Trekking the Rice Terraces and Minority Villages of Hoang Su Phi (8)
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Trekking the Rice Terraces and Minority Villages of Hoang Su Phi (9)

Trekking the Rice Terraces and Minority Villages of Hoang Su Phi

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Trekking the Rice Terraces and Minority Villages of Hoang Su Phi 5 days venturing into pristine remote villages to discover the local culture of Red Dao, Dao Ao Dai (long-dressed Dao) and Tay ethnic groups and to enjoy the picturesque mountainous landscape. You will be inspired at every curve by trekking through the rice terraces recognized as National Heritage. Experience local lifestyle, friendly ethnic minorities and unique homestay with excellent hospitality. You will have one of the most unforgettable holidays ever when participating in highly interactive farming experiences at our community-based tourism villages where your travelling contributes to the community development at poor villages.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Culture, Discovery, Family, Trekking, Wildlife
    • Activity Level Moderate to Difficult
    • Group Size Small Group
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    Trekking the Rice Terraces and Minority Villages of Hoang Su Phi

    5 days venturing into pristine remote villages to discover the local culture of Red Dao, Dao Ao Dai (long-dressed Dao) and Tay ethnic groups and to enjoy the picturesque mountainous landscape. You will be inspired at every curve by trekking through the rice terraces recognized as National Heritage. Experience local lifestyle, friendly ethnic minorities and unique homestay with excellent hospitality. You will have one of the most unforgettable holidays ever when participating in highly interactive farming experiences at our community-based tourism villages where your travelling contributes to the community development at poor villages.

    Day 1: Hanoi – Thong Nguyen – Nam Hong (-/L/D)
    Day 2: Nam Hong- Khoa Thuong- Nam Ai – Nam Son (B/L/D)
    Day 3: Nam Ai community work development – Ho Thau (B/L/D)
    Day 4: Delightful trekking Ho Thau- Suoi Thau (B/L/D)
    Day 5: Ban Luoc – Bac Ha – Hanoi (B/L/-)

    We recommend to bring good walking shoes, raincoat, jacket, insect repellent, long sleeved clothes, hat or umbrella, sunscreen and sunglasses.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    All transportation in air-conditioned vehicles from Hanoi to Hoang Su Phi
    Full board meals as per the tour program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
    English-speaking guide escort from Hanoi
    Local Guide and Porter
    Accommodation at the hotel & homestay basic on double or twin sharing
    Fees and permits where applicable
    Service charges and government taxes

    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    Pre- and post-trip accommodation in Hanoi
    Pre- and post-trip entry fees and permits (where required)
    Travel insurance
    Tips and gratuities
    Personal expenses
    Peak season surcharge if any
    Compulsory Gala dinner on X-Mas or New Year if any
    Other services not mentioned above.

    1. Day 1 Hanoi - Thong Nguyen - Nam Hong (-/L/D)

      Your English-speaking guide will pick you up from Hanoi to Nam Hong commune, Hoang Su Phi district at 7.30 am. Lunch at local restaurant in Ham Yen, then reach Thong Nguyen at 15.00.

      You will start exploring the area by an one hour trek to Nam Hong community-based tourism village to enjoy the poetic beauty of the natural landscape, rice terraces and inhale fresh air. On the way to the homestay, you will obtain more knowledge of Red Dao people by visiting their local museum.

      After arriving at the homestay you can participate in a fish catching experience for your dinner. If travelling in August and September, you will have chance to practices your fishing skills at the rice fields. If you are interested, you can prepare and cook dinner with your homestay owner or enjoy a traditional herbal bath that will relax you after a long day of travelling. After a tasty local dinner with traditional rice wine, you will fall into sleep deeply at the cozy homestay.

    2. Day 2 Nam Hong- Khoa Thuong- Nam Ai - Nam Son (B/L/D)

      Awake with the dawn to start the farming work with local people at around 7am. You will learn about the tea cultivation, tea picking technique and then pick tea leaves yourself. At 8am you will carry tea leaf baskets back to the village.

      Back in the village take a rest and have breakfast in the open-air terrace before participating in tea processing for one hour. You will end this activity by testing the green tea you made. The tea season is from April to August and the best tea is made in April.

      You will be escorted by moto-taxi up to the end of Nam Hong village pass before trekking along the charming path to Khoa Thuong (about 7.5 km) to enjoy the marvelous landscape. Have lunch and a short break at Khoa Thuong.

      In the afternoon, the trek continues to Nam Ai village to where you can see beautiful rice paddies and explore the lifestyle and culture of Dao Ao Dai (long-dressed Dao) minority people.

