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North West Vietnam Loop( 6 days from Hanoi) 
Tour code:  TA10
Duration:  6 days

Destinations: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Son La - Dien Bien Phu - Lai Chau - Sapa  



The northwest of Vietnam is home for hill tribes communities, which are not affected by outside influences. Adventuring North West to enjoy mountainous scenery and immerse yourselves in unique minority cultures.
Tour features & highlights:

  •    Magnificent and picturesque landscape
  •    Visit many Vietnamese hill tribes with distinct traditional ethnic cultures



Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Son La (270 km) (L)

Today, we take a drive westward to Mai Chau (Hoa Binh Province). Upon arrival, we come to visit a White Thai minority village. Have lunch at a Thai family, we will have a chance to communicate with these friendly people. After lunch, we continue our drive to Son La, located in a scenic valley and inhabited by Thai, Muong and H’mong minority people. This area is historically important for its involvement in the Vietnamese struggle for independence from France during the first half the 20th century. Overnight at hotel in Son La.

Day 2: Son La – Dien Bien Phu (200 km), (B)

In the morning, we will visit the former French Prison and then drive to visit colorful market of Thuan Chau. It is a chance for us to take nice photos and encounter with friendly tribal people along the way. Another visit Blue H’mong village at Pha Din Pass. We will stop over at Tuan Chau for lunch before making our way to Dien Bien Phu, where we can see the former battle field and the display of war scraps former battlefields. Overnight at hotel in Dien Bien.

Day 3: Dien Bien Phu – Lai Chau (100 km), (B)

After breakfast, we depart for Lai Chau. It is a long journey through fantastic mountainous scenery. On the way, we can visit ethnic villages of Red H’Mong, Kho Mu and Zdao people. Overnight in Lai Chau

Day 4: Lai Chau – Binh Lu – Sapa (B)

Today we will witness the colorful market of Tam Duong and Binh Lu. Continue our way through breathtaking Binh Lu Pass, where you have bird’s eye view to the distant villages, rice field and mountains. Winding up terraced hillsides to Sapa. Upon arrival in Sapa, we check in our hotel and take a rest or stroll around the town. Overnight at hotel in Sapa.

Day 5: Sapa (B, L, D)

After breakfast in hotel, we will have a 10- km trek to Lao Chai Village, home of the Black H’mong. Followed picnic lunch by a natural waterfall, we continue trekking to Ta Van Village, where we will spend our night and enjoy simple dinner with the hill tribe Zay family.

Day 6: Sapa – Hanoi (B)

Following breakfast, we set out on our scenic drive along the Red River back to Hanoi.


All Travel Authentic tours are private and specially arranged for you. You will not join a group when you arrive at your destination.


As a guide, this tour costs from 587  USD  per person.


This price is indicative (low-season) pricing only, and is the price per person, based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin/double room in standard hotel accommodation.


Prices include: all accommodations with daily breakfast, transfers and land tranportation in private air-con vehicle with driver, local & international flights in Indochina, professional English speaking guide, other meals as detailed in the tour itinerary, all entrance fees and boat fees.

Price does not include: visa fees, airport departure taxes where not included in air fares, tips and other personal expenses


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The exact price of your holiday depends on the date of travel, number of travelers, your special needs and request. Our quotation will be sent to you by email and will include prices for standard accommodations, 3 stars boutique hotels and 4 stars deluxe hotels.


How to minimise the cost of your holiday

  • Avoid travel at peak times, i.e. Christmas, New Year and lunar New Year.
  • Take more friends with you! Larger parties lead to price reductions as many costs are shared;
  • Avoid single supplements by making sure your group comprises an even number of travellers;
  • Consider taking a more in-depth tour of one country rather than trying to visit too many countries in one trip. International flights between countries add cost. If you like one country, you can always go back to a neighbouring country next year!


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The above itineraries are our suggestions only. All tours can still be custom-made to your personal need and budget !

Our differences

  •  We’re fully-licenced ground Tour Operator:

Travel Authentic is a fullly licensed tour operator by Vietnam Administration of Tourism. When you book with us, your money will be safe and you are dealing directly with the person on ground. That is why we can give you support on spot and our prices will be unbeatable for the quality.

  •  All of our holidays are Private:

You can pick your date of departure, choose what hotel you want to stay, decide what touring you want to do and how much free time you want to have. For all road journeys you will have your own car and driver, offering you the flexibility to stop off along the way if you see something of interest or wish to take a photograph. All sightseeing excursions are accompanied by your own private English-speaking guide. This means that you can ask as many or as few questions as you like and take sightseeing trips at your own pace focusing on your own personal interests.

  •  Our unique authentic experiences:

Our guide and driver will be flexible to give you chance to meet up with friendly locals and do authentic local things to explore the insights of their life and a sense of their cultures. Inspite of not being stated or costed in the itinerary, it is a part of our tour operation and will surely give you many nice surpises and contribute to your memorable holiday.

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