North Vietnam Itinerary 5 days 4 nights

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5 days
Availability : 2021 - 2022
Son La- Dien Bien- Sapa- Mu Cang Chai
Min Age : 6+
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Vietnamdrive introduces the North Vietnam Itinerary 5 days and 4 nights to explore the Northwest region: Hanoi – Son La – Dien Bien – Sapa – Mu Cang Chai.

The tour gives you poetic nature pictures of Moc Chau and Mu Cang Chai. You can also explore majestic landscapes in Dien Bien, Lai Chau.

Besides, you can know the heroic history coming from the people in Son La and Dien Bien. And then, you will travel to Sapa to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery in the mountainous areas.

A quick look at the 5-day itinerary in North Vietnam

Day 01: Hanoi – Moc Chau – Son La (D) – 320 Km
Day 02: Son La – Pha Din Pass – Dien Bien (B, L, D) – 200 Km
Day 03: Dien Bien – Lai Chau – Sapa (B, L, D) – 360 Km
Day 04: Fansipan Peak at Ham Rong Moutain – Mu Cang Chai (B, L, D) – 200km
Day 05: Cang Chai Season – Ha Noi (B, L) – 280km

Departure / Return Location


Detail of Tour North Vietnam 5 Days 4 Nights

Day 01: Hanoi – Moc Chau – Son La (D) – 320 Km


7:30 am: The car and tour guide pick you up at your hotel in Hanoi and depart for Moc Chau.

On the way, we will stop to rest and enjoy the mountainous view. After that, the car continues passing the winding passes to Thung Khe, stopping to enjoy grilled corn, and baked eggs (optional) – a simple local food in the high mountains.

11:00 am: When arriving in Moc Chau, the car keeps transferring to visit famous places here:

The pine forest in Ang village: with romantic scenery, you feel like losing in the pine hills with thousands of trees.

Moc Chau Farm: You can see huge meadows, tea hills, fields of flowers (depending on the season), and wildflowers showing colors. Breathe fresh air and the scent of flowers in the grasslands.

12:30 pm: The group has lunch, which is an optional meal to try some food because the food is also limited here. So, you can carry a lunch box to come together, or the guide will take you to a restaurant.


2:00 pm: We continue to depart for Son La.

4:00 pm: We get to Son La and visit Son La Museum, Son La Prison, and Cay Dao To Hieu (famous peach tree).


You check into the hotel and enjoy dinner with the local food of Northwest cuisine.

Then, you are free to walk around or rest and spend overnight at the hotel in Son La.

Day 02: Son La – Pha Din Pass – Dien Bien (B, L, D) – 200 Km

Dien Bien Phu is a well-known place in Vietnam where the army base of the French chose to set up the solid one. With the unique skills of the big fighting in 1954, Vietnam’s military won to carry peace for the country.

Nowadays, Dien Bien Province is a tourist destination in the Northern region of Vietnam for the war history. Besides, the life of mountainous people will give you various looks.

Let’s see it today!

Morning: 7:30: Get up early and have breakfast at the hotel.

Then, we get in the car and depart for Dien Bien through the legendary 32km Pha Din pass. The pass is one of the historical sites in Vietnam and has a spectacular landscape.

The name Pha Din pass originates from the Thai language: Phạ Đin, in which Pha means heaven, Din is the earth, meaning this pass is the meeting place between heaven and earth.

Noon: We arrive in Dien Bien and have lunch at a restaurant. Then, check in at the hotel and rest.

Afternoon: The tour guide takes you to:

  • Visit the Dien Bien Phu Historical Museum. The museum has 5 display areas with around 270 artifacts and 120 paintings according to each theme: Strategic location, Enemy bases, Influence of victories, and Dien Bien Phu of nowadays.
  • Explore Hill A1, one of the most important hills in the system of the Dien Bien Phu Base. Also, visit Martyrs Cemetery – it is optional, where there are hundreds of graves (644) of the soldiers who died heroically in the Dien Bien Phu campaign.
  • Visit Do Cat Tunnel, Muong Thanh Bridge, Nam Ron River, and Dien Bien Phu Victory Monument. These places still carry a powerful echo of the war with the historical significance of the entire nation.

Evening: You have dinner with local food. Then, get the freedom to explore the city at night.

Overnight at the hotel in Dien Bien.

Day 03: Dien Bien – Lai Chau – Sapa (B, L, D) – 360 Km

Morning: After breakfast, check out the hotel.

We depart for Sapa along the journey across the Hoang Lien Son range – one of the high mountain ranges in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

We go through Muong Cha to Muong Lay villages. Stop at the bridge over the Nam Na River connecting the two provinces of Dien Bien and Lai Chau.

You can take photos of the new settlement of ethnic minorities after building the Nam Na hydropower plant. You will see new stilt houses designed like adjoining villas. Each visitor will have a unique feeling that only appears in special spaces and times when coming there.

Enjoy lunch at the restaurant.

Afternoon: We travel to Sapa.

On the way, we have the opportunity to admire the grandeur of O Quy Ho Pass with the lovely valley combined with white clouds. The green hills stretch along the pass, and the majestic beauty of Silver Falls is located halfway up the mountain.

Evening: After having dinner, you are free to explore the charms of Sapa at night. You can find and enjoy grilled corn, baked eggs in the fog, and the wind of the forest by the charcoal stove. Or go shopping for souvenirs.

