Surrounding Sapa are the Hoang Lien Mountains, which the French nicknamed the Tonkinese Alps. These mountains include Fansipan, which at 3143 metres is Vietnam’s highest.
Unlike the nearby hill tribe village, the architecture of Sapa looks distinctly European. This is because for nearly 100 years, up until 1954, many French people moved there from other parts of Vietnam to escape the tropical heat.
The H’mong and Dzao people are the largest ethnic groups in the region. While the most eye-catching people are Red Dao, who wear scarlet head-dresses with woollen tassels and silver trinkets.
The most numerous are the Hmong people, who make up over one third of the district’s population. Hmong women are the most commercially minded, selling their embroidered indigo blue waistcoats, bags, hats, and silver jewellery to tourists.
Sapa is a great place to base yourself and shop beside the locals who frequent the Saturday market.
If you’re looking to escape the tourist buses, head a bit further afield to Bac Ha.
There are 10 Montagnard hill tribe groups who live around Bac Ha in the highlands, and many make the trek down from the mountains for their big shopping day. Some hill tribe people have to walk up to 30 kilometres through the mountains to get there, with all their goods in tow on the way back.
DAY 1: HA NOI – SA PA – Y LINH HO- LAO CHAI- TA VAN (L-D)
6:30 – 7:00 – Get picked up from your hotel in Hanoi to depart for Sapa via the new highway with a comfortable shor break.
Arrive at Sa Pa town and be amazed by the colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao, Tay ethnic people. Enjoy welcome drink and itinerary briefing. Then have lunch with local Vietnamese dishes before the hotel check in
14: 15: – Take a short drive to Y Linh Ho village and then start hiking through the rice terraces along Muong Hoa stream to Lao chai, the village of Black Hmong. Here you will enjoy the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son mountain ranges.
In the late afternoon, continue trekking to visit Ta Van village, which is the home of Tay minority. The trekking distance is about 9km ans the duration is 3½ hours.
17:45 – It’s time to check in to the home stay. Experience the rustic lifestyle of the local and watch the sun setting in the moutainous region.
In the evening, enjoy the local bar nearby or socialize with other tourists then overnight at homestay.
DAY 2: TA VAN – GIANG TA CHAI – CAT CAT – SA PA (B-L-D)
8:00 – Enjoy the breakfast prepared by the host family and start a new day with more hiking.
8:45 – Keep walking through the rice paddies where you have a nice photo session with the
amazing surrounding landscapes. After passing a bamboo forest, you will arrive at Giang Ta Chai village – the home of Red Dzao minority. The total trekking distance is about 4km and the duration is roughly 2 hours.
11:00 – Exit the village via Giang Ta Chai Bridge to reach the main road where the driver is
waiting to transfer you back to Sapa town.
12:00 – 14:00 – Enjoy welcome drinks and itinerary briefing. Then, have lunch with delicious
Vietnamese dishes before the hotel check-in.
14:30 – Start hiking downhill to Cat Cat village at the bottom of Muong Hoa Valley. Enjoy the
spectacular views of the beautiful valley towards Fansipan – the highest peak in Vietnam and
Indochina. Upon arrival at the village, you will have a chance to visit the Black H’mong’s traditional stilt houses as well as watch people weaving, embroidering, and drying their clothes, etc. Then keep walking to visit the dramatic
DAY 3: SA PA – TA PHIN – HA NOI (B-L)
7:00 – 7:45 – Have breakfast at the hotel before setting off for Ta Phin village.
08:00 – The tour guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby and then you will be transferred to the center of Ta Phin Valley with some stops along the way. Enjoy the picturesque scenery of the mountainous region.
Upon arrival at Ta Phin village, start your adventure with a 2-hour walk along the village paths.Here you will pass by several hamlets of the Black H’mong and Red Dzao people scattering over the hillsides facing the rice fields. You will also have a chance to visit some local families to learn more about their traditional values, culture, andcustoms. This visit will greatly help you distinguish between H’mong and Red Dzao people who live in the same area.
At noon, get back to the main road to return to Sa Pa town
12:30 – 15:00 – Have lunch with local dishes and enjoy free time for shopping.
15:00 – Meet all other group members at the hotel to get ready for the bus to return to Hanoi.
21:00 – 22:00 – Arrive in Hanoi city. The tour ends.
Two round trip train tickets in a 4 soft-sleeper shared-cabin (Except OPT 1)
Local English speaking guide, Other languges upon your request
Twin /Double sharing Room at hotel in Sapa
Meal as mentioned in program ( B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner )
Sightseeing fees/Entrance fees
Transport as programe
* Bathroom or room for you to fresh, take shower between the trips.
* Breakfast every morning you back from the trip*
* Welcome drink
* Luggage storage
What to bring:
Camera + Film
Comfortable footwear for trekking
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