October 26, 2020
Written By Realistic Asia
Explore the breathtaking landscape of mountainous areas located in the north of Vietnam. Hanoi warmly welcomes your very first footsteps into the enticing streets named after their craft guides in the past with a bunch of delectable food and drink. After your relaxation, turn over a new leaf to the intact beauty of nature. All immense and imposing views of mountainous area unable to be captured by any photograph or packed into a word, will show up at a single glance and absorb any travelers. Ba Vi, Mai Hich, Pu Luong, Nghia Lo, Mu Cang Chai, Sapa, Bac Ha will be the names staying for a lifetime. Return to the capital of Vietnam, the journey will enormously appeal to you by boat and cruise excursions. Ultimately, Hanoi is saying the biggest farewells to its new fellows.
DAY 1: WELCOME TO VIETNAM – HANOI ARRIVAL
Your trip begins with arrival in Vietnam. Our driver will meet and greet you at the airport. You will be escorted to the hotel by private transportation. Check-in to the hotel and get over the jet lag. After enjoying the first day yourself and return to the hotel for a relaxing sleep.
Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 2: HANOI LEISURE DAY (B)
Today you have free time to explore the city at your own pace.
Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 3: HANOI – MAI HICH (B)
Leave Hanoi at 8am and travel towards Mai Hich, Mai Chau. The peaceful town of Mai Hich is situated in a stunningly beautiful valley surrounded by verdant green mountains and is famed for its breathtaking scenery and friendly hill tribe peoples. Enjoying the tranquility of the paddy fields and interacting with the local people. Limestone peaks climb in the background and banks of green line the road, and you’ll take regular stops to admire the view across the lush valleys. Upon arrival in Mai Hich, you will meet and greeted by the village hosts at the local homestay.
In the afternoon, walking or cycling to discover the surrounding villages, and enjoy the beauty of surrounding nature, there’s also the opportunity to help local farmers plant rice seeds into the fields.
Tonight you’ll enjoy local hospitality in a simple homestay in the village. You can join your host in cooking dinner or even a chance to sample some of the local wine produced in the region.
Overnight in Mai Hich
DAY 4: MAI HICH – PU LUONG – MAI HICH (B)
You will leave Mai Hich for the Pu Luong Nature Reserve where the white Thai and Muong ethnic groups live. While strolling in the park, you will admire a very rich fauna and flora, composed of a multitude of birds and exotic plants. You will then settle into your lodge and have the afternoon free to enjoy the charming vibes around you. Ride through small towns and wave to friendly locals on your way through picture-perfect Vietnam – lush green fields, towering limestone mountains, tranquil waterways and charming historic sites. This is a wonderful chance to see everyday rural life in action as well as take in the beautiful countryside.
Overnight in Mai Hich
DAY 5: MAI CHAU- NGHIA LO (B)
Have departure towards Nghia Lo, Yen Bai. Some stops are planned on the way to visit ethnic villages, you will have an opportunity to meet Hmong and Thai people along the wat. In particular, you will see fields of tea plantation as far as the eye can see and you can enjoy a picturesque landscape during the blossoms season of peach and plum trees, which takes place in late January – early February. You will reach the Muong Lo Valley, where the town of Nghia Lo is located in the late afternoon. Muong Lo is the second largest rice granary in the northwest and is also the capital of the Thai ethnic group.
Overnight in Muong Lo, Nghia Lo.
DAY 6: NGHIA LO – MU CANG CHAI (B)
Breakfast with the locals and departure by air-conditioned vehicle. The road winds along the Hoang Lien Son range, where the tallest mountains of Indochina are found. Start the trekking from Tu Le, you will cross rice terraces and suspension bridges to reach the Thai and H’mông villages. The local people here will welcome you with open arms wide smiles. After lunch at Tu Le, continue your trip to North Vietnam. You will reach the Khau Pha pass, one of the most winding pass of Vietnam, which is the ideal place to get the most beautiful photos on the rice terraces. The landscapes are of exceptional beauty with cultivated valleys and mountains with rice terraces. Mu Cang Chai is considered an unique paradise and one of the best places in Vietnam for landscape photographers.
Overnight at homestay in Mu Cang Chai.
DAY 7: MU CANG CHAI – SAPA (B)
Depart from Mu Cang Chai to Sapa via Than Uyen. Stop at the top of the pass to enjoy the freshness and see the roof of Indochina, Mount Fansipan (3143m). Once you arrive in Sapa, enjoy some free time to rest your legs. The afternoon is devoted to hiking in the Hoang Lien Son valley, passing through rice terraces, local villages, meeting black Hmongs, red Dzaos ….
Overnight in Sapa.
DAY 8: SAPA – BAC HA (B)
After breakfast at your homestay and trek to Giang Ta Phin village – home to the Red Dzao and Black Hmong people. Push on through 18 kilometres of terraced farmland and bamboo scrub for excellent views of emerald valleys and rushing waterfalls as you stroll on by. Take a picnic lunch along the way, then depart by bus to Bac Ha.
Overnight in Bac Ha.
DAY 9: BAC HA – HANOI (B)
After breakfast at your homestay, visit the Bac Ha fairground market. This is a great place to pick up locally dyed fabrics, hemp plants and handmade textiles. Depending on your availability, you can witness the extraordinary atmosphere of the ethnic markets around this region:
- Tuesday: Coc Ly market
- Wednesday: Sin Cheng market
- Thursday: Cao Son market Lun Khau Nhin market.
- Saturday: Can Cau market
- Sunday: Bac Ha market
After that, hop on the bus and travel back to Hanoi
Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 10: HANOI – NINH BINH (B)
After breakfast, your English–speaking guide will meet you at the hotel at between 8 am and 8.30 am. You will be transferred by a professional driver from Hanoi to Hoa Lu, which is located 80km to the South of Hanoi. This is the ancient capital of Vietnam in the 10th century and your guide will tell you all about the history of Le and Dinh Dynasties, who ruled this antique citadel.
Enjoy a Vietnamese traditional lunch before boarding into a private sampan to visit Tam Coc, well-known as “Halong Bay inland” and see the beauty of the karst formations as you pass along their base and row into one of the many caves carved through the limestone. You will then continue with a cycling tour through the stunning scenery of rice fields, karst formations, river and tranquil village (around 5km).
In the evening, return to Hanoi and enjoy a lovely night on your own.
Overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 11: HANOI – HALONG BAY (B/L/D)
Breakfast at the hotel.Get pick-up by the Cruise at 7:30. Take the most scenic route to reach Halong Bay, taking you across the Red River Delta with emerald green rice paddies stretching for as far as the eyes can see. On arrival at Halong, you get to enjoy a cruise on the Bay to better explore the limestone rocks and the karst grottoes.
After you are done with your exploration of the bay, it is time to enjoy an utterly delicious seafood lunch, after which a trip to the famous limestone cave in Ha Long bay, you’ll get to spend some time here, kayaking or swimming, so that you can get closer to the floating villages and shops. Towards the evening, you will return to the boat for an early dinner, followed by some time at leisure. You can opt to attend the activities taking part in the boat or relax for the day.
Overnight on cruise
DAY 12: HALONG BAY – HANOI (B/L)
Rise early for a Tai Chi lesson or just to enjoy a hearty breakfast. The boat will make its way back to the port stopping at the Limestone Cave, full of stalagmites and stalactites. From here, it’s clear sailing back to the main harbor and the return Hanoi around 17:00. Then complete the hotel check-out formalities after which you can visit the local markets and buy souvenirs for your loved ones. Later, proceed for departure and board your flight back home. Trip Ends.
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