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7 days North West Adventure

Hanoi, Mai Hich, Phu Yen, Than Uyen, Sapa, Hanoi.

North West Vietnam offers intriguing and beautiful cultures, the stunning landscape of terraced rice paddies, the colourful world of Hmong and Dao people with their distinctive red and black dreess.

We hike and trek through particularly picturesque areas, cycle around beautiful villages and are guests in small White Thai, Hmong, Tay and Dao villages. Come with us and live it.

Day 1 Hanoi / Mai Hich
Departing Hanoi we take a spectacular ride through fabulous countryside to Muong Khen, a magical valley where we hike around beautiful villages and along a track which winds its way through sculpted rice terraces and along the towering mountains.

Shortly after lunch we embark on a hike into the forests and mountains, past White Thai villages where we are the privileged guests of our White Thai hosts in the village of Mai Hich, staying in their traditional wooden stilt-house and experiencing their village lifestyle. (Lunch and dinner are included).

Day 2 Mai Hich / Phu Yen
A further hike takes us through beautiful region which is easily explored by foot or bicycle.

We find peaceful and friendly villages scattered along the way and we have the chance to appreciate the laid-back pace of White Thai life, visit a local morning market and learn about hand-spun weaving, before we continue on to the small town of Phu Yen, nestled in a valley.

The night is spent in a comfortable hotel. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).

Day 3 Phu Yen / Than Uyen
We spend a full day travelling to the beautiful sculpted rice terraces of Mu Cang Chai.

This ride is superb with fantastic scenery passing us by as we wind our way through mountain valleys and along the mountain range of Hoang Lien Son, we discover the villages of the many different ethnic minority groups of the region.

The colour of the local market is breathtaking, with some ethnic minority people in their traditional dress. We conclude our day in Than Uyen, a fascinating little market town.

At night we stay overnight in a friendly hotel. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).

Day 4 Than Uyen / Sapa
Sapa has so much to offer, the mild climate, beautiful scenery and colourful minority groups.

Departing Than Uyen we take a short drive to Sapa, followed by a scenic trek into the hills and through tiny vilages, inhabited by Black H'mong people.

Finally, we reach the delightful town of Sapa. Spend the rest of our afternoon exploring Sapa's market and appreciating the town's charm and serenity, before our overnight stay in a comfortable hotel. (Breakfast and lunch are included).

Day 5 Sapa / Thanh Phu / Sin Chai
Nestled in a magical valley, Sapa offers the opportunity for fantastic hikes into the mountains and nearby villages, we escape the crowds on a trek into beautiful villages of Thanh Kim and Thanh Phu, where scuplted rice terraces are set among dramatic mountains and home to Tay and Dao people.

We have the chance to see how they live and gain a glimpse into their way of life. Finally, we arrive in our beautiful destination, the village of Sin Chai, surrounded by incredibly lush hills and fantastic rice terraces.

Tonight we spend a night in the traditional house of a Dao family to experience their lifestyle. (Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner are included).

Day 6 Sin Chai / Bao Thang
Departing Sin Chai we continue our adventure as we trek through verdant hills and among picturesque rice terraces to Suoi Thau, home to a magical valley and a Red Dao community.

The trek is very much off the beaten track and offer many wonderful locations en route. We reach Bao Thang, a little fascinating town.

Here, we retire to a comfortable hotel for the night's rest. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included).

Day 7 Bao Thang / Yen Bai / Hanoi
We take a drive to the township of Yen Bai. Here we embark on a scenic boat trip along Thac Ba lake. This is followed by a leisurely hike around nearby villages. It is an opportunity to take in the brilliant views.

This is folowed by our final journey back to Hanoi, arriving there at about 5pm. (Breakfast and lunch are included).

The facts…

Physical activities:

Our itinerary includes walks, hikes, treks and bicycle rides with:

- an 8-10 km hike on Day 1.

- a 10-12 km hike on Day 2.

- a 2-4 km hike on Day 3.

- a 4-8 km trek on Day 4.

- a 12-14 km trek on Day 5.

- a 16-18 km trek on Day 6.

- a 2-3 km hike on Day 7.


Meals:

- 6 breakfasts.

- 7 lunches.

- 5 dinners.

A wide variety of food is commonly available in local restaurants, markets and family homes, using fresh local ingredients, typical of the way people eat in the area.

We also cater for Vegetarians but please request this at time of booking.

Transport:

- vehicle.

- boat.

- bicycle.

Tour Guides:

Our experienced and friendly Tour Guides speak excellent English.

They are extremely knowledgeable about local cultures, history and the environment.

Accommodation:

- 2 nights in local homes.

- 4 nights in hotels.

Trip cost:

- $528USD per person for a group of 2 to 5 people.

- $475USD per person for a group of 6 to 9 people.

The cost of the trip includes:

- Tour Guides.

- accommodation.

- transportation.

- meals listed on the itinerary.

- entrance fees.

- permits during guided excursions.

The cost of the trip does not include:

- travel insurance.

- drinks (soft drinks, alcohol, bottled water).

- personal expenses such as shopping; telephone, laundry and bar bills etc.

- admission fees during free time.


What to take:

Pack essentials for 7 days away from Hanoi, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, trekking shoes, small day pack for cycling, walking, hiking and trekking.

It is essential to bring your passport on this trip.

We also recommend packing: insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat, torch and sun hat…

Have a great journey!!!
 
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