Welcome to Northwest Vietnam


Northwest Vietnam's people and culture are additional draws, and those mountains are home to a variety of ethnic groups, not to mention the scenic villages where they live and the colourful markets where they shop.


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$133 Kid Friendly

2-Day Overnight Sapa Tour by Bus from Hanoi

ItineraryDay 1: Hanoi to Sapa and Short Trek (Lunch, Dinner)Stop At: Cat Cat village, Sapa, Lao Cai ProvinceMeet the tour guide for the bus to Lao Cai and Sapa (duration roughly 5 hours). Check-in at your hotel, then take a walk around Sapa, visiting the market and old cathedral, and meet Black H’mong and Red Zao ethnic minorities selling handicrafts.Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch and then trek through Cat Cat village, stopping at local homes and experiencing the hospitality. (Trekking distance approximately 2.5 km; duration about 2 hours)Return to the hotel for dinner at 5:00 PM and overnight stay.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at 3-star hotel such as Sapa Vista Hotel, Panorama hotel Sapa or similiarDay 2: Long Trek and Sapa to Hanoi by Bus (Breakfast, Lunch)Stop At: Y Linh Ho, Sapa, Lao Cai ProvinceLong Trek and Sapa to Hanoi by Bus (Breakfast, Lunch)Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before checking out and heading on a trek to Muong Hoa Valley. Walk to Y Linh Ho village and stop for a picnic lunch. Continue to Lao Chai and Ta Van village, visiting homes and local schools. (Trekking distance approximately 9 km; duration about 5.5 hours)Meet your group at the hotel and head to the bus station. Drop off in Hanoi is at the bus office (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) or your hotel/ apartment in the Old Quarter (Monday to Thursday).Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$699 Kid Friendly

TREKKING MU CANG CHAI ( PRIVATE 3D2N TOUR)

ItineraryDay 1: DAY 1: HANOI – NGHIA LO- TU LE ( L, D)Stop At: Suoi Giang - Yen Bai, Yen Bai, Yen Bai Province8am: Our guide will pick-up you at hotel. On the way, we will pass Nghia Lo town – the home of Thaipeople – one of the main ethnic people in Yen BaiArrive at Tu Le town, check in our hotel, you can spend around 2hrs to walk around field and village, toenjoy the rice field, explore the life, the house, the culture…of Thai people. After trekking, we can enjoy theHot Spring – where villagers often gather together and take a bath everyday.Overnight at the hotel in Tu Le.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: OVERNIGHT AT TU LE Day 2: DAY 2: TU LE – MU CANG CHAI – TREKKING AROUND VILLAGES (B, L, D)Stop At: Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai, Yen Bai Province8am: After breakfast, we will move to Mu Cang Chai. Run over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatestpasses in Northern Vietnam with 40km, connect Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai). Most scenic roads which offer alot of stops for picturing as the view point to see the Lim Mong, Lim Thai village or paragliding-point on thetop of this pass.When arrive Mu Cang Chai, we will spend 1-2 hrs trek to Rasberry Hill – one of the most famousdestination, where have the round shape of rice terrace, all of them was built by human hand of H’mongpeople since hundreds years ago. Leave Mam Xoi, we will have 3-4hrs to trek from Che Cu Nha village toKim Noi village – where we will sleep in the stilt house of Thai people.On the trekking way, we will go up to the high mountain, pass to the Hmong village and waterfall in remotearea. Beside seeing the beauty of Rice field, you’ll guided how to plant rice, harvest rice or discover thefarm working of locals.Enjoy stunning landscapes along the way. Overnight at the stilt house homestay of Thai people. Trekking level: Moderate (3/5) ~15-17 Km trekking in 5-6hrs and 50 Km driving Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • Dinner • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at the stilt house homestay of Thai peopleDay 3: DAY 3: MU CANG CHAI –HANOI (B,L)Stop At: Old Quarter, HanoiAfter our breakfast, depend on the season, we can spend 1-2hrs continue trek some villages where havethe beautiful rice field such as: Lao Chai village, Sang Nhu village or enjoy the rice terrace field on the backway.After that, we will drive straight back to Nghia Lo – Yen Bai city- Hanoi around 6-7pm. Our guide say goodbye & see you again in another journeys.Trekking level: Easy (1/5)~5-7 Km trekking in 1-2hrs and 300 Km driving from Tu Le – Mu Cang ChaiDuration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • Dinner • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$499 Cultural & Theme Tours

PRIVATE TREKKING TOUR TO HA GIANG TOUR (3 DAYS)

