Northwest Vietnam 7 days

North West Vietnam’s Mountain Discovery Tour

4WD Land cruiser or Fortuner
7 Days 6 Nights – Private Tours – Daily departures

During this cultural expedition, you will enjoy the best of North West Vietnam in the areas of Mai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Lai Chau and Sapa. 
The mountainous North West provides the perfect terrain for trekking routes. The Thai minority, a warm and friendly ethnic group, welcomes you into their homes and share their ways of life. 
The roads wind precariously across the mountain ranges, capturing the intensely varied lifestyles of the Vietnamese people. The final two days of your journey may be spent trekking the Sapa Valley to stay in minority villages, or just relax and enjoy strolling around the town and surrounding area.


Day 1: Hanoi // Mai Chau (Dinner Included)
Leaving Hanoi at 7am we head west to Mai Chau. Arriving at about midday we check into the White Thai ethnic minority village. We spend the afternoon relaxing and walking around the village meeting the people.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Stilt house enjoying folk songs and dancing together and drinking from the bamboo tube. Overnight stay at village.

Day 2: Mai Chau // Son La (Brekfast, Lunch included)
Departing in the morning we say farewell to our village friends and hit the road for Son La. Arriving in the mid afternoon we check into our hotel and have free time to relax or to take a stroll around the town.
Son La is the site of an old French penal colony were anticolonial revolutionaries were jailed. Although much of it was destroyed by the US warplanes offloading their unused ammunition during the Vietnam US war, it has been partially restored and along with the little museum makes for interesting viewing. The surrounding area of Son La is home to several Montagnards (Mountain people). The White Thai, Meo, Muong, and Black Thai people. A small display of their handcrafted wares can be seen in the local town market. Overnight stay at hotel.


Day 3: Son La // Dien Bien Phu (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Moving on we head directly west towards Dien Bien Phu, one of the remotest parts of Vietnam. Passing by the villages of the ethnic minority people, The White Thai, Meo, Muong, and the Black Thai we take in the picturesque scenery.
Dien Bien Phu is 35km as the crow flies from the Laos border, and is situated in the Muong Thanh Valley. For centuries it has been a major town on the transit route for traders between Myanmar, China and the north of Vietnam, but more recently in May of 1954 it became a place of special significance in the creation of a modern state of Vietnam. It was the site of a decisive battle that led to a 57 day siege of the French garrison and consequential end of the French colonial occupation.
The history of Dien Bien Phu is the main attraction here and now being the capital of Lai Chau province the once small town is growing considerably.
On the site of the battle there now stands Dien Bien Phu Museum were old French tanks and artillery can be seen along with the re-building of the bunker headquarters of the French commander Colonel Christian de Castries. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4: Dien Bien Phu // Lai Chau (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Heading north through Lai Chau province we are confronted by some of Vietnams most spectacular scenery. Nestled in a beautiful valley and surrounded by a magnificent mountain range we enter the small town of Lai Chau. On arrival we check into our hotel and freshen up. Then if so desired we take a drive up the mountain Pha Din. In the local language Pha Din means heaven and earth, and according to the local legend, this area was the frontier between Heaven and Earth. Climbing and descending the slopes with their many bends and deep gorges amid such magnificent scenery is a really enjoyable and interesting trip and makes for some good photos. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 5: Lai Chau // Sapa (breakfast and Lunch included)
Departing Lai Chau and arriving at Sapa around mid afternoon we check into our hotel, freshen up and have the rest of the day to explore the town and maybe take a short hike up to the lookout over the Sapa Valley.
Here there is great shopping for local produce at the towns market, and many handicrafts available from the hill tribes people selling their wares.

Day 6: Sapa // Visit surrounding villages (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Breakfast is served at hotel, we take whole day trip Trek through the Sapa valley visiting some of the villages of the colorful Dao hill tribe’s people and returning to the town in the late afternoon. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 7: Sapa // Hanoi (Breakfast and Lunch included)
After breakfast at 8:30, we then check out hotel and heading back to Hanoi, lunch on the way at a local restaurant in yen Bai. Stops along the road for taking pictures. We reach Hanoi lat afternoon at 4:30 pm. Drop you to your hotel in Hanoi.

Type of tour: Private tour, Culture & Nature style
Departure: Everyday
Notes: There are only 2 stars hotels in Son La, Lai Chau and Sapa is 3 star or Homestay, Resort.
Inclusive: Private car (4.WD) with driver, Entrance fees, English or French speaking guide, Meals as mentioned above itinerary, Accommodation at the deluxe class of 2 and 3 stars base on double share, 1 night stay at home of Thai people in Mai Chau.
Exclusive: Drinks, Insurance, Personal expenses, Tip.

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