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Sa Pa: Muong Hoa Valley Trek and Local Ethnic Villages Tour

1. Sa Pa: Muong Hoa Valley Trek and Local Ethnic Villages Tour

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 reaching the Red Dao ethnic minority village of Giang Ta Chai. Enjoy a short rest at a nearby waterfall before climbing uphill to the main road where the driver will be waiting for you to take you back to SaPa. 

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sa Pa Ethnic Homestay Tour with Trekking

2. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sa Pa Ethnic Homestay Tour with Trekking

Reconnect with a more simple way of life on an amazing 2-day tour of Sa Pa from Hanoi. Spend the night at a homestay of the ethnic minority people and learn more about their way of life in the mountains. Day 1: In the morning hop on the bus departing for Sapa via Lao Cai. Continue to Sa Pa and see the colorful costumes of the Hmong, Dzao and Tay people. The representative in Sapa will welcome you at the bus stop and take you to the hotel to relax, and enjoy a lunch of local dishes in Sapa town. Trek through the rice terraces and along the Muong Hoa Stream. Arrive in the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai surrounded by Hoang Lien Son Mountain. Continue to the ethnic village of Ta Van to check into your homestay and get to know the family. Day 2: Enjoy breakfast prepared by the family before your morning trek through the rice paddies and bamboo forest. Get a panoramic view of Giang Ta Chai village before crossing the Giang Ta Chai Bridge, where a bus will take you back to Sa Pa for lunch and a shower before the return trip to Hanoi. The bus stops at the meeting point from there you get to your hotel by yourself.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Cultural Exchange Tour with Homestay

3. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Cultural Exchange Tour with Homestay

Day 1: 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 sleeping bus and depart for Sapa. Make a couple of stops for comfort breaks before arriving in Sapa around lunchtime. After lunch, begin your hike to Y Linh Lo. Trek downhill through the Muong Hoa Valley, passing by rice paddies and small hamlets where you will learn more about the life of local tribes. Continue trekking through villages and rice terraced fields to Ta Van village, a place settled by the Dzay people and is commonly considered to be the most beautiful in the area. Whilst in Lao Chai village, you will also be able to exchange communication with the local villagers. overnight with a local family of the Dzay people in Ta Van. Stay with your family overnight for an evening of rest and relaxation.  Day 2: Commence your day of adventure with a nourishing breakfast prepared by the family you are staying with before setting off on your trek. The trekking distance for this part of the tour is 4 kms and lasts 2-hours. Start your scenic trek to the rice paddies, where upon arrival you will have a fantastic opportunity to take some unique holiday photos of the surrounding landscapes. Enjoy a walk through a bamboo forest and stop to have a panoramic view of Giang Ta Chai village – home of the red Dzao People. Continue on your trek through the Ciang Ta Chai Bridge to the main road, from here, a bus will pick you up to head back into Sapa town.  Upon your arrival in Sapa Town, you can shower in your hotel, check out, have a bite to eat, or relax until all group members are ready to depart. Board your bus back to Hanoi, with two comfort breaks along the way, and be dropped off on Tran Quang Khai street.

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 Lao Chai Ta Van village and taking a cable car up Fansipan Peak – the Roof of Indochina. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa – Lao Chai Ta Van village (Meals: lunch, dinner) Depart Hanoi for Sapa early in the morning. Stop for short breaks in Phu Tho Province and Lao Cai city before arriving in Sapa town. Be greeted by a representative in Sapa and enjoy lunch with local Vietnamese dishes. In the afternoon, Trek through the rice terraces and along the Muong Hoa Stream. Arrive in the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai surrounded by Hoang Lien Son Mountain. exploring the nature of Ethnic people in mountain area Car take you back hotel for dinner Day 2: Sapa – Fansipan Peak – Hanoi(Meals: breakfast, lunch) After breakfast, transfer to the cable car station. Your driver will help you buy your cable car ticket. Then, take the 20-minute cable car ride up Fansipan by yourself. Admire the spectacular scenery, visit the pagoda, and climb the 600 steps to the peak, known as the Roof of Indochina. Return to Sapa and have lunch at the hotel. Enjoy time to explore Sapa on your own before boarding the sleeper bus back to Hanoi.

