HS06: Vietnam Northwest Loop Tour 9 days / 8 nights

Destinations:Hanoi – Ninh Binh – Mai Chau – Moc Chau – Mu Cang Chai – Nghia Lo – Hanoi departure


1/ Trang An Eco: Trang An Eco is one of the most amazing destinations in the Northern Vietnam you should visit which was recognized as an UNESCO world natural hesitate because of its beauty and because it is called Halong bay on the land or dry Halong bay. In this beautiful place, you will have a chance to take the sampan boat trip to visit different caves with beautiful green fields and mountains along the river.

2/ Mai Chau Valley: Mai Chau is the heart of a beautiful valley that is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. The modern village is an unappealing sprawl, but as you emerge on the rice fields and rural living it is transformed into a real paradise. It’s a stunning area.

3/ Moc Chau: the capital of Son La province , a very good stop between Mai Chai and Mu Cang Chai. Traveling to this area, you have a great chance to visit tea plantations, hilly valleys, ethnic villages and flowering trees

4/ Mu Cang Chai: Mu Cang Chai is considered as the most beautiful destination in Vietnam adventure tour because when visiting this place, you will not only have a great chance to enjoy the beautiful terraced fields but also have chance to explore the unique of hill tribe

5/ Nghia Lo: If you want to explore the culture, daily life of different hill tribes live in Mountainous areas in Vietnam, Nghi Lo will be of the best places you should visit in your Vietnam tour. In this town, you will see the spectacular view of Nghia Lo valley, discover the ethnic minorities who live in the houses-on-stilts, enjoy the zigzag mountain round that are up to 1000m above the sea level. All the things will give you an unforgettable journey of your life.

Brief Vietnam Northwest Loop Tour

Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi – Trang An Eco tour
Day 3: Ninh Binh – Mai Chau
Day 4: Mai Chau Trekking
Day 5: Mai Chau – Moc Chau
Day 6: Moc Chau – Luong La – Ngoc Chien – Mu Cang Chai
Day 7 : Mu Cang Chai – Tu Le – Nghia Lo
Day 8 : Nghia Lo – Hanoi
Day 9 : Hanoi Departure

North Vietnam is home to beautiful sceneries of mountains, rice terraces, corn fields, tea plantations and many different ethnic minority villages living along the picturesque valleys and meandering roads.

Vietnam Northwest Loop Tour is the chance for you to discover the hidden charm of the mountainous areas. During the tour, you will see local markets, stay at homestay with  a local family, trek to remoted villages,etc. Read more about the northwest of Vietnam.



  • Tour Class

  • 3 Star Hotel

    High Season


    (Jan 1 - Apr 30 & Oct 1 - Dec 31)

  • From $810 
  • Low season


    (May 1 - Sep 9)

  • From $800

NOTE: The above tour prices are estimated per person & applied for group of 2 persons! Depending on your favorite hotels, traveling dates & group sizes, the tour prices will be updated! Please contact us at info@vivutravel.com for further information!

Hanoi Arrival (None)

Vietnam is deserved to be a top country to travel in your lifetime which is famous for its peaceful country-sides, green rice paddy fields, rugged mountain ranges, exotic ethnic minorities, amazing white sandy beaches, spectacular bays, mysterious pagodas and significant historical sites. Travel to Vietnam with Vivutravel is a perfect idea and your Vietnam holiday packages will be memorable. You will be welcomed upon your arrival at Noi Bai airport (Hanoi) by our experienced English speaking tour guide and driver before transferring to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Hanoi.

If you have chance to stay in Hanoi at the weekend, it is worth to join the interesting night market near Hoan Kiem Lake, featured with walking streets, beautiful red lanterns, local street foods and Vietnamese styled souvenirs

Day 01

Hanoi - Trang An - Ninh Binh (Breakfast, Lunch)

Morning drive to visit Hoa Lu which was the capital city of Vietnam under the Dinh Dynasty between 968 and 980 AD and ancient sanctuaries and tombs can still be seen today.

Apart from the historical importance, the area is naturally beautiful, referred to many as the “dry HalongBay,” with limestone peaks and fertile green valleys.

After lunch, take the amazing boat trip to visit Trang An grottoes which are a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam.

