northwest vietnam adventure

Northwest Vietnam Adventure

Northwest Vietnam Adventure tour introduce quick view of northwest route in the north of Vietnam, this route was called the most beautiful route in Indochina across various sites and villages of minority people in Vietnam, discover the wonderful scenery and spot through mountainous area, especially from February to April during spring season or so called “flower season”.

6 Days/5 Nights – Ha Noi – Mai Chau – Moc Chau – Dien Bien Phu – Sapa


Type of trip: Private
Trip Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Starting: Hanoi, Vietnam
Finishing: Hanoi, Vietnam
Destination: Ha Noi – Mai Chau – Son La – Dien Bien – Lai Chau – Sapa – Hanoi

Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing

Brief itinerary:

Day 1: Ha Noi – Mai Chau

Day 2: Mai Chau – Son La

Day 3: Son La – Dien Bien

Day 4: Dien Bien – Tam Duong

Day 5: Tam Duong – Sapa

Day 6: Sapa – Hanoi

Vietnam Great Tours™ Bespoke Style Suits Everyone

Flexibility: The sample itinerary can be modified to suit your interests, budget as well as your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.

Tailor-Made Journey: This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more individual trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments, with the flexibility to plan a trip at your own pace. Quality and value are the hallmark of the trips, with most services being provided on a private basis.

Commitment to Excellence: We enjoys excellent relationships with all of the highly regarded hotels and finest properties in our destinations as well as with service suppliers so that we are able to negotiate the most attractive prices for our clients, which enables us to provide exclusive holidays and affordable special offers. We create one-of-a-kind vacations for groups and individuals. We love our destinations and do our best to make sure that our customers feel the same way. Our job is to make sure that everyone gets the right balance of comfort and excitement to enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Day 1. Hanoi – Mai Chau
Pick up at your hotel and leave at 8:00 this morning. The road from Hanoi to Hoa Binh on highway 6 has been upgraded. The pretty landscape is dotted with churches, pagodas and villages. You will stop to visit the Muong tribe en-route, then another break at Thung Khe Pass for the spectacular view of Mai Chau valley.
Have lunch in Mai Chau. Spend the afternoon for trekking away from the tourist track, close to Song Ma River. Here, you will discover the beauty of this valley and the culture of Thai people who is living in this area.

Meals: Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Mai Chau

Day 2. Mai Chau – Son La
Have breakfast at the resort before embark on a beautiful drive north to Son La. This good stretch of road is filled with stunning sceneries; you will make frequent photo stops and visit to the minority villages of the H’mong and Black Thai.
Lunch is served at a local restaurant en-route.
The highlight on your drive today will be a visit of a tea plantation in Moc Chau plateau. Here, you will find the best Vietnam tea growing region, along the roads and on the hillsides. You will reach Son La in the afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Son La

Day 3. Son La – Dien Bien Phu
Today you will travel on more winding & stunning roads, longer passes and see more colorful minority groups. Just as in the previous day, you may want to stop more often for pictures and visits the villagers to learn more about their rich cultures.
After lunch, the drive to the impressive Pha Din pass will be the highlight of the day.
Pha Din pass sits 1,000 meter or 3280 feet above the sea level. According to local legend, Pha Din means the connection between Heaven and Earth. Climbing and descending the slopes with the many bends and deep gorges is an unforgettable experience. You will reach Dien Bien Phu early in the afternoon and spend the rest of the day visiting the historical site of the Vietnamese / French war. Dien Bien Phu Museum and A 1 Hill are on the list to see.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Dien Bien

Day 4. Dien Bien Phu – Tam Duong
After breakfast, you will have some free time before we begin another spectacular drive, passing the stunning gorges and the Nam Na River. There will be stops to visit the H’mong and Red Dao villages on the way. Arrive in Lai Chau in early afternoon, have lunch & free rest of the afternoon in Lai Chau town (Tam Duong) to relax.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Lai Chau

Day 5. Tam Duong – Sapa
The drive today is the highlight of this trip. The road is a bit bumpy at times but it compensates by the magnificent scenery of the surrounding fertile valley, pristine rivers and high mountains – the photographer’s dream. The 25 miles drive to Sapa goes up the Chin Co pass and Tram Son pass, the highest pass in Vietnam with the view to Fansipan Peak – The roof of “Indochina”. En-route is the beautiful areas of Heaven’s Gate and Silver Waterfall.
Nested in the spectacular valley near the border of China, Sapa is the premier destination of Northwest Vietnam.
Do you know? Built in 1922 it was the former hill station for the French colonists. Today, Sapa is a paradise for trekkers, thanks to its beautiful trekking routes, stunning rice terrace, colorful minority groups and the back drop of mountain Fansipan. At 3143 meters or 10,311 feet from sea level, it is Vietnam’s highest peak.
You will reach Sapa in the afternoon and the rest of the day is free to explore on your own.
Note: The colorful Sunday market in Tam Duong is very interesting to see, with lots of colorful ethnic minorities. Today we will visit the Fair market en route. (Twice a week on Thu and Sun).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Sapa

