Hanoi – Mai Chau – Son La – Dien Bien Phu
Description: The North -West of Vietnam is still relatively untouched by the outside world. With possibly some of the most beautiful scenery in Vietnam, those who visit see this region will be greatly rewarded. Rich in history, visit such places as the former French hill station of Sapa and Dien Bien Phu with its famous battlefields. Travel along roads snaking through high passes, journey through fertile valleys, see incredible rice terraces and visit colorful ethnic-minority markets.
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- Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau
- Day 2: Mai Chau – Son La
- Day 3: Son La – Dien Bien Phu
Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau
Pick up at your hotel and leave at 8:00 this morning. The road from Hanoi to Hoa Binh on highway 6 has been upgraded. The pretty landscape is dotted with churches, pagodas and villages. You will stop to visit the Muong tribe en-route, then another break at Thung Khe Pass for the spectacular view of Mai Chau valley.
Have lunch in Mai Chau. Spend the afternoon for trekking away from the tourist track, close to Song Ma River. Here, you will discover the beauty of this valley and the culture of Thai people who is living in this area. Tonight, you will have dinner and stay with a Thai family. Distance: 160 km or 100 miles.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Home Stay in Mai Chau.
Day 2: Mai Chau – Son La
Have breakfast at the home-stay before embark on a beautiful drive north to Son La. This good stretch of road is filled with stunning sceneries; you will make frequent photo stops and visit to the minority villages of the H’mong and Black Thai.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant en-route.
The highlight on your drive today will be a visit of a tea plantation in Moc Chau plateau. Here, you will find the best Vietnam tea growing region, along the roads and on the hillsides. You will reach Son La in the afternoon. Dinner and stay overnight in Son La. Distance: 187 km or 116 miles.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Son La
Day 3: Son La – Dien Bien Phu
Today you will travel on more winding & stunning roads, longer passes and see more colorful minority groups. Just as in the previous day, you may want to stop more often for pictures and visits the villagers to learn more about their rich cultures.
After lunch, the drive to the impressive Pha Din pass will be the highlight of the day.
Pha Din pass sits 1,000 meter or 3280 feet above the sea level. According to local legend, Pha Din means the connection between Heaven and Earth. Climbing and descending the slopes with the many bends and deep gorges is an unforgettable experience. You will reach Dien Bien Phu early in the afternoon and spend the rest of the day visiting the historical site of the Vietnamese / French war. Dien Bien Phu Museum and A 1 Hill are on the list to see.
Dinner and stay overnight in Dien Bien Phu. Distance: 170 km or 105 miles.
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Dien Bien Phu