Lao Chai - Ta Van village is 7 km far from the central town where ethnic minorities live. You will enjoy a marvelous panorama of the village with fresh air and learn about their culture and customs.
What to Expect
Day 1: Hanoi - Sapa - Ham Rong (-/ L/ D)
06:30 - 7:00 am: Pick up at your hotel or at the meeting point and then departure to Sapa, following NoiBai - Lao Cai high-way.
Along the way, you will have chance to marvel at the beauty of the Northwest Mountains with terraced fields sparkling in the sunlight or dim in thick fog. Have a short break for 30 minutes then continue the trip to Sapa.
13:00: Arrive in Sapa, check in hotel and have lunch.
Afternoon: You will begin the trek up Ham Rong (Dragon’s Jaw) Mountain.
Ham Rong Botanical Garden: don't miss the lovely botanical gardens above the main square in town with their spectacular viewpoint from the top. There are fabulous views of the town and the wider landscape as well as tended gardens to visit. This park is essentially a long cobblestone walkway to the top of Ham Rong Mountain. It's a strenuous climb, but the panoramic vista at the top is well worth tackling all those stairs. Along the way, there are countless potted orchids, beautiful landscaped gardens and a few really charming statues of cartoon characters like Scooby Doo and Mickey Mouse.
One word of caution, the stone stairs could be treacherous on a rainy or misty day.
Evening: After dinner, you are free to explore the charm of Sapa by night: enjoy roasted corn, baked eggs beside a charcoal fire, or go shopping. Especially on Saturday night, we highly recommend 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 a hotel in Sapa.
Day 2: Lao Chai and Ta Van villages - Sapa (B/ L/ D)
09:00: After breakfast, start trekking down to Lao Chai village where the Black H’mong ethnic people live. Here you will discover their daily life and how they make traditional clothes and handcrafts. Visit the biggest valley which provides the best view for golden rice terrace fields in Vietnam. After Lao Chai walk to Ta Van village of the Giay 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 is also the beginning of the valley called Muong Hoa. You can get a great view of the whole village from the high point of the main road backed by high mountains and facing the river. Here you will enjoy fresh air, see terrace fields, streams, and visit some Black H’mong families. You will have a welcome feeling at any house of the hospitable people there. You can interact with them and learn about their culture and customs
Have lunch with the locals in one of the local houses.
The bus will pick you up from Ta Van village to Sapa Town.
Afternoon: Take a shower and enjoy some free time for shopping or visiting Sapa Town.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Sapa.
Day 3: Cat Cat village - Hanoi (B/ L/ -)
09:00: After breakfast, start trekking to Cat Cat Village, a 45 minutes walk.
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. There 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. H’Mong women use indigo plants and leaves to dye these brocade fabrics and then they roll around and smooth sections of wood covered with wax on fabrics to polish them, making their colors durable.
Go back by car to the hotel and have lunch.
Afternoon: Free time to explore Sapa town or go shopping at Sapa Market.
16:00: It‘s time to say “Good bye Sapa!” and drive back to Hanoi.
21:30: Arrive in Ha Noi.
End of services.
- Transport: Bus Sapa Express - Noble Limousine 29 seats is called "Special aircraft on the ground" with air-conditioner, travel blanket, pillow
- Welcome drink (tea, café), candy at the office
- Free water, damp towel on Sapa Express Bus
- Accommodation at hotel (2 - 3 persons/ room)
- English-speaking guide during the tour
- Meals as mentioned on itinerary
- Entrance fees
What's Not Included
- VAT (10%)
- Insurance, Visas
- Other personal expenses (tip, drinks with meals,...)
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