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Vietnam North West Loop 7 Days

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Duration: 7 days

Destination: Hanoi / Mai Hich / Moc Chau / Son La / Dien Bien Phu / Lai Chau / Tam Duong / Sapa

US$ 645 per person

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The North West Loops 7 Days takes you to the most stupendous region of Vietnam where you get to visit the markets of ethnic people, the mountain landscape on a very spectacular mountain road.  You will have many chances to take wonderful photos on this trip. There are also lots of military sites from the campaigns against the French and Chinese as well as lesser known waterfalls, hidden caves and chances for off-road riding.

trip highlight

  • Join in the local life of Thai people at Mai Hich homestay
  • Discover Moc Chau Plateau with tea plateau. 
  • Visit Son La with the land of Black Thai ethnic groups
  • Knowing the World Famous Victory of Dien Bien Phu
  • Explore the Local ethnic markets in Sapa

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Day 1: Hanoi - Hoa Binh - Mai Hich

Meal provided: Lunch, Dinner

Depart around 08:00 from Hanoi to Mai Hich via Hoa Binh and Mai Chau. You cross the beautiful landscapes like rice fields, ethnic villages, limestone rocks, green tea hills and sugar cane fields…

Lunch en route.

Arrival in Mai Hich around noon, installation in the large traditional Thai house on stilts. Then, you walk around the village of Mai Hich to discover the daily life and crafts of the white Thai minorities.

Dinner and night in the house on stilts. 

Stay overnight in Mai Chau

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Day 2: Mai Hich - Moc Chau - Son La

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast at homestay.

Departure at 8:00 am from Mai Hich to Son La passing through the fabulous landscapes of the Moc Chau plateau: mountains, forests, ethnic villages and tea plateau. Stops for photos and visits to Black Thai and H’mong villages.

You then pass by Moc Chau, a place of cultivation of tea, silkworms and breeding of dairy cows. Lunch at a local restaurant.

Continuation for Son La and arrival in Son La in the afternoon, installation at the hotel and then you visit the old Penitentiary, the museum and the market of the ethnic groups of Thais. Son La is the land of black Thai ethnic groups.

Stay overnight in Son La.

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Day 3: Son La - Dien Bien Phu

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast. Then, departure towards Dien Bien Phu through many ethnic villages of black Thais and the mountains. Stops are planned for photos and for visits en route.

Afternoon, visit of the city and in particular of the historic site of the battle of Dien Bien Phu such as the Muong Thanh bridge, Hill A1, the bunker of De Castries and the Museum of Dien Bien Phu which contains photos, objects and evidence of the war between France and Vietnam. With the very rudimentary weapons of the Vietnamese soldiers, they contributed to the victory over the seasoned and well-equipped French.

Stay overnight in Dien Bien Phu

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Day 4: Dien Bien Phu - Lai Chau

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast at the hotel. Then departure from Dien Bien Phu to Lai Chau passing through the grandiose landscapes.

Arrival in Lai Chau, installation at the hotel and you go hiking in the ethnic villages around Lai Chau. Lai Chau is the home of several different minority ethnic groups: Lu, Thai, H’mongs, Daos... You meet very few tourists in this beautiful region and Lai Chau is an important step between Dien Bien Phu and Sapa or vice versa . Return to Lai Chau at the end of the day and personal discovery of the capital of Lai Chau.

Stay overnight in Lai Chau.

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Day 5: Lai Chau - Y Ty - Tram Ton - Sapa

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch 

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure in the morning for Y ty through the mountains, rice terraces, tea hills and ethnic villages, you follow the road to the Chinese border and this road is one of the most beautiful in Vietnam. You cross the Tram Ton pass which is one of the highest passes in northern Vietnam.

Lunch en route.

Stop on the Tram Ton pass for a very nice view in the rugged valleys of the rice terraces and Mount Fansipan, you also pass through the gate of heaven, the highest point of the Tram Ton pass.

