Travel route: Hanoi - Maichau - Sonla - Dien Bien Phu - Laichau - Sapa - Bac Ha - Hanoi
Northwest Loop 6 days/5nights
Duration: 6 Days/5nights
Style of tour: 4WD - sightseeing tour;
Tour itinerary in brief:
Day 1: Hanoi - Maichau - Sonla
Day 2: Son La - Dien Bien Phu
Day 3: Dien Bien Phu - Sapa
Day 4: Sapa
Day 5: Sapa - Bac Ha
Day 6: Bac Ha - Hanoi
Tour in Details:
Day 1: Ha Noi - Mai Chau - Son La (B, L, D)
7:30am - Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi. Departure drive to Son La, stop in Mai Chau for a short walk and have lunch, after lunch, keep going to Son La. Overnight in Son La.
Day 2: Son La - Dien Bien Phu (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 to Dien Bien Phu . You'll enjoy the picturesque scenery as you pass the villages of Black Thai, White Thai, Meo and Muong peoples. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 3: Dien Bien Phu - Lai Chau (B, L, D)
From Muong Lay, the drive is stunning with tiered tea plantations and verdant rice terraces carved into the landscape. Continue to Lai Chau (formerly Tam Duong) for the night. If you happen to be in Lai Chau on a Sunday morning, the town is bustling with activity as the local hill tribes gather for their weekly market day. Overnight in a hotel or guesthouse.
Day 4 (D): Lai Chau - Sa Pa (B, L, D)
From Lai Chau to Sa Pa you pass through Tam Duong (formerly Binh Lu), and over the 1900 meter Tram Ton pass, Viet Nam's highest mountain pass and considered the most beautiful stretch of road in the country. Sa Pa is nestled at over 1600 meters in the breathtaking Hoang Lien Son Mountains. After lunch, take a short 3-hour trek down this stunning valley sculpted with steep rice terraces to Ta Van village for a home stay. Enjoy the savoury food and the hospitality of your Dzay hosts.
Day 5: Sapa - Hill Tribe Market - Bac Ha (B, L, D)
Today is dedicated to one of the 3 remarkable hill tribe markets of the region(Can Cau, Coc Ly, Bac Ha) where the Flower H'mong ethnic minority people is the major! The Flower H'mong girls dressing like colorful like butterflies filling up all the markets making a really really impressive scenery. Beside the Flower H'mong people, the markets are also attended by a dozen of other tribes namely Chinese, Nhang, Dzao, Nung, Phu La, Thai and King (or Viet). The markets which take place once a week are really a cross culture communication of ethnic minority groups. They are really worth visiting. After lunch time at the markets, you can follow the hill tribes to their villages or take a drive to the further villages. Back to Bac Ha in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Bac Ha.
Day 6: Bac Ha - Hanoi(B, L)
Have breakfast at the hotel then start to drive back to Hanoi. Stop for lunch on the way. Arrive in Hanoi late in the afternoon. End of the tour.
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