Route: Hanoi – rolling tea hills in Long Coc – Ta Xua – Khau Pha Pass – Mu Cang Chai – Rice Terraces – La Pan Tan – Than Uyen – Sapa - Hanoi.
Autumn road trip with Ftrip Vietnam’s tour for photo loving hunter: "VAST SEA OF CLOUD in TA XUA & GOLDEN RICE TERRACES in SAPA & MU CANG CHAI"
Whenever fall comes, Sapa (Lao Cai province) & Mu Cang Chai (Yen Bai) are painted with the yellow color of ripe rice terraces. The image of beautiful golden rice terraces along with the bright smile of indigenous people in colorful costumes will leave an impression for visitors when coming here.
Ta Xua, located in Bac Yen district, Son La province, is a mountain that travelers must take once in a lifetime.
Deep in the valleys forged by the waters of Asia’s Red River & local streams, a series of colorful mountain villages are encircled by fields of towering rice terraces. The fields are agricultural feats of precision — rugged mountains blanketed with emerald stairways that, seemingly, ascend to the heavens above.
This easy adventure tour specially designed for the travelers & photographic lover who love to explore wonderful remoted destinations & tribe’s culture in the route of middle north of Vietnam including Ta Xua, Mu Cang Chai & Sapa
Our guide and driver will pick you up at the airport, be aware of the person with the pickup signboard. And then heading to the center of Hanoi to start the city tour. The first destination is the Temple of Literature. It's not only the first university in Vietnam, but it always is the fire to light up the traditional fondness for the learning Vietnamese people. Students come here to get motivated before the upcoming important exam. Quoc Tu Giam has also been chosen for organizing the complimentary ceremonies, events on holiday, be the icon of Ha Noi city. Having a local lunch then departure to the Ho Chi Minh complex, an important place for pilgrimage, which has built to honor and express gratitude to Uncle Ho. The most important part of the complex is 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. In front of the mausoleum is the Ba Dinh square. It has preserved many imprints of great events of the Vietnamese nation. On September 2, 1945, at this Square, President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence that gave birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. And then we will come to visit the Presidential Palace, a large French design building used as the workplace of the president. Behind the Presidential Palace is the Ho Chi Minh's Residence. This place will show you how simple the president lives in his whole life. Another signature place in the complex is One Pillar Pagoda, a strange architectural style pagoda built from 1049. And the final place will be the Ho Chi Minh Museum, a place to express gratitude and eternal memory of the great merits of President Ho Chi Minh. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi – Long Coc – Ta Xua (D)
Pickup from your hotel in central hanoi then starting our the day with an early start from Hanoi to leave the bustling city. Driving along then crossing the stunning Red river dams, we’ll head straight to Trung Ha bridge located in Ba Vi district via the Black River. Continue following well-known National Highway 32 and stop en route for spectarcularly rolling tea hills in Long Coc. Heading further north then we end up at Phu Yen to enjoy the lunch with your fellow drivers at a local restaurant before heading to Bac Yen town through. Well, from here that’s also the place where the true challenges begin. Get ready to commence our windy moutain road with a 12-km vertical distance. But, the breathtaking scenery will push us inspiration up. Keep going, then, you’ll finally reach the destination Ta Xua by mid afternoon. From here, the challange will be started with motorbike riding (if you wish) & short trekking to the “dinosaur’s back” for amazing view of moutainous area. Enjoy a fun dinner with others and local host, spend time on good beer, barbeque, and relaxation between the peaceful space of this pristine natural landscape covered by the white floating clouds.
