Itinerary in brief:
- Overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai (the gateway to Sapa)
- 2 nights Sapa
Day 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai
Your trip begins in the evening with a transfer to Hanoi train station, where you will board the overnight Hanoi to Sapa train and travel in a soft sleeper compartment to Lao Cai, the gateway to the Sapa region.
Day 2: Lao Cai - Sapa
Upon arrival at the border town of Lao Cai, there will be time for breakfast before driving to visit a local market.
After your time at the market, there is a short walk to a hill tribe village. Here you’ll have the opportunity to visit local homes to get a better understanding of the tribe’s daily life as well as their culture and traditions.
Later in the day you’ll be driven through the mountains to the former hill station town of Sapa, a base for visitors to this mountainous northwest region. In the terraced hills and mountains, the expanse of green landscape is dotted with flashes of colour from the hill tribe population; be it dyed fabrics, scarlet turbans or embroidered clothing, it is a fascinating and colourful place to be.
You will spend your first of two nights in your Sapa hotel this evening.
Day 3: Sapa – Ban Khoang – Ta Giang Phinh
After breakfast, you’ll depart Sapa for a thirty minute drive to Ban Khoang Valley, with breath-taking views of Hoag Lien Mountain Range.
Your first stop is at Lu Khau Village in Ban Khoang Valley, which is home to Blue Hmong and Red Zao minorities. By exploring the village on foot you will get to meet friendly locals and learn about their colourful culture and lifestyle in the Vietnamese countryside.
A short drive will bring you to Ta Giang Phinh Valley, where you’ll stop for a local lunch. After your meal, take a leisurely walk through the charming valley on a winding village path and is home to the Blue Hmong ethnic minority. While at the village you will get the chance to see villagers tending to their crops with buffalos and see some handicraft workshops.
A late afternoon transfer will take you back to Sapa where the remainder of the day is free for you to explore at your own pace or simply relax at a local bar or at your hotel.
Day 4:Sapa – Hang Da – Sau Chua - Hanoi
It is an early start this morning, as your guide will accompany you on a morning trekking tour to Hang Da and Sau Chua villages. Here, the Black Hmong people continue to live a traditional way of life despite Sapa’s development and increase in visitors.
The walk takes you along quiet narrow pathways thought the countryside and past the scattered and modest houses of the Black Hmong people.
You will get back to your hotel by noon, in time for lunch (not included) or any last minute souvenir purchases.
Your time in Sapa has come to an end and it is time to board your bus back to Hanoi, where you will arrive in the evening to continue with your onward travels.