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Hanoi - Sapa - Lai Chau - Dien Bien Phu - Hanoi (4 Days, 4 Nights)

Magnificent mountains covered with thick rain forest, lush plantation, wild nature and friendly people from different ethnic minority groups with their colorful and fantastic culture and custom... That is all this untouched area offers. However, this trip is for those who are brave and ready to sacrifice time, energy and city modern facilities... to the exploring wild nature as well as discovering diversified culture of the ethnic minority peoples.

Night 1: Take the night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai

You will take the night train to Lao Cai. You will be on Livitrans Express train - 4 berth soft sleeper sharing cabin with AC -

Day 1: Lao Cai - Sapa - LaoChai - Tavan - Giang Ta Chai (B,L,D)

Arriving Laocai train station at about 5am where your Sapa Pathfinder Travel guide will welcome you. Look for Sapa Pathfinder Travel guide and your name when you exit the train station. Then take a morning drive through the clouds by bus/van to Sapa. When you arrive in Sapa, you will be taken to a local restaurant for morning shower and breakfast. Early check in may be possible if your room is available, then we help you prepare for the trek as detailed below:
Transfer 6 km by jeep then walk on 2 km down to Lao Chai village and 2 more Km to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority. Lunch at a local family in Ta Van, all for you to discover their daily life, works and special custom, enjoy landscapes... Continue after through bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai village of the red Dzao (6Km), visit a wonderful waterfall & a suspension rattan bridge on the way to the main road for a jeep to return to Sapa.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Diner are included
  • O/N at the hotel in Sapa (Fansipan View Hotel or other at the Same quality)
Day 2: Sapa - Tam Duong - Lai Chau Town - Phong Tho (Paso) (B,L,D)

After having breakfast, depart to Lai Chau. The drive from Sapa to Phong Tho (Paso) is on one of the most beautiful mountainous stretch on road in the whole Vietnam with magnificent scenery. From Sapa Town, you will drive uphill to the highest pass "Heaven Gate Pass" which is 2000 meters in height. From here you have bird-eyes view of the enormous picturesque Muong Hoa valley and Fansipan Mount. Running 30 kms further to the other side of the pass, you will arrive in Tam Duong where you have time to visit a small market and some surrounding villages. The run then takes you along Binh Lu valley and you will arrive in Lai Chau town at lunch time.
In the afternoon, the road weaves its way through the picturesque valley, past many small villages of Red and White H'mong, Kho Mu and White Thai ethnic minorities. You eventually reach Phong Tho town in the late afternoon, where you stay tonight at Lan Anh II hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch and Diner are included
  • Approx: 150 kms/ 4.5 hours driving
Day 3: Phong Tho - Sin Ho - Muong Lay - Dien Bien (B,L,-)

Today's run is also on spectacular roads through the mountains. After a short drive backward Lai Chau, you make a right turn to a small zigzag road, which runs precipitously up to Sin Ho. Sin Ho is home to many different minorities people such as the Nung, White Thai, Black Dao, and Dao Tien, who will gather in the town's market every Sunday for purchasing and socializing. The run downhill from Sin Ho to Muong Lay is still one of the nicest one Even though some parts of the road might be under-construction. From Muong Lay it takes around 2 hours to Dien Bien on a much easier road, in compared with the precious ones. If you arrive in Dien Bien early enough, you will visit the historical sites such as De Castries's bunker, the Dien Bien Phu museum, the A1 hill and so on. Overnight at Him Lam Hotel.

  • Approx: 240 kms/ 7 hours driving
  • Breakfast, Lunch are included
Day 4: Dien Bien Phu - Hanoi (B,L,-)

You will depart Dien Bien Phu for Tuan Giao, where you will get on board for a cruise on Pa Khoang Lake. There will be possibilities for visiting one or more villages of the Kho Mu or the Thai minorities. You will then have a transfer back to Dien Bien Phu for lunch. In the afternoon, you will have a transfer to Dien Bien Airport for a flight to Hanoi.

  • Approx: 70 kms/ 2 hours driving/ 2-3 hours cruising
  • Breakfast, Lunch are included

• English speaking guide
• All transport by AC vehicle
• Accommodation on double/twin shared
• All indicated meals (B as breakfast; L as lunch; D as dinner)
• All entrance fees
• Train ticket Hanoi - Lao Cai on shared cabin 4 berths
• Flight ticket Dien Bien Phu - Hanoi

• Personal Pocket Money
• Drinks and Beverage
• Insurance
• Hotel/ guesthouse
• All other services not indicated above


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