Top experiences in Northwest Vietnam
Northwest Vietnam activities
Half-Day Sapa Trek Including Lunch
After hotel pickup, your trip will start at around 8:30am toward Suoi Ho, where you will start walking on a dirt trail through a Black Hmong village, you have opportunity to enjoy spectacular view over the rice paddy terraces and cornfields. You will take a stop for lunch at a nice spot or in a cozy local family.After lunch, you will have a stroll and discover the local daily life as Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities, two largest ethnic groups in Sapa. You will enjoy their welcome green tea and having fun with the local people, then your guide will tell you much information about their traditions and their culture.Your mountain trek will wrap up by going downhill Xa Xeng where the car is waiting for you to return Sapa.
Colorful Local Markets of Sapa Tour
The markets in the Northern Vietnam are always the colorful meeting places for the hill tribes, spotlight for any Sapa/Bac Ha Tours and of course, your unique Vietnam Tours experience. Minority people come down from the mountains to sell their products, or just for catching up on the latest news, gossip, and enjoying a drink or two. In the morning, drive to visit one of the areas weekly markets before returning to your hotel in Sapa. Market days:Coc Ly Market - TuesdaysCao Son Market - WednesdaysBac Ha MarketLung Khau Nhin Market - ThursdaysCan Cau or Pha Long Market - SaturdaysBac Ha Market or Muong Hum Market or Muong Khuong Market - Sundays
Lan Ha Bay and Viet Hai Village Trekking and Kayaking Day Trip from Cat Ba Island
In the morning, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel on Cat Ba Island and take you to Viet Hai village by boat. The scenic journey takes you past the floating villages of Lan Ha Bay to this traditional farming village situated deep in the nature reserve of Cat Ba National Park.On arrival, disembark for a 30-minute walk along the coastline, soaking up the fresh air and mountainous landscape. Keep an eye out for squirrels, snakes, frogs, languors, and thousands of butterflies, and observe farmers working with the help of water buffalos as you pass through the rice fields. Then set off on a 1-hour trek, climbing to the highest point on Cat Ba — Cannon Fort — for panoramic views over Halong Bay and Lan Ha Bay. Returning to the village, enjoy lunch at a local home while your guide prepares for a bike trip. Afterward, you'll go kayaking to several swimming beaches in Lan Ha Bay and Bai Tu Long Bay, perhaps snorkeling on the coral reef or hiking in the mountains if you want more adventure.Your tour concludes in the evening with the return to port and a transfer to your hotel.
Full-Day Bac Ha Cultural and Market Tour from Sapa
Head from Sapa to the sleepy town of Bac Ha to soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the Bac Ha Sunday Markets - the largest in the region. Observe the mix of Flower H’mong, Phu La, Black Dao, Tay and Nung ethnic minority traders that journey to the market from the surrounding mountainous areas. Browse the colourful stalls stocking a variety of local products, including brightly coloured handicrafts and fresh tea.Next, head to the northern edge of the town to Hoang A Tuong’s palace, otherwise known as the outlandish Vua Meo. Constructed by the French in 1921 in an unusual ‘oriental baroque’ style, it resembles a hybrid between an exotic church and a French chateau, and was used to entertain the Flower H’mong chief Hoang A Tuong.Afterwards, head to Trung Do Village, home to the Tay ethnic minority group, and wander around this rustic yet charming hamlet. Settle down for a tasty lunch prepared by a local Tay family and get a glimpse of village life. Then, enjoy breath-taking views as you take a boat trip down the Chay River before heading back to Sapa Town.
Sapa Motorbike Full Day Tour
Morning: Pickup at your hotel and start the tour. Gear up for your exciting ride. Your ride will be mostly downhill through the suburb of Sapa. You pass by Sapa town to ride along the smoothly road for 3 km, then get off the main road to head to Ma Tra village where is the home of the H'Mong people with scenic landscape of the mountain, rice terrace, corn field and pine hill before heading downhill to Ta Phin. In Ta Phin, you will witness the daily life of the Red Dao and Black Hmong minorities. You will also have time to take a short walk around the village. Keep riding up hill then down hill through the forest to Takko pass. Then back to Sapa to have lunch.Afternoon: You will go up hill to the famous Silver Waterfall and then onto Tram Ton, the highest mountain pass in Vietnam at 1,800 m above sea level for enjoying the magnificence of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range as well as over viewing spectacular landscapes of the whole area. On the way back, you may keep moving down hill to visit the ancient village of Cat Cat with Fairy waterfall, Muong Hoa River before arriving at your hotel. Have dinner and then transfer to Lao Cai train station.
4-Day Mountain Bike Tour from Sapa to Dien Bien Phu
Visit some of the most scenic areas in Northern Vietnam, cycle through stunning mountainous landscapes and learn about local life and culture on this 4-day cycling tour.Cycle the highest pass in Vietnam to "Heavens Gate." Enjoy a magnificent view of the Sapa valley and ride down to Tam Duong to stay overnight. Ride through the market town of Phong Tho and enjoy the view of acres of lush riverside banana plantations on your way to the town of Paso.Go through the picturesque Na river valley past colorful villages with lots of ethnic minorities until you reach Lai Chau in the early afternoon. Take a stroll through the town, go trekking in the mountains or take an afternoon swim.Then ride downhill to Muong Lay village past more villages until reaching Dien Bien Phu for the end of this colorful journey.Day 1: Heavens Gate - Binh Lu - Tam Duong (Meals: L, D)Start the day at Sapa and cycle up to Vietnam's highest pass to "Heaven's Gate." Take a short break to enjoy the picturesque view of the Sapa valley before riding downhill all the way to Tam Duong where you will stay overnight.Day 2: Tam Duong - Phong Tho- Paso (Meals: B, L, D)If day 2 falls on Thursday or Sunday, visit the colorful Tam Duong market and see the ethnic costumes of White Hmong, Flower Hmong, Nhang, and Pu Na. Ride the jeeps to pass between Tam Duong and Phong Tho and then on the bikes downhill towards the market town of Phong Tho and acres of lush riverside banana plantations until reaching the town of Paso.Day 3: Paso - Sin Ho - Lai Chau (Meals: B, L, D)Follow the road through the picturesque Na river valley past small villages of red and white Hmong, Kho Mu and White Thai ethnic minorities. Take a stroll through the small town, go trekking in the mountains, take a dip in the river, or just relax over a cup of coffee of beer.Day 4: Lai Chau - Dien Bien Phu (Meals: B, L, D)Start out with the jeep for 30km before cycling downhill to Muong Lay village. Then ride the sealed road from Muong Lay to Dien Bien Phu passing along more ethnic villages. Reach Dien Bien Phu in the afternoon. The tour ends here. Stay the night to go on to Laos or fly to Hanoi on the next day.