Destinations: Hanoi – Vu Linh – Sapa – Mu Chang Chai – Tu Le – Nghia Lo – Hanoi
1/ Thac Ba lake: Thac ba Lake is considered as one of the most beautiful and largest artificial lakes in Vietnam and it is called Halong bay on the mountain. This lake is a part of hydroelectric power project since 1971, it has an area of 23,400 ha and more than one thousand islands and islets. Besides, there are more than 30 different minorities people living around this area will give you a great chance to immerse in the rhythm of daily life and cultural activities of people in this beautiful place.
2/ Sapa: The Queen of the Mountains, Sapa sits regally overlooking a beautiful valley, lofty mountains towering over the town on all sides. Welcome to the destination in northwest Vietnam, gateway to another world of mysterious minority cultures and luscious landscapes. The spectacular scenery that surrounds Sapa includes cascading rice terraces that spill down the mountains like a patchwork quilt. The mountains are often shrouded in mist that rolls back and forth along the peaks, offering tantalizing glimpses of what lies in wait on a clear day. The valleys and villages around Sapa are home to a host of hill-tribe people.
3/ 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 a chance to explore the unique of the hill tribe .
4/ Halong bay: If we do not mention, tourist also knowing that it is one of seven natural wonders of the world and it is the most highlight of any Vietnam tour. Far from Hanoi 165km in the Northeast of Vietnam and after 3 hours driving, Halong bay will appear and looks like a giant painting with thousand islands and islets in the different shapes and sizes. Traveling to Halong, you will have a great chance to stay in the romantic cruise and enjoy its amazing activities.
Brief Vietnam Tour Exploring Hidden North:
Day 1: Hanoi Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi – Vu Linh - Thac Ba lake
Day 3: Vu Linh – Sapa
Day 4: Sapa trekking
Day 5: Sapa – Than Uyen – Mu Cang Chai
Day 6: Mu Cang Chai – Tu Le – Nghia Lo
Day 7: Nghia Lo – Hanoi
Day 8: Hanoi – Halong bay cruise
Day 9: Halong bay – Hanoi
Day 10: Hanoi Departure
Welcome to the destinations in the far north of Vietnam, This Vietnam Adventure Tour is really a gateway to the most beautiful part of the country where tourists will admire amazing rice terraces and have a chance to meet several ethnic groups whose life have not been changed. This tour is to step back in time and make your Vietnam Holiday unforgettable.
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Upon arrival, our private Vietnam Tour guide and driver will welcome your Vietnam Holiday to Hanoi, a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia. Where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace, an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s capitals. Hanoi is where imagination becomes reality.
Free at leisure. Overnight in Hanoi.
After breakfast at hotel, we will start our amazing trip by driving to Vu Linh. Escaping from noisy Hanoi city, we will have a chance to enjoy the fresh and cool air along the Red river.
We also have several stops on the way to collect the beautiful photos from green fields and daily activities of local people.
Arrival Vu Linh village, you will be welcomed by the host, check in home stay and have lunch with family.
In the afternoon, we will take a beautiful boat trip for 2 hours visiting around Thac Ba Lake – one of the largest and most beautiful artificial lakes of Vietnam with an area of 23,400 ha and 1,331 islands and hills with diverse ecological environments. The water in the lake is blue and clear, and imprinted with the reflections of the surrounding ancient forest.
Overnight in Vu Linh
You will be wake up by the amazing sound of animals around the village, it is your time to do leisure walk to explore this beautiful village and people life before having breakfast with the host then continue the trip to Sapa.
Before arrival Sapa town, we will offer you a small trek to Ma Tra village of Black Hmong people where you have a chance to explore the daily life of hill tribe and enjoy the view of second largest rice terrace fields in Sapa.
Check in and overnight in Sapa.
Today, our beautiful trekking tour will start at 08:30 at your hotel for a short drive out of Sapa town to Hang Da Church. On the way, we can stop at some view points to enjoy the panorama view of the whole Muong Hoa Valley.
