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SaPa Muong Hoa valley trek and Local ethnic Villages

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

2. 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.

From Sapa: Waterfalls, Trekking and Tribal Villages Tour

3. 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.

Private Hoang Lien National Park & Tribal Village Trek

4. Private Hoang Lien National Park & Tribal Village Trek

Meet your local guide and driver at your hotel in Sa Pa Town at 09:00 AM. Depart for the first tour stops, located a 30-minute drive away, visiting the Silver Waterfall, the Love Waterfall and Tram Ton Pass. After discovering this area, leave for the O Quy Ho Pass, where the trek will begin. The trek is a 10km long dirt trail through the bamboo forest of Hoang Lien National Park, offering great views of the surrounding rice paddies. Enjoy a picnic lunch at 12:30 PM, being served at a beautiful spot in the wilderness.  Continue your trek after the lunch break to Sin Chai village, where the community-based tourism in Sapa takes place. Proceed with the tour to visit the nearby village, inhabited by the Black Hmong people, one of the largest ethnic minority groups in the Sapa area. Explore some native houses to learn more about the culture, customs and handicraft skills. Take the transfer back to Sa Pa in the early afternoon. You will arrive at around 03:00 PM and will be dropped off at your hotel in Sa Pa Town.

2-Day Sapa Tour Trekking Homestay with Night Bus From Hanoi

5. 2-Day Sapa Tour Trekking Homestay with Night Bus From Hanoi

Night 1: Hanoi - Sapa - sleep on the bus 21.45: Be ready at meeting point (204 Tran Quang Khai street - 5 minutes walking from Hoan Kiem lake) to get on Sleeper bus to Sapa. Sleep on the bus with some stops on the way. (single berth or cabin berth for 2 people). Day 1: Trek to Cat Cat village in the morning, Trek to Lao Chai - Ta Van in the afternoon and overnight at homestay. (Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) 4.00 am: Arrive in Sapa town, you stay on the bus till 6.00 am, local guide will pick you up there to hotel for breakfast. 8.30 am: Guide take you to trek to Cat Cat village with terrace fields and Black H'Mong people with waterfall, daily farming work and knitting workshops... 12.00 - 14.00: Have lunch at restaurant and prepare backpack for long trek (10 kms through Muong Hoa valley with Fansipan mountain and beautiful stream and villages) 17.00 pm: Approach Ta Van village and the host in homestay welcomes you with some nice snack. Check in homestay (clean and quite comfortable mattress). You can relax with a cup of beers and join cooking with the host to understand their culture. Have dinner in peace in mountains with some local spirits invited by the host. Day 2: Trek to Giang Ta Chai village - Sapa moment - Hanoi. (Meal included: Breakfast, Lunch) 7.30 am: Have sunrise breakfast with pancake, bread or noodle with chicken or beef + cup of coffee or tea then start to trek to Giang Ta Chai - very few travelers there. trek through bamboo forest and get to the nice bridge to get on bus back to Sapa for lunch. 13.45 - 14.30 pm: Get on bus back to Hanoi. You will be dropped off at 204 Tran Quang Khai. Trip ends.

From Hanoi: Guided Day Trip to Ninh Binh and Tràng An

6. From Hanoi: Guided Day Trip to Ninh Binh and Tràng An

07h30 – 8h00: The driver and tour guide meet and welcome you at your hotel, then depart for Ninh Binh province. Having a short break for 15 – 20 minutes to relax in the mid-way. 10h30: Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda – the most famous & biggest Pagoda in Southeast Asia with many records set such as 500 Stone – Arhat Statues, 36 ton-bronze Bell, 100 ton-Budhha Statue… Having lunch in the restaurant with a lot of local foods such as goat meat, fish, chicken, fried rice…. Vegetarian foods are always available in the buffet lunch. In the afternoon, continue the trip by visiting Tràng An which was recognized by UNESCO as A World Heritage Site in 2014. Trang An has a wonderful tunnel cave system so Kong’s Movie Group chose this place for the New Version of Kong in 2016 – “Skull Island”. With 2.5 hours for the boat trip, you will be persuaded by the beauty here. Getting back to Limousine Bus then leave for Mua Cave (Dancing Cave). Walk up almost 500 steps, you can reach the top of Lying Dragon Mountain & have an amazing panoramic view of Tam Coc from here. Late afternoon, get on the bus to return to Hanoi. 18h30 arrival in Hanoi. Finish the trip.

From Sapa: Motorbike Tour with Silver Waterfall

7. From Sapa: Motorbike Tour with Silver Waterfall

Benefit of a convenient hotel pickup at 7:30 AM then and ride up to Thac Bac waterfall (also called the Silver Waterfall). Take in one of the most stunning landscapes in Sapa and admire the view of the Fansipan mountain on clear days. Then, ride down weaving tracks through local villages such as Xin Chai and San Sa Ho where you can experience the local cultures and marvel at high mountains, deep valleys, and rice terraces. Stop at the villages Lao Chai & Ta Van located at Muong Hoa valley and meet the friendly locals. Tackle the challenges en route and ride through steep passes, over curvy roads, as well as buffalo trails. Then, start descending into the valley of the largest rice terrace in the Sapa area. The guide will provide you interesting information about rice and its production. If the time permits, enjoy a cup of coffee next to a stream in Ta Van village before riding back to Sapa.

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What people are saying about Sa Pa

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 76 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.

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 guides were amazing, we would not have been able to do the hike without them. Highly recommend this tour to see the villages and rice paddies, one of the favorite parts of our trip!

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