Easily accessible from both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the Central Highlands is one of the least frequented areas of Vietnam. The highlands are not only famous for its pristine mountain landscapes and natural beauty but also for being Vietnam's coffee growing region. So whether you are a nature enthusiast or a coffee aficionado, this off the beaten path destination won't disappoint.
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In the morning you drive from Hanoi to the valley Mai Chau. Here we will stop in Mai Hich, an idyllic Thai village, which we will explore and have a chance to interact with its inhabitants, the Red Thai. Lunch will be served in the house of a Thai family. Then drive to your accommodation at the beautiful Mai Chau Ecolodge.
Overnight in Mai Chau
In the early morning we go to Moc Chau. Moc Chau is famous for its huge hills, covered with tea trees. There you will meet Mr. Hau, who will show you around his tea farm and explains a bit about the cultivation methods in this area of Vietnam. Enjoy another easy hike through the tea hills and enjoy the beautiful landscape. A walk in the nearby H'mong village brings encounters with the curious children who are dressed in their traditional costumes.
In the afternoon drive to Son La. Various ethnic groups live here such as the Ma, Hmong, Dao, Muong, Tay, White Thai and Kinh (the modern Vietnamese). In the late afternoon, visit a museum in the site of a former prison built by the French in 1908.
Overnight in Moc Chau.
In the early morning drive to Mu Cang Chai. Upon arrival in the early afternoon, hike to a popular destination, De Xu Phin. The way there goes around valleys, rice terraces and H‘mong villages. De Xu Phin is less visited by tourists as the path is only accessible on foot or by moped. Here you can see spectacular panoramas of terraced fields and mountain slopes. Transfer to the Mu Cang Chai Ecolodge to rest.
Overnight in Mu Cang Chai.
Today we will do one of the signature excursions in Mu Cang Chai, a hike to La Pan Tan Mountain. Trekking through famous rice terraces we will reach the summit of this elevation which offers spectacular views of surrounding mountains and valleys. You will have lunch at a local H'mong house somewhere on the way.
Note: Hike: 15-20 km, approx. 6-8 hours
Overnight in Mu Cang Chai.
After breakfast, drive over the Khau Pha Pass to Tu Le. Here you follow the Thai path between the villages of Lim H‘mong and Lim Thai. The reward for your effort is a grandiose natural scenery with artfully terraced mountain slopes and insights into the village life of the region. In the late afternoon you will drive back to Hanoi. Late evening arrival.