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Exploring the northwest mountain masterpiece 10 days 9 nights

Destination: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Mu Cang Chai – Sapa – Ba Be Lake

Brief itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau ( L, D)
Day 2: Mai Chau – Nghia Lo (B, L, D)
Day 3: Nghia Lo – Mu Cang Chai (B, L, D)
Day 4: Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen – Sapa (B, L, D)
Day 5: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B, L, D)
Day 6: Ta Van – Ban Ho (B, L, D)
Day 7: Sapa – Bac Ha market (Sunday only) (B, L, D)
Day 8: Bac Ha – Vu Linh (Sunday only) (B, L, D)
Day 9: Vu Linh – Ba Be National park (B, L, D)
Day 10: Ba Be Lake – Hanoi (B, L)

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau ( L, D)
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Departure from your hotel to Mai Chau. Stop in to see the Hoa Binh hydropower plant. Then continue to Mai Chau. Arriving at about 12:30.
Short hike to visit the two villages such as Ban Van and Ban Lac. Overnight homestay village Mai Chau to PomCoong.

Day 2: Mai Chau – Nghia Lo (B, L, D)
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After breakfast, departure to Son La. Stop to visit the hamlets scattered around the Muong minority Yen Chau and Moc Chau. Lunch during the trip. Arrival in the province of YenBai. Overnight at hotel Nghia Lo.

Day 3: Nghia Lo – Mu Cang Chai (B, L, D)
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Have breafast. Crossing Cao Pha Pass on the bumpy road and visiting bee-growing farm and some minority groups on the way until you get to Mu Cang Chai town. Enjoy and the beauty of the Mu Cang Chai terraced rice fields as weel as the unique cultural character of the Mong ethnic minority group in Yen Bai Overnight in MuCangChai Town.

Day 4: Mu Cang Chai – Than Uyen – Sapa (B, L, D)
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From Mu Cang Chai town, Taking tours to visit villages of Muong Khoa, Muong Kim and Na Kim where you can see very colorful minority groups .car take cross Tram Ton Pass where you can enjoy freshest and cool air and nice landscapes. You take one of the most spectacular roads in northern Vietnam to get to Sapa . Arrive at the station in the French colonial style in Sa Pa at nightfall. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B, L, D)
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After breakfast, stroll around Sapa. Then, get in the car and head towards the village of Lao Chai San – a village of Black H’mong. Cross the river using the suspension bridge to reach the village of Lao Chai. Short hike to the village of Ta Van – village Dzays. Have dinner with the host and spend a night with the locals.
Trekking time: 4 hours
Trekking distance: 12 km

Day 6: Ta Van – Ban Ho (B, L, D)
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Have breakfast with the local family and then cross bamboo forests arriving at a village at the foot of the chain of Hoang Lien Son. Visit a waterfall and a rattan bridge. After wandered into the village, down to the river, cross and reach the village of Su Pan where both minorities live – H’mong and Red Dao. Down the hill to the village of Ban Ho back to Sa Pa. Overnight at hotel.
Trekking time: 7 hours
Trekking distance: 18 km

Day 7: Sapa – Bac Ha market (Sunday only) (B, L, D)
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Departure to Bac Ha. Stopping en route to admire beautiful landscapes. Visit minority villages taking pictures. You will have the opportunity to see the stilt houses of minority H’mong, Dao Bac Ha. Stay in Bac Ha.

Day 8: Bac Ha – Vu Linh (Sunday only) (B, L, D)
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Visit the BacHa Market if this on Sunway. Lunch then leaving BacHa Arrive in Vulinh in late afternoon, here we stay overnight with friends of the Dao’s minority in a traditional stilt house.

Day 9: Vu Linh – Ba Be National park (B, L, D)
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From Vu Linh we continue on sealed road through renowned tea growing areas, where the hillsides are literally covered in plantations, From here it’s a short ride to the edge of BABE Lake, Overnight home-stay in the Tay’s family.

Day 10: Ba Be Lake – Hanoi (B, L)
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The morning  for visiting the beauty of Ba Be Lakes in a local hand-crafted wooden canoe. We will transfer to a boat dock, then glide along the river and to a nearby cave. Lunch is served near a beautiful waterfall.Then  leave Ba Be by a fantastic mountainous road, leading us along scattering high limestone formations and heavily forested hills.  Arrive Hanoi at 18h00. End of services.

