Vietnam Northwest Loop Overview

Travel to Vietnam's mountainous region and discover friendly people, ancient customs and amazing scenery. This tour will see you fall in love with Vietnam.

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Journey from Hanoi to Sapa and back on a Vietnam adventure

The remote mountains of northwest Vietnam are home to some of South-East Asia’s most rugged terrain, beautiful scenery and colourful hill tribes. Leaving the graceful boulevards of Hanoi behind, travel to Mai Chau before traversing the bumpy mountain roads to Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Lai Chau, and Sapa. Experience breathtaking mountain views and meet friendly locals along the way. If you want to get off the beaten track in Vietnam, this is the trip for you.

  • Discover a myriad of Hanoi attractions
  • Explore the remote mountains while trekking in Sapa
  • Travel to historic Son La
  • Visit the site of the battle of Dien Bien Phu
  • Meet friendly H'mong tribes people
  • Trek to charming Cat Cat village
  • Experience an overnight train to Hanoi

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Finish:

    Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation:

    Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (5 nts), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Overnight sleeper train, Private minibus
  • Included activities:

    Cat Cat village walk, Dien Bien Phu Museum and A1 Hill, Hanoi - breakfast at KOTO restaurant, Mai Chau villages, Old Son La Prison

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    89kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    A single supplement is available on this trip. TRIP CHANGES 2013 Please note that for 2013 this tour will begin on selected Thursdays, instead of selected Mondays in 2012, and will run from March - November only. The itinerary no longer visits Dien Bien Phu or Phong Tho. The itinerary will be as follows: Day 1 Hanoi Day 2 Mai Chau Day 3 Son La Days 4-5 Sapa Day 6 Vu Linh Days 7-8 Hanoi The finalised itinerary and prices will be released on the 1st November 2012.

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Day 1 Hanoi

With a vibrant Old Quarter to explore, delicious food to discover and a city where ancient meets modern with ease, no wonder Hanoi is a favourite with travellers.

Day 2 Mai Chau

Misty mountains, emerald green rice paddies, stilted houses and smiling hilltribe locals inhabit the delightful town of Mai Chau, a slice of rural paradise.

Day 3 Son La

With gorgeous stepped rice paddies, verdant mountains, winding waterways and a tranquil town centre, Son La showcases traditional Vietnamese life at its best.

Day 4 Dien Bien Phu

Widely known as the site of the Battle of Duen Bien Phu, this small city boasts gorgeous landscapes and is rich in the culture of surrounding hilltribes.

Day 5 Phong Tho

With a large H'mong population, Phong Tho is a small agricultural town located in the verdant region between Dien Bein and Sapa.

Days 6-7 Sapa

A mountainous region home to colourful and welcoming hilltribes, gorgeous stepped rice terraces and misty vistas sprinkled with sunshine, Sapa will steal your breath away.

Day 8 Hanoi

Hanoi is famous for its tranquil lake settings, French-colonial architecture, ancient temples, delectable cuisine and as the resting place of the revered former leader, Ho Chi Minh.
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