The provincial museum and the nearby old prison are some of this hill town’s major sights. We have a chance to visit these before we leave for our next destination. The winding roads cross over the Pha Din Pass before reaching Dien Bien Phu, the site of the decisive battle in Vietnam’s struggle for independence in 1954. After checking into our central located hotel we enjoy a walk around to see this fast growing town. Our main stop is Dien Bien Phu’s Museum which details the event in place.
- Day 1: Visit Thai village
- Day 2: Visit Old Prison of Sonla (B)
- Day 3: Visit Thuan Chau Market on the way (B)
- Day 4: Visit Dien Bien Phu’s Museum (B)
- Day 5: Go to Ba So town (B)
- Day 6: Go to Sapa (B)
- Day 7: Visit Lao Chai & Ta Van villages (B)
- Day 8: Visit a waterfall and a rattan bridge (B)
- Day 9: Visit the houses on stilt of H’Mong, Dzao, minorities in Bac Ha (B)
- Day 10: Arrive HaNoi (B)
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Day 1: Visit Thai village
Am : 8h00 Depart from your hotel to Maichau. Stop in HoaBinh to see the Hydro Electric Central. Continue to Maichau, stop over on the way. 13h00 Arrive at Maichau.Pm : Short trekking to visit Thai village, BanVan & BanLac. Overnight at Pomcong village in Maichau.
Day 2: Visit Old Prison of Sonla (B)
Am : 8h00 Depart to Sonla. Stop to visit small ethnic hamlets scattering along the way from Yen Chau, Moc Chau (Muong people). Luch on the way. 14h00 Arrive Sonla.Visit Old Prison of Sonla. Overnight in Sonla.
Hotel in Son La
Day 3: Visit Thuan Chau Market on the way (B)
Free at your leisure in the next morning. 7h30 Breakfast at hotel. Visit the hill-tribe hamlets including the Black Tay, Meo, Muong and White Tay. Vân Long pass, Ban Nâm Na and other villages in the surroundings). Then depart to Laichau. Short walk on the way. Stop to visit Thuan Chau Market on the way. Overnight at Laichau.
Hotel in Lai Chau
Day 4: Visit Dien Bien Phu’s Museum (B)
Free at your leisure in the next morning. The provincial museum and the nearby old prison are some of this hill town’s major sights. We have a chance to visit these before we leave for our next destination. The winding roads cross over the Pha Din Pass before reaching Dien Bien Phu, the site of the decisive battle in Vietnam’s struggle for independence in 1954. After checking into our central located hotel we enjoy a walk around to see this fast growing town. Our main stop is Dien Bien Phu’s Museum which details the event in place. We also pay a visit to the old battle field where the lush vegetation grows behind many war relics including old French tanks and artillery pieces. O/N in Dien Bien Phu .
Hotel in Dien Bien
Day 5: Go to Ba So town (B)
Free at your leisure in the next morning. Am : 7h30 Drive Lai Chau to Sin Ho. Sightseeing stops on the way for breathtaking scenery. Pm : 16h00 arrive Ba So town. Overnight at Lan Anh hotel in Lai Chau.
Hotel in Lai Chau
Day 6: Go to Sapa (B)
Free at your leisure in the next morning. Am : 8h00 Depart to Sapa. Strolling through the colourful market at Tam Duong early in the morning where you will meet many different ethnic minority communities. After the market, you will head out on another one of Northern Vietnam’s most spectacular roads on the way to Sapa. Arriver in the old French colonial hill station of Sapa late in the afternoon. Free time after check-in until dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Visit Lao Chai & Ta Van villages (B)
Free at your leisure in the next morning. Breakfast and relax. Walk around Sapa and then start from Sapa at 12:00 PM by jeep to visit a village of the Black H’mong (Lao Chai San). Go though hillsides along Muong Hoa river. Cross the river by a suspension bridge to reach Lao Chai village. Take the paths across the paddy fields to get to the 3rd village of the Dzay minority (TaVan) and Stay the night at a Dzay family in this village. Picnic lunch on the way and dinner at the family.
Day 8: Visit a waterfall and a rattan bridge (B)
Free at your leisure in the next morning. Breakfast with the local family and then get to a village located at the foot of Hoang Lien Son range via bamboo forests. Visit a waterfall and a rattan bridge. After the village, get down to the river, cross it and keep going to SuPan village for 2 minorities – The H’mong and the Red Dzao. Get off the road to go down hill to BanHo village. Overnight at Ban Ho with a Tay family who have houses on stilts. Return and overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 9: Visit the houses on stilt of H’Mong, Dzao, minorities in Bac Ha (B)
Free at your leisure in the next morning. Depart at 6.00 a.m. for Bac Ha. Stop on the way for sightseeing.visit ethnic hamlets and take photographs. You will have time to visit the houses on stilt of H’Mong, Dzao, minorities in Bac Ha. Overnight in Bac Ha.
Hotel in Bac Ha
Day 10: Arrive HaNoi (B)
Free at your leisure in the next morning. 7h00 Am Return to Ha Noi. More stop on the way. Lunch at Pho Rang town. 17h00 Arrive HaNoi.
|Number in Group Price/person(US$)||2-3||4-5||6-8||Single Sup|
|Hotels||Mid-range (3*)||Superior (3*+)||Deluxe (4*)|
|Sapa Lodge Hotel, Bamboo hotel or similar||Chau Long hotel in New Wing room||Victoria sapa resort & Spa|
What is included in the tour cost :
- Transportation by Hi Lander or Landcruiser with aircondition as tour program indicated.
