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Northwest-loop 9D



Hill tribes, giant limestone karsts rising dramatically from emerald seas, and a bustling capital city are what make Northern Vietnam a delight for the senses. The sights, sounds, and tastes of the region are explored in style on this week-long tour.

Day 1: Arrive Ha Noi

On arrival at Ha Noi Noi Bai Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where we will have a welcome drink and tour briefing.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

Day 2: Ha Noi – Mai Chau

Traveling to the province of Hoa Binh, we pass through a region of spectacular limestone mountains and tea plantations to arrive in Mai Chau. We spend the night in a village long house of the White Thai minority, experiencing their wonderful hospitality, traditional dancing and rice wine.

Overnight in Mai Chau

Day 3: Mai Chau – Son La

The road to Son La is lined with fruit orchards, tea plantations, towering mountains and the traffic of Black Thai, Muong and White Thai hill tribe people heading to markets. We visit the Prison Museum, which remains as a poignant reminder of the inequities of the former French colonial rule.

Overnight at hotel in Son La

Day 4: Son La – Dien Bien Phu

Impressive scenery, and hill tribe villages fill the journey to Dien Bien Phu, the last bastion of French power in Indochina. Monuments, museums and preserved bunkers tell the story of the final and victorious liberating battle of 1954.

Overnight at hotel in Dien Bien

Day 5: Dien Bien Phu – Tam Duong

Sometimes steep and often rugged, the road through the Lai Chau valley is both breathtaking and dramatic. Hugging rice terraced mountainsides and fording turbulent rivers, our travels today are visually spectacular.

Overnight at hotel in Tam Duong

Day 6: Tam Duong – Sapa

As we traverse Tram Ton Pass, the highest mountain pass in Viet Nam, we are afforded magnificent views and experience a dramatic change of climate as we approach the old French Hill Station of Sa Pa. A busy market town for the regions minority groups, the town is encircled with towering peaks, often shrouded in cloud, and the air is cool and crisp.

Overnight at hotel in Sapa

Day 7: Sapa

Trekking to the H’mong and Red Dao villages of Ta Phin hamlet, we are introduced to a different way of life as we enjoy the genuine hospitality of these hill tribe people. A truly satisfying day filled with insight and the unspoilt beauty of nature.

Overnight at hotel in Sapa

Day 8: Sa Pa – Bac Ha – Ha Noi

Departing in the early morning, we drive to Bac Ha. Here, hill tribe people from far and wide make the weekly journey to trade goods at the busy Sunday market, their heavily embroidered clothing and distinctive headdress adding color and vibrancy. Leaving the activity behind, we descend the scenic mountain roads and return to Ha Noi.

Overnight at hotel in Hanoi

Day 9: Depart Ha Noi

A good opportunity to do some last minute shopping before your transfer to Ha Noi Airport for your onward flight.