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Explore Hill Tribe in Northwest Tour

Highlight: Hanoi- Yen Bai- Nghia Lo - Tu Le - Mu Cang Chai- Than Uyen - Than Uyen - Binh Lu  - Binh Lu - Sin Ho - Sin Ho- Muong Te - Lai Chau- Son La - Mai Chau - Hanoi



Adventure Tours in Vietnam

There are numerous Adventure Tours in Vietnam conducted by various tour adventure and private. One can take part in a number of activities right from canoeing to cycling, trekking and cross country trails, etc. The Adventure Tours in Vietnam are some of the most exciting expeditions in Vietnam.

There are quite a number of adventure activities which are recommended in various Vietnam travel guides. The popular ones include trekking, cycling, kayaking, canyoning, rock climbing, motor biking and other 4WD adventures. Vietnam has a diverse landscape and is ideal for these activities. Canoeing in Vietnam is one of the popular adventure activities which has become increasingly well liked by the tourists.

If you explore this country you will see quite a number of venues which are ideal for embarking on these adventure trails. The mountainous areas of Ba Be Lake, Cao Bang, Sapa and Ha Giang .etc...offer breathtaking views of diverse landscapes. These places attract a lot of international travelers where they can get a glimpse of some of the ethnic people of the region.

Among the popular locations Dalat is most alluring to the international travelers. It is located in the south central highlands of Vietnam and has a diversified landscape. Here you will find various lakes, valleys and hills covered with vast stretches of pine forests. This ever popular hill station was established by the French. This city is set at an altitude of 2000 meters and is ideal for mountain biking, kayaking, rappelling and rock climbing. There are a number of tour operators who offer adventure itineraries for the international travelers. The mountain treks will take you through the amazing ecosystem and mountain terrains.

One can go through the forest regions over the Lang Bian River to reach the remote Chil village. You will be mesmerized by the picturesque view of the farmlands and the forests. This is infact one of the most demanding physical treks which comprises of fast paced action all throughout.

Besides, you can also stroll through the vast stretches of pine forests hike to the Pinhatt Mountain top from where you can get the picturesque view of the Tuyen Lam Lake. Just take a boat ride to visit one of most beautiful pagodas in Vietnam.

Adventure Tours in Vietnam will be quite enthralling which would enhance your touring experience.

Detailed Itinerary

Explore Hill Tribe in Northwest Tour


Itinerary in brief
Day1: Hanoi - Arrival
Day 2: Hanoi- Yen Bai- Nghia Lo

Day 3: Tu Le - Mu Cang Chai- Than Uyen (Hoa Binh Hotel)
Day 4: Than Uyen - Binh Lu (Home-stay in Lao Village)
Day 5: Binh Lu - Sin Ho (Thanh Binh Hotel)
Day 6: Sin Ho- Muong Te (Lan Binh Hotel)
Day 7: Muong Te
Day 8: Muong Te - Lai Chau
Day 9: Lai Chau- Son La
Day 10: Son La- Mai Chau
Day 11: Mai Chau - Hanoi
Day12: Hanoi - Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day1: Hanoi - Arrival
On arrival at Noi Bai Airport, you are met and transferred to hotel. Ha Noi , Vietnam's capital, is a stylish and gracious city that retains an unique old world charm and some Asia 's most striking colonial architecture. The many lakes and parks make for relaxing atmosphere. (If time permit ) we enjoy a short cyclo excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. O/N in Ha Noi

Day 2: Hanoi- Yen Bai- Nghia Lo
Meet your driver 7:30am at the HOTEL, Soon the bustling streets of Hanoi give way to verdant rice paddies and farmland along Hwy 32. By early afternoon you'll be moving away from the Red River Delta and into the mountains of Yen Bai province, on your way to your destination of Nghia Lo. Nghia Lo is situated along a beautiful mountain ridge separating the Red and Black river. With lush forests, tea plantations, rice terraces and gum trees, the picturesque valleys are stunning. The area is home to Thai, Nung, H'mong, La Ha and Ma ethnic minority peoples. Overnight in hotel

Day 3: Tu Le - Mu Cang Chai- Than Uyen (Hoa Binh Hotel)
This day starts with a visit to the local market in Nghia Lo Town, a chance to explore and shop for local handicrafts. Today's drive will take you along one of the most exciting stretches of road in Vietnam and offers some of the most lush and verdant scenery found anywhere. As you climb over the mountain pass to Mu Cang Chai you'll meet H'mong, La Ha and Dzao along the way. The road, which is not sealed and can be muddy and exiting at times, winds along the Nam Kim river which descends the valley over some cascading gorges. At the bottom of the valley you'll arrive in the town of Than Uyen where you'll spend the night in hotel

