For out-of-a-life-time adventure, look no further than the majestic Mu Cang Chai – featured by yellowish rice terraces and pristine breeze in the Northeast region of Vietnam. There is a confident warrant for your staggering vibe after savoring our cautious itineraries. Take a closer look at the detailed schedule of this venturesome to ignite your passion.
Duration: 5 days
THEMES: Off the beaten track
We pick you up at your hotel and start the ride to Nghia Lo (Yen Bai). You will have time to take a rest and enjoy a cup of coffee before driving along the splendid Black River – the most important tributary of the Red River. After that, we move to Muong Lo which is well-known as one of the largest rice grain chamber in the northwest. Besides, it is wondrous to make a short visit to the Thai minority village on foot or by bicycles.
At the end of the day, you will stay in a local family in Nghia Lo.
Transfer: 190 km
After having breakfast at your cozy homestay, we will transfer you to the magnificent Hoang Lien Son Mountain. At the middle of the ride, we stop by the stunning Tu Le Valley to begin the intriguing hike through everlasting rice terraces.
After lunch, the journey continue to Khau Pha Pass encompassing exceptionally aesthetic landscape with outspread cultivated valleys, woody mountains and unique rice terraces on the slopes. You will also have golden chance to get deep in traditional cultures of Vietnamese ethnic villages in Mu Cang Chai by visiting La Pan Tan, De Xu Phinh, Che Cu Nha.
At the end of the day, an amiable family in Mu Cang Chai will be your host.
Transfer: 90 km / Trekking: 3-4 hours (average)
After ready-served breakfast, we get on way to Than Uyen, then stop by the village of the Thai minority for an exploring hike. After that, the drive will take you through the highest pass in Vietnam at the impressive height of 2047m. The memorable signature of the trip is sealed when you stop to chill in the pristine breeze at the peak of Fansipan, the roof of Indochina at 3143m above the sea level.
The trip then leads you to Sapa to enjoy local cuisine for lunch. After that, you can walk around the smoggy town by paying a visit at the unique stone church wander over colorful markets selling distinctive home-made products from indigenous residents. The next 2 hours will be spent to uncover the hidden beauty of Cat Cat village of black H’Mong surrounded by greenish bamboo forests, and fairy waterfall.
At the end of the day, you are accommodated at a hotel in Sapa.
Transfer: 140 km / Trekking: 2-3 hours (easy)
The fourth day of the journey starts with the 4 to 5 hour hike on a terrestrial road through rice terraces and ethnic villages. Then, you have chance to visit the small village in Suoi Ho of Black Hmong and the ethnic school in Ma Tra. After a picnic lunch, you jog through the French-built Catholic monastery to the village of Ta Phin where the H’Mong and Red Yao people inhabit.
At the end of the day, you are driven back to the hotel in Sapa.
Trekking: 4-5 hours (average)
On the last day, as usual, breakfast is served at the hotel. After that, you are transfered to Bac Ha – a small town in Lao Cai Province to explore the spectacularly typical market held by local residents. Ethnic minorities like the H’mong, Hoa, Yao, Nung and Phu La gather to sell unique and home-made products. You will eat lunch in a local restaurant with featured food specialties. After that, we head to the village of Ban Pho in which inhabits Colorful H’Mong to explore their unique customs and tradition. At the end of the trip, you are driven to Lao Cai Railway Station to take the night train to Hanoi. The train ticket includes a bed in a sleeping compartment for 4 people on the train.
Trekking: 2-3 hours (easy)