Hill Tribes of North Vietnam 9 days 8 nights
Hanoi, Halong Bay, Sapa & Northern Vietnam, Vietnam
Hi everyone, my name is Nghia. I was born and live in a mountain town in Northern Vietnam that allow me the chance to experience every mountainous roads – both dangerous and stunning, I understand deeply the culture & life of various ethnic locals here. Through organizing homestay tours with the ethnic locals, I not only would like to share the beauty of our country & Vietnamese people to all friends in the world, but also want to help to develop the community’s life. I have a tour company that specialize in Adventure in Vietnam. My team and I provide private/customize trips in different ways: motorbiking, cycling, trekking, hiking, kayaking, homestay and off beaten track trips to Vietnam. Our mission is to offer the interesting & true experience to our customers. Contact me for more information!
(A) Unique, off the beaten track experiences
We take you off the beaten track to see the real Vietnam. Experience different combinations of adventure, fun and relaxation, in diverse cultural and natural settings. Go to and stay in places that the masses do not go to – even in places like Sapa, Mt Fansipan and Ha Long Bay – and we’ll do things that others aren’t doing – like cycling, kayaking, trekking, motorbiking, volunteering, interacting with locals, and staying at homestays.
(B) Plan your own tours with the flexibility to make changes on your trip
Your way all the way! We tailor-make what you want to do and where you want to go. All of our tours are private tours giving you the flexibility and customization you deserve.
Our advice for those just finding us, is to go to our website, see our tour options and itineraries, and then start getting creative: adjusting them, changing them, and making them your own!
(C) Our guides and travel consultants
Our bi-lingual guides and travel consultants will create an unforgettable trip with their outstanding knowledge, sense of humor and great care to your flexibility. We believe that from the time you begin planning your trip online with our travel consultant, to the time our guides make sure you are safely on your way home, that having personalized, quality service is key to a safe and memorable experience.
Day 1: Hanoi - Nghia Lo (L/D)
8:00 am: Our guide will pick-up you at the hotel and start the journey to Nghia Lo and Tu Le via Thanh Son, Thu Cuc road 32. On the way, we will spend 1.5 - 2 hrs at Vietnam Ethnic Village. The village displays traditional houses and showcases the culture as well as life of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. We will introduce you to the feature groups in North Vietnam which include the Mong, Thai, Dao and Tay groups.
Leave Vietnam Ethnic Village, we can take a break to enjoy the Milk products or Green Tea hill in Phu Tho province.
Arrive Nghia Lo town in the afternoon, check-in homestay and take a few minutes break before starting on a short cycle trip to explore the Thai village – the home of Thai people in Vietnam. Cycle between rice fields and enjoy the peaceful sight of ducks, chickens, pigs and buffalos. Observe the quiet manual labour of the villagers, visit the house, chat with locals or say hello to the friendly & cute children beside the road. Head back to the homestay, enjoy tasty meals and sleep on stilt houses, the traditional house of Thai people.
If you travel in a group of 6 people, there will be a traditional performance with local songs and dance.
Day 2: Nghia Lo - Mu Cang Chai (B/L/D)
8:00 am: After breakfast, we leave Nghia Lo to Mu Cang Chai, where we can see the real and beautiful rice terrace fields. You will be surprised by the wonderful rice terrace along the route from Tu Le - Mù Cang Chải.
Run over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam with 40km, connect Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai). We’ll cross Tu Le town, you’ll have the chance to see the interesting activities of Thai women in Tu Le making the “Com – green rice” – the famous special product of Tu Le along the road during the harvest season (Sep-Oct). Most scenic roads offer a lot of stops for picturing as the viewpoint to see the Lim Mong, Lim Thai village or paragliding-point on the top of this pass.
Upon arriving in Mu Cang Chai, we will spend 1-2 hrs trek to Mam Xoi rice terrace – one of the most famous destinations, where the round shape of rice terraces was built by hand of H’mong people since hundreds of years ago. Lunch is served along trekking path.
Leave Mam Xoi, there are 2 options for customers:
+ If you are strong trekker, we can spend 3h - 3.5hrs (13km) for trekking from Che Cu Nha village to Kim Noi village – where we will sleep in the stilt house of Thai people.
For the trek, we will go up to the high mountain, pass the Hmong village, a remote waterfall and visit a kindergarten school. From above, we can see the magnificent view of rice terrace fields, visit some schools, play a game or sing with children. Besides seeing the beauty of rice fields, you will be guided on how to plant rice, harvest rice or discover the farm with working locals. It will be an exciting experience. Enjoy stunning landscapes along the way, spectacular views of countryside and nature, visit local villages, experience the daily life of hill tribe people and see how traditional clothes are made.
+ If you are a little weaker and have a shorter time, we can spend 2-2,5hrs for trekking around Sang Nhu village which is near the centre town with stunning rice fields.
