Day 1: Hanoi-Lao Cai. At 8:30 pm depart from Hotel by private coach to Rail way station and catch the 10:00pm night train to Lao Cai. Arrive at 5:30 or 6:00 am.
Day 2: Lao Cai-Bac Ha. Have breakfast in a local restaurant then drive 82 km (1.5 hours) through the steep Bac Ha Mountains. Check in to your hotel then walk to explore the famous Bac Ha market. The sights, sounds and smells in this bustling hill tribe market are a barrage for the senses! Be sure to try the local corn whiskey that Bac Ha is so famous for! After lunch you'll do an 8 km loop around Bac Ha to visit the locals, stopping in Ban Pho village, then you'll hit a single trail and dirt road winding through plum gardens, rice fields, past local homes and inhabitants of the villages surrounding Bac Ha. Overnight in your Hotel in Bac Ha. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Bac Ha biking. After breakfast, visit the impressive house of the former H'mong King before embarking on a 12 km ride to Lung Phin village, home of Flower H'mong and Phu La people. The ride is on sealed road and there is a 3 km steep climb that you can ride or drive, depending on your energy level! After a half hour visit with a local family, you can relax and glide the 12 km back to Bac Ha. Following lunch in your hotel, you'll check out and start riding out of town and down the stunning mountain road 24 km to Bao Nhai Bridge. Board a long boat for a 1.5 hour trip up the Chay River, relax and take in the spectacular scenery of the Chay River Valley. Head back down river (1 hour) to Trung Do village in a Tay Hamlet. You'll enjoy dinner and the warm hospitality of your Tay hosts during this wonderful home stay experience. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Bac Ha-Hanoi. Following breakfast, spend an hour walking around the hamlet to meet the locals and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Board your support vehicle and drive from Trung Do to Coc Ly Black Dzao village to explore this colourful market. Here you'll witness Flower H'mong, Black Dzao, Tay and Nung Hill Tribes gathering in this important social and economic event. After an hour and half you'll gear up and ride out the rolling rocky road 18 km to the main road. Stop for a lunch of local Vietnamese food then, depending on your energy level, drive or ride the sealed road 38 km back to Lao Cai. If time permits you may visit the beautiful Upper Temple with its impressive 500 year old Banyan tree. You'll be able to shower in Lao Cai before sitting down to dinner. Night train back to Ha Noi. Tour ends 5:30 am Ha Noi Station. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
What to bring:
- Sun Block
- Wide brim hat
- Camera and film
- Comfortable shoes
- Rain Gear
- Warm clothes in winter
- Original Passport.
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