The mountain town of Sapa is known for its terraced rice fields, traditional lifestyle, and ethnic Hmong community. This 2-day small-group tour from Hanoi strips away the tourist trappings and lets you experience authentic local life with guided trekking, overnight in a farming family’s home, and the chance to work in their fields: an experience near-impossible to recreate independently. Free time in Sapa, sleeper bus transport, and meals are included.
Around 06:30am, be greeted by our tour guide and driver upon arrival at Lao Cai train station, before being transferred to Sapa village, by a shared tourist bus. The bus ride uphill to Sapa takes a little over an hour, and will give you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces as you make this short trip.
Once arriving in the hotel in Sapa, an early check in follows if room is available, otherwise in the interim, you will have access to a basic room for your refreshment, before enjoying breakfast prior to going on the morning tour.
09.30 Start your tour with 6km of walking down to the South East of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village, home of the Black H’mong people. Then continue with a 3km-trek down to Lao Chai village. Here we will stop for a simple lunch before exploring the village. After lunch, continue trekking through terraced rice fields to Ta Van, village of the Dzay minority people. This trek is relatively easy, though the trail
can be quite slippery if it rains, so good footwear is recommended.
Trekking level: 6/10
Trekking: 10Km trekking and 8Km driving from Tavan village back to Sapa.
Accommodation: Home-stay in Ta Van
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at homestay
DAY 02: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Sapa
Around 09:30am, after having had a restful night and enjoyable breakfast, it is time to take an 8 km walk to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao people, the H’mong who are located in Giang Ta Chai
Su Pan villages. Situated at the edge of Muong Hoa Valley, Giang Ta Chai is gaining popularity as one of the most scenic and interesting locations for visitors who enjoy experiencing the colorful traditional customs and costumes that are always on show here. While Supan is considered as a less travelled and more withdrawn village because of its small population base.
There are breath taking and beautiful landscapes throughout this mountainous area, including a stunning waterfall, rattan bridges, and some exquisite ferns and orchids that drape from the overhanging branches of so much lush vegetation. After Giang Ta Chai and Su Pan visits, it is hard to have to leave this area, but we again have opportunity to do more exploration in Sapa town, so the bus ride allows some recovery time… and lots of photos and stories will no doubt be told on the brief ride back.
Tour ends at around 15:00
Trekking level: 5/10
Trekking: 8Km of trekking, 10Km of driving back to Sapa.
Activities: Start the journey with a trek to Giang Ta Chai Village and Supan Village of the Red Dao and the H’mong people, which are located far from the center of Sapa but very attractive with coloful traditional costumes.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Bus to Lao Cai train station
PRICE: in USD per Person
Standard Option: 1 Night dorm room homestay with sleeping bus transfer: 85 USD/person
Supperior Option: 1 Night private room homestay with sleeping bus transfer: 105 USD/person (Single supplement if you are solo traveler: extra 20 USD)
Deluxe Option: 1 Night bungalow with sleeping bus transfer: 115 USD/person (Single supplement: 25 USD)
NOTE: You can choose upgrade to cabin bus or limousine bus: Extra fee 15 USD/person/one way
Return transportation Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi by sharing sleeper bus with Air-conditioner
Meals as mentioned: B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner with local dishes
Local English speaking tourguide ( local host )
Local village visit
Photo taking time
Accommodation ( Local house )
Cooking with host
Experience the real rural daily life
All entrance fees
Entry/Admission – Ta Van Village
What’s not included
All meals & beverages not specifically mentioned.
Pick up and drop off outside Hanoi Old Quarter not included
Tips, Personal Expenses & those not clearly mentioned above
Visa application (where applicable) and personal travel documents are the sole responsibility of travelers.
Thing to bring:
Warm clothes, scarf, hat, cap because the weather in Sapa is pretty unpredictable. It is normally cold in September, October, November, December, January, February and March.
Due to altitude of Sapa, it is sometimes foggy in December, January, February and March.
Trekking shoes, sun glasses, sun cream, insect repellent are also necessary. You should take cash with you in Vietnam Dong because banking system in Sapa sometimes doesn’t function well. US Dollar, Euro, Australia Dollar are accepted in Sapa.
You should take medicine with you although there are some chemist’s shops in Sapa in case you get sick.
Homestay is totally different from hotel due to its basic and simple facilities. Its in local village: with basic single bed (hot water, mosquito net, blanket)