Sapa is a former French hill station situated in the sweeping valleys near the Chinese border. Its high elevation of 1600 meters creates its cool climate which inspired the French to build villas there as a summer retreat. Today, Sapa still attracts visitors for its stunning scenery, comfortable climate, colorful markets, and a variety of ethnic hill tribes who live in nearby villages. This program has increasingly become popular through the years with improvements in the road conditions making travel today much easier and more comfortable.
Day 1: Night train Hanoi to Lao Cai.
Pick-up at the hotel an hour before the train departure, and transfer to the train station. Night train (soft sleeper with A/C) to Lao Cai. The night train leaves at 9:10pm.
Day 2: Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat village - Sapa.
Pick-up from Lao Cai train station early in the morning in a shared bus going to Sapa. At Sapa, checking in to Cat Cat hotel, time to take a shower or relax. Then you will have time to walk around Sapa town to see the small market in the area. In the afternoon, taking a short trekking trip to visit Cat Cat village - home of Black H’Mong people. They have their own language and wear traditional indigo blue clothing.
Trekking distance: 6km
Day 3: Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta Van village. (B, L, D)
After breakfast in the hotel we trek to Lao Chai village. On the way stopping for lunch and relaxing. In the afternoon, continuing the trekking to Ta Van village to visit the Zay people. Zay is a small minority group who live mainly in the mountains in Northwest Vietnam. Vietnam's development has meant that some of their old customs have been lost, but many Zay women still wear traditional shirts which a purple, blue or green. Dinner and spending the night in a local stilt house in Ta Van.
Trekking distance: 12km
Day 4: Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai - Sapa. Night train to Hanoi. (B, L)
On the this day, walking to Giang Ta Chai village, where one can see the Red Dao people. The women of Red Dao have a very colorful red embroideries, coins on their clothing, and on their head they wear a red scarf. Some of the women have shaved off their eyebrows because a hairless face is considered, by the the Red Dao people, to be very beautiful. Making a stop for lunch before leaving Giang Ta Chai and driving towards Sapa. In Sapa you'll check-in at Cat Cat hotel to take a shower and relax, before leaving for Hanoi. Drive in the shared bus to the train station, and heading back on the night train to Hanoi. Arriving at Hanoi the next morning , where tour ends.
(B: Breakfast, L: Lunch and D: Dinner)
What to bring?
Trekking shoes or boots; Rain-wear; Warm fleece jacket in the winter; Sun lotion and cap/hat; Camera and film; Passport
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* Accommodation: 2 nights on train in deluxe 4 berth cabin.
* 1 night in budget hotel in Sapa.
* 1 night in homestay in Ta Van village.
* Meals: Meals are included in this trip according to itinerary.
* Excursions: Admission fee for villages are included in the trip.
* Transport: Train, car/mini bus transfer and walking.
* English speaking tour guide.
* Tipping – it is good manner to tip the guide and driver.
* Visas, travel insurance (compulsory).
* Drinks and personal expenses.