Itinerary at a glance
Note: The itinerary can change depend on the real and your requirement, but keep the destination.
This “North Vietnam Tour -Trekking & explore Hill Tribe 9 Days” is for those who are adventurous but who maybe are not up to long treks. You will experience remote mountain villages in far north of Vietnam, often close to the Chinese border. This is the land of the ethnic minorities, and it is one of the few places left in this global world. Prepare yourself to hike through incredible scenery and get an off the beaten track of the rice paddies. You will have an opportunity to interrelate with the locals by staying in Homestays, in a variety of villages and mountainous regions.
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 traditional houses and keep the 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 minite before do a short cycle trip to explore the Thai village – where is the home of Thai people in Vietnam. Cycling between rice fields, enjoying the peaceful sight of ducks, chickens, pigs and buffalos, and observing the quiet manual labour of the villagers, 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 traditional house of Thai people.
If you travel in the group from 6 people, there will be a traditional performance, with the local interesting songs and dancing.
8:00 am, After breakfast, we leave Nghia Lo to Mu Cang Chai, where we can see the real and beautiful rice terraces field. You will be surprise before the wonderful rice terrace belong the route from Tu Le – Mù Cang Chải.
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.
When arrive Mu Cang Chai, we will spend 1-2 hrs trek to Mam Xoi rice terrace – 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. Leave Mam Xoi, there are 2 options for customers:
+ If you are strong trekker, we can spend 3h-3,5hrs (13km) for trekking 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. From the above, we can see the amazing view of Rice terraces field, visit some schools, playing game or singing with children. 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. Enjoy stunning landscapes along the way, the stunning views of countryside and nature, visit local villages, experience daily life of hill tribe people, how to make traditional clothes…
+ If you are little weaker and have a short time, we can spend 2-2,5hrs for trekking around Sang Nhu village – where is near the center town and also have the stunning rice fields.
5-6pm, We will arrive Kim Noi village, enjoy dinner and sleep on the stilt house of Thai people
After breakfast we will drive from Mu Cang Chai through Tan Uyen and then to Sapa. The road is very dramatic with many hairpins, each opening up a new vista of the mountains, and crossing the Sin Ho pass. You will have lunch in Sapa and have a chance to look around. Then you will trek to Giang Ta Chai village, where you will have dinner and overnight in a Day’s ethnic house.
After breakfast, we drive to Bac Ha. If it is a Sunday we can join to the market, one of the most colourful markets in the north. You can enjoy the air of mountainous market- where many different ethnic groups from the high mountain go down to market. They wear their colorful traditional costume, and bring their own products as cow, buffalo, chickens, vegetable, so on, to sell and change. Some one just go to the market to meet friends and talking together. It will be special experience if you can join.
After lunch in a local restaurant, we will visit the palace of Hoang A Tuong, a curious mixture of baroque and oriental, built in 1920 with the aid of the French. Then we will drive up a tiny mountain road with views of the most amazing rice terraces, with villages dotted here. We reach the Ban Phung village and have a chance to see the La Chi ethnic people, the ladies in black knee length skirts and jackets, with a little delicate coloured embroidery, their heads wrapped in a strip of cloth knotted about their hair. They have a truly hard life up in these mountains often carrying a heavy load in a bag from a band on their heads.
We will dinner and overnight at a hotel.
Upon leaving Bac Ha we set off on a full day journey through Sin Man to Hoang Su Phi
The rough but scenic route traverse a dense jungle before crossing over a pass and ping down to Sin Man. This day is a real challenge for our driver as we travel by winding roads with many uphill and down hill drives. Along the way we may encounter the Nung , Tay, Red Dao, Dao Ao Dai, La Chi and Co Lao, just some of the many hill tribe groups who have settled there.
Dinner on your own, overnight in Hoang Su Phi
After breakfast, you will leave Phung village and drive down the steep winding road. You have the chance to see the mountainous landscape, which is covered in thick forests broken up by many small tea farms and the iconic, staircase-like rice terraces – the heritage of Vietnam. It is special that the road to Hoang Su Phi district winds its way along high mountain passes, which offer many fantastic views of valleys below.
When arrive Ha Giang, you will stay overnight in a Tay stilt house.
After breakfast, Leave Dong Van, the car will transfer you to the place – where we will start to will climb up 15 km to the top of the Ma Pi Leng Pass, through a gigantic maze of limestone peaks, stone forests, the rural Hmong villages in the valley before descending into the valley of Meo Vac. You will be disappointed as it is the gateway to the best road trip in Vietnam. The road has been cut into the side of cliff face and far below are the distant water of Nho Que river.
You will travel back to Ha Giang for dinner and stay overnight in a riverside bungalow.
You will drive back to Hanoi from Ha Giang, taking a road less travelled. You will follow the river, snaking from pass to pass through the hills of Central North Vietnam. You may find the locals are fascinated by you for few tourists ever take that secret yet spectacular route. You will then pay a visit to Duong Lam Ancient Villagewhere you can see hundreds of ancient houses. After a short stop for lunch in local restaurant, you will return to your hotel in Hanoi.
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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 =)
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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