Day 6. Sapa – train to Hanoi
Leaving Sapa early in the morning, we take the car to Bac Ha market. This drive takes us approx 3 hours. Arriving to Bac Ha, we visit the big market with its entire colorful ethnic people, such as Flower H’mong, Phu La, Dao Tuyen who gather here to buy and sell their handcraft products. After visiting this outdoor market, the ride will leads you to a minority village where we will enjoy a magical water buffalo cart ride, and we will travel through amazing countryside, inhabited by the happy and hospitable Tay minority people before heading back to Hanoi.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: No

This is a private tour and can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. The prices quoted are in US dollars and are charged on a per person basis. The final price quoted will be based upon the total number of travelers in your private group, the dates chosen, the total days of travel and the grade of hotel rooms chosen, together with any other detailed services.

Please click on the “Customized” button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

Thank you!

Category Price per person in USD varies acordding to number of people in your party
From 01st May – 30th Sep, 2016 (summer promotion)
1 pax 2 pax  3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8 pax   Single Supplement
First Class (3 Star)
Superior (4 Star)
Deluxe (5 Star)
Category Price per person in USD varies acordding to number of people in your party
From 1st Jan – 30th April, 2016 and 1st Oct – 31st Dec, 2016 (high season)
1 pax 2 pax  3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8 pax   Single Supplement
First Class (3 Star)
Superior (4 Star)
Deluxe (5 Star)

This rate is quoted in USD per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy

Price Inclusion:

  •  All land transportation by private air conditioned vehicles
  •  Tour arrival and departure airport transfers
  •  Hotel or home stay accommodation on a double or twin-share basic
  •  Meals as mention in the program
  •  Local English (or French) speaking guides
  •  All entrance and sightseeing fees
  •  Travel insurance
  •  Visa approval fee
  •  Mineral water

Price Exclusions:

  •  Airfare and airport tax in & out Vietnam
  •  Drinks and other meals do not indicate in the program
  •  Early check-in and late check-out at all hotels
  •  Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping…)
  •  Tipping/ Gratuities
  •  Additional expenses in case of force majeure

What to bring?

  1.  Pack essentials, including light comfortable clothes suitable for outdoor activities, comfortable walking shoes.
  2.  We also recommend packing insect repellent, sun cream, raincoat and sun hat…
  3.  Take a small day pack for hiking and trekking.
  4.  It is essential to bring your passport on this trip.


1. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:
–  First Class = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 – US$ 60 per room/night
–  Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 – US$ 110 per room/night
– Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 – US$ 180++ per room/night
2. Sgl Sup = Single Supplement or Single room surcharge.
3. Tour price based in twin/full/queen shared basis.
4. Tour price shown is base price, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
5. More people = lower prices. Please ask for a quote based on your group size.
6. The above rates do NOT include “peak season” hotel surcharges, nor the charge for any compulsory festive gala dinners. Please email us to check  availability, together with the cost of any “peak season” surcharges if applicable.
7. Child policy: Under 2 years old are free of charge for tour & pay 50% of airline charges, from 2 to 5 years old 50% charge for tour & 75% of airline charges, from 5 to 12 years old 75% for tour & airline full charges. 12 years old & up = 100% (charged as an adult).

The hotels listed below are our suggestions for the best value on this tour. However, Vietnam Great Tours offers many more options of hand-picked hotels, with different “star ratings”, allowing you to customize the vacation to meet your taste and budget. Please contact us for with your questions and requests.


List of hotels is recommended by Vietnam Great Tours™. Please feel free to advise hotels you prefer in each category or combine hotels category at your wish (tour price will be changed accordingly)Special note:

Please note that all of our trip are privately designed. So that price includes the above-mentioned hotels, activities, and transport, and visits to attractions are by private car and guide unless otherwise stated. Your guide will pick you up from lobby of your hotel in the morning. The guide will confirm the pick-up time the day before. If you prefer to start next day’s trip earlier or a little later, please feel free to tell your guide.



First Class Category

3-star hotel

Superior Category

4-star hotel

Deluxe Category

5-star hotel

Mai Chau

Son La

Dien Bien

Lai Chau



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