Located in the far and high area in North
Vietnam and own a special cool climate, Sapa is very well known among tourists.
People in this small town of Lao Cai Province still remains their traditions in
dressing and cultivating, especially their weekly colorful markets. Bac Ha is
the most well known local market, where several ethnic groups gather every
Sunday to trade and meet one another.
Night 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai (...)
Transfer from hotel to train station to catch the night train to Lao Cai.
Overnight on train.
Day 1: Lao Cai - Bac Ha Market - Sapa (B, L, D)
Welcome by a local guide at Lao Cai station. Breakfast then transfer 60 km
to the morning Sunday Bac Ha Market, 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
Day 2: Sapa - Y Linh Ho - Lao Chai - Ta Van - Sapa (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel. Start the tour with 6 km 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. 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…on the way. Get back to Sapa
Over night at hotel in Sapa.
Day 3: Sapa - Cat Cat - Sin Chai - Lao Cai - Hanoi (B, L, D)
Breakfast at hotel, then start a walk down to the
South-west of Sapa (around 4 km) to visit Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong.
Relax at the food of the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric
power station that was constructed by the French during the colonial time in
Vietnam. Enjoy picnic lunch by the side of the river, and then next 6 km to Sin Chai, the
village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, “the roof of Vietnam and
Indochina”. From here you can enjoy huge stunning landscapes before climbing up
on the road to return to Sapa by car. Transfer to Lao Cai station for dinner and catching the night train back to Hanoi.
Tour end at Hanoi train station at about 5:30 AM.
Note*: The day in
Bac Ha must be on Sunday. It can be organized flexibly on day 1 or day 3.