Inclusions:
- Transportation by Landcruiser or Minibus with aircondition as tour program indicated.
- Full meals Lunches & dinners
- Private Boat trip on Babe lake
- Twin-share accommodation with daily breakfast;
- English or French- speaking guide
- Sightseeing fees
- Breakfast at hotel
Exclusions:
- Airport taxes; Visas; travel insurance; tips; personal expenses, emergency transfers

Viet Nam North West Adventure 6 days 5 nights

Destination : Ha Noi –Mai Chau –Son La – Lai Chau – Sa Pa –Ha Noi

During this cultural expedition, you will enjoy the best of Northern Viet Nam in the areas of Mai Chau, Lai Chau and Sa Pa. The mountainous North West provides the perfect terrain for trekking routes. The Thai minority, a warm and friendly ethnic group, will welcome you into their homes and share their stilt house lifestyle. The roads wind precariously across the mountain ranges, capturing the intensely varied lifestyles of Vietnamese people. The final two days of your journey will be spent trekking to stay in minority villages around Sa Pa

Brief itinary :
Day 1: Ha Noi – Mai Chau – Son La
Day 2 Son La – Tuan Giao – Muong Lay
Day 3: Muong Lay – Sin Ho – Lai Chau
Day 4 Lai Chau – Sa Pa
Day 5 Sapa
Day 6: Sapa – Lao Cai – Hanoi

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1 (L,D): Ha Noi – Mai Chau – Son La (320kms / 8 hours)
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8h00 Pick up at the hotel. Travel through the verdant Red River Delta and witness the day to daylylife of the peasant farmers. Stop in Mai Chau for a short walk then drive onto Son La – the capital of Son La province. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2 (B,L,D): Son La – Tuan Giao – Muong Lay (220kms / 7 hours)
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Son La has an old French prison and museum, perfect for a small walk to visit in the morning before your departure. From here you’ll carry on to Tuan Giao, then onto Muong Lay (formerly Lai Chau) for the night. You’ll enjoy the picturesque scenery as you pass the villages of Black Thai, White Thai, Meo and Muong peoples.

Day 3 (B,L,D): Muong Lay – Sin Ho – Lai Chau (200kms/7 hours)
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From Muong Lay, the drive to Sin Ho is stunning with tiered tea plantations and verdant rice terraces carved into the landscape. Continue to Lai Chau (formerly Tam Duong) for the night. If you happen to be in Lai Chau on a Sunday morning, the town is bustling with activity as the local hill tribes gather for their weekly market day here. Overnight in a hotel or guesthouse.

Day 4 (B,L,D): Lai Chau – Sa Pa (80kms / 3 hours)
Tram Ton Pass
From Lai Chau to Sa Pa you pass through Tam Duong (formerly Binh Lu), up over the 1900 meter Tram Ton pass, considered the most beautiful stretch of road in Vietnam. Sa Pa is nestled at over 1600 meters in the Hoang Lien Son Mountains and the valley truly is breathtaking. Enjoy lunch and relax before a 3 hour short trek down this stunning valley, which is sculpted with steep rice terraces, to Ta Van village for a home stay. Your guide will cook you a savory dinner of traditional Vietnamese food that you’ll be raving about, as you enjoy the hospitality of your Dzay hosts.

Day 5 (B-L-D): Sapa
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A good day trekking along rice terraces, through lush bamboo forest and local villages includes that of the colorful Dzao hill tribes, and down to a rolling stream for a picnic lunch. After lunch, continue trekking along the rice terraces, trails and dirt roads into Ban Ho for an insightful night with your Tay hosts, where you’ll sleep in the cozy loft complete with comfy mattress and a mosquito net.

Day 6 (B): Sapa – Lao Cai – Hanoi
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Short trek to the dirt road for the jeep ride back to Sa Pa. Enjoy a afternoon to explore Sa Pa town, great shopping in the market for local produce and you can buy handicrafts from many of the local hill tribes selling their wares there. Bus departs Sa Pa at 4:30pm, arrive Lao Cai 6:00pm Night train back to Ha Noi (soft sleeper aircon). Trip ends 5:00am at Ha Noi station.

Inclusions:
Landcruiser or 4×4 van and driver
Trekking tour in Sa Pa: 2 nights’ homestay,
Meals as mentioned
Tulico/ Ratraco/ or Orient Express soft sleeper train Lao Cai- Ha Noi
English/French speaking tour guide
Hotels 03 star based on double/twin standard room
All entrance fees and permits
Exclusions:
Personal expenses, drinks and tips