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Overview

Discover the picturesque and majestic rice terraces that are part of Vietnam’s national heritage. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes in the heart of Hoang Lien Son mountain range and get to meet some of the ethnic Thai and Hmong hill tribes in a region that is far from tourists crowds.

Trip Highlights

Vertiginous and Scenic Mu Cang Chai

Picturesque and scenic rice terraces

Explore scenic Mu Cang Chai that is home to Vietnam’s heritage vertiginous rice terraces.

Meet and explore everyday lives of hill tribes

Home to the ethnic Thai and Hmong hill tribes, get to see and meet the locals and interact with them when hiking from village to village.

Overnight in a basic ecolodge

Spend two nights in a modest ecolodge and lunch in a typical simple Black Thai ethnic village for a true village experience.

Itinerary

1

HANOI - NGHIA LO – TU LE/MU CANG CHAI

Hanoi - Nghia Lo: 230 Km (4.5 hrs) Nghia Lo – Tu Le (50 km – 1.5 hr)/ Mu Cang Chai (78 km – 2h15) Easy biking/ walking: 2-5 km

This morning, depart from Hanoi at 08:00 for Yen Bai, a province populated by authentic ethnic minorities with less tourists. There, mountains are shaped like masterpieces, by majestic and sometimes vertiginous rice terraces classified as national heritage.

En route, stop for a short break. Reach Nghia Lo around noon and have lunch in a Black Thai ethnic village, nestled in the fertile valley of Muong Lo, considered as one of the main rice granaries of Northern Vietnam.

Enjoy a short walk or bike ride to discover peaceful hamlets inhabited by Thai and Hmong tribes. Characterised by typical traditional houses on stilts, the two villages offer a succession of rice fields where it is common to see inhabitants working with their buffaloes or more simply, children playing and friendly greetings of ‘hellos’ along the way.

Late afternoon, transfer on a winding road – well known as the ‘road for photographers’ with photogenic rice and tea plantations lining the steep slopes of the mountain.

Upon arrival, check-in and relax before dinner is served.

Overnight in Tu Le/ Mu Cang Chai.

2

MU CANG CHAI

Trekking distance: 8 -10 km Trekking condition: foot paths, get muddy if rain, paved paths with mostly up & down hill, easily-accessible paths, suitable for all skill levels Trekking level: Moderate

After breakfast, be ready for a full hiking day from village to village of Thai and Hmong people. Take a drive from the lodge or resort on winding roads and be surprised by the amazing landscape of Green Mountain covered by lush forests and terraced rice fields with many scattered traditional houses. Then, follow the guide on trails, crossing authentic villages surrounded by rice fields and observe the daily life with a chance to interact with friendly locals.

After lunch, transfer to the village of Pan Tan, located at over 1250m altitude and inhabited by Hmong people. This is the start of a walk on the slope trail to reach the raspberry hill, an iconic site where there is a chance to admire not only the immeasurable beauty of the rice terraces shaped over the centuries but also, some rice fields describing a circle that have become a symbol of this region. After 500 meters, reach a Hmong Village and admire locals wearing traditional dresses, wooden houses, and of course the beautiful and charming surroundings. Return to the hotel at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner and overnight in Mu Cang Chai/ Tu Le

3

MU CANG CHAI /TU LE - HANOI

Trekking distance: 4 – 10 km (depend on clients' wish) Trekking condition: mostly flat; gently upwards, walking on the edge of rice field sometime and foot path gets muddy if rain Trekking level: Easy - Moderate Tu Le - Hanoi: 285 km (6hrs)

After breakfast, transfer to Tu Le market for another hike through charming Thai villages located in a beautiful valley at the foot of Khau Pa Pass. Take a stroll through the rice fields of this scenic village before having lunch and heading back to Hanoi.

Arrival in Hanoi at the end of the afternoon.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
  • English or French speaking guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance
  • Airport transfer

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