Mu Cang Chai is a district of Yen Bai province, about some 300 km north of Ha Noi, in the northeastern region of Vietnam. The place is home to the H'Mong and Thai community. For the place being about 1000 meters above sea level, the steep hills make it almost impossible to grow rice fields like those in the delta. Thus local residences grow their own rice on the terraced fields, for the purpose of preventing water from flowing downhill. These terraced fields lying among rugged green moutain valleys, under clear blue sky or a mysterious and crips fog, bring to eyes an imposing scenery. During harvesting season, ready crops transitioned to yellow, while new crops still remain in their green color. The scenery is a big attraction to photographer and trekkers. Mu Cang Chai’s the most beautiful seasons are waterfall season on May to Jun and the harvesting season on Septamber to early Octerber every year.
HA NOI – NGHIA LO – TU LE – MU CANG CHAI
Departure from: TP Ho Chi Minh
Destination: Ha Noi
DAY 1 HANOI ARRIVAL & CITY TOUR (L/D)
Morning: Depart for Hanoi. Arrive at Noi Bai International Airport, a car and a tour guide will welcome and transfer group to Hanoi city center for visiting the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu), dedicated to the great Chinese scholar Confucius, was founded in 1070 as the first university of Viet Nam to educate Viet Nam's administrative and warriors class. Have lunch.
Afternoon: Group visit Returned-Sword Lake - a beautiful basket of flowers at the heart of Ha Noi, a mirror-like green lake, Ngoc Son Temple, place for worshipping Tran Hung Dao (1226-1300), a Vietnamese general, scholar and master of the martial arts. Under his command, Dai Viet (currently Vietnam) armies defeated 2 major Mongolian Invasions in 1285 and 1287.
Group is free to go shopping in old street area - Old Quarter, a maze of streets dating back to the 13th century, crowded with variety of beautiful narrow streets with a lot of Food stalls, souvenir shops, a location of many historical buildings not only of French style but also of traditional style of Ha Noi in the early on 20th century. Have dinner at restaurant.
Evening: After dinner, group enjoy water puppet show – a very special show found only in Viet Nam - a series of “ancient” short stories and legends presented through the use of traditional music, song, and characters. The stage is actually a large container of water where the characters (carved wooden puppets} “act” out the story. The music is live, performed by a group of musicians that share a side stage adjacent to the water stage. After that, the car will transfer group back to hotel for relax.
DAY 02 HA NOI – NGHIA LO (B, L, D)
Departing Ha Noi northwards towards Nghia Lo town on 32 highway, this journey passes through stunning mountainous landscape, featuring with fertile hilly area covered with green tea plantations, the mountains get higher and higher. Along the way you can see thick forests cover high mountains. Spending about 4 hours walking through a narrow and long valley, we meet three tribal setting their villages in different ways which reveal their traditional customs and living style: The Thai occupy the low land almost at bottom of valleys, near river or streams from which they build up water wheels for transfer water to rice paddies on which they farm wet rice intensively. The H’mong settle at the highest elevation, grow corn and dry rice on the burn-over land and the Zao live in the middle practice both methods of farming and it is easy to realize that they learn a lot of farming technique from the Thai.
Arriving in Nghia Lo, a pretty mountainous town, we spend the remaining hours of the day wandering the town including the market area, we will check in the hotel. Have dinner and overnight in Nghia Lo.
DAY 03 NGHIA LO – TU LE – MU CANG CHAI (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we transfer from Nghia Lo to Tu Le. The road ride today takes only 2 hours so we have a lot of time exploring the area for real mountainous life of the local ethnic minority people. Fancy a four hour trekking along a trail which connect villages to villages, meeting different tribal people such as White Thai, Black Zao, Red H’mong…who seem very surprise, staring at you for the first moment and turn out very friendly and inviting you to their homes in which you will be hosted with tea or homemade wine. Next to Mu Cang Chai, we enjoy another home staying in a large Thai village, which offers fantastic hours for your culture discovery. On arrival Mu Cang Chai town, we will check in the guesthouse. Have dinner and overnight in Mu Cang Chai.
DAY 04 MU CANG CHAI – HA NOI (B, L)
Wake up early and enjoy the clean air of Northeast mountainous landscape. After breakfast, check out. We will return to Hanoi. On the way, we stop at Kim Noi Hill to take photograph and see the full views of Mu Cang Chai Town, next we will treck a bit to “Mam Xoi” on the season of grain or Sky Miror on the falling water to photograph & enjoy beautiful landscape. Continue to Nghia Lo Town to relax and have lunch here. Arrival in Hanoi, have dinner and overnight in Hanoi.
DAY 5 HANOI – HO CHI MINH CITY
After breakfast at hotel. Group is free at leisure until transfer to Hanoi/Noi Bai International Airport for the flight come back to Ho Chi Minh city. See you again in another journeys.
9 - 10 pax
- Accomodation in 3 star hotel.
- A/C bus
- English speaking guide (other languages are available upon request with a little extra fee, please contact us for detail).
- Entrance fees
- Main meals (10$/meal) and breakfast at the hotel as the program
- 01 wet tissue/day
- 02 mineral water bottles 500ml/pax/day
- Tourist insurance
- Vietnam Destination hat
- Air tickets
- Tips, personal expenses
- All not indicated in our itinerary
- SOC TRANG - BAC LIEU - CA MAU... (4D-3N) $262
- HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR (1D) $30
- SAI GON – DA LAT 3D2N (3D-2N) $172
- Vung Tau Beach 2 (2D-1N) $99
- DA NANG - HOI AN - HUE -... (5D-4N) $328
- NHA TRANG 4D4N : DAI BEACH - YANG... (4D-4N) $295
- DA LAT – THE ELEGANT CHURCHES (3D-2N) $173
- SAIGON COOKING CLASS: gourmet tour (2 hours) $35