Adventure of the North West of Vietnam
Wild mountains in the north-western Vietnam

Adventure of the North West of Vietnam


The North West of Vietnam adventure tour brings you through the most scenic beauty of the wild mountains of northern Vietnam. The road is generally in good conditions except for some minor parts. The tour involves traveling on an elevation of over 1000m, meeting myriad hill tribes, walking to discover the roadside hill tribe villages.

On the tour, we’ll also travel back in time to learn for about one of the most famous battle the Vietnamese fought in modern time at Dien Bien Phu. The tour activities include walking, trekking, hiking and homestaying. The pace is moderate hard and the accommodation is basic ranging from family home to 2 star standard. The fresh wild nature of the north western mountains and the coloful hill tribe culture are the hightlights of the trip. The tour is definitely suitable for the adventure travellers. For the travelers who expect luxury, then the tour may not be the choice.

Day1    Ha Noi – Mai Chau (L/D)
Day2    Mai Chau – Son La (B/L)
Day3    Son La – Dien Bien Phu (B/L)
Day4    Dien Bien Phu – Phong Tho (B/L)
Day5    Phong Tho – Sa Pa (B)
Day6    Sa Pa (B)
Day7    Sa Pa – Ha Noi (B/L)

1. Inclusions:

  • English-speaking guide;
  • Transportation as indicated in the program;
  • Accommodation with twin-shared room as indicated in the program;
  • Daily breakfast and Lunch (L) as indicated in the program;
  • All admission fees in the program;
2. Exclusions:
  • Insurance of any types;
  • Drinks or personal expenses;
  • Others not specified in the inclusions;


Day1: Hanoi – Mai Chau (L/D)
Leaving Hanoi at 9.30 am, we travel 150 km (4 hours) to Mai Chau, a heavenly valley inhabited by the White Thai Minority. On the way, you'll have chances of taking pictures of the picturesque scenery in the North West of Vietnam characterized with beautiful mountains and colorful hill tribes who can be seen and visited on the way. We stop for lunch in Hoa Binh town. Overnight with an ethnic White Thai family in a house on stilt in Mai Chau.


Day2: Mai Chau - Son La (B/L)
Breakfast at the home.
To day we travel 170 km (5 hours) from Mai Chau to Son La. As we drive, we'll see sceneries and people more and more different, more isolated from the mainstream world. After checking into your hotel in Son La town and having lunch, we visit the infamous SonLa Prison in which many Vietnamese patriots were jailed in the 1930s-1940s. After that we'll have time to dip ourselves in the warm water of Son La hot spring. Overnight in Son La.


Day3: Son La – Dien Bien Phu (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We  travel 150 km (4 hours) from Son La to Dien Bien Phu. The road is rough, but the scenery is unbelievably beautiful and magnificent! We'll stop at Pha Din and Lung Lo Pass to take in the breathtaking view of the area. Arriving in Dien Bien Phu, we check into our hotel and have time for refreshment.

In the afternoon, we tour the historical sites of the famous battles including the museum, A1 hill and the Commander's Post. You'll have better understanding of the famous battles that brought victory to the Viet Minh and Vietnam over the French colonialists in 1954. We'll also come to the Black Thai villages which have been famous with the traditional scarf  of Khan Phieu. Overnight in Dien Bien Phu.


Day4: Dien Bien Phu - Phong Tho (B/L)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We travel 270 km (8 hours) from Dien Bien Phu to Phong Tho. Phong Tho is nestled in a beautiful valley and we can take a walking tour to the surrounding villages which are home to different hill tribes. Overnight in Phong Tho.


Day5: Phong Tho – Sa Pa (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
We travel 80 km(2.5 hours) from Phong Tho to Sapa which home to 7 hill tribes. We'll have time to explore their villlages and culture. In the afternoon, we’ll have a walking tour to Cat Cat waterfall and Cat Cat Black H'Mong Village. Overnight in Sa Pa.


Day6: Sa Pa Town (B)
Breakfast at the hotel.
Full day exploring hill tribes' villages around Sa Pa Town. We’ll have enough time stretching our legs after so much time travelling by car/bus. We'll visit Red Dzao village of Ta Phin, Black H'Mong village of Lao Chai, Giay village of Ta Van. Overnight in Sapa.


Day7: Sa Pa - Hanoi (B/L)
We travel 380 km ( 9 hours) back to Hanoi. On the way, we will take some breaks for visiting hill tribe villages. We'll have  for lunch en route before arriving in Hanoi where your North West Vietnam adventure tour is concluded.