Destinations: Hanoi – Vu Linh – Lao Cai – Y ty – Sapa – Mu Cang Chai – Hua Khat – Tu Le – Halong bay
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 23,400ha 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/ Y Ty: 70km driving from Sapa YTy now is considered as a new attractive destination in Lao Cai due to its natural beauty. On the way to this beautiful place, you can see the zigzag roads, clouds cover the villages and people in somewhere. All looks like a colorful picture and you will be attracted from the first sight.
3/ 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 tantalising 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.
4/ Mu Cang Chai, Hua Khat and Tu Le: This beautiful places are closed together and 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/ 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.
Vietnam Adventure Tour in brief:
Day 1: Hanoi arrival
Day 2: Hanoi city tour – drive to Vu Linh
Day 3: Vu Linh – Thac Ba Lake -– drive to Sapa
Day 4: Sapa – Y Ty
Day 5: Y Ty – Muong Hum – Sapa
Day 6: Sapa trekking
Day 7: Sapa – Than Uyen – Mu Cang Chai
Day 8: Mu Cang Chai – Trekking to Hua Khat homestay
Day 9: Hua Khat – Tu Le
Day 10: Tu Le – Hanoi
Day 11: Hanoi – Halong bay cruise
Day 12: Halong bay – Hanoi
Day 13: Hanoi Departure
This must be one of the nicest Vietnam Adventure Tours that explores the less-visited areas in northern mountains of Vietnam which offer you a lot of great chance to enjoy the peaceful country—sides, green rice paddy fields, mountain ranges and exotic minorities. In this Vietnam adventure tour, you will start your unforgettable trip by visiting White Dzao tribe in Vu Linh Commune and taking the wonderful boat trip in Thac Ba artificial lake before traveling to Sapa – which is considered as a queen of mountain, then take a wonderful trip to Y Ty where you will have a chance to hunt the fabulous photos for your collection. Continuing the trip to Mu Cang Chai, Hua Khat and Tu Le where are considered as the most majestic terraces in Vietnam. End of the trip with a romantic Halong bay cruise will bring you a memorable holiday in Vietnam with us.
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Upon arrival, pick up and transfer to the hotel for check in. 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 invite you a haft day Hanoi city tour to Ho Chi Minh Complex. Including Ho Chi Minh palace, Stilt house, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, one Pillar pagoda. Continue the trip to Temple of literature.
Have lunch in the restaurant before drive ahead 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 in the late afternoon, you will be welcomed by the host, check in home stay and have dinner with family.
Overnight in Vu Linh
After breakfast, we have 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.
Keep driving ahead to Sapa. Before arrival Sapa, we have a small walk to Ma Tra village where you will enjoy the fresh air, beautiful terrace fields and learn about the culture and custom of hill tribe in this place.
Overnight in Sapa
After breakfast at hotel, we drive and follow the bank of Red river to Bat Xat town, on this way you will have a chance to enjoy the stunning and magnificent untouched natural scenery. Continue to Trinh Tuong Commune where you have a great opportunity to explore the daily life of people in this beautiful place and learn about their traditional culture and custom.
From this village, we continue drive up to Lung Po where you can see the Red river run into Vietnam from China then take the small trek to A Mu Sung village where is considered as one of the most beautiful and extraordinary rice terraces, hill tribal villages and fairytale scenery.
Have picnic lunch on the way and continue go ahead to Y Ty. Relax and dinner with the host and overnight in Hmong’s family.
You will wake up by amazing sound from different things and walk around the village to see the villagers go to the market, the kids go to school and one special thing you can not miss is going to the Summit of Y Ty to hunt the most beautiful photos with amazing cloud passing your head.
After breakfast, we say goodbye the host and continue the trip to Huong Hum. If we are on Sunday, we will have a great chance to visit the colorful market with so many different hill tribes come to market to buy and sell their local products. Besides, we also have an opportunity to enjoy the magnificent scenery before re-start to Sapa town.
Free at leisure and overnight in Sapa.
