Hidden hilltribes of Vietnam

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From the French-colonial architecture of Hanoi and the karst scenery of Halong Bay to the mercantile history of Hoi An, our Vietnam specialists will use their personal experience of the country to plan your holiday to Vietnam in detail. That might include arranging for you to view fast-paced Saigon from the back of a Vespa, or spend languid days cruising the ...
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Trip type
Private Guided
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

What's this trip about?

    From the French-colonial architecture of Hanoi and the karst scenery of Halong Bay to the mercantile history of Hoi An, our Vietnam specialists will use their personal experience of the country to plan your holiday to Vietnam in detail. That might include arranging for you to view fast-paced Saigon from the back of a Vespa, or spend languid days cruising the Mekong Delta or by the beach in Ninh Van Bay. Travel in Vietnam is often based around a journey between Hanoi and Saigon, taking in the highlights of the central region between the two. Our Vietnam specialists can also suggest the country’s often overlooked, lesser-known sights and experiences, such as discovering brightly dressed hill-tribe communities in the Tonkinese Alps or the remote markets of Ha Giang — places and people we’ve come to know over 20 years of research and return visits.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - 24 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityHanoi
End CityHanoi

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Local Immersion & Homestays

Destinations

  • Asia
  • Vietnam

Attractions

  • Hanoi

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing
  • Homestays & Cultural Immersion
  • Mountaineering
  • Nature

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Itinerary

Day 1 : International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Hanoi.

Day 2 : Hanoi

On arrival in Hanoi you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter.

Day 3 : Hanoi

Take a half day tour of the city's sights with your private guide and driver as well as a journey by cyclo! After taking a look at the Temple of Literature, cross the street to Craftlink, a non-profit organisation who seek to assist small Vietnamese producers from the...

Day 4 : Ha Giang City

Journey from Hanoi to Ha Giang by road today, the journey will take approximately eight hours. Watch the scenery change from urban city life to rice terraced mountains.

Day 5 : Ha Giang City

A morning of exploration by bicycle gives you chance to immerse yourself in daily village life. After lunch explore further afield on foot, enjoy a two hour walk through the paddy-fields and forest to visit minority people at Phuong Do village, the oldest Tay community in Ha Giang.

Day 6 : Hoang Su Phi

Travel between Ha Gian City and Hoang Su Phi today which takes you over the high mountain passes and through twisting valleys.

Day 7 : Hoang Su Phi

A full day trek today will reward you with a visit to a Red Dzao village. Spend some time at the village and have a relaxed lunch before trekking back to Pan Ou.

Day 8 : Bac Ha

Make the journey from Hoang Su Phi to Bac Ha today. It takes approximately six hours and it's quite a bumpy road, however, the views you will have make it worth while.

Day 9 : Sapa

Early this morning visit Sin Cheng Market en route to Sapa. This is one of the best markets to visit as it is still relatively unknown and untouched by modern life. This small but colourful market is attended by many local tribes in their traditional dress which makes for some fantastic photo opportunities.

Day 10 : Sapa

Your guide and driver will be at your disposal today and you can discuss with them where you like to explore. If you are looking to buy some traditional souvenirs, head to the Indigo store in the town centre. This shop provides a retail outlet for the textiles and emb...

Day 11 : Sapa

Today you have a full day trek planned which will take you through some of Sapa's most stunning scenery in the Thanh Kim valley. Visit some local villages and witness the incredible colours of northern Vietnam. As today is a school day you may also like to visit one of the village schools to meet the children.

Day 12 : Lao Cai

A much earned day at leisure today. You may wish to just enjoy relaxing at the Ecolodge taking in the wonderful views, or perhaps you may decide to have an amble around Sapa where you may like to head to the Baguette & Chocolat Cafe for morning tea. The Cafe runs ...

Day 13 : Mai Chau

Your guide will meet you as you disembark the train and you will leave the city and drive out to the pretty town of Mai Chau, located at the foothills of the Tonkinese Alps. On arrival you shall be taken on a short walking tour before having some time to explore on your own or enjoy relaxing back at the lodge.

Day 14 : Mai Chau

A more adventurous day today where you can enjoy a full day bike tour of the area. Venture into the countryside with your guide visiting some of the more remote villages that cannot be reached by car.

Day 15 : Hanoi

The morning is free for you to relax before travelling back to Hanoi for your last night.

Day 16 : International return flight

Return to Hanoi Airport in time for your international flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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Price per day$312
Last Updated: 0/11/2022

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