Vietnam Hill Tribe & Trekking Tour in 5 Days

Vietnam Hill Tribe & Trekking Tour in 5 Days

  • Hanoi
  • Nghia Lo
  • Mu Cang Chai
  • Sapa
  • Bac Ha
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5 days, 4 nights
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  • The Essentials
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    Price from 370 US$

    This 5-day tour of North Vietnam leads you through the high mountains of the North-West, exploring the homeland of the Thai and Hmong minorities. Along the way, you'll witness spectacular terraced rice fields, adding to the beauty of the landscapes, and engage in emotional encounters with ethnic tribes.

    Vietnam Hill Tribe & Trekking Tour in 5 Days
    What unique experiences await during your trip ?
    • In-depth exploration of the North-Western mountains, the most beautiful places in Vietnam.
    • Experience multiple interactions with the local population, immersing yourself in the vibrant ethnic cultures of the Thai and Hmong minorities.
    • Enjoy several hikes through Vietnam's most stunning rice terraces and visit Thai and Hmong villages.
    • This private tour offers tailor-made services.
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    Travel phases
    • Hanoi
    • Nghia Lo
    • Mu Cang Chai
    • Sapa
    • Bac Ha
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    Program description

    Arrive in Nghia Lo from Hanoi. On the way to the high mountains in the far north of the country, a large border region with Laos and China, stop along the way at Suoi Giang, the land of green tea plantations with its large tea trees hundreds of years old. A possible visit to a tea farm and tasting.

    Upon arrival in Nghia Lo, a small town located in the middle of the expansive Muong Lo plain, settle in with a Thai family in the Ban Deu village populated by black and white Thai minorities.

    Receive a warm welcome from our hosts, rest, and then embark on a bike ride around the village. Meet the Thais and discover the differences between black and white Thais, including dress, habits, customs, etc.

    In the evening, enjoy dinner with the family, and spend the night in their house on stilts.

    Greetings from the hosts, then head towards Mu Cang Chai, the land of magnificent rice terraces.

    This landscape, which captivates even the most discerning photographers, reveals its most enchanting beauty from June to September. During this period, the hills, slopes, and fields are adorned with lush green and golden-yellow rice fields. The itinerary includes several planned stops:

    • The Khau Pha Pass, offering a stunning view of the picturesque Tu Le rice fields valley.
    • La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha, and De Xu Phinh, where Hmong villages boast breathtaking rice terraces.
    • Explore the authentic Mu Cang Chai market.

    Enjoy the night at the hotel.

    Continue to Sapa via the Hoang Lien Son Range, the last arm of the Himalayas in Southeast Asia.

    Situated at the end of the country on the renowned Hoang Lien Son Range, this region served as a French resort during the colonial era due to its temperate climate. Today, it is celebrated for its stunning landscapes typical of the northern high mountains (zigzagging paths winding along the hills and mountains, rice terraces stretching as far as the eye can see) and its authentic culture, characterized by traditional villages, markets, and diverse minority ethnic groups.

    In the afternoon, take a stroll amidst the breathtaking exotic landscapes along the valley. Visit ethnic villages such as Lao Chai of the Black Hmong and Ta Van of the Dzay. Encounter local inhabitants as they work in the rice fields, gaining insight into their daily life and practices.

    Return to town for the night at the hotel.

    Embark on the road to Bac Ha, a small and tranquil town located about a hundred kilometers northeast of Sapa, renowned for its weekly ethnic markets in the surrounding areas.

    Take a walk through the breathtaking landscapes of rice terraces and rivers around Bac Ha, choosing a route away from the crowds. Explore seldom-visited villages such as Thai Giang Pho and Na Hoi, inhabited by the Tay, Black Hmong, and Flowery Hmong minorities.

    As the day concludes, check in with a welcoming Tay ethnic family. Enjoy dinner and spend the night immersed in the warmth of the local culture.

    Visit ethnic villages around Bac Ha. Depending on the day, explore a weekly market featuring local minorities around Bac Ha.

    Engage with vibrant minority ethnic groups at the market as they come together to exchange goods and news within their communities. Explore a lively section dedicated to the trading of oxen, horses, dogs, cats, and more, revealing the unique livestock trade practices among the local minorities.

