Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
The 8 days North West Vietnam Trekking Tour is a combination of overland tour and easy treks we design for family holidays, senior travel, and those who like walking about 2 – 4 hours per day.
DAY 1: HANOI -> MAI CHAU
7:30am you will be met up with Lotussia Travel team at your hotel in Hanoi. Depart for Mai Chau. Enjoy some short treks on the way before we arrive in Mai Chau in the late afternoon. Check into a local stilt house for dinner and overnight.
DAY 2: MAI CHAU -> SON LA
Transfer 17 kilometers then trek in an area of inhabitants of ethnic minority Thai, Muong the villages of Cun Pheo and Hang Kia. Arrive Bai Sang wharf for the cruising on Black river by local boat. Arrive at Suoi Lon for overnight in Muong’ Village.
DAY 3: SON LA TREKKING
Transfer to Ta Sua plateau, you can contemplate the highland scenery of it. Visit some villages of ethnic Black H’mong and discover the daily life and custom of local inhabitants here, especially you can enjoy the local specialties: Ta Sua Tea and agriculture products then come back the town for lunch. After lunch, visit the local market, the handicraft and farming products made by local villagers. Then continue trekking for about 5 Kilometers through villages of the Thai and the Muong. During the hike you can take a rest and taste some local wine is distillated by the local villagers. Transfer to Thu cuc. Overnight in a Muong village.
DAY 4: SON LA -> NGHIA LO
Trek through Thai, Dao, Mong villages. Visit the water wheel. It is used to scoop the water for the rice fields near the streams. Continue going to Nghia Lo through the direction of Lung Lo pass. Arrive at Nghia Lo, check in hotel. If time permit, have a short walk to the local market. Walk back to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5: NGHIA LO -> TU LE
After breakfast, leave Nghia Lo. Trek and visit some villages of ethnic’s minorities along the road:
black Dzao, H’mong, white Thai, etc. Arrive in Tu Le village, dinner and overnight in a house on stilt. You will have the opportunity to experience the culture of the local Thai people in the area.
DAY 6: TU LE -> MU CANG CHAI -> THAN UYEN
After breakfast, we say goodbye to our host and continue our journey driving to the village center. You may have the opportunity to visit the local market. Transfer to the foot of Kau Pha pass where we will start trekking for about 9 Km through the forest and ethnic villages. This trail runs parallel with the famous and beautiful Kau Pha pass. We finish the trail at the peak of the pass (1800m above sea level). Transfer to Mu Cang Chai for lunch. Visit the local market and go move on to Than Uyen. Arrive in Than Uyen about late afternoon. Check into a local guest house for overnight.
DAY 7: THAN UYEN -> SAPA
Transfer to Sapa. We can have some more treks on the way to visit villages of ethnic minorties. Especially,
you can meet the most typical ethics of the region – Lao, Lu (Xa Pho). They wear the long traditional and colorful costumes with jeweler hand made. Arrive in Sapa. Check into a local hotel. Rest of the day at leisure or enjoy a short walk to discover the town. Sapa town has such highlights as the Ham Rong mountain, Sapa market, Dzao traditional spa…
DAY 8: SAPA -> CAO SON -> LAO CAI -> HANOI
Transfer to Muong Khuong district, via tea plantation and forest of pine. You might encounter Giay tribe in their traditional dress in Ban Lau or Thanh Binh. Reaching Cao Son about 10.am, enjoy the excitement of this weekly market. The shining dress of colorful Hmong girls attracts you much as you fall down to a new world, a world of interest and fun. Having lunch in Cao Son lodge. In the afternoon, commence your walk to the most secluded yet peaceful village – Tin Thang. In this village, people still distill the wine from corn, making bacon in the most basic way and offering special corn cake to anyone who drop by their house. Transfer back to Laocai. Take the overnight train back to Hanoi. Train ??? Departure (to be advised). Overnight on board train.