Day 4: Than Uyen - Binh Lu (Home-stay in Lao Village)
Enjoy breakfast in a local restaurant, then its time to hit the road for Binh Lu. From Than Uyen the road rolls along the base of the Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range, home to Mt. Fansipan, Vietnams highest peak. Tea plantations and rice terraces hug the Nam Ma river that winds along this valley dotted with Tay, Dzao and H'mong villages. At Binh Lu junction.

Day 5: Binh Lu - Sin Ho (Thanh Binh Hotel)
We meet Tay, Thai, H'mong, and Mang peoples. We drive through Tam Duong plain which is covered in shark's teeth-like limestone karst. We would visit a village of Mang people near Sin Ho with the next stop being Sin Ho which is home land of  the Red Hmong, Kho Mu, Mang and Dao ethnic minorities. They are settled there longtime ago and still retain their traditional culture and habits. The trip to Sin Ho is occasionally suspended due to the restriction of the local authority

Day 6: Sin Ho- Muong Te (Lan Binh Hotel)
An early morning departure to Muong Te. This upstream area of  the Da River is settled by many ethnic minority groups including the Thai, Ha Nhi, Cong , Si La and La Hu, just some of Vietnam's most colourful ethnic groups. The roads conditions are very poor; however the verdant and rugged mountain scenery combined with the colorful local population makes the hardship all worthwhile. Along the way we stop at seldom visited villages, a great chance for photographers

Day 7: Muong Te
today we have time to explore all day walk around the villages of the ethnic minorities. Dinner and over night in Hotel

Day 8: Muong Te - Lai Chau
Overland drive to LaiChau. 100 km. PM: Walk around the villages of the ethnic minorities. Dinner and over night in Hotel

Day 9: Lai Chau- Son La
Enjoy a boat ride down to Pa Uon (7 hours). View the spectacular scenery of the gorges on the Da River. With precipitous cliffs towering over river sides and hill-tribe villages (Black Thai, Xa, White H'mong) scattered on sandy bank, the boat trip ranks among the best in Vietnam. Have picnic lunch en route. Onwards to Son La (65km). Overnight in Son La

Day 10: Son La- Mai Chau
Leave for Xa Linh (120km) via a scenic road past Black Thai villages and lush rice field valleys. Have lunch at a Black H'mong home at Xa Linh. Trek to Hang Kia (8km), a Red H'mong hamlet. H'mong people used to be well-known for planting poppy trees, but now live on brocade weaving and cereal cultivation. Majestic mountains and the simple lifestyle of the locals amaze all tastes.Overnigt in Mai Chau

Day 11: Mai Chau - Hanoi
Leave for Hanoi via a pleasant road. The rest of the day is leisure for personal pursuits in Hanoi. The evening entertainment is a water puppet show, a theatrical genre reflecting the agricultural civilization of thousands of years ago. Overnight in Hanoi

Day12: Hanoi - Departure
There is a free time to relax and further explore Ha Noi. The trip ends after your transfer to Noi Bai Airport for departure.

Departure & Price

This is a sample itinerary so the cost really depends on your hotel choice, number of people in your group and time of travel. An indication of the cost for this itinerary is between US$1168 -US$1538 per person based on four people travelling in high season.

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+ Pick up & drop off at hotels at the tour places

+ Accommodation based on twin sharing at places as indicated in program

+ Food as mentioned in the itinerary (B- breakfast, L- lunch, D- dinner)

+ All transfers and transportation

+ All guided sightseeing fees and entrance fees as per itinerary

+ Professional English speaking tour guide at places

+ Purified water & wet towel

+ Private car and driver

+ Visa application fee to Vietnam

+ Personal expenses

+ Other meals and drinks

+ Late check out & early check in for accommodation at the places

+ Airport tax and departure tax

+ All other service not made on the written form

+ Insurance

+ Tips and gratuities


Creating Unique Touring Experiences

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Travel facts

Asian Trail Tours - Traveller Tips for Vietnam

GEOGRAPHY: Vietnam stretches over 1600 km.along the eastern coast of the IndochinaPeninsula. The S-shaped country is broad in the north and south and very narrow in the centre. Almost 80% of Vietnam consists of mountains and hills. The TruongSonMountains extend almost the length of Vietnam along the borders with Laos and Cambodia.

