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The North west loop essential
Tour Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
Tour Price: Available upon Request
Destination: Hanoi & North Vietnam
Travel Style: Tribal Tours
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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  tour briefing. Free time to explore
Overnight  in Hanoi 

Day 2:  Ha Noi - Mai Chau (B)
Mai Chau calley, Mai Chau picture, Image of maichau, mai chau vietnamTraveling 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 (B)
The road to Son La is lined with fruit orchards, tea plantations, towering mountains and the traffic of Black Thai, Muong and White Thai hilltribe 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  in Son La 

Day 4:  Son La - Dien Bien Phu (B)
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 in Dien Bien 

Day 5:  Dien Bien Phu – Lai Chau - Tam Duong (B)
Sometimes steep and often rugged, the road through the Lai Chau valley is both breathtaking and dramatic. Hugging rice terraced mountain sides and fording turbulent rivers, our travels today are visually spectacular.
Overnight  in Tam Duong 

Day 6:  Tam Duong - Sapa (B)
image of sapa, sapa valley, piture os sapa, sapa pirure, sapa photographyAs we travel 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  in Sapa 

Day 7:  Sapa (B)
Trekking to the H'mong and Red Dao villages of Ma tra andTa 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  in Sapa 

Day 8:  Sa Pa - Bac Ha - Ha Noi (B)
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 head dress adding color and vibrancy. Leaving the activity behind, we descend the scenic mountain roads Lao Cai for a train journey to Hanoi.
Overnight on train.

Day 9:  Depart Ha Noi (B)
Transfer to Hotel free to relax , free at leisure
Afternoon city tour in the city with HoChiMinh Mausoleum, Presidential palace, One, piller pagoda, Quan Thanh templebefore transfer to Ha Noi Airport for your onward flight.


Places Visited:  Hanoi-Mai Chau- Son La-Dien Bien Phu-Tam Duong-Sapa-Bac Ha
Tour operated: All year round except  late June to Mid August
Ethnic groups encountered: Tay,Thai, Hmong, Lu, Tho, Giay, Dzao, Nung...


What To Expect
This tour is designed to be a tribal tour, and, as such, we must be flexible in our scheduling. Much of what we do, and when we do it, will depend upon weather,your interest. We will, however, visit the major sites listed in each destination.

Vietnam has made great changes in tourist accommodations and services in recent years, but please remember that it is still a developing country, so we may experience occasional-especially in remote area- inconveniences. All our accommodations will be clean and comfortable, with western toilet and shower/bath. The hotels have been chosen for your comfort as well as their proximity to prime photographic locations.

What to bring?

  • Original passport
  • Appropriated  clothes for different time of the year and  each region
  • Vietnamese currency for mountainous areas
  • Insect repellent

Tour Price: Available upon Request

Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.

Tour includes:

  • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels or local restaurants
  • Tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Services of a driver and Private air-conditioned vehicles during all tours and transfers.
  • Services of  English speaking guides during all tours and transfers.
  • Entrance fees for all sights visited.
  • Boat trips as stated in the itinerary
  • Lunch or dinner if mentioned in itinerary with (L,D)
  • Domestic airport taxes for any domestic flights on tours

Tour excludes:

  • International flights to and from Vietnam.
  • Meals other than those mentioned above
  • Personal expenses are such as laundry, telephone, drinks etc....
  • Tips
  • Personal insurance
  • Any domestic flights not mentioned
  • International departure airport tax (normally included in your ticket price)
  • Other services not clearly mentioned in the "Tour Includes"

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All the touring itineraries on this website have been carefully crafted. However, we understand that every travel experience should be as unique and individual as each traveler. We are waiting to hear from you so that we can Tailor Make a Vietnam tour to your individual specifications.

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