ItineraryDay 1: DAY 1: TREKKING IN HA GIANG – QUAN BA (B/L/D)Stop At: Ha Giang Easy Rider, Ha Giang, Ha Giang ProvinceNIGH 0: HANOI – HA GIANG6:00 pm, our guide will pick you up from your hotel to the bus station, you will transfer by sleeping bus toHa Giang. Around 4:30am, you will arrive Ha Giang city & transfer to homestay of Tay people, take a bath,have breakfast and prepare before trekking day.DAY 1: TREKKING IN HA GIANG – QUAN BA (B/L/D)You will set off from the homestay and trek to the village Lung Vai (6-8 hours). Along the trek, you willhave the chance to contemplate the beauty of the rice terraces, mountains and jungles. As you venturethrough the wild, rugged scenery, you will meet people from the many different ethnic minoritycommunities such as Man and Dao. You will stop for a picnic lunch before continuing the journey to theremote village of Khuoi My. En route, you can see farmers working in the fields, and there may even be theopportunity to have a go yourself. You will travel on to Ban Tha village before being picked up and taken toNam Dam, Quan Ba. Dinner will be served by your host, and you will stay overnight in Dzao house.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: stay overnight in Dzao houseDay 2: DAY 2: QUAN BA – DONG VAN (B/L/D)Stop At: Quan Ba Heaven Gate, Quan Ba, Ha Giang ProvinceAfter breakfast, you will take the spectacular road which leads to Dong Van, a series of long passes, deepvalleys, with many view spot to take photo . You will then cross pine forests and visit Vuong’s Palace - agrandiose two storey mansion built for a local Hmong king by the French. Set in a hidden valley near aquite village, the building is a fascinating sight in such a remote region of the country. You will stop forlunch then take 3,5-4 hours trek on highest mountains of Dong Van for breathtaking panoramic views. Youwill also have the chance to visit H’Mong, Lo Lo and Giay ethnic villages in this incredible, untouchedfrontier region. You will drive to Dong Van for dinner and a night in a hotel or homestay.Duration: 24 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight in a hotel or homestayDay 3: DAY 3: DONG VAN – MEO VAC – HA GIANG (B/L/D)Stop At: Dinh Vua Meo, Dong Van, Ha Giang ProvinceAfter breakfast, you will explore Dong Van Old Quarter, if you travel on the weekend, you will have chanceto join the colorful local market.Leave Dong Van, the car will transfer you to the place – where we will start to will climb up 15 km to thetop of the Ma Pi Leng Pass, which gives stunning views of the mountains and sweeping valleys. The roadhas been cut into the side of cliff face and far below are the distant water of Nho Que river. Trekkingthrough a gigantic maze of limestone peaks, stone forests, the rural Hmong villages in the valley beforedescending into the valley of Meo Vac. On the back road, you will spend around 1 hrs to explore the traditional handy craft village of Hmongpeople in Lung Tam – where you can learn the way to make the traditional clothes from hemp. Back to HaGiang for dinner and catch the sleeping bus to Hanoi. The Trekking Ha Giang Tour finish here.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: OVERNIGHT ON SLEEPING BUS

$1899 Cultural & Theme Tours

NORTH VIETNAM TOUR - TREKKING & EXPLORE HILL TRIBE 9 DAYS ( PRIVATE TOUR)