While rowing through Trang An grotto in the quiet, fresh air of the highlands, with only the sound of birds and the oars stirring the clear water and surrounded by magnificent forested mountains upon which graze white goats, visitors enjoy a heaven on earth.

After the wonderful trip, we drive to Ninh Binh city for staying at hotel.

Overnight in Ninh BinhM/p>

Day 02

Ninh Binh - Mai Chau (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast and check out hotel, we depart for Mai Chau. Before arrival Mai Chau, we stop to visit Giang Mo ethnic village which is set in a valley at the foot of Mo Mountain in Cao Phong District, 85km northwest of Ha Noi and 10km from Hoa Binh City.

Visiting Giang Mo Village, you have a chance to see houses on stilts rested under the shadow of big trees and surrounded by paddy fields, discover the daily life of local Muong Minority and interact with them.

From there, we take a short drive to reach to one of the most beautiful roads in Vietnam which is steep mountains in one side and amazing Hoa Binh Lake in the other side and called Halong bay on land with thousands of islands dotted on the lake. If you are lucky, you can see the fishermen working on the lake to catch fish, shrimp…

Especially, we will stop at a stilt-house located on the bank of the lake for having a picnic lunch which will be prepared by our tour guide. Then take a short boat trip (1 hours) on the beautiful lake and immerge yourself in the pure nature of fresh.

Overnight in Mai Chau.

Day 03

Mai Chau Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch)

08:00 Depart for trekking point in Ban Hang Village (30Km - 1 hours). Then walk approximately 5 to 6 hours.

The first hiking is hard with some steep climbs and yet more stream crossing, the next is really glorious with beautiful views of valley, rice terraces, rich rain forest, streams.

Picnic lunch on the way at Eo Ken village, arrival in Kho Muong - the setting of the village is perhaps the most beautiful in Vietnam.

Stroll round the village and join in as villagers go about their daily lives, or relax in one of the three-eco homestays superbly set up by FFI (Flora and Fauna International) in conjunction with local villages.

Please be soft and nice, nature is just very lovely here before continue trek to meeting point for transferring back to your hotel.

Overnight in Mai Chau

Day 04

Mai Chau - Moc Chau (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, we continue north to Moc Chau and have plenty of time to stop along the way for photos of the brilliant landscape. Along the way, we visit Moc Chau, a highland town which produces some of Vietnam's best tea and milk products.

Lunch in Moc Chau before going to visit a village of Hmong people to know more about their lifestyles and enjoy the glamour of the beautiful rolling hills of wild flowers, gardens of plump-trees, peach-trees In this beautiful place you also visit Moc San Tuyet where produce the best quality of Shan tuyet Tea by the traditional method in MoC Chau. Take the Sunset photos in a tea plantation.

Enjoy the night at the hotel in Moc Chau centre.

Day 05

Moc Chau – Luong La – Ngoc Chien – Mu Cang Chai (Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, we say goodbye Moc Chau for departing to Muong La. Stop to visit Son La Hydropower Project then continue to Ngoc Chien where you will immerse in the majestic natural scenery, stunning terraced fields and view the small villages nestled on the slopes.

In Ngoc Chien, you have a chance to take the photo and visit Luot village, Muong Chien village and you should not pass to take a shower in the hot spring before continue drive to Mu Cang Chai.

Arrival Mu Cang Chai in the late afternoon. Check in and overnight in Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge

Day 06

Mu Cang Chai – Tu Le – Nghia Lo (Breakfast, Lunch)

Today you will have an impressive trekking day at Han Xung village of the Hmong people, you will immerse in the majestic natural landscape, the unique terraced fields in this area.. You will then continue the journey by moving to La Man Tan - a very beautiful and impressive destination because of local people and scenery. You also have the opportunity to visit the family, the school to understand more about the daily life of people in this area.

Continue the trip to Nghia Lo via Khau Pha pass – one of the four beautiful passes in the North where you have a great chance to enjoy the beauty of Tu Le valley. Lunch on the way before reaching Nghia Lo.

