Sapa is famous both for its fine, rugged scenery and for its rich cultural diversity. French used to consider Sapa as Summer Capital of Northern Vietnam in the early decades of the 20th century.
What to Expect
Day 1: Hanoi - Sapa - Cat Cat (-/ L/ D)
Pick up at hotel or at the meeting point and then start to Sapa, following Noi Bai - Lao Cai high-way. Along the way, you will have chance to contemplate the beauty of northwest mountains that terraced fields are sparkling in sunlight or dim in thick fog. Have a short break for 30 minutes then continue the trip to Sapa. Arrive in Sapa, check in hotel and have lunch. Afterwards start trekking to Cat Cat village, about 45 minutes walk from Sapa, this is the village of Black H’Mong hill tribe. The village is on the slope of the hill and easy walking, rice and corn are grown here.
Visiting Cat Cat village, you will have a chance to visit a big waterfall on the stream and the old Hydro Electric Power Station built by French people. That is the image of young women sitting by looms with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds. When these pieces of brocade are finished, they are dyed and embroidered with beautiful designs. A note worthy is that H’Mong women use indigo plants and leaves to dye these brocade fabrics. And then they roll around and smooth section of wood covered with wax on fabrics to polish them, making their colors.
After dinner, you are free to explore the charm of Sapa by night, enjoy roasted corn, baked eggs beside charcoal fire or go shopping. Especially on Saturday night, it is highly recommended a stop at the Love Market which is one of unique cultures of ethnic minorities HMong, Dzao in Lao Cai in particular and North West of Vietnam in general. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 2: Lao Chai & Ta Van villages - Sapa - Hanoi (B/ L/-)
After breakfast, you start trekking down to Lao Chai village of Black H’mong ethnic people. Here you will discover their daily life and how they make traditional clothes, handicraft, indigo... Visit the biggest valley which provides the best view for golden rice terrace fields in Vietnam. After Lao Chai you walk to Ta Van village of Dzay people. It is a small group of ethnic people in Vietnam with a rich culture and beautiful houses located on rice paddy fields. Lao Chai & Ta Van Villages, about 8 km from Sapa town, where black H’mong and Dzay people are living, it is also the beginning of the valley which is called Muong Hoa. From a high point of the main road, great view of the whole villages open wide to offer the marvelous panorama views, backed by high mountains and facing the river. Here you will enjoy the fresh air, see terraced fields, stream, discover and visit some Black H’mong families. You will have a welcome feeling at any house of the hospitable people there. You can interact them, learn about their culture and customs.
You will then have lunch with the locals in one of the local houses.The bus will pick you up from Ta Van village to Sapa Town. In the afternoon, have time at leisure for shopping or visiting Sapa on your own. Then it is time to say “Good bye Sapa!” and drive back to Hanoi. Along the way, once again you have a chance to enjoy the magical beauty of northwest mountains.
- Transfer by Bus Sapa Express
- Welcome drink (tea, café) and candy at the office
- Free water, wet tissue, bread, snack on Sapa Express Bus
- Accommodation at hotel (2-3 persons/room)
- English speaking guide
- Meals as mentioned on itinerary
- Entrance fees (Lao Chai - Ta Van village - Cat Cat Village)
What's Not Included
- VAT (10%)
- Insurance, Visas
- Other personal expenses