Sapa Hill Trek Tour (2 days)
- Duration: 2 days
- Type of trip: Group tour
- Departure: everyday
- Pickup / Dropoff: hotel in Hanoi
- Trip Grading: Regular itinerary, moderate walking
- Destinations: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Sapa – Hanoi
Night 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai.
Day 1: Lao Cai – Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van villages (B/L/D)
Day 2: Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai – Ta Phin villages (B/L/D)
Pick up at your hotel or my office at 19:30 – 20:15 and transfer to Ha Noi train station catch the night train to Lao Cai ( Train time : SP7 / 20:35 – SP1/21:10 – SP3.21:50) . Overnight on the train.
Day 1: Lao Cai – Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van villages (B/L/D):
5.00: Arrive at Lao Cai Train station in the early morning. Be picked up by your tour guide and taken an 01hr drive to Sapa.
6.00: Leave the luggage in your hotel then enjoy breakfast and take a shower in a local restaurant nearby. Strolling around the town to fresh up and make friend with friendly locals.
9.30: Start trekking to Lao Chai and Ta Van villages down in Muong Hoa valley. Enjoy the spectacular views of the beautiful valley towards Fansipan – the highest peak of Vietnam and Indochina. Trek through the villages of Black H’mong ethnic minority to learn the way people weaving and embroidering their clothes. Have a break in a local restaurant for lunch then keep going down to enjoy colourful rice paddy fields and reach Ta Van village where the Dzay ethnic people inhabited.
15.30: Be picked up by car to get back to Sapa for checking-in. The rest of the day will be at your leisure to discover the town (Dragon Mount, Orchid garden, the market…). Overnight in hotel in town.
Day 2: Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai – Ta Phin villages – Hanoi (B/L/D):
9.30: After breakfast in the hotel, start visiting Cat Cat and Sin Chai villages. Trek through lush rice terraces towards villages, experience Black H’mong people’s daily life and traditional culture. Then back to Hotel.
14.00: Take a drive to Ta Phin village (12km from Sapa) where the Red Dzao people live to learn more about the culture, custom and their daily life. Have a good choice of buying woven and textile brocades which are locally hand-made. Pay a visit to one of the local family to experience the true life of the Red Dzao.
16:00 – 16:30 Transfer from hotel to Lao Cai train station. Have dinner at the restaurant near the train station before get on the night train to go back to Ha Noi. Overnight on the train. Arrive in Ha Noi at 5.00 am.
- Accommodation at Sapa hotel – 3 star hotel
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B- breakfast, L- Lunch, D- dinner)
- Return train tickets Hanoi- Lao Cai- Hanoi (soft sleeper with air- condition, 4 berths)
- Local English speaking tour guide
- Entrance fee & permission to visit the hill tribe villages
Sapa is a mountainous district of Lao Cai province. It means “town of sand” (Sa (sand), Pa (town) in Chinese characters). It was discovered by French in 1918 and after that, in 1932 they built the town as a wonderful health resort with a stone church, market, a complex of villas and hotels
At a height from 1.500 to 1.800m above sea level, Sapa is a beautiful resort town which hides itself in cloud. It is cool in summer and cold in winter. It attracts a lot of tourists coming here to experience Sapa’s climate.
Tourists to Sapa in summer can feel the climate of four seasons in one day. In the morning and afternoon, it is cool like the weather of spring and autumn. At noon, it is sunny and cloudless like the weather of summer. And it is cold in the evening.
Sapa market always opens on every Sunday. H’mong and Dzao people, among others, still come here to conduct trade and socialize. Specially on Saturday evening, ethnic minority people attend love market, where young men and women choose one another for marriage.