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Northern Vietnam Walking Tour

An exciting trip visiting tribal villages in the mountainous back country of northern Vietnam. We stay in stilt houses and explore the area near Mai Chau, before heading north to Sapa. Here in the mountains we stay in the home of a Red Zao family, hiking along rivers and up into the hills past beautiful rice terraces. We also enjoy an overnight junk cruise around the towering limestone islands of Halong Bay and have ample time to explore Hanoi, one of Vietnam's most interesting cities and the best place to try street food or the local rice wine.

Tour Highlights

  • Sapa - Trek past terraced rice fields through the villages and valleys of ethnic minority people
  • Hilltribe markets - Chance to visit a colourful local ethnic minority market
  • Mai Chau Valley - Trek through remote karst landscapes and overnight in a typical White Thai stilt houses
  • Hanoi - Wander through the bustling narrow streets of the Old Quarter lined with shop-houses
  • Halong Bay - Traditional junk boat cruise through one of the most incredible limestone landscapes in South East Asia


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    Join tour in Hanoi; afternoon walk in the Old Quarter

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    Drive to Halong Bay; overnight on boat

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    In Halong Bay, morning cruise; drive to Hanoi

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    Drive to Mai Chau; afternoon tribal village walk; overnight in village house

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    In Mai Chau, walk through tribal villages and paddy fields; overnight in village house

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    In Mai Chau, free time with option to hire bicycles; return to Hanoi for sleeper train to Lao Cai

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    Arrive in Lao Cai; bus to Sapa; free day to explore

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    From Sapa, trek past rice terraces to minority village of Sin Chai; overnight in village house

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    From Sin Chai, trek through valleys, villages and rice terraces; return to Sapa

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    In Sapa, free time with options to visit minority market; bus to Lao Cai for sleeper train to Hanoi

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    Arrive in Hanoi; free day with option to visit French Quarter

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    Tour ends in Hanoi

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Vietnamese Hilltribe Hikes
Why Book this trip
This tour focussing on the north of Vietnam is perfect for trekkers who enjoy walking but also want an insight into the culture of the destination. You will encounter ethnic minority people as well as visit the fascinating city of Hanoi and the beautiful bay of Halong. Walks take place in two different areas - Mai Chau and in the hills of Sapa and give you two different experiences.
Included meals 9 5 2
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Train, Boat, Public Bus
3 nights Standard Hotel
1 night Standard Boat
3 nights Simple Village House
2 nights Simple Overnight Train
2 nights Simple Hotel
Trip Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Boat Crew
Group Size
Generally 8 - 14