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Duration: 12 Days
Trip Code: ORG_PTO12

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Overview

North Vietnam photography trip 12 days will lead you passing mountainous area in North Vietnam to discover its unique and different beauties in each sites. While Mai Chau and Moc Chau offer the peaceful tea hill, flower and valley for getting tranquil atmosphere which you love so much. Reaching Nghia Lo and Mu Cang Chai as well as Hoang Su Phi will be a trekking time through villages with different hill tribe people of Dao, Hmong, Thai, etc plus wonderful terrace fields which are the best of best view in Vietnam. Finish in Sapa town and villages surround will take you a different landscapes of mountain, village and local people as well as cultures.

Why from now with your camera to shoot wonderful photo of Vietnam country and make a moment in your travel life!

Highlights:

  • Visit valley and tranquil villages, waterfalls in Mai Chau and Moc Chau which cool climate all year round, especially famous for Hill Tea in Heart Shapes, flower blooming on Spring.
  • Discover the spectacular of Khau Pha Pass on the way to Mu Cang Chai and enjoy its unique terrace fields and hill in La Pan Tan, Che Xu Phinh, Tu Le in different sceneries.
  • Trekking through village in Hoang Su Phi to touch closer local hill tribe people and learn more of their life and cultures.
  • Felling the amazing time in Sapa as well as trek through village in Sapa for more shooting the exotic Vietnam mountain.

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Itinerary Details

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Day 1: Ha Noi - Mai Chau. O/n At Home Stay In Mai Chau (L/D)

Morning activities:

Origin Vietnam Travel tour guide greeting you at your hotel in Hanoi at 8.00 am, we drive south west of Hanoi and pass Ha Tay province, we stop at Ha Dong Town to visit Van Phuc traditional silk, which is famous for silk weaving in the North of Vietnam, you will have an opportunity to see how local people here made silk by tradition and simple way.

We continue our drive on narrow road through lush rice field scenery, look at famers working their field by traditional method, stops for taking pictures along the way up to Hoa Binh town. We reach the town at about 10:00 am, we then following up mountain curving road from here all the time to reach Mai Chau, the scenery bellow valley is very spectacular, dotted with Muong and Thai house on stilts house, far away is high towering peak mountains, on the mountain side minorities people work hard to earn for their living.

After that we reach Mai Chau district at about 12:00 noon. You will feel fresh air and good climate when you just arrive. Our tour guide we set off for your accommodation at a basic village called Pom Coong village, this village is spread out in the middle of Mai Chau green valley, where we will check in a local Thai Minority’s house for our overnight stay today. As quick as possible the Thai people here will prepare for us a good and lunch.

Afternoon activities:

Afternoon is the time for you to take a loop walk through surrounding rice paddies and villages around Mai Chau, in here you will see how local people working, plan and harvest water rice. You will also see animals like buffaloes, pigs, cats, goats…freely around. We stop at LAC village to have a rest and see people here weaving traditional brocades. We return to Lac village late afternoon after seeing sunset.

Evening activities:

A warm hospitality and delicious dinner will be prepared at around 7:30 pm at the home where we stay overnight. We then see special tradition Thai’s dance until late evening. Enjoy your overnight stay on sleeping mats on the floor of the stilt house.

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Day 2: More Discover Mai Chau - Moc Chau. O/n At Homestay In Moc Chau (B/L/D)

Morning activities:

Breakfast at homestay, You have more discover Mai Chau with its beauties. You visit Hang Kia, passing villages of Muong and Dzao tribal groups. Arrive in Hang Kia, a typical H’mong village, peacefully nestled in a small valley at 1200m altitude. Have lunch en route.

Afternoon activities:

Our guide and driver transfer you to Moc Chau with passing through beautiful countryside of villages. On arrival you will visit some famous places in Moc Chau. Such as: Bat Cave, Dai Yem Waterfall, Pine forest. Return to homestay to unwind and take a picture with the sunset at Moc Chau.

Evening activities:

Enjoy the dinner and have fun with activities. Such as: Traditional games. Enjoy the night in homestay. Have dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at Moc Chau.

