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.