Explore Northwest of Vietnam in 8 days
Itinerary: The trip will absolutely be a real eye opener to the diverse life of various ethnic minorities when you go trekking further to the villages in the off-the-beaten track, learn about the custom and have meals with their families. Let’s get started and discover the colorful ethnic life in the Northern Vietnam
Day 1: Arrive in Hanoi
Day 2: Join city tour around Hanoi
Day 3: Explore the nature beauty of Trang An Complex
Day 4: Visit the ancient Duong Lam Village
Day 5: Nghia Lo to Mu Cang Chai
Day 6: Mu Cang Chai to Sapa
Day 7: Sapa Trekking downhill to ethnic villages in Sapa
Day 8: Sapa - Hanoi
- This itinerary is a privately guided tour, designed just to show you what is possible.
- We can tailor this trip, it's inclusions and the accommodations, to meet your requirements, budget, and interests.
DAY1: HANOI ARRIVAL - CITY TOUR WITH WATER PUPPET SHOWArrive in Hanoi, you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to the hotel for check in relax at the hotel, watch Water Puppet Show at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, have dinner at local restaurant - Quan An Ngon (Ngon Restaurant).
Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI CITY TOUR
08.00 AM: After breakfast at the hotel, our tour guide will come to the hotel and pick you up, then we will start the Hanoi city tour
We will start with a visit to Ho Chi Minh Complex. Here you can visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum where the corpse of Uncle Ho kept there. Next you will visit the Presidential Palace - a nice French architecture in the garden and Ho Chi Minh House on stilt. Visiting the house you will see the simple life of Ho Chi Minh - the president in Vietnamese's spirit forever. We will finish this area with One Pillar Pagoda - one of the most attractions in Hanoi you cannot miss with the special in architecture.
Having lunch and you will continue to the Temple of Literature - The first University of Vietnam. The next destination will be Museum of Ethnology to learn more about Vietnam Culture. Next we will explore Hanoi by traveling through the Old Quarter with 36 ancient streets in a traditional cyclo. This slow - speed tour will give your great chance to fully enjoy the classic and modern of the capital. We will end the tour at about 04.00 PM then it is your free time to go shopping, relax in Hanoi.
DAY 3: HOA LU - TRANG AN ECO BIKKING TOUR
08.00 AM: After breakfast at your hotel, our tour guide and driver will pick you up and drive about 2.5 hours to Ninh Binh Province.
We will visit Hoa Lu, a historical place and associated with the foundation of the Dinh, Early Le and Ly dynasties in the 10th and 11th century. Within an area of 13 square kilometers, the Hoa Lu ancient Capital contains important parts in the history of Vietnam you can visit the Dinh-Le sanctuary, statues of the Emperors. After that, we transfer to restaurant for our lunch.
In the afternoon, we take amazing rowing boat to visit Trang An Eco-Tourism area. Trang An Eco-Tourism complex is a home of 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna that many of them in the Red book of Vietnam. It is also a gathering of 31 valleys, 48 cross-water caves and we will visit 3 to 6 of them. On the rowing boat, we can enjoy the fresh air, clean and clear water with under water grass. Experience ourselves the feeling and emotion when we are on the water caves….
After the tour, we will drive back to Hanoi and arrive at your hotel at about 5.30 – 6.00 PM. Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 4: DUONG LAM ANCIENT VILLAGE
08.00 AM: After breakfast at your hotel, you will have a tour around the countryside of Hanoi. Today we will visit the ancient Duong Lam village which is about 70km far from city center and enjoy the lunch with local style in a century-old house. In the afternoon, it is the time to take a walk to explore surrounding areas with small alleys and laterite walls.
We will continue the way to Nghia Lo. Stop on the way for the nice pictures of the mountain view changing on the way. Visiting the tea fields and the local people on the way and arrive at Nghia Lo Homestay. Check in then have a night with very local people there where the tourists rarely touched. Communicate with local people there with the help of our guide to experience the local life in the mountainous area. Enjoy the dinner with local people in the local house.
Overnight in the Homestay.
DAY 5: MU CANG CHAI
08.00 AM: After breakfast, we will say goodbye to the host for the trip to Mu Cang Chai.
Today we will have chance to visit and take photos of terrace fields on the way, visit the villages and interacting with local people. On the way we will visit the beatiful terrace fields, passing Khau Pha pass- one of the 4 longest pass in Vietnam, see the local life of the different groups on the way. After heading to Che Cu Nha terrace field, it is our chance to learn more about local ethinc life in the different villages then drive to Mu Cang Chai.
Check in the homestay, have dinner and stay overnight in Mu Cang Chai.
DAY 6: MU CANG CHAI - O QUY HO PASS
08.00 AM: We will say goodbye to Mu Cang Chai for Sapa. On the way today there are a lot of nice terrace fields where you may have the best photos. We will stop on the way for communicate with local people to understand their life with the help of our guide.
There are so many ethnic minorities in that area and their character and way of life is very different from the people in the city or the plain. So do be surprised when even driver or guide can not communicate with them as some of them may only speak a bit Vietnamese. However, today is a day with no touristy area. The highlight today is also passing the one of the four highest pass in Vietnam – O Quy Ho before we arrive in Sapa. Check in hotel then overnight in Sapa.
DAY 7: CAT CAT VILLAGE
Met up at your hotel in Sapa by local guide and then you first sneak through the market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you will follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before you trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You will also enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. You eventually arrive at Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest while you are served lunch nearby the river.
After lunch, you head Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. You will spend the night in local house of Giay minority. You will be able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby.
DAY 8: TREKKING IN MAGNIFICENT SCENERY OF SAPA
Once you get energy for your last day trek by having a delicious breakfast, you leave for Giang Ta Chai village of Red Dao minority. You will trek through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. On the way you will pass by a waterfall where you will have time to take a rest and enjoy the surroundings. You will find a nice place to enjoy lunch.
After lunch, you continue toward Su Pan, a small village located by the road. Here you start your journey back to Sapa by car. Relax till driving back to your hotel at Hanoi. End of service
Inclusions & Options
- Meals 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
- Accommodation: Hotel (4 nights),
- Transport: Car, Walking
- Vietnam visa approval letter
- Accomodation as itinerary
- Private transport in air-conditioned vehicles
- Domestic airport & government taxes
- Local English-speaking guides
- Water on coach
- Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions
- International flights to/from Vietnam
- Travel insurance
- Visa stamp fees
- Early check-in & late check-out surcharge Personal expenses
- Meals not mentioned
- Drinks not mentioned
- Tips & gratuities for guides and drivers
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