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10 DAY(S) ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

Hanoi - Mai Chau - Moc Chau - Sonla - Tuan Giao - Dien Bien Phu - Lai Chau - Tam Duong - Bac Ha - Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi

Enjoy the magnificent and picturesque landscapes and discover distinct traditional cultures of dozens hill tribes in Northern Vietnam

Highlights

  • Explore the Charms of Vietnam’s capital city by “cyclo”
  • Visit the splendid valley of Mai Chau and its residents known as Thai tribal people
  • Hike around the villages dominated by house-on-stilts, handmade textile products and paddy fields
  • Discover Moc Chau where best tea of Vietnam comes from 
  • Follow the historical remaining from the fierce war and victory in Dien Bien Phu
  • Enjoy the sublime natural beauty and cool climate of Sapa's mountains and valleys
  • A leisure boat trip in Ha Long Bay – one of the world’s new seven wonders  

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1
    Arrive in Hanoi and have an orientation trip of the capital.
  • Day 2 - Day 3
    Explore Mai Chau, Moc Chau and experience the ordinary life of  the H'mong, Thai, Muong and Dzao.  
  • Day 4 - Day 5
    Visiting the historical sites in Dien Bien and enjoying a magnificent view from O Quy Ho Pass and a panoramic view of Sapa town from “Dragon Peak” 
  • Day 6 - Day 7
    Discovering extremely exciting and colorful Bac Ha Market with a dozen of tribes living in the surroundings.
  • Day 8 - Day 10
    Cruising and enjoying the magnificent Halong Bay before heading back to Hanoi 
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Inclusion

  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Land transportation by air-con vehicles
  • Accommodation based on Twin-shared room with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (no drinks)
  • Private room on shared cruise in Halong Bay
  • Boat trips and admissions as mentioned in the program
  • Drinking water during the touring day (2 bottles/person/day)

Exclusion

  • Airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
  • Visa services (Visa approval letter/Visa stamp fee/ Visa fast track)
  • Early check-in/late check-out/ room upgrade surcharge
  • Other meals, Drinks, and personal expenses (phone call, laundry, tipping etc.)
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Optional Tours                     

Welcome to Vietnam!
The tourguide of THREELAND TRAVEL will be welcoming you at Noi Bai airport; it takes us 35 minutes driving to the centre of Hanoi to check-in hotel. Let’s have an overall view of the capital by a “cyclo” visit, which will start around the Old Quarter of Hanoi, stop at Ngoc Son Temple located on the Hoan Kiem Lake (the “Sword” Lake), and at Quan Thanh Taoist Temple. Late afternoon we will enjoy a unique fascinating show of Water Puppetry, a traditional stage art of Northern Vietnam. Dinner and overnight in Hanoi.
Please note: Standard check-in time is 14:00. Early check in is subject to availability of the hotel.
 

After breakfast, drive to Mai Chau, a beautiful valley inhabited by the “Thai” people in Hoa Binh province. As soon as we get out of Hanoi, the limestone mountain ranges rush up and give the scenery an imposing view. Arrive in Mai Chau late noon, have lunch in Mai Chau and hike around the villages full of house-on-stilts, pretty handmade textile products and vast paddyfields to enjoy the routine life of the Thai people. Dinner and overnight in a house-on-stilt in Mai Chau.

