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Get on the night train at 08:00 PM from Hanoi Railway Station for the 10 hour journey to Lao Cai.
Overnight on train.
Alsimexco team welcome you in Sapa then begining your Northwest exploring trip by a run on the winding road leading to the highest point on roads in Vietnam, named Heaven Gate (Cong Troi) to take a stop and enjoy the views from the pass.
Continue the drive downhill on the road set between deep valley and mountain cliffs of Hoang Lien Range. At Binh Lu T-Junction, take a left turn onto the other nice road along a valley.
Hereafter, get off the main road by taking another turn to a rather bumpy dirt road leading to Bo village, inhabited by the Black Thai and Lu minority groups. After enjoying a cup of green tea with the friendly villagers in their stilt house, ride ahead on the bumpy village road to the main road leading to Binh Lu centre.
Upon arrival at Binh Lu town, visit a small market before having lunch in a local restaurant. The run in the afternoon takes you on another back road, where inhabited by Lu, Pa Pen, Giay minority groups.
From here, walk off the road to visit some villages. In the middle afternoon, you will arrive in Lai Chau, the newly built mountain town, where you stay tonight.
Approx: 95 kms/ 4 hours driving/ 2.5 hours walking
The road today is also on spectacular roads through the mountains. After a short drive on the main road, make a left turn to a small zigzag road, which leads precipitously up to Sin Ho.
Sin Ho is home to many different minorities people such as the Nung, White Thai, Black Dao, and Dao Tien, who will gather in the town’s market every Sunday for purchasing and socializing.
In the afternoon, continue the run on the zigzag roads and downhill until meeting the main road again at the bank of Nam Na River. The road from here weaves its way through the picturesque Na river valley, passing many small villages of the Red and White H’mong, the Kho Mu and the White Thai ethnic minorities.
The sound of the river running below follows you all along the ride until you reach Muong Lay in the mid afternoon. Then do a short walk around in the small town, a soft walk in the mountains or just taking a shower and relax over a cup of coffee or a beer.
Approx: 140 kms/ 5 hours driving
The drive today is mostly along the river which runs in the picturesque mountainous area, pass by many more ethnic villages of the White Thai, the Red and White H’mong and the Kho Mu minorities.
The highlight of last day is Dien Bien Phu battle field, a famous site remind the battle in 1954 which was mark the triumph of Vietnamese against the French. While Dien Bien Phu town is one of the most remote parts of Viet Nam, only 34 kilometers from Lao's border.
Depending on the schedule, you will take the flight to Hanoi from Dien Bien Phu or do the excursion to some of the history sites in the town before ending the trip at your hotel.
Approx: 100 kms/ 3 hours driving
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