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Northern Vietnam Rice Terrace 5 Days

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Duration: 5 days

Destination: Hanoi / Nghia Lo / Mu Cang Chai / Sapa

US$ 499 US$ 480 per person

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Throughout this Northern Vietnam Rice Terrace trip, you surely are gonna encounter many ethnic minorities and have a much deeper understanding of their culture and unique way of life. In addition to that is the fantastic natural scenery to take pictures of and keep them in the heart forever.

trip highlight

 Relax in the Sa Ren village

 Submerge in the allure of golden rice terrace fields and H’mong ethnic minority

 Move to mountains in Sapa to hike and understand the H’mong more

 Discover Vietnam’s many ethnic minorities and magnificent landscapes

 Dive into the biggest minority people’s weekly market

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Day 1: Hanoi - Nghia Lo

Meal Provided: Dinner

You will take an early morning drive to the Northwestern mountainous area. Enjoy the scene on the way with changing from delta to mountain, from busy city to peaceful village.

Passing a long way with some lumpy parts, you will arrive at your host family in Sa Ren village. You will be warmly welcomed by a Black Thai owner. The left time is for talking with friendly local people and visiting the lively village. You can take a bike to discover the villages around.

In the late afternoon, you can take a bicycle/walk to the river, waiting for buffaloes to come home along the river.

Stay overnight in Nghia Lo

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Day 2: Nghia Lo - Mu Cang Chai

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today will be an amazing day with driving deeply into the golden rice terrace fields. From the top of the mountain to the valley, from near to far… everywhere is covered with yellow ripe rice. It is a golden sea that you are small and swimming in that.

We will stop at the starting point for trekking to the rice fields and villages. Encounter villages in Hua Khat where are residents of H’mong live, you’ll discover extremely simple lives and many wild characters. Yet indigenous people could not communicate with us because of the language barrier, but they are very friendly and open welcome us to visit their homes.

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 the space carved by the hands of the artists.

After lunch, you continue to go to Cai Dong – La Khat Village and enjoy the picturesque scenery of Mu Cang Chai. The beautiful scene and simple life of the Hmong people is the highlight of your first day. When you arrive at the Ecolodge, you check-in and rest for dinner with regional specialties.

Stay overnight in Mu Cang Chai

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Day 3: Mu Cang Chai - Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Continue your trip this morning. You still can see small golden rice paddies scattered on the mountains along the way. Sapa will greet you firstly with Tram Ton pass. This is Viet Nam’s highest mountain pass and is considered the most beautiful stretch of road in the country. On arrival in Sapa, check-in your hotel.

Take a visit to Lao Chai Ta Van, a staging point for the day’s hike. Begin the trek by descending into the rice-terraced valley. Walk through isolated villages, rice fields, and isolated thatched roof homes where H’Mong peoples live. See the H’Mong at work and at play in their distinctive dark blue dress.

Stay overnight in Sapa

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Day 4: Sapa - Ban Khoang – Ta Giang Phin Village – Fanxipan Mount

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, take a drive for a short road heading northwards of Sapa to O Quy Ho with several stops for magnificent landscapes of Fansipan, Sin Chai valley and especially amazing flower and vegetable farms. Then turn right to follow a narrow road for half an hour getting through the wild region with thick rain forest covering walled-up mountains, passing several waterfalls before arriving at Ban Khoang, a village of the Red Zao ethnic peoples who live their unique way of life and well maintain their traditional values.

Process along the road for about 10km to Ta Giang Phin valley inhabited by the Black Hmong who lives in some small villages scattering along a peaceful stream. Enjoy nice and short walking a part of the village path which connects village to village to witness daily activities of local life such as plowing and harrowing the fields, growing, harvesting, or doing some housework.

After that, you will be transferred to the Sapa Cable Station for a very amazing trip to Indochina’s Rooftop – Mount Fanxipan by cable car. This is particularly interesting in these northern mountains of the country, where travelers seek the rice terraces and traditional arts of minority peoples. Cultivating the land to an altitude of around 2,200 meters are the ethnic minorities the lowland Vietnamese generically call ‘Meo’ – savages – and above them looms the bulk of Hua Xi Pan: “giant protruding rock”. Take hiking of 600 stone stairs more to reach the rocky peak of The Roof of Indochina. Back to the hotel.

Stay overnight in Sapa

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Day 5: Sapa - Weekly Market - Hanoi

Meal Provided: Breakfast, Lunch

A morning driving will take you from Sapa to a Weekly market.
– Tuesday: Coc Ly Market
– Thursday: Lung Khau Nhin market
– Saturday: Can Cau market
– Sunday: Bac Ha market
The Market is held every week and is the biggest minority people’s market in Northwest Vietnam. Alive with the bright colours and extravagant costumes of the local people, here you will meet Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Black Dao, Tay, Nung, La Chi, Phu La, and other minority groups who come from far and wide to buy and sell a wide variety of goods and livestock, to exchange news and to renew friendships. In the past, the market was a center for trading horses but now that motorbikes have replaced them it is more common to see buffalo, cows, goats, fish, and other livestock being traded.

Drive back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi at about 6.00 PM. End of tour.



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Tour prices shown are 'per person',  based on a traveling party of at least 4 adults, and sharing a room.  If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher. However, you also earn money by using the Share button above to invite your friends and family, and traveler forum members to book this tour with you.

The 'Single supplement' applies to single travelers who require their own room and needs to be added to the tour price.
Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suit your requirements, but may incur price changes

What's Included:

04 nights with breakfast at hotels
(Based on a private double/twin sharing room)
 Meals mentioned in the itinerary 
 Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the program
• Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver 
• Private English-speaking guide in each region
 01 bottle of mineral water/ pax/ day
 All taxes and service charge

What's Excluded: 

• Domestic air ticket and airport tax
• Bank fees for both sides (Prefer cash on arrival)
• Single Supplement
• Visa to Vietnam
• Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping)
• Tipping for guide, driver 
• Peak season surcharge.
• Drinks and other meals which are not indicated in the program
• Travel insurance   
• Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, flood), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc… 
• Other services which are not mentioned clearly in the “Including” item


1. All of our itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Please click on the “Tailor this trip" button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your kind consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

2. 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:
• Boutique & character hotels: from $50-$80 USD per room/ per night
• Comfort = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/ per night
• Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 - US$ 110 per room/ per night
• Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 - US$ 190++ per room/ per night
• High-end = Best of the best hotels from US$ 250++ per room/ per night

3. Child policy: 

• Ages 0-2: free of charge for tour. Airfares depend on Airlines's policy at booking time
• Ages 2-5: 50% of adult price. Airfares depend on Airlines's policy at booking time
• Ages 6-10: 85% of adult price & airfare fully charges
• 11 years and older: 100% (charged as an adult)

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Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.

  • Private Local Tour Guide You will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.

  • Private Drivers & Vehicle Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.


  • Local Flavor Meals Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.
    We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.

  • Well-Selected Hotels Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!


Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.

  • Step 1: Provide us your application details
     • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
     • Your gender
     • Your date of birth
     • Your nationality
     • Your passport number
     • Your passport expiration dates ( with at least 3 vacats pagess and valid for at least 6 months)
     • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
     • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
     • Arrival airport
  • Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application
    We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.


We will send the visa approval letter via email to you after 7 working days.
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).

  • Step 3: Get your visa stamp on your arrival
    Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($25 for single entry visa; $50 for 1 month multiple entry visa ). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.

    Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

  • For those who is applicable for E-visa, our travel experts will consult case by case.

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