GROUP TOUR – TOUR CODE: CSP02S
This Sapa tour combines short trekking through villages of Muong Hoa valley and fullday excursion to Bac Ha. Referred to Bac Ha means you’re talking about a white plateau of flowering plum and peach, where corn alcohol motion of the fair went on lyrics, where all colors of hilltribe gather on hillside. All attract us at the first sight.
US$ 60 per person
Single supplement surcharge: US$ 10
This Sapa group tour starts every Saturday night from Hanoi because Bac Ha market is on Sunday only, and you visit this market on the arrival morning.
- Hotel in Sapa town (Twinshare room) – Priority: Hoang Ha 3-star hotel – Add: No.8B Thac Bac Street – Sapa town center
- Air-conditioned van or minibus shared with other passengers.
- Local English speaking tour guide.
- All meals as indicated in Sapa: 2 x B (Breakfast); 2 x L (Lunch); 2 x D (Dinner).
- Admission fees to sightseeing places.
- Free luggage handling in hotels.
- Private taxi & our VietnamCheapPackages supporting staff picking you up from your hotel in Hanoi center to your compartment on the train ! Yes, exactly, our staff will say goodbye to you at your berth on the train compartment and help you the boarding procedures before the train leaves. If you’d like to book this service, a surcharge of US$ 23/ group of 2 tourists, or US$ 30/ group of 3-5 tourists will be applied.
- Train tickets Hanoi – Lao Cai (Sapa): 1-way ticket = US$ 40/ person (4-soft-sleeper cabin) or US$ 85/ person (2-soft-sleeper cabin). There’s 1 VietnamCheapPackages staff meeting you at your hotel to give you the ticket.
- Drinks, trekking gears & other personal expenses.
DAY 1 (Sunday) SAPA – BAC HA MARKET TOUR – TREKKING TO BAN PHO – SAPA (L,D)
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 go for a light trek to visit Ban Pho, the village is home to flower H’mong minority. We are invited to enter several local houses to have some green tea, corn wine, listen to the host talking about their family, talk to them… and then enjoy landscapes on a roundabout way to Bac Ha for get back to Lao Cai to continue up to Sapa. Check in the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Sapa.
DAY 2 Y LINH HO – LAO CHAI – TA VAN VILLAGE – LAO CAI – HANOI (B,L,D)
6km of walking down to the south east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. A 2km-trekking down to Lao Chai village, through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people. Lunch at a local family, it gives you a worth chance for you to learn about the local house architecture which is full of their daily life styles and exclusive custom. Enjoy the landscape on the way. Car to return to Sapa for dinner.
Shuttle bus to Lao Cai Train Station or to Hanoi (booked by guestselves).
Bac Ha was rediscovered in 1991 by the French tourists when they came back to Vietnam after the country re-opened to the world.
Don’t confuse between Sapa and Lao Cai. Lao Cai is a city, and Sapa is a town. Both belong to Lao Cai province, Northwest of Vietnam. And Lao Cai Train station (in Lao Cai city, 38km from Sapa town) is end point of all trains from Hanoi. The trains come to Lao Cai and from Sapa, you take a bus transfer to Sapa nearby.
Travel magazine Travel + Leisure (USA) announced 7 lovely terraced rice fields, public Tails in Asia and also the world by readers of this magazine polls, as well as the name of Lao Cai – Sapa Vietnam. Bac Ha is 80km from Lao Cai and 110km from Sapa, which costs you 2-hour-driving. You can stop at some minority villages as Ban Pho or Pho Rang and can’t help falling in love with the grandiose terraced rice fields like “the steps upto sky”.
Muong Hoa valley contains dozens of hilltribe villages surrounded by Fansipan mountain range. Don’t miss the chance to intermingle with hilltribe people during trekking, tasting their foods and knowing more about stitl-houses and terraced rice fields “the masterpiece of Hmong people”. If a local invite you a cup of rice wine, kindly don’t refuse because in their thinking, your refusal is impolite in any terms. 75% of cereals of the region is for making rice, which is a bad habit of locals, but this is traditional and even the local government can’t persuade them to give up drinking daily.