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4WD North West of Vietnam

North West of Vietnam: Northwest Vietnam, with its rocky, cone-like mountains, high vistas and deep valleys, encompasses some of the most extreme geography in the country – if not all of Southeast Asia. Travelling to the more remote parts of the region takes time and effort, but those short on either can stick around Sapa, the surrounding hills of which are a microcosm of the region as a whole.

Northwest Vietnam's people and culture are additional draw s, and those mountains are home to a variety of ethnic groups, not to mention the scenic villages where they live and the colourful markets where they shop.


Type of the trip: Adventure Travel
Tour duration: 7 days/6 nights
Start / Finish: Hanoi / Hanoi
Group size: Private Basis (departure on request)


Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau (-/L/D)
Day 2: Mai Chau - Son La (B/L/D)
Day 3: Son La - Dien Bien Phu (B/L/D)
Day 4: Dien Bien Phu - Muong Lay (B/L/D)
Day 5: Muong Lay - Sapa (B/L/D)
Day 6: Sapa - Trekking Lao Chai – Ta Van (B/L/D)
Day 7: Sapa - Hanoi.

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The stages of your trip:
Hanoi, Mai Chau, Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Muong Lay, Sapa, Lao Chai, Ta Van
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  • Car
  • Homestay
  • Local touch

Pick up at your hotel and leave at 8:00 this morning. The road from Hanoi to Hoa Binh on highway 6 has been upgraded. The pretty landscape is dotted with churches, pagodas and villages. You will stop to visit the Muong tribe en-route, then another break at Thung Khe Pass for the spectacular view of Mai Chau valley. Overnight in Mai Hich

Have lunch in Mai Chau. Spend the afternoon for trekking away from the tourist track, close to Song Ma River. Here, you will discover the beauty of this valley and the culture of Thai people who is living in this area.

Meals : Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation : Homestay with a white Thai Family


  • Car
  • Hotel
  • Local touch

Have breakfast at the home-stay before embark on a beautiful drive north to Son La. This good stretch of road is filled with stunning sceneries; you will make frequent photo stops and visit to the minority villages of the H’mong and Black Thai.

Lunch is served at a local restaurant en-route. The highlight on your drive today will be a visit of a tea plantation in Moc Chau plateau. Here, you will find the best Vietnam tea growing region, along the roads and on the hillsides. You will reach Son La in the afternoon. Dinner and stay overnight in Son La.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation : Hotel in Son La


  • Car
  • Hotel
  • Local touch

Today you will travel on more winding & stunning roads, longer passes and see more colorful minority groups. Just as in the previous day, you may want to stop more often for pictures and visits the villagers to learn more about their rich cultures. After lunch, the drive to the impressive Pha Din pass will be the highlight of the day. Pha Din pass sits 1,000 meter or 3280 feet above the sea level. According to local legend, Pha Din means the connection between Heaven and Earth. Climbing and descending the slopes with the many bends and deep gorges is an unforgettable experience. You will reach Dien Bien Phu early in the afternoon and spend the rest of the day visiting the historical site of the Vietnamese French war. Dien Bien Phu Museum and A 1 Hill are on the list to see. Dinner and stay overnight in Dien Bien Phu.

Meals : Breakfats, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation : Hotel in Dien Bien Phu

  • Car
  • Hotel
  • Local touch

After breakfast, you will have some free time before we begin another spectacular drive, passing the stunning gorges and the Nam Na River. There will be stops to visit the H’mong and Dao villages on the way. Arrive in Muong Lay in early afternoon, have lunch & free rest of the afternoon in Lai Chau town to ralax. Dinner and stay overnight in Muong Lay

Meals : Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation : Hotel in Muong Lay

  • Car
  • Hiking
  • Hotel
  • Local touch

The drive today is the highlight of this trip. The road is a bit bumpy at times but it compensates by the magnificent scenery of the surrounding fertile valley, pristine rivers and high mountains - the photographer’s dream. The 25 miles drive to Sapa goes up the ChinCo pass and Tram Son pass, the highest pass in Vietnam with the view to Fansipan Peak – The roof of “Indochine”. En-route is the beautiful areas of Heaven’s Gate and Silver Waterfall.

Nested in the spectacular valley near the border of China, Sapa is the premier destination of Northwest Vietnam. Sapa was developed as the hill station for the French colonists since 1922. Today, Sapa is a paradise for trekkers, thanks to its beautiful trekking routes, stunning rice terrace, colorful minority groups and the back drop of mountain Fansipan. At 3143 meters or 10,311 feet from sea level, it is Vietnam’s highest peak. You will reach Sapa in the afternoon and the rest of the day is free to explore own your own. Dinner and stay overnight in Sapa.

Note: The colorful Sunday market in Tam Duong is very interesting to see, with lots of colorful ethnic minorities. Today we will visit the Fair market en route. (Twice a week on Thu and Sun) 

Meals : Breakfats, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation : Hotel in Sapa


  • Car
  • Hotel
  • Trekking

After breakfast at the hotel, you will start the great trekking day downhill to the Muong Hoa valley. To begin the most beautiful trekking route in Vietnam. You will trek on dirt path away from tourist tracks, through pine forest, terraces and Hmong villages. You will visit a school in the village and have a picnic lunch by the river. In the afternoon, you will hike through the village of Zay and end of the hike today, Driver will pick-up at Ta Van Bridge for the drive back to Sapa. Evening, relax in the hotel area and have dinner on your own. Overnight in Sapa.

Meals : Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation : Hotel in Sapa


  • Car
  • Hotel

After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will depart from Sapa for the long and beautiful drive to Hanoi. You will have many stop breaks on the way to make the trip more interesting. You will see how the views quickly changed from mountains into the flat plains of the Red River Delta. Arrive in Hanoi in the late afternoon.

Meals : Breakfast & Lunch


Tours Details


  • Map of Vietnam with 04 famous destination detail maps in Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, Saigon
  • 01 bottle of water/day/person.
  • Post Card for sharing your memorable trip
  • Bookmark with basic Vietnamese lesson
  • Vietnamese Sim-Card for 24/24 support


  • 01 Night in the junk in Ha Long with 03 sea food meals on board
  • All of meals as mentioned in the program (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
  • Air-conditioned private car
  • Professional and Experience local English speaking guide.
  • Private boat trip in along Perfume River in Hue
  • Private boat trip in Mekong Delta
  • All of entrance fees and visiting permission in the restricted area (if applicable) as programm


  • International and domestic air-tickets.
  • Bank Fee related to the payment.
  • Meals not mentioned in the program
  • Visa to Vietnam, Visa stamping fee
  • Beverage, personal expenses
  • Tipping for Tour-guide and driver. Our suggestion: 1-3$US/day/driver, 3-5$US/day/person for tour-guide depending your group size.


  • Time check in: from 13h00 to 14h00, time check out: 12h00 (except the Junk in Ha Long about 10AM)
  • Program is subject to change without prior notice due to Vietnam Airlines unexpected changes of schedule or flight cancellation.
  • Hotels are subject to change by the time of booking.
  • B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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