1: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Hang Kia Village(L/D)
We leave Hanoi heading west to Hoa Binh Province.
We climb towards the Mai Chau valley another two hours
away stopping to take in the spectacular scenery.
Following lunch in Mai Chau town we drive to the White
Thai village of Sa Linh where we start a 2-hour trek
to the village of Hang Kia. Our hosts this evening
will be the H’mong people. Whilst enjoying their
hospitality we learn a little about their way of life.
Tonight’s accommodation will be basic although
mattresses, bedding and mosquito nets are provided.
2: Hang Kia - Van Village(B/L/D)
This morning we have a 4-5 hour trek to Van Village
home of the White Thai people. The trek takes us through
unforgettable scenery and provides us with an opportunity
to witness rural life . Arriving in Van village by
mid to late afternoon there will be time to take a
stroll down to the nearby stream. Our hosts for this
evening will treat us to a fine meal and stories of
life in Van village. They will also share their home
brewed rice wine and toast our good health and happiness.
3: Van village - Xo Village(B/L/D)
We spend the morning strolling around the surrounding
villages. We then return to Van for lunch. With lunch
finished there will time for a short siesta or stroll
down to the river before embarking on a 3hour walk
to the village of Xo (pronounced Soh). Following dinner
we have the chance for more cultural interaction before
retiring for our second night in a stilt house.
4: Xo village – Poong Cong Village(B/L/D)
Bidding farewell to our hosts we have a five-hour
trek from Xo to Poong Cong village where we take lunch.
The afternoon is free to wander around the picturesque
Thai villages or maybe walk to Mai Chau town itself.
5: Poong Cong Village - Nanh Village(B/L/D)
From Poong Cong we drive to the Da River, 30 minutes
from Mai Chau town where we board our boat for a half
an hour river cruise. From our drop off point we have
a 2-hour trek to Nanh village, inhabited by the Zao
people. Stopping for a picnic lunch on the way we
arrive by mid to late afternoon for our fifth and
final night in the villages.
6: Mai Chau- Hanoi(B/L)
Departing the village at around 08:00 we retrace our
steps back to the boat for a cruise back to meet with
our waiting vehicle and the trip back to Hanoi. We
will arrive back in Hanoi by approximately 13.00.