Tour Code: VAT-TNW/06
Hanoi - Mai Chau - Son La - Dien Bien Phu - Lai Chau - Sapa    Journey Map
North West is home for hill tribes communities, which are not affected by outside influences. Adventuring North West to enjoy mountainous scenery and immerse yourselves in unique minority cultures.
   Magnificent and picturesque landscape

   Visit many Vietnamese hill tribes with distinct traditional ethnic cultures

Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Son La (270 km) (L)
Today, we take a drive westward to Mai Chau (Hoa Binh Province). Upon arrival, we come to visit a White Thai minority village. Have lunch at a Thai family, we will have a chance to communicate with these friendly people. After lunch, we continue our drive to Son La, located in a scenic valley and inhabited by Thai, Muong and H’mong minority people. This area is historically important for its involvement in the Vietnamese struggle for independence from France during the first half the 20th century. Overnight at hotel in Son La.
Day 2: Son La – Dien Bien Phu (200 km), (B)
In the morning, we will visit the former French Prison and then drive to visit colorful market of Thuan Chau. It is a chance for us to take nice photos and encounter with friendly tribal people along the way. Another visit Blue H’mong village at Pha Din Pass. We will stop over at Tuan Chau for lunch before making our way to Dien Bien Phu, where we can see the former battle field and the display of war scraps former battlefields. Overnight at hotel in Dien Bien.

Day 3: Dien Bien Phu – Lai Chau (100 km), (B)
After breakfast, we depart for Lai Chau. It is a long journey through fantastic mountainous scenery. On the way, we can visit ethnic villages of Red H’Mong, Kho Mu and Zdao people. Overnight in Lai Chau
Day 4: Lai Chau – Binh Lu – Sapa (B)
Today we will witness the colorful market of Tam Duong and Binh Lu. Continue our way through breathtaking Binh Lu Pass, where you have bird’s eye view to the distant villages, rice field and mountains. Winding up terraced hillsides to Sapa. Upon arrival in Sapa, we check in our hotel and take a rest or stroll around the town. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 5: Sapa (B, L, D)
After breakfast in hotel, we will have a 10- km trek to Lao Chai Village, home of the Black H’mong. Followed picnic lunch by a natural waterfall, we continue trekking to Ta Van Village, where we will spend our night and enjoy simple dinner with the hill tribe Zay family.
Day 6: Sapa – Hanoi (B)
Following breakfast, we set out on our scenic drive along the Red River back to Hanoi. End of great trip by Indochina Travel Service.
Private A/ C transportation as per itinerary
English speaking guide
Accommodation based on twin share with daily breakfast
Entrance fees and permits during guided time
Extra meals as per the itinerary
Drinks and meals not mentioned
Travel insurance
Pre & post accommodation in Hanoi
Tips, Personal expenses
Location Standard Option Superior Option
Son La Cong Doan Hotel Cong Doan Hotel
Dien Bien Muong Thanh Hotel Muong Thanh Hotel
Lai Chau Lan Anh Hotel Lan Anh Hotel
Sapa Chau Long Hotel (Old Wing**) Chau Long Hotel (New Wing***)

*Accommodation in hotels is subject to availability. If the listed hotels are fully booked, alternate accommodation will be offered at the same level.
Price per person in USD 2 PAX 3 - 5 Pax Single Supplement
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*The above prices are based on the group from 4 - 6pax and valid until Sep, 2008. All prices might be changed subject to your group size and travel period. Some tours have Deluxe Option available. Please contact us for further information.
Accommodation during journey is basic; especially, homestay with minority people in a very basic condition.

Best Time to Do: all year round, best from September to April of next year.

Booking Terms & Conditions: Tour itinerary and tour prices are subject to change without notice.

This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of your travel date

This private tour can be customized upon your request. Please contact us with details of your tour requirements via email or telephone. Our team of experienced travel consultants will then help you design your dream Vietnam vacation.

Related information:
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