North and North-west Vietnam, homestay, off the beaten track, mountain, family.
In the North, you will visit Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, a cultural city, Mu Cang Chai and its wonderful rice terraces as well as Sapa and its veritiginous mountains.
What will you do during your trip?
This trip is dedicated to the discovery of Northern Vietnam and its ethnic minorities. You will have the opportunity to visit local markets and to taste local delicacies. You will hike through mind-blowing valleys to get from a village to another and discover the culture of several ethnic groups.
For you, we have chosen nice hotels and comfortable homestays with warm guests who will be delighted to welcome you to stay and dinner with them.
We provide a national tour guide specialised in Northern Vietnam.
DAY 1 : HANOI
Visit the temple of Literature. Sightseeing around Ba Dinh square. Photo stop at the imposing Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, visit of the One Pillar Pagoda. Lunch in a local restaurant.
Walking through the old district of Hanoi : The Opera, The Ly Thai To Park and its imposing bronze statue representing the Vietnamese king, Hoan Kiem lake, symbol of the city and the Ngoc Son temple in the middle of the lake connected to the mainland by The Huc’s bridge. Dinner in a restaurant in a beautiful colonial house in the old quarter. Night at the hotel.
DAY 2 : HANOI / NGHIA LO
Departure to Nghia Lo through fascinating landscapes: cassava fields, tea plantations, rice fields… Lunch on the road.
Arrival at destination, and installation in a wooden house on stilts of the White Thai ethnic group. Bike ride or walk in Thai villages to explore their environment and their daily life. Dinner with the host family. Homestay Night.
DAY 3 : NGHIA LO / MU CANG CHAI
Visit of the market of Nghia Lo. Transfer to Mu Cang Chai by a stunning road surrounded by rice terraces, road listed as National Heritage. Stop at Tu Le valley and walk in this beautiful valley famous for its sticky rice renowned in the country. Lunch on the way.
Road through the Khau Pha pass surrounded by clouds. Visit local communities and the famous rice terraces listed as National Heritage of Vietnam. Trekking “off the beaten track” in La Pan Tan on the slopes of mountains, through the fields and villages of the Hmong. Arrival in the small mountain town of Mu Cang Chai in the late afternoon. Installation in an inhabitant of Thai ethnicity. Homestay dinner and night.
DAY 4 : MU CANG CHAI / SAPA
Departure following a road surrounded by rugged mountains and deep ravines in the direction of Than Uyen. The scenery changes quickly with wavy mountains: the famous Hoang Lien Son range, the highest range in Indochina. Photo stop at the Heavenly door and the Silver Waterfall (Thac Bac) before reaching the town of Sapa. Lunch in a local restaurant in Sapa.
Direction Muong Hoa valley to the villages of Lao Chai and Ta Van (16 km from Sapa) through rice terrace landscapes that make Sapa’s notoriety. Discovery of local life in a Black Hmong hamlet. Dinner in a restaurant in town. Night at hotel.
DAY 5 : SAPA / HANOI
Road towards a village in the valley and more specifically its ethnic minority market which are attended by most ethnic groups: Hmong, Tay, Nung, Giay… The markets: Coc Ly (Tuesday), Can Cau (Saturday) or Bac Ha (Sunday). Free time on the market, a real change of scenery! Lunch in a local restaurant.
Road back to Hanoi via a brand new road. This spectacular road is surprising by its diversity of landscapes, it starts in the mountain descending slowly towards the valley. Arrival to Hanoi late afternoon. Dinner in a local restaurant.