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Hanoi/ Sapa /Dienbienphu

- Code: MN-11
- Duration: 7 days-7 nights
- Departure: Ha Noi

The Northwest of Vietnam is a fascinating melting pot of ethnic minority tribes. Most of these tribes immigrated from southern China, fiercely attached to their liberty and ancestral lifestyle. They coexist peacefully together in a serene environment.

By breathtaking mountainous paths travellers will meet these different tribes; the H'mongs from the mountains, The Thais from the valley, the Lu women with their silver jewels and lacquered teeth and the Dzao's, well-known for their excellent hunting techniques. Get ready for a fascinating cross-cultural experience!

PROGRAMME RESUME

Hanoi / Lao Cai / Sapa / Paso / Lai Chau / Dien Bien Phu / Hanoi

Duration: 7 days / Private

Day 1: Hanoi / Lao Cai
Day 2: Lao Cai / Sa Pa
Day 3: Sa Pa
Day 4: Sa Pa / Phong Tho
Day 5: Phong Tho / Lai Chau / Dien Ben Phu
Day 6: Dien Bien Phu
Day 7: Dien Bien Phu / Ha Noi

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Day 1 HANOI / LAO CAI

Pick up at your hotel and depart for the railway station to catch the night train to Lao Cai (Departure: 21h15 on the local train. Note that Victoria train depart at 21h55).

Overnight on board.

Day 2 LAO CAI / SAPA (B/L)

Arrive at Lao Cai station early in the morning. Day use room at the Hotel to take a shower and enjoy breakfast. They have an excurion to one of the charming minority markets in the region (depending on which day of the week it is).

After a local lunch, proceed to Sapa, home to over 30 colourful hill tribes ( including Black H'mong, Flower H'mong, Red Dao) and to Vietnam's highest peak. Mount Fansipan.

Overnight in Sapa.

Market days:

  • Monday: Paso Market (110 km from Sapa or 150 from Lao Cai)
  •  Wednesday: Chin Xen (116 km from Lao Cai or 156 km from Sapa) or Cao Son (80 km from Lao Cai or 120 km from Sapa).
  • Thursday: Lung Khau Nhi (61 km from Lao Cai or 90 km from Sapa).
  • Saturdays: Can Cau Market. Located in a neighboring valley to Sapa. To reach the market, follow a spectacular road with beautiful scenery. This market is the weekly meeting point of Flower H'mong, Fula, Black H'mong and is one the most authentic market in the region. After the market, visit some nearby villages before returning leisurely to Lao Cai.
  • Sundays: Muong Khuong or Bac Ha Markets: the busiest market of the region where you will meet the H'mong, Fula, Dao and other ethnic minorities who come and exchange not only the goods but the gossips from their own community.

Note: Tuesdays's Coc Ly market is temporally incaccessible until further notice.

Day 3 SAPA and its surroundings (B/L)

Breakfast at the hotel. A full day discovery of the minority villages located in the Sapa Valley. Drive to Lao Chai and the trek (2 km) through rice fields to a traditional Black H'mong house and then continue the trek to Ta Van village (2 km) to visit Giay minority village. Then walk through a bamboo forest until you reach Giangtachai, a Red Dzao village. This part of the trip is fascinating with beautiful scenery and colourful ethnic minorities such as the Red Dao with their unique customs and traditions. Your driver will be waiting for you at Giangtachai to bring you back to the hotel. Local lunch in Sapa.

Overnight in Sapa.

Note: depending on the market day, the program of day 2-3 might be interchanged.

Day 4 SAPA / PHONG THO (B/L)

After breakfast, departure to Phong Tho (100 km). On the road, stop to visit the Thac Bac Waterfalls and enjoy the panoramic view of Fansipan from Tram Ton Pass, the highest pass in Vietnam. Then visit the local market of Binh Lu and Minority Villages along the road (Lantens, Lu, etc...).

Lunch en route.

Overnight in Phong Tho.

Day 5 PHONG THO / LAI CHAU / DIEN BIEN PHU (B/L)

After breakfast drive to Dien Bien Phu (180 km) along the Nam Na Valley. On the way, stop to visit Red H'mong hamlets.

Lunch en route

Overnight in Dien Bien Phu.

Day 6 DIEN BIEN PHU (B/L)

After breakfast, drive to Muong Phang. Visit the headquarters of General Vo Nguyen Giap.
Drive back to Pa Khoang for a Boat trip on Pa Khuong lake and visit the minority villages (Black Thai).
Disembark & drive back to hotel for lunch.
In the afternoon, visit Dien Bien Phu Museum (closed Mondays and Tuesdays), A1 Hill, Dien Bien Phu Cemetery, the bunker headquarters of French Commander Colonel Christian de Castries and the Memorial dedicated to French soldiers.

Overnight in Dien Bien Phu.

Day 7 DIEN BIEN PHU / HANOI (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and free time until your departure to the airport for your flight back to Hanoi.

Note: Possibility to continue your trip to Laos via Tay Trang border gate (Vietnam) / Ban Panghok (Laos).

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Our prices include:

  • Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Accommodation in twin or double shared room including breakfast.
  • Local train Hanoi - Lao Cai in sleeping carriages of 4 berths with air-conditioning.
  • Flight Dien Bien Phu-Hanoi including domestic airport taxes.
  • Entry fees.
  • Meals as mentioned on the program: (B) for breakfast and (L) for lunch.
  • Taxes.

Our prices do not include:

  • Drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned.
  • Accommodation in Hanoi.
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