Duration:3 Days 2 Nights
Tour route:Hanoi - Sapa - Lao Chai Village - Ta Van Village - Giang Ta Chai Village - Sapa - Hanoi
This tour is designed for travelers who want to stay longer in Sapa and want to experience 1 night at basic homestay in hill tribe village and 1 night at hotel in Sapa, even save lots of money in comparison to going by night train. You will have free time between the lines to enjoy Sapa’s hidden charm.
Visit villages of the local hill tribes (Hmong, Black Dzao, Dzay…)
Walk through rice fields and have a nice photo session of the amazing surrounding landscapes
Understand typical traditional custom and the way of bartering trade existing in daily life of the minority people
Day 1: Hanoi to Sapa by Bus within 5 hours (instead of 10 hours on night train). (L)
06h30 – 07h00: Pick up at hotel or at the meeting point and then start the departure to Sapa, following Noi Bai – Lao Cai high-way.
Along the way, you will have chance to contemplate the beauty of northwest mountains of which terraced fields are sparkling in sunlight or dim in thick fog. Have a short break for 30 minutes then continue the trip to Sapa.
13h00: Arrive in Sapa, check in hotel and have lunch.
Afternoon: After lunch, you are free to explore the charm of Sapa, enjoy roasted corn, baked eggs beside charcoal fire or go shopping. Especially on Saturday night, we highly recommend a stop at the Love Market which is one of unique cultures of ethnic minorities HMong, Dzao in Lao Cai in particular and North West of Vietnam in general.
Overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 2: Lao Chai and Ta Van villages – Homestay (B/ L/ D)
09h00: After breakfast, we start trekking down to Lao Chai village of Black H’mong ethnic people. Here we will discover their daily life and how they make traditional clothes, handicraft, indigo… We will visit the biggest valley which provides the best view of golden rice terraced fields in Vietnam. After Lao Chai we walk to Ta Van village of Dzay people. Dzay is a small group of ethnic people in Vietnam with a rich culture and beautiful houses located on rice paddy fields.
Lao Chai & Ta Van Villages, about 8 km from Sapa town, where black H’mong and Giay people are living, it is also the beginning of the valley which is called Muong Hoa. From a high point of the main road, great view of the whole villages open wide to offer the marvelous panorama views, backed by high mountains and facing the river. Here you will enjoy the fresh air, see terraced fields and stream, discover and visit some of Black H’mong families. You will have a welcome feeling at any house of the hospitable people there. You can interact them, learn about their culture and customs…
12h00: Have lunch along Muong Hoa river in Lao Chai village, you will continue along the bottom of the valley to get to Dzay tribe village of Ta Van to experience their way of life while staying in a local family’s cottage.
Dinner and overnight at homestay in Ta Van village.
Day 3: Giang Ta Chai village – Hanoi (B/ L)
After breakfast, we continue to visit Red Dzao people at Giang Ta Chai village where we also see a waterfall. The Red Dzao women have very colorful red embroidery and coins on their clothing. On their head they wear a red scarf. Some of them have shaved off their eyebrows because of a nice Red Zao Legend.
We will walk to the rice paddy fields where we’ll have a nice photo session of the amazing surrounding landscapes. A trek through the bamboo forest soon follows which gives you the experience of Vietnam tropical jungle. Along the way, we will stop by a waterfall to have a panorama view of Giang Ta Chai village and have lunch. Then walk to the main road to take a bus back to Sapa.
15h00: Back to Sapa and free time at leisure…
16h00: It‘s time to say “Goodbye Sapa!” and drive back to Hanoi. Along the way, once again you have a chance to enjoy the magical beauty of the northwest mountains.
21h30: We arrive in Hanoi.
End of services!!!
Modern air – conditioning bus with comfortable seats from Hanoi – Sapa and return
2 bottles of water, tissue,
Modern bus in Sapa with experienced drivers
English speaking tour guide escorted Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi, local guide in Sapa
Meals as 03 lunches, 01 dinners, 2 breakfasts
All entrance tickets to indicated sites
Night at Vista hotel or similar & 1 night at homestay with basic single bed (hot water, mosquito net, blanket)
Insurance during the time on bus
Beverages, travel insurance, VAT, personal expenses
Others not clearly mentioned above
Thing to bring
Warm clothes, scarf, hat, cap because the weather in Sapa is pretty unpredictable. It is normally cold in September, October, November, December, January, February and March
Due to altitude of Sapa, it is sometimes foggy in December, January, February and March.
Trekking shoes, sun glasses, sun cream, insect repellent are also necessary. You should take cash with you in Vietnam Dong because banking system in Sapa sometimes doesn’t function well. US Dollar, Euro, Australia Dollar are accepted in Sapa.
You should take medicine with you although there are some chemist’s shops in Sapa in case you get sick.
Homestay’s facilities are not as in hotel in Sapa with basic single bed (hot water, mosquito net, blanket)
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