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.
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
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
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
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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What are the differences between this process and getting visa at Vietnam embassies?
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