Hanoi: Transfer to or from Sapa in a Sleeper Bus

5. Hanoi: Transfer to or from Sapa in a Sleeper Bus

Start with pickup (Hanoi) or make your way to the meeting point (Sapa) before setting off to your next destination. Listen to your activity provider will provide information about the stops along the way. Sit back and relax as you make your way to Sapa or Hanoi, enjoying the views along the way or simply getting some rest before your next adventure. Arrive nice and refresh before you begin the next part of your journey. With a range of different times available each day, you can select the departure time that best suits your travel plans.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa, Fansipan, and Muong Hoa Valley Tour

6. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa, Fansipan, and Muong Hoa Valley Tour

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa – Fansipan peak via cable car Pick-up around 6:30 am from Hanoi Old Quater or your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to Sapa by hightway Hanoi - Laocai, it's an opportunity to discover amazing mountain landscapes in the north of Vietnam. You will arrive in Sapa around 12:30 am where you will be welcome by your local tour guide, who will then take you to your hotel for the check-in, and having a hot shower and short relax before begining your trip. Around 2:00 pm, you will head towards the cable car station where you will have 25 minutes to travel to Fansipan Mountain which is considered to be the most beautiful landscape in Vietnam now. Reach the altitude of 2800 meters, you have a good time seeing the view and taking photos, visiting the pagoda the spiritual destinations and trekking up to 600 steps you will reach the peak of Fansipan - the Roof of Indochina. Day 2: Sapa – Muong Hoa valley – Hanoi After breakfast, you start your trek through Muong Hoa valley, visiting Lao Chai village of the Hmong, and Ta Van village of the Dzay people. Along the way, you will also drop in to visit local homes, local schools and enjoy interaction with local people. (You can choose to take a light or hard trek depending on your fitness level). Prepare your camera for fascinating photos along the way. Lunch at a local home in the Dzay village of Ta Van. Enjoy some time to wander around or take a swim in the Muong Hoa stream. Get picked up by van back to Sapa town and enjoy your time free to wander around exploring the town. 14:30: Transfer back to Hanoi. 19:30 PM: Arrival at Hotel in Hanoi, check-in and relax. (Hotel on your own charge)

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Trip with Homestay & Meals

7. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking Trip with Homestay & Meals

Day 1: Hanoi - Sapa - Trek to Lao Chai - Ta Van village (Meal: L,D ) 06:00 - 06:45am: You will be picked up at your accommodation in Hanoi's Old Town in a shuttle bus and transfer to an air-conditioned sleeper bus. Depending on your hotel's location in Hanoi Old Quarter, the pick-up time will be from 6:00-6:45am. We will confirm again for more exact pick-up time via email or WhatsApp after receiving your booking. Relax on the scenic drive to the town of Sapa. Stop along the way to stretch your legs and take in the stunning natural landscapes. 12:30 - 13:00: Upon arrival in the bus office in Sapa town, your local tourguide will meet you and going to the local restaurant for Lunch. Begin a 12-kilometer guided hike through terraced rice fields, corn fields, and potato fields. Pass through the charming rural villages of Ylinh Ho, Lao Chai, and Ta Van. Savor some Vietnamese food for lunch. Meet some of the local H'Mong people and find out about their customs and daily life. Have time to take a break at a breathtaking waterfall along the way. Reach your local guide's house and be welcomed like a member of the family. Pick vegetables from the garden and cook dinner with your host while sharing stories. Soak up the evening atmosphere and learn more about the local culture before staying overnight at the house. Day 2: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai village – Sapa – Hanoi (Meals: B, L) Start the day early by cooking breakfast with your host. Pick between hiking to further villages and a bamboo forest, you may have the chance on the field where you can try harvesting, planting, or caring for plants. After Lunch at the local restaurant, get back to Sapa town by shuttle bus. You still have the free time to visit local market in Sapa town, and discover Sapa town by your own before come back to Hanoi. 15:00: Get on the sleeper bus and come back Hanoi city. 21:30: Arrive Hanoi Old Quarter. Trip ends.

Sa Pa: 2-Day Trekking Trip with Ethnic Minority Homestay

8. Sa Pa: 2-Day Trekking Trip with Ethnic Minority Homestay

Learn about the customs of different ethnic minority groups on a 2-day trek through the Muong Hoa Valley from Sa Pa. Spend the night at a Dzay homestay. Day 1: Sa Pa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (L, D) Start your 11-kilometer trek through the Muong Hoa Valley and meet the Black H'mong ethnic minority people in the village of Y Linh Ho. Get beautiful views of Fansipan mountain and the surrounding rice paddies, and look inside one of the typical wooden houses. Pass different ethnic minority settlements, such as Lao Chai on the trek to Ta Van village. Check into a homestay of the Dzay ethnic minority people for the night.  Day 2: Ta Van – Bamboo Forest – Giang Ta Chai – Sa Pa (B, L) Enjoy breakfast at the homestay before the start of your 8-kilometer trek along a dirt trail. Pass a small village of the H'mong people before reaching a beautiful bamboo forest. Take a break at a waterfall and cool off with a swim in the Muong Hoa River. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving back to Sa Pa.