Typically, on Saturday night, you can attend the Sapa Love Market – a traditional culture of the Hmong and Dao people in the highlands of Lao Cai in particular and the Northwest of Vietnam in general.

Overnight at a hotel in Sapa.

Day 04: Fansipan Peak at Ham Rong Moutain – Mu Cang Chai (B, L, D) – 200km

Morning: Have breakfast, then we can have two options to go:

  • Option 1: Visit Ham Rong Tourist Area: Stop at the Orchid Garden, flower garden, and cloud yard, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Sapa in the mist. Conquer the top of Phanxipang and enjoy the folk dance performance of ethnic minorities.
  • Option 2: You can choose to tour Fansipan Cable Car to explore the top of Fanxipan. The car will take you to Fansipan Cable Car station (3.5km), buy tickets, and get to the Cabin to conquer Fansipan and admire the mountain.

The cable car takes  you to an altitude of 2,800m above sea level, and you continue walking up to conquer the peak of 3,143m. So, please note this one also needs your energy to climb up. The view is beautiful on dry days.

11:30 am: You check out the hotel. Have lunch at a restaurant with famous cuisine in Sapa.

Afternoon: Get in the car to depart for Mu Cang Chai along Highway 32.

On the way, you can discover the life and culture of the Black Mong, Red Mong, Green Mong, and White Mong ethnic groups. Also, you have an opportunity to admire and take pictures at Khau Pha Pass – one of the great peaks in North Vietnam.

Evening: Arrive in Mu Cang Chai. Have dinner at a restaurant, and stay overnight at a homestay in Mu Cang Chai.

Day 05: Cang Chai Season – Ha Noi (B, L) – 280km

Morning: Have breakfast at homestay.

After that, the tour guide will take you to visit the paradise of terraces in Tu Le, La Pan Tan, Che Cu Nha, Di Xu Phinh, and Mu Cang Chai.

Mu Cang Chai is one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam to visit. Many people compare the terraced fields in Mu Cang Chai to a regional girl, extremely beautiful and mysterious.

The waves of terraced fields on the mountainside spotted by the small wooden houses create incredible landscapes, gently creeping into the middle of the sky.

At noon: The group lunch at the restaurant and rest.

Afternoon: 2:00 pm: We depart for Hanoi. We can stop to rest along the way.

7:30 pm: Arrive in Hanoi. The car takes you to your own hotel.

It is time to say goodbye to you. Although we do not want to end the days with you, the North Vietnam 5-day itinerary is finished for your next journeys in Vietnam.

Price of the tour

Price per person based on 4-star hotels:

2-3 guests 960 USD/guest. Book this now!
4-6 guests 860 USD/guest. Send an enquiry!
from 7 guests 750 USD/guest. Send an enquiry!

At least, there are 2 adults booked to start the tour.

For children price:
under 5 years old: Free of charge, you take care of them,
from 5 – 8 years old (under 1.2m): 85% of the price,
from 9 years old: 100% of price.

What includes


+ Comfortable 2-3-star hotel & homestay
+ Standard room type: 2 adult guests/room

Please note that all accommodations can be changed to other hotels but at the same level or higher!


New modern cars/vans/buses with air-conditioners and safe belts throughout the program (the size of the vehicle depends on the number of the group)


English-speaking guide to experience throughout the program

Entrance fee

+ Tickets to visit the attractions in the itinerary (admission 1 time)
+ Round trip cable car ticket Ba Na 750,000 VND / adult
+ Entrance ticket and the boat trip if you go with option 01 in Phong Nha
+ Admission ticket and Thien Duong cave tram if you go with option 02 in Phong Nha


+ Breakfast at the hotel
+ 08 lunches and dinners at restaurants
Note: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance with Vietnamese standards is compulsory. But, this insurance travel has low quality and almost is not fixed for foreign tourists. Thus, you have to buy your own international insurance before traveling with us.

Additional services

A bottled water 0.5l / person / day

Not include

Flights/ trains

Airfare, train, and car out of the tour

Optional Activities

The optional activities not mentioned in the conclusion

Additional services

* Personal expenses, VAT, extra food, self-ordered drinks during meals
* Transportation outside the program
* The cost of a single room
* Tips for the guide and driver

International travel insurance

International travel insurance is not included in the price. You have to have this insurance when traveling with us. When all guests own international travel insurance with international standards, it is much better to travel to Vietnam.

Cancellation and changed policy

Cancellation policy

Conditions for tour cancellation (weekdays):

* After registering for tour cancellation, 10% of the tour price is lost.

* Cancellation of the tour at 45 days before departure 30% of the tour price charged.

* Cancellation of the tour 30 days before departure 50% of the tour price charged.

* Cancellation of the tour 15- 30 days before departure 75% of the tour price charged.

* Cancellation of the tour within 14 days before departure 100% of the tour price charged.

* Flight cancellation fee according to the airline’s regulations.

Change policy

Conditions for change of departure date (only one time):

* Change before 45 days compared to the date of departure: transfer fee 0% of the tour.

*  30 days before the departure date: 20% of tour cost.

* Under 30 days before the departure date, the cancellation policy can be applied.

* Flight change fee according to the airline’s regulations.


* Guests wishing to check out late on the last day will be charged an additional room fee according to the hotel’s regulations.

* Check in the hotels from 2:00 pm.


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