Vietnam Tours - Exploring The Northwest Of Vietnam 1

Vietnam Tours – Exploring The Northwest Of Vietnam

  • Type of trip: Private
  • Trip Duration: 4 Days
  • Starting: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Finishing: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Destinations: Dien Bien Phu – Lai Chau – Sapa

Day 1: Dien Bien – Lai Chau

After breakfast, you will have some free time before we begin another spectacular drive, passing the stunning gorges and the Nam Na River. There will be stops to visit the H’mong and Red Dao villages on the way. Arrive in Lai Chau in early afternoon, have lunch & free rest of the afternoon in Lai Chau town to relax. Dinner and stay overnight in Lai Chau. Distance: 180 km or 110 miles.

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Meals: Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Lai Chau

Day 2: Lai Chau – Sapa

The drive today is the highlight of this trip. The road is a bit bumpy at times but it compensates by the magnificent scenery of the surrounding fertile valley, pristine rivers and high mountains – the photographer’s dream. The 25 miles drive to Sapa goes up the Chin Co pass and Tram Son pass, the highest pass in Vietnam with the view to Fansipan Peak – The roof of “Indochina”. En-route is the beautiful areas of Heaven’s Gate and Silver Waterfall.

Nested in the spectacular valley near the border of China, Sapa is the premier destination of Northwest Vietnam. Built in 1922 it was the former hill station for the French colonists. Today, Sapa is a paradise for trekkers, thanks to its beautiful trekking routes, stunning rice terrace, colorful minority groups and the back drop of mountain Fansipan. At 3143 meters or 10,311 feet from sea level, it is Vietnam’s highest peak.

You will reach Sapa in the afternoon and the rest of the day is free to explore on your own. Dinner and stay overnight in Sapa.

Note: The colorful Sunday market in Tam Duong is very interesting to see, with lots of colorful ethnic minorities. Today we will visit the Fair market en route. (Twice a week on Thu and Sun). Distance: 180km or 110 miles.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa

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Day 3: Sapa

After breakfast at the hotel, you will start the great trekking day downhill to the Muong Hoa valley. To begin the most beautiful trekking route in Vietnam. You will trek on dirt path away from tourist tracks, through pine forest, terraces and Hmong villages. You will visit a school in the village and have a picnic lunch by the river. In the afternoon, you will hike through the village of Zay and end of the hike today, Driver will pickup at Ta Van Bridge for the drive back to Sapa.

Evening, relax in the hotel area and have dinner on your own. Trekking: 5 hours, downhill.

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa

Day 4: Sapa – Hanoi

After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will depart from Sapa for the long and beautiful drive to Hanoi. You will have many stop breaks on the way to make the trip more interesting. You will see how the views quickly changed from mountains into the flat plains of the Red River Delta.

Arrive in Hanoi the late afternoon. For a supplement, you can take the night train from the town of Lao Cai to Hanoi for a more comfortable journey. Distance: 340 km or 236 miles.

Meals: Breakfast