The Wild North-West Loop 7 days
Despite the rough roads the Northern Loop tour has become a bit of a classic. This is on account of the overwhelming scenery and the popular hill town of Sapa, an old hill station (elevation 1,700 meters) close to the Chinese border.
The region is also home to numerous colourful ethnic minority groups. The trip also includes a visit to the historic battlefield of Dien Bien Phu.
Today, most visitors who reach this outpost come for the history. But along with the old army headquarters, a museum and monuments, Dien Bien Phu offers pristine mountain scenery and fascinating minority cultures. Those, who go overland, will travel through some of Vietnam’s most rugged and spectacular mountains.
This northern loop, you have chance to stay in the traditional long house on stilts, take part in performance of folk songs and dance and drink sweet rice wine of the Thai ethnic minority people at Mai Chau, Hoa Binh. You will discover the undiscovered part of Vietnam and definitively enjoy the folk life of the people.
- Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services
- All private transportation
- Accommodation shared in Double room with daily breakfast
- All domestic flights
- Experienced English speaking guide
- Private boat trip as per tour
- Meals as stated in the itinerary (B: Breakfast ; L: Lunch ; D: Dinner)
- All sightseeing tickets
- Tissues and water on coach
- Vietnam Visa On Arrival pre-approved letter
- Services charges and government tax
- Exclusive and personalized single agent/single customer service
- No extra charge after services confirmation
- 24/7 hotline support guaranteed
- International flights & departure taxes if any
- Personal expenses, tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Peak season or public holidays surcharge (if any)
- Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year (if any)
- Vietnam visa stamp fee (US$ 25 & 1 passport photo for each person)
- Other services not mentioned above
Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa (L/D)
Your adventure begins with the drive to the mountain town of Sapa. The journey to Sapa will take the best part of the day. The drive is, however, worthwhile as the scenery that unfolds as we travel north and into the highlands is both dramatic and breathtaking. Arriving in Sapa late in the afternoon, we check into our hotel and use the remaining daylight to stretch our legs with a short walk around town. This evening we will dine at one of the local restaurants. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 2: Sapa (B/L)
Today you start by getting some exercise with a five to six hour trek to the hill tribe villages of Lao Chai , Ta Van villages of H’Mong and the Zay ethnic people. The H'mong women wear long aprons with embroidered waistcoats and have their hair rolled up into a turban-like hat, whilst the men wear a black skullcap, long waistcoat and loose trousers. Ta Van is home to the Zay people. They have become very adept at rice cultivation and, in marked contrast to the H'mong, they have a higher living standard as a result. As we walk through these villages nestled in the valleys below Sapa, we will meet some of the local ethnic minority people on their way to and from Sapa. These minority people, including the Red Dao, H'mong and Tay people, walk to Sapa to trade at the markets. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 3: Sapa - Phong Tho / Lai Chau (B/L/D)
In the morning you will leave Sapa for Phong Tho town located in the Lai Chau valley, where the Thai ethnic minority people have lived for centuries. After checkin hotel you will have time to discover the town and market and visit the Thai hill tribe villages. Overnight in Phong Tho.
Day 4: Phong Tho / Lai Chau - Dien Bien Phu (B/L/D)
After breakfast at our hotel you board your vehicle for the drive to Dien Bien Phu. It is a 6-hour journey on rough roads, but the dramatic scenery is worthwhile. By midday, we arrive in Dien Bien town and check into our guesthouse for the night.
The name Dien Bien Phu will always be linked with a historical battle, for it was here that Viet Minh soldiers overran a French garrison on May 7, 1954 and ended French colonialism in Indochina. To achieve this legendary victory, Vietnamese forces under the command of General Vo Nguyen Giap dismantled heavy anti-aircraft guns, lugged them up the sleep slopes overlooking the town of Dien Bien Phu and reassembled them. Encircled by artillery, the French could not receive supplies or reinforcements.
In the afternoon visit Dien Bien Phu Old battle field, A1 hill and Dien Bien Phu Museum. Overnight in Dien Bien Phu.
Day 5: Dien Bien Phu - Son La (B/L)
Day 6: Son La – Mai Chau (B/L/D)
After breakfast you make your way to Mai Chau valley after a 5-hour drive along a scenic route. You stop at Moc Chau plateau for a cup of tea and visit green tea fields. Upon arrival in Mai Chau valley you are welcome to the village of the White Thai ethnic people. Lunch in the local house and enjoy free time to explore several neighbor villages. Overnight home-stay in the traditional house-on-stilts.
Day 7: Mai Chau – Hoa Binh – Hanoi (B/L)
Wake up to the sounds of the village: roosters, morning vendors and people's voices. You have an early breakfast this morning before bidding farewell to Mai Chau and its friendly people. Your destination for today is Hanoi. It is an 5-hour journey back to the nation's capital with a visit to the Muong ethnic minority in Hoa Binh province. End of services.Cam on va chao tam biet!
|Cities||Hotels List||Room Type|
|Superior Category / 3-star hotel|
|Phong Tho||Lan Anh 2||Superior|
|Dien Bien||Him Lam hotel||VIP|
|Son La||Cong Doan hotel||Superior|
|Mai Chau||Mai Chau Lodge||Deluxe Poolview|