Are you nature lovers & photo enthusiast? Boat ride in Thac Ba lake & Mu Cang Chai Trek will be your ideal choice to captivate Thac Ba lake’s scenic landscapes and awesome Mu Cang Chai mountainscapes & its famous stepped rice fields. Let’s join us in 4 day Thac Ba lake – Mu Cang Chai Trekking Tour for your lifetime travel experiences.
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The overview of Thac Ba lake – Mu Cang Chai Trekking Tour 4 days from Hanoi.

4 day Thac Ba lake – Mu Cang Chai Trekking Adventure offers you chances to best explore two famous & untouched destinations in Yen Bai province.

  • Thac Ba is the largest lake of wonderful beauty in Northwest Vietnam, which is charaterized by 1331 green islands emerging on calmly blue & clear water surface of the lake, reminding us about the pristine beauty of Halong bay thanks to its similarity in scenery to some extends.
  • Mu Cang Chai rice terraces, the man-made wonder by local ethnics, which have drastically drawn an increasing number of local & international visitors in the last few years to admire its unique scenery, especially on harvesting time when rice fields change its green color to its fullest golden beauty.

This journey is beloved among our travellers with off-the-beaten-path treks passing remote hamlets and homestaying in local families of ethnic groups, you will have more chances to interact with them and therefore have a good understanding of local ethnic cultures.

This tour is also operated following our responsible travel policy, so joining in this trip, you will contribute your small part to better locals’ incomes, to preserve the cultural features of Vietnam ethnic minorities and develop the local community.

Brief travel program of 4 day Thac Ba lake – Mu Cang Chai trekking expedition.

  • Day 1.Hanoi – Thac Ba lake, boat ride to admire Thac Ba lake & its pristine islands.Homestay in Ngoi Tu village (L,D)
  • Day 2.Thac Ba lake – Mu Cang Chai, trekking along La Pan Tan village to admire rice terraces.Homestay in Kim Noi village ( B,L,D)
  • Day 3. Morning trek in Cu Che Nha commune – Nghia Lo. Homestay in Sa Ren village(B, L,D)
  • Day 4.Morning bike to visit Muong Lo valley – Hanoi.(B,L)

Thac Ba lake - Mu Cang Chai trip

Special highlights of this 4 day Thac Ba lake – Mu Cang Chai trekking adventure.

  • A nice escape from the city’s noise to the peaceful & quiet atmosphere of rural life in Vietnam : Thac Ba lake & remote Mu Cang Chai mountains.

  • Chances to explore Thac Ba lake which is considered as “ Halong bay on mountain” with boat ride to admire the natural landscapes of different green islets & caves.

  • Immense yourselves to Mu Cang Chai’s majestic mountainscapes & her rice terraces, the most stunning rice – stepped fields in Vietnam in terms of scales & beauty.

  • Soak in healthy treks along the hillsides passing rustic villages & great spots of beautiful rice terraces – picturesque photos you can capture.

  • Get to know local culture of ethnic groups : Thai, Red Dzao & H’Mong that you will meet on trekking routes or homestying

  • Enjoy interesting talks & authentic meals with local families on their traditional stilted houses

  • Travel resposibly to better the local’s income when using in local people’s service (homestay, meals, boat rental….)

The detailed travel program of Thac Ba lake – Mu Cang Chai Trekking Tour 4 day from Hanoi.

Day 1 : Hanoi -Thac Ba lake, boat ride to explore Halong bay on mountain.Homestay overnight in Ngoi Tu village (L,D)

8:00 am, our guide & driver pick you up and take 4 hour drive along the countrysides viewing scenic mountain landscapes & numerous local villages with their rice fields & tea plantations.

12h00 am, arrive in Ngoi Tu village – a very peaceful & rustic one on the bank of Thac Ba lake.Check-in the homestay & have a lunch of Vietnam dishes with a local Dzao family.

