Travel routes: Hanoi, Mai Chau, Nghia Lo, Tu Le, Mu Cang Chai, Than Uyen, Sapa, Cao Son, Laocai
4 WD North Vietnam Tour Package 6 days / 5 nights is best of North Vietnam Package Tour which you can explore most of the remoted areas in Northern Path of Vietnam.
Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau (L,D).
7h00AM: You will be met up with Alan Tour team at your hotel. Then depart for Hoa Binh province and the town of Mai Chau. This scenic drive takes around three hours and a half. Along the way we pass fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as rice paddies.
You arrive in Mai Chau around noon, in time for lunch.
After lunch, you spend the afternoon walking through local Thai hamlets, rice fields. During the trek you will meet up with local Thai villagers, chatting with them will help you to understand more about their culture and traditions.
You arrive back in Mai Chau around late afternoon. Check into a local stilt house for dinner.
After dinner, assist to the traditional music and dance show which is performed by The Thai young girls and boys. They all come from this village. Try also some rice alcohol made of traditional plants and local sticky rice.
Overnight at local home (homestay).
Day 2: Mai Chau – Nghia Lo (B,L,D).
After breakfast, you continue your road trip, following the national road 6 going uphill towards Moc Chau highlands. Some stops will be made en route for you to visit local hilltribe villages are located by the road. You will meet up there the H’mong and the Thai people.
Arriving in Moc Chau, you may want to make a stop for some coffee break before turning right, taking a smaller roads which runs along the Black River.
On arrival in Nghia Lo around mid/late afternoon, you will check into a local hotel. If time permit, enjoy a short visit to a local Thai village where you meet up with local villagers, chat with them to understand more about their culture and traditions.
Overnight in Nghia Lo at hotel.
Day 3: Nghia Lo – Tu Le – Mu Cang Chai (B,L,D).
Today is the highlight of the trip since the drive takes you through the area where there are the most beautiful terraced rice fields in Vietnam.
After breakfast, you leave Nghia Lo travelling towards Tu Le. You may leave the main road taking a small hiking trail that leads uphill to the Khau Pha mountain pass! The hike takes about two hours, offering you the opportunity to visit a local H’mong village is set among beautiful terraced rice fields.
Lunch is provided in a local restaurant in Tu Le.
After lunch, continue your road trip driving uphill the Khau Pha pass. Enjoy breathtaking landscapes of the two sides of the pass. Then gradually driving downhill to the famous Mu Cang Chai valley. Enjoy a short hike (about two hours) walking around the valley.
Upon your arrival in Mu Cang Chai, check into a local stilt house. Then if time permit enjoy a short walk to a Thai village is also located in the beautiful valley. Otherwise the short hike can be done on the following day before you leave Mu Cang Chai for Sapa.
Dinner and overnight in Mu Cang Chai.
Day 4: Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen – Sapa (B,L).
After breakfast, you can have time for a short visit of the Mu Cang Chai market is open right in the town before continue your road trip to Than Uyen.
Upon your arrival in Than Uyen, you turn right and keep driving uphill towards Sapa. The road trip takes about two hours as you travel along the west side of Hoang Lien Son mountain range which offers stunning scenery of the fabulous Muong Khoa valley. This is well known as the rice basket of Lai Chau province.
Enjoy a coffee break at Chu Va before driving over the Sapa Mountain pass. A stop is made when you arrive at Tram Ton, the “Heaven Gate”. Enjoy magnificent view of the Fansipan Mount, the highest one in Vietnam.
Arriving in Sapa town around mid/late afternoon, check in hotel for overnight.
Free dinner and overnight in Sapa at hotel.
Day 5: Visit Sapa remote hilltribe villages (B,L).
Leaving Sapa at about 08.30am by vehicle and traveling southwards to Sapa. The first 16km portion of the road offers spectacular landscapes of Hoang Lien mountain range, Fansipan peak as well as marvelous terraced rice fields of the Muong Hoa valley.
Enjoy several photo stops before arriving to Su Pan commune where customers will pay visiting to Hoa Su Pan, a small hamlet of the Black Hmong for half an hour.
Continue the trip along the road further south to Muong Bo valley of Thanh Phu commune. Walking along the large village path for nearly an hour, paying visiting to several homes of the Tay people who live in spacious houses built on stilts, witnessing their daily life and experiencing their hospitality. Lunch break in a local home.
Continue the trip in the afternoon with a short drive along the rocky road to My Son and spend half an hour to walk around this charming village of the Xa Pho ethnic whose population is only more than 6 thousands peoples for a brief understanding of their very unique culture and custom. Then process further for 10km to Nam Cang commune for visiting a beautiful and prosperous village of the Red Zao people in Nam Than village. This portion of the road ride offers beautiful scenery of the Nam Sai valley.
Leaving Nam Cang in mid afternoon and driving back along the same way to Sapa.
Day 6: Visit Cao Son market. Travel to Lao Cai. Overnight train back to Hanoi (B,L).
Transfer by road 118 km for almost 3 hours, first downhill to Lao Cai City, then uphill through Muong Khuong District onto Cao Son Commune. The road condition is good but having many sharp bends which offers stunning scenery of the beautiful mountainous region along the border to China, especially the terraced rice paddies, tea farms and pine plantations…
Arrive in Cao Son at about 10.00 am, right at the crowded time of the market. Join locals to enjoy the excitement of this weekly market to which local tribal peoples come to attend not only for shopping but also for socializing.
Walk from section to sections, corner to corners, seeing and smelling of different local products such as spices; vegetable; farming tools; handicraft; and even medicinal herb…, meeting smiling peoples every where. The market is often over at 11.30 am, leaving the market place for a short walk to explore a charming village of the Flower Hmong nearby before lunch break.
Leave Cao Son after lunch for 25 km road trip on a narrow tarmac which winds its way along the Chay River up and down mountains and valleys through the wild and fabulous land; enjoy several photo stops and short walk to visit tribal hamlets before arriving to Coc Ly Bridge.
Boarding a local boat and cruising along the Chay River for 1.5 hours to Trung Do village which is home to the Tay peoples, hiding itself on eastern bank amongst high mountains. Taking an hour walk around the village before taking the boat ride again briefly to Bao Nhai, ends up the boat trip here.
Having a coffee break before transfer 46 km back to Lao Cai City.
Overnight train back to Hanoi. Trip ends.
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