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Discover Vietnam’s rugged and scenic northwest and its people first hand. By taking to the roads and riding from the capital Hanoi to the remote area of the northwest we can see life as it truly is for the Vietnamese. The perfect itinerary and the support crew ensure you get the most out of the trip in terms of comfort, enjoyment and adventure. Along the way we encounter dramatic landscapes and sweeping panoramas as the rural population goes about its business. Highlights include the terraced valleys of Sapa, challenging roads, stunning scenery and many different colorful minority groups.

Highlights
  • Colorful city of Hanoi with full of sight, sounds and smells
  • Beautiful Mai Chau Valley
  • Son La old prison and colorful museum
  • Riding up Pha Din Pass 
  • Dien Bien Phu former battle field
  • Pass of Heaven Gate and Silver Waterfall
  • Sapa trekking and visit
  • Hill tribe villages visit along the way
  • Great ride on mountain roads
Trip Length: 10 days | Trip Style: Off The Beaten Trach| Trip Theme: Local life & Explore & Nature| Physical Rating: | Start/End city: Hanoi / Hanoi
Places visited: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Son La - Dien Bien Phu - Lai Chau - Sapa - Hanoi
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Itinerary Details

Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

Once you arrive at the airport, our tour guide will greet you and provide transportation to your hotel in downtown Hanoi for check-in. After that, you'll have the rest of the day to relax and explore on your own. You'll spend the night in Hanoi.

Summary of inclusions

hotel
Hotel in hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

You'll have the opportunity to explore the fascinating sites of the capital city throughout the day, either by motorcycle or car. This will be an exciting way to prepare for tomorrow's adventure! You'll spend the night in Hanoi.

Summary of inclusions

tour activity
Sightseeing hanoi
meal
Breakfast & dinner
hotel
hotel in hanoi
Mai Chau, Vietnam
Mai Chau, Vietnam

Our journey begins with a departure from Hanoi as we hop on our motorcycles and head towards Mai Chau valley, which is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and is home to the White Thai ethnic minority. To avoid heavy traffic, we'll veer off the main road No6 at Luong Son and take a route towards Bai Chao, where we can take in the stunning scenery of limestone mountains. Along the way, we'll pass by charming villages and vast rice paddies, and we'll take a break for some refreshments before embarking on a 70km stretch of undulating roads that offer amazing views of the valley and mountains. We'll stop for lunch en route before continuing our journey to Mai Chau. Our first stop in Mai Chau will be at Ban Lac village, a serene and peaceful location inhabited by the White Thai ethnic group. Here, we'll enjoy dinner and spend the night in a traditional stilt-house owned by a Thai family.

(Riding distance: 170km)

Summary of inclusions

meal
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
accommodation
overnight in stlt house in mai chau
Moc Chau, Son La, Vietnam
Moc Chau, Son La, Vietnam

Following breakfast at our home-stay, we'll set out on a picturesque journey towards Son La, riding northward. The road is well-maintained, and we'll have the opportunity to stop frequently to visit villages inhabited by minority groups such as the Green H'mong and Black Thai peoples, or simply to take photographs of the breathtaking scenery. We'll have lunch at a local restaurant along the way. The highlight of our ride today could be the Moc Chau Plateau, known for its tea plantations and plum gardens, which produce some of the finest green tea in Vietnam. We'll arrive in Son La in the afternoon and enjoy dinner and an overnight stay at a hotel in the city.

(Riding distance: 187km)

Summary of inclusions

meal
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
hotel
hotel in son la
Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam
Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam

As the saying goes, "the further north you go, the faster your heart races". Today's ride promises to be even more exhilarating, with winding roads, longer mountain passes, and even more vibrant and colorful minority groups to encounter along the way. Just like yesterday, we'll take interesting stops to visit villages and snap photos of the stunning scenery. We'll have lunch at a local restaurant along the route. The highlight of today's ride will be the awe-inspiring Pha Din Pass, which is said to be the frontier between heaven and earth, according to local legend. The pass is situated over 1,000m above sea level and offers a thrilling experience as we climb and descend its many bends and deep gorges. We'll arrive in Dien Bien Phu late in the afternoon, and if time permits, we can explore the town on our motorcycles. Dinner and an overnight stay will be in Dien Bien Phu.

(Riding distance: 170km)

Summary of inclusions

meal
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
hotel
overnight in dien bien phu
Lai Chau, Vietnam
Sin Ho market, Vietnam

Today, our ride covers a distance of 225km and takes us through stunning gorges along the Nam Na River. We'll have the opportunity to stop and visit Red H'mong and Dzao villages along the way. Lunch will be served in Chan Nua. After lunch, we'll ascend the mountain, taking in the breathtaking scenery on our journey to Sin Ho. We'll visit the Sin Ho market before continuing on to Lai Chau, where we'll have dinner and spend the night in a hotel.

(Riding distance: 225km)

Summary of inclusions

meal
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
hoetl
Hotel in lai chau
Sapa, Vietnam
Sapa, Vietnam

Today's ride is undoubtedly the highlight of the entire trip. We'll have the opportunity to climb Vietnam's highest pass, the Tram Ton Pass, and stop for lunch at a local restaurant en route. By noon, we'll arrive in Sapa, which was once a hill station for French colonists over a hundred years ago. Today, it is a paradise for trekking enthusiasts due to its beautiful trekking routes, stunning terraces, colorful minority groups, and the highest mountain in Indochina, Mount Fansipang. We'll enjoy dinner and spend the night in Sapa.

