Best of Hanoi & Mai Chau 5 days 4 nights

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It’s a short journey but covers the most cannot miss of Hanoi to the natural beauty of rural areas, hill tribe culture, and nature of the surroundings. Hanoi welcomes us with the alive 36 old streets with great vibes, and epic food while Duong Lam shows us a typical rural lifestyle through many hundred years of old houses and agricultural activities. Mai Chau, not far from Hanoi, however, offers so much of a natural touch and hill tribe lifestyle.


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    • Cyclo around Hanoi Old Quater
    • Ho Chi Minh Complex
    • Temple of Literature- Quoc Tu Giam
    • Duong Lam ancient village
    • Homemade meal
    • Beautiful passes and some panoramic views down to the valley
    • Workshop at the local handicraft house
    • Pa Co village & Pa Co Market
    • Mai Chau San Tuyet tea factory
    • Hill Tribe cultures and lifestyle (Hmong ethnic)

    Day 1: Hello Hanoi (D)

    Our guide and driver will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel for check-in and drop off your bags and get some rest. If time’s permitted, we take a cyclo (Xich lo) ride for a short excursion through the bustling old quarter streets named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. A welcome dinner will be at a local restaurant with their best Hanoi food.

    (Our first-day schedule could be created and modified to meet your time of arrival)

    Day 2: Hanoi Tour & Duong Lam ancient village (B, L)

    Make our way to Ho Chi Minh Complex to check out Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum where preserved Uncle Ho’s corpse for people all over the country and international visitors to visit their beloved old father, and Ba Dinh Square where President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945. Another signature place in the complex is One Pillar Pagoda– a unique architectural style pagoda built in 1049. After that, we will visit the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh’s Residence which was used as his workplace and home back in the old time respectively, and Ho Chi Minh Museum.

    After that, visit the Temple of Literature- Quoc Tu Giam which is one of the most iconic places in Hanoi. Drive out of the Centre, we get to Duong Lam ancient village. After having a homemade meal with a local family, we will get to know more about Vietnamese culture and history by visiting heritage sites. Then cycle around the village to see the surroundings. Return to Hanoi in the evening.

    Day 3: Hanoi- Mai Chau – Tribe’s Villages (B, L, D)

    We begin our day with a 3.5-hour drive from Hanoi to Mai Chau. The short journey offers many beautiful passes and some panoramic views down to the valley. Arrive at Mai Chau around midday and head to a traditional stilt house where your lunch is served by local people. In the afternoon, we will cycle around the town, and visit small stilt houses of the Thai minority to learn about their cultures, customs, and lifestyles. There will be a workshop at the local handicraft house for you to observe and make one for yourself. Dinner will be served with “Ruou Can” which is made of fermented glutinous rice mixed with several kinds of herbs from local forests. We don’t drink Ruou Can with a glass or cup, we use slim bamboo tubes! How exciting!

    Day 4: Mai Chau and its best (B, L)

    After enjoying our breakfast, we will make our way to Pa Co village which is the home of the mong ethnic. Walk around the village to experience the local culture & lifestyle and feel their warm hospitality. If it happens on Sunday, we will visit the Pa Co market where Hmong and other tribes gathered to trade their regional foods. Then head further north to Moc Chau plateau where we find ourselves diving into the greenness of tea hills and plum flowers. We also visit Mai Chau San Tuyet tea factory which is well-known for its best quality and special tea production method. In the late afternoon, we will cycle around the village, passing through rice fields and finding the best spot for a stunning sunset. Return to the homestay where we will have our delicious home-cooked dinner and stay the night.

    Day 5: Farewell Mai Chau – Hanoi (B)

    Enjoy your last hearty breakfast and say goodbye to your friendly host before our driver and guide take you to Noi Bai International Airport for departure. If you would like to stay in Hanoi after the trip, we will take you back to the Old Town where the journey ends with a great memory.


    • 5 days itinerary
    • 4 nights in a local homestay
    • All meals on board
    • Entrance and sightseeing fees (if any)
    • English speaking guide
    • Transportations
    • Free wifi
    • Daily complimentary mineral water


    • Tips (optional) and personal expenses
    • Pick up and drop off at hotels located outside of Hanoi Old Quarter.
    • VAT

    Additional information:

    • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • The itinerary can change due to the weather condition
    • Sunscreen, a hat, and comfortable shoes are recommended
    • We recommend bringing a hat, sunglasses, a raincoat or an umbrella
    • Early/late check-in/out service at hotels (surcharge if requested)  
    • All other services which are not mentioned
    • The service charge for Xmas, New year holiday, Lunar new year

    Reviewed by

    Diep Van

    Phone: +84901166884


    Diep Van

    Founder & Photography Guide

    Specialties: Culture, landscape, portrait, hiking, active and adventurous tour

    Besides my unlimited passion for traveling, a professional tour guide for over a decade, I have been taking photographs since sitting at Hanoi of the University of Culture in the early 2000s. Photography started as a hobby but it was seriously taken due to my work relations and my significant passion for the beauty of our world, especially in Southeast Asian parts such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

    Within a few years of taking photographs, my works began to be recognized by many reliable international publications such as AFAR Travel, The Times, and The Daily Telegraph newspaper. In addition, I continuously add to my growing profile by winning numerous major awards: 3rd Position of The Independent Photographer 2018, 1st Position of Amateur Photographer of the year 2018, Grand Prize Winner of the AFAR Travel Photography 2019, and a Gold Award of San Francisco Bay International Photography 2020.

    I photograph a wide variety of subjects, from travel to landscapes to street scenes. I enjoy documenting the East’s rich cultural heritage and its land soaked in glorious sunrise or sunset light in remote and secluded spots. And, I am very happy to share my knowledge and experience with you. You can visit Luminousvietnamtour to explore tour!