09:00 Arrive at Hang Da Church, take a short visit around the church as this church is serving for nearly 1000 local ethnic people. Next to the church is a small beautiful ethnic village where is intact and stays away from modern society.
09:30 Continue your trekking route to Hau Thao village where you will see the stunning view of Muong Hoa valley. Discover the daily life of the Black Hmong minority and their traditional customs and costume as soon as you arrive at the village.
Trek ahead to Pho village then down the hill to Giang Ta Chai village of Giay people. Have lunch in Giang Ta Chai Village before starting the trek by climbing the mountain on a small trail near the waterfall. Stop for a while to take photos on top of the waterfall. The trek will lead you through the bamboo forest to Ta Van village of Giay people which is praised as one of the most beautiful and fantastic trekking routes in Sapa.
Arrive in Ta Van village, check-in your homestay and overnight.
Say goodbye the host in the early morning, we get back to Sapa town for breakfast in the local restaurant before heading to Mu Cang Chai where has the most beautiful terraced fields in Vietnam.
Not far from Sapa, we can stop to visit Silver waterfall or Love waterfall and enjoy the stunning view of Lai Chau valley from Heaven gate before getting down the road to Than Uyen.
On the way to Mu Cang Chai, we will have small treks to visit Muong Khoa, Muong Kim, and Na Kim villages of minority groups.
Arrival Mu Cang Chai around mid noon, we have lunch in the local restaurant before driving to Kim Noi village of Black Thai people. In this village, you have a chance to understand more and more about the hill tribes in Vietnam.
Get back to Mu Cang Chai town for checking in guest house. Overnight in Mu Cang Chai.
After breakfast and check out guest house, we have short drive to La Pan Tan commune to explore the daily life and culture of Mong people.
In this beautiful place, you also have time to enjoy the Mam Xoi rice terrace before keep driving to Tu Le where you have a great chance to visit Hmong, Dzao and Thai who live in the beautiful valleys and on the mountains.
Have lunch on the way then over the Khau Pha pass – one of the four highest passes in Vietnam then arrival Nghia Lo for check in hotel.
Overnight in Nghia Lo.
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 stream before continuing the trip to visit tea farm in Suoi Giang village.
Lunch on the way then driving ahead to Hanoi.
Morning drive to Halong Bay (165km), Vietnam most scenic sight and highlight of any Vietnam Tour, a recognized World Natural Heritage Site.
Upon arrival, board your deluxe traditional wooden junk. Welcome drink on board. After a relaxing break, enjoy a delicious seafood lunch while cruising through the wonderful Ha Long bay visiting its amazing grottoes and caves. Opportunity to dive off the boat and have a pleasant swimming in the deep blue water of East Sea before relaxing on your sun deck to view a Halong sunset.
Dinner on board with excellent fresh seafood. Overnight on board.
It is said that your Vietnam Tours will not be complete without a trip to Halong Bay and spending one night on romantic Halong Cruise. People describe Halong Bay as majestic and mysterious, inspiring and imperious and words alone cannot do justice to the natural wonder that is Halong Bay.
Imagine 3000 or more incredible islands rising from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin and you have a vision of breathtaking beauty. Halong Bay is pure art, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures hewn from the hand of nature.
It is absolutely true when you get up early to catch the sunrise on the bay, doing Ta Chi on sundeck and relax with a cup of hot coffee or tea when the boat cruising to explore more of Halong Bay. All make your Vietnam Holiday with full sweet memory.
Back to Halong city at around noon where Vivutravel's private guide and driver are waiting for the transfer back to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Free time at leisure for you to wrap up your memorable Vietnam Tours until Vivutravel's private guide will see you off at the airport with the sincere thanks for traveling with Vivutravel.
We hope that you have enjoyed your Vietnam Tours with us and look forward to welcoming your next Vietnam Tours. Vivutravel says goodbye and see you again!!!
