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From Hanoi: 2-Day Overnight Sapa Tour by Luxury Transfer

1. From Hanoi: 2-Day Overnight Sapa Tour by Luxury Transfer

Head to Sapa on a two-day guided trip from Hanoi. Enjoy an overnight stay in the mountains of northern Vietnam, trek to ethnic minority villages, experience local culture, and try local cuisine. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Hanoi to Sapa and Short Trek (Lunch, Dinner) Meet the tour guide for the bus to Lao Cai and Sapa (duration roughly 5 hours). Check-in at your hotel, then take a walk around Sapa, visiting the market and old cathedral, and meet Black H’mong and Red Zao ethnic minorities selling handicrafts. Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch and then trek through Cat Cat village, stopping at local homes and experiencing the hospitality. (Trekking distance approximately 2.5 km; duration about 2 hours) Return to the hotel for dinner at 5:00 PM and overnight stay. Day 2: Long Trek and Sapa to Hanoi by Bus (Breakfast, Lunch) Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before checking out and heading on a trek to Muong Hoa Valley. Walk to Y Linh Ho village and stop for a picnic lunch. Continue to Lao Chai and Ta Van village, visiting homes and local schools. (Trekking distance approximately 9 km; duration about 5.5 hours) Meet your group at the hotel and head to the bus station. Drop off in Hanoi is at the bus office (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) or your hotel/ apartment in the Old Quarter (Monday to Thursday).

From Hanoi: Explore Sapa 2-Day Tour

2. From Hanoi: Explore Sapa 2-Day Tour

Day 1: Hanoi — Sapa — Cat Cat Village + Lunch and Dinner Begin the day with pickup at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter (or at the meeting point if you’re staying outside this area). Get on the shuttle bus and depart for Sapa. Make a couple of stops for comfort breaks before arriving in Sapa around lunchtime. Upon arrival in Sapa, admire the colorful traditional costumes of the Hmong, Dzao, and Tay peoples. Your guide will quickly provide you with some information before you check in to your hotel and savor a set menu lunch of Vietnamese cuisine. After lunch, take a short drive to the gate of Cat Cat village, the home of the Black Hmong people near the bottom of a deep valley. See the locals’ daily activities with a local guide and go trekking to the bottom of the valley to discover a waterfall and hydraulic power station. Later, return to Sapa for a couple of hours of free time before having dinner and staying overnight. Day 2: Sapa — Muong Hoa Valley + Breakfast and Lunch On the second day, have breakfast at the hotel before checking out of your room and preparing a light pack for trekking (any big luggage can be stored at the hotel). Then, take a short trek through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa Stream to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai to see the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain. From there, continue trekking to Ta Van village, home of the Dzao people. Afterward, return to Sapa for lunch in the hotel. Enjoy some free time after lunch to relax and have a shower in the public bathroom, if you want. Finally, meet all your group members and head back to Hanoi.

SaPa Muong Hoa valley trek and Local ethnic Villages

3. SaPa Muong Hoa valley trek and Local ethnic Villages

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Sa Pa, and then start your 10-kilometer trek through the beautiful valley. Admire the rice terraces hidden behind the morning mist as you follow a small trail to cross the Muong Hoa river. Continue past well-tended, terraced rice fields on your way to the village of Lao Chai, where a local Black Hmong ethnic group live. Hike to the village of Ta Van Giay and trek along the route of the Muong Hoa river to cross a small suspension bridge roughly 2 kilometers from the settlement. Discover a fascinating collection of ancient rock carvings that depict images of men, stilt houses and different decorative patterns. Enjoy lunch at a local house in the village before hiking through a bamboo forest and reach the Red Dao ethnic minority village of Giang Ta Chai. Having a short rest at a nearby waterfall before climbing uphill to get the main road where the driver is waiting for you to take you back to SaPa. 

