Tour price: 385 USD
Length: 5 Days – 4 Nights
City: from Ha Noi
Tour code: VI-SPB05
Highlight: At an elevation of 1,600 meters, Sapa is a delightful former French hill station situated in the mountainous region of Vietnam’s northwest, close to the Chinese border. The region is home to many ethnic minority groups, each wearing their traditional and colorful attire. At an elevation of 1,600 meters, Sapa is a delightful former French hill station situated in the mountainous region of Vietnam’s northwest, close to the Chinese border. The region is home to many ethnic minority groups, each wearing their traditional and colorful attire.
This cultural trip includes a 5-day trek through the hills and valleys of the Sapa region, encountering several minority villages along the way. This trip provides an authentic experience of local traditions and culture. Experience the genuine warmth and hospitality of the northern region whilst taking in the spectacular scenery.
Day 1 (Tue): Ha Noi – Lao Cai by Train (B,L).
In the evening, board the overnight sleeper train to Lao Cai which is situated on the Vietnam-China border.
Overnight on a train.
Day 2 (Wed): Lao Cai – Sin Cheng Market – Bac Ha (B,L).
Arrive in Lao Cai and drive to the Sin Cheng Market where you will see a lively gathering of various ethnic minorities such as the Flower Hmong, the Red Dzao, the Tay, and the Nung people. In the afternoon, take a walk or a car drive to Thai Rang Pho with visits to a school and a Hmong village. Return to Bac Ha in the late afternoon.
Overnight in Bac Ha.
Day 3 (Thu): Bac Ha – Lung Khau Nhin Market – Sapa (B,L).
You will be enthralled by awe-inspiring natural scenery along the way to the Lung Khau Nhin Market which is surrounded by pine forests and villages. This is the place where the ethnic minorities of the Hmong, the Tu Di, the Tay and the Giay gather to buy and sell their produce. Drive to Sapa and have the rest of the day at your leisure.
Overnight in Sapa.
Day 4 (Fri): Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Ma Tra – Ha Noi (B,L)
Drive to Y Linh Ho in the morning where your scenic trek will lead you down to the Muong Hoa Valley festooned with lush terraced paddy fields (September – October). Enjoy a 3-hour trek along the Hoang Lien Mountain Range with various photo stops before heading to the Lao Chai Junction for a panoramic view of the Muong Hoa Valley. Return to Sapa by car. In the afternoon, a stroll around Sapa and along dirt trails flanked by serene gardens and lush pine forests will provide interesting insight into the local lifestyle. Proceed to the Black Hmong ethnic minority village of Matra, a very small and isolated village. Continue hiking through rice paddy fields and be immersed in spectacular natural scenery. During the weekdays, you may also have an opportunity to visit a local school. Proceed to the church of Taphin where your car will take you to the Lao Cai Train Station for your return journey to Ha Noi.
Overnight on a train.
Day 5 (Sat): Arrive Ha Noi (B).
Arrive in Hanoi and transfer to your hotel. Tour ends.
- Land transfer with air-conditioner vehicles.
- Accommodation base on double room or twin share at 3 stars hotel.
- Meals as indicated as per itinerary (without drinks)
- Local tour guide speak English.
- All admission fees.
- Sleeper train tickets Ha Noi - Lao Cai and Lao Cai - Ha Noi.
- Travel insurance.
- Personal expense.
- Visa to Vietnam.
- Early check-in and late check-out.
- Meals not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Any services not mentioned in the itinerary.