    In the afternoon, journey back to Hanoi by road, allowing for some free time to rest.

    Night at the hotel.

    End of our 5-DAY services in the Northern mountains of Vietnam.

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    Tour Price
    370 US$Per person
    This price includes:
    • Accommodation for the entire circuit, in hotels or with locals
    • Travel according to the program by private car
    • English-speaking guide for the visits mentioned in the program
    • All activities mentioned in the program, including entrance fees to tourist sites
    • Economy class domestic flights with airport taxes included
    • Meals mentioned in the program
    • Bottle of water during guided tours (2 x 500ml/traveler/day)
    • Government taxes currently in force (VAT, etc.)
    This price does not include:
    • International flights from your home
    • Visa fees, payable directly at the airport customs (see VISA)
    • Bank fees related to payment
    • Personal insurance
    • Personal beverages during meals: beer, Coca-Cola, fruit juice, etc.
    • Other meals not specified in the program
    • SIM card and mobile plans
    • Tips, personal expenses, and other services not mentioned in the "Our Included Services" section
    Our services
    Your accommodation:
    Hôtel Écolodge Mu Cang Chai
    Homestay Mu Cang Chai
    Hôtel Sapa Élite
    Homestay Bac Ha
    Homestay Nghia Lo
    Topas Ecolodge
    Your cruise on Halong Bay:
    Peony Cruise
    Halong bay
    Peony Cruise
    Oriental Sails
    Oriental Sails
    Oriental Sails
    Indochine Cruise
    Halong Bay
    Indochine Cruise
    La Casta
    Halong Bay
    La Casta
    Cat Ba Sailing Junk Lan Ha Bay
    Cat Ba, Hai Phong
    Cat Ba Sailing Junk Lan Ha Bay
    Private 3-cabin Four Seasons junk
    Cat Ba, Hai Phong
    Private 3-cabin Four Seasons junk
    Private Cat Ba Prince Junk
    Cat Ba, Hai Phong
    Private Cat Ba Prince Junk
    Dragon Legend
    Halong
    Dragon Legend
    The L’Amour
    Halong
    The L’Amour
    Garden Bay
    Halong
    Garden Bay
    Your transport:
    7 seater car
    16 seater car
    Car interior equipment

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    The Le Boucher family

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    February 15-28, 2024 -
    "Hello, the trip is going very well. Yesterday I grew rice. A symbol and a source of pride for me, I would even say one of the goals of this trip. Thank you"

    "The work in the rice paddies is already well underway...we are lucky to see the peasants in full activity, it is really enriching to learn about your way of life. A 12km walk today was an intense moment. ​​"

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    The first week in Vietnam was very good. We loved the egg coffee. Vietnamese cuisine is very diverse, and it was great because we had time to try most of the typical dishes: pho, bun cha, cao lau, and banh mi. The Old Quarter of Hanoi has an ancient beauty, but it's still a bit noisy. The cyclo experience was very reasonable and helped us not get bored while going to Hoi An, also to the Old Quarter, but to explore it by bikes. Ha Long Bay is very beautiful. The cruise was excellent.

    The next part of the trip was in Cambodia, where we had truly amazing moments in front of the ruins of Angkor Wat. The tour guide in Cambodia was very detailed in everything we wanted to know. A few days in Cambodia are enough.

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    Dec 23, 2023 - We came back enchanted from our trip to Vietnam as a couple. Vietnam is a magnificent and endearing country.

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    The program was heavy, but we were able to split the tour into 17 days instead of 15, to take advantage of each region.

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    Dec 6, 2023 - What a superb trip! Complete satisfaction! Discovery of the NORTH and CENTRAL VIETNAM. A very well-organized journey by VIETNAM DISCOVERY; competence and kindness of our guide LUNA; We were warmly welcomed at the agency (beautiful structure) by Mrs. THOM DOAN. The circuit and hotel services were fully in line with the program. We return with lots of beautiful memories and stunning images in our minds. Landscapes, temples, rice fields, Hmong villages, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An. We wholeheartedly recommend. BERNARD

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    Our driver, Phong, young and careful, was wonderful and very kind. Our guide, Hiep, "a walking encyclopedia of Vietnam", knew northern Vietnam and its history inside out. He was very committed, a good listener and had great human qualities to match his skills.

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