Spend the leisure time to discover Nghia Lo town and overnight in Nghia Lo unspoiled tourist destination where you can enjoy the most beautiful landscapes

Day 07

Nghia Lo - Hanoi ( Breakfast)

On this day tour, we have more chance to visit Hoc village where is hot-steam, you can enjoy and have a bath in natural hot-water of the stream before continuing the trip to visit tea farm in Suoi Giang village.

Lunch on the way then driving ahead to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.

Day 08

Hanoi - departure ( Breakfast)

Free time at leisure for you to wrap up your memorable Vietnam Holiday until Vivutravel's private guide and driver will transfer you to Noi Bai airport for your departure flight with the sincere thanks for your travel to Vietnam and with Vivutravel. We hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam trip and look forward to welcoming you back for your next Vietnam Tours, goodbye and see you again!!!
Day 09


  • Hotel accommodation (Check-in time: 14h00, Check-out time: 12h00)
  • Private car/mini van
  • All entrance fees
  • English speaking guides (Except for free days)
  • Meals as per program
  • Visa approval letter to Vietnam (Except for $25 usd per person as stamping fee at the airport)


  • Early check-in & late check-out
  • International flight in/ out Vietnam
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Personal Expenses
  • Insurance

* What about Cancellation policy?
In case of cancellation, we will not impose any charges if we are not being charged and possible to get refund from our suppliers but if our suppliers apply charges for cancellation, you will have to pay those charges that apply. Cancellation policies vary, depending upon the type of service, the time of year, and the reason for cancellation. We will pass on to you all details of any cancellation policy with our transparent reply upon demand.

General cancellation charges that applied by travel services in Vietnam and Indochina.

- Domestic flights: 25% of the fares
- 3 star hotels, no charge if you cancel 5 -7 days before your arrival. (FIT)
- 4 star hotels, no charge if you cancel 10 - 15 days before your arrival (FIT)
- 5 stars hotels, no charge if you cancel 15 - 20 days before your arrival (FIT)

However, in peak season, we may have to pay the hotels one month before your arrival to secure the booking, and in this case, the cancellation policy will be based on the hotels' cancellation plolicies.

* Can we get refund?
For the unused services, Vivutravel will refund you the money.

Question 1: Best time for Northeast and Northwest Vietnam tour

The Northwest

The Northwest are very famous for their endless beautiful rice fields that look really like a picturesque landscape. And you can fully enjoy that beauty while traveling to those areas from May to Sep. In May & June, it is called the water falling season by the local people as it is the time they fill in the terraced rice fields with water. Everywhere is like a giant mirror reflecting the natural beauty and the sunlight. In Jul & Aug, the rice fields are being colored green and arising as a charming green picture. The most beautiful time to enjoy terraced rice fields in Sapa and the Northwest is at the end of August and in the beginning of September when they turns yellow – a perfect color of a masterpiece created by nature and human. 

How about the other months? In fact, the other months are also a good time to travel to those areas as you can see many other amazing things like peach and plum trees & flowers in Spring time from January to March or snow sometimes covering everywhere in Winter time from December to February. 

Just be aware that many days in Winter can be sunk deep in fog and frost with short views and make your trip out of our expectation. However, discovering the daily life of local people during Winter gives you memorable experience, for sure, as their hard conditions are really shown on those days. 

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The Northeast

Northeast region includes mountainous provinces in the far North of Vietnam where the weather is cool/cold all year round. It will be severely cold from December to February with average temperature of 8 degree C and cool in the rest of year with average temperature of 25 degree C.

Be aware that it will be wet and foggy in cold season and you can't enjoy the spectacular and beautiful sceneries. However, there will be drizzly weather during cold season only, not typhoon. Furthermore, visiting local ethnic people during cold days will be different experiences as you can see and entirely understand their life of deprivation and misery.

Rainiest months in those areas are July and August, however, those 2 months are also best time for traveling to the Northeast as you can enjoy yellow rice fields in other areas in general and in Bac Son Valley in particular. Ban Gioc Waterfall is also more beautiful during rainy season.  

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Question 2: Trekking routes and trekking distances

Trekking is a must-do activity while traveling in those remote areas, then it plays an important role in that trip, of course. So you should clear all information with your travel consultant or tour guide about your trekking tours as some of them are very hard and dangerous that are just suitable for young and energetic people only. A suitable trekking distance will help you fully enjoy the trip, the culture, the local people as well as the nature, otherwise, tiredness of a hard and long trekking distance will surely make you have many negative thoughts. 

