What You’ll Do
- Stap off the tourist path and experience Vietnam and its rich culture for yourself
- Stay overnight in the welcoming homes of the Giay and Tay tribes people
- Glimpse impressive scenery such as bamboo forests, rice terraces, and sweeping valley
- Enjoy a safe tour led by an English- or French-speaking guide
- Travel from Hanoi by overnight train in an air-condiitoned sleeper cabin
What to Expect
Sapa is a delightful former French hill station situated in the mountainous region of Northwest Vietnam, close to the Chinese border. The region is home to many ethnic minority groups, each wearing their own traditional and colorful attire.
This trip includes a trek through the hills and valleys of the Sapa region, meeting and learning about several different ethnic minorities along the way. Stay overnight in the homes of the hospitable Giay and Tay ethnic minorities, and experience a vastly different culture from your own.
This tour is led by a professional English- or French-speaking guide. The difficulty of the hikes is easy, and mostly downhill.
Night 1: Night train to Lao Cai
Transfer from your hotel to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train to Lao Cai. Overnight in air-conditioned soft sleeper cabin.
Day 1: Transfer to Sapa – Trek to Giang Ta Chai Village
Arrive in Lao Cai around 05.30. You will take a 1-hour bus ride uphill to the beautiful town of Sapa. The ride offers a glimpse over the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. Upon arrival in Sapa Town have breakfast in a local restaurant and prepare for a great trek down to the picturesque valley of Muong Hoa.
Commence to Lao Chai village by car. From here walk to Tavan village where the Giay ethnic minority hill tribe lives. After lunch, continue your walk through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village where we will have unique homestay experience among hill tribe people. Pinic lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in the local house.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Trek Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Thanh Kim – Thanh Phu Village
After breakfast, trek through the rice terraces to the village of Su Pan and then continue to Thanh Kim for lunch. After lunch, you will trek downhill along a narrow valley for 2 hours to the Ngoi Bo River, then uphill for 1 hour to Muong Bo Village at the center of Thanh Phu Commune. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in a wooden Tay stilt house.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Thanh Phu Village – Sapa
After breakfast, you will walk downhill to Thanh Phu Bridge to take a scenic drive back to Sapa. Upon arrival in Sapa there will be free time to take a shower and spend the rest of the day exploring Sapa town. At 17:30 you will be transferred to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi.
Day 4: Back to Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi around 05:00. The tour ends at Hanoi Railway Station.
- Air-conditioned sleeper cabin on train
- Transfer 2 ways in Sapa
- Transfer 1 way in Hanoi
- English or French-speaking guide
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- Home-stay permission
- First-aid kit
- Water and Snacks
- Entrance and sightseeing fees
What’s Not Included
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses