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Vietnam Hill Tribe & Trekking Holidays

Northwest Hill Tribe Tour

Price: From US$ 455/ person
Duration: 7 days/ 7 nights
Tour Destination: Hanoi - Sapa - Hill Tribe Market - Hill Tribe Villages - Tram Ton - Tam Duong - Lai Chau - Dien Bien Phu - Hanoi

Northwest Hill Tribe Tour Highlights:

Our jeep adventures take place in the remote Eastern and Western parts of Vietnam. This area of Vietnam is home to a number of different ethnic minority groups and therefore mountains rice paddy fields and ethnic minority villages dominate the landscape. Throughout the trip our local Vietnamese, English speaking guides will lead you through this fascinating area of Vietnam, the guides will travel at your pace and therefore the speed of the trip is set by you. There is a number of stunning photographic opportunities, which you can choose to either observe or indulge in. Accommodation varies from tour to tour as well as from village to village. We have made every attempt to ensure that you are able to experience the best that this area has to offer. During the tours you will have the opportunity to camp overnight in the mountains under the stars as well as spend overnight in an authentic village house and in the more populated areas in cozy guesthouses.

Northwest Hill Tribe Tour Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Lao cai - Muong Khuong Market - Sapa (L)
Day 2: Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Sapa (L)
Day 3: Sapa- Tram Ton – Sin Chai (L)
Day 4: Sin Chai - Sapa - Phong Tho (New Lai chau) (B, L)
Day 5: Phong Tho – Sin Ho (B, L)
Day 6: Sin Ho - Old Lai Chau (New Muong Lay) (B, L)
Day 7: Lai chau trekking and Boat trip Dien Bien Phu (B, L)

Northwest Hill Tribe Tour Accommodation:

We deeply understand that acommodation is one of the most very important for all our tour so we carefully inspect or pick hotels, cruises, homestays to match general international standards of three, four, five star hotels that must be clean, comfortable, nice room, good breakfast, helpful staffs, good lacation...
Here some our suggested hotel list for this trip, specially we can book other hotels, cruise as you requested.

Hotel Destinations

No Nights

Suggested Hotels



Sapa Bamboo Hotel ***



Standard Homestay

Lai Chau


Lan Anh Hotel

Dien Bien Phu


Dien Bien Hotel ***

Hanoi Sapa Overnight Train


Livitrans Train

Northwest Hill Tribe Tour Meals:

One of most special highlight in Vietnam travel, you can taste local food in each regions that we will arrange all lunch or dinner in Vietnamese food, and 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 or our partners so that they can server you better. If you are a food lover, Cruises Mekong River can be your culinary guide and provide you the opportunity to savor tempting local food and world-famous dishes. Please be note that for the home stay, the meal will be cook by the house owner and they are well-trained for hygiene as well as prepare for good recipes

Meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal note: are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.

Breakfast:  Each breakfast will be served in your hotel. Maily Buffet breakfast selections include both Vietnamese and Western dishes to meet every diner's taste.

Lunch:  Lunches are normally arranged at the Vietnamese restaurants near the scenic spots. Your tour guides will order food according to your appetite. Most are Vietnamese dishes, and some are modified to fit westerners' tastes.

Dinner:  Same as lunch. If you prefer to not eat Vietnamese food, Cruises Mekong River suggests you have dinner on your own. Your local tour guide can recommend some good western restaurants in the area.

Northwest Hill Tribe Tour Tourguides:

All Tourguides or Tour escorted are local people who take you to all destionations that meantions in program and our guide will try their best to make you having a enjoyable Vietnam holiday.

Languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese speaking tourguides as request

Qualifications : Exellent foreign languages, professional presentaion skills, knowledges, helplessness, friendliness, expreriences.

Tags: Northwest Hill Tribe Tour, Northwest Vietnam Tour & Travel, Vietnam Hill tribes & Trekking Holidays, Vietnam Hill Tribe Tour, Vietnam Ethnic Minorities Holidays, Vietnam Holidays.

Northwest Hill Tribe Tour Itinerary:

Tour Starts/ Ends: Hanoi/ Hanoi

Night 1: Take overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai

Please, be ready at your hotel lobby at 20.00 for a short transfer to Hanoi railways station for taking the overnight train (first class 4 beds cabin with air-condition) which arrive in Lao Cai city, near the Chinese border next morning.  

