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Hanoi – Mai Chau
At 7.30 am, your private guide will pick you up at your hotel. You take a 4 hour drive heading southwest of Hanoi to Mai Chau through a spectacular mountain range. This is an authentic hill tribe region and a fantastic base for treks and homestay adventures. Most houses you see here are elevated 10–12 feet off the ground in order to avoid water damage and shelter animals from the elements.
The spectacular views of the mountains and valleys with road condition will make our journey today worthwhile. En route you will stop to visit the local markets, take plenty of great photos of the spectacular mountains and green valley.
Upon arrival you check into the exotic Mai Chau Lodge, rest and perhaps relax by the swimming pool.
Alternatively, you can stay at a local home where you will be provided clean bedding and a delicious authentic local dinner.
The afternoon is free for you to explore the surrounding villages on foot, meet the local people and learn about their lives raising crops and livestock. Perhaps we will join in a traditional dance performed by the local artists? Dance performance is not included and at your own choice.
Overnight in Mai Chau
Mai Chau – Moc Chau Plateau– Mai Son
Depart Mai Chau you embark on a 2-hour drive towards Moc Chau Highland, located at Son La province, approximately 180 km North West from Hanoi. Moc Chau Plateau blessed with a wide variety of nature beauty, gifted with boundless meadow for an unlimited source of fresh milk. Upon arrival you will visit one of the Tea plantations, where you find the best green tea in Vietnam grown along the roads on hillsides. Then you have lunch at a local family.
After lunch you will continue to visit Hang Doi (Bat Cave), Ang village Pine forest and Dai Yem waterfall.
Leave Mai Chau for another two hour drive to Mai Son town. Arrive at Mai Son and check into a local family. Tonight the host will cook a delicious dinner for you. They will take you to their garden to pick fresh vegetables and show you to select the best chicken for our meal. Watch they cooking while enjoying some cold beers. Enjoy dinner with the family and stay for the night.
Overnight in Mai Son
Mai Son – Son La – Dien Bien Old Battlefield
After breakfast, take a photo with the family and you bid a farewell to them. Wind your way to Dien Bien for 4 hour drive. En route you stop in Son La City to visit Son La’s Old Prison & Museum, was formerly a French penal colony where anticolonial revolutionaries were incarcerated.
Continue to drive towards Dien Bien Phu with lunch in Tuan Giao Town. After lunch you drive over the “Zigzag Pha Din pass” one of the most spectacular passes in Vietnam before reaching Dien Bien Phu, the former battlefields where the French, after nearly 100 years of colonization and nine years of war, were defeated in 1954 by the Viet Minh, lead by Ho Chi Minh.
Check into your hotel room and then head out for a guided tour of the historical relics. You will visit the underground hideout of French General De Castries, Muong Thanh historical bridge and Nam Rom River. Stop to take some photos at Dien Bien Phu victory monument, A1 cemetery and A1 Hill Battlefield before getting back to the hotel.
Tonight you will have dinner, drink wine and enjoy cultural exchange with Thai people in Ban Ten.
Overnight in Dien Bien
Dien Bien sightseeing
After breakfast, you will continue to tour of the historical relics of Dien Bien Phu including the campaign headquarter of Vietnamese soldiers, working tunnel and shack of General Vo Nguyen Giap, tunnel of Chief Hoang Van Thai and areas in Muong Phang where Vietnamese army stationed and the Dien Bien Museum.
Tour ends at the hotel at mid-afternoon. Free to do some fun shopping at Muong Thanh Market..
Overnight in Dien Bien
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- Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
- Private Vehicles and Drivers
- Private English Speaking Guides (Other languages if available, upon request)
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
- Service Charge & Government Taxes
What’s Not Included?
- Your International Flights to and from Vietnam
- Vietnam entry Visa Fees (contact us for further information)
- Personal Expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
- Any bank fees or charges at your end
- Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Tips for guides and drivers