Duration: 5 days 4 nights

This 5-day tour is a journey to discover the mountains of Northwestern Vietnam. After the tea tree hills and the great rice fields around Nghia Lo, you will explore the beautiful rice terraces surrounding Mu Cang Chai. Then, you will start your climb to high mountains to finally reach the picturesque town of Sapa. This trip is mainly an off-the-beaten-tracks adventure to discover the treasures of Northwestern Vietnam.


  • A slow ascent to Sapa, along the legendary Route 32
  • Beautiful mountain landscapes
  • A journey off-the-beaten-tracks
  • The mountain ethnic minorities and their traditional and ancestral lifestyle


Day 1: Hanoi – Duong Lam – Nghia Lo (B, L, D)
Day 2: Nghia Lo – Tu Le – Khau Pha – Nga Ba Kim – La Pan Tan – Than Uyen (B, L, D)
Day 3: Than Uyen – Sapa (B, L, D)
Day 4: Sapa – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Sapa (B, L, D)
Day 5: Sapa – Hanoi (B, D)


Day 1: Hanoi – Duong Lam – Nghia Lo (B, L, D)

We leave Hanoi in the morning and drive towards Nghia Lo.

Our first stop will be at the ancient village of Duong Lam, where you will discover old traditional houses with Vietnamese architecture. Aside from the houses, Duong Lam village consists of the following: village entrance gate, 100-year-old banyan tree, Mong Phu Communal House, and Mia pagoda.

We will then continue on the road and stop 50 km away from Duong Lam to see the first hills used for tea plantations, where farmers collect tea leaves. Later, we will stop again to see a water wheel, an original irrigation method used by the Thai ethnic group.

We will reach Nghia Lo in the afternoon. Then, we will go for a walk to Nghia An, a village inhabited by the Black Thai minority. This peaceful community is made of stilt houses, and you will be able to interact with the locals living there.

Overnight in Nghia Lo at the hotel or homestay.

Day 2: Nghia Lo – Tu Le – Khau Pha – Nga Ba Kim – La Pan Tan – Than Uyen (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will ride along the famous Road No32 leading to Mu Cang Chai. While driving on this stretch of 100 km, you will be able to marvel at sumptuous rice terraces.

Next, we stop at Khau Pha Pass to enjoy a beautiful view on Tu Le valley. We will head to Nga Ba Kim, then, go for a 6-km hike through La Pan Tan rice terraces, classified by the Vietnamese government as a "National Heritage".

After a stop at a Thai village, we will head to Than Uyen.

Check-in at the hotel and overnight.

Day 3: Than Uyen – Sapa (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we head to Sapa. Along the way, we take the opportunity to visit several ethnic villages, including a Lao Lu village. While on the road from Than Uyen to Sapa, you will see the beautiful hills covered by tea plantations of a sublime green. 

Upon arriving in Sapa, we will take a walk to visit Cat Cat Village. You will have the opportunity to enjoy performances of traditional songs and dances. Then back in Sapa, we will walk to visit the town. 

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Sapa – Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Sapa (B, L, D)

Today, we will head to the Muong Hoa valley, blessed with beautiful rice terraces and home of many different ethnic groups. We will start an easy hike through wonderful landscapes and visit Lao Chai village (home of the Black H’Mong ethnic group) and Giang Ta Chai village (home of the Red Dzao minority).

You will have the opportunity to contemplate the beauty of a waterfall and a suspended bridge while discovering the lifestyle of the locals, their customs, and culture.

Back to Sapa for the night. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Sapa – Hanoi (B, D)

Take your time in Sapa to enjoy a good breakfast and stroll, before we head back to Hanoi.

We will reach the capital after approximately 5 hours, concluding the tour.

Please contact us for more information about this tour or to customize this itinerary.


  • All transportation by private
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B for breakfast, L for lunch, D for dinner) 
  • Accommodation (twin room or double room, homestay) 
  • English-speaking guide
  • All entrances fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • One bottle of water daily

  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Supplement for single room
  • Visa to Vietnam

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VAEX05: Essence of the North – 7 days
VAEX06: The Northwestern Loop – 7 days
VAEX07: Colors of the North – 10 days
VAEX08: Authentic Adventure in the Great North – 12 days
VAEX09: Grand Tour of the North & Ha Long Bay – 16 days
VAEX10: Vietnam Mosaic – 21 days