VISAS: All visitors are required to have a valid visa to enter Vietnam. A one-month tourist visa is usually sufficient for most visitors though it is possible to arrange 3-month and 6-month multiple entry visas for regular visitors. All visitors must obtain visa approval from the Vietnamese Immigration Department before a visa is issued.

MONEY: The currency issued by the Vietnam State Bank is the dong (abbreviated "d" or VND) which is used informally throughout the country. Bank notes in denominations of 200d to 100,000d are presently in circulation. The exchange rate is approximately 18,000d = US$1. Australia Dollars are accepted in many hotels, restaurants. Banks are open Monday to Friday and some are open Saturday morning. Traveller's cheques can be exchanged at banks, some international hotel and some exchange bureaux but can be difficult to change outside of the major cities. Visa Card and MasterCard are now accepted in many hotels, restaurants and shops.

ELECTRICITY: Electric current in Vietnam is 220 volts and will operate all Australian appliances. Always carry a torch with fresh batteries. Recharge photographic batteries regularly.

CLOTHING: Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors to Buddhist countries should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings and shoes should be removed before entering a private home

CLIMATE / WEATHER: Vietnam’s weather conditions are pleasant for visitors throughout the year. The WINTER monsoon comes from the northeast between October and March with wet chilly conditions in the north, but dry warm temperatures to the south. From April to October the southwest monsoons bring warm, humid weather to the whole country.

LANGUAGE: Because Vietnamese has six different tones, it is a difficult language for most foreigners to speak despite the fact that the Roman alphabet is used in modern Vietnamese. The same word can have six different meanings depending on the tone used to pronounce it. In the cities and larger towns English is becoming popular and is now spoken by many younger people while some of the older generation still speak fluent French. Russian and Chinese are also spoken by some people

ACCOMMODATION: All group tour hotels have been especially selected. All have private western bathroom facilities. Laundry service can launder clothing within 24 hours. It is not customary for all hotels to have refrigerator and tea/coffee facilities.

FOOD / DRINK: The cuisine of Vietnam comes as a pleasant surprise to many visitors and is definitely a part of the Vietnam experience not to be missed. One of the characteristics of Vietnamese food is that it is always fresh being bought the same morning straight from the market. Food is usually prepared with a minimum of oil and served with the ubiquitous fish sauce called nuoc mam. Typical Vietnamese dishes you can expect to try include pho, a type of rice noodle soup eaten for breakfast, cha gio, deep-fried spring rolls and goi ngo sen, a delicious salad made with lotus stems, shrimps and peanuts. Due to the strong Buddhist influence in Vietnam, vegetarian food is widely available.

SHOPPING: Souvenirs to look out for in Vietnam include lacquerware, silk, conical hats, woodcarvings, hill tribe fabrics and handicrafts, embroidery, marble, ceramics, silver jewellery, antique watches and paintings. Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi have the best choice when it comes to shopping but Hoi An in the centre of Vietnam is also a very good place to hunt for bargains.

TOILETS: Public toilets can sometimes be difficult to find. Take every opportunity you can to use clean toilets in hotels and restaurants. Make this a habit on your stay.

HEALTH: Consult your medico or visit the Traveller Medical and Vaccination Centre for professional medical advice well in advance of your departure, Wash hands before and after eating. Carry ‘wet-ones’,anti bacterial handwash, insect repellant, band aids and emergency medicines eg. Diarrhoea. Drink plenty of water and have adequate rest. Seek medical care, if needed. Don’t take risks with health and personal hygiene.

SAFETY / SECURITY: Always maintain a high level of personal security. Cash or wallets in pockets, obvious jewellery and open bags attract unwanted attention. Beware of pickpockets in crowded places. Lock your case, Carry a hotel card so that taxis know where to take you.

LUGGAGE: All passengers are limited to TWO items of luggage each. One case with maximum weight weight of 20 kg. and maximum size of 70 litres. It is essential to lock this case. One piece of hand luggage with maximum weight of 5 kg. It is advisable that hand luggage consist of a ‘daypack’ to carry camera, water, toilet paper, umbrella, hat etc.

TIPPING: Tipping for good service is not expected but is always appreciated in these developing nations. It is customary, though not compulsory, to tip tour guides and drivers at the end of a tour. Hotel and station porters should also be tipped.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: All group tour passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with Asian Trail Tours if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you.