Itinerary at a glance
Note: The itinerary can change depend on the real and your requirement, but keep the destination.
This Trekking Mu Cang Chai Tour gives you a best chance 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.
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 can take a break to enjoy the Green Tea hill in Phu Tho province. We also pass Nghia Lo town – the home of Thai people – one of the main ethnic people in Yen Bai
Arrive at Tu Le town, check in our hotel, beside a nice stream, rice field and peaceful village of Thai people. 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.
8am: After breakfast, we will move to Mu Cang Chai
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. Lunch is served along trekking path.
Leave Mam Xoi, we will have 3-4hrs 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. 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…
After 4 hrs trekking on the mountain, through the forest, rice field, remote village, we will reach the homestay in Kim Noi village, Mu Cang Chai town.
Take the dinner and sleep.
After our breakfast, depend on the season, we can spend 1-2hrs continue trek some villages where have the beautiful rice field such as: Lao Chai village, Sang Nhu village or enjoy the rice terrace field on the back way.
After that, we will drive straigh back to Nghia Lo – Yen Bai city- Hanoi around 6-7pm. Our guide say good bye & see you again in another journeys./.
P/s: The itinerary can change according your requirement
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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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