Vietnam Hill-Tribe Adventure

Leave the hustle and bustle of Hanoi far behind and head up into the limestone mountains of Ho Binh Province and discover some of ethnic minority peoples who live amidst this truly stunning landscape.

Physical Grading: (out of 5)
Culture Shock: (out of 5)
Accommodation: Homestay
Transport: Minibus
Activities: Trekking, Cultural Exchange
Meals included: 2 x B, 3 x L, 2 x D


Day 1: Hanoi - Lac Son - Ngoc Son Ngo Luang Village   (-/L/D)


Pick from your hotel in Hanoi at about 07.30 and head off on the 3 ½-hour drive to Lac Son District in Hoa Binh Province. In the late morning set off for an easy 2-hour trek to Mu Waterfall.  Enjoy a picnic punch by the waterfall.

After lunch continue trekking through this beautiful scenery for about 2-3 hours to the Muong village of Ngoc Son Ngo Luong. The Muong are the third largest ethnic minority in Vietnam and live mainly in Hoa Binh Province. After arriving and meeting your homestay host family, explore the village and learn about their way of life. Enjoy a  Muong dinner with your hosts and members of the community. Overnight in the family house.

Day 2: Pu Luong Nature Reserve - Hieu Village   (B/L/D)


After an early breakfast say goodbye to you hosts and set off on a 5-6 hours trek along country tracks and paths through the beautiful Pu Luong Nature Reserve with a stop for a picnic lunch along the way. Mid-afternoon arrive at Hieu village where the people are ethnic Tai who are culturally and socially close to the Muong people though ethnically closer to the Vietnamese. After meeting your host family, relax and explore the village. In the evening enjoy a tradition Tai dinner with your hosts and members of the community and learn about their way of life.

The Mountains of North Vietnam
The Mountains of North Vietnam

Day 3: Hieu Village - Pho Doan - Hanoi   B/L/-)


After breakfast say goodbye to your host family and then trek down from the hills for about 2 hours along country roads to Pho Doan. From there set off by road back to Hanoi, stopping for lunch along the way. Arrive back in Hanoi at about 16.00 and check into your hotel. End of tour.


Group Size

Price Per Person in US Dollar



4 Persons


Persons up


Single room supplement

On request

Additional Notes and Services

.Services included:

  • Homestays as mentioned in the programme
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Meals as mentioned above
  • Air-condition transport to/from Hoa Binh


Services excluded:

  • Additional soft drinks/alcohol
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Domestic and international flights


Please be advised:

In some villages you may not be allowed take pictures of people and some places may be out of bounds to visitors. If you wish to take photographs or are unsure whether an action is appropriate, please ask your local guide for advice.


Responsible mind:

The villagers’ income from tourists is to help support the community and preserve its way of life. We have designed our tours to provide them with job opportunities and a sustainable way of maintaining their cultural heritage and to offer an alternative to illegal activities like mineral exploration, deforestation and hunting wildlife

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