Travel Route: Hanoi Trang An – Tam Coc – Phu Luong – Mai Chau – Mu Cang Chai – Sapa – Thanh Kim – Thanh Phu - Bac Ha – Hoang Su Phi – Ha Giang - Hanoi
15 Days – Vietnam off the beaten track will offer captivating way for active travellers, lover nature,and photographers opportunity in exploring both colorful hill tribes and outstanding scenic beauty in the North Vietnam. Rich culture, brilliant natural scenery and alluring colorful hill tribe markets, are highlight in our trip. we also stay in eco homestay and contemplate world classed food preparing by local people
Vietnam Off The Beten Track , has been carefully crafted and offered for those are looking for off the beaten track, less tourist regions and rich culture heritage in the North Vietnam, perfect trip to escape bustling city to seek our way with nature, hospitable hill tribe people.
Joining this trip, the travellers have good chance to experience stunning scenery, exotic hill tribe culture, learn about local people daily life. Start from Hanoi capital, leaving hustling and bustling behind, we set our way to
It is actually rewarding trip for travellers who want to get out the crowded, interact with friendly people, admire twisted vallley and pristine scenic beauty.Leaving our bustling city behind, we set our way to World list Heritage site- Trang an – Tam Coc. Spend time to learn about the first capital of Vietnam since 10 century. Contemplating marvelous scenery and landscape of “Halong on Land”- Trang An – Tam Coc. Joining two and half hour in boat trip to explore picturesque scenery and chamring karst mountain ranges rises on Rice fields.
Our trip contine on scenic route lead to Phu Luong nature Reserve, you will rewarded by outstanding beauty, cultural interest anh high biodiversity value from Mai Chau in the North West, to Cuc Phuong National Park in South East. It is blessed with rich forest, limstone panoramas, magnificent rice terraces and breaktaking rain forest
Our trip go further to North west of Vietnam where brilliant landscapes and sightseeing, quaint villages and friendly people are waiting for us.
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Welcome to Vietnam. Arriving at Noi Bai International Airport, Snail Adventure Tour guide and driver will greet and pick you up to the hotel at the heart of Hanoi capital. Hanoi, the antique and dynamic city of Vietnam, reserves a unique old world charm and several of the most striking colonial architecture of Asia. After the checking-in,Take relax by your own and do briefing itinerary with our guide for coming days. enjoy a cyclo ride through the bustling streets in the Old Quarter to discover the ancient and modern beauty of Hanoi. After the tour, you will be warmly welcome with a special welcoming dinner in a typical Vietnamese food restaurant. Stay overnight in Hanoi
Activities: Transfer and briefing schedule
Accommodations: The Light hotel****
Transferring: 35 km
Day 2: Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Hoa Lu ancient capital – Tam Coc
Departing at 8.00 am from your hotel, after 2 hours driving, we arrive Ninh Binh Province. Our first visit is the former capital of Vietnam – Hoa Lu, visit two temples dedicated to King Dinh and King Le, the two heroes who lived in 10th century and chose Hoa Lu to build the citadel of the capital city of Dai Viet. We drive Phat Diem Stone Catherdral to visit and explore one of the most well – known churches in Vietnam. Phat Diem Church architecture is skillful exchanged between Vietnam and Europe. It was built of stone and wood all in 24 years.
Proceed to Tam Coc for lunch. Tam Coc known as "Halong Bay on Land" boasting breathtaking scenery, “Tam Coc” means three caves. After lunch we get on small rowing boats, the boat trip to all three caves takes about two hours.
Continue visiting Bich Dong Grotto (emerald-like grotto), around 2km from Tam Coc by car, climb a little bit till you get to the top of the Upper pagoda and your eyes catch the overall panorama of the paddy fields between Truong Yen Mountain. The king conferred on Bich Dong the title “The Second Most Beautiful Grotto in Vietnam”. A scene of the popular French movie "Indochine" had been completed here in 1991.come to Hotel for checking in. have dinner and stay in Tam Coc Eco Lodge.
Activities:Transferring and Visiting
Accommodations: Hidden Charm Hotel****
Transferring 3 Hours, Visiting and 2 Hours Boat Trip
Day3: Tam Coc – Phu Luong nature reserve
After breakfast at your hotel, we commence to Phu Luong Nature reserve, you have a good chance to explore one of the most outstanding beauty, cultural interest anh high biodiversity value from Mai Chau in the North West, to Cuc Phuong National Park in South East. It is blessed with rich forest, limstone panoramas, magnificent rice terraces and breaktaking rain forest. Experience the daily life and culture of Thai and Muong people , enjoying Traditional culinary Thai people in Eco tourism homestay
Activities: Transferring and Visiting
Accommodations: Phu Luong Retreat/ Ecohomestay
Cycling/ Trekking distances:
Day 4: Phu Luong Trek
Breakfast at retreat, Start early to descend into the beautiful valley facing the Retreat where you walk around tumbling rice terraces. Trek through small paths shrouded in vegetation to slowly reveal a picturesque village sitting at the base of a towering mountain. Your camera will not be able to sit still!