      You will enjoy a night in a peaceful homestay at Nam Ai village after a long day of trekking and dinning with homestay owners.

    3. Day 3 Nam Ai community work development - Ho Thau (B/L/D)

      You will be woken up at dawn from Dao Ao Dai (long-dressed Dao) people to see the sunrise from their village at 1400m above sea level. After watching the sunrise the villagers will teach you how to make special cakes that you can enjoy for your breakfast (all year round).

      You will spend the whole morning to do community work such as building a concrete road or cleaning water tanks (depending on your choice) for the village with local people. This kind of work not only gives you a more interactive time with local people but is also helping villagers to have a better road to access the village. Nam Ai is one of the poorest CBT villages, and it needs your sponsorship to buy material for road construction. We recommend an amount of 50 USD per visitor to help buying construction material and finishing the road, which is an important lifeline for the community. If this community work is not your preference, then you can participate in other farming work such as cultivating trees or harvesting vegetables and fruits (depending on season). After community work, you will return to homestay to take a break and shower before having lunch.

      In the afternoon you will venture downhill to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of green hills, deep valleys and endless rice terraces until you reach a sealed road. From there a car will pick you up to Tan Phong CBT village or if you are not tired you can keep trekking to the village. At the homestay in Tan Phong you can relax your exhausted feet by taking a herbal bath with massage. You will enjoy dinner with the homestay owners and after witness cultural performances such as traditional Fire Dance of Red Dao minority, spiritual traditional games and singing.

      Overnight at homestay with Red Dao family in peaceful Tan Phong CBT village.

    4. Day 4 Delightful trekking Ho Thau- Suoi Thau (B/L/D)

      Breakfast at 7.00 am before heading out to trek through one of the most beautiful rice terraces in Hoang Su Phi. You will have lunch at a Tay ethnic family at 11.30 am before heading to Suoi Thau CBT site. You will be inspired by the amazing panoramic view of the valley with countless terraced rice fields and Suoi Thau village from the top of the mountain. If you are lucky, you can experience a local blacksmith at work. Take a break at a beautiful waterfall and then continue trekking to your homestay at Suoi Thau village where you will stay with a Dao Ao Dai (long-dressed Dao) family.

      Explore the Dao Temple, lifestyle and socio-economic activities of the village in the late afternoon. You can take part in daily activities such as winemaking, learn how to make Dao clothes with simple embroidery patterns or farming activities.

      After dinner with the homestay family, you will participate in teaching English for local people. Use creative teaching methodology to teach them some simple words or sentences. Night spent at lovely homestay in Suoi Thau.

    5. Day 5 Ban Luoc – Bac Ha – Hanoi (B/L/-)

      After breakfast, say goodbye to the homestay owners and local guide. A moto-taxi will pick you up to the Ban Luoc commune center to take a car transfer to Bac Ha, Lao Cai province.

      You have enough time to explore the bustling Bac Ha market on Sunday morning and the Hmong King Palace Hoang A Tuong, which is a unique mix of French-colonial and Asian architecture. Have lunch at a local restaurant before heading back to Hanoi. Arrival in Hanoi at around 5:30 pm.

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    Our Accommodations

    Our Accommodations:
    When Trekking we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.

    Our Homestays:
    Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
    Our Accommodations

    Our homestays

    Our trekking tours can be classified into three levels

    Easy to Moderate
    There are about 8 – 10K to walk on flat roads. No previous experience is necessary. Anyone in good health and fit enough to perform an occasional hike can take an easy level trek. Vietnam easy walks are provided in Hanoi, Bac Giang, Mai Chau, Ngoc Son Ngo Luong…

    Moderate to Difficult
    There are about 10 – 15K to hike on flat and hilly roads. At this point too, no special background is required. Hikers accustomed to trekking in hilly areas of Mai Chau, Pu Luong or Lai Chau, Yen Bai successfully accomplish our treks “moderate”, provided they are in good health and to have a correct fit. These treks are moderate or easy hikes with an average duration or shorter but more difficult steps.

    Difficult to Challenge
    There are about 16 – 23K to trek on uphill/downhill dirty, rocky trails. Physical fitness is very important for these treks and you may have to lead you home before the trek. Most treks in this level are comparable with long rides in the Fansipan mountain or the the mountainous region of Ha Giang, Cao Bang, sometimes higher altitudes. The climate and isolation can also participate in difficulty. Prior trek experience is preferable but not vital if you have confidence in your fitness.

