MU CANG CHAI – LOCAL EXPERIENCE – 3D2N

Discover Vietnam’s stunningly unspoiled countryside in style… Discover an authentic and untouched part of Vietnam. Hike through the most stunning sceneries and terraced rice fields surrounding Co Vua, Hua Khat and Sang Village, the eye-dropping La Pan Tan Rice Terraces and Ngoc Chien Valley and Mu Cang Chai and get close to the friendly local ethnic Hmong people that live in the area.

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Day 1:

Hanoi – Mu Cang Chai – Free time to relax (dinner)

Your driver will pick you up at 8am at your stay in Hanoi for the 6½ hour journey to Mu Cang Chai. Your driver will stop along the way for a local lunch (excluded). On arrival it is time to check-in and relax in this beautiful part of Vietnam. Dinner will be served at the lodge early evening.

Transportation: Private transfer by car

Meals:Dinner

Accommodation: Valley View Bungalow

Guide: N/A

Day 2:

Hang Co Vua Village to Hua Khat Village – 6 km easy walk – 3,5 hours (breakfast, lunch and dinner)

After breakfast we start walking from the small Hmong village of Co Vua via small trails, following the rice fields, and through the pine forest. Enjoy the fresh, cool air while being surrounded by nature and mountains. We’ll try to find forest orchids while you can hear the birds singing and perhaps spot a squirrel or two.

After a 2-hour hike we’ll arrive at Hua Khat village, home to ethnic Hmong people where you can experience real local life and see how ‘simple’ they live. In these remote areas it is unfortunately not possible through language barriers to communicate with them but they welcome you with open arms and are very friendly to share their way of living with you.

Leaving the village, you will be completely surprised to see the valley of terraced fields, which are the mark of human impact on nature in a harmonious way. You can imagine as the space carved by the hands of the artists.

After lunch we continue to Cai Dong – La Khat Village – to enjoy the picturesque scenery of Mu Cang Chai.  The beautiful scenes and simple life of the Hmong people is the highlight of your first day. Back at the lodge it is time to relax and enjoy dinner.

Transportation: Hiking

Meals:Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Accommodation: Valley View Bungalow

Guide: Non-English speaking local tour guide

Day 3:

Exploring the hill tribe – 7 km easy walking – almost 3,5 hours – Hanoi or SaPa (breakfast and lunch)

After breakfast we set off to visit a Thai village. From the lodge we’ll drive to Sang Village, home to Hmong people. From here we’ll take you on local trails for a 2-hour hike. From the trail you can watch the spectacular terraced fields in the Ngoc Chien Valley. The views here are absolutely breathtaking and considered as the ideal destination for photographers and painters. We continue through the pine forest and down the valley to discover the life of Thai ethnic people. The stilts located along the stream as the symbol of Thai people from ancient times. We’ll enjoy lunch here and depending on your available time you can have some free time to go through the small streets in the village to interact with the locals before heading back to the lodge.

It is time to check-out and your driver is ready to bring you back to your accommodation in Hanoi or Sapa where this part of your journey ends.

Transportation: Hiking and transfer by car

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Accommodation: N/A

Guide: Non-English speaking local tour guide

  • Private transfers by car
  • All meals as indicated in the program
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Local non-English speaking guide
  • Other (alcoholic) beverages in the evening, personal expenses and tips
  • All services and items not mentioned specifically in the list above
  • Travel insurance

Preparation:

  • Bring shoes that can get wet and sandals for in the villages.
  • Depending on the season bring (rain) protection
  • Booking voucher from us
  • Valid Passport with valid visa
  • Cash for personal expense

Specific food requests

Please let us know if you have specific eating restrictions, allergic for certain things or if you are vegetarian, we can take that into account during the trips.

Weather wise

During the period March to November it will good to pack light with some light rain protection, a towel, quick drying light clothes, a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent, toiletries, a camera and lots of batteries. Warmer clothing and rain protection for the cooler months of November to March is advised.

Get Up And Go Vietnam does everything to make your trip an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, we have no control over weather conditions. Our apologies for that!

What do I need to know? 

This adventure guides you deep into the mountains over three days, through jungle and rice paddies trekking to a homestay in remote Hmong and Khmu villages. You see mountains with rice fields clinging to steep peaks, it’s simply stunning. This is the tour that immerses you in the people and cultures of the of those who tend these remote Laos landscapes. Get ready for adventure and step into the world of Laos mountain village tribes on this unforgettable trekking and homestay experience.

Get Up and Go Vietnam is doing all possible to make your journey and travel experience an unforgettable one. Weather conditions, we unfortunately cannot control. Our apologies for that!