Continuing to the base of the valley, you weave between roads and farmland, villages and wild fields, ponds and rivers, mountains and open land. Savour the ever-changing scenery as you trek to a beautiful spot to enjoy a simple picnic lunch.
After enjoying delicious food, you have free time to explore the refreshing water to the nearby river, before moving to our pick up point to be transferred back to the Retreat
Activities: Trekking and Transferring
Accommodations: Phu Luong Reteat/ Ecohomestay
Cycling/ Trekking distances: 4 Hours/ 10 Km
Day 5: Phu Luong – Mai Chau - Mu Cang Chai.
Your journey continue to Mai Chau, passing awesome rice terrace paddies, peacefull Thai villages and meet hospitable Thai and Muong People or curious school kids on road
Activities: Trasferring and Visiting
Accommodations: Mu Cang Chai Lodge
Transferring: 5 Hours
Day 6: Mu Cang Chai Trekking
This morning, you will get a transfer to a trekking point at Che Cu Nha Commune. The trek is about 12km on dirt paths to La Pan Tan Commue. This part of the nation's unique landscape will definitely offer you a great experience for your Vietnam trip. Beside the amazing terraced fields, you also have chance to visit some ethnic villages of the H'mong people.
Get picked up by your private vehicle at the end of the trek and transfer to Ngoc Chien Valley (1 hour away) and visit an interesting hot spring. At this community, the ethnic Thai people are still keep the naked bathing custom. After having given a look at the community bath, you can check in a nearby family for a dip to enjoy the warm bath. After that, back on your car and make your way to Mu Cang Chai's Ecolodge. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Activities: Trekking through stunning rice terrace
Accommodations: Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge
Cycling/ Trekking distances: 12 Km
Day 7: Ngoc Chien – Than Uyen – Sapa
Breakfast with our Host, start our new adventure tours today by transfer throught the most scenic landscape and sight seeing in the north Vietnam. You will be captivated by outstanding rice terrace, geogeous karst mountain ranges. Endless lush tea farms. Stop Tram Ton summit to take panoramic picture of O Quy Ho Pass.Upon arriving in sapa, do check in and explore Sapa hill top by your self.
Activities: Transferring and Visiting Villages
Accommodations: Sapa Charrm Hotel****
Transferring: 4 Hours
Day 8: Sapa Trek – Topas Ecolodge
Today is the first day in our four day trekking tour in Sapa. We separated our luggages into small bag and big suitcase. Every trekking day will carry day bag with your travel document, firstaid and water. The big bag will be transfered by van or Jeep car to homestays every day . you also make sure to bring enought water and snackbars, fruit for trekking day. We commence to trek from hotel passing the town and central market down to Cat Cat Village. On the way, you admire the breathtaking scenery and magnificent rice terrance. We trek down ward to Waterfall, where you can enjoy fresh water and picturesque waterfall. Turn off the single track trail toY Linh Ho Village. You will trek on dirt path and rice paddy paths, crossing stream to Y linh Ho. Have picnic lunch in Y linh Ho village. After lunch we continue trekking on dirt road, passing many Hmong tribe villages and rice terraces to Sapa Valley. You will expose the stunning rice terrace beauty. Arriving in Tavan Village. Meet our support vehicle to transfer to Ban Ho Village. Have dinner and stay over night in Ban Ho Village
Activities: Trekking day
Accommodations: Ban Ho Ecohomestay
Cycling/ Trekking distances: 18 Km
Day 9: Full Day Cycling/ Trekking – Sin Chai Homestay
Get up early to contemplate amazing scenery and panoramatic landscape over Ban Ho Valley. Come back Restaurant for hearty breakfast..
Following to breakfast, we we take bus transfer to Ban Ho Villages where we commence our trekking to Sin Chai Village.
Enjoy fascinating rice terrace on hillside and quaint village life of Tay People whilst we trek ascendingly on concret road lead to Lave Bridge.
We continue our trip as we turn off the single track trail, go through Rice paddy, cross stream and bridge to Nam Nhiu Villge. You will be rewarded by maverlous and terrific scenery on the way. Upon arrival of picnic lunch. We have lunch in local family. After lunch meal, we walk on concret road lead to Sin Chai Ecohomestay. Red Dao People.
