This itinerary is an in-depth exploration of the culture, people and landscapes of northern Vietnam. Beginning with the classic highlights of Hanoi, travelers then venture north, into the highlands that are home to hundreds of villages of northern minority hill tribes. These villages each boast their own culture and language, and many do not even speak Vietnamese. These villages, their close proximity to China, and the resulting cultural melding, are integral to understanding both ancient and modern Vietnam.
Departure & Return Location
Hanoi , Hanoi
What to Expect
- Spend time exploring one of Vietnam’s most unique and awe-inspiring regions
- Trek for a day through a picturesque valley, passing by different minority villages along the way
- Wander through Sapa’s ethnic market bursting with an array of ethnic food, textiles, and jewellery
- Encountering Hmong and Dao ethnic minorities, living in elevated settlements with spectacular views over the countryside they cultivate
- Appreciating a panorama of glistening rice terraces, constructed centuries ago to cultivate the steep highlands
Day 1: Hanoi - Mu Cang Chai (N/A)
After breakfast at your hotel, Asiart Travels's driver pick you up for a beautiful drive to Mu Cang Chai. If we have time, have a quick visit to Duong Lam ancient village in Son Tay. Several stops on the way for breaks and photos. It is a long journey (300km), but as you reach Mu Cang Chai, it is like a step to the paradise of rice terraces. On arrival, we start walking from the small village of H’mong which is named Hang Co Vua, then we walk on small trail , follow the terraces fields and conquer the pine forest. You will enjoy the fresh air cool in the middle of nature and mountains. When you go on a small road in the forest, you will have the opportunity to look at the forest orchid flowers, hear the birds singing and the occasional squirrel in a tree. After 2 hours walk you will encounter villages where people Hua Khat ethnic minority Hmong live, where you'll discover extremely simple lives and many wild character. Yet indigenous people could not communicate with us because of the language barrier, but they are very friendly and open welcome when we visit home. Leaving the village of the Hmong people you will be completely surprised to see the valley of terraced fields, which is the mark of human impact on nature in a harmonious way. We can imagine as the space carved by the hands of the artists Check in Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge then waiting for the dinner and enjoying local foods.
Day 2: Mu Cang Chai - Sapa (N/A)
Day 3: Sapa - Topas Ecolodge (N/A)
Day 4: Topas Ecolodge - Bac Ha - Hoang Su Phi (N/A)
Day 5: Hoang Su Phi (N/A)
Day 6: Hoang Su Phi - Hanoi (N/A)