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North West Exposure


9 days

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Mai Chau valley






The remote northwest is one of the most beautiful, unaffected and untouristed areas of Vietnam. Travellers who come up this way often hire a jeep and driver or do it by motorbike. Regardless of which method you select, you are guaranteed to pass through spectacular ravines and over breathtaking passes.
Best known centre is Sapa, there is a lot more worth investigating in this hill resort town. The remote French firebase of Dien Bien Phu remains a drawcard, other popular destinations include Mai Chau, Yen Bai and Son La. The interesting culture of many hill tribe groups and the wonderful mountain scenery of the north are all on this adventure. The journey is pretty hard, especially in the wet season. But it is a great chance to explore the remote area and many colorful markets. A combination of some visits to a wide variety of ethnic minority groups generally retaining their lifestyle, traditional costume with high mountains and terraced fields of Vietnam will excite your spirit of adventure.


- Breathtaking scenery along the way
- Colourful hill-tribes
- Mountain's cool climate
- Great trekking amongst ethnic hill-tribe villages
- Homestay experience



Day    1 Yen Bai
Day    2 Bac Ha
Days  3-4 Sapa
Day    5 Lai Chau
Day    6 Dien Bien Phu
Day    7 Son La
Days  8-9 Mai Chau

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  Brief itinerary


Day 1 Yen Bai
Being the gate to the Northwestern region, Yen Bai is famous for beauty spots such as Thac Ba Lake, gemstone land of Luc Yen, grottoes and caves at Sao Pagoda...Embarking on a dugout canoe for an excursion across the Thac Ba Lake containing crystal clear water where there is an opportunity for a refreshing swim 

Day 2 Bac Ha
Close to border gate, Bac Ha soon became a captivating destination in the northwest. The market in Bac Ha is often held? well, on Sunday, and a lot of the market sellers are women from the tribe of Flower HMong, who are famous for their wonderful craft and hand-made flowery clothes and textile fabrics.

Days 3-4 Sa Pa
A magical combination of alpine landscape, ethnic cultures, and bracing mountain air, Sapa was built as a hill station inside a beautiful valley in the French time. It's home of various hill-tribe communities, it is also the only place in Vietnam that catches extremely rare snow flakes in winter time

Day 5 Lai Chau
Soon before 2010, the nice valley of Lai Chau will be underwater in a construction plan of the biggest hydropower station in Southeast Asia. Jump on the boat for a trip along the Da River, passing through the stunning mountain landscapes, is a very relaxed, perfect way to observe the local lifestyle in close up.

Day 6 Dien Bien Phu
Only 35km from the border with Laos. Dien Bien is the last battlefield of the French war, which ended with the fall of the French colonial control in Indochina and the replacement of the US Army not so long, Dien Bien Phu now returned to be a green valley. A visit to the historical sites also makes our trip more memorable. 

Day 7 Son La
Crossing the scenic Phadin pass, the most magnificent part of the Hoang Lien Son range, home of colourful-dressed Montagnards who still maintain lots of their long-term culture and traditions. We drive to Son La via Tuan Giao with the picturesque scenery as you pass the villages settle on the steep slopes of the mountains.

Days 8-9 Mai Chau, return to Ha Noi
The limestone mountain ranges rush up and give the scenery an imposing view. Mai Chau valley with the villages full of house-on-stilts and textile products of White Thai tribal people, one of the most civilized ethnic groups of Vietnam for the delicate dress, for beauty and elegance of women, and above all, for hospitality 



travel style: Independent
If you're looking for something different (perhaps classic tours aren't for you) or you want an extension to your trip, an Independent adventure could be just the thing. These private itineraries will take you to a new level of personal experience and self discovery. Transport and accommodation are provided and to give you maximum flexibility, inclusions vary from trip to trip - please check the trip notes for full details.
group size
N/A as this trip is on a private basis.
accommodation & meal inclusions
7 nights in hotels and 1 night homestay
Yen Bai: Hanh Hoa Vien Hotel
Meals included: breakfast
Bac Ha: Sao Mai Hotel
Meals included: breakfast
Sapa: Royal Hotel
Meals included: breakfasts
Lai Chau: Lan Anh Hotel
Meals included: breakfast
Dien Bien Phu: Muong Thanh Hotel
Meals included: breakfast
Son La: Cong Doan Hotel
Meals included: breakfast
Mai Chau: Thai village homestay
Meals included: breakfast

Tour includes:
• Accommodation with daily breakfasts
• Extra meals as per the itinerary
• Private transfer round trip by 7 seater
• Tours and excursions as described in the program
• Entrance fees and permits where applicable during guided time
Tour excludes:
• Pre & post trip arrangements
• Transfers beyond the itinerary
• Local English speaking tour guide (30 usd/day)
• Entrance fees and permits during free time
• Travel insurance (compulsory)
• Food & drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
• Tips and gratuities
• Expenses of a personal nature such as bar bills, laundry and telephone charges
• Other services not clearly described in the program



Tour cost: US $955 per person in the party of 2

Extra accommodation 
Start and end of tour: Ha Noi 
Single room:
Double\Twin room:
Arrival\Departure transfer
Ha Noi: 20 US$ for 1-2 passengers, 30 US$ for 3 or more 
Escort guide: US$ 15 




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