There is lots of adventure to be had when visiting this region of Vietnam; Travel Sense Asia has been designed to showcase many of Vietnam’s qualities in one short trip. Northern Vietnam adventure holidays in 6 days allows you to explore the most stunning scenery of the northern part of Vietnam. We will be fascinating from mountains, immersing rice terraces in both of Hoang Su Phi in Ha Giang and Sapa in Lao Cai with unique Indochina peak of Sapa which is famous internationally.
Day 1 Vietnam Adventure Holidays: Welcome to Hoang Su Phi in Ha Giang Province
After landing at Noi Bai airport, you have a free day in Hanoi capital. You will have a chance to discover the city and buy some necessary items for the awesome Vietnam adventure holidays.
In the evening, you travel a long journey by car with the distance 300 kilometers, about 7.5 – 8 hours. Ha Giang province at an elevation of 1,000m above sea level and with its fresh, cool air. It is known as the most attractive destination with a highly mountainous area and special culture. The tour guide will lead you to check in your hotel when catching up Hoang Su Phi. Hoang Su Phi is among the most untouched area of Ha Giang Province of Vietnam which is 70 kilometers from the center city. Hoang Su Phi is famous not only for its most beautiful terraced fields but also its traditional market where people from the ethnic minority groups of Tay, Nung, Dao, and H’Mong gather from early morning to mid-day every Sunday. Actually, the tourists will be amazed by the wild mountains and the authentic culture of the locals. In the middle afternoon, you will arrive at Thong Nguyen and are welcomed by an experienced local guide – a commune of Hoang Su Phi district. Have a rest about 15 minutes before having a light trek. After that, you will trek to Nam Hong village within 2 hours. This is a small hamlet in the mountainside by Man Ta Pan and you will meet local people who are Red Dao ethnic minority group. Coming to Nam Hong village, you will have a great chance to discover the adventures on the road for someone who wants to ride. You have a range of road and mountain bike tours around Hoang Su Phi and the region of Ha Giang provides some options for someone who want some mountainous challenges and who prefer long flat rides.
Overnight at a homestay of Man Ta Pan.
Day 2 Vietnam Adventure Holidays: Hike from Nam Hong to Nam Ai
You will have a chance to meet Man Ta Pan and Long Tunics Dao. You should have a small break when hiking, not only keep healthy but also admire the stunning views of the terrace fields. If you have a chance to visit it in Sep, you will immerse yourself with the ripe rice terraces. It is so impressive moment in your trip. On the trekking way, you will discover the daily life, daily routine of the inhabitants, and you will meet Man Ta Pan and Long Tunics Dao, they normally work in their field or garden. You can interact with them to know more about their culture. Especially, you can catch up the beautiful smiles with big eyes of the children in these awesome places. You took a rest before heading for great Vietnam adventure holidays on the next to Nam Ai, where the Long Tunics Dao settles down. More chance to see the differences between the Red Dao and the Long Tunics Dao as well as enjoy an amazing meal with garden-produced ingredients. Continuously, you visit tea field nearby in Phin Ho village to learn about the oldest Shan Tuyet tea trees and its importances in their culture and lives. You should try the traditional tea in there.
Day 3,4 Vietnam Adventure Holidays: Discover Ban Phung village and transfer to Bac Ha town
In the morning, if you want to have an awesome Vietnam adventure holidays, you should hire a motorbike taxi driver to Ban Phung village where the H’mong ethnic minority people are living. As soon as we arrived at the village, many H’mong children and young boys came out to see us taking photos. Ban Phung is home to La Chi. They have interesting cultural and spiritual practices, the custom of the funeral is unique in particular, however, are quite shy being in front of the camera. After finishing the lunch, you transfer to Bac Ha town for the most colorful market of the hill tribes in the North of Vietnam. Bac Ha has many beautiful landscapes with nature and history. Along with the natural scenery bestowed as the majestic mountains, rivers and caves, gentle hospitable people. Local ethnic groups have one gathering per week for bartering and for socializing. We will discover it in the next day.
After finishing the lunch, you transfer to Bac Ha town for the most colorful market of the hill tribes in the North of Vietnam. Bac Ha has many beautiful landscapes with nature and history. Along with the natural scenery bestowed as the majestic mountains, rivers and caves, gentle hospitable people. Local ethnic groups have one gathering per week for bartering and for socializing. We will discover it in the next day.
Going for a light trek to visit Ban Pho, this village is home to flower H’mong minority. You are invited to enter several local houses to have some green tea, corn wine, listen to the host talking about their family, talk to them…
Day 5 Vietnam Adventure Holidays: Visit Bac Ha market and Sapa town
If you want to have more experience in Vietnam adventure holidays, you should hire a motorbike to come to the Bac Ha market. Bac Ha Market is the most famous and biggest market of Sapa where you can buy several products, such as handicrafts, traditional costumes, and food. Local people leave home early in the morning and travel to the market on foot or by horse. Therefore, coming here you will meet many ethnic groups like Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Black Dao, Tay, Nung, La Chi, Phu La and other minority groups who come from far. They visit the market to buy, sell a wide variety of goods and livestock and to exchange news and to renew friendships. The most interesting time to visit the market is from 8 a.m to 10 a.m. You start going back Sapa town by 11 a.m. And you should take a time to wander around the market, enjoy the atmosphere and have fun with the friendly local people.
Then, you come back to Sapa town to continue the trip in Vietnam adventure holidays with the stone church. Sapa Stone Church is situated in the central position; the back side of the church relies on Ham Rong Mountain and its front side overlooks the lowland. It is said that the direction of the church is the east, the direction of the sunrise. The Church was made from the shaped stones in combination with a mixture of sand, lime, and molasses even from the smallest details; that makes the church becomes more special. Moreover, it is also the main place for keeping many cultural traditional activities of the ethnic people in there. You can visit the church of Sapa where holds many traditional cultural activities of ethnic minorities. In the front of the church is tennis area which has unique cultural activities of local people on Saturday. With flute, trumpet leaves, “xòe” dance… created sparkling, magical atmosphere in Sapa. You can experience them with local people. There is a good handful of shops which sell trekking clothes. Sapa town also has a good selection of the international restaurants, café, and street foods.
Day 6 Vietnam Adventure Holidays: Trek Cat Cat village, relax massages and goodbye Sapa
Starting the sixth day with trekking to Cat Cat village where is the old village of ethnic groups which attracts many tourists from many countries for its distinctive customs and practices kept from a long time. Cat Cat village is located in a beautiful valley, which is also the old village of ethnic groups. And then it attracts foreigners for its distinctive customs and practices which have been lost in almost ethnic villages. This is a village of Black H’mong people where you can discover many interesting facts about their daily life as well as culture and architecture. Moreover, you can enjoy the body and foot massage with a soothing herbal medicine. Even experienced trekkers enjoy the moment that they take off their hiking boots; better still if there is the chance of a foot massage.
In the afternoon, you have a free time to walk around the town. You can enjoy more the traditional foods in Sapa. There are a lot of foods like Thang Co, Salmon Sour Hotpot, Bamboo Sticky Rice (Com Lam), Brook fish and so on.
17:00 p.m: Finishing the trip in Northern area, and you will come back to Hanoi city.