Day 1: Lao cai - Ba Ha Market - Sapa (L)

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After having breakfast, you will travel by car from Lao Cai Railway Station. You will enjoy beautiful scenery along the ride until you arrive in Muong Khuong. The market locates inside a small border town, which is frequented by Flower Hmong, Tu Di, Tay and Giay ethnic minorities. They come to buy and sell local products such as food and material for agriculture and fabric. After spending the whole morning exploring the market, you will have lunch in a local restaurant. You will then visit a village of Tay people, where you have opportunity to explore their daily life. You can make a stop nearby a waterfall before you get on the car heading back to Sapa.

Day 2: Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Sapa (L)

You first sneak through the Sapa market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before continuing the trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You also will enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. You eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest while you are served lunch nearby the river. After lunch, you head toward Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. You will return Sapa from Tavan by car.

Day 3: Sapa- Tram Ton – Sin Chai (L)

You travel by car toward the Silver Waterfall where you will be a [LaiChau4008.jpg] ble to take a short walk to the waterfall. You will then drive further to Heaven Gate, the highest peak of roads in Vietnam. From there you can see Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina mountains as well as enjoy stunning views. We start descending nearby the waterfall. The trail takes you all the way downhill through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. Your lunch will be served at a nice spot nearby a river. After lunch, you continue the trek to Sin Chai village of Black Hmong minority, where Community Based Tourism in Sapa takes place. You will have opportunity to explore daily life of one of the largest group ethnic minorities in Sapa area. Here you spend the night in local house.

Day 4: Sin Chai - Sapa - Phong Tho (New Lai chau) (B,L)

You first travel by car uphill toward Tram Ton. On the way, you can take a short walk to Silver Waterfall and then head to Heaven Gate, where you will be amazed by breathtaking view to mountain surrounding included Fansipan, the highest peak of Indochina. We will be mostly downhill toward Binh Lu. You will stop by Chu Va village of Flower Hmong for a break before you arrive in Binh Lu. Here you will have lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch, you trek in a dirt road to the villages, which are set in a beautiful valley of rice paddy terraces and mountain surrounded. You will have time to see Pa Pen village of Lu minority. Here you can take a walk around the village as well as visit a local school. You will then get on the car to transfer to Phong Tho.

Day 5: Phong Tho – Sin Ho (B, L)

Today we continue venturing in to northern Vietnam with the 58ksm remainder of the historical Highway 6. The road is rough, but the scenery is unbelievably beautiful and magnificent with the 7 tall passes cutting though steep mountain along the Da River [muong_lay648.jpg] flowing around the foot of the passes, which can be found nowhere else in the Northwest route. Moreover, part of the pleasure transfer in
this region is the simple joy of the friendly smiles and greetings of the local people, which make the hardship all worthwhile. Along the way, we stop to visit the Black Thai, Kho Mu, Lu, Black H'mong, Green H'mong and White H'mong, just some of the many hill tribe groups and discover their simple lifestyles and colorful cultures. Get to Sin Ho at 16:00 PM check-in Guest-House.

Day 6: SinHo - Old Lai Chau (New Muong Lay) (B, L)

In the morning enjoying the weekly cultural Market that only held on Sunday with very colorful of many minority groups such as: Meo, Man, have lunch in a Local restaurant. And then transfer down hill to the Nam Na River and route 12C to Lai Chau check - in Lan Anh Hotel at 16:00 PM.

Day 7: Lai chau trekking - Dien Bien Phu (B, L)

You will be transferred to the river, where you take a boat ride downstream in the Black River. You can make a stop to visit a village of Thai minority and hear about their daily life on the riverbank. A friendly atmosphere makes your trip more enjoyable. The boat takes you further downstream. You will be transferred back to the hotel for lunch. After having lunch, you will transfer 104km to Dien Bien Phu, trip around the town to visit famous historical sites such as Dien Bien Phu Museum, Glory Statue, A1 Hill and De Cattery Tunnel. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Ha Noi. End of service.

Northwest Hill Tribe Tour Price & Inclusions:

Tour Price:

Since this is a private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date or spcial requests. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give us as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!

Tour Inclusions:
• English or French speaking guide
• Cook (from group sizes of 6 pax)
• All needed transport
• All indicated meals, plus snacks (B as breakfast; L as lunch; D as dinner)
• Water on the whole trip
• Sleeping bag and mattresses
• Tents if needed
• Mosquito net
• All entrance fees and permit
• Overnight in local house or tent

Tour Exclusions:
• Personal Pocket Money
• Soft drink (beer, coca cola…)
• Insurance
• All other services not indicated above

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