Sapa is a colorful and charming mountain town. It’s a perfect oasis in the midst of a strenous mountain trek or hiking through village rice terraces. Sapa trekking trip through Vietnam’s mountainous region to experience hill tribe culture and traditional customs, and discover stunning scenery and friendly ethnic Hmong, Dzao, Giay, Tay people.
Sapa trekking to the hidden villages 3days.
Tour Code: SPBH. Trekking condition: Easy to Moderate
Thursday: Leave your hotel at 8.30 pm Thursday for night train to Lao Cai. Boarding on train at 9.50 pm. You will be in shared AC soft sleeper cabin of four persons.
Friday: The train arrives at about 6:30 am; You will be met by our guide and transferred for about 1.5hrs by car van to Sapa. Upon your arrival in Sapa, you will be taken to a local restaurant for a morning shower & breakfast. We will then take short ride from Sapa to our trekking base where we start our trek up and down hills (~ 5 – 6 hrs) through terraced rice fields, bamboo ranges and many minority villages. Lunch break before we keep hitting the road to Ta Phin village. Our Dao host family will welcome you to their traditional home where we will share in an ethnic style dinner and stay the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Saturday: More in Ta Phin and back to Sapa At the first gleam of daylight, you will see and hear the sounds of morning village life. You can join your host family in some of their activities like feeding the animals, cleaning the houses, gardening or preparing breakfast. After breakfast, we could take a short morning wander around the village or resulting in more time spent with the host family. You will be then supported by our car / van back to Sapa (30 minutes). When we arrive back in Sapa, check in to the hotel, shower, and pause for lunch on your own. At 2:30 pm we will take an easy walk (~ 5km) to Cat Cat village, homeland of Black Hmong hill tribe and to take part in a traditional ethnic music performance put on by the ethnic minority people. Your own dinner and evening, sleep in the hotel in Sapa. ( Breakfast)
Sunday: Bac Ha market then Lao Cai for night train to Hanoi Sunday is the common trading day of many tribes in the Northwest of Vietnam, Bac Ha is one of them. The market is filled with colors of different ethnic minorities coming from different villages and their trading activities are so vibrant, lasting from early morning till midday, from the hand-made fabrics to the dogs and buffalos. We will leave Sapa early by 7:00 am so that we can be there on time. Please pay respect to the locals here and ask permission before your taking photo of anyone. Lunch in Bac Ha on your own account then we will do a boat trip along the Chay river, this boat ride is about 1,5 hour. We will then be picked up for our ride to Lao Cai. Dinner on your own well before the train leaves for Hanoi. (Breakfast) Arrive in Hanoi at about 5:00 am.
Please find your own way back to your hotel, a taxi normally costs you a set of 50,000 VND.
9,000,000 vnd ($US 395) / person (group of 2 people)
8,000,000 vnd ($US 345) / person. (group of 3 people)
7,100,000 vnd ($US 310) / person (group of 4 to 8 people)
Accommodation: home stay + shared room 2star hotel.
Transport : Minivan, Russian Jeep. Night train round trip with a/c soft sleeper.
Guide: English speaking guide.
Meals as specified (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
Not included: Insurance, drinks, personal expenses.
What to bring: It is wise to travel light : passport, good shoes for trekking, rain gears, hat, sun cream, extra clothes, camera, insect repellent, flash lights and your sense of adventure, meeting and trying locals.