Vietnam Multi Activity Holidays Travel Hanoi Dien Bien Phu Lai Chau
Sapa Lao Cai Halong Bay (8 days)
The 8-day tour takes you to the off-the-beaten path destinations in the north-western Vietnam including Dien Bien
Phu, Lai Chau, Tam Duong. You will enjoy trekking in Tam Duong, Phong Tho, Lai Chau province and in Sapa as well.
You also have the opportunity to visit either Tam Duong market or Bac Ha market which are open only on Sunday
morning. The weekly highland market is not only the place where people come to buy or to sell something. But this is
also the place where lots of ethnic groups come to exchange their home-made crafts, to socialize, to make
friends…The tour is concluded with an extension overnight cruise to Halong bay where you can either do some other
adventures or just stay free at leisure on board junk.
Day 1: Fly from Hanoi to Dien Bien Phu. Travel to Lai Chau.
8h00: A Lotussia Travel guide & driver will meet you at your hotel in Dien Bien Phu and drive then to Lai Chau. Stop en
route to visit local hill tribe villages or taking beautiful photographs. Arrival in Laichau town around noon. After lunch
(at your own account), start a soft trek to a local village around Lai Chau. Free dinner and overnight in Laichau.
Day 2: Lai Chau - Tam Duong.
The picturesque road from Lai Chau to Tam Duong goes along the Chinese Border and the Nam Na River. We visit
some Black Thai villages, which are famous by their on-stilts wooden houses. During the way we cross a footbridge
leading us to Kh'Mu Village, an important hill-tribe similar to the Laos people in terms of language and traditions.
Before arrival in Tam Duong, a stop at Man Tien Village is scheduled. We spend the night in a guest-house in Tam
Day 3: Tam Duong trekking.
Tam Duong is a frontier town situated in a beautiful valley between limestone rocks. This place is the home of many
hill tribes such as the H'Mong, Man Tien, Lu and Cu Chu people. Authentic in lifestyle and colorful in costumes, most of
the tribes were emigrated from South China during the 17th - 18th century. A full day of trekking through their
villages, hidden behind mountains and hills, enables us to learn how self-sufficient life is. A picnic is prepared for lunch.
We will continue our trip with visiting a home-run tea factory as the area is famous for its tea plantation. Also this
night is spent in the Tam Duong guest-house.
Day 4: Tam Duong – Sapa.
This morning we are going to visit the Tam Duong Multi-Ethnic Market, an ideal place to meet local people. Ethnic
groups from every part of the region come here to exchange their agricultural and handicraft products. After this
interesting experience of interacting with the local people, we make a promenade to Pa Pe, a village of the Lu
minority. The people here are famous because of their black teeth. When girls have the age of 10 they have to chew a
certain type of plant (growing in the woods) which causes black moisture upon the teeth. Having black teeth is
considered as a symbol of beauty in this tribe. After this amazing visit we continue our way to Sapa. Stop at Tram Ton
Pass -the highest pass in Vietnam, 1900m, view the heaven gate and large valley and nice Silver Waterfall. We come
higher and higher in altitude as we reach Sapa where we spend the night in a hotel.
Day 5: Trekking Sapa.
Sapa is not only an ideal place for retreat with its moderate climate, it is also a place of cultural value and breathtaking
mountainous scenery. The town of Sapa is inhabited by colorful hill tribes, which are based on the foot of Fan Xi Pan
Mount and other surrounding valleys. Here we spend our whole day trekking around the river of Sapa Valley, crossing
suspension bridges and witnessing green rice terraces. During our trek we will again be exposed to local life and the
daily activities. We trek up and down and through bamboo forest, see three different ethnic minorities until we stop at
a nice waterfall in Giang Ta Chai Village of the Red-Dzao to spend the night in the house of a local family.
Day 6: Sapa - Bac Ha – Lao Cai – Hanoi.
Have breakfast and then drive to Bac Ha. During this ride we pass the Chinese border (Lao Cai) where you can get a
glimpse of the Chinese town of Hekou, and visit a nice temple there, located just at the other side of the Red River.
Bac Ha is situated in the highlands and is mostly populated by the beautifully dressed Flower H'mong minority (famous
for its multi-ethnic market). The environment is paved with plum trees. Visit the Sunday market and have lunch in
town (at your own account). After lunch, transfer to Coc Ly to take a boat trip on Chay River. After the boat trip, our
car and guide drive you back to Laocai station where you will catch the night train to Hanoi. Overnight on train.
Day 7: Hanoi - Ha Long bay. Boat cruise with canoeing tour.
Heading out of town we make our way towards Halong Bay, truly one of Vietnam’s most scenic impressive sights. On
arrival in Halong we embark on a boat for an exploration of the legendary Halong Bay. Along the trip we learn some
kayak orientation and instruction in paddling technique. We begin our first kayaking experience to discover the
limestone karst formations which are littered with beaches, grottoes and beautiful caves, and visit one of the many
hidden grottoes beneath towering cliffs. At the end of afternoon we return to our escorted boat for relaxation and
dinner. The night paddle is available for kayaking fervor. O/N on board
Day 8: Ha Long Bay – Hanoi.
The views of sailing junks navigating past over 3,000 limestone islands and outcrops jutting out of the clear and
emerald water of the bay are nothing short of spectacular. After breakfast on board we continue cruising and make
stop for second paddle. We circumnavigate the island, observing some secluded lagoons and enjoying last swimming
opportunity. In late morning we regroup at our escorted boat for two hour cruise to Halong Pier. Have a delicious
lunch on board before disembarking and return to Hanoi. Upon arrival in Hanoi, transfer to your hotel in town. End of
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subject to weather conditions and other circumstances. We have lots of other itineraries which will be available upon
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