietnam Road Trip?
What’s Included: Strong A/C private car with broken English speaking driver, transportation insurance, petrol, road tolls & parking fee, bottled mineral water.
What’s Exclusion: Entrance fees, tour guide, lunch, gratuities for driver or tour guide.