Alan Tour designed Northwest Vietnam Adventure, This tour brings you North Vietnam. Routes: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Son La – Dien Bien Phu – Lai Chau – Tam Duong – Sapa – Cat Cat – Lao Cai – Ta Van – Bac Ha Market – Hanoi..
Day 1: Hanoi – Arrival
11.15PM: Upon you arrival in Noi Bai Airport, you will be greeted and transfer to your hotel in Hanoi for check in.
Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi – City Tour
Have breakfast in the hotel and enjoy a full day City Tour.
The visit includes most of the City’s outstanding historical and cultural sites.
– Hanoi Opera House and Hoan Kiem Lake
– Temple of Literature, built in 11th Century and the country’s first University
– The complex of Ho Chi Minh historical sites, also called the political center of Vietnam.
– HCM’s Stilt House and One Pillar Pagoda
– Visit one of the museums in Hanoi (Museum of History, Museum of Ethnology, Museum of Fine Art, Hoa Lo prison which is also known as the “Hanoi Hilton”) Evening highlight is Water Puppet Show – the traditional performance dated 11th century.
Overnight in Hanoi
Day 3: Hanoi –Mai Chau (B,L,D)
Depart 8.00 AM from your hotel and drive to Mai Chau. The road ride takes 4 hours with some stops on the way for viewing wonderful landscapes. Enjoy lunch in a local house. Then walking to visit some villages of the Thai people in Pom Coong or Lac village and embroidery art. Back to Mai Chau for dinner. Homes stay in the stilt house with the friendly Thai ethnic people; enjoy their common life and activities.
Overnight in Mai Chau Valley.
Day 4: Mai Chau – SonLa (B, L,D)
After breakfast, drive to Son La, stopover in Moc Chau with hundreds of giant grass farm for cows. The road to Son La is lined with fruit orchards, tea plantations, towering mountains and the traffic of Black Thai, Mea, Muong and White Thai hill tribe people heading to markets. We visit the Prison Museum, which remains as a poignant reminder of the inequities of the former French colonial rule.
Overnight at hotel in Son La.
Day 5: Son La –Dien Bien Phu (B,L,D)
After breakfast, depart at 7h00 and drive to Dien Bien Phu (170 km, about 6 hours) through the Pha Din Pass with its beautiful scenery. On the way, stop at Thuan Chau market, 40km from Son La, where you will see Black Thai. On arrival, take lunch at a local restaurant and then visit Dien Bien Phu Museum (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays), A1 Hill, Dien Bien Phu Cemetry, the bunker headquarters of the French Commander Colonel Christian de Castries and the Memorial dedicated to French soldiers.
Overnight in Dien Bien.
Day 6: Dien Bien – Lai Chau- Tam Duong (B, L,D)
Sometimes steep and often rugged, the road through the Lai Chau valley is both breathtaking and dramatic. Hugging rice terraced mountainsides and fording turbulent rivers, our travels today are visually spectacular.
Overnight at hotel in Lai Chau.
Day 7: Tam Duong- Sapa Town (B, L)
As we traverse Tram Ton Pass, the highest mountain pass in Viet Nam, we are afforded magnificent views and experience a dramatic change of climate as we approach the old French Hill Station of Sa Pa.
Have lunch in local restaurant.
PM: Check in hotel and relax like: shopping, walking around Sapa Town
Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 8: Sapa Town –Cat Cat Village (B,L)
Your guide will meet you at hotel for stroll around to visit central market. Then short trek to Cat Cat village, the village of H’mong tribe in the valley, which remains very generally uncorrupted outside forces. Excellent views of the valley, the magnificent limestone and paddy fields of H’mong village. Enjoy some visits to local families and reach their customs. After the village down into the valley, the Cat Cat waterfall will be visible. A “White curtain” cascade appears, surrounded by flowery valley and deep-green pines. The rocks near the river and waterfall provide a marvelous place for picturesque photos and sunbathing during good weather… Trek back to main road and the car take you back to Sapa for overnight.
Day 9: Lao Chai – Ta Van (B,L)
Breakfast before private car transferred to Lao Chai village, a village of Black H’mong. Short trek down to Muong Hoa stream to visit hill tribe house to see their living style and the local woman made their handicraft clothes. Further on along the road, the Tavan village where Dzay people staying can be seen. Visit the village and reach their customs. Then our car transfers to hotel in Sapa for relax.
Day 10: Bac Ha Market – Lao Cai (B,L)
7.30 AM: Breakfast and the beginning of the day on which you visit Bac Ha market filled with many different hill-tribe peoples. This is the most colorful market in North Vietnam. At the market, you have chance to enjoy Bac Ha people’s simple but unique kinds of food with special wines made from rice, cassavas, corn and different sorts of fruits such as plumps, apples, peaches… talking to the minorities through the guide’s interpretation. In the afternoon, our guide take you for walk to Thai Giang Pho Village of the flower H’mong and the Nung, visiting one school, and trekking by the side of the the highest mountain in BacHa through the beautiful plumb gardens before another visit to the palace of the H’mong King that built in 1921. Say good bye to BacHa and get back to Lao Cai Station for take night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on train.
Day 11: Hanoi – Arrival
You will arrival in Hanoi on early morning around 5.30AM and take taxi on guest’s account to your hotel in Hanoi
Double at hotels in places as indicated in program
Meals as indicated in program (B – breakfast, L – lunch, D – dinner)
Private car 4 WD at places as indicated in program
All admission cost at places mentioned in itinerary
English speaking tour guide at places.
Other meals and drinks/ personal expenses
International air fares/ airport taxes
Visa stamping fee at arrival airport in Vietnam
What to bring:
Bring Passport, change of clothes, sun-glasses and hat, toiletries, sun-block, insect repellent, flashlights, good shoes,
personal first aid kit and medicines, small VND notes for buying drinks.