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North West Loop


6 days

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Mai Chau valley






Despite the rough roads the Northwest Loop tour has become a bit of a classic. This is on account of the overwhelming scenery and the popular hill resort town of Sapa, an old hill station (elevation 1600 meters) close to the Chinese border. The region is home to numerous colourful ethnic minority groups. The trip also includes a visit to the historic battlefield of Dien Bien Phu. Also on this northern loop tour, you have the chance to stay in a traditional long house on stilts, get closer to daily life of Thai ethnic minority people at Mai Chau, Hoa Binh and encounter a number of hill tribes, picturesque landscape & the wildlife of Tay Bac (North West). You will discover the undiscovered part of Vietnam.


- Breathtaking scenery along the way
- Colourful hill-tribes
- Great trekking amongst ethnic hill-tribe villages
- Homestay experience
- Mountain's cool climate



Day    1 Mai Chau
Day    2 Dien Bien Phu
Day    3 Lai Chau
Days  4-6 Sapa
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  Brief itinerary


Day 1 Mai Chau homestay
Wind our way through villages, paddy fields of Hoa Binh, continue hitting the roads up hill to Kun pass that offers spectacular views over the valleys and mountains. Hand-in-hand join the traditional dance and spend the night in a Thai stilt house.

Day 2 Dien Bien Phu
Crossing Moc Chau Plateau, where located hundreds of immense farms of dairy cattle and many tea plantations producing the best tea of Vietnam, we drive to Dien Bien Phu, famous as the site of the Indochina War led by the French. It was here in May 1954 the Viet Minh pounded the French positions until the French capitulated.

Day 3 Lai Chau
The road to Lai Chau is unbelievably beautiful and magnificent with the 7 high passes cutting through steep mountains. This place is the home of many hill tribes authentic in lifestyle and colorful in costumes. In addition, the pleasure of travelling in this region is the joy of seeing friendly smiles and wavings from local people.

Days 4-6 Sa Pa, return to Ha Noi
An ideal place for retreat with moderate climate, Sapa is also a place of cultural value and breathtaking mountainous scenery. The town is inhabited by colorful hill tribes, which are based on the foot of Fan Xi Pan Mount. Spend your time trekking around the valleys, crossing suspension bridges and witnessing green rice terraces.



travel style: Independent
If you're looking for something different (perhaps classic tours aren't for you) or you want an extension to your trip, an Independent adventure could be just the thing. These private itineraries will take you to a new level of personal experience and self discovery. Transport and accommodation are provided and to give you maximum flexibility, inclusions vary from trip to trip - please check the trip notes for full details.
group size
N/A as this trip is on a private basis.
accommodation & meal inclusions
4 nights in standard class hotels or guesthouses, 1 night homestay
Mai Chau: Thai village homestay
Meals included: breakfast
Dien Bien Phu: Muong Thanh Hotel
Meals included: breakfast
Lai Chau: Lan Anh Hotel
Meals included: breakfast
Sapa: Royal Hotel
Meals included: breakfasts
Tour includes:
• Accommodation with daily breakfasts
• Extra meals as per the itinerary
• Private transfer round trip by 7 seater
• Tours and excursions as described in the program
• Entrance fees and permits where applicable during guided time
Tour excludes:
• Pre & post trip arrangements
• Transfers beyond the itinerary
• Local English speaking tour guide (30 usd/day)
• Entrance fees and permits during free time
• Travel insurance (compulsory)
• Food & drinks not mentioned within the itinerary
• Tips and gratuities
• Expenses of a personal nature such as bar bills, laundry and telephone charges
• Other services not clearly described in the program



Tour cost: US $790 per person in the party of 2

Extra accommodation 
Start and end of tour: Ha Noi 
Single room:
Double\Twin room:
Arrival\Departure transfer
Ha Noi: 20 US$ for 1-2 passengers, 30 US$ for 3 or more 
Escort guide: US$ 15 




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