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7 Days 6 Nights
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1 Independent - Walking
From $1,588pp

Venture Insight

Cross border explorations through rugged and spectacular mountainous terrain will highlight the diversity of ethnic hill tribes and villages where traditions are still in play that have been handed down through generations for centuries.

Walking: Day 2 | Difficulty: Gentle

Cascading Rice Terraces

Leaving Hanoi by overnight train breathe in the crisp fresh mountain air of Lao Cai. A morning walk will import images of water buffalo ploughing emerald green rice fields that slope down weathered granite mountain cliffs and seem to reach halfway to the sky. Spot the difference of some of the ethnic minority groups where one of the biggest is the Black H’mong who have their own language and recognisable by their traditional indigo blue clothing. The colourful Red Dao hill tribe are noted for their bright red headdress, shaved foreheads and eyebrows.

History Lessons of French Colonial Times

Surrounded by jungles and steep terrain, the town is nestled in the Muong Thanh Valley and played a starring role in Vietnam’s modern history when French colonial forces were defeated in a battle that signalled the end of the Indochina empire.  Delve into history visiting the museum documenting the 8 year resistance and an intact bunker belonging to General de Castries.

Cruising scenic rivers to inaccessible villages + Buddhist caves

After crossing borders where the road leads towards the Chinese border into the mountains surrounding Oudomxai and home to various ethnic groups we will take a cruise north along the Nam Ou River.  Carving our way through some of the most beautiful and remote landscapes we will stop at villages where there are no roads or car access and witness ancestral customs of weaving by silk and cotton. Before arriving by boat down the Mekong to Luang Prabang we will stop at Pak Ou where the Tam Ting cave holds a thousand images of Buddha.


6 nights' accommodation + breakfast in hotels, sightseeing as per itinerary, train ticket Hanoi-Lao Cai (4 berths/cabin sharing), transportation in private airconditioned vehicle, English speaking local guides; admission fees to indicated sights, domestic government tax + service charge.

Be enchanted by scenes of shimmering rice paddies, emerald green seas + limestone mountains that are a backdrop for romantic images of gilded temples, colonial architecture + saffron robed monks where a lasting impression will be the people + their stories.

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Indulge in local cuisines, take temple trails through ancient kingdoms, wander lantern lit lanes in old merchant towns + slow down the pace cruising down the rivers of the Mekong or Ayeyarwady, where time seems to have stood still.

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