French Commander bunker at Dien Bien Phu
French Commander bunker at Dien Bien Phu

Adventure Tour to the North West of Vietnam 7 Days

Visited places: Hanoi, Sapa, Bac Ha, Dien Bien, Son La, Hoa Binh, Mai Chau
Tour Activity/Theme: Adventure, Hiking, Ethnic market, Ethnic village

Adventure Tour to the North-West of Vietnam is a cultural adventure holiday for 7 days, 6 nights.

The trip brings you to the rugged mountains in northwestern Vietnam which are home to tens of hill tribes who still maintain a traditional lifestyle for centuries. The highlights of the tour include the sublime beauty of the region that we travel through and the engaging experience in the the daily life of the ethnic people.

The trip could be done all year round, but the best time is in between December and April. Most mealsThe Commander in chief bunker in Dien Bien Phu are included on the trip. Accommodations on the journey are with homestay at an ethnic family. Everyday, we travel by car from one community to another and we have enough time to learn about the local life. After dinner each day, it's always an atmospheric cultural exchange with our hosts by the fire.

On the first night of the adventure, we stay at Mai Chau Valley, home to a White Thai community. In the evening, we have an opportunity to take part in the traditional dance of the Thai people in their traditional house on stilts.

The second night is at Son La, in the house of a Black Thai family. Apart from village visit at Son La, we also have  a visit to the infamous prison and have time to relax at the hot-spring.a Flower Hmong at Bac Ha Market

The third day is characterized with the sublime beauty of the Pha Din Pass which is 32km in length and which is above 1,000m in elevation. After the pass, we descend into Muong Thanh Valley, the biggest valley in the North-West of Vietnam. We have the whole afternoon visit the site of the famous battles of Dien Bien Phu between the Vietnamese troops and the French troops in 1954.

On the fourth day of the adventure, we'll travel through rugged mountains alternated by scenic valleys. There are various chances to encounter people from various tribes such as Man Tien, Giay, Hmong, Thai, Ha Nhi, Lu,... We'll stay the night at a village of the White Thai people by a breathtaking river in Phong Tho.

On the fifth day, we'll travel uphill on the O Quy Ho Pass. From the top of the pass (2,000m above sea level), you can have a 360 degree view of the surrounding fresh nature. Our destination today is Ta Van Village of the Giay People in Muong Hoa Valley, Sapa District.Muong Hoa Valley, Sapa

On the sixth day, we bid farewell to our hosts and travel to Bac Ha Plateau. We'll visit the colorful market of Can Cau where ethnic people in the region gather only once per week (Saturday morning). At the market, you can take part in the bargaining with the locals for the traditional brocades or agricultural produce. Our hosts tonight are a Hmong Family at Ban Ho in Bac Ha District.

On the seventh day, we have 1 hour 30 minutes taking photos of Bac Ha Market. Then, we travel by road back to Hanoi. We'll have a visit to the temple dedicated to Hung Kings who are considered the ancestors of the Vietnamese peoples. We arrive in Hanoi in late afternoon concluding our great adventure to the North-West of Vietnam.

Day-to-day itinerary
Day1    (    Monday    )    Ha Noi – Mai Chau ( 150km) (L/D)
Day2    (    Tuesday    )    Mai Chau – Son La (190km) (B/L/D)
Day3    (    Wednesday    )    Son La – Dien Bien Phu (160km) (B/L/D)
Day4    (    Thursday    )    Dien Bien Phu – Phong Tho (180km) (B/L/D)
Day5    (    Friday        )    Phong Tho – Sa Pa (100km ) – Ta Van Village (B/L/D)
Day6    (    Saturday    )    Ta Van Village – Can Cau Ethnic Market (130km) – Bac Ha (B/L/D)
Day7    (    Sunday    )    Bac Ha Sunday Market (1.5 hour) /Bac Ha – Ha Noi (320km) (B/L)

What is included

  • English-speaking guide;
  • Transportation with private car/van as indicated in the program;
  • Accommodation with homestay as indicated in the program;
  • Daily meals as indicated in the program: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner;
  • All admission fees during the guided times in the program;

What is excluded

  • Insurance of any types;
  • Drinks and personal expenses;
  • Others not specified in the above inclusions;