09:00: The local tour guide will come to meet you at your hotel, she will introduce about the trip via the map and then we start doing one day trek to Sa Seng, Hang Da and Hau Thao villages where will give you a special atmosphere of peaceful villages in the mountain, those are visited by fewer tourists than the other villages.
Our driver and tour guide will lead you from Sapa centre to the new road to discover Sapa market and meet the different hill tribes are trading here. After one hour visiting market, we continue our trip by driving to Sa Seng where we start trekking up hill. Along the way, you will have a great chance to view and enjoy the amazing scenery of Chapa vallay with its mountain side, river, terraced rice fields and villages located close together.
Keep walking to Hang Da, a small but very beautiful village of Black Hmong people where you can stop to visit and hear your tour guide introduce more about their traditional culture and custom. Then you will be better understanding the culture of different minorities in Sapa.
Have picnic lunch in a small port where you can view the wonderful rice paddy . After lunch time, we continue walking to Hau Thao, from this place you have a chance to see the panorama view of Muong Hoa valley and Hoang Lien Son mountain range. Our private van is ready to transfer you back to Sapa
Overnight in Sapa
After breakfast, we check out hotel then drive 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
Today we will have a special trekking tour about 14km from Pung Luong to Nam Khat villages of Hmong people where is considered as the most beautiful terrace fields in Northwest of Vietnam.
Have picnic lunch on the way before continue the trekking tour to Hua Khat to discover more and more stunning landscape and take part in to the daily activities of people in this area.
Arrival Hua Khat, free time to walk around the village and enjoy dinner with the host.
Overnight in Hua Khat homestay
After breakfast with the host, we say good bye and trek about 5 km to the main road where we get the transfer to Tu Le where we have a lot of chance to enjoy the natural beauty of countryside, visit local villages and crossing the Khau Pha pass before have lunch at the small local restaurant.
Arrival Ma village of Thai people in Tu Le, you have free time at leisure and enjoy a bath in hot spring. Today we have one more night at homestay
Halong tour must be the most beautiful tour in Vietnam for any Vietnam Holidays. We start at 8.00 A.M for the 3 hour drive (170 km) through the Red River Delta, which offers plenty of chances for taking photos of Vietnamese farmers tilling the vast green paddy fields.
At half way, we'll have a visit to a handicraft workshop with fine clothes, embroidered paintings, stone statuettes and all kinds of gems mined in Vietnam such as star rubies or sapphires... Our destination is the World Heritage Site of Ha Long Bay. The bay offers some 3000 mountain islands and islets towering in the Gulf of Tonkin in the East Vietnam Sea.
Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed on board our luxury junk and treated with wine and fresh local seafood. As our junk gliding further into the tranquility of Ha Long Bay amid the towering mountain cliffs and on the emerald green water, you'll have relaxing time combining the fine tastes of the wine and the freshness of Ha Long Bay.
During the cruise, we'll stop some times for visiting the amazing Sung Sot cave and the Ti Top white sand beach before anchoring for the night.
Overnight on board the junk in the wild of Halong Bay.
It is said that your Vietnam Tours will not be complete without a tour 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, a priceless collection of unfinished sculptures hewn from the hand of nature.
After breakfast, we'll take a little sampan to visit a secret lagoon of Ha Long Bay while the surrounding mountains are just waking up. After that our cruise takes us further into the Bay of Bai Tu Long traveling past the Human Head Island, the Turtle Island, and the Duck Islet... to the studio site where the famous Indochine film was shot. Around noon, our junk travels back to the harbor, pick up and drive back to Hanoi.
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)
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.
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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.
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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.
We have just returned from a trip to Vietnam. Initially we contacted two local travel agencies in Hanoi and our choice was based on Vivutravel. And we were not regret at all. The reception by the managers of this agency was very warm. Throughout our journey, we were accompanied by a driver and a guide different according to the destination visited. Special thanks to our guides – Tung for his professionalism, availability and kindness but also for all the knowledge he have given us. We highly recommend it. We thank Vivutravel for organizing this trip.