Day 3: Ta Xua – Tu Le – Khau Pha Pass – Rice Terraces- La Pan Tan – Mu Cang Chai (B,D)
Wake up early as you wish to watch beauful view of sunrise & clound rising from valley if the weather’s condition is permitted. Then we say good bye to our friendly local host to go to Mu Cang Chai, we will stop at Tu Le for lunch. We continune driving over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam, connecting Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai. These scenic roads offer a lot of stops for picture-taking as it is the viewpoint to see the Lim Mong, Lim Thai village or paragliding-point on the top of this pass. Afterward, we will head to next spot: La Pan Tan village is well-known with large and high rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai. Everything was built by the human hand of the H’ mong people over the past hundreds of years. When finish we keep going to Mu Cang Chai town for overinght. Summary: Driving: 200 km Accommodation: hotel in Mu Cang Chai Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Mu Cang Chai – Ba Nha – Rice Terraces – Than Uyen – Sapa (B)
After our breakfast in the hotel, heading to Ba Nha where we can we will spend time for short hiking to “Horseshoe” or “Rasberry Hill” (đồi Mâm Xôi in Vietnamese) – one of the most famous spot in Mu Cang Chai with round shape of rice terraces follows the mountain shape. Mu Cang Chai: in total, rice terraces cover more than 2,200 hectares of this land, of which 500 were designated as national heritage sites by Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in 2007. This land is shared by the three villages - La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha and De Xu Phinh - and are must-see spots for any traveler in the region. But this is not Disneyland. This isn’t a destination designed to attract visitors, international attention or the Instagram set. Centuries ago, the ancestors of Northern Vietnam’s local hill tribes created this place of practicality and profound beauty for the most basic of reasons - to survive. Saying goodbye with spectacular rice terraces in Mu Cang Chai region, we will continue heading to Sapa with stop en route to make a short hiking to Love Waterfall which is located in jungle of Hoang Lien National Park.
Day 5: Sapa – Tribe’s village – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Fansipan Mountain (B,L)
After having an early breakfast at the hotel, we start our day with easy trekking journey to Lao Chai - Ta Van village, the home of Black Hmong and Giay ethnic minority. Both of these villages lie between the great Ham Rong Mountain and majestic Hoang Lien Son Mountain. Its beauty made by the terrace fields tinting with yellow during harvest seasons. It also comes from the simple, natural and traditional lifestyles that the people here are willing to preserve regardless of the high technology equipment that they have. What a wonderful chance to keep yourself away from normal life, having one time to eat, live and play in the traditional way. Having a lunch at a local restaurant then departure to Fansipan Peak is called the "Roof of Indochina" not because of its height but also for the wilderness. There are two ways to conquer the peak: trekking or by the modern three-rope cable system. Normally, it takes 2-4 days to get to the peak by trekking, you must be strong and brave to choose this way. Our driver will pick us up and heading to the cable station. It takes only 15-20 minutes to get to the peak. Be careful of the thin air as we are moving upward to reach Fansipan "3,141m" peak. From the peak, enjoying a magnificent view of Sapa, Muong Hoa valley and Hoang Lien National Park. Don't forget to take picture with the monument at the top.We can also pay a visit to the pagoda complex below, the beauty of the Buddhist culture. Get on the cable cabin down to the station and return to Sapa. Overnight in Sapa.
Day 6: Sapa – Tribe’s village – Cat Cat - Hanoi (B,L)
After having breakfast at hotel, our driver and guide will transfer you to Cat Cat village is just only 3kms from Sapa. A leisurely walk downhill will give you an overview of the village. We will not be tired as we can not take your eyes off the wonderful nature. A narrow rock trail will lead you through the whole village, from souvenir shops to memorial houses, and even exhibit houses showing the traditional handicraft such as weaving, jewelry crafting. Continue trekking deep down the village, we will reach Muong Hoa stream.We can take some rest, enjoy playing with the cool water here and explore the water-mill made by the Black H'Mong minority from Y Linh Ho village. Back to the hotel to packing our luggages and check-out. Our driver is waiting to take us back to Hanoi via highway Lao Cai - Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 7: Hanoi Departure (B)
Enjoy of a delicious breakfast at your hotel. Free at leisure until our driver and tour guide come to transfer you to Noi Bai International Airport for departure. It times to say goodbye. Ends of service.
La Siesta Premium Hang Be
Local homestay – Ta xua Hills
Mu Cang Chai
Local lodge – Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge
Sapa Highland Resort & Spa
Silk Path Grand Resort & Spa Sapa
Accommodation based on twin sharing occupancy
Meals as indicated in program, (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Private A/C car or van with driver during on tour.
English or French speaking guide (any other requested language guide)
All entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated in the program
Service charges, rooms tax and handling fees
International air tickets and airport departure taxes
Visa stamping fee
Tips and gratuities
Personal expenses and other services
Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program
NOTES: Tour can be modified, hotels changed to suit your tastes and budget. Minor program changes are sometime necessary, depending on road conditions and weather.
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