Sapa Adventure (3 days / 4 night – weekly departure on Friday evening)
This trip will take you two different villages of different tribes where you will chance to experience the local culture, traditions and customs.
We pick you up from your hotel
VRT – SAPA 04
3 days/4 nights
– Full transportation by private A/C vehicle as tour program indicated.
– Return train ticket basing on first class 4 berth shared cabin with air
-conditioner (Soft sleeper wooden cabin).- Sightseeing fees and permits.
– Boat trip along the Chay River.
– Local English speaking guide (French speaking guide on request at additional cost US$ 15.00/day per group).
– Meals as mentioned in program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch).
– Accommodation as program based on twin sharing or double (on request).
– The above private escorted tour is customized for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other travelers will join in your group.
– Drinks, except otherwise mentioned
– Meals not indicated on the itinerary
– Insurance, Personal expenses, Tips
Day 1 (Saturday): Lao Cai - Can Cau market - Bac Ha Town (B, L, -) Lao Cai | Can Cau Market | Ban Pho Commune | Bac Ha Town
Night 1 (Friday): Ha Noi - Lao Cai by Train
You will be picked up from your hotel lobby by our representative at 20:00 for a short transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for boarding to Lao Cai by Express Train at 21:10.
Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 people/cabin or 2 people/cabin on request).
6:00 AM - Arrive to Lao Cai train station. Meet your local guide and driver, freshen up and enjoy Breakfast in a local restaurant before taking a drive up hill to Can Cau Market - a small market situated in a valley surrounded by mountains and only 7 km from China. The journey takes about 2.5 hours through the lush farmland of Lao Cai plateau and later spectacular mountain scenery of Bac Ha District. Arriving right at its most crowded time, the market is filled with cheerful faces and you will be absorbed into the market by festive atmosphere, colorful traditional dresses, exotic smell of corn wine and herb… until noon when it gets over to realize the beautiful surrounding. Driving back to Bac Ha town, you will check in hotel and enjoy lunch at local restaurant.
After along break for your recovery, the afternoon excursion will take you to visit Ban Pho Commune of the Flower H’mong and Tay people which is included some small hamlets scattering on hilly land in a perfect nature setting. Walking around the village you will encounter the hospitable ethnic people, living in wooden houses with earthen wall surrounding by lush plump garden… There is a chance to see how corn wine made and if lucky you will enjoy a H’mong dance with the Khen. In the evening you are free to explore the town.
Day 2 (Sunday): Visit Bac Ha market - Sapa (B, L, -) Bac Ha Market | Trung Do | Chay River | Fairy Cave | Vietnamese and Chinese Harbour Mouth | Sapa
Night 2: Overnight at hotel in Bac Ha - Sao Mai Hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner on your own.
Every day always begins very early in Vietnam. Especially on Sunday in Bac Ha. You will be waken up early by the sound of the peoples on the way to Bac Ha market. While having Breakfast you will see lot of Flower H’mong with their horses loading with selling’s passing by the hotel. So today morning is for joining in Bac Ha Market for the most important week end activities of the local ethnic peoples. You’d better with your camera walk an hour away from the market place for the active scenery while all the paths towards the market are full of peoples, children and horses… Back to the market at about 09.30 you will enjoy the market at its best. Lunch will be served in the hotel restaurant with set menu before checking out hotel and leaving Bac Ha. The journey down hill is very different from the way up and you will enjoy some photo stops before paying visit to Trung Do, a Tay Village impressively nested by the side of the Chay River with hundred of spacious wooden houses which are well organized in the harmony with surrounding nature. Also from here you will enjoy a boat trip along the Chay River for magnificent landscapes of this untouched region then visit Fairy Cave. A car will be waiting for you at Bao Nhai bridge then transfer to Sapa. On the way back, drop in to see the Vietnamese and Chinese Harbour Mouth in Lao Cai. Reach Sapa late in the afternoon. Check in hotel.
You are free at your leisure to explore the town at night or to do as you wish.
Day 3 (Monday): Sapa - Explore Muong Hoa Valley - Night train to Hanoi (B, L, -) Sapa | Lao Chai | Ta Van Village | Night train to Hanoi
Night 3: Overnight at hotel in Sapa town.
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner on your own Breakfast at hotel. Today morning, you will explore the spectacular Muong Hoa. A car will take us out of the town, following the only road built on the side of a mountain range, looking down the valley, over viewing magnificent landscapes composed of high mountains, deep valleys, and stream of water winding, waterfalls and terraced rice paddies… walking trail can be seen clearly from the road winding up and down hills on the other side of Muong Hoa River to connect village to villages… Our suggested walk starts from Lao Chai village of the H’mong along the river to Ta Van, the Zay village.
You will be picked up at Ta Van Bridge and drive back to Sapa at noon.
Afternoon is at your leisure for wandering Sa Pa town and market until late afternoon when transfer down hill to Lao Cai station for taking the overnight train back to Hanoi leaving at 20:15.
Night 4: Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 people/cabin or 2 people/cabin on request).
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner on your own. Arrival in Hanoi around 5:00 AM next day. You will be picked up at Hanoi station and walk to your Hotel - Early check in will be arranged upon your requests.