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Note: The itinerary can change depend on the real and your requirement, but keep the destination.
This Trekking Mu Cang Chai Tour 4 days gives you long time to discover the mountainous beauty, the amazing Rice Terraces, as well as local life of different ethnic groups in rural tribe : Sapa – Mu Cang Chai – where the charming essence of these lands remains unchanged. Exploring these lands by hiking around unparalleled routes, meeting locals and rural villages will be the unforgettable memories in your Vietnam trips.
This itinerary is suitable for Photographers, Trekking Love travellers and all people want to explore the remote area in Vietnam.
8am: Our guide will pick-up you at hotel. Start journey to Nghia Lo and Tu Le via Thanh Son, Thu Cuc road 32. On the way, we will spend 1,5-2 hrs visit Vietnam Ethnic Village- where displays the tradditional houses and keep the tradditional culture, life of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. We will introduce you about the feature group in North Vietnam such as: Mong, Thai, Dao, Tay…group
Leave Vietnam Ethnic Village, we can take a break to enjoy the Milk products or Green Tea hill in Phu Tho province.
Arrive Nghia Lo town in the afternoon, check-in homestay and take a break a few minitue before do a short cycle trip to explore the Thai village – where is the home of Thai people in Vietnam. Cycling between rice fields, beside the stream, visit the house, chatting with locals or say Hello with the friendly & kute children beside the road.
Back to homestay, enjoy the good meals and sleep on the stilt house- the tradditional house of Thai people.
If you travel in the group from 6 people, there will be a traditional performance, with the local intereting songs and dancing.
Distance trekking or cycling: Around 4-5km
Trekking or cycling Time: Around 1,5-2hrs
Drive time: around: 6hrs
8:00 am, After breakfast, we leave Nghia Lo to Mu Cang Chai, where we can see the real and beautiful rice terraces field.
Run over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam with 40km, connect Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai). We’ll cross Tu Le town, you’ll have chance to see the interesting activities of Thai women in Tu Le making the “Com – green rice” – the famous special product of Tu Le belong your road in the harvest season (Sep-Oct). Most scenic roads which offer a lot of stops for picturing as the view point to see the Lim Mong, Lim Thai village or paragliding-point on the top of this pass.
We will spend 1,5-2hrs to trek around the Tu Le hamlet, to explore the local life of Thai people here.
When arrive Mu Cang Chai, we will continue take 3-4hrs (13km) to trek from Che Cu Nha village to Kim Noi village – where we will sleep in the stilt house of Thai people.
On the trekking way, we will go up to the high mountain, pass to the Hmong village and Waterfall in remote area, visit a kinder garden school. Beside seeing the beauty of Rice field, you’ll guided how to plant rice, harvest rice or discover the farm working of locals. It will be exciting experience. We will arrive Kim Noi village, enjoy dinner and sleep on the stilt house of Thai people.
After our breakfast, depend on the season and Rice status, we will choose the best view to do trekking tour. We can spend 1-2hrs in the morning to continue trek some villages where have the beautiful rice field such as: Lao Chai village (10km transfer by car from homestay and 3km by foot) or Sang Nhu village (2km transfer by car and 2km by foot)
After leave these village, we will transfer by car to next trekking destination. We will spend 3-4 hrs trek from Mam Xoi rice terrace to La Pan Tan village – one of the most famous destination, where have the round shape of rice terrace, all of them was built by human hand of H’mong people since hundreds years ago. The soil road through the H’mong village, through the amazing rice field, we can get the unique and special photos, with experience the local life people.
Leave La Pan Tan, we go to Tu Le town, we will spend around 2hrs to walk around field and village, to enjoy the rice field, explore the life, the house, the culture…of Thai people. After trekking, we can enjoy the Hot Spring – where villagers often gather together and take a bath everyday.
5-6am: If you want to see the sunrise, you can wake up early and walk to the rice field, near hotel to see.
If you still want to more trekking, we can spend 2-4hrs to trekking the Nam Co village- the village & rice field of Thai and Hmong people – beside the beautiful and peaceful stream.
After that, we will drive back to Nghia Lo – Yen Bai city- Hanoi around 6-7pm. Our guide say good bye & see you again in another journeys./.
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Katie & Jared – USA
“We absolutely LOVED this three day, two night trip with Nghia! We started from Hanoi and made our way up north to Mu Cang Chai. We spent the first day trekking to a tea farm up in the mountains and spent the first night at a homestay. We biked through rice fields, met locals and learned a lot about the community. We trekked up in Mu Chang Chai the second day via motorbike, walking and met locals, including our tour guide.
As a traveler here, you need to be flexible and willing to experience the trip, even when the conditions aren’t ideal. It rained some on the second day, and was very muddy, but I think that gave the day an even better memory.
Our meals were also very yummy and we were able to experience all sorts of local delights.”
Shemaine – Singapore
Nghia and her team from Zonitrip helped to organise a 2 day trip to Mu Cang Chai tour for my two friends and I. In the lead up to the trip, I appreciated her promptness in responding to my queries. All in all, my friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip! During our trek around the mountains, we were awed by the many beautiful views of the Mu Cang Chai rice terraces We also enjoyed our homestay experience with the Thai People and were highly impressed by the wide spread of delicious food prepared by our homestay owners. If you are looking to visit a place that is less touristy, I highly recommend Mu Cang Chai . However, if you are prone to motion sickness, you must be warned that the journey from Hanoi to Mu Cang Chai and back can be a gruelling one as you will be traveling on winding mountainous roads for about 2 -3 hours. Thank you once again Nghia for organising such a great trip for us =)
“We initially wanted to climb Mt Fansipan but had to change at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances. Nghia was really understanding and provided an alternative package for us — we chose Trekking Mu Cang Chai Tour instead and it’s a place that we would definitely recommend! We explored the rice terraces and visited the villages, and we were rewarded with an amazing view after one of our treks. Highly recommend!
Travelled to Mu Cang Chai, spending the first night in Ngia Lo and the second in Mu Cang Chai. Nghia was wonderful and was up to doing anything we wanted to on the way. We stopped at a fresh water stream in Tu Le where she walked us to a secluded hot spring so that we could take a dip in the middle of the day. All the meals were amazing and she gave us insight to the lives of the Tai, Hmong and Dao people that lived in Yen Bai and the surrounding areas. Her tour is one of the most genuine and down to earth tours. Highly recommended!
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