(Riding distance: 180km)

Note: If today is Sunday, the weekend market (Sunday market) in Tam Duong is highly recommended, as it is a colorful and interesting event showcasing many ethnic minorities. If this is the case, the market will be included in the program.

Summary of inclusions

meal
Breakfast & lunch
hotel
Hotel in sapa
trekking sapa, Vietnam
Sapa trekking, Vietnam

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll start the day with a downhill jeep ride to Muong Hoa valley. Today, we'll experience the most beautiful trekking route in Vietnam, walking along dirt paths through pine forests, terraces, and H'mong villages. Along the way, we'll stop to visit minority villages and schools, and enjoy a picnic lunch by the river. In the afternoon, we'll walk to the pickup point and take a jeep transfer back to Sapa. From there, we'll have a private transfer to Lao Cai to catch the night train back to Hanoi.

(Trekking time: 4 hours)

Summary of inclusions

Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Overnight on train
Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

Upon arrival in Hanoi at 5am in the morning, you can either take some time to relax and unwind or explore the city on your own.

Summary of inclusions

meal
Breakfast
hotel
Hotel in hanoi
Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, Vietnam

You are free to spend your time at leisure or do some last-minute shopping before your flight home. Alternatively, you can choose to continue your adventure with more exciting travel opportunities provided by Travel Authentic Asia.

Summary of inclusions

meal
Breakfast
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PRICE & TERMS

PRICING IN US DOLLAR FOR PRIVATE TRIP PER PERSON BASED ON TWIN/ DOUBLE SHARING:

Number of Persons 2 3 - 4 5 - 6 7 - 8 9 - 10 11 - 12 13 - 15 Single supp
Price Please contact us for best price upon your travel date, number of travelers and specific needs

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room.
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Water & cold tissue in car
  • Cellphone for use during your visit
  • Government taxes & Service charges

Exclusion

  • Other services than mentioned
  • Visa & International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips, Travel insurance
  • Bank transfer fee if any

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IMPORTANT NOTES

Tour itinerary:This tour itinerary is designed based on local travel conditions, logistics and availabilitis of transportation between visited destinations. It is for you to see how the trip should go, what you can do, see and enjoy during the trip. The itinerary can be tailored by adding more of desired visitng destinations, activities or removing any you do not like to meet your travel time frame, style, budget and expectation the best.

Tour price:Travel Authentic Asia focus on quality and affordable package prices with the best value. The price is based on number of traveler taking the trip, the accommodation category you wish to stay, the mode of transportation, meals provided….

To book for this pre-arranged tour:If you wish to take this pre-arranged itinerary with all the terms of services that clearly stated in the program, you just need click the booking button to send us an enquiry form with some necessary information. Our travel consultant will get back to you within a working day for confirmation.

Tailor your itinerary base on this trip:If you wish to tailor your own itinerary with your favorite destinations, activities, accommodations and so on, you can do it right away by clicking the button "Tailor this trip" and send us an enquiry with as much as detail possible. Our travel consultants with their extensive knowledge and experience will answer all of your questions, offer suggestions and give knowledgeable advice, helping you to make a pleasant-enjoyable-worry free trip of best possible value that perfectly suits your travel needs. Please keep in mind this is your private tour so feel free to ask your travel consultant to make any changes you wish to make, at any time!

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Payment:A deposit of 30% of total price is needed to initiate the tour booking after the itinerary is finalized. The balance for the trip is due 15 days prior to your arrival.

Arrival and departure flights:You are advised to make your own booking for international flights from/back your home country. This allows you to determine better the travel time frame, budget and to deal with insurance claim when needed. Travel Authentic Asia team will base on your flight schedule to work out the best itinerary for you or/and to modify the itinerary to get it matches.

Travel documents:You must carry a valid passport and have obtained all of the appropriate visas, permits and certificates for the countries in which you will visit during your trip. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the duration of the trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas, permits and certificates for your trip. Travel Authentic Asia accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the failure of clients to obtain appropriate documentation.

Travel insurance:It is your responsibility to get your own international travel insurance and read the insurance policy before you travel and ensure that the insurance scheme provides with the requisite level of cover. Insurance should cover personal accident and medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of vacation. In some cases, travelers may have pre-existing medical conditions which their travel insurance company will not cover.
Other than local travel insurance(s) included in sightseeing tickets at sites, Travel Authentic Asia does not provide any kind of travel insurance on the trip except required and paid separately from the tour price.

Weather: The weather in this part of Southeast Asia is varied depening on the region and season. In the winter time from Nov to Feb, the temperature in some area such as North Vietnam, especially mountainous areas can be as low as 2-4 Degree Celsius (35 Degree Fahrenheit) and pretty cold. Other parts can be warm with temperature up to 36 Degree Celsius or more (96 Degree Fahrenheit). So, to know the weather condition of destination you visit, please consult our travel consultant or you can check it here on our website

What to take: What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. It is advisable to have your backpack or suitcase with wheels. An overnight bag with a shoulder strap or little backpacks is convenient to carry water and a camera etc for day trips. Warm clothes and light jacket are needed for the North Vietnam and northern Lao during the winter time from November to March. Sunblock, swimsuits and a light raincoat is advised all year round.

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