To celebrate the fact that the UK Government has given the green light for holidays to Vietnam, Bamboo Travel has created a new tour to discover the natural beauty and the lifestyles of the hill tribes of northern Vietnam.

The 17-day itinerary is entitled ‘The Hill Tribes of Vietnam’, and starts in Hanoi before journeying north to the Ba Be National Park. Next, drive through breath-taking scenery to mountainous Ha Giang province before travelling along the Chinese border towards Sapa.

This market town is colourful and charming, and the Gothic stone church at the centre of the town is surrounded by shops and stalls, serving as a reminder of the town’s French missionary influence.

The terraced rice fields and large number of different hill tribes also makes this an excellent area for hiking.  The itinerary includes a full five days in this mountainous region, to explore the local villages with a private guide on hand to suggest hiking routes to match your level of experience and fitness.

Next, head back to Hanoi by overnight train to be transferred to Ky Son to spend two nights at the Moon Garden Homestay, which offers a glimpse of traditional rural Vietnamese life.

Tending crops in Sapa


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Situated in Sơn Tây, the homestay features a restaurant and sun terrace for relaxing, or guests can enjoy hiking and cycling nearby.

The holiday ends in the Pu Luong Valley, to spend three days exploring the natural scenery or simply relaxing at the hotel’s infinity pool. The nature reserve is located along two parallel mountain ridges that are divided by a central valley,

The trip includes some spectacular road journeys through some of the remotest and least crowded parts of Vietnam, where the best available accommodation is simple, clean, and functional.

The holiday can start on any day of the week, though the experts at Bamboo Travel recommend  October, November, March, April, and May, as the best months to visit.

The holiday costs from £2,990 per person (two sharing) which includes international flights, 13 nights’ hotel accommodation, overnight train, 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches and nine dinners, all transportation and tours on a private basis, sightseeing, entrance fees and a guide.


Call Bamboo Travel on 020 7720 9288 or visit www.bambootravel.co.uk.