From Hanoi: Two-Day Sapa Tour with Fansipan Peak Visit

4. From Hanoi: Two-Day Sapa Tour with Fansipan Peak Visit

Enjoy a 2-day tour from Hanoi to Sapa, visiting Cat Cat village and taking a cable car up Fansipan Peak – the Roof of Indochina. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa – Cat Cat village (Meals: lunch, dinner) Depart Hanoi for Sapa in the early morning. Stop for short breaks in Phu Tho province and Lao Cai city before arriving in Sapa town. Enjoy a welcome drink and lunch with local Vietnamese dishes. Trek to Cat Cat village, the home of the Black H’Mong people. See the Cat Cat waterfall and the hydrofoil constructed by the French during the 19th century. Visit a local H’Mong family and learn about their culture and customs. Head back to Sapa town for dinner. Overnight in your Sapa hotel. Day 2: Sapa – Fansipan Peak – Hanoi (Meals: breakfast, lunch) After breakfast, travel to the cable car station and take the 20-minute cable car ride up Fansipan. Admire the spectacular scenery, visit the pagoda, and climb the 600 steps to the peak, known as the Roof of Indochina. Return to Sapa town and have lunch at the hotel. Enjoy time to explore Sapa on your own before heading back to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Limousine Transfer

5. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Limousine Transfer

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa (Lunch) Start with pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and depart for Sapa. Follow the highway to Lao Cai city where you will make your first stop for breakfast by yourself. Stop off at Lao Cai city before arriving in Sapa, where you'll see the colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao, and Tay People. Here enjoy a lunch of local Vietnamese dishes. After lunch, take a short trek to the gate of Cat Cat village, home of the Black H’mong ethnic people and located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. A local guide will give you insight into the daily life of the locals. Trek down to the bottom of the valley to the waterfall, where the French built a hydraulic power station. Stop to take photos before walking back uphill to meet the bus. The trek is approximately 2.5 kilometers and lasts for 2 hours. In the evening, return to Sapa Town, where you can enjoy your evening at your leisure. Stay overnight in the Sunny Mountain Hotel or similar. Day 2: Sapa – Hanoi (Breakfast/Lunch) Have breakfast at your hotel and prepare a light pack for trekking. You can keep your luggage in the storage at the reception. Take a Trek to Y Linh Ho through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa Streams to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai.  See the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain before heading to Ta Van village, home of the Dzay People. The trek takes around 3.5 hours and covers about 12 kilometers. The tour guide will make the best itinerary for the trek depending on your ability of trekking. The bus will pick you up at Ta Van Bridge to take you back to the center of Sapa. Take a break at the hotel and have lunch, before enjoying some time to explore at your own leisure. After some free time, meet the rest of your group at the hotel to prepare for your return to Hanoi. Get back on the bus to go back to Hanoi. During the journey, you will stop for a break. Arrive back at your accommodation in Hanoi in the late evening.

From Sa Pa: 5-Hour Muong Hoa Valley Trek and Ethnic Tribes

6. From Sa Pa: 5-Hour Muong Hoa Valley Trek and Ethnic Tribes

Depart from Sa Pa, about 20 minutes walk along the stunning road heading to the Muong Hoa Valley, visit the Y Linh Ho village of the Black Hmong tribe, interact with the locals and experience their everyday life at the market. Arrive in the village of Lao Chai and get spectacular views of some of the most beautiful rice terraces in Vietnam. Enjoy lunch near the river and taste the local produce of the Black Hmong community. Next, trek to Ta Van village and visit the local houses to learn more about the traditional crafts of the minority people, such as weaving and rice cultivation. Learn more about rural life and meet members of the Dzay tribe to contrast their customs and costumes with the Black Mong people. Take the bus back to Sa Pa, where you will be dropped off at the local office on arrival.

