- Pleasant time on a budget
- Insight into Sapa’s culture and lifestyle
- Meet locals to understand ethnic minorities’ daily lives
- Visit most famous attractions with dedicated local guides
- Customizable tour
Sapa, “town in cloud”, attracts us by majestic mountainous view, unique experiences with ethnic minorities’ life. These hidden miraculous things inside this marvellous town will be revealed, from natural landscape, to locals’ character.
Walking around Muong Hoa valley, we step into wonderland of colorful rice terraces and a great waterfall. Nearby, we will start discovering culture in Cat Cat & Sin Chai villages, where we meet H’mong ethnic minority. They will show you how to weave and embroider their clothes – crafty brocades with featured patterns only in North Vietnam. Further your viewsight to contemplate immense beauty of poetic valley towards Fansipan – the highest peak of Indochina.
Hanoi - Sapa
Next morning, we will pick you up at Lao Cai railway station by bus, arriving to the township of Sapa (1 hour to get there). We have breakfast in the hotel to get ready for the new journey!
Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B)
Coming to Y Linh Ho Village, we will be immersed into greenish corn stalks, far-flung rice terraces to skyline, simple but effective architecture of H’mong houses on stilts. Furthermore, we have an opportunity to experience traditional embroidering method handed down from many generations.
Then, we take 3 km trekking down to Lao Chai, a village deep below the valley, surrounding by mountains and rice terraces. Terraces here is the most beautiful one in Lao Cai, listed as a national landscape. September to April is the most spectacular season of Lao Chai, when towering rice terraces from deep valley heighten up to the sky, fully brilliant yellow of ripe fields in the autumn.
Hiking 4 km more and we go through terraced rice fields to Ta Van Village, where Giay minority people live for years. We will have an occasion to understand more lifestyle, customs of Giay people. This area keeps indigenous pristine beauty, road to the village is still a narrow trail. Two sides of the road will amaze you with fertile terraces, beautified by the green of corn and rice.
Ta Van - Sapa (L/D)
We will taste foods grown from hard-working, ingenuous, simple-minded locals, whose main work is cultivating and raising cattles. They also have special drink - corn wine to invite you as special guests coming to town. Talking with them and they will open your view about their local daily lives and unique customs, including festivals too.
Local house architecture is one feature you may notice first. Houses are build way higher than the ground, as a farsighted solution for natural disasters like flood, erosion…, which is so different from urban areas.
On the way back to Sapa by scooter or jeep, we will enjoy landscapes on 2 sides and have a free time for yourself.
Sapa – Cat Cat Village (B)
Stroll down about 3 km to the South-west of Sapa, we visit Cat Cat, another village of the H’mong. This place was a resort of French officials during the colonial time in Vietnam, that’s why there is a vestige of the hydroelectric power station they built before. We can relax at the foot of the stunning Cat Cat Waterfall.
Cat Cat Village is not only attractive because of poetic, pristine scenery but also for various traditional culture of the H’mong here. We will be interested and immersed into graceful dances of H’mong girls, music from unique instruments (one instrument made from leaves) and of course bamboo dance (can’t miss in North West vietnam)
Sin Chai - Sapa (L/D)
Situated on the foot of Fansipan Mountain - “the Roof of Indochina”, Sin Chai Village and stunning landscapes of the mountain will show in front of your eyes.
Sin Chai is the most native village ever around Sa Pa, when all touristic factors exclude from this area. Here, we are truly at ease, tranquil in nature.
Later, we return to the main road, back to Sapa town on a jeep. We say goodbye to Sapa for the night train back to Hanoi.
Lao Cai - Hanoi
- Phone call, other private expenses.