ST AD 07 : Song Ma Valley Walk Tour ( 9 days / 8nights )
Song Ma is a remote area near the Laos border, the region
contains beautiful valleys, nature reserves and national parks
and Song Ma Region is blessed with rich forest, limestone
panoramas, magnificent rice terraces, water wheels, breathtaking
mountain scenery and beautiful villages of hill tribes. On this
trip we trek on the bank of Ma River to experience the everyday
life and culture of Black Mong, Flower Hmong, White Thai, Muong
people and stay in their traditional long house on stilts as
Day 1: Hanoi - Mai Chau - Hang Kia Village (L, D).
08:30 our driver meets you at lobby of your hotel, we drive
to Mai Chau. This scenic drive takes around three hours. Along
the way we pass fields of tapioca and sugar cane as well as
rice paddies. After lunch in a traditional stilt house of
the Thai people, we drive for one hour to Sa Linh Village
to begin our trekking. The verdant and rugged mountain scenery
combined with the colorful local population makes this an
unforgettable experience. Today we walk along gravel tracks
and small paths, used by the locals. Our destination for this
evening is Hang Kia village, home of the Hmong Minority people.
Here we stay overnight as the guests of an H'mong family in
a traditional long house, situated in a picturesque valley
of peach orchards.
Day 2: Hang Kia - Van Village (B, L, D).
Today we get well and truly off the beaten track as we trek
through tropical rain forest, using the local tracks and passing
through cornfields as we descend in to Mai Chau Valley . On
the way we will encounter the local villagers as they go about
their daily business: whether it be tilling the fields, logging
or herding buffalo. The trek will take around 7 hours and
is quite steep in places. Lunch will be provided en route,
and weather permitting, we will have a picnic near a babbling
brook at the foot of the valley. From here we pass through
several White Thai villages, and are sure to attract attention
as this part of the country receives very few visitors. We
will arrive at Van village by late afternoon and we will have
time to walk around this charming little village, enabling
us to understand a little more about how the people live.
The village is home to the Thai people, and tonight we will
be their guests in one of their traditional stilt houses.
There, we will be toasted as honored guests and will be able
to sample some of their homemade rice wine!
Day 3: Van Village - Sam Khoe Village - Hang Village (B,
Trek from Van Village to Sam Khoe Village and drive to Pong
Comg for lunch. Following lunch we drive to Ban Sai village
from here we trek to the Thai Village of Hang. We spend the
night with a local Thai Family who will be our hosts in a
traditional house built on stilts. We will definitely learn
more about their lives and cultures when staying with them.
Day 4: Hang Village to Kho Muong Village (B, L, D).
The sound of mountain, cock and pork make us up for a new
day and breakfast. We stroll around the Hang Village before
we start trekking. We will be hiking about 6 hours through
many Thai Villages and hamlets and encounter friendly children,
villagers before arriving Kho Muong Village, home to the Muong
ethnic minority, where we stay overnight.
Day 5: Kho Muong - Hin Village (B, L, D).
Following a simple breakfast, we trek for three hours on
un uphill gradient through a picturesque forest passing several
villages along the way. We break for a lunch in Nua village
before we downhill to the Hin village. We overnight in the
Day 6: Hin village - Thanh Hoa - Cuc Phuong (B, L, D).
Thanks for the graceful host; we walk about 4 hours thoughts
beautiful hamlets, villages and meet our driver again and
drive back to Cuc Phuong National Park via Thanh Hoa Province.
You go through the most beautiful landscape of Vietnam countryside.
Arrive Cuc Phuong late in the afternoon, check in our ecolodge
in the park and dinner and overnight in this first national
park of Vietnam fonded 1962. Overnight at guesthouse ..
Day 7: Cuc Phuong National Park - Hanoi (B, L).
Rising this morning with the sounds of the forest all around
us, we commence to trek through the lush rainforest, past
centuries old trees. Meet driver at other site of the national
park from here we make our way back to Hanoi.
Note: Hotel accommodation in Hanoi could be arranged upon
Things to bring: warm clothes in Winter (Nov.-Jan.), rain
coat in the Rainy Season (Jun.- Oct.), casual clothes: short
pants & shirt, wet shoes,sun cream ,sun glasses, hat,
Itinerary: Due to the nature of the tour, the weather, road
condition, local circumstance, prevailing safety factors,
the route & itinerary may vary to those published but
the content of the tour will remain similar. The final decision
of the actual itinerary will be made by the tour operator's
staff on the day of the tour.