Impressive Sapa Tour package: Sapa treks – Homestay – Sunday market 3 days 4 nights.
Trip Overviews: Located remote in the Northern Vietnam’s mountains, close to the Chinese border, the former French hill station, Sapa offers some of Vietnam’s most colorful experiences. This amazing place has breathtaking landscape of terraced rice fields under the country’s highest peak Mount Fansipan-the roof of Indochina, and blazing green fields cut by fast-flowing streams. Layer upon layer of green ridges fade into the distance, edged by sharp, rocky peaks. The region is home to several ethnic minority groups, all wearing their traditional and colorful attire. The natural scenery, the local ethnical minorities, the temperature all make Sapa the top wonder in the north of Vietnam.
Join us in this impressive Sapa tour to experience the rural daily routine of the hill tribal people, trek the dirt trails and shoot the great pictures of the colorful ethnic market. Our local experienced guide will bring you from surprise to surprise by telling stories behind the special customs and cultures of the local tribal groups.
Day 01: Hanoi – Night train to Lao Cai
Day 02: Lao Cai – drive Bac Ha market – Sapa
Day 03: Sapa – trekking Lao Chai- Ta Van minority villages (homestay)
Day 04: Trekking Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan villages – Night train to Hanoi
Day 05: Hanoi
Day 01: Hanoi – Night train to Lao Cai
* Night Train timetable: there are different night trains to Sapa: first train: 8h15; the last train: 21h50
Pick up at your hotel then transfer to the station for a night train to Sapa. Overnight train soft sleeper with AC to Lao Cai. We should be at the station 1 hour before the train leaves.
Day 02: Lao Cai arrival – drive Bac Ha Market (Sunday) – Sapa (B, L)
Arrival at Lao Cai station in early morning, your local guide and driver will pick up and have breakfast at a restaurant nearby before we drive to Bac Ha market for two hours by car. This is the largest market in the region, a place where many ethnic groups gather to buy and sell, eat and drink together. There are 10 minority groups in the Bac Ha region. We can buy homemade handicrafts and clothes. In the afternoon we will have a 2 hour trek to Ban Pho village (Flower H’Mong people) where we can have look in their houses and understand little more about their lifestyle and traditional customs. Especially, we can try homemade wine from corn. And then we drive back to Sapa for 3 hours. Overnight in Sapa hotel.
Market options: You can choose different markets to fit your travel schedule. We recommend some major markets as below:
Bac Ha market (Sunday only)
Coc Ly Market (Tuesday only)
Cao Son Market (Wednesday only)
Lung Khau Nhin Market (Thursday only)
Can Cau Market (Saturday only)
Muong Khuong Market (Sunday only)
Day 03: Sapa – trekking Lao Chai -Ta Van villages (B, L, D)
Breakfast at your hotel, check out and we leave the hotel and start trekking. The first part is on the road but we walk off road soon on a small path down the valley to the Muong Hoa River and from here to the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai. Black H’mong is one of the biggest minority groups in the Sapa area. They are proud of their culture and keep their traditions and way of living. They have their own language and wear traditional indigo blue clothing. After this you continue to Ta Van village, home to the Zay people. The Zay is a fairly small minority group of about 38.000 people who live mainly in the mountains in Northwest Vietnam. The development has meant that some of their old customs have been lost but many women still wear traditional shirts with a purple, blue or green color. The Zay houses are built of wood and bamboo with a clay floor. We stay tonight with a Zay family and enjoy dinner with them.
Day 04: Trekking Ta Van -Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Night train to Hanoi (B, L)
After the breakfast, farewell to your host family, we continue to visit Red Dzao people at Giang Ta Chai village, see a waterfall on the way. The Red Dzao women have very colorful red embroidery and coins on their clothing. On their head they wear a red scarf. Some of the women have shaved off their eyebrows because of a nice Red Zao Legend.
We continue along small paths in the rice fields, cross the Muong Hoa River and trek up to Su Pan where you will meet our driver and transfer back to Sapa. Evening take a transfer to Lao Cai station for a night train to Hanoi. Overnight on train.
Day 05: Hanoi Departure
Arrive in Hanoi early morning. End of tour. Andy Tourist would thank you for joining us in this Impressive Sapa Tour and waiting for your next vacation with us.
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+ All transfer and transportation vehicle with air conditioning
+ 01 night hotel in Sapa (selected hotel)
+ 01 night home stay with traditional local house
+ English speaking tour guide
+ Return train tickets: Hanoi – Lao Cai – Hanoi (air-conditioning soft sleeper)
+ Meals as listed in the itinerary: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
+ Entrance fees, permission and all excursions
+ Drinking water during visiting time
– Car and guide on free time
– Hotel in Hanoi
– Other meals and drinks
– Personal expenses
– Travel insurance
– Gratuities for guide and driver