ItineraryDay 1: DAY 1: HANOI – NGHIA LO- TU LE ( L, D)Stop At: Suoi Giang - Yen Bai, Yen Bai, Yen Bai ProvinceDAY 1: HANOI – NGHIA LO- TU LE ( L, D)8am: Our guide will pick-up you at hotel. We pass Nghia Lo town – the home of Thai people – one of themain ethnic people in Yen BaiArrive at Tu Le town, check in our hotel, you can spend around 2hrs to walk around field and village, toenjoy the rice field, explore the life, the house, the culture…of Thai people. After trekking, we can enjoy theHot Spring – where villagers often gather together and take a bath everyday.• Overnight at the hotel in Tu Le.• Trekking level: Easy ( 1/5)• ~5-7 Km trekking in 2hrs and 250 Km driving from Hanoi- Tu LeDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at the hotel in Tu Le.Day 2: DAY 2: TU LE – MU CANG CHAI – TREKKING AROUND VILLAGES (B, L, D)Stop At: Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai, Yen Bai Province8am: After breakfast, we will move to Mu Cang Chai. Run over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatestpasses in Northern Vietnam with 40km, connect Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai). Most scenic roads which offer alot of stops for picturing as the view point to see the Lim Mong, Lim Thai village or paragliding-point on thetop of this pass.When arrive Mu Cang Chai, we will spend 1-2 hrs trek to Rasberry Hill –one of the most famous destination,where have the round shape of rice terrace, all of them was built by human hand of H’mong people sincehundreds years ago. Leave Mam Xoi, we will have 3-4hrs to trek from Che Cu Nha village to Kim Noi village– where we will sleep in the stilt house of Thai people.On the trekking way, we will go up to the high mountain, pass to the Hmong village and waterfall in remotearea. Beside seeing the beauty of Rice field, you’ll guided how to plant rice, harvest rice or discover thefarm working of locals.Enjoy stunning landscapes along the way• Overnight at the stilt house homestay of Thai people.• Trekking level: Moderate (3/5)• ~15-17 Km trekking in 5-6hrs and 50 Km driving from Tu Le – Mu Cang ChaiDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at the stilt house homestay of Thai peopleDay 3: DAY 3: MU CANG CHAI – THAN UYEN – SAPA (B, L, D)Stop At: Mu Cang Chai, Yen Bai, Yen Bai ProvinceMorning: Have breakfast and continue trekking a half day to trek from Che Cu Nha village to Kim Noivillage, where we will have lunch here.Enjoy stunning landscapes along the way, the stunning views ofcountryside and nature, visit local villages, experience daily life of hill tribe peopleAfternoon: The car will drive you to Sapa, pass over O Quy Ho pass, one of the four greatest passes inVietnam where you can enjoy fresh and cool air and nice landscapes. Arrive Sapa and stay at Hotel 3* inSapa town.You will have free time to explore the Sapa food.Approx: 3 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch/4 hours driving.Trekking level: Moderate (3/5)Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Stay at Hotel 3* in Sapa townDay 4: DAY 4: SA PA – BAC HA (B,L,D)Stop At: Bac Ha Market, Bac Ha, Lao Cai ProvinceAfter breakfast, we drive to Bac Ha. If it is a Sunday we can join to the market, one of the most colourfulmarkets in the north. You can enjoy the air of mountainous market- where many different ethnic groupsfrom the high mountain go down to market.After lunch in a local restaurant, we will visit the palace of Hoang A Tuong, a curious mixture of baroqueand oriental, built in 1920 with the aid of the French. Then we will drive up a tiny mountain road with viewsof the most amazing rice terraces, with villages dotted here. We reach the Ban Phung village and have achance to see the La Chi ethnic people, the ladies in black knee length skirts and jackets, with a littledelicate coloured embroidery, their heads wrapped in a strip of cloth knotted about their hair. They have atruly hard life up in these mountains often carrying a heavy load in a bag from a band on their heads.We will dinner and overnight at a hotel.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: overnight at a hotel.Day 5: DAY 5: BAC HA – HOANG SU PHI (B,L,D)Stop At: Sapa Market, Sapa, Lao Cai ProvinceUpon leaving Bac Ha we set off on a full day journey through Sin Man to Hoang Su PhiThe rough but scenic route traverse a dense jungle before crossing over a pass and ping down to Sin Man.This day is a real challenge for our driver as we travel by winding roads with many uphill and down hilldrives. Along the way we may encounter the Nung , Tay, Red Dao, Dao Ao Dai, La Chi and Co Lao, justsome of the many hill tribe groups who have settled there. Enjoy the beauty of Rice Terraces beside yourroad.Dinner on your own, overnight in Hoang Su PhiDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: overnight in Hoang Su PhiDay 6: DAY 6: HOANG SU PHI – HA GIANG (B,L,D)Stop At: Ha Giang Easy Rider, Ha Giang, Ha Giang ProvinceAfter breakfast, you will leave Phung village and drive down the steep winding road. You have the chanceto see the mountainous landscape, which is covered in thick forests broken up by many small tea farms andthe iconic, staircase-like rice terraces – the heritage of Vietnam. It is special that the road to Hoang Su Phidistrict winds its way along high mountain passes, which offer many fantastic views of valleys below.When arrive Ha Giang, you will stay overnight in a Tay stilt houseDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: stay overnight in a Tay stilt houseDay 7: DAY 7: HA GIANG – DONG VAN (B,L,D)Stop At: Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, Ha Giang, Ha Giang ProvinceToday, you will cencounter the spectacular Karst Plateau Geopark. Visit the famous Vuong’s Palace - agrandiose two storey mansion built for a local Hmong king by the French. Set in a hidden valley near aquite village, the building is a fascinating sight in such a remote region of the country. Spend 2-3hrs to visitethnic village of Hmong, LoLo & Giay people.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at hotel/homestayDay 8: DAY 8: DONG VAN – MEO VAC – HA GIANG (B,L,D)Stop At: Dinh Vua Meo, Dong Van, Ha Giang ProvinceAfter breakfast, Leave Dong Van, the car will transfer you to the place – where we will start to will climb up15 km to the top of the Ma Pi Leng Pass, through a gigantic maze of limestone peaks, stone forests, therural Hmong villages in the valley before descending into the valley of Meo Vac. You will be disappointed asit is the gateway to the best road trip in Vietnam. The road has been cut into the side of cliff face and farbelow are the distant water of Nho Que river.You will travel back to Ha Giang for dinner and stay overnight in a riverside bungalow.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: stay overnight in a riverside bungalow or homestay/hotelDay 9: DAY 9: HA GIANG – HA NOI (B,L)Stop At: Ha Giang Easy Rider, Ha Giang, Ha Giang ProvinceYou will drive back to Hanoi from Ha Giang, taking a road less travelled. You will follow the river, snakingfrom pass to pass through the hills of Central North Vietnam. You may find the locals are fascinated by youfor few tourists ever take that secret yet spectacular route. You will then pay a visit to Duong Lam AncientVillagewhere you can see hundreds of ancient houses. After a short stop for lunch in local restaurant, youwill return to your hotel in Hanoi.P/s: The itinerary can change according your requirementDuration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$199 Cultural & Theme Tours