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Day 3: Moc Chau - Nghia Lo. O/n At Homestay In Nghia Lo (B/L/D)

Morning activities:

After breakfast at the home stay, we walk on village roads which run between mountains and rice paddies around Mai Chau to get more enjoyment especially get up early to enjoy the sunrise. Then this morning our tour guide invites you to visit the village of H’Mong Ethnic family. Where you have chance to know more about their lifestyle. Besides, you will enjoy the glamor of the beautiful rolling hills of wild flowers, gardens of plump trees, peach trees. Next you will visit Moc Chau San Tuyet tea factory (if allowed to go inside because this depends on each time can allow or not). Where produce the best quality of Shan Tuyet Tea by the traditional method of Moc Chau. Have lunch en route.

Afternoon activities:

Continually, you leave Moc Chau to Nghia Lo and passing through beautiful landscapes of mountain, villages and see local people. Reach Nghia Lo after 5 hours on car. Check in homestay. Enjoy the sunset over the mountain in Nghia Lo.

Evening activities:

This is the time for having dinner at the family. Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere at the village Overnight at homestay. Homestay in Nghia Lo.

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Day 4: Nghia Lo - Tu Le & Discover Beauties Of Terrace In Mu Cang Chai. O/n At Homestay In Mu Cang Chai (B/L/D)

Morning activities:

After having breakfast at the stilt house, you enjoy the sunset over the mountain in Nghia Lo. Then this morning you leave Nghia Lo and continue to have chance to stop-over in Tu Le for visiting and admire of the imposing landscape of mountains and valleys and the beautiful rice terrace filed of this area – Tu Le, Van Ban district of Yen Bai province.

You have more chance to see beautiful mountain landscapes as well as terrace fields. Pass through Khau Pha Pass which known as one of the most spectacular one in North Vietnam. Continue the trip to Mu Cang Chai and have lunch on arrival, check in homestay

Afternoon activities:

This afternoon guide will take you to visit and take photograph Che Cu Nha Rice Terrace Field of Hmong people. And then visit as well as take photograph at Che Xu Phinh, La Phan Tan – it was recognized the national landscape of Vietnam in 2007 where have famous and nicest terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai District. Take a motorbike with driver to Mam Xoi Hill and enjoy the sunset over the hill.

Evening activities:

Then you back the homestay and Have dinner at the family and interact with local people to learn more of their culture. Overnight at stilt house.

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Day 5: Mu Cang Chai - Bac Ha. O/n At Homestay In Bac Ha (B/L/D)

Morning activities:

After breakfast at homestay. This morning you leave Mu Cang Chai for Bac Ha. En route you have a stopover for more discover the beauties of landscapes. Continue trip to Tram Ton Pass and discover its beauties. Free to have your own lunch by yourself.

Afternoon activities:

This afternoon you arrive in Bac Ha town and free to experience around Bac Ha.

Evening activities:

Free to have your own dinner. The rest of evening is your time to discover Bac Ha town and enjoy local foods. Overnight at homestay in Bac Ha.

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Day 6: Bac Ha Sundays Market - Hoang Su Phi Via Sin Man. O/n At Homestay In Hoang Su Phi (B/L/D)

Morning activities:

Have breakfast at homestay. This morning you spend your time to visit Bac Ha Sunday market and enjoy the trading activities of different hill tribe people here. This is the best way to learn about their cultures, customs, etc. have lunch at local food-stall.

Afternoon activities:

This afternoon you leave Bac Ha and go ahead to Hoang Su Phi and passing through Sin Man for more experience of local life. Arrive in Hoang Su Phi late afternoon and enjoy sunset over the hill. Check in homestay in Nam Hong Village.

Evening activities:

Have dinner at homestay and free to enjoy the tranquil time at the lodge or join at bar to get more enjoyment. Overnight at homestay. Homestay in Hoang Su Phi Lodge – share stilt-house with mattress and pillow.

