“… Amazing landscape with endless yellow rice fields, like staircases to the Heaven …”
Dien Bien is a province in the North-western Vietnam. The capital of the province is Dien Bien Phu, which is renowned for its long and victorious history against French colonists on May 7th 1954. Along with significant historical relics, Dien Bien possesses amazing mountainous scenery that tourists should not miss. The area is inhabited by Montagnards, most notably the Thai and H’mong. So visiting Dien Bien Phu, travelers not only visit the historical battlefield, but also have something in mind about the life of local people here.
Bid farewell to Dien Bien historical province, we come to the mountainous area of Sapa, which is located in Lao Cai Province, Northwest Vietnam. Sapa is compared to a foggy valley, which is quiet and peaceful but hides inside the magic of nature. Visitors to Sapa in summer can feel the climate of four seasons in one day. In the morning and afternoon, it is cool like the weather of spring and autumn. At noon, it is as sunny and cloudless as the weather of summer and it is cold in the evening. With no advance warning of a thunderstorm, short and heavy rains may come at noon on any summer day. Subsequently, a rainbow appears, transforming Sapa into a magic land, which for years has been a constant source of poetic inspiration, lights up the whole region.
DAY 1: HA NOI – DIEN BIEN PHU – MUONG PHANG (L, D)
06h30 – 07h30: Get picked up at Hanoi Opera House for transfer to Noi Bai Airport where you catch the flight departing at 09h50 to Dien Bien City.Arrive in Dien Bien. Have lunch and take a short rest.
Afternoon visits: Muong Phang, the headquarter of Dien Bien Phu campaign and the tunnel of General Vo Nguyen Giap.Return to Dien Bien City in late afternoon. Check in to hotel and have dinner.
19h00: Enjoy traditional dance performance of Thai ethnic people in Men Village (fees at your own account). Explore the culture and daily life of the locals. Covering about 100 hectare, Men Village is home to more than 100 ethnic families and belongs to Thanh Nua Commnune which is 5 km to the north of the city’s centre.
22h00: Return to your hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.
DAY 2: DIEN BIEN – SAPA (B, L, D)
Check out of hotel after breakfast time. Driver and tour guide take you to the Museum of Dien Bien Phu historical campaign, the martyrs cemetery, Hill A1, Muong Thanh Bridge, Nam Rom River, the central airport and De Castries Tunnel.
10h00: Leave Dien Bien for Sapa. Admire imposing beauty of Northern Vietnam’s forest and mountain along the road. As our bus runs along Nam Na River, Ma Thi Ho Pass and across Muong Lay Village, you will have change to meet local H’mong, Thai ethnic people and learn about their customs, culture and daily life. Lunch is served in a restaurant in Phong Tho.
PM: Continue traveling towards Sapa passing Hoang Lien Son Mountains. Meet Dzao and Hmong people en route the way. Dinner is served upon your arrival in Sapa. After checking in to hotel, it’s your free time to explore Sapa by night. Stay overnight in hotel
DAY 3: SAPA – HAM RONG – CAT CAT VILLAGE (B, L, D)
After having breakfast at hotel, you are free at own leisure (visiting Sapa market and admiring the town sunk in fog in early morning are recommended).
08h00 The tour guide escorts you to Ham Rong Tourism Area, which locates an amazing tropical orchid garden, a central flower park, the Yard of Cloud and the Heaven Gate. Enjoy traditional art performance of the locals then have lunch in a restaurant.
Spend the afternoon visiting Cat Cat Village and exploring the life of Hmong people. Return to hotel in late afternoon for dinner and spend the night your way.
DAY 4: SAPA – HA NOI (B, L)
Free time after breakfast to stroll around Sapa.
08h00 Check out of hotel and get on bus for transfer back Hanoi, en route stop in Yen Bai City for lunch.Tour ends upon arrival in Hanoi.
|Province/City||Hotel rating||Hotel name|
|Son La||★★||Hà Nội Sơn La or Similar|
|Sapa||★★||Hoàng Hà or Similar|
|Dien Bien||★★||ĐBP Hà Nội or Similar|
Quotation: US$ per pax (Valid till 31 Dec 2014)
(Tour rates are not applied for public holiday, New Year…)
|Hotel class||2 pax||3-5 pax||6-7 pax||8-9 pax||10 up pax|
|★★||647 USD||515 USD||383 USD||350 USD||320 USD|
|Transportation||4 seater||7 seater||16 seater||16 seater||16 seater|
INCLUSION: One-way air ticket Hanoi – Dienbien. Land transportation by air-conditioned busAccommodation at 2-star hotels (02-03 pax/room). Meals as indicated in the itinerary. Entrance and sightseeing fee. Tour guide. Presents: 1 travel hat + 1 cold tissue + 1 water bottle 0.5l /pax/day
EXCLUSION: Expenses arising beyond the program, telephone charge, laundry, beverage, VAT…Traditional dance performance in Men Village (Dien Bien): VND2,000,000/group. Surcharge for guests arriving 01 night before departure: USD 35,000/pax (including airport pick-up, 01 night hotel accommodation and 01 breakfast meal; applied for group of 02 pax upward). Single room surcharge: USD 35/pax