Sapa Town

From Hanoi: 4-Day Trekking Tour and Homestay in Sapa

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5 days
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What You'll Do
  • Trek to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, Ta Van and Cau May
  • Meet the local ethnic minority people as you walk through the villages nestled in the valleys below Sapa.
  • Enjoy a night in the home of a Zay family in Ta Van Village
  • Meet friendly H'mong tribes people
  • Visit the former French hill-station of Sapa
  • Trek through the spectacular scenery of north Vietnam
  • Experience the colonial charm of Hanoi
Overview
Enjoy this 4-day tour of Northwest Vietnam through its dramatic mountains and isolated hill tribes. The beautiful Sapa Valley will be your base. From here, meet locals at the markets, visit nearby villages, and trek through rice terraces.
What to Expect
The north-west of Vietnam is a captivating blend of dramatic mountain landscapes and colorful hill tribes. Set in a spectacularly beautiful valley, Sapa is where you will be based for explorations of this breathtaking region.

Meet ethnic minorities at the local market, then visit their nearby villages to see how they live and trek through rice terraces. This trip is full of opportunities to discover Vietnam's hill tribe culture and the striking scenery of Sapa and its surroundings.

Detailed itinerary
Day 1: Hanoi /overnight train to Lao Cai

On your first evening you and your fellow travelers will be picked up from your centrally-located Hanoi hotel by your local guide between 18:00-18:30. You will be able to join in an optional group dinner and learn more about the Sapa region. After dinner you are transferred to the train station where you will board the sleeper train bound for Sapa via the town of Lao Cai (8 hour journey). Please note that the train journey is unaccompanied and you will be met upon arrival in Lao Cai.

Overnight: soft class sleeper train. Compartments are clean, with padded berths (4 people per cabin), and sheets, pillows, blankets and boiling water are available. Most trains have a dining carriage and there are snacks available on the train.

Day 2: Sapa

You are met on arrival into Lao Cai in the early morning and transferred to Sapa by minibus, driving through dramatic scenery along the way. You have a free morning to relax and explore this fascinating hillside town.

In the afternoon you head off on a guided 2-3 hour moderate trek to the hill-tribe villages of Cat Cat, Ta Van and Cua May. Cat Cat is home to the H'mong people, who originated from China about 300 years ago. The H'mong people are easily recognizable by their dark-blue or black clothing. Meet some of the local ethnic minority people as you walk through the villages nestled in the valleys below Sapa. These minority groups, including the Red Zao, H'mong and Tay people, walk to and from Sapa to trade at the colorful markets.

Overnight: 2 Star Tourist Class Hotel.

Day 3: Sapa

Following breakfast on day 3, you set off on a 6 hour trek with your guide, taking you along buffalo paths and trails, as well as through several hill-tribe villages. This is a spectacular walk, winding through stunning scenery, and you'll meet some of the friendliest people imaginable. Stop for a picnic lunch along the way, and later enjoy a night in the home of a Zay family in Ta Van Village. Zay people have become very skilled at rice cultivation, unlike the H'mong, and have a higher living standard as a result.

Overnight: simple family homestay, where facilities are basic but comfortable.

Day 4: Sapa and overnight train to Hanoi

After breakfast on day 4 you set off for a 2 hour walk to Su Pan Village where you meet up with your vehicle for the drive back to Sapa. Arriving in Sapa around lunchtime, you have a free afternoon to further explore the town before transferring to the train station and catching the overnight train to Hanoi.

Overnight: soft class sleeper train. Compartments are clean, with padded berths (four people per cabin), and sheets, pillows, blankets and boiling water are available. Most trains have a dining carriage and there are snacks available on the train.

Day 5: Hanoi

Your adventure ends upon arrival at Hanoi train station in the early morning (around 5:00).
What's Included
  • English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees as indicated
  • Transport as indicated
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • 1 night hotel accommodation, 1 night homestay, 2 nights overnight train
  • Round trip Hanoi-Lao Cai-Hanoi train tickets
  • Transfers by air-conditioned minivans
  • Guided trek - Sapa region
What's Not Included
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips or gratuities for drivers or guide
Meeting Point

Departure dates: Daily, except 28th Apr to 3rd May Pick up point: your centrally-located Hanoi Hotel Drop off point: tours finish when passengers arrive in Hanoi from Sapa. Departure time: 5:00pm day 1 of the itinerary Duration: 5days / 4nights (Open in Google Maps)

Know Before You Go
• Please give the name and contact telephone number of your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not give your hotel details, we will be unable to pick you up
• To ensure a real life experience, the group sizes are limited to 12 passengers
• Guaranteed to depart as advertised
• Please ensure your knees and shoulders are covered as this trip visits traditional rural areas
• If you would like to stay a little longer in Vietnam, Intrepid can book additional nights for you at the joining-point hotel (if you wish to have the room available on your arrival, you may need to book the night before as check in time is usually 12.00). Please note that it is not possible to organize a transfer from the train station, so please make your own way to your hotel or the airport.

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