Hanoi – Mai Chau – Hang Kia – Van – Hanoi
Located just 140 km to the South west of Hanoi, Mai Chau valley has spectacular mountainous landscape dotted with house-on-stilts villages of the Thai ethnic group. This trip offers an insight into the life of Thai and Hmong people in Vietnam. Trekking through numerous villages, and spending two nights a local Hmong and Thai, travelers can really feel part of the place just after three days.
Day 1: Hanoi – Hang Kia village
Depart Hanoi at 08 00 am for a 3 ½ hours heading south-west to Mai Chau, Hoa Binh province. Following lunch at Lac village, we drive for another hour to the Hmong village of Sa Linh, the starting point of our 2-hour uphill trek to Hang Kia. Upon arrival, we can visit the local exchange stalls to see how the people of this isolated village do business and make their living. Tonight, we are guests of a Hmong family. The Hmong people are not usually outgoing at first sight, but they can become pretty talkative and friendly after some cups of rice wine. (L/D)
Trekking distance: 8 km/ 2 hours
Day 2: Hang Kia – Van village
After breakfast, bid farewell to the local family, we take one-hour uphill trek before descending to Maichau valley to the Van village of the Thai people. Arriving in early afternoon, we can take some rest before wandering around this scenic valley for some excellent photos opportunities. After dinner, a chat with our hosts would be interesting as we can know more about the life and culture of the local people. (B, picnic lunch, D) (Overnight on house-on-stilts)
Trekking distance: 14 km/4 – 6 hours
Day 3: Van – Sam khoe – Hanoi
Today, we will take an easy walk for 2hrs to Sam Khoe, where we get picked up by our van. Drive back to Lac village and have an hour wandering around before lunch. Then, we drive back to Hanoi with a stop in Hoa Binh town to see the biggest hydropower plant in Vietnam. Arrive in Hanoi around 16.30 pm. (B/L)
Trekking distance: 7 km/2 hours
PRICE PER PERSON IN USD
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Hoa Binh hydropower plant, Thai & Hmong people, Hang Kia village, Xo village, overnight on house-on-stilts.
What to take
We suggest a small, lightweight trekking pack for cameras, spare film, drinking water, 2 set of changing clothes, raincoat, torch, and comfortable trekking shoes.
Air-conditioned transportation by private vehicle
Homestay at villages
English speaking guide
All entrance fees and permits
Meals as indicated in itinerary
Reasonable supply of drinking water during the tour
Tips and gratuities
You will be collected from your hotel. Pick up time will be advised upon confirmation of booking.