Halong Bay: 2-Day Luxury Cruise with Private Balcony & Cave

7. Halong Bay: 2-Day Luxury Cruise with Private Balcony & Cave

DAY 1: HA NOI – HA LONGDAY 08:00: Pick up at Old Quarter area and transfer from Hanoi to Halong Bay (if the package is included transfer service). 11:30: Arriving at the Halong check-in lounge. You will have time to refresh yourself after the long drive from Hanoi and wait for check-in. 12:15: After taken to the Halong Cruise, you will be checked-in. While enjoying welcome drinks, you will be introduced the itinerary and safety briefing by Cruise Manager 13:00: You will have time to savor your delicious buffet lunch and enjoy the stunning views as the boat cruises towards the southeast of Halong Bay, passing Fighting- Cock and Finger Islet. 14:30 – 16:00: Your first excursion is a visit to Tung Sau Pearl Farm, an area in Halong Bay dedicated to growing pearls and practicing a handmade technique based on Vietnamese tradition and Japanese technology. This is also an ideal destination for kayaking. 16:00 – 17:00: Hike to the top of Ti Top Island for stunning panoramic views of the Bay. After your hike, go for a refreshing swim in Halong Bay’s emerald waters or sip from a coconut in the shade. 17:30 – 19:00: Back on board, you can enjoy sunset party with HAPPY HOUR (from 17:30 – 19:00) – buy 2 get 1 free on drinks at Thalassius Bar or Sundeck. 19:15: Delight in the shimmering atmosphere of thousands of stars while eating a fantastic, expertly prepared dinner. 20:30: This is the perfect time to relax with karaoke or enjoy the drink at Thalassius Bar. Besides, we provide free for squid fishing tools at reception DAY 2: HA LONG – HA NOI 06:00: Warm up your day with a Tai Chi lesson on the sundeck with a breathtaking view as the sun rises on Halong Bay. 07:00 – 07:30: Light breakfast is served at the restaurant. 07:30 – 08:30: Your next stop is the magnificent Sung Sot Cave, one of the biggest caves in Ha Long Bay with beautiful stalactites. You will be surprised by the breathtaking panoramic view across the Bay once you exit the cave as well as the stalactites and stalagmites formed over millions of years which have taken on fascinating shapes. 08:30 – 09:30: Back on board, you settle your bill, check-out and return to Tuan Chau Island 09:45 – 10:45: Brunch is served at the restaurant while the boat heads back to the harbor. 10:45 – 11:00: Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina, return to Hanoi. Transfer back to Hanoi around 15:00 PM

From Sapa: Waterfalls, Trekking and Tribal Villages Tour

8. From Sapa: Waterfalls, Trekking and Tribal Villages Tour

After meeting your local guide and driver, head about 30 minutes out of Sapa Town to visit the Silver Waterfall, Love Waterfall and Tram Ton Pass. Explore the area before leaving for the traditional village of Ban Khoan. From there, begin your trek. The trek, about 4 hours and 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), takes you along mountain trails and through remote tribal villages. Enjoy amazing views of the surrounding rice paddies, and take plenty of photos as you learn about the unique cultures of the Hmong and Red Dzao people. Take a break for a picnic lunch before continuing the trek to the home of the Red Dzao tribe in Ta Phin Village. In the afternoon, meet your driver to begin the 30-minute transfer back to Sapa.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Trekking To Villages In Sapa with Homestay

9. From Hanoi: 2-Day Trekking To Villages In Sapa with Homestay

Day1: Depart from Hanoi to Sa Pa by bus - Trek to Lao Chai/ Ta Van 6h30 - 7h00: The tour begins with a bus or taxi transfer to the bus office in Hanoi. 12h30 - 13h00: You will arrive Sapa town. Tour guide would pick up you there. Coming to hotel, rest for a short spell to take bath. You have any time to prepare your baggage for your trek. Then you have lunch in your hotel. You should bring a little clothing, a comfortable shoes to trek. 14h00: You will begin yours 12 km trek on small trails down the Muong Hoa Valley toward the Black H'mong village of Lao Chai. The Muong Hoa Valley contains some of the most beautiful views of terraced fields in Asia. Continuing along the bottom of the Valley to go the Dzay tribe village of Ta Van to experience their way of life when you stay in a local family's cottage. You get to the homestay late afternoon. Day 2: Ta Van - Dzang Ta Chai - Sapa 6h30: Wake up to enjoy the villlage life on your own. 8h00: Breakfast at the homestay. 9h00: After Having breakfast in the village homestay, you will begin your trek to Dzang Ta Chai of the Red Dzao tribe. In here, You could experience the difference between the way of life of the difference tribes people. Continuing your trek through the amazing scenery and to the beautiful waterfall. Take beautiful photos to save memories. Then you have picnic lunch and rest. 14h00: We will pick up you from the main road by bus to back to Sapa town. Along the way you might stop taking photos about the fabulous valley. When you back Sa Pa town you will have enough time to have shower in a shower room at the hotel. 16h00: Saying goodbye Sapa to come back Ha Noi. 21h30: Arrival back Hanoi Old Quarter. End of service.

