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Northern Vietnam Endless Golden Terrace Rice Field - 4 Days

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Tour code: ASW-VN-C31

Duration: 4 days

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

US$ 470 per person

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North Vietnam covered with golden terraced fields are just so breath-taking. Visit Northern Vietnam during Sept- Oct to see the full charming beauty when harvest season comes.

trip highlight

  • Trek to the ethnic villages and rice fields watching point at Mu Cang Chai
  • Optional trekking tours at the scenic and authentic Sapa
  • Visit a fair market at Sapa where the bright colours and extravagant costumes of the local people shine
  • 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.

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Day 1: Hanoi – Nghia Lo

northern vietnam 4 days mu cang chaiMeals: 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 bicycle/walk to the river, waiting for buffaloes coming home along the river.

Overnight in Nghia Lo

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Day 2: Nghia Lo - Mu Cang Chai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and 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 of 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 is resident of H’mong live, you'll discover extremely simple lives and many wild character. Yet indigenous people could not communicate with us because of the language barrier, but they are very friendly and open welcome us visiting their home.

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 as 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.

Overnight in Mu Cang Chai

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Day 3: Mu Cang Chai - Sapa

Meals: Breakfast and 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 the Viet Nam’s highest mountain pass and considered the most beautiful stretch of road in the country.

Up on arrival in Sapa, check in your hotel and relax.

*Optional activities in the afternoon:

- Trekking to Lao Chai – Ta Van village

- Hiking to Cat Cat village

- Discover Ta Phin village with Weaving club

- Hike to Ham Rong Mountain

- Take a cable car to Fansipan Mount

Note: entrance fee to those places are not included.

Overnight in Sapa

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Day 4: Sapa – Weekly market - Hanoi

Cho-Bac-Ha-Market -Sapa travelMeals: Breakfast and 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 Markets is held every week and is the biggest minority peoples markets 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.

You can take a challenge of tasting local food as Thang Co and corn wine. Don’t get drunk because we have hiking trip in the afternoon.

We then visit H’Mong King’s house and take a short walk to Ban Pho village where Flower Hmong, Tay and Nung minorities live.

Drive back to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi at about 9.00pm.

Finish the trip.

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  • Tour prices shown are 'per person',  based on a traveling party of at least 2 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 "Find travel mate" button above to invite your friends and family, traveler forum's members to book this tour with you.
  • The 'Single supplement' applies for 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 suite your requirements, but may incur price changes


What's Included:

  • 01 night at home-stay in Nghia Lo
  • 01 night at Mu Cang Chai Eco-lodge in private bungalow
  • 01 night at Sunny Mountain hotel – Deluxe Mountain View room
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • All activities and Entrance fees as described in the program
  • Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced and safe driver
  • English speaking guide with legal license
  • 01 bottle of mineral water/pax/day
  • VAT, all taxes and service charge


What's Excluded:

  • Gratuities/tipping to tour guide, driver and accommodation’s staff
  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel in Hanoi for the last day
  • Personal, travel and health insurance
  • Early check in and late check out at hotels
  • Single room supplement
  • Drinks during meals
  • Meals that are not specified

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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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