Op 2: you can cycle descendingly from Topas Ecoldge to Ban Den then rolling down to Thanh Phu Bridge. Turn left o concret road and.challenge long pass 8 Km from Nam Nhiu to Sin Chai.Have lunch in Sin Chai. After lunch, we check out gear then roll down to Ban Ho Village’
Activities: Trekking day
Accommodations: Sin Chai Ecohomestay
Cycling/ Trekking distances: 12 Km
Day 10: ½ Day Trek – or Cycling Transfer to Lao Cai – Bac Ha
Enjoy tasty breakfast with our host. We commence our last trekking days from Homestay back to Thanh Phu village. We spend morning time to hire through peacefull villages and Rice terraces. Some distances we hire through muddy trail and through hill side. Meet our support vehicle to transfer to Lao Cai City
Activities: Trekingg and Traansferring
Accommodations: Sao Mai Hotel***
Cycling/ Trekking distances: 8 Km
Day 11: Bac Ha Market - Hoang Su Phi - Ban Luoc
Breakfast at hotel then spend most of the morning for wandering around Bac Ha Market to get the capture about colourful tribe market. Bac Ha is weilknown for the biggest montagnard market in the Northwest region of Vietnam.
Alive with the vivid colours and extravagant costumes of the local people, specially the Flower H'mong. Together with other minorities, they come from different villages at the surroundings to buy and sell a wide variety of goods and livestock.
It is more common to see buffalo, cows, goats, horses and other livestock being traded. After the market, make the way to Xi Man Town for lunch at a local eatering rice.
In the afternoon, continue on driving to Vinh Quang Town of Hoang Su Phi Commue. From here, take about 1,5-hour hike to Ban Luoc, a Tay ethic village for a homestay night on a stilt house. Dinner is serverd by Tay family.
Bac Ha to Hoang Su Phi: 85km (3 hours)
Activities: Visiting Sunday Market and Transferring to Vinh Quang
Trekking Distance: 7 Km/ 1hour and half
Day 12: Ban Luoc Trekking
Breakfast at tribe family, do the trek along scenic dirt trail up and down the hills to the rice terraces of Ban Luoc area. This is one of the national rice terrace heritage cores in Hoang Su Phi.
The beauty of the landscape is at its best at the yellow season (early half of October). Get picked up by our car for transfer to Vinh Quang Town for lunch.
In the afternoon, enjoy the beautiful drive to Thong Nguyen commune for another homestay in Nam Hong Village of Dao tribe family.Vinh Quang to Thong Nguyen: 30km (1 hour)
Activities: Trekking and Transferring
Trekking Distance: 14 Km/ 5 Hours
Day 13: Nam Khoa Village Trekking
Breafast is served by Dao family for a pure morning then do a whole day trek around Thong Nguyen Commune where you will admire the amazing rice terraces of Nam Khoa Village.
The trek is moderate but there are some small challenges at times. It is about 5 - 6 hours. Picnic lunch at a village served by local. Return Dao family for dinner and overnight.
Accommodations: Nam Khoa Ecohomestay
Trekking Distance: 17 Km/ 6 Hours
Day 14 :Nam Hong Village Trekking - Pan Hou Village
This morning, you may be woken up early by the domestic animals such as roosters, pigs, dogs... Have breakfast at the homestay before starting our morning trek down to Thong Nguyen.
There are some more terraces to view today but it will be a bit less impressive while we gently descending the mountains. Around noon, we arrive at Pan Hou Lodge, check-in and relax for the afternoon with traditional massage and herbal bath.Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Trekking Distance: 12 Km/ 4 Hours
Day 15: Hoang Su Phi - Hanoi
Relax and lazy a bit for the last morning of the tour. Breakfast at the lodge surrounding by the terraced rice filed and rain forest before checking out then pack up around 9:00 AM for the long drive back to Hanoi.Arrive at your hotel in Hanoi around mid-afternoon.
Hoang Su Phi to Hanoi: 300km (7 hours)
Activities: Transferring to Hanoi
Accommodations: The light Hotel****
Note: Hotels are subject to change due to availability. In that case we will choose aquivalent accommodation
Meals: if you have any specific food requirements ( vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us in advance so that we can provide notice to our restaurant, tour guide, our partners so that they can server.
- English speaking trekking guide ( other languages upon requests)
- Accommodations are based on double/ twin occupancy
- Private Eco homestay village based on size of group
- Meals details in itineraries ( 14 breakfast, 14lunches, 14 dinners)
- Van or bus transfer on each day based on itinerary
- Truck supported and carry luggage to homestay each day
- Sightseeing excursions as outlined itineraries
- First aid kit
- Cold water box, small fresh towel.
- Mineral water for drinking
- Support crew to supply picnic lunches and water on trekking day,
- prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner in trekking.
- Local trekking guide
What is not included
- International airfare
- Travel insurance
- Items of personal nature
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks in meals
- Mineral water beyond that supplied
- Optional excursions
- Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
- Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry bills.
- Visa fee
- Departure tax
- Tip for team and guide
The following brings are essential suggested for trekking days only:
- Backpack specialized for trekking.
- Trekking shoes (extra light sandal suggested).
- Light and comfortable trousers (02 pcs)
- Cotton long sleeve: (01pc for each day)
- Long socks (01 pair for each day)
- Water proof jacket: 01
- Pullover: 01
- Coat to keep warm at night and waypoint: 01
- Durable flash light.
- Hat, Sun glasses and other manddatory
- Camera (compact camera is suggested)
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