Join us for this rewarding trek in the Mai Chau region of northern Vietnam. The trek takes you through jungle trails, small minority villages, past rice paddies and alongside gushing rivers. You will meet local people along the way, and each night have the unique opportunity to stay with the locals in their homes, experiencing their way of life. After the trek, return to the capital city, Hanoi and enjoy the hustle and bustle.
Do Something Different...
You will spend time at a project in the Mai Chau region which directly supports the local community. Your specific tasks will be determined closer to the time of departure, depending on the most urgent need in the local area at the time. Typical tasks include basic building work or construction (such as assisting with constructing a new toilet block or classroom) or refurbishment (such as repainting and decorating rooms) or even some gardening! You will have the opportunity to meet local people while supporting them and their community.
Day 1: London - Hanoi
Depart London for an indirect overnight flight to Hanoi.
Day 2: Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to a central hotel. You will have the rest of the day at leisure to settle in and explore independently. This evening you will gather together for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Meals: Dinner. Overnight: Hotel.
Day 3: Hanoi - Mai Chau
After breakfast we depart Hanoi for a scenic drive (approx. 4 hours) to Mai Chau where we will stop for lunch. After lunch we drive a further 25km to our traditional stilt house where we will stay during our project activities for the next two days. This afternoon we will have a briefing about the project and will start work. After completing the day's tasks we return to freshen up before a hearty dinner. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight: Traditional stilt house.
Day 4: Mai Chau
Today we will spend the whole day completing the project tasks and learning about local culture while getting to know the villagers. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight: Traditional stilt house.
Day 5: Mai Chau - Hang Village
After saying farewell to the villagers we start our trek late this morning. Today is a gentle 4-hour trek to Hang Village, home to a Thai ethnic minority where we spend the night with local Thai families in their traditional stilted houses, and have the chance to stroll around the village before dinner. Trek: Approx. 4 hours / easy terrain. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight: Traditional stilt house.
Day 6: Hang Village - Kho Muong
Today we will trek for around 6 hours on a path which runs mostly through jungle. We make a lunch stop in a small village along the way before setting off again this afternoon passing several Thai villages. Tonight we will stay in Kho Muong village, a Muong minority village. Trek: Approx. 6 hours; slightly uphill, rocky path. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight: Traditional stilt house.
Day 7: Kho Muong - Nua Village
The trek is a little harder day today, as we trek uphill into the Pu Luong range, passing through a number of small hamlets and minority villages en route. After 3 hours of gentle ascent, we will then descend to the village of Nua, a village of Thai ethnic minority people, where we spend the night in local homes. Trek: Approx. 6 hours, gentle uphill trail and a gradual descent. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight: Traditional stilt house.
Day 8: Nua Village - Hieu Village
Today's trek through the verdant countryside will take around 6 hours as the path runs up and downhill through forests, rice terraces and scenic villages. Along the way we are likely to see farmers working on rice paddies and children going to school. We spend the night in the Thai village of Hieu. Trek: Approx. 6 hours, undulating terrain. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight: Traditional stilt house.
Day 9: Hieu Village - Pho Doan - Hanoi
This morning our final day of trekking takes us along the Ma River where we will enjoy lovely views of the river, rice fields and waterwheels until we reach the small market down of Pho Doan where we stop for lunch. After lunch we will meet our vehicle and return to Hanoi (approximately 4 hours), where we check into our hotel and have dinner. Trek: Approx. 3 hours, long descent. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight: Hotel.
Day 10: Hanoi - London
Today is free for you to explore Hanoi at leisure before your indirect flight home. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 11: London
Arrive back into London.
N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.
What is included
- Return flights from the UK
- Airport taxes and charges
- Local transfers and transport in Vietnam
- All accommodation as per itinerary
- Materials required for project
- English-speaking local guides
- Porters and support staff
- Different Travel UK tour manager
- All meals as per itinerary
What is not included
- Any necessary vaccinations
- Spending money (tips, drinks, souvenirs)
- Transport to/from UK airports
- Travel insurance
- Personal kit and clothing
- Vietnam visa (if required)
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