After lunch, we board a boat ride to explore Thac Ba lake.You will have chances to admire the quiet & peaceful scenery around the immense lake; to learn more about the lifestyle of Dzao people – who live on some of islets; as well as a scenic hike to Thuy Tien cave & capture an amazing panoramic view of the lake from the peak.

The view of Thac Ba lake at sunset

Cruise back at the sunset time for picturesque photos of the lake.

Dinner of the home-cooked dishes prepared by the local host.

Enjoy your quiet night in a traditional house on stilts.

Inclusions : private car transfer with driver, tourguide of English speaking, entrance sightseeing fees, boat ride,meals (L -Lunch, D- Dinner), soft sleeper berths with mosquito nets & blankets in the homestay.

Day 2 : Thac Ba lake – Mu Cang Chai, trek La Pan Tan Commune.Homestay in Kim Noi village (B,L,D)

You get waked up by the song of rousters and get the sense of the village’s lifestyle : quiet with the sounds of ducks or cows ….somewhere around the village – that you could not experience in your modern world.

After breakfast with coffee or tea served in the homestay, we will meet driver and take 6 hour drive to  Mu Cang Chai. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant en route.

Rice fields in Mu Cang Chai

Arrive in La Pan Tan commune, where you will start a wonderful trek to view the majestic landscapes of rice terraces, local villages of Black H’Mong.This 7km trek is up & down along the community’s paths & then along buffalo trails to captivate Mam Xoi, the most impressive terraced rice fields in La Pan Tan commune.

Our driver picks us up at Ba Nha bridge – the ending point of this trekking route, and transfer to Thai village in Kim Noi commune.Tonight, you will have dinner and homestay in a Thai’s traditional house on stilts.

Inclusions : private car transfer with driver, tourguide of English speaking, entrance sightseeing fees,meals (B- Breakfast,L -Lunch, D- Dinner), soft sleeper berths with mosquito nets & blankets in the homestay.

Day 3. Mu Cang Chai Trek to Cu Che Nha commune – Nghia Lo. Homestay in Sa Ren village (B,L,D)

After the breakfast, we will be impressed with a wonderful trek of 10km along mountainslopes on dirt trails where we can captivate rice stepped fields, Mu Cang Chai town and the daily life of villagers in Che Cu Nha commune.You get picked up en route & back to the homestay for lunch.

After lunch, say goodbye with the host & drive past Khau Pha Pass to Nghia Lo town.

Mu cang Chai rice terrace

Check in the homestay & Overnight in Sa Ren village.

Inclusions : private car transfer with driver, tourguide of English speaking, entrance sightseeing fees,meals (B- Breakfast,L -Lunch, D- Dinner), soft sleeper berths with mosquito nets & blankets in the homestay.

Day 4. Biking in Muong Lo valley – Hanoi (B,L)

After breakfast, we will have a whole morning cycling along pristine Muong Lo valley to visit local markets, ethnic villages of Thai & Muong ethnic groups, and rural landscapes of mountains & rivers.

Muong Lo valley - Nghia Lo town

Back to the homestay for lunch, then get driven back to Hanoi city.

Inclusions : private car transfer with driver, tourguide of English speaking, entrance sightseeing fees, bike rental,meals (B- Breakfast,L -Lunch)

Price: Call.
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Not fit your requirement? Feel free to contact us to plan this trip and get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs.

This trip includes :

  • Private car transfer with driver following the travel itinerary.

  • Local tourguide of English speaking following travel program

  • Accommodation in local homestays : solf-sleeper berths with curtain, blanket & mosquito nets.

  • Entrance sightseeing fees of mentioned visiting places.

  • Boat ride to visit Thac Ba reservoir.

  • Meals as stated in the program (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D- Dinner)

This trip excludes :

  • Tips to guide & dirver ( recommended 12-15usd/ usd/day to tourguide, 8-10usd/day to driver)
  • Online payment fees, drinks, personal expences…
  • Extra travel program or service not mentioned in the itinerary
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