The trekking routes are also important as it should really be arranged based on your traveling time. In beautiful time, it is advised to do popular trekking routes even though they can be crowded with tourists as those routes pass amazing terraced rice fields that you have never seen. However, when the harvest season is over, you should consider the trekking routes that are not crowded and passing remote villages. 

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Question 3: What should be prepared for Vietnam Northeast Loop Tour

Clothes: Traveling in cool season, you should prepare summer clothes with some light jackets as it will be pretty cold in the early morning and evening. Whereas warm coats are highly recommended for traveling in cold season as it can be even dropped to 5 degrees under zero.

Rain gear: Weather in the Northeast is not stable that can be changed continuously. It can be rain in the early morning but sunny at noon and rain again in the late afternoon. Then rain gear should be well prepared.

Personal drugs: The far north is really lack of medical infrastructure as well as pharmacy. Then it is advised to bring your personal drugs as well as popular medicines like paracetamol, thermometer, anti-itching lotion, oral rehydration preparation and bandaids.

Mosquito and insect repellent: Those stuff are necessary as you may trek through the wet jungle or stay at local houses near the forest.

Question 4: Traveling to the Northeast in cold season

Hotel with heat: It is better to stay at a hotel with heater (of course, air-conditioner with heat is not available in those areas) if you are planning to travel to the Northeast in cold season. Homestay is not a good idea during that period as you can’t sleep well for sure due to low temperature and privation of warming facilities.

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Question 5: Traveling in rainy season 

You should consider traveling to those areas in rainy season as it can be dangerous sometimes. When it rains a lot in those areas for many days, erosion is pretty popular and may much affect to your trip.

Question 6: Traveling to the Northeast and Northwest with kids

Traveling to the Northeast with infants and small kids under 6 yrs old is not advised because of the simple life condition and poor infrastructure in those areas, but older kids and teenagers are really fine as they can bear a pretty hard trip and more important, a lot of life-time experiences are waiting for them.

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Question 7: Is it safe for traveling to untouched areas

It is safe, for sure, while traveling to the Northwest Mountains or even border regions as those areas are highly controlled and protected by local government. That’s why you have to apply for permission before visiting to the border regions and it will be arranged by your local travel agent. The local ethnic groups are also friendly and hospitality even they can’t speak both Vietnamese and English.

Question 8: Interact with local people

Local people are not familiar with tourists but you are surely warmly welcomed by them as Vietnamese in general and ethnic people in particular are very open and kind and so love to see you as well as to help you in case you need. Then, you should show your good attitudes all the time if you want to visit their houses as well as make a short chat with them. Remember to ask for acceptance when you wish to take their photos.


Question 9: Road condition

Road condition is not a big problem when traveling in the Northeast and Northwest as they are mostly big and smooth roads

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Question 10: Donation

Donation is highly recommended and it can be money or not. Normally, you can bring along warm clothes for both adults and kids as it is cold there all year round. Quilted Blanket is another great idea. Or at least, you should prepare some small gifts for local kids like cakes, notebooks, pencils, etc. 

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Vivutravel believes that a good choice of accommodation will be the key factor for a successful holiday, and for many years of experience in tourism, we have created a list of the best hotels and resorts each destination that offer us both more benefits of competitive rates, early birds, guaranteed promotion and discounts with availability.

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We pick the selected hotels for you as below:
Location: The hotels must be centrally – located, close to the main attractions and most convenient for you to enjoy your holiday.

Facility & Service Quality: Vivutravel only uses the hotels that are regularly and strictly inspected. The hotel must provide international standards and your every need is cared for by the hotel staff.

Variety in Choice: As Vivutravel offers different styles of tour such as honeymoon,, family, adventure, discovery, homestay,... so we will offer many styles and grades of hotels which are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Information for planning your holiday and stay.
2 Stars - From US$35 - US$40:
We hardly use 2 star hotels for our clients but sometimes we have no choice if your trip is in the mountainous or remote areas. Basically, 2 star hotels will offer good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms

3 Stars - From US$40 - US$80:
Offering basic needs for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with Free access high speed Internet, Welcome baskets and drinking water, Telephone with international dialing, Electronic safe box in room, Hairdryer, Coffee and Tea, Wake-up service, AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center, spa and swimming pool can be expected.

