Day 1: Ha Noi - Mai Chau – Moc Chau
Leaving your hotel by 8:30 AM we hit the road venturing through the Vietnam countryside towards Hoa Binh province. You pass through a region of spectacular limestone mountains the wind our way to Mai Chau for lunch. Shortly after you reach MocChau then onto an ethnic Thai village to experience their culture and hospitality.
Dinner and sleep in their traditional house on stilts.
Driving Distance: 190 km
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, homestay, lunch, dinner.
Day 2: MocChau – Nghia Lo
Breakfast at the homestay and on the road by 7:30 AM. We have a long drive ahead of us today with our goal being Nghia Lo. On the way you pass the MocChau plateau and possibly make a stop at a local tea plantation. Onward, we travel through the tribal lands of the Thai, Hmong and Dao.
We arrive at Nghia Lo town before dark, dinner at a local restaurant and sleep at a local guesthouse.
Driving Distance: 240 km
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, basic guesthouse, permit, all meals.
*Important note: these first two-day routes can be changed to a different route during May to August, our travel consultants will assist you with changes.
Day 3: Nghia Lo - Mu CangChai
Have breakfast then an 8:00 AM departure. Today we drive into one of the most beautiful parts of Northwest Vietnam. Amongst the terraced landscape, you stop for a short hike of about 1.5 hours to a Hmong village and have lunch there.
Later we continue through beautiful scenery, then another short afternoon walks to visit a Thai village. Hit the road one last time until we reach Mu Cang Chai. Overnight here.
Driving Distance: 100 km
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, basic guesthouse, permits, all meals.
Day 4: Mu CangChai – ThanUyen – Sapa
You departure at 8:30 AM today. Our goal is Sapa and then we drive there through Paddy fields, ethnic villages and the Tram Ton pass. We make a short stop for some welcomed trekking for about 2 hours to visit a local village. Arrive in Sapa around 5:00 PM and check into your hotel.
Dinner on your own with free time to explore the town.
Driving Distance: 170 km
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, breakfast, lunch, permits, hotel.
Day 5: Sapa, trek and homestay
Have the morning to walk around Sapa on your own after breakfast at your hotel. Your guide will meet you at 10:30 AM to transfer to the start of our beautiful trek. Chances to meet and talk with locals working in the fields are plentiful. Picnic lunch en route then continue trekking to Ta Phin village – home of the Red Dao people. Your Dao host family warmly welcome you to their traditional home where we share in an ethnic style dinner and stay the night.
Trekking Distance: 14 km (4-5 hours)
Trail Difficulty: 4/5
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, homestay, entrances fees, all meals.
Day 6: Trek back to Sapa, then night train back to Hanoi
At the first gleam of daylight, you see and hear the sounds of morning village life. You can join your host family in some of their morning activities like feeding the animals, cleaning the houses, gardening or preparing breakfast. After breakfast, we take a short wander around the village or spend more time enjoying the view and company at the homestay. Then, you are supported by our car / van back to Sapa (30 minutes).
Back in Sapa, you will have the afternoon to shower, relax and explore the town.
At 5:30 PM transfer to the Lao Cai train station. Departure is at 8:15 PM on an AC soft sleeper class cabin to Hanoi. Safely back inHanoi at 5:00 AM please find your own way back to your hotel – a taxi usually costs around 80,000VND. Your adventure ends here with a lifetime's worth of memories.
Inclusion: Transfer, guide, train ticket, breakfast, lunch