3-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Luxury Limousine Transfers

10. 3-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Luxury Limousine Transfers

Day 1: Get picked up from the meeting point between 6:45 - 7:00. The limousine mini van will stop for a couple breaks before arriving in Sapa at 12:30 PM. Once there, you will meet some local ethnic minority community members from the H’mong, Dzao and Tay tribes, in their colorful traditional costumes. Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch and check in to your hotel afterwards. 14:30: Start your easy trek tour to Cat Cat village, home to the Black H’mong ethnic minority and located at the foot of Mount Fansipan (the highest mountain in Vietnam). Your local guide will introduce you to local daily life and you will trek down to the valley. The two-hour trek covers about 4 km (2.3 miles). In the afternoon, transfer back to Sapa for dinner by yourself. Enjoy some leisure time afterward. Day 2: After breakfast, take a challenge trekking tour 15 - 17 kilometres to the remote villages: Fisst 5 kilometres trek along rice terraces to the Black H'mong village of Lao Chai. Then, trek to Ta Van village, home to the Dzao ethnic minority. Next remote trek to Y Linh Ho and Ban Ho Village which bring you the area that not many tourists and real local life of the hill trible people. Back your hotel to enjoy some free time to discover Sapa on your own. In the evening, return to your hotel and another overnight stay. Day 3: After breakfast you will be free and easy morning to discover Sapa town by yourself. Or you could visit Fansipan Peak by yourself or a lazy morning after a hard day before. At 11:30 AM, Check out and have lunch. By 14:30 you will be on your way back to Hanoi, arriving at your hotel around 21:00.

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What people are saying about Lao Cai Province

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 765 reviews

Local guide ping (lady from neighboring village) take us for this tour. She was really good in explaining all things & not tired to answer our never ending questions. Really get lot of information about locals life from her. First we visit waterfalls in national park, specially path going to love waterfall through mountain is really beautiful. Mountain, forest, water stream & we walk along with it & moving fog around us. It was memorable experience for us. When we visit top most point in national park, it was cover with fog & unable to see entire valley. For village trek, it mainly from rough road in village, but path is up & down. At some points we can see beautiful valley. We can see rice terraces, corn field, cabbage, sun flower, orchids. Walking through 6 feet tall corn fields & bamboo forest was amazing experience. Total you will end up walking around 12 Km (up & down), please carry some light snacks on way to eat. Its good trip to experience nature.

We opted for the 2d1n tour to sapa including cat cat village and fansipan peak. Cat cat village was amazing and so was fansipan except for the weather we got while up there. You spend 6-7hrs on the bus one way but it’s totally worth it. Because of the travel time I try and do the 2 nights 3 days if you can and there’s plenty to do while up there. Our tour guide and organiser were very helpful, harry came to the bus in hanoi to make sure we got on okay and that we were all ready to go which was nice.

Personally I highly recommend this tour, the guide asked us which distance we prefer (8 or 10km) explained and showed us a lot of interesting things that allowed us to understand more what we have in front of us. She was really nice with us and really made this experience fantastic. You will enjoy every single moment of this tour.

We had some bad luck with the weather, was raining the whole time but still enjoyed our time during the trekking and sights. Would definitely recommend. Our tour guide Chai, very friendly and nice. Her english is good and even during the rain was in good spirits!

The tour was very fun and very organised. It was stress free and we had a great day. Our guide Ciara was very helpful all day