GROUP TOUR – TOUR CODE: CSP03S
Perched dramatically on the Western edge of a high plateau, Sapa is the tourist capital of the mountainouse North Vietnam. However, it’s not just the breathtaking scenery that attracts visitors, but the people too, as the region is home to a fascinating mixture of Vietnam’s ethnic minorities. From Sapa town, you can trek through the hills to several minority villages and homestay overnight in a traditional stilt-house of Hmong people. Visit the local markets packed with color and life.
US$ 95 per person
Single supplement surcharge: US$ 15
This Sapa group tour packs homestay, trekking, hilltribe market, culture exchange, photo-hunting in 3 days.
HOTEL UPGRADE OPTIONS:
If you’d like to upgrade the 2nd night from Hoang Ha 3-star hotel to another, you pay the surcharge as follows:
– Cat Cat View 3-star www.catcathotel.com : + US$ 20/ per person
– Sunny Mountain 4-star www.sunnymountainhotel.com : + US$ 30/ per person
- The 2nd night Homestay in stilt-house in Ta Van village, Muong Hoa valley.
- The 3rd night in 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: 3 x B (Breakfast); 3 x L (Lunch); 3 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 LAO CAI – SAPA – Y LINH HO – LAO CHAI – TA VAN – HOMESTAY (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. Continue on 2km of trekking down to Lao Chai village of the H’mong. Lunch at a local family, and then walk through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people where we stay for the night. 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 landscapes.
Homestay overnight at the Dzay local house.
DAY 2 TREKKING TA VAN – GIANG TA CHAI – SU PAN – SAPA – HOMESTAY (B,L,D)
After breakfast, continue on 14 km of trekking to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao, the H’mong. Visit a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge. Enjoy landscapes… through bamboo forest to the main road to catch the Car to return to Sapa.
Overnight at the hotel in Sapa.
DAY 3 BAC HA MARKET (on Sunday only) – LAO CAI (B,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 catch the train. Dinner at a local restaurant before the train departs at 20:15. Train tickets are booked by your own.
Many travelers said that it’s an interesting tour combining what they like best for a Sapa tour: homestay + hilltribal market. Ta Van homestay is possibly not the most perfect homestay in North Vietnam, but its charm is the location among the grandiose Muong Hoa valley with large terraced rice fields, and the chance to intermingle with the local culture. Before the tour, you can’t imagine how beautiful and tranquil the village is when sitting in a stilt-house and cast your view over the “masterpiece” rice fields of Muong Hoa valley waving in the autumn wind.
Each market in & around Sapa gathers only on one day of the week. Tuesday is for Coc Ly market. Thursday is for Lung Khau Nhin market. Saturday is for Can Cau market. Bac Ha market is the biggest market around Sapa and only on Sunday.
We have Group tours to Bac Ha only. For other hilltribal markets, you have to book a private tour. You can contact us for a detailed tour and prices.
Travel magazine Travel + Leisure (USA) announced seven 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.