Amazing landscape at Van Yen, Phu Yen, Son La

Tour to Nghia Lo, Moc Chau and Mai Chau – 3 Days

Tour to Nghia Lo, Moc Chau and Mai Chau is a cultural adventure for our travelers to learn about and to experience the Viet culture, the Thai ethnic culture at Muong Lo Valley (Yen Bai), Moc Chau Plateau (Son La) and Mai Chau Valley (Hoa Binh). The pace of travel is easy and the tour duration is for 3 days, 2 nights.

 Apart from the cultural experiences, you'll visit captivating natural beauties on the tour: The Muong Lo Valley which is the second biggest valley in the North-West of Vietnam and Moc Chau Plateau with altitude over 1,000m above sea level with rolling hills and vast green pastures, vegetable gardens and tea plantations… Nghia Lo and Moc Chau are the 2 gateways to the wild North-West of Vietnam and they both possess interesting historical events.

The tour follows a less-traveled route that passes through Thanh Son – Tan Son (Phu Tho Province) and Phu Yen (Son La) of which the landscape is dramatically different from the lowland. Be it you look for a physical exercise, an authentic cultural experience or a relaxing holiday amid the wild, this is the tour for you!

Ricefield at Tan Son, Phu Tho
Ricefield at Tan Son, Phu Tho

What to expect:
Visit to an ancient village of the Viet (Vietnamese) at Duong Lam, Son Tay.
Engaging into the daily life of the Thai at their villages at the Muong Lo Valley (Nghia Lo, Yen Bai) and Mai Chau Valley (Hoa Binh): walking tour on foot.
Learning how to cook Thai food with the hosts at Nghia Lo.
Enjoying a traditional performance by local Thai people at Nghia Lo.
Staying in a house on stilts at the Muong Lo Valley (Nghia Lo).
Comprehensive visit of the Moc Chau Plateau: Thai and Hmong villages, tea plantations, plum and peach gardens...

Day-to-day itinerary
Day1 Hanoi – Duong Lam Village – Thai Village Muong Lo Valley (Nghia Lo) (L/D)
Day2 Nghia Lo – Phu Yen – Moc Chau Plateau (B/L/D)
Day3 Moc Chau – Mai Chau – Hanoi (B/L)

Scenic tea plantations on the hillsides at Deo Ach Pass, Van Chan, Yen Bai
Scenic tea plantations on the hillsides at Deo Ach Pass, Van Chan, Yen Bai

Accommodation
Homestay with basic facilities at Nghia Lo, Yen Bai.
Simple hotel with basic facilities at Moc Chau, Son La.

What's included
English speaking guide;
Private car for transport as per itinerary;
Homestay at a Thai family as per itinerary;
Meals per itinerary: B=Breakfast;
Admission fees and permits during the guided time as per itinerary;

What's not included
Travel insurance;
Drinks and personal expenses;
Others not clearly mentioned as included per itinerary;

Detailed itinerary

Day1 Hanoi – Duong Lam Village – Thai Village Muong Lo Valley (Nghia Lo) (L/D)
0800 A.M Our team picks you up from your hotel in Hanoi and we travel via route 32 to Son Tay Town. At Son Tay, visit the ancient village of Duong Lam where you can learn about the village life of the Viet People in the past and their ancient architecture. We'll also visit Mia Pagoda with well-preserved architecture from the 17th century.

Continue our adventure amid the forested mountains at Thanh Son and Tan Son Districts of Phu Tho Province.
Lunch at Thu Cuc.
Ascend the Deo Khe Pass with lovely history and captivating views of the wild landscape around. Descend Deo Khe Pass and make our way further into the fresh valley of Muong Lo at Nghia Lo with lovely rice fields. Muong Lo is the second biggest valley in the North West and inhabited mostly by the Thai people. Stop for sightseeing before making our way to the hosts' family.
Afternoon, visits to Thai villages.
Taking part in the cooking of our dinner with the hostesses.
Dinner at the home.
Thai performance in the evening.
Overnight at the Thai family.

Dusk at the Muong Lo Valley, Nghia Lo Town, Yen Bai
Dusk at the Muong Lo Valley, Nghia Lo Town, Yen Bai

 

 

A Thai homestay at Muong Lo Valley, Nghia Lo, Yen Bai
A Thai homestay at Muong Lo Valley, Nghia Lo, Yen Bai

Day2 Nghia Lo – Phu Yen – Moc Chau Plateau (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the family.
0800 A.M Bidding farewell to our friendly hosts and travel back some part of Route 32. When you see the road starts going up with views of stunning nature around then you are well in the area of the Lung Lo Pass, a very famous one during the Franco-VietMinh War. Stop for sightseeing. Then, descend the mountain and travel further into the 3rd biggest valley in the North West of Vietnam – Muong Tac at Phu Yen (Son La Province). Stop for sightseeing and make our way further by the side of the Da River. Cross a ferry at Van Yen and climb all our way in the Moc Chau Plateau to the Moc Chau Farm Town. You'll have lovely photos of rolling hills and splendid mountain peaks on the way!
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Afternoon is for visiting tea plantations, ethnic villages and plum gardens at Moc Chau. You'll surely enjoy the purely fresh air of this highland and would like to take in as much as possible.
Dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at a hotel in Moc Chau Farm Town.

Stunning rice fields at Muong Tac, Phu Yen, Son La
Stunning rice fields at Muong Tac, Phu Yen, Son La

 

 

Impressive landscape at the Moc Chau Plateau, Son La
Impressive landscape at the Moc Chau Plateau, Son La

Day3 Moc Chau – Mai Chau – Hanoi (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Our adventure continues through the beautiful nature of Moc Chau Plateau. Road goes down mostly and you can get sweeping views of the scenes of mountains, villages… Stop for sightseeing and for photography at Van Ho, then continue all the way to Mai Chau Valley. Mai Chau is a popular tourist attraction thanks to the Thai communities here and thanks to the close proximity to Hanoi. We'll have lunch at a Thai family on a house on stilts and have time to visit the villages.

In the afternoon, road trip back to Hanoi with stop for sightseeing at the Thung Khe Pass which offers sublime nature around. We'll arrive back at your hotel in late afternoon. We trust you have had a great adventure to the North-West of Vietnam with AdventureGreen!