Arrival in Sapa, installation at the hotel and discovery of the city of Sapa, in particular the ethnic villages of H’mongs and Zays. 

Stay overnight in Sapa.

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Day 6: Typical market Muong Hum – Lao Chai – Ta Van

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast at the hotel.

Depart early in the morning from Sapa to discover the weekly market of Muong Hum to avoid the crowds of tourists. Arrival at the Muong Hum market, we then suggest you visit this typical market which is held in the middle of a mountainous circus very close to the Chinese border. You meet the ethnic groups of the two countries which are Vietnam and China. It is a meeting at the end of the world in a wild setting of great beauty.

Come back to Sapa, travel on road down the valley from Sapa about 07 kilometers to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai. It is a nice ride in itself with great views of the lush terraces. In this village which you will have a welcome feeling at any house of the hospitable people there. You can interact them, learn about their culture and customs.

From there, you will just follow the valley for a few miles to the next town of Ta Van. Along the way, you will walk through terraced rice fields and among some picturesque villages, and experience a bit of rural life. Ta Van is a village of Giay people, who look more like the traditional Viet living the Red delta.  As you walk through different hill tribe villages (Hmong and Dao people), it’s helpful to have a guide to explain customs or practices to you and perhaps translate. You’re sure to see other tourists on the trail (which puts many people off), but this is a good example of the many great treks in the area.

Stay overnight in Sapa.

Note: there are one or two weekly markets held in the area so we will arrange the visit to one of these optional markets depending on the specific day.

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Day 7: Fanxipan Mountain – Sapa - Hanoi

Meal provided: Breakfast, Lunch 

This morning, take time to Fanxipan Mount

You will be transferred to the Sapa Cable Station for 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 a 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”. You can challenge yourself when hiking 600 stone stairs more to reach the rocky peak of The Roof of Indochina. Below you spread the foothills of the Himalayas, blanketed with rainforest and the first tendrils of fog.

Continue to visit Silver Waterfalls before transfer back to Sapa for lunch at a local restaurant.

Come back to Hanoi by afternoon through fabulous landscapes: rice fields, green hills of tea, fan trees and rural villages.

Arrival in Hanoi at the end of the day

End of tour.

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Tour prices shown are 'per person', based on traveling party of 4 adults, and sharing double or twin rooms.

** If you travel in group of 2, of 3 and so on, please feel free to contact us for specific offer.
** 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 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:

• 06 nights base in double/twin sharing rooms at centrally located & well selected Comfort hotels (3 star-hotel). 
[ Superior (4 star-hotel), Luxury (5- star hotel), High-end (best of the best hotel) properties are also available upon request] 
• Daily buffet or set breakfast at hotel and all hotels taxes and service charges. 
• Pick-ups and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary. 
• Travel by air-conditioned vehicle with an experienced, safe driver as specified in the itinerary. 
• Sightseeing with local, English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary. 
• Meals included as indicated as in program: B: breakfast, L: lunch & D: dinner. 
• Entrance fees according the above program
• Local bottled water while sightseeing and transfers 
• VAT and all taxes and service charge. 


What's Excluded:

• International flight tickets and Visas stamp 
• Domestic and regional flights in the tour
• Any items of purely personal nature such as laundry and telephone calls 
• Personal, travel and health insurance
• Early check in and late check out 
• Single room supplement if request 
• Drinks during meals
• Meals that are not specified
• Gratuities/tipping to tour guide, driver and hotel staff and restaurant’s staff 
• Surcharge for peak season & compulsory dinner on X’mas and New Year’s Eve 


Remarks

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 when sharing bed with parents. Airfares depend on Airlines's policy at booking time
• Ages 2-5: 50% of adult price when sharing bed with parents. Airfares depend on Airlines's policy at booking time
• Ages 6-10: 85% of adult price when sharing bed with parents & 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. Asianwaytravel.com 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.

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  • Local Flavor Meals Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asianwaytravel.com 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!

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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.

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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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