- PrivateBoat trip.
- Twin-share accommodation with daily breakfast;
- English or French- speaking guide
- Sightseeing fees
- Purified water and wet towel
- Breakfast at homestay
- Taxes and services charge
What is not included in the tour cost :
- Lunches & dinners .
- Airport taxes
- travel insurance
- personal expenses
- emergency transfers.
What to Bring?
What Exactly is a Private Tour?
Many people ask what the difference is between a private tour and any other kind of tour. The main difference is simply that on a private tour only you and members of your party are included. So it will be just you and your guests, drivers and tour guides. This allows you to tailor the tour to suit your needs perfectly.
So Much More Flexibility
Private tours offer the individual much more flexibility than open tours. You can decide start times, meal times and just about everything else. Of course our experts are here to guide you and point out any pitfalls.
Your own Private Guides and Drivers
Once a private tour is booked you will be allocated an English-speaking guide who will stay with you throughout the tour. Any drivers will also be your exclusively and this of course gives you the opportunity to get to know them. Our guides are professional, friendly and fun and will guarantee to enhance your enjoyment of any activity.
You have the peace of mind of knowing that once you have booked your private tour, all transfers will be included. Professional drivers will transport you by private car or minibus to hook up with the next aspect of your journey. If there is a place of interest on the way to your destination that you wish to see, inform your driver and it can be arranged, easily.
Choose Your Type of Accommodation.
Your level of comfort is in your hands. If you are on a budget we can recommend the best places to stay. Alternatively if you want luxury all the way, that too can be sorted out. Any specific personal needs can be dealt with, swiftly and efficiently. Dietary requirements of health issues will all be handled professionally and tactfully.
Q: If I wish to make changes to my itinerary, will there be a cost?
A: Any changes made early enough normally do not incur any changes. You will need to check directly with the service provider for that particular part of the holiday. We do not charge any money for changes but will have to pass on any charges we incur from hotels or other service providers. We do however promise to try our utmost to avoid any costs to our customers. In the case of any changes required, please email us at your earliest convenience include your full name, booking code and any other relevant details.
Q: What is meant by ‘Net Price’?
A: This is the full price of what you pay us for your tour. No commission will be added and no discounts are given. Please note: credit card and Traveller’s check customers will be subjected to a surcharge. It is worth noting that if you pay a small deposit by Credit Card, then the rest in cash upon arrival, you can save money on bank transfers and credit card charges.
Q: What do you mean by B,L& D regarding meals? Are all meals included?
A: All our tours list the meals that are included. B = Breakfast, L = Lunch and D = Dinner. Where a meal is not included we are always happy to recommend good restaurants.
Q: Why are some trips described as Standard, Superior or Deluxe?
A: This normally relates to the type of Cruise boat or Hotel for your particular trip. Every other aspect of your trip will be of the same high standard.
Q:What do you mean by Vietnam Package Tour?
A: The phrase refers to the part of your holiday that you have booked through us. Package tours are pre-arranged to include transfers, ground transport, hotels and other accommodation, guides, entrance fees and service charges. From the moment you are picked up to the moment we drop you off at the end, everything listed is part of the package.
Q: What is a good length of stay in Vietnam?
A:Vietnam is one of the most interesting countries in the world. It has amazing scenery from the Mekong Delta in the South to Sapa and Halong Bay in the North. All points in between offer amazing holiday destinations with Saigon and it beautiful French colonial Architecture, Hué and Hoi An steeped in history, and of course the amazing capital of Hanoi in the North. Whether you are looking for a one-week break or a three month stay, there is much to see and do and we guarantee that you will not get bored.
What are the differences between a Private Tour and a Group Tour
There are so many different types of tour available these days it is important to know the differences in order that you, as the customer, can make informed choices. The main two types of tours are Private Tours and Group Tours. A group can also travel as part of a private tour which further complicates the issue. Open Tours are where you as an individual simply join in with other people on shared travel.
Private tours are where you employ a tour company to tailor a tour to your specifications. Only you and your guests will be included on the tour and guides and drivers will work exclusively for you. The advantages are many and varied. You get to set the itinerary, the start times in the mornings, even the places which you wish to visit. As tour specialists we will of course advise and assist you along the way. But if you have to drive, say from Hanoi to Halong bay, and there is something along the way that you wish to see, simply inform your tour guide and it will be fitted in.
Group Tours are sometimes called seat in coach or SIC Tours and are pretty much self explanatory. It is merely a case of booking a seat on a tour and going with the flow. These are perfectly fine, offer less flexibility but have the added pleasure of travelling in a group and of course the chance of making new friends. An advantage of group tours is that there are often group discounts available for venues and these can be passed on to the customers.
A group tour can be a great way of meeting people. Spending a few days within a group of people normally throws up a few friendships and these can be rewarding and lasting. Shared experiences are a great way to start off a friendship. Staying at the same hotel and travelling in the same bus, does can of make it impossible not to break down barriers and hold conversation.
Both types of tour have their merits and it is simply a matter of deciding what you would like to experience. For single people a Group Tour can be a great way of travelling safely and not feeling lonely. Which ever type of tour appeals to you, we have the expertise and professional staff to help ensure that you get the very best out of your trip.
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