Beyond Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi are areas where few Western visitors have traveled, but which have been the ancestral homelands of many of Vietnam’s indigenous people. The Evolved Traveler’s 3-night luxury journey, “Hanoi Extension” takes you off-the-beaten-track to find and immerse yourself in these fascinating cultures.

Destination Overview

Just about 45 miles from the fast-paced and energetic capital of Hanoi, the province of Hoa Binh is home to the rural ethnic Muong people. A microfinance project here is enabling women to further their educational and aspirational goals, and you have the opportunity to meet one of the recipients and learn how she plans to use the loan to better herself and her community. Take part in traditional rural activities such as rice harvesting, tending livestock, and night fishing. Your meals are taken with the locals, and your overnight is spent in a traditional stilted house.

Continue to the Mai Chau Valley, an area surrounded by jungle-clad mountains, which is home to the Thai ethnic people. Visit the Mo Luong Cave and bike ride through the villages and rice paddies. Trek through Xa Linh village to Pa Co, where the Green Hmong hill tribe lives. Your last evening brings you back to contemporary (and busy!) Hanoi. Dinner will be at a training school for the culinary arts that helps disadvantaged young people learn the skills needed to run their own restaurant.

Trip Highlights

Take part in traditional rural activities such as rice harvesting

Spend the night in a traditional stilted house

Bike ride through quaint villages and idyllic rice paddies

Enjoy dinner at a training school for the culinary arts

Dates & Rates

Price from

$1,995 USD per person based on double occupancy

Departure time

Any day – this tour is fully customizable


4 days

Group size

Private groups of 2 to 12 people

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