The BuffaloRun NorthWest | Vietnam Backpackers' Hostels


4 incredible days taking you places that other travelers rarely go
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  • The beauty of Mai Chau valley
  • Mix with Vietnam’s ethnic minorities
  • Remote and untouched Mu Cang Chai

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The Buffalo Run North West

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Trip >
Hanoi – Mu Cang Chai – Hanoi – 4 days & 4 nights
Price >
$275 USD
Departures >
Every Tuesday
Accommodation >
Hostels (dorms & private rooms), hotels, homestay
Transport >
Your air conditioned bus from start to finish
What’s Included >
Experienced guide, all accommodation and transport, tickets & entrance fees, drinking water, all meals except for breakfast on day 1 & dinner day 4
What’s Not Included >
Drinks (other than water), breakfast on day 1 & dinner on day 4. Travel insurance (however, if needed, it is available for purchase through WorldNomads). Personal expenses.
Who is it for >
Fun-loving explorers with a real sense of adventure


Day 1

Hanoi – Mai Chau (L, D)

We leave Vietnam Backpackers Downtown Hostel at 7am and head west to Mai Chau Valley arriving just in time for a delicious lunch. After a quick stop off at the waterfall we visit Da lake and take a refreshing dip. We then bicycle through the local village and markets, taking in the rice paddies and surrounding villages with our local guide. Dinner is a feast of delicious local and fresh food. After dinner see a traditional dance performance and also join in with the locals to show of your dance moves! Local rice wine always helps make this a great night!

Day 2

Mai Chau – Mu Cang Chai (B,L,D)

After breakfast its road trip time! We head for Mu Cang Chai with many stops along the way to take in the breathtaking mountain passes arriving just in time for dinner. Mu Cang Chai is isolated and virtually untouched by tourism. It’s one of the most spectacular places we have seen and many of the locals have never seen a foreigner. Rest in our comfortable homestay for the evening ready for a big day of trekking tomorrow.

Day 3

Mu Cang Chai Trekking (B, L, D)

The anticipation of a day exploring Mu Cang Chai will get the body moving early as we head for the mountains for some trekking and hanging out with the local minority tribes. Make sure the cameras are charged, as the terraced rice paddies will not disappoint!

After a tough but rewarding day in the mountains, we head to the village and relax at the traditional herbal baths, a perfect remedy after 3 days of exploring. Enjoy a delicious dinner back at our homestay and sample some of the local rice wine. Spend the rest of the night chilling and resting those weary feet!

Day 4

Mu Cang Chai to Hanoi (B,L)

After a big breakfast we jump back on the bus to head back to the hustle and bustle of Hanoi, having a local lunch along the way. Arrive at our Downtown Hostel in time for happy hour. Indulge the night’s event at the hostel or explore the famous Old Quarter at your leisure!

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What to Bring

Your Passport, swimming gear and a towel, decent footwear for trekking,  a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen (at least SPF15), a reliable insect repellent, toiletries, a camera, flashlight (or phone with flashlight app) warm clothing – it gets cold in the mountains, particularly between October to April.

How much luggage can I take?

Your vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15kgs in a backpack or soft overnight bag and include a small day pack to hand carry for easy access to camera, sunscreen, water etc.

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What days do you go?

The Trip departs Tuesdays

Where do I meet this trip? We 

The trip departs from Vietnam Backpackers’ Downtown Hostel at 9 Ma May Street, Hanoi at 6:30am. Make sure to double check with our crew at the travel desks for departure time for your tour particularly if you are staying at our Original Hostel

Do I have to reconfirm my place on the tour?

Yes, you must reconfirm your place on the tour 24 hours before the tour departs either at the Travel Desk in the foyer of the hostel or via email. If you are arriving to the hostel less than 24 hours before the departure time of the tour full payment must be made to confirm your booking.

What do I eat?

Our emphasis is on fresh food wherever possible and our meals are nutritious and varied. If you are vegetarian or do not eat seafood we can cater for you, but if you have very specific dietary needs you may need to provide your own food. Please discuss this at time of booking.

How fit do I have to be?

Our trips are active tours so a reasonable level of fitness and swimming ability is needed. If you enjoy kayaking through caves, swimming in sheltered bays or rock climbing in pristine national parks and directly experiencing the environment then our tours are perfect for you. If you have any doubts about your suitability for our tours, please check with our Reservations Department before making a booking. NOTE: Activities vary in duration and grade depending on the trip chosen.

Do I have to participate?

Part of the enjoyment of our tours is bonding with a group of like-minded adventurers so we make them active and hands on. Full involvement is normally one of the highlights of the trip but no one can force you to do something you don’t want to do.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy Fees will be charged in event of booking cancellations:
48 Hours – 30 Days 20% of Fare
24 Hours – 48 Hours 50% of Fare
Within 24 Hours 100% of Fare
In the event that you do not show up for the trip without prior notice, 100% fees will be charged

We strongly recommend that you take the time to read our full Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy prior to booking with us

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