5-6pm, We will arrive Kim Noi village, enjoy dinner and sleep in the stilt house of Thai People.
Day 3: Mu Cang Chai - Sapa (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we will drive from Mu Cang Chai through Tan Uyen and then to Sapa. The road is very dramatic with many hairpins, each opening up a new vista of the mountains, and crossing the Sin Ho pass. You will have lunch in Sapa and have a chance to look around.
Then you will trek to Giang Ta Chai village, where you will have dinner and overnight in a Dao's ethnic house
Day 4: Sa Pa - Bac Ha (B/L/D)
We set off early and drive to Bac Ha. If it is a Sunday, we will head over to the market, one of the most colourful markets in the north. You can become an expert in spotting the different ethnic costumes, and enjoy the antics of the livestock market. There are marvellous photo opportunities at these markets. After lunch in a local restaurant, we will visit the palace of Hoang A Tuong. A curious mixture of baroque and oriental that was built in 1920 with the aid of the French. Then we will drive up a small mountain road with views of the most amazing rice terraces, with villages dotted here and there. We reach the Ban Phung village and have a chance to see the La Chi ethnic people. The ladies dress in black knee-length skirts and jackets with a little delicate coloured embroidery, their heads wrapped in a strip of cloth knotted around their hair. They have a tough life up in these mountains, often carrying a heavy load in a bag from a band on their heads.
We will have dinner and overnight at a hotel
Day 5: Bac Ha - Hoang Su Phi (B/L)
Upon leaving Bac Ha, we set off on a full day journey through Sin Man to Hoang Su Phi
The rough but scenic route traverse a dense jungle before crossing over a pass and ping down to Sin Man. This day is a real challenge for our driver as we travel by winding roads with many uphill and downhill drives. Along the way, we may encounter the Nung Ing, Tay, Red Dao, Dao Ao Dai, La Chi and Co Lao, just some of the many hill tribe groups who have settled there. Dinner on your own, overnight in Hoang Su Phi
Day 6: Hoang Su Phi - Ha Giang (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you will leave Phung village and drive down the steep winding road. As you descend through the rice terrace scenery, you will have plenty of stops for more photos, taking in the beauty of the changing morning light on the rice paddies. Drive back through Hoang Su Phi to Ha Giang via the Tan Su Phin Pass and the Cong Troi pass. These are most dramatic passes, and the whole area is full of magnificent views. You will stay overnight in a Tay stilt house.
Day 7: Ha Giang - Dong Van (B/L)
The remote region of Dong Van and Meo Vac is a land of rugged mountains and beautiful hill villages which are unchanged for centuries.
Today we head north-west out of Ha Giang Town towards this northernmost tip of Vietnam. The former H'mong royal house at Sa Phin is the primary attraction of the region, and with the blend of hill tribe people's colourful costumes and the majestic mountainous scenery, the long and bumpy trip will turn into an unforgettable experience. Dinner on your own, overnight in Dong Van.
Day 8: Dong Van - Meo Vac - Ha Giang (B/L/D)
After breakfast, you will explore Dong Van Old Quarter, trekking to Pu Lo fortress which was built in 1890 and evacuated in 1945. From here you get to enjoy spectacular views of the entire region. Climb up 15 km to the top of the Ma Pi Leng Pass, through a gigantic maze of limestone peaks, stone forests, and canyons before descending into the valley of Meo Vac. You will travel back to Ha Giang for dinner and stay overnight in a riverside bungalow.
Day 9: Ha Giang - Hanoi (B/L)
You will drive back to Hanoi from Ha Giang, taking a road less travelled. You will follow the river, snaking from pass to pass through the hills of Central North Vietnam. You may find the locals fascinated by you as few tourists ever take that secret yet spectacular route. You will then pay a visit to Duong Lam Ancient Village where you can see hundreds of ancient houses. After a short stop for lunch in local restaurant, you will return to your hotel in Hanoi.
- Food & Beverage
- Outdoor & Sightseeing
- Sports & Adventure
- Unique & Localized
· Private car/van
· English speaking guide
· Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
· Permission for foreign travellers in the border area
· Meals as indicated in the itinerary
· Entrance fees & Sightseeing fees
· Water & Snacks
- Explore the most beautiful rice terrace fields in Vietnam as Mu Cang Chai, Sapa, Hoang Su Phi (Ha Giang)
- Explore the stunning beauty of DONG VAN KARST PLATEAU GEOPARK
- Visit the unique local market - Bac Ha, Dong Van, Meo Vac (If your time is on Sunday)
- Enjoy trekking tours to visit wonderful villages of hill tribe people – Dao, Mong, Tay, LoLo and other ethnic groups
We pick you up at your hotel
By bus and train as stated in itinerary
Pick up and drop services