From Hanoi: 2-Day 2-Night Sapa Tour by Overnight Train

9. From Hanoi: 2-Day 2-Night Sapa Tour by Overnight Train

Embark on a multi-day trip from Hanoi to the city of Sapa, discover picturesque villages along the way, and join a scenic trek to a beautiful waterfall. Enjoy first-class tickets for the overnight train and some included meals. Day 0: From Hanoi to Lao Cai by overnight train If your hotel is in the Old Quarter, around 9pm our staff will catch a taxi for you and take you to Hanoi Railway station (120 Lê Duẩn street) where you board the overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. If our hotel is outside the Old Quarter, please move to the destination to meet our staff. The train leaves at 10pm. Enjoy the night on the train and reach your destination in the next beautiful morning. Day 1: Hanoi to Sapa and Cat Cat village (B, L, D) Meet your tour guide at the train station then to Sapa at 6am. Transfer from the station back to your hotel in Sapa to leave the luggage. Then, indulge in breakfast at your hotel Kindly note that the room is available for check in at 2pm. If you wish to have early check-in, please choose additional After breakfast, start the trekking down to the South-west of Sapa (around 4 km) to visit Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong. Relax at the foot of the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station that was constructed by the French during colonial time in Vietnam. Enjoy the surrounding area. After the trek, you'll have lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon and evening is your free time to rest and relax or self explore. Overnight in a 3-star hotel Day 2: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B, L) Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and then walk down to the southeast of Sapa along the side of the Muong Hoa Valley to the Y Linh Ho Village of the Black H’mong. Continue trekking down to the Lao Chai village of the H’mong. Enjoy lunch and then walk through terraced rice fields to Ta Van Village of the Dzay minority people Around 2 PM, pack your things and prepare to leave Sapa. Hop in your limousine back to Hanoi at 2:30 PM. Enjoy drop-off at your hotel in Hanoi at around 9-10 PM. ***Kindly note that there will be local ethnic people try to accompany you the whole trekking way in order to ask you for money or sell local items with high price. Please ignore them and stick to the guide. This has been a pressing matter in Sapa, yet haven't been solved by the authority. We're truly sorry for this inconvenience in advance!

From Sapa: Terrace Fields and Local Villages Trek with Lunch

10. From Sapa: Terrace Fields and Local Villages Trek with Lunch

08:00 - 08:45am: The local tourguide pick you up at your hotel in Sapa town. Tourguide walks to hotel by hotel to pick up guest and it might makes 30 - 45 minutes for pick up depending on your hotel's location in Sapa town. This is a nice experience to see more clear Sapa town. Explore the beauty of Sapa’s terrace fields on this trek with a local guide. Learn about local villages and their ethnic minorities, and get a taste of local cuisine at lunchtime. After meeting your guide in your hotel in Sapa, start trekking through Sapa town to see daily life at work. After leaving the town, explore terraced rice, corn, and potato fields on a non-touristy route. Take in spectacular views of the landscape and breathe in the fresh air as you hike. Hear about local culture, customs, and habits from your guide as you make your way to Lai Chai, a small village on the tribal hill. Feel like a part of the family as you trek through local villages to get a better understanding of the ethnic minority in Sapa. See terrace field upon terrace field in front of you, and stop at a lovely waterfall to relax and take photos. After your trek, replenish your energy with lunch at a local restaurant. Tantalize your taste buds with the varied flavors of local cuisine, then take a shuttle bus back to your hotel in Sapa.

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4.2 / 5

based on 984 reviews

This was a once in a lifetime experience. The views were breathtaking and continued to surprise me. Our guide, Soso, was extremely kind and genuine. I was impressed how her and the other women of the hill tribes were able to navigate the trek with ease. There is a lot of steep declines and some incline but there will be help from the women that live there. The homestay was good for us and we were able to get a private room. The food was good & plenty. We made friends with some lovely people. Please be aware that these women are extremely kind and helpful, but midway through the trek, they will be selling their handmade crafts. I love handmade things and artisan crafts and was more than happy to support these women and buy a few things. But I can see other people getting uncomfortable with how pushy they were. Otherwise, I’m so glad I booked this experience.

The food was good and I in particular liked the introduction we got to the lifestyle of people. I did not realize that pickup would be done by motorbike and I was lucky to travel light that day. I think a head's up would have been the safest way to go.

Great experience and amazing tour showing the surroundings of Sapa. I would like to point out the organising agency - very kind and extremely helpful, individual approach and keen to help us with specific requirements.

very nice experience, the guide was excellent and the homestay cozy and comfortable

All very well. He was very punctual and made several stops.