4 Stars - From from US$80 - US$130:
Offering a wide range of comfortable boutique hotels are available with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Featuring quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, fitness center with spa (and swimming pool in most cases), the hotels are expected to offer an above-average accommodation experience.

5 Stars - from US$130 - US$200 – US$ 300:
Offering an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site and a wide range of choice for buffet breakfast, good size of swimming pool, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience.

Tour guide and driver are Vivutravel's representatives and your travel companions during your travel in Sapa & Northwest Loop Tour who take care of our travel services and make your holiday a memorable time. Understanding this, Vivutravel always selects the best tour guides and drivers for such amazing trips to the far North.

Tour Guide:

We do understand that a good tour guide will make your holiday a beautiful time and tour guides who work with us are well-paid, experienced with a university background, eager to exchange our culture, lifestyle, knowledge...with travelers, and have a great passion for their country and understand the personal touch.

Then we always use experienced tour guides who are expert in guiding trips to those Northeast areas and will show you the most beautiful view-points, introduce to you unique cultures and lifestyles of local ethnic people as well as guide you to amazing trekking routes.

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Vivutravel guarantees to offer the best means of transport during your Sapa & Northwest Loop tour. The safety, comfort and security of our customers come first. Furthermore, as all tourist sites are mostly far from towns and city centers, vehicle must be the latest modern one or it will be very difficult to manage in case it is broken on the way. Furthermore, checking the vehicle carefully before the trip is a must-do procedure in order that it will work well and stays away from all rising troubles. Our drivers must be very experienced and careful too as it is not easy to go around those untouched areas. They are all full time workers, government licensed in the tourism industry with at least 5 years driving experience.

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Indochina holiday to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand offers you some of the world's best food and it is really the highlight of your travel. Vivutravel tends to include meals where necessary and when special. Other meals are at your own choices.

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Breakfast is included at all hotels and is buffet breakfast with Asian and Western food.

Lunches (if included) are usually set menu at handpicked local restaurant with comfortable dining environment where you can rest assure to taste the local flavor. All restaurants are carefully selected and highly recommended.

If allergic to some food
We suggest you to list any food or ingredients that you are allergic to and let our travel consultant know. Then your travel consultant will mark them in the guide’s itinerary, so that our reservation's team and tour guides in different cities can make some preparations and arrangements in advance.

Dinners are only included if you stay overnight in a homestay, overnight on cruise in Halong Bay, Mekong Delta or at some special occasions such as welcome dinner, farewell dinner or on requested. So dinners are at your own choice and arrangement, but Vivutravel's tour guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

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Recent Reviews

Peter & Gaelene

          ( Excellent )

The July 2016 visit to Vietnam was our second time that we have dealt with Vivu Travel (Kim Dung) and all I can say is they are great to deal with. This time we basically gave Dung the dates we were proposing to travel and left it to her to sort out an itinerary for us predominantly in the northern part of Vietnam. What she arranged ended up being our best experience in Asia to date - this may be a bit biased because the North of Vietnam is a fabulous destination. What was also good was the fact that we actually got to meet Dung in Hanoi - she may have regretted giving me her business card as I had to call her over a small issue at 6am on a Sunday morning. Not-with-standing the hour, things were sorted and sorted quickly - really reassuring. The guides that she got us were fantastic as were the trips up in SaPa. The real surprise was the Moon Garden Homestay - would have never have considered it without Dungs recommendation and it ended up the highlight of our visit. Great stuff Vivu and Dung - thanks.

Robert Sayer

          ( Excellent )

We return from 2 weeks in Vietnam and are delighted with our tour organized by Vivutravel. We were able to discover the northwest of Vietnam with a very balanced program of hiking, cycling and cultural visits. Vivutravel know very well the tour style we were looking for and adapted to our requests. Ms Hoai – our travel consultant followed us all the time of our stay to provide assistance if needed. I recommend Vivutravel for you if you want to discover this beautiful country.

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