DURATION 8 days / 7 nights


Hotels/junk information:

Please note that the mentioned hotels below for reference only. Depending on availability and your preference, they can be changed. If we are unable to book any hotels, it will be replaced by another hotel at least of equivalent standard and value

City Hotels Stars
Mai Chau Homestay
Son La Cong Doan hotel 2*
Dien Bien Phu Muong Thanh hotel 3*
Lai Chau Muong Thanh hotel 3*
Sapa H’mong Sapa hotel 3*
Vu Linh Homestay


Tour price:

This trip is organized for private group only. The tariff depends on the number of participants and the tourist season of the year. Please click “customized this trip” to get the price of your group and your travel date.


Services included:

  • Transfer & transportation on tour with private vehicle
  • Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
  • Overnight at local house in Mai Chau, in Vu Linh village
  • Local English Speaking Guide
  • Sightseeing & Entrance fee
  • Private boat cruise on Thac Ba Lake
  • Meals as indicated “B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Diner”
  • Traditional songs and dances in Mai Chau


Services excluded:

  • Meals and drink not mentioned
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses & tip
  • Internal & international airtickets
  • Bank charges relating to the payment
  • All services not mentioned above.

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Day 01: Hanoi – Mai Chau valley (L, D)

Depart from Hanoi to Mai Chau, a picturesque valley, home to many hill tribes including the Dao, Muong and Thai. Arrive in Mai Chau around noon and check in to Thai ethnic homestay, inhabited by “White Thai’, who predominantly live in this area. Lunch will be served at local house. In the afternoon, take a short walk around the village where you will be welcomed by friendly local people, communicate with them and get to know their traditional life style. Evening, enjoy a traditional dancing show with a taste of Ruou Can, the local rice wine
Overnight at local house

Day 02: Mai Chau valley – Son La (B, L, D)

The chickens and roasters in the village will wake you up in the early morning. After breakfast, prepared by our guest family, we walk around town to experience the true essence of daily life in the tribe. We continue our trip by car towards Son La. On the way you will see many more traditional settlements on the slopes of different hillsides. A stop is scheduled at the tea plantation of Moc Chau, to sip tea with members of the H’Mong tribe. On arrival in Son La, we visit the old Son La Prison where the French used to imprison Vietnamese revolutionaries in the latter part of the colonial area
Overnight in Son La

Day 03: Son La – Dien Bien Phu (B, L, D)

Today we travel to Dien Bien Phu, crossing over the Phan Din Pass, known as the highest and longest pass in Viet Nam with an altitude of 1,500m. At the middle of the pass, we visit a multi-ethnic primary school and a village of White H’mong hill tribe where children in colorful traditional clothing welcome us with warm smiles. We continue to Dien Bien Phu, the site of decisive battle in Viet Nam’s struggle for independence from the French in 1954. On arrival we visit famous sites of Indochina War, the Elian Hill and the War museum which details the events that took place. On display are relics from the battle including old French tanks and artillery pieces. Of special interest is the reconstruction of the bunker where the French commander, Colonel de Castries, surrendered to Viet Minh forces
Overnight in Dien Bien Phu

Day 04: Dien Bien Phu – Lai Chau (B, L, D)

The picturesque road from Dien Bien Phu to Lai Chau goes along the Chinese border and the Nam Na River. We visit some Black Thai villages, famous for their wooden houses on stilts. On the way we cross a beautiful footbridge leading us to a Kh’Mu village, an important hill tribe similar to the Laotians in terms of language and tradition.
Overnight in Lai Chau

Day 05: Lai Chau - Sapa (B, L)

This morning a visit to the Tam Duong multi-ethnic market is planned, an ideal opportunity to meet the locals. Hill tribes from every part of the region come here to exchange their agricultural and handicraft goods. After this cross-cultural experience we leave for Sapa. We make a stop on the way to visit the Lu tribe village of ‘Ban Hon’. The people here have a bizarre custom, they dye their teeth black! Having black teeth here is considered as a symbol of beauty. During a hike we will again be exposed to local life and the daily activities. We cross magnificent bridges, cornfields and terraced rice fields on the way to Sapa. Arrive Sapa at noon and the rest of day is free for exploring the town of Sapa.
Overnight in Sapa

Day 06: Sapa sightseeing (B, L)

Cruise down the beautiful Sapa valley on motorbike, with stops to trek in to visit peaceful villages. For many travelers this is another trip highlight. The trekking to the Lao Chai village (Black H’mong people) and the Zay village – Ta Van – where we ascend the mountain and cross a pass in the altitude of 1700 m. From here we have a magnificent view to the minority villages and terraced rice fields beneath us. The walk is about 12 km along the track that the Vietnamese used for fleeing, when the Chinese invaded Sa Pa in 1979.
Overnight in Sapa

Day 07: Sapa - colorful market - Lao Cai – Vu Linh village (B, L, D)

Transfer in the morning to Cao Son market (Wednesday morning market) or Lung Khau Nhin market (Thursday morning market) or Can Cau market (Saturday morning market) or Muong Khuong market (Sunday morning market) by car, arriving in time to enjoy the very colorful H’mong market in Northern Vietnam. This weekly outdoor gathering isn’t just a chance to buy and sell goods; it’s also the social highlight of the week for ethnic groups from all over the area. After the market, transfer to Vu Linh village for overnight. Enjoying the mountainous scenery through country and extensive farming lands comprising a sea of paddy fields split by tree-lined roads. Discover the daily life in the wild environment

Day 08: Vu Linh village – Hanoi (B, L)

After breakfast prepared by host family, we are going to Thac Ba Lake, start from home stay (Ngoi Tu village) and first “deeper” discoveries of the lake. Stop in a traditional Dzao house to drink a cup of tea and walk to interact with one of the many Dao families of the region (15 min.). Walking on one of the islands and go up a hill to enjoy a beautiful walk and view of the lake. After lunch at local house, transfer back to Hanoi in the afternoon

Tour overview

The Northwest of Vietnam is a fascinating melting pot of ethnic minority tribes. Most of these tribes immigrated from southern China, fiercely attached to their liberty and ancestral lifestyle. They coexist peacefully together in a serene environment.  By breathtaking mountainous paths travelers will meet these different tribes; the H’mongs from the mountains, The Thais from the valley, the Lu women with their silver jewels and lacquered teeth and the Dzao’s, well-known for their excellent hunting techniques


Brief program:

–       Day 01: Hanoi – Mai Chau valley

–       Day 02: Mai Chau – Son La

–       Day 03: Son La – Dien Bien Phu

–       Day 04: Dien Bien Phu – Lai Chau

–       Day 05: Lai Chau – Sapa

–       Day 06: Sapa sightseeing

–       Day 07: Sapa – Ethnic market – Vu Linh village

–       Day 08: Vu Linh – Hanoi