Hanoi – Mai Chau - Son La (L, D)
Meet your driver, 7:30am
at your hotel in Hanoi. Travel through the verdant
Red River Delta and
witness the day to day life of the peasant farmers. Stop in Mai Chau,
Hoa Binh for a
short walk then drive to
Son La - the capital of Son La province. Overnight in
Son La – Tuan Giao - Lai Chau
(B, L, D)
Son La has an old
French prison and museum, perfect for a small walk to
visit in the morning before your departure. From here you’ll go to Tuan Giao, and
then keep going to
Lai Chau for the night. You’ll enjoy the picturesque
scenery as you pass the villages of Black
Thai, White Thai,
Lai Chau – Sin Ho - Tam Duong
(B, L, D)
Chau, the drive
Ho is stunning with tiered tea plantations and verdant rice terraces
carved into the landscape. Continue to
Tam Duong for the night. If you
happen to be in Tam Duong on a Sunday morning, the town is bustling with
activity as the local hill tribes gather for their weekly market day here.
Overnight in a hotel or guesthouse.
Tam Duong - Sapa (B, L,
Duong to Sapa you
pass through Binh Lu, up over the 1900 meter
Tram Ton Pass, considered the
most beautiful stretch of road in Vietnam.
Sapa is nestled at over 1600
meters in the
Hoang Lien Son Mountains and the valley truly is breathtaking.
Enjoy lunch and relax before a 3 hour short trek down this stunning valley,
which is sculpted with steep rice terraces, to Ta Van village for a home
stay. Your guide will cook you a savory dinner of traditional Vietnamese
food that you’ll be raving about, as you enjoy the hospitality of your Dzay
trekking (B, L, D)
good day trekking
along rice terraces, through lush bamboo forest and local villages including
that of the colorful
Dzao hill tribe, and down to a rolling stream for a
picnic lunch. After lunch, continue trekking along the rice terraces, trails
and dirt roads into Ban Ho for an insightful night with your
Tay hosts, where
you’ll sleep in the cozy loft complete with comfortable mattress and a
(B, L, D)
In the morning, take a
sort trek to the dirt road for the jeep ride back to Sapa. Enjoy an
afternoon to explore Sapa town, great shopping in the market for local
produce and you can buy handicrafts from many of the local hill tribes
selling their wares there. Bus departs from Sapa at 4:30pm, arrive Lao Cai at
6:00pm; night train back to Hanoi (A/C soft sleeper).
Land transfer by private vehicle for whole trip.
English or French speaking guides. Other languages are available upon
Admission fees for all sightseeing places.
- Personal expenses.
- Tips and gratuities.