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Hanoi – Mai Chau – Son La – Dien Bien – Sapa

Duration: 6 days/ 5 nights
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Departure: Hanoi
Destination: Mai Chau, Moc Chau, Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Sapa.
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7:00 am, our tour guide and driver pick you up at hotel in Hanoi. The journey to Mai Chau is 137 kilometers (~ 3.5 hours). A long the way, you discover Thung Khe pass where you have a panorama of the village of Muong people. Muong people make up a high population in Hoa Binh province. Everyday they collect some products in their village and sell them on the pass. At the top of the pass you can take photograph of Mai Chau valley, see surrounding villages of Thai people.
At noon, you arrive in Mai Chau valley, have lunch and check in at the homestay of Thai people. In the afternoon, you enjoy easy trekking or biking around their villages, discover their daily life: seeing how they cultivate wet rice, harvesting their food crops… Mai Chau is becoming more quiet and peaceful when sunset comes, because this time local people are going to finish their working day and go back home for dinner time. You can see more daily activities take place at this time.
Meals: dinner.
Hotel: homestay in Mai Chau.


You have breakfast at homestay and then say good bye Moc Chau for Son La (~178 kilometers). In the morning, the route to Moc Chau plateau you visit a village of Thai people, a tea plantation. If you pass here in the spring season you may see peach flower or plum flower. You have lunch on the way to Son La
In the afternoon, you arrive in Son La city. Son La city belongs to Son La province, population is ~ 106 thousands people. Most of people here are Thai people or Viet people who came from low land of Vietnam. You visit Son La prison to learn why the French Colonialist built a prison here, and why we choose Son La as a destination for your trip. You stay overnight at hotel in Son La city.
Meals: breakfast.
Hotel: hotel in Son La city.


From Son La city to Dien Bien Phu is not so far (~153 kilometers). The route is the national road No 6 to Pha Din Pass. You have breakfast in hotel, check out hotel and then leave Son La for Dien Bien Phu. On route, you discover Pha Din Pass – one of four greatest passes in northern Vietnam. On this pass you may see white H’mong people, they come from nearby villages to sell their farm products.
Arriving in Dien Bien Phu at noon, you have lunch and then check in hotel. In the afternoon our guide takes you to visittheFrench Headquarter of Dien Bien Phu. All relics are located in Dien Bien Phu city, you alternately visit: Dien Bien Phu Victory Museum, De Castries Bunker, A1 Hill, Monument of Dien Bien Phu Victory, a market at Muong Thanh bridge.
Meals: breakfast
Hotel: hotel in Dien Bien Phu city.


This route you have chance to go through the most remote villages in the far northwestern part of Vietnam. At Ma Thi Ho Pass, you visit a village of red H’mong people. In Vietnam, H’mong people have five different groups. we call them with different names due to the colors of their costume. And of course, you just see them when you have a trip through here.
About 100 kilometers from Dien Bien phu city, our guide will show you Muong Lay township on the bank of Da river – the biggest river in the northwest of Vietnam. This township was rebuilt since we built Son La Hydro Electric Plant. The Road becomes more amazing when you reach quiet and peaceful Nam Na river. Nothing is more wonderful than a river with beautiful scenery and fresh air here.
You have lunch in Phong Tho and continue the trip to Sapa. On route, you visit Bo village of Lu people in Tam Duong. At O Quy Ho Pass, you stop to take photograph and enjoy nice view of the pass. If you have enough time, our guide will show you Silver Waterfall before you arrive in Sapa.
Meals: breakfast.
Hotel: hotel in Sapa.


After your breakfast in hotel, our guide takes you to a remote village Ta Giang Phinh (~ 25 kilometers from Sapa town). This is the village of black H’mong people who make up 51 percent of Sapa’s population. You go trekking for about 2 hours through their village, rice fields, visiting their traditional house.
After lunch, our tour guide and driver take you to Ban Khoang village of red Dao people. This is also untouched village, 5 kilometers from Ta Giang Phinh. Dao people came to Vietnam from China about 200 ~ 300 years ago. In Sapa, they make up the second biggest population. You are welcome here to visit, visit their houses and see them making handicraft brocade. Finish the trip, you go back to Sapa town, stay over night in Sapa.
Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Hotel: hotel in Sapa.


Today you go climbing to discover a panorama of sapa town on the peak of Dragon Jaw Mountain. This mountain is located in the center of Sapa town, decorated with many beautiful flower gardens, rocky cliffs and nice view of surrounding area.
You have breakfast and go trekking from your hotel to the mountain. The trip often takes between 2 or 3 hours. After the trip you check out, have lunch and go back to Ha Noi. The journey back to Hanoi is the same highway and the same duration (5.5 hrs), so you can talk to our tour guide if you want to go back to Hanoi earlier or later.
Meals: breakfast, lunch.
Hotel: N/A.


Term & Conditions
Other Info


  • Private car transfer
  • Meals as mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Professional English speaking tour guide (Other language is available upon request)
  • Wet tissues and Mineral water
  • Accommodation
  • Entrance fee tickets
  • Admissions and environment fees


  • Visa arrangements
  • Other transportations not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Insurance
  • Other services not mentioned in the itinerary

Special Notes

  • This tour includes private car transfer.
  • We offered to stay overnight at local stilt houses. Comfortable guest houses in Mai Chau are available.
  • Tour program is subject to change due to weather and operating conditions.


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