Classic option from AU$1115* PP
Trip code: SNV-C-9 |
Group size: Max 16, Avg 12
START Hanoi, Mai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Paso, Sapa, Supan, Lech Valley FINISH
A truly enriching experience, the north of Vietnam is home to a diverse array of ethnic minorities, spectacular mountain scenery, and rugged terrain. Discover the contrasts of charming Hanoi, the verdant valleys around Mai Chau, the remote mountains and fascinating history of Dien Bien Phu and the colourful villages around Sapa. There is plenty of time for mountain treks and meeting the friendly locals. This is the ideal journey for the return visitor to Vietnam, or the traveller yearning for an authentic experience.
DAY 1: HANOI
Arrive in Vietnam’s capital and transfer to your hotel to meet your tour leader and group for a welcome drink and briefing. Learn all about the life and legend of ‘Uncle Ho’ at his former home and mausoleum, visit the Temple of Literature and Hanoi Hilton prison and gain an insight into the hilltribes of Vietnam at the Ethnology Museum. Experience the unique Hanoi Water Puppets at an evening performance.
Hotel: Anise Hotel
DAYS 2-4: MAI CHAU, SON LA & DIEN BIEN PHU
Travel west to beautiful Mai Chau and stay in a family house. Explore the rural surrounds and soak up the warm hospitality of the Thai hilltribe people. Sit back and enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery, keeping an eye out for Black Thai, Meo and Muong people as you travel to Son La. From here, venture towards the Lao border and the outpost of Dien Bien Phu. Gain a sense of the history of this former battleground on a tour of local sites.
Hotels: Home-stay, Hanoi Hotel, Muong Thanh Hotel
DAYS 5-7: PASO & SAPA
Continue through the remote mountains and villages of Lai Chau province to peaceful Paso, situated on the Da River. En route to Sapa, stop and visit some of the villages occupied by different hilltribes, then explore the surrounding areas which are home to colourful Hmong and Red Dzao hilltribes, and spend a night at the remote Topas Ecolodge.
Hotels: Lan Anh 2 Hotel, Bamboo Sapa Hotel, Topas Ecolodge
DAYS 8-9: OVERNIGHT TRAIN & HANOI
Explore the beautiful valley surrounding the ecolodge before returning to Sapa for some free time and a chance to shop in the local market. In the evening, board an overnight train to Hanoi. On your last day, enjoy some free time before your departure transfer.
Hotel: Overnight train
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