    Tour Guide
    Our tour guides speak English or French. Etc… They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
    Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.

    During all trekking tours we may use local porters to carry your luggage as well as our trekking equipment, where required. To generate local income we employ local villagers for this task. Participants will have their own porter, carrying trekking equipment and luggage to a maximum of 15 kg per client. Travelers only have to carry their day packs. Read more how to pack

    Depending on the nature of the tour, journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections.

    During all treks meals will be arranged on the spot, in local restaurants and at home in local villages along the way. The meals are prepared by our cooks, the local guide or by the local host. Our cooks are well trained to prepare and serve food hygienically and they cook a variety of local delicacies. Sometimes this may include the slaughter of a chicken, duck or pig. We sometimes have the chance to bring western food, and snacks from Hanoi.Etc… for breakfast and picnics along the way, and coffee and tea are available in abundance. Our cooks make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible. The porters give necessary assistance on the spot.

    Drinking water
    There are many shops and villages that have bottled water for sale. On remote trekking tours, we buy a sufficient supply of water for the next couple of days. We recommend bringing some water purifying tablets.

    Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. Etc… The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple, communal house and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.
    What you take will naturally depend upon where you are travelling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.

    1 medium-sized backpack.
    Comfortable walking shoes with good grip
    1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (easy to dry).
    1 pair of flip flop (sandals).
    1 pair of shorts and T-shirt to wear at camp site (2 if you do 4-day trek).
    1 medium-sized towel.
    1 medium-sized dry bag.
    Hiking poles/walking sticks

    Responsible Tourism
    We strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.

    We have been turning environmentally responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re – usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.

    Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
    Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, motor-taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.

    What Exactly is a Private Tour?

    Many people ask what the difference is between a private tour and any other kind of tour. The main difference is simply that on a private tour only you and members of your party are included. So it will be just you and your guests, drivers and tour guides. This allows you to tailor the tour to suit your needs perfectly. So Much More Flexibility: Private tours offer the individual much more flexibility than open tours. You can decide start times, meal times and just about everything else. Of course our experts are here to guide you and point out any pitfalls. Your own Private Guides and Drivers: Once a private tour is booked you will be allocated an English-speaking guide who will stay with you throughout the tour. Any drivers will also be your exclusively and this of course gives you the opportunity to get to know them. Our guides are professional, friendly and fun and will guarantee to enhance your enjoyment of any activity. Private Transfers: You have the peace of mind of knowing that once you have booked your private tour, all transfers will be included. Professional drivers will transport you by private car or minibus to hook up with the next aspect of your journey. If there is a place of interest on the way to your destination that you wish to see, inform your driver and it can be arranged, easily. Choose Your Type of Accommodation: Your level of comfort is in your hands. If you are on a budget we can recommend the best places to stay. Alternatively if you want luxury all the way, that too can be sorted out. Any specific personal needs can be dealt with, swiftly and efficiently. Dietary requirements of health issues will all be handled professionally and tactfully.

    What are the differences between a Private Tour and a Group Tour

    There are so many different types of tour available these days it is important to know the differences in order that you, as the customer, can make informed choices. The main two types of tours are Private Tours and Group Tours. A group can also travel as part of a private tour which further complicates the issue. Open Tours are where you as an individual simply join in with other people on shared travel. Private tours are where you employ a tour company to tailor a tour to your specifications. Only you and your guests will be included on the tour and guides and drivers will work exclusively for you. The advantages are many and varied. You get to set the itinerary, the start times in the mornings, even the places which you wish to visit. As tour specialists we will of course advise and assist you along the way. But if you have to drive, say from Hanoi to Halong bay, and there is something along the way that you wish to see, simply inform your tour guide and it will be fitted in. Group Tours are sometimes called seat in coach or SIC Tours and are pretty much self explanatory. It is merely a case of booking a seat on a tour and going with the flow. These are perfectly fine, offer less flexibility but have the added pleasure of travelling in a group and of course the chance of making new friends. An advantage of group tours is that there are often group discounts available for venues and these can be passed on to the customers. A group tour can be a great way of meeting people. Spending a few days within a group of people normally throws up a few friendships and these can be rewarding and lasting. Shared experiences are a great way to start off a friendship. Staying at the same hotel and travelling in the same bus, does can of make it impossible not to break down barriers and hold conversation. Both types of tour have their merits and it is simply a matter of deciding what you would like to experience. For single people a Group Tour can be a great way of travelling safely and not feeling lonely. Which ever type of tour appeals to you, we have the expertise and professional staff to help ensure that you get the very best out of your trip.

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