Vietnam Northwest Loop Itinerary

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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Vietnamese children of Sapa in traditional outfits

Landscape view of green hills and forest land in Sapa

Young Vietnamese friends smiling and enjoying each others company

Colourful group oy young women in Sapa dressed in traditional attire

Day 1 Hanoi

Admire the Temple of Literature during a free day in Hanoi. Vietnam's bewitching capital is a melting pot of Asian culture, wide European streets, commercial activity and history. Experience the real Hanoi by diving straight into the furious current.
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Day 2 Mai Chau

Travel to Mai Chau, past fields of tapioca, sugar cane and rice. Visit ethnic minority villages nestled in stunning mountainous surrounds and spend an unforgettable night as guests of a local family.
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Day 3 Son La

Home to Thai, Muong and H'mong minorities; Son La is a fascinating stop. The area near Son La also has historical significance for the role it played in the Vietnamese struggle for independence during the first half of the 20th century.
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Day 4 Dien Bien Phu

Visit the remains of a former French prison and enjoy a dip in the local hot springs. Travel to the scene of the infamous battle of Dien Bien Phu.
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Day 5 Phong Tho

Gain an insight into the history of the region on a walking tour. Call by the haunting Dien Bien Phu museum, see Hill A1, and then travel onwards to Phong Tho.
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Days 6-7 Sapa

Make the journey east to Sapa. Admire the remoteness of this region and soak up vistas few travellers encounter. Enjoy a short trek at Binh Lu through endless green tea plantations before driving through Hoang Lien Son Pass to experience mountain scenery at its best. Keep a lookout for Mt Fansipan, the highest peak in Indochina. Once in Sapa, trek to the idyllic village of Cat Cat, home to the H'mong. Have the chance to meet other ethnic minorities, including the Red Dzao and Tay people, while in this unique corner of Vietnam.
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Day 8 Hanoi

The trip comes full circle after an overnight train back to Hanoi. A farewell breakfast with newfound friends at the renowned KOTO restaurant is a perfect way to cap off the adventure.