Day 01: Hanoi- Mai Chau (L/D)
In the morning at 8.00 am: Departure travel along the scenic and rural landscape highway 6 to Mai Chau – a small town nestled in the midst of a lush valley, surrounded green rice fields and best ever friendly people. Stop along the way to visit the Muong tribe and then at Thung Khe Pass for a spectacular view Mai Chau valley has to offer.
Upon arrival, lunch will be served in a local host family in Mai Chau and the afternoon is followed by a beautiful hike along the dirt paths to walk through terraced rice paddies and small villages, to discover the natural beauty of the valley and encountering the culture of the White Thai inhabitants who live in the region. Early evening to relax at leisure a bit before having dinner with the family and enjoying local traditional dances with live music performance.
Overnight in Mai Chau.
Day 02: Mai Chau – Son La – Dien Bien Phu (B/L/D)
Today we have some stop for beautiful landscapes and visit villages of various tribes including H’mong, Thai, Muong and Dzao. Your drive will pass many lust orchard and tea farm in Moc Chau plateau before reaching Son La for a late lunch.
In the afternoon, we continue our drive along winding mountain roads in the most North Vietnam’s stunning countryside including the most well-known and historic Pha Din Pass. Stop on top of the Pha Din for a breathtaking view and photos shooting opportunity. On arrival, check in your hotel and balance of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Dien Bien Phu.
Day 03: Dien Bien Phu– Lai Chau– Phong Tho (B/L/D)
Dien Bien Phu, the famous historical battleground that put an end to the French colonial occupation in 1954. After breakfast, we start the day with a visit to the local market where you will meet charming Thai tribes in their traditional costume purchasing their farm products. Continue our visit to Dien Bien Phu Museum, A1 Hill and the War cemetery of Dien Bien Phu with the nearby General De Castries’s Bunker, Old Muong Thanh Bridge and Nam Rom river.
After the lunch in a local restaurant, we continue our way to Lai Chau along a dancing but the rewarding road with a chance to know a variety of ethnic villages as Kho Mu (Xa), Huoi Chan, Dzao..etc. We drive further to Phong Tho on scenic roads with picturesque views along, dotted with ethnic villages of Thai, Kho Mu and H’mong minorities. Arrive in Phong Tho and spend the rest of the day to cycle around the township or to some vicinity villages.
Overnight in Phong Tho.
Day 04: Phong Tho – Sapa ( B/L/D).
Morning we leave Phong Tho and go to Sapa. We might experience some little bumpy roads but such a rewarded one for magnificent sceneries, valley views and colors of jungles along the way. Rest stop will be made when we drive up Tram Ton pass that offers views to Fansipan peak, aka “Indochinas rooftop” and visit to the nearby Heaven’s Gate and the Silver Waterfall.
Upon arrival in Sapa in the afternoon, check in your hotel and sometimes at leisure until our guide will take you out for dinner in this lovely and aged old French colonial town has to offer.
-Diner and overnight in Sapa.
Day 05: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B/L/D)
Trekking: Today we have 4 hour trek down to Muong Hoa valley, travel though the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van, home to H’mong, and Dzay people. A great experience is awaited when you walk through pine forests, terraced rice paddies and meet with minority villagers while enjoying the amazing and breathtaking views from the surrounding valleys.
Diner and overnight at Ta Van homestay.
Day 06: Ta Van – Hanoi ( B/L/D)
After breakfast and leisure …, you will leave Ta Van by the new beautiful highway back to Hanoi. The drive will be just about 5 hours but through many rural beautiful countryside as the landscape changes from arching mountains to rice field.
Diner and overnight in Hanoi.
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