FROM THE NORTH WESTERN PROVINCES (HNRT-ST 12)

FROM THE NORTH WESTERN PROVINCES (HNRT-ST 12)

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815
Duration
: 7 days / 6 nights
Transport
: Air-conditioned vehicles
Destination
: Hanoi - Moc Chau - Dien Bien - Mai Chau - Lai Chau - Sapa
Code
: HNRT -ST 12
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FROM THE NORTH WESTERN PROVINCES

(HNRT-ST 12)
 
It's a wonderful journey of one week which will bring you through the main spots of the north west. In the Mai Chau valley, at Hoa Binh, lay the typical Thaï stilt house in Pom Coong village. You will pay a visit to the villagers of the minorities of H’Mongs, White Thaïs and Black Thaïs, before reaching the Dien Bien Phu valley where the battles were the most terrifying one during the Indochina war. The trip will end by the visit of the most charming mountain towns of the north, Sapa, with a short excursion to the village of Cat Cat.


 
ITINEARY IN BRIEF
D1 HANOI–HOA BINH–MAI CHAU (L/D)
Depart for Hoa Binh in the heart of Tonkin, just 80 km south-west of Hanoi.
Along the way, stop at a local market where inhabitants gather to trade their daily goods and local handicrafts. After the visit, drive toward Mai Chau (lying in a green valley of paddy fields dotted with rows of stilt houses), arriving at midday. 
Upon arrival at Poom Coong Village, check-in at a typical Thai stilt house. 
In the afternoon, visit the Ban Lac minority village before walking through rice fields to the Nhot and Na Meo villages (Thai minority) located at the foot of the mountain. 
 
Dinner and overnight at Pom Coong village in a traditional stilt house.
 
Note:  Traditional Thai houses are made of wood and offer a simple comfort. Other accommodation options are possible in Mai Chau which meet international standard. Please consult us (supplement applies)
 
 
D2 MAI CHAU–MOC CHAU–SON LA (B/L)
After breakfast, drive to the upper valley of the Black River to Son La (150 km), home of the Muong,  H'Mong and the black and white Thai minorities.
Along the way, stop at the Van Ho distric to visite Na Bai village of Muong minority, Tat Nang waterfall then continuation to Moc Chau to visit a tea plantation. 
Lunch on the way.
On arrival in Son La, visit the Old French Prison and its museum as well as the Watch Tower. Later, stroll through villages in the South of town.
Overnight in Son La.  
 
D3 SON LA–DIEN BIEN PHU (B/L)
After an early breakfast, depart to Dien Bien Phu (180 km, about 4 hours) via Pha Din Pass passing through some amazing sceneries. On the way, stop at Thuan Chau market, 40 km from Son La.
Upon arrival, visit Dien Bien Phu Museum. Then depart to the place where the famous battle took place, a symbol of the end of the French presence in Indochina. The visit includes A1 Hill, the bunker headquarters of the French Commander Colonel Christian de Castries and the Memorial dedicated to the French soldiers.
Overnight in Dien Bien Phu.
 
D4 DIEN BIEN PHU–LAI CHAU (B/L)
After breakfast, drive to Lai Chau, the former region of the White Thai, along the Nam Na Valley.
The road passes a succession of waterfalls, rice terraces and other typical landscapes of northern Vietnam. Stop, along the way, to visit small villages and Minority market.
Overnight in Lai Chau.
 
 
 
D5 LAI CHAU–SAPA               (B/L)
After breakfast, visit the local market and drive to the ancient retreat mountain of Sapa (70 km). 
On the way, stop at Tam Duong where the Dao minorities, Lu and Hmong gather to sell their products at Binh Lu Market (most important market is on Thursday). 
Then walk through the tea plantations and discover the Thac Tien Waterfalls (1.3km of walking to reach the waterfalls) before reaching Sapa. 
Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.  
Overnight in Sapa. 
 
Note: Sapa is a town of altitude, it is not uncommon to experience temperatures below 10 degrees during the winter (November to February); only few hotels offer in-room heating. 
D6 SAPA (B/L)
After breakfast, early departure for a full day discovery of the minority villages located in the Sapa Valley. 
First stop at Lao Chai village, home of Black H’Mong community. Then a walk toward Ta Van village (2 km) through rice fields, to visit a Giay minority village. The hike then reaches the bamboo forest of Giang Ta Chai. This part of the trip is fascinating because of its picturesque sceneries and colorful ethnic minorities such as the Red Dao. 
After a rest at the edge of a waterfall, climb a small hill to meet the driver, who is waiting at Giang Ta Chai. 
During the afternoon, visit Cat Cat Village before returning back to Sapa in the late afternoon. 
 
Overnight in Sapa.
 
D7 SAPA – LAO CAI – HANOI         (B/L)
After breakfast, depart for a day’s drive to Hanoi via Lao Cai and Yen Bai (360 km, a 6-hour drive). On the way, visit the villages of the Flower Hmong, Nung and Dao. 
Arrive in Hanoi late in the evening.
 
End of our services.
 
Note: On Sundays there is a chance to drive to Bac Ha or Muong Khuong markets (or Coc Ly market on Tuesdays), to see the Flower H’Mong, Fula, Tay, Nung and other ethnic minorities. Supplement applies.
 
 
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GETTING THERE & AWAY : Vietnam has 3 international airports: Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh City), Noi Bai Airport (Hanoi) and Danang Airport. These airports are well connected to major Asian cities with increasing international connections.
 
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS : Vietnam celebrates many holidays; however it is rare that shops are closed. The exception is Tet, the Vietnamese New Year - officially a three-day holiday but many businesses close down for a full week. This is the busiest time of the year for traveling in Vietnam and hotels, flights and trains are often full. 2012 Dates :  22-25 January.
 
LANGUAGE : The national language of Vietnam is Vietnamese. In big cities and in places with many tourists, people can speak basic English. As Vietnamese has six different tones, it is a difficult language for most foreigners to speak despite the fact that the Roman alphabet is used in the modern Vietnamese script.
 
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Vietnam's weather varies greatly from north to south with each area marked by slightly different seasons and climates. Because of these regional variations, there are always pleasant and favorable areas to visit throughout the year. The north, overall, tends to be cooler than the rest of the country. During the winter from November till February, the day time temperature is cool and the weather often damp. Central Vietnam experiences warm weather from July to October and wet, colder weather from November to May. Although the temperature remains fairly steady throughout the year, Southern Vietnam has two seasons. The dry season lasts from December to May, while from June to November is the rainy season

 

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Transfer by a private air-conditioned vehicle as per program.
English speaking guide except during time at leisure.
Entry fees for all sightseeing tours as mentioned in the program.
Meals as mentioned in the program: (B) for breakfast, (L) for lunch or (D) for dinner.
Government taxes currently in force (V.A.T.).
 
Our prices do not include:
Drinks, tips, personal expenses and all services not clearly mentioned.
Accommodation in Hanoi.
 

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