Question 1: Best time for Northwest Loop Tour
Northwest is 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 Northwest is at the end of August and in the beginning of September when they turn 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.
Question 2: Trekking routes and trekking distances
Trekking is a must-do activity while traveling in the Northwest, 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.
Question 3: What should be prepared for Vietnam Northwest Loop Tour
Clothes: Traveling in a 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 the 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 stuffs are necessary as you may trek through the wet jungle or stay at local houses near the forest.
Question 4: 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 5: Traveling to the Northwest with kids
Traveling with kids to those areas is really fine as the trip is not hard, the road conditions are pretty good and the accommodations are also in high quality. However, you should choose a good trekking route that can suite your kids in distance and level.
Question 6: 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 7: 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 particulars 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 8: Road condition
Road condition is not a big problem when traveling in Sapa & the Northwest as they are mostly big and smooth roads
Question 9: Donation
The 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
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.
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 Vietnam and Indochina 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 tours.
Private Guide & Transfer
Vivutravel's tour packages are private and tailor made so during your travel with us, you will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel to. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.
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.
Note: In Sapa or some mountainous areas, we may use local tour guides who come from the ethnic groups like H'Mong, or Red Dao as they know better than anyone else about their land, culture, customs and habits... and this is also the way that Vivutravel helps the local people a better life.
Vivutravel's requirements for a tour guide:
1 - Licensed at least for 4 years with working experience.
2 - Guiding does require more than just hanging out in the sun. Guides must be friendly and good with people, organized enough to keep groups or people on schedule, quick on their feet and ready for the inevitable snafus that arises.
3 - Must be an honest broker of their services and able to take criticism.
4 - Should be qualified at some level in health, health care or first aid.
5 - Able to relate to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.
6 - Clear speech and good hearing.
7 - Must not be a alcoholic or No-alcohol during working time or anytime when on tour.
8 - Tour guide is a nurse to take care of visitors, a boss to keep the right itinerary, a teacher to give information, an ambassador to introduce our country, an entertainer
9 - Must be on time every time. Being late or delay is unacceptable.
10 - Check flight tickets, train tickets, meals, weather... to make sure things are in order and inform local office if any changes that might effect the tour.
11 - Solve problems with care when there is dissatisfy. Argument should be averted by courtesy.
12 - If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.
Vivutravel guarantees to offer the best means of transport during your holiday in Vietnam and Indochina. The safety, comfort and security of our customers come first. We use only the latest modern cars, vans, coaches and all our drivers are full time workers, government licensed in the tourism industry with at least 5 years driving experience. We are fully in control of our quality and service as we own our vehicles.
Vivutravel's requirements for a tour driver.
- Our drivers must be good drivers with at least 5 years of experience
- Our drivers must keep the vehicles clean,
- Our drivers are not allowed to hear cell-phone or smoke, chat, drink when driving.
- Our drivers must be friendly, helpful.
- Our drivers are not allowed to take you to shops unless you ask for.
- Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained.
Tipping is not compulsory, but expected by your tour guide and driver. We advise you to tip as below:
- US$10 - $15 per day for tour guide
- US$7 - US$10 per day for driver
- Tipping can be more or less or nothing that depends on how big is the group? And how do you enjoy our services?
- Other tipping for tuktuk, sampan boat, cyclo,... please check with your tour guide during the tour.
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.
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.
All trip was really remarkable for me. And Hoai, you were professional, reactive and very kind with us. We really appreciated this. Thank you again for this trip and for the team who contributed to this road trip. I certainly recommend Vivutravel and you, to my relatives in New Caledonia.
A wonderful trip! A family tour with 2 teenagers, Vivutravel has offered us a trip tailor- made to meet our wish of discovery and encounter with Vietnam. We had a chance to meet the ethnic groups and discover their culture and the real life there. Thank you to all our guides and special thanks to Hoai for the organization and the wonderful memories of all these emotions encountered