Sapa Trekking Private Tour With Bus Transfer ( Sleep at hotel)

ItineraryDay 1: Hanoi - Sapa by bus with a short trek to Cat Cat village (L, D)Stop At: Cat Cat village, Sapa, Lao Cai ProvinceDay 1: Hanoi - Sapa by bus with a short trek to Cat Cat village (L, D)06:30: Pick up from the hotel, get on big bus and depart for Sapa (Bus ticket is not included) 13.00: Arrive Sapa Town with colorful traditional costumes of H'mong, Dzao, Tay ethnic People.The tour guide will be waiting for you at No.3 Fansipan Str (or at where the bus stop),holding the sign "Sapa Pathfinder Travel" to welcome you. Then, please follow him to come to the hotel.• Welcome drink and itinerary briefing• Enjoy the lunch with local Vietnamese dishes, check-in procedures14.30: A short trek to the gate of Cat Cat village which is home of Black H'mong ethnic people and is located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. Our local guide will show you the daily life activities of the locals, trek down to the valley bottom to the waterfall where the French built a Hydraulic Power Station; stop for photo with bridge and waterfall then you will walk uphill for bus to pick up to get back to Sapa in the afternoon.Trekking distance is about 3.5 kms and it lasts for 2 hours17.00: Come back to Sapa Town.Have dinner at the hotel's restaurant, Overnight in a hotel in Sapa Town centre. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: OVERNIGHT AT STANDARD HOTEL 3 STARDay 2: Sapa - Hanoi by bus with a long trek Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van (B/L)Stop At: Y Linh Ho, Sapa, Lao Cai Province7.00 - 7.45: Have breakfast at hotel and prepare light pack for trekking9.30: Trek from Sapa to Y Linh Ho then trek through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa Stream to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai to see the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain.12.30: Picnic lunch at Lao Chai Village13.30:Heading to Ta Van village - home of Dzay ethnic people.14.30: Bus picks you up at Ta Van Bridge to Sapa.Trekking distance is about 12 kms and it lasts for 4.5 hours15.00 - 15.30: Have a shower at shower room of our hotel.15:30: The tour guide will take you to the bus stop16:00: Get on bus to back to Hanoi.Duration: 21 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.

$45 Cultural & Theme Tours

BAI DINH PAGODA & TRANG AN LUXURY 1 DAY TOUR (Small Group,Max 15pax,Better Care)

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Old Quarter, Hanoi7h30-8h00: OurLuxury’s tour guide picks you up at suggested hotels around the old quarter.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Trang An Grottoes, Ninh Binh, Ninh Binh Province9h30- 9h45: Arriving TrangAn- eco tourism site. In 2 hours you will be surprised by the beauty of this landscape that seems as Halong Bay on land. The bamboo boat will take you through many amazing caves. Besides that, tourists have chance to visit King Kong Island. Kong: Skull Island is a US blockbuster filmed in 2016 with many scenes in Vietnam landscapes such as: Trang An, Van Long natural reserve, Tam Coc, Bich Dong (NinhBinh), Halong bay (QuangNinh) and PhongNha (QuangBinh). Kong: Skull Island has become the record king of the Vietnam box office as it has beaten all previous records to become the highest grossing movie of all time.12h15: Enjoy lunch at local restaurant with many traditional local foods13h30: Relax and drink Vietnamese tea, try some local cakes14h00: Visiting BaiDinh pagoda- the biggest pagoda in South-East Asia.15h30: Says good bye NinhBinh and go back Hanoi17h30-18h00: Finish your unforgettable trip at your hotel in HanoiDuration: 6 hours

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