TOURS IN VIETNAM: Sapa trekking and homestay

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Located in the far and high area in North Vietnam and own a special cool climate, Sapa is very well known among tourists. People in this small town of Lao Cai Province still remains their traditions in dressing and cultivating, especially their weekly colorful markets. There are nearly 10 ethnic minorities living in town and the nearby villages, so there are many different routes to visit this interesting site. The tour can be started from Hanoi where you take the tourist train the previous night.

Day 1: Sapa trekking

(B, L, D)

A local guide will meet you at the station and get in a bus. The bus ride uphill to Sapa takes a little over an hour, giving you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces. You'll have breakfast in a local restaurant, then drive (30 minutes) to the Golden Stream Valley, stop at Ta Van village. Walk down to the village from the main road and start trekking through Ta Van village to Giang Ta Chai village. The trekking route offers some challenge as you balance on the rice terraces and a small trail on the steep mountainside. The vegetation is dense as the trail leads up to a peaceful village of the Red Dzao hill tribe perched on the Hoang Lien mountainside. Head down hill and relax by a local stream for a picnic lunch. In the afternoon trek about 1.5 hours uphill before descending down to the quaint Tay Hill Tribe village of Ban Ho. After checking into the home stay, your guide will lead you to La Vie waterfall for a fresh shower. Dinner and overnight in local home.

Day 2: Sapa - Hanoi

(B, L, D)

After breakfast you will start the day with an easy trek on dirt paths, enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the valley with its traditional stilt houses and rice terraces. Make your way along a stream to cross a hanging bridge before getting to Thanh Phu Village. In this picturesque valley you'll pass some remote villages of the Tay and Xa Pho hill tribes set amongst the rice and corn fields. After a picnic lunch, you will walk the other way back to the meeting point where our driver is waiting for you to take you back to Sapa (3:00 pm). Free to relax and explore Sapa before transfer to Lao Cai for the night train back to Hanoi. Tour ends.

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