Vietnam Northwest Loop FH02

10 Days From £0 (900 USD)

Discover Northwest Vietnam – the best to enjoy the magnificent and picturesque landscape whilst discovering the Hoang Lien Son Mt., nicknamed by the French “The Tonkinese Alps”.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Private Tour
Start Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
End Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
Accommodation: Hotels (3*)
Period: All Year Round
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travelers

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Discover Northwest Vietnam – the best to enjoy the magnificent and picturesque landscape whilst discovering the Hoang Lien Son Mt., nicknamed by the French “The Tonkinese Alps”, where inhabit dozens of Vietnamese hill tribes: Black H'Mong, Flower H’Mong, Black Thai, White Thai, Red Dzao, Dzay, Laos, Muong, Xa Pho etc. with their distinct traditional culture.

Tour Highlights
-Visiting the main sites of Hanoi Capital
-Spending time in the remote areas of Northwest Vietnam.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
- Land transport AC van
- Arrival/ depart transfers
- AC soft sleep train from Laocai to Hanoi
- Hotels in comfortable twin sharing room
- Meals as indicated in the program (B=Breakfast; L = Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Full escorted English/French speaking guides, other languages are available upon your request
- All entrance and sightseeing fees in the program.

Excludes
- International airfares and airport taxes in/out of Vietnam
- Hotel early check-ins and late check-outs
- All drinks and other meals not mentioned
- Travel insurance
- Visa to Vietnam (we can arrange both visa approval letter and visa on arrival upon request)
- Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping, etc.)
- Others not mentioned in details, tipping and gratuities.

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Read our Vietnam holidays travel guide for more information on Vietnam.

Itinerary
Day 01. On arrival in Hanoi airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel by tour guide. Free at your leisure and Overnight in Hanoi. If you wish to have city tour today we will arrange accordingly.
Day 02. Our journey takes us west, towards Hoa Binh province. This scenic area is home to many ethnic minority groups including Dzao, Muong and Black Thai. We visit some villages en route on the way to the beautiful valley of Mai Chau, where we are welcomed by a local family and spend the night in a long house. We may also do some walking today. A mattress, blanket and mosquito nets are provided. The washing and toilet facilities are also provided. Stay overnight in Thai house on stilt.
Day 03. Upon leaving Mai Chau we see many villages dotting the hillsides and the undulating terrain, which makes for an interesting journey. Along the way we stop for a short trek near Xa Linh, visiting the Hmong and the Muong people. Traveling across the Moc Chau Plateau we pass many tea plantations en route to Son La, which is our overnight stop. There we have the opportunity to visit the old Son La Prison, which the French used to imprison Vietnamese revolutionaries in the latter years of the colonial era. We also visit a small museum that has interesting displays on hill tribe lifestyles. Overnight in Son La.
Day 04. Leaving Son La, we stop at a market in Thuan Chau, which is populated by many hill tribes. Crossing over the Pha Din Pass we travel to Dien Bien Phu, the site of the decisive battle in Vietnam's struggle for independence from the French in 1954. Today the town houses a recently renovated museum, which details the events that took place. On display are relics from the battle including old French tanks and artillery pieces. Of special interest is the reconstruction of the bunker where the French commander, Colonel de Castries, surrendered to Viet Minh forces. We spend the night in Dien Bien Phu, which has developed into a fast-growing frontier town. The Lao border is not very far away from here. Stay overnight in hotel in Dien Bien Phu
Day 05. A long day’s drive though scenic, winding roads as our journey continues to Lai Chau, which encompasses an area formerly known as Tam Duong. This mountainous region is populated by many hill tribe villages and interesting markets where the local villagers come to trade their goods. We stay overnight in a very simple hotel, but it must be noted that all accommodation options here are very basic, as we are staying in an area that sees very few visitors. Stay overnight in Lai Chau.
Day 06. Sapa was founded in the early years of the last century as a hilltop retreat for the French administrators when the heat of the plains became unbearable. At an altitude of over 1000 meters, there are warm days and cool evenings. The local minority groups such as Hmong and Dao come to Sapa to trade. The imposing Fan Si Pan range of hills encourages an alpine feel to this colonial-influenced town. Stay overnight in Sapa.
Day 07. Our trek into this mountainous region begins as we depart Sapa and pass through many different hill tribe villages. On our journey we will have the opportunity to meet some of the local people. The Black Hmong, Tay, Red Dzao and Sa Pho are some of the minority groups who have settled in this remote region. We trek through this forested region to a Red Dzao village called Giang Ta Chay, where we have lunch and then return to Sapa in the late afternoon for stay overnight.
Day 08. An early start departing Sapa as we again pass the frontier town of Lao Cai and head for hills towards the east. We visit the lively and colorful Sunday market in Bac Ha, arguably one of the most colorful markets in the world! Here we see many ethnic minority groups, but the dominant are the aptly named Flower Hmong. All these ethnic minority tribes wear their distinct costumes and come into town to trade on this one day of the week. In the afternoon we transfer to Lao Cai, where we board the overnight train back to Hanoi. We travel in
Day 09. This morning we arrive early at Hanoi's train station and transfer to hotel. Hanoi is one of Asia's most enchanting cities. Its relaxed ambiance is a joy, with exploration best on foot or bicycle. The shopping is fun and the many lakes and parks provide enjoyable escapes. In the morning we enjoy a city sightseeing tour including Ho Chi Minh Quarter, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and the Hoa Lo Prison (also known as the
Day 10. After breakfast at hotel, free at your leisure until transfer to the airport for your onward flight.