The Northwest Loop

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The Northwest Loop

Embark on a wild northern adventure as you drive from Hanoi to Sapa via Dien Bien Phu & Lao Cai, taking in spectacular mountain scenery & ethnic hilltribe villages en route, before returning to Hanoi by sleeper train.
 
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Day 1 – Hanoi-Sapa
Picturesque full-day journey to Sapa in NW Vietnam. Stop en route at Yen Dai & ethnic minority villages. In the afternoon visit the border town of Lao Cai with views across the Red River to China. From Lao Cai travel through the hills to scenic Sapa.
Evening – free time in Sapa
 
Day 2 – Sapa
Morning – walking tour of Sapa. Visit the busy market where hill tribes from the surrounding villages converge to sell handicrafts and to buy food.
Afternoon – visit Cat Cat and Ta Fin hilltribe villages.
Evening – free time in Sapa
 
Day 3 – Sapa - Lai Chau
Morning – depart Sapa for Lai Chau. Drive through stunning mountain scenery & visit Black Thai and Red H’mong villages.
Afternoon – arrive Lai Chau.
Evening – free time in Lai Chau.
 
Day 4 – Lai Chau - Dien Bien Phu
Morning – drive through scenic hills & valleys to Dien Bien Phu, stopping at White Thai village en route.
Afternoon – visit Dien Bien Phu including A1 Hill, the Army Museum & local Thai villages.
Evening – free time in Dien Bien Phu.
 
Day 5 – Dien Bien Phu - Son La
Morning – drive over spectacular mountain passes before stopping in Tuan Giao for lunch.
Afternoon – visit Black Thai villages before arriving in Son La. Visit former French prison.
Evening – free time in Son La.
 
Day 6 – Son La - Moc Chau - Hanoi
Drive to Hanoi, visiting tea & coffee plantations en route. Stop at market town of Moc Chau for lunch, before completing journey to Hanoi.
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