Visiting different ethnic groups such as the Tay, the Xa Pho who which cannot be found in other areas of Sapa. Even though they live close to each other, their living standard, their customs and traditions are not the same. Also enjoy beautiful landscape in Ban Ho valley.
Tour code: SPT02-NB
Night 1: Hanoi to Lao Cai by the overnight bus
At 9:00 pm pick up and transfer from your hotel for boarding at 10:00 pm. You will be in AC soft sleeper bus to travel Sapa town.
Day 1: Sapa - Cat Cat - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van
The next morning: The bus arrives in Lao Cai at about 3:00 am. Then take a morning drive through the clouds by car / van to Sapa (about 1 hours), our guide pick up you to hotel or bus drop you off at hotel. When you arrive in Sapa you will be taken to for a morning shower & breakfast, then prepare for the trek to villages.
After freshening up and having breakfast you are free to take a walk around the charming little town of Sapa. Pay a visit to the fascinating market and or the old cathedral where you can meet and greet some of the local ethnic minority people. The Black H'Mong and Red Zao come into town daily to sell their farming produce and hand made crafts - you will spot them easily in their bright traditional dress.
At 9:30, back office we will set off to begin trekking and exploring the Muong Hoa valley.
We begin by driving approximately 3 kms to Cat Cat village - here we start walking. This village is home to the H'Mong. There is a pretty waterfall to enjoy and an old hydro power station built by the French is nearby. A further 12kms of trekking will see us visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages. Here we will have lunch with a local family or in a drinking shop by the river, we continue hiking to Ta Van village (here resides the Dzay people) where we settle for the night in a local village family home. This provides a great opportunity to share their customs and home life. Your tour guide and host family will set up a temporary cooking class so you can share a Vietnamese cooking experience!
Day 2: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – SuPan – Sapa
Leaving Ta van village after breakfast, you will head off on an uphill trail, past fascinating terraced rice fields and small pockets of H'Mong housing before walking through a bamboo forest to a picturesque waterfall. Here, we rest briefly and admire the scenery, following this we continue walking for about half and hour to Giang Ta Chai village, home of the Red Zao people- this sits on top of a hill and overlooks the Muong Hoa River. After spending time with the villagers and enjoying their genuine hospitality we will cross the river via a suspension bridge and head upwards again to visit a local handicraft centre where H'Mong and Zao women gather to share their crafts and skills and have a good chat!
A late lunch will be prepared for you near the craft centre and then it is time to relax and become acquainted with the local school children and their teachers. Later, a short drive will return you to Sapa, you are free to shower and enjoy a couple of hours free time in town before departure for coming back to Hanoi by overnight bus.
Night 3: Sapa to Hanoi by soft sleeper tourist bus
At 21:00pm, you will be pick up to the overnight bus, where you will then take the night bus back to Hanoi. We hope you have enjoyed your time in Sapa and your experience. Early morning arrive Hanoi, tour end.