Planing a the first trip to Sapa and visiting Bac Ha Sunday Market which is well-known by travelers with the most colorful market of the hill tribes in the North of Vietnam. The Trip included one night experience on train, whole day for Bac Ha Market, long trekking around minority villages , spend one night in hotel at Sapa Tower and one night in Ta Van Homestay
Night 1 : Train to Lao Cai
Day 1: Lao Cai –Bac Ha – Sapa
Day 2: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van – Drive to Hanoi
Tonight, you need to show up at Hanoi Train Station one hour before the train depart. Train staff will escort you to your train carriage. Overnight on train.
|Hanoi - Lao Cai|
Lao Cai – Bac Ha- Sapa (B/L/-)
Early arrive in Lao Cai Railway Station, greeted by our tour guide and driver. We bring you to local restaurant for breakfast. After breakfast, get transfer to Bac Ha town. Located at 110km from Sapa, Bac Ha mountain town is well-known by travelers with the most colorful market of the hill tribes in the North of Vietnam. This every-Sunday- market attended by at least 8 ethnic groups and last from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM. It is also chance for tourists to discover the H’mong King’s palace (old building built by the French & Chinese).
In the afternoon, we drive downhill towards Lao Cai for about half an hour. We stop on the way (before reaching Lao Cai) to take a short walk to Trung Do village inhabited by Tay people. Tay villages are always set up at the foot of a mountain or along a stream and are named after a mountain, a field, or a river.
Each village contains about 15-20 households. A large village is divided into many small hamlets. The houses are built on stilts or level with the ground. Stop by a traditional Tay house for a cup of tea before taking a boat cruise upstream the Chay River (optional based on current and river water. Else we arrange alternative transfer on buffalo cart). The scenery is very beautiful on both sides of the river. The boat trip will end at Bao Nhai bridge where your vehicle will be waiting for you for the journey back to Lao Cai to continue up to Sapa.
Arrive Sapa in the afternoon. Overnight in Sapa.
|Lao Cai - Bac Ha - Sapa|
SAPA – LAO CHAI –CAT CAT – Y LINH HO – TA VAN (B/L/D)
After breakfast at hotel , let’s start our trek today. We first sneak through the market and leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you will follow a road going downhill to Cat Cat village. You will stop by a waterfall and a hydroelectric station for a while before you trek on a dirt trail through rice paddy terraces. You will also enjoy spectacular scenery while walking along a narrow river. You eventually arrive in Y Linh Ho village of Black Hmong minority, where you can take a rest while you are served lunch nearby the river.
After lunch, you head Muong Hoa valley. You will pass through Lao Chai village of Black Hmong minority and then Tavan village of Giay minority by following a very popular trekking route. You will spend the night in local house of Giay minority. You will be able to take a walk to enjoy the valley view as well as swim in the river nearby. Diner and overnight at local home-stay in Ta Van.
Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 5 hours walking/ 1-hour lunch
|Sapa - Lao Chai - Ta van|
TA VAN – GIANG TA CHAY – SU PAN – SAPA – HANOI (B)
Once you get energy for your last day trek by having a delicious breakfast, you leave for Giang Ta Chai village of Red Dao minority. You will trek through bamboo forest, which belongs to Hoang Lien National Park. On the way you will pass by a waterfall where you will have time to take a rest and enjoy the surroundings. You will find a nice place to enjoy lunch. After lunch, you continue toward Su Pan, a small village located by the road. Here you start your journey back to Sapa by car.
Leisure till 15.00 pm, get-on- bus. Tonight, you can expect to arrive Hanoi around 21.00 pm. Bring you back to your hotel at old quarter
|Sapa - Hanoi|
Package price: on request
- Expert English speaking tour guides
- Accommodation in double or twin share
- Private transfers and transport in modern van (A/C)
- Entrance fees during guided time
- Meals as indicated on itinerary: B – Breakfast; L – Lunch; D – Dinner
- Train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai: sharing cabin 4 berth
- Sharing bus Sapa – Hanoi
- Private cabin on Train: on request
- Single supplement: on request
- Visa and visa arrangement fee
- International airfare and airport taxes
- Meals not indicated on itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses (tips, gratuities, …)
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