Hill Tribes of Northern Vietnam

Hike through Ha Giang and Sapa, experiencing majestic mountainscapes and traditional ways of life

  • Leisurely hiking in emerald hills
  • Spend two nights at a Tay village home
  • Shop at lively village markets, featuring traditional goods made by ethnic minorities.
Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 10 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, Day Hiking
Trip Extensions: Angkor Extension
Laos Extension

In Vietnam’s north lies Ha Giang Province, a mountainous land of deep and undisturbed beauty. With its uniquely preserved tribal culture, this region is far from the country’s tourist track. Our 10-day journey unveils the kind of spectacularly beautiful landscapes and traditional ways of life that make Vietnam such a marvelous destination.

Your adventure begins with a drive north from Hanoi to Ha Giang, where you hike leisurely in emerald hills, wander past sparkling streams and make your way through timeless villages. Your cultural immersion deepens with a two-night homestay in the village of Tay. Then you turn west to Lao Cai Province’s Sapa district and delve into the jumping Sin Cheng market, bursting with goods made or grown by ethnic minorities. Leaving the action behind, relax with a couple of days at the serene Topas Ecolodge, a hostelry of great character set atop a vibrantly green hill, looking down steeply at the Sapa Valley. You return by train to Hanoi to catch your homeward flight, knowing that relatively few travelers have experienced this gorgeous pocket of the planet.

North Vietnam tour map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Hanoi
  • Day 2: drive to Ha Giang Province
  • Day 3: visit villages and markets, drive to Meo Vac
  • Days 4 & 5: touring, hiking, Tay village homestay
  • Day 6: drive to Lao Cai Province
  • Days 7 & 8: hiking and village visits
  • Day 9: Sapa exploring, night train to Hanoi
  • Day 10: arrive Hanoi, depart.