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Day 7: Hoang Su Phi - Trek Through Man Ta Pan People Village. O/n At Homestay Hoang Su Phi Lodge (B/L/D)

Morning activities:

Get up early and enjoy sunrise over the lodge to get fresh air and enjoyment of early morning atmosphere. Have breakfast at homestay and then start a full day trek through village. First of all you will walk around Nam Hong village to have chance to see green rice terrace field, mountain, bamboo forest, local hill tribe people on fields with their daily life, daily works. Next you trek to Thong Nguyen village and have more experience around here. You have on the way.

Afternoon activities:

This afternoon you continue trip to visit the village of Man Ta Pan people (Dao) and long-dress Dzao. Yes, The Dao (Man Ta Pan) is one of the Bách Việt (bǎi yuè) group in South China and Vietnam.

Evening activities:

Back the homestay and have dinner at homestay. Overnight at Hoang Su Phi Lodge. Homestay in Hoang Su Phi Lodge – share stilt-house with mattress and pillow.

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Day 8: Hoang Su Phi - Lao Cai - Sapa. O/n In Sapa (B/L)

Morning activities:

Have breakfast at homestay and once again you can enjoy sunrise over the hill. This morning you leave Hoang Su Phi and travel ahead to Sapa and passing through Lao Cai. It takes you 6 hours on road to reach Sapa. Have lunch on road

Afternoon activities:

This afternoon you arrive in Sapa and have a visiting at Ham Rong Mountain where you can view the whole Sapa town from the high place as well as have sunset over the mountain and Sapa town. Check in hotel.

Evening activities:

This evening you are free to have your own dinner. You can wander around Sapa town and enjoy BBQ foods which is famous of Sapa. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 9: Sapa - Trek Suoi Ho - Ma Tra - Ta Phin - Sapa. O/n In Sapa (B/L)

Morning activities:

Have breakfast at hotel. You can get up early and enjoy the sunrise over Muong Hoa Valley. After that you start your trek to Suoi Ho – Ma Tra & Ta Phin village to get more experience the beauties of terrace fields as well as the different minority people as well as their culture. Passing through bamboo forest in Ta Phin village.

Afternoon activities:

Have more discovery of Ta Phin village home of Dao and Hmong people and then return Sapa town.

Evening activities:

This evening you are free to have your own dinner. You can wander around Sapa town and enjoy BBQ foods which is famous of Sapa. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 10: Sapa - Sin Chai - Cat Cat Village - Ban Khoang - Ta Giang Phing - Sapa. O/n In Sapa (B/L)

Morning activities:

Have breakfast at hotel. This morning you continue your trip to have a trek on road to visit Cat Cat village and Sin Chai village for getting more experience of Hmong people as well as beautiful landscapes of terrace field. Have lunch on route

Afternoon & evening activities:

This afternoon continue on car to reach Ban Khoang village for more experience and continue to Ta Giang Phing to discover its beauties and mountain landscapes. Then back Sapa town and free to enjoy your evening and dinner. Overnight at hotel.

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Day 11: Sapa - Trek Sau Chua - Hang Da - Sa Seng - Y Linh Ho - Ta Van. O/n At Homestay In Ta Van Village (B/L/D)

Morning activities

Have breakfast at hotel. This morning you start your trek to Sau Chua village and then to Hang Da and Sa Seng villageto get more experience the mountain landscapes and its special as well as terrace field. Back Sapa and have lunch

Afternoon activities:

This afternoon you continue to Y Ling Ho for short trek and then back main road where car is waiting and continue to Ta Van village. On arrival Ta Van you check in homestay.

Evening activities

The rest of time is for you wander around the village for shooting photo. Have dinner at the family and overnight at homestay. Homestay in Ta Van – share stilt house with mattress.

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Day 12: Sapa - Ethnic Market - Ha Noi (B/L)

Morning activities:

Have breakfast at homestay. You leave Ta Van village and travel to Can Cau Saturday market for more experience. Here is the chance for you to experience hill tribe trading activities (you can choose other market each day: Bac Ha Sundays, Coc Ly Tuesdays, Cao Son Wednesday…) Free to have your own lunch

Afternoon activities:

You leave the market for return Hanoi on highway to return Hanoi, your tour end at your hotel in Hanoi (or can to Hanoi airport). Wish you a great time and shooting many beautiful and unique photo of our beautiful country!

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