Impressive Mu Cang Chai
November – March
We start our tour from Hanoi the capital and the second largest city of Vietnam and sometime also called the city of lakes. We drive to Muong Lo village which has the second largest rice fields in North Vietnam and take a walk to experience Thai ethnic culture. We further travel to Mu Cang Chai where the Thai and H’mong ethnic minorities reside and where they still retain their traditional lifestyles, customs and habits. Our next halt is Sapa where we visit the colourful ethnic market and the old town with its remnants of French Colonial era. Next day we trek down to the Giang Ta Chai village inhabited with Red Dzao ethnic group and back to Hanoi. Next travel to Halong and take a cruise in the bay; past limestone cliffs emerging from the emerald waters of Halong bay. In Hanoi we visit the Old Quarters, Hoan Kiem Lake and the Jade Mountain Temple to end our tour.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Soft
Group Size Small Group
- Visit / walk in the Muong Lo, Mu Cang Chai, Sapa, Giang Ta Chai village to experience the ethnic culture and natural beauty.
- Visit Halong Bay – where thousands of limestone spire soar above the turquoise blue water of the bay.
- Visit Hanoi, the capital, a city steeped in history.
- Type of Tour : Road Trip
- Grade : Soft
- Tour Duration : 07 Nights / 08 Days
- Best Season : Nov – Mar.
- Ex-Destination : Ex–Hanoi
- Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 04; Homestays – 02; Boat – 01
- Food Plan : All hotels Bed & Breakfast basis.
- Travel & Transport : Transfer & Sightseeing in private AC vehicle.
- All transfers & sightseeing tours in private AC car.
- Entrance to sites as mentioned in the itinerary.
- English speaking guides during the tour.
- Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
- International Flights.
- Internal Flights
- Visa Fees
- Meals not specified.
- Porterage at hotels.
- Camera fees
- Any Expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
- Any kind of insurance such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
- Tips to hotel staff, drivers, guides, etc.
- Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary because of natural calamities, flight delays, road blocks, vehicle breakdown etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and its associates.
- Items not specified in the above in “Cost Includes”.
Arrival in Hanoi (Meals: - / - / - )
Upon arrival in Hanoi, you will be welcomed by our guide and transferred to your hotel. Hanoi is one of Asia’s most charming cities, with its romantic tree-lined boulevards and colonial houses. The day is free for your own exploration and shopping. Overnight stay at hotel in Hanoi.
Hanoi – Muong Lo; Short walk in the village (Meals: B/L/D)
Then drive to Muong Lo, and the town of Nghia Lo, the second largest rice field in Northwest Vietnam and the homeland of the Thai ethnic people. Thai people first came here to grow rice and build their traditional wooden houses of iron and bamboo around 700 years ago. Take a short 1½ hours walk around the village to discover Thai ethnic culture and the daily life. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Muong Lo.
Muong Lo – Mu Cang Chai (Meals: B/L/D)
Depart by bus. The road follows the mountains of Hoang Lien Son and winds through the rice terraces. Stop to start your hike and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Don’t forget to take photos on the way before reaching the village of the Thai and H’mong ethnic minorities. People here are dressed in traditional costumes and will welcome you with open arms. The locals here still retain their traditional lifestyle, customs and habits so this is a good chance to learn more about the culture. Stop at Nga Ba Kim for a short break after hours on the bus. Start trekking until you reach villages of Thai and H’mong ethnic minorities. Stunning landscapes full of terraced rice fields, mountains, clouds and wooden stilt houses, make up a heaven of peace and simple happiness. Be warmly welcomed by locals in their traditional costumes; see the H’mong women working their looms and say hello to the passing children and you will find yourself drawn in by the land and the people here. Dinner and overnight stay at Mu Cang Chai homestay.
Mu Cang Chai – Sapa; Trek to Ta Van village & back (Meals: B/L/D)
After 2 hours driving, the road begins to climb up Tram Ton Pass, the highest pass in Vietnam at 2047 meters above sea level. Stop for photos opportunities and enjoy the fresh air. From here, you can see Fanxipan Mountain, “The Roof of Indochina” with is 3143m peak soaked in clouds. Arrive in Sapa at noon and visit colourful ethnic markets and Sapa old town with its remnants of the French Colonial era. After lunch, you will go on a light trek, long but easy, out of town, to visit Ta Van village where the H’mong, Dao and Dzay ethnic people live peacefully together. Dinner and overnight stay at Giay ethnic homestay.
Sapa – Hanoi (Meals: B/L)
In the morning, start trekking downhill to Giang Ta Chai village inhabited by the Red Dzao ethnic group. Back to Hanoi by your bus. Overnight stay at hotel in Hanoi.
Hanoi - Halong (Meals: B/L/D)
You will be picked up from hotel by your guide and vehicle. From there you start your three-hour drive through the Red River Delta to Halong, situated 180 km southeast of Hanoi. There will be various photo stops and coffee breaks en route before arriving at Halong’s pier. You then embark a refurbished wooden sailing junk for a cruise past the limestone cliffs emerging from the emerald waters of Halong Bay. Take in the stunning scenery of this World Heritage Site. On board you will be served a sumptuous fresh, local seafood lunch followed by a swim and exploration of some of the limestone caves in this area. At sunset we will anchor for the night nearby a remote island. Dinner and overnight stay on board the junk.
Halong - Hanoi (Meals: B/L/-)
Rising to the tranquil beauty of the bay you have time for an early morning dip while the sun rises, followed by breakfast on board. You will continue to sail through the bay during the morning to explore more secluded areas. The junk will stay close at all times serving as a backup vessel for those that require it. Back to Hanoi and a delightful water puppet show will perfectly wrap up our day. Overnight stay at hotel in Hanoi.
Hanoi – City Tour; Final Departure (Meals: B/-/-)
A full day spent touring Hanoi, the political, economic and cultural capital of Vietnam. Starting with the Museum of Ethnology (closed on Mondays), which offers informative and well-documented information on the country’s 54 ethnic groups, including elaborate and colorful hill-tribe costumes. The display continues in the outside garden with fascinating examples of traditional houses from the Kinh’s to the ethnic groups of the Central Highlands. We will then visit the Temple of Literature, a temple built in honor of Confucius in 1070, and served as the first Royal National University in Vietnam founded in 1076. This temple and its beautiful garden provide an opportunity to learn more about the Mandarin education that has shaped Vietnam for 1000 years and to relax in this tranquil setting. The afternoon is spent exploring the alleys of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple or the Jade Mountain Temple situated in the heart of Hanoi. Transfert to Noi Bai’s airport for departure flight.
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Accommodation & Food:
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Meals as indicated in the detailed program below (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).