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North West Loop 8 days

Trip Name: North West Loop 8 days
Type of trip: Private
Trip Duration: 8 days
Starting: Hanoi, Vietnam
Finishing: Hanoi, Vietnam
Trip Grading: Combine adventure trekking and moderate walking
Destinations: Hanoi – Sapa – Lai Chau – Dien Bien Phu – Son La - Mai Chau

Flexibility: This sample itinerary can be amended accordingly to meet your expectation.

Highlights: Beautiful northwest locates in the mountainous northwestern part of the Vietnam country. This breathtaking landscape is famous for its spectacular scenery and ruggedness, primitive infrastructure and very friendly people that offer a real unique experience for any tourists who want to discover the unknown.

Brief itinerary:

Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Visit Hanoi then take the night train to Sapa.
Day 3: Visit Sapa
Day 4: Sapa travel to Lai Chau by mini van. Explore Lai Chau
Day 5: Lai Chau travel Dien Bien Phu by mini van. Explore Dien Bien Phu battle field
Day 6: Dien Bien Phu travel to Son La by mini van. Explore Son La 
Day 7: Son La travel to Mai Chau by mini van. Explore Mai Chau
Day 8: Mai Chau travel to Hanoi by mini van 

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Upon arriving in Hanoi, Glad Travel Agency Co.,Ltd‘s tour guide will personally meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. The rest of the day is time at leisure.
Included meal:  N/A
Accommodation: Hotel in Hanoi
 
Day 2: Hanoi – Tho Ha half day tour – Night train to Sapa
Tho Ha located at over 30 miles north of Hanoi, can be reached after one and a half hours drive from Hanoi. Tho Ha is a traditional village on a peninsula, surrounded by the Nhu Nguyet river. The easiest way to get to the village is to take a short ferryboat across the river.
 
8:30 AM:  Morning pick up at your hotel depart to Tho Ha village
10:00 AM: Arrive the pier for the ten minutes crossing of the river by ferryboat. 
Walk around village to visit the old village, and then you visit a local family to see and learn to make rice paper.
Mingle with local people here to have deeper understanding of rural life.
Lunch will be served at Mr Viet’s home. Back to Hanoi. Afternoon free at leisure.
Dinner tonight by your own arrangement, we then heading to Hanoi train station, catch the night train to Sapa.
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight train to Sapa
 
Day 3: Lao Cai – Sapa – Ban Khoang – Ta Giang Phinh – Sapa
Breathtaking landscapes of the untouched region highlighted by lush and evergreen rain forest.
Explore villages of the Red Zao and Hmong tribal peoples for a unique discovery of local culture, custom and living way.
Arrival Lao Cai early in the morning. Driver and guide will pick-up at train station and transfer to Sapa for breakfast.
Leaving Sapa at about 08.30 am by vehicle heading northwards of Sapa along national road 4C for 8 km to O Quy Ho with several stops for magnificent landscapes of Fansipan.Mt, Sin Chai valley and especially amazing flower and vegetable farms.
 Then turn right to follow a narrow tarmac for half an hour, getting through wild region with thick rain forest covering walled-up mountains, passing a oangbeautiful waterfall before arriving to Ban Khoang commune, home to the Black Hmong & Red Zao ethnic peoples who live their unique way of life and well maintain their traditional values. The villages here are prosperous thanks to the combination of wet rice cultivation on the terraced fields with cardamom farming under the shade of thick rain forest. Spend over an hour walking to explore this remote village for a brief understanding of local life.
Leaving Ban Khoang and process along the road for about 10 km to Ta Giang Phin valley inhabited by the Black Hmong who live in several hamlets scattering along a peaceful stream. Enjoy an hour lunch break on the bank of a stream.
 Enjoy about 2 hours walking along village path which connects hamlet to hamlets witnessing daily activities of local life such as plough and harrow the fields, growing, harvesting or doing house works. In leisure months men often gather to built new houses or repair parts of old ones while women stay home making their traditional costumes. The walk ends in mid afternoon, picked up for the road ride back to Sapa.
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Hotel in Sapa
 
Day 4: Sapa - Travel to Lai Chau by mini van. Explore Lai Chau
Leave Sapa after breakfast by road through the stunning mountain scenery to Lai Chau, visiting Black Thai and Red H’mong villages en route. Arrive in Lai Chau in the late afternoon.
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Hotel in Lai Chau
 
Day 5: Lai Chau travel Dien Bien Phu by mini van. Explore Dien Bien Phu battle field
Continue on through the hills and valleys to Dien Bien Phu, stopping off at a White Thai minority village along the way. Arrive in Dien Bien Phu around noon. At Dien Bien Phu visit the famous A1 Hill and Thai villages in the vicinity. 
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Hotel in Dien Bien Phu
 
Day 6: Dien Bien Phu travel to Son La by minivan. Explore Son La 
Another early start from Dien Bien Phu heading for Son La. The road crosses two mountain passes before the mountain scenery gives way to rice fields and banana plantations. Stop for a lunch break at Tuan Giao and walk over hanging bridges to visit Black Thai villages. Arrive in Son La mid afternoon and visit the former French prison where anti-colonial revolutionaries were once held.
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Hotel in Son La
 
Day 7: Son La travel to Moc Chau - Mai Chau by minivan
Leaving Son La early in the morning the road climbs up onto a high plateau where tea and coffee are grown before arriving at the market town of Moc Chau. After a lunch break at Moc Chau continue driving to Mai Chau. Arrive in the picturesque Mai Chau Valley which is surrounded by spectacular karst rock formations and rice paddies, spend the afternoon exploring the idyllic natural surroundings as well as visiting the extraordinary Mo Luong (Soldier) Cave.
This evening enjoy a traditional Thai performance of music and dance. The Thai ethnic group has inhabited this area for centuries and much of their lifestyle and traditions have remained unchanged over the years. Overnight in Mai Chau Lodge.
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:  Hotel in Mai Chau
 
Day 8: Mai Chau – Hoa Binh - travel to Hanoi by mini van 
Start this morning with a light trek through the Mai Chau Valley. After lunch in Mai Chau, begin the journey back to Hanoi.  Along the way, be sure to have your camera ready for when you reach the top of the Mai Chau Valley itself, the views are superb.  Continue the drive and reach Hanoi late this afternoon. Check in hotel. Free at leisure. Dinner tonight is by your own arrangement.
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation:  Hotel in Hanoi

This is a sample itinerary, so the cost depends on your hotel choice, number of people in your group and time of travel.
Please send us enquiry for availabilities & the most updated price.

Tour Price inclusion:
  • Meals as stated in daily itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
  • All entrance fee per tour program
  • Private comfortable transporation through the trip. 
  • Private cabin Hanoi – Sapa train
  • Double share accommodations with daily breakfast.
  • Experienced English speaking guide in region
  • Complementary water during the trip
  • Government tax and service charge
Tour Price exclusion:
  • International flight ticket to and from Vietnam
  • Drinks, personal expense
  • Visal on arrival letter (upon request)
  • Inssurance (compulsory)
  • Tips and gratitudes
  • Bank/transferring fee


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