Duration:3 days 4 nights
Tour route:Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Hau Thao - Sapa Saturday Market - Bac Ha Market - Lao Cai - Hanoi
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Departure: Every Thursday from Hanoi
Pick up: At your hotel in Hanoi
Breathtaking mountain scenery and tribal villages amongst perfect nature setting are highlights of Sapa. Getting off the beaten track and walking through villages where ethnic minority peoples live, paying visit to their homes, witnessing their every day activities,.. Although traveling in very basic condition, including 2 nights on the train, 1 night home stay in tribal village, 1 night in standard hotel in Sapa, the trip will bring unforgettable experiences.
Night 1 (Thursday Night) Take overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai
Be ready at your hotel lobby at 8:00 p.m, our tour guide and driver will meet and pick you up for a short transfer to Hanoi Station to take the overnight train to Lao Cai City.
• Overnight on the train
Day 1 (Friday) Lao Cai // Sapa // Y Linh Ho // Lao Chai // Ta Van
Picked up at Lao Cai Station upon your early arrival for over an hour drive uphill in a shared mini van to Sapa. After freshening up and Breakfast at a local restaurant you will enjoy a free walk around this charming town, paying visit to Sapa market and the old cathedral where you can meet a lot of local ethnic minority peoples such as Black H’mong and Red Zao wearing their traditional colorful dresses selling their farming and gathering products and handicrafts for souvenir. Back to our Sapa office at about 10.30 and begin your exploration trip to Muong Hoa valley. You will follow the main road heading southward for about an hour before turning right to a foot path down hill to Muong Hoa Valley. This part offers spectacular scenery of the highest part of Hoang Lien Son mountain range and in a nice day, Fansipan Peak can be seen. Crossing the river by a suspension bridge you will challenge your feet uphill to Y Linh Ho village. Here you will pay visit to some H’mong families, watching them doing their daily works. After picnic Lunch, the continues to trek up and down hill for about 2 hours as you reach to Lao Chai, a large village of the H’mong and then following the river bank to Ta Van of the Zay people. Paying visit to local homes, village schools… you will enjoy your cultural discovery of local ethnic peoples as well as breathtaking scenery of the Muong Hoa Valley. Settle down in Ta Van village for an overnight home stay.
• Breakfast and Lunch and Dinner included
• Accommodation: Homestay in Ta Van Village
Day 2 (Saturday) Ta Van // Giang Ta Chai // Hau Thao // Sapa Saturday Market
Leaving Ta Van village after Breakfast, you will take the trail uphill, passing fascinating terraced rice field and some small hamlets of the H’mong before getting through a bamboo forest to a waterfall, enjoy a break for magnificent scenery and then continue walking for half an hour to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zao peoples which sits on the top of a hill and looks down Muong Hoa river. After spending time visiting the village, making friend with the Zao and experiencing the hospitality you will cross the river by another suspension bridge and then uphill again to Hau Thao village where you will pay visit to a local handicraft center where H’mong and Zao women gather for exchanging experiences and skills of making handicrafts. A late Lunch will be prepared here nearby this center and then you have time to relaxe as well as get acquaintance with local school boys, girls and their teachers as well.
Later a short drive will take you back to Sapa, check in your hotel and evening is free to attend the locals at Saturday market in Sapa.
• Breakfast, Lunch included. Dinner on your own
• Basic hotel in Sapa Town
Day 3 (Sunday) Sapa // Bac Ha Market // Overnight Train to Hanoi
Wake up early for Breakfast and check out your hotel at 07.00 for a 3 hour road ride to Bac Ha via Lao Cai. The road trip is long and hard but the landscapes along the way is so beautiful and several stops at beautiful spots makes the journey shorter. Arrival in Bac Ha at about 10.00 at the most crowded time of the market which is very active and colorful thanks to the traditional dresses of the tribal peoples, especially of the Flower H’mong. You will join the locals at the market for your own discovery, taking a lot of photos as well as enjoying funs. Lunch break at a local restaurant before enjoying a walk for about 2 hours to Ban Pho village of the Flower H’mong and Tay which sits on the side of several hills looking down a stunning valley. The road trip back to Lao Cai station takes approximately two hours and you will arrive in late afternoon. Take a shower and Dinner on your own before taking the overnight train to Hanoi which arrives early the next morning and your trip ends.
• Breakfast, Lunch included, Dinner on your own
• Overnight stay on the train
Tour price includes
• Transfer from Lao Cai station to Sapa and back in shared mini bus with air-con
• Return overnight train basing on first class 4 berth cabin with air-con
• Accommodation: 1 night in deluxe hotel in Sapa and 1 night at village.
• All meals as mentioned on above itinerary.
• Sightseeing fee, tax and services charge.
• Local English speaking tour guide.
Tour price excludes
• Meals not indicated on the itinerary.
• Drinks and Personal expenses.
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