7-days in the land of Thais and Hmong

During this 7-day tour to North Vietnam, you will receive the most amazing gift – a chance to emerge yourself in the grandiose landscape of the Northwest mountainous region as well as have emotional encounters with its inhabitants, the Thais and Hmong tribes.


What experiences will you have during your trip?

  • Discover the beauty lying deep in the mountains of the Northwest.

  • Several hikes through the rice terraces and villages of Thais and Hmong.

  • Interact with the locals and learn about their culture.

  • Exclusive tour with tailor-made services.

Itinerary & maps

DAY 01: Hanoi - Mai Chau (-/L/D)

DAY 02: Mai Chau - Nghia Lo (B/L/D)

DAY 03: Nghia Lo - Mu Cang Chai (B/L/D)

DAY 04: Mu Cang Chai - Sapa (B/L/D)

DAY 05: Sapa - Bac Ha (B/L/D)

DAY 06: Bac Ha - Hiking - Hill Tribal Villages (B/L/D)

DAY 07: Bac Ha - Hanoi (B/L/-)


Program details


Departure from Hanoi in the morning towards Mai Chau via Hoa Binh, home to Thai and Muong ethnic minorities, green tea plantations and rice fields. Stop en route to pay a visit to a village of the Muong minorities named Giang Mo. Exploring the village and its natives, the Muongs, who were known in the past for their practice of slash-and-burn.

Continuation of the journey to Mai Chau. Make a stop on the way to an observation point overlooking immense rice terraces dotted with villages and traditional houses, along with the mountains carpeted with bamboo forests… A must-see view in the area!

Upon arrival to Mai Chau, there are options for exploring the rice fields and Thai villages for a glimpse of their culture, via walking or biking. In addition to rice cultivation, the Thais in Mai Chau are also experienced embroiderers, producing many colourful and unique embroidery goods. Overnight at the hotel in Mai Chau



Continue the journey to the mountains far in the north of the country, lies a large border region with Laos and China. Make a stop along the way in Suoi Giang, land of green tea plantations with trees around hundred years old. Visit a tea farm and a tasting workshop.

Arrival in Nghia Lo, a small village located in the middle of Muong Lo. Interact with a Thai family in Ban Deu village.

Enjoy a welcoming event by our hosts, rest, optional bike riding activity around the village. Meeting the Thais, learn about the differences between black and white Thais in terms of dress, habits, and customs…

Dinning with the local family. Overnight in their stilt house in Nghia Lo



Farewell to the hosts then head directly to Mu Cang Chai, famous for beautiful vast rice terraces.

This landscape attracts many discerning photographers to take on its most mesmerizing pageantry in the months of June to September, when everywhere, from top of the hills to down the slopes, is covered with green and yellow fields of rice. Several stops are planned along the way:

  • The Khau Pha Pass – overlooking the Tu Le valley.

  • La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha, De Xu Phinh, where there are Hmong villages and ripped rice terraces.

  • The market of Mu Cang Chai, which remains authentic.

Overnight at the hotel in Mu Cang Chai



Heading to the next destination – Sapa – via Hoang Lien Son chain, the last arm of the Himalayas in south-east Asia.

Go sightseeing in the afternoon in the middle of the immensely beautiful and exotic landscapes of the valley, visit ethnic villages such as Lao Chai of the Black Hmong, Ta Van of the Dzay…Create long-lasting memories with the local at work on rice fields, learn about their work and daily life.

Back in town, overnight at the hotel in Sapa



Head to Bac Ha, a small and peaceful village hundred kilometers away in the Northeast of Sapa, which is known for its lively weekly ethnic markets.

Walk through the vertiginous landscapes of rice terraces and streams as clear as the sky of Bac Ha. Detour to visit some small tourist villages called Thai Giang Pho and Na Hoi populated by the Tay, Black Hmong…

Ending the day with a dinner prepared by a Tay family. Overnight at homestay in Bac Ha



Dedicate the day to go on a hike through ethnic villages around Bac Ha.

After breakfast, send your regards to the hosts then continue to walk to the Hmong village of Phec through Tay, Nung and Hmong flower villages. From Phec, explore a small path that goes up to Ngai Thau, an abandoned Hmong village in the mountain. Possible meeting with the local on the spot.

Check in and overnight at the hotel in Bac Ha.


DAY 07: BAC HA – HA NOI (B/L/-)

Depending on the day, visit a weekly market of the local minorities in the vicinity of Bac Ha.

Watch the local minorities in their colourful clothes trading goods and news from their own community. Visit of the lively comers for oxen, horses, dogs, and cats…Discovery of the very original livestock trade between the locals.

Afternoon, return to Ha Noi. End of our 1-week services in the mountains of the North!

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