It's a long day today since the mountain roads do not allow the car's highest speed exceed 45km per hour. In return, we are crossing the most magnificent part of the Hoang Lien Son range - the Tonkinese Alps, the home of most colourful-dressed montagnards, who still maintain lots of their long-term culture and traditions. From Mai Chau, we will drive to Son La via Moc Chau, where located hundreds of immense farms of dairy cows and where the best tea of Vietnam is produced. Surrounding Moc Chau is the inhabitation of various tribes including the H'mong, Thai, Muong and Dzao. Let's stop en route to visit villages and orchard / tea farm in Moc chau before reach Sonla (200km from Mai Chau) for a late lunch. Afternoon head to Dien Bien via Tuan Giao. The most picturesque scenery here belongs to Pha Din Pass, which is well-known as a historical site during the 1st Indochina War ended in 1954, and a charming and dangerous pass at elevation 1,300m with breathtaking view. Arrive Dien Bien in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Dien Bien is only 35km from the border with Laos and used to be the last battlefield of the French and Vietnamese during the first Indochinese War. Not so long after 1954, Dien Bien Phu turned to be a green valley inhabited by dozens of the ethnic groups. Visiting the historical sites in Dien Bien will make our trip more memorable, to name a few, they are Dien Bien Museum, A1 Hill, the shelter of the French General De Castries and the memorials of the Vietnamese and French soldiers died during the fierce battle in 1954. Head Northwest to Sapa via Tam Duong with stopover to communicate with the people from tribal groups living surrounding Lai Chau like Black Thai, White Thai, Muong and Dzao people. After stopover at O Quy Ho Pass for a magnificent view of Northwest mountains, we'll reach Sapa. Overnight in Sapa

Have a climb to the “Dragon Peak” of Sapa to have a panoramic view of the town with pinewoods and gardens looming in the mist. Visit Sapa market and the church before heading to Taphin valley to reach the villages of the H'mong and Red Dzao people, who are skillful in dying and making clothes and embroidery by traditional, old silk thread. Go on to Lao Chai (10km from Sapa) and walk thru 5km to Tavan with stops at the villages of the tribal people H'mong, Tay and Dzay en route. Back to Sapa for overnight.

If today is Saturday, Sunday or Tuesday, nothing will be better than driving overland to a market of the hill tribal people, mainly from Flower H'Mong ethnical group. Depending on the day, you can choose either Can Cau (Sat), Bac Ha (Sun) or Coc Ly (Tue). Out from this list Bac Ha is the biggest in terms of scale and area, but beside these markets, a lot of other mountain weekly market are also held on Wednesday and Thursday in the neighbourhood. 

Early morning we'll drive toward Bac Ha, about 110km from Sapa. With a dozen of tribes living in the surroundings, including Flower H'Mong, Chinese, Nhang, Dzao, Nung, Phu La, Thai and King (or Viet), the market is extremely exciting esp. in the early morning. The winding road to Bac Ha helps maintain the colours (in both literal and figurative sense) of the area. The distance to Can Cau and Coc Ly from Bac Ha is 30-50km. In all these markets we can meet hundreds of beautiful women from Flower H'Mong tribe, who are famous for their wonderful craft and hand-made flowering clothes and textile fabrics, or intermingle with people from Black H'Mong, Dzay, Dzao and other ethnic groups coming to the market not for purchasing stuffs, but for meeting and chatting - just once a week - like in a real cultural center. After lunchtime, we will go trekking to further hamlets in Ban Pho, Trieu Cai, or Na Hoi. Back to Bac Ha in the afternoon for overnight. 

Back to Hanoi (350km) via Yen Bai with lunch en route. Arrive at your accommodation in Hanoi late evening.

If you wish to see how the Hanoi people rise and shine in the morning, wake up early and run to a lake close by your hotel, you can join an exciting scene of hundreds of locals, passionately attentive in their morning exercises of Tai Chi quan, jogging, martial arts, classical dance and so on. After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to Halong Bay, a Natural World Heritage as designated by UNESCO since 1994 and 2006, and check-in our overnight boat. Enjoy a trip on Halong with stops to visit caves or to swim and enjoy the sunset on the sea. Dinner with fresh seafood! Overnight onboard.

Morning wake up with a taichi-quan or yoga exercises guided by the crew before having breakfast whilst your boat goes on between Halong islets. Return to the Wharf to be back to Hanoi at midday. Arrive in the city around 3-4pm. Overnight in Hanoi.

 

At your leisure until your guide comes to meet and transfer you to the airport to take the departure flight. End of services! 
Please note: Standard check-out time is 12:00.

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