Day 1: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Hang Kia Village
Pick up at your hotel at 8 am and leave Hanoi for Mai Chau, the beautiful gateway to the mountainous area of northern Vietnam. On the way, we will have a short stop for refreshment. Mai Chau nestles in the mountainous regions of northern Vietnam, southwest of Hanoi in Hoa Binh Province. The valley of Mai Chau is inhabited by a community of one of Vietnam’s 52 minority groups, the White Thai while the upper lands of Mai Chau are inhabited by the H’mong minority group.
Upon arrival in Mai Chau, we will pick up our local guide and continue driving to Xa Linh Village, where we will have our lunch in a Hmong house before setting off on a beautiful trekking in the afternoon. From here we will not use our car until the last day. After lunch, we will begin our trek on the village’s road and then walk on the dirt path used by the locals. After 40nims we will reach Tra Day Village, home to a small community of Black Hmong minority people. From the Tra Day village, we have two options for the trekking route to reach Hang Kia, where we will stay overnight. The easier route with a rocky path running through another Hmong village. The harder route takes more time to do with a trail uphill through the jungle and a dirt path through terraces.
We will reach Hang Kia around 5 pm. Hang Kia is a small and scenic valley, which is home to a group of Flower Hmong minority people. Tonight we will stay overnight with a Hmong family. While our local guide cooks dinner we can take shower or stroll around the village. Dinner around 7.30 pm. Before going to bed we will treat our feet with herbal foot massage, which you do by yourself with the VDT guide’s instruction.
The transfer: 4.5 hrs
The trekking: 2.5 – 3 hrs trekking on dirt & rocky path (or jungle trail-second option), slightly
uphill and downhill.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner
Homestay: Hang Kia Village
Day 2: Trekking from Hang Kia to Van Village
After breakfast in the house, we will say goodbye to the family and begin an exciting trekking day. Right after the village, we will walk on a jungle trail for one hour. The trail could be a bit wet due to the dense trees that keep sunlight away. After that, we descend the hill passing farm and terraces. The scenery is stunning with mountains, terraces, and an expansive valley. During the trek, we will have some breaks for snacks, rest, and photographing. After crossing a small river we reach a village of a White Thai minority group, where we have lunch in a local house. After lunch, you may wish to have a short nap in the house. For the remainder of the day, we will walk on the village road to reach Van Village, a beautiful village of White Thai minority people. The road runs zigzag along the valley and through lots of scenic villages. As you walk through these villages the locals may try to invite you to come to their house and have dinner with them. Tonight we will have dinner and stay overnight with a Thai family. We will eat and sleep on the bamboo floor as it is the traditional way. Again, our local guide will cook dinner for us while we taking shower or have a pre-dinner drink. At mealtime, the host will welcome us with homemade whisky. Before going to bed we look after our feet with herbal foot massage.
The trekking: 5 – 5.30 hrs trekking on a downhill jungle trail and flat dirt road
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Homestay: Van Village
Day 3: Trekking from Van Village to Buoc Village
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the family and begin a 3-hr trek in the morning to reach Buoc Village. The path will run uphill and downhill through bamboo forests, terraces and farms. On the trek, we may see farmers working on their farms. Around noon we will reach Buoc Village, another scenic village of White Thai minority people. We will have lunch at the local house and take a short nap if you wish. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a 2-hr leisure trek around the village. Weather permitting, at the end of the day we could enjoy the cool water of the stream nearby the homestay. Again, dinner will be cooked by our local guide. Foot massage before bedding time.
The trekking: 5 hrs trekking on a slightly downhill and uphill dirt path
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Homestay: Buoc Village
Day 4: Trekking to Van Mai – Transfer to Hanoi
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the family and enjoy the last trekking along mountain foot to reach Van Mai, where we will meet our car and driver for a short transfer to Pom Coong Village for lunch in a local house. After lunch, we will head back to Hanoi. Return to Hanoi around 4:30 pm. Tour ends.
The trekking: 3-hrs trekking on a flat dirt road along mountain foot
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
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Tour price: Contact us
Group size: 2 to 25 pax
Join in group departure date: 10th and 25th monthly
Tour Cost Includes :
- Meals in tours: L= lunch , D = dinner , B = breakfast
- Lunch in Midway restaurant/City Restaurant or Pack Lunch
- Home-stay, local guesthouse - 3 nights
- Boat trip, local ferry in tour
- Back up AC vehicle for the complete tour ( Bus, + Truck for the group )
- English speaking Local Guide - Cum trekking guide
- Fresh Fruits/Snacks (Only trekking part)
- Unlimited filter water during trekking (Only trekking part)
- Entrance fees and permissions
- Driver Allowance
- Toll and Parking charges
- 10% Government Taxe
Tour Cost Excludes :
- International flight tickets, visa
- Other personal expenses
- Accommodation in Hanoi
- Tips and Gratitude
- Travel insurance
- Any Hard and Soft Drinks with meals