5-day Uncover the Little Sapa

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Tour type

Tour Level: Moderate

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Tour Period: 05 Days

tour highlights

  • Visit home of a local batik artisan and hike to Hang Kia village
  • Visit Tat Nang waterfall
  • Trek through local villages village with picnic lunch on pine hill
  • Encounter exotic hilltribes
  • Explore remote landscapes
  • Stay in village homestays

tour details

This 5-day tour offers the chance to experience life of ethnic minority peoples in the remote mountainous areas southwest of Hanoi. Often dubbed a “Little Sapa”, here you will witness the spectacular mountain ranges along the drive to the authentic Na Bai and Phu Mau villages in Van Ho District of Son La, home to Muongs and Thai people, and the Tat Nang Waterfall. Further north, enjoy a wonderful experience at A Chu’s homestay in addition to a light trek to the nearby village and through beautiful pine tree covered hills. A Saturday departure will allow you to experience the Sunday Market in Pa Co, where you will see local people come to exchange goods wearing beautiful traditional dress.

Pick up at your hotel in the old quarter of Hanoi for a joint transfer for Mai Chau (150 km) through picturesque scenery with stunning views of the mountain ranges along the way. Upon arrival, have a refreshment at Mai Chau Valley View Hotel and then take the public bus for Mai Hich, a beautiful valley about 14 km from Mai Chau.Check in Minh Tho Homestay, a member of CBT Mai Hich, a community based tourism project to help raise income for local people while promoting the sustainable tourism. Host family will serve lunch.In the afternoon, have a relaxing 2-hour biking tour. You will meet the local hill tribe people pursuing their daily routines such as rice planting, herding buffalos, or building houses.Have dinner and then it’s your time to relax and treat yourself with cold beer or local wineAccommodation at Minh Tho Stilt House, dorm style with your own mattress, mosquito net and electric fan. Western style toilets are located separate from the main house.Meals included: Lunch Dinner
Enjoy breakfast at leisure, then say good-bye to your host family and transfer to Pa Co village (30 km north of Mai Chau).Visit Pa Co village and call on the home of Mrs. Mua Y Dai, one of the few H’mong artisans, who are still keeping and preserving ancestors’ batik and indigo dyeing techniques. See how meticulous she is in painting beeswax patterns on the fabrics and learn how it’s made with indigo dyeing.Option for Sunday: Have early breakfast, then check out and transfer to visit Pa Co Market. Like all other markets in the mountainous area, this is the weekly meeting place for the local people, where they come to meet friends and exchange home produces for, often, a week’s consumption. You will see H’mong women coming from surrounding communes to sell colourful brocades and admire their weaving skills and meticulous thread works.Afterward you will start to hike to Hang Kia, a beautiful H’mong village. Nestled in a deep valley at an altitude of prox. 1,300 m above sea level, this place is often dubbed by local people as a “Little Sapa” thanks to its mild weather. Check in Y Mua’s homestay, another member of the community based tourism project and have a village walk to observe the local life.Accommodation at Y Mua Stilt House, dorm style with your own mattress, mosquito net and electric fan. Western style toilets are located separate from the main house.Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Today you will drive further north from Hang Kia to visit a less travelled area, where you can still see authentic Muong and Thai ethnic villages. After an impressive descend from Na Bai Village, you will arrive at Phu Mau, a Thai ethnic village, to visit the beautiful Tat Nang waterfall. Afterward, return to Na Bai village for lunch at a homestay.After lunch, you can take a walk around the village before leaving for Hua Tat, a H’mong ethnic village. Upon arrival, check in A Chu Homestay, another member of the CTB network. Late afternoon, you may want to watch or join the local youth in their social activities at the commune’s playground nearby. Accommodation at A Chu Stilt House, dorm style with your own mattress, mosquito net and electric fan. Western style toilets are located separate from the main house.Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
This morning, you will hike the routes through the villages and pine hills around Hua Tat with picnic lunch in a pine forest. Afterward, return to A Chu’s to freshen up before driving back Mai Chau. Tonight you will stay at Hoa Ban Stilt House in Lac 2 village, another CBT member. Hoa Ban Homestay together with the brocade weaving co-operative was established to support the underprivileged and disabled women from the surrounding communities. The products, including brocades, accessories and toys are distributed nationwide and the proceeds come to support the workers’ life and the communitiesAccommodation at Hoa Ban Stilt House, dorm style with your own mattress, mosquito net and electric fan. Western style toilets are located separate from the main houseMeals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Enjoy your morning at a leisurely pace, then check out and take the joint transfer to Hanoi. Upon arrival, make you way to your hotel. Accommodation in Hanoi is not includedMeals included: Breakfast

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