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Hidden hilltribes of Vietnam

16 days from £4,105pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Immerse yourself in hill tribe culture unique to this region.

  • Trek through rice terraces to remote villages inaccessible by road.

  • Spend time exploring the colonial Old Quarter in Hanoi.

  • Admire the stunning mountain scenery.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Hanoi
  • Ha Giang
  • Hoang Su Phi
  • Bac Ha
  • Sapa & the Tonkinese Alps
  • Hanoi
  • Mai Chau
  • Hanoi

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 International outbound flight

International outbound flight

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Hanoi.

Day 2 Hanoi


On arrival in Hanoi you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Hanoi's Old Quarter.

Day 3 Hanoi


Take a half day tour of the city's sights with your private guide and driver as well as a journey by cyclo! After taking a look at the Temple of Literature, cross the street to Craftlink, a non-profit organisation who seek to assist small Vietnamese producers from the poorer hill tribe minorities to develop their businesses and find market opportunities. If you are here around lunchtime, head to Cafe Koto for a great choice of international and local dishes. Koto means "Know One, Teach One" and is a non-profit organisation which helps street and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam. Two ideal places to shop for souvenirs and grab a bite to eat whilst helping support the local community.

Day 4 Ha Giang

Hanoi , Ha Giang

Journey from Hanoi to Ha Giang by road today, the journey will take approximately eight hours. Watch the scenery change from urban city life to rice terraced mountains.

Day 5 Ha Giang

Ha Giang

A morning of exploration by bicycle gives you chance to immerse yourself in daily village life. After lunch explore further afield on foot, enjoy a two hour walk through the paddy-fields and forest to visit minority people at Phuong Do village, the oldest Tay community in Ha Giang.

Day 6 Hoang Su Phi

Ha Giang , Hoang Su Phi

Travel between Ha Gian City and Hoang Su Phi today which takes you over the high mountain passes and through twisting valleys.


Day 7 Hoang Su Phi

Hoang Su Phi

A full day trek today will reward you with a visit to a Red Dzao village. Spend some time at the village and have a relaxed lunch before trekking back to Pan Ou.


Day 8 Bac Ha

Hoang Su Phi , Bac Ha

Make the journey from Hoang Su Phi to Bac Ha today. It takes approximately six hours and it's quite a bumpy road, however, the views you will have make it worth while.


Day 9 Sapa & the Tonkinese Alps

Bac Ha , Sapa & the Tonkinese Alps

Early this morning visit Sin Cheng Market en route to Sapa. This is one of the best markets to visit as it is still relatively unknown and untouched by modern life. This small but colourful market is attended by many local tribes in their traditional dress which makes for some fantastic photo opportunities.

Day 10 Sapa & the Tonkinese Alps

Sapa & the Tonkinese Alps

Your guide and driver will be at your disposal today and you can discuss with them where you like to explore. If you are looking to buy some traditional souvenirs, head to the Indigo store in the town centre. This shop provides a retail outlet for the textiles and embroidery of local ethnic minority people from the area. They order their stock directly from the villagers who are paid fairly for their work and encourage the conveyance of the traditional skill to the next generation. Overnight at the Topas Ecolodge.

Day 11 Sapa & the Tonkinese Alps

Sapa & the Tonkinese Alps

Today you have a full day trek planned which will take you through some of Sapa's most stunning scenery in the Thanh Kim valley. Visit some local villages and witness the incredible colours of northern Vietnam. As today is a school day you may also like to visit one of the village schools to meet the children.

Day 12 On-board train (Sapa & the Tonkinese Alps)

Sapa & the Tonkinese Alps , On-board train

A much earned day at leisure today. You may wish to just enjoy relaxing at the Ecolodge taking in the wonderful views, or perhaps you may decide to have an amble around Sapa where you may like to head to the Baguette & Chocolat Cafe for morning tea. The Cafe runs a training scheme which supports disadvantaged teenagers and trains them in the catering and hospitality industry. Later today drive to Lao Cai ready to board the overnight train bound for Hanoi.

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Day 13 Mai Chau

Hanoi , Mai Chau

Your guide will meet you as you disembark the train and you will leave the city and drive out to the pretty town of Mai Chau, located at the foothills of the Tonkinese Alps. On arrival you shall be taken on a short walking tour before having some time to explore on your own or enjoy relaxing back at the lodge.

Day 14 Mai Chau

Mai Chau

A more adventurous day today where you can enjoy a full day bike tour of the area. Venture into the countryside with your guide visiting some of the more remote villages that cannot be reached by car.

Day 15 Hanoi

Mai Chau , Hanoi

The morning is free for you to relax before travelling back to Hanoi for your last night.

Day 16 International return flight

Hanoi , International return flight

Return to Hanoi Airport in time for your international flight. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

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Ha Giang
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Lao Cai
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