if one is looking for a unique place that cannot be found anywhere else in Vietnam, Sapa is just the right choice. Though Vietnam is known for its beach landscape with luxury resort, the mountainous area is no less charming. Resides at an elevation of 1,600 meters above the sea level, Sapa is a mountainous district in the northwest of Vietnam, located about 38 km from Lao Cai City and 376 km from Ha Noi – the capital city of Vietnam. Sapa is not a place to look at on pictures – once you come, you will see how reality is even more picturesque than the polished photos. From the terraced rice field to the exciting ethnic lives, from the cool climate to the colorful trek, Sapa is a must-see, must-go and must-experience. After 9 hour train ride, which you can twist easily with a sound sleep, and another scenic 60 minute bus crawl, you will get to the mountain town of Sapa. Hotels are abundant, as Sapa became a tourist attraction as early as the beginning of 20th century. If you do not feel too rush to get some quick rest, a walk around town at this time of the day is just magnificent. The crowd is not yet out while you can inhale the freshness of early morning air. Sapa is best seen on foot: book a trekking tour or just wander around the town yourself if you are not too interested in vigorous activities. Come at the right time (September – October) and you can catch the green-turn-yellow horizon of rice fields. At other time of the year, such as wintertime, expect a mysterious foggy scene that is just as charming. Sapa is as famous for its people as for its nature. However, ask for permission before you take photos of the ethnic group. The life of Dzao, Hmong and other ethnic has much change yet many still retains its unique trait – enjoy a new lifestyle that is quite dramatically different from the lower land.
Coc Ly a is a medium sized minority peoples market where every Tuesday the tribes from the surrounding villages come to buy and sell goods and meet friends. You will find Flower Hmong (Red Hmong), Black Dao, Nung, Giay and Tay peoples in attendance and the goods on offer range from local fruit and vegetables to livestock, handicrafts and clothes.
The market starts around 7am and closes in the early afternoon.
21:00 pm: Pick up at your hotel in Hanoi and transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for boarding to Laocai by Express Tourist Train. Overnight on the A/c soft sleeper Cabin. ( 4pax/cabin or 2pax/cabin on request)
Day 1: Sapa - Laochai - TaVan ( B, L , D )
6 : 00 am - Arrive to Laocai train station. Welcome by your local guide and driver. Transfer to your Sapa for breakfast & relax. Breakfast and shower. Start from Sapa at 8:00 AM and then get down to a valley, visit an H’mong village and the hydroelectric power station built by the French. Take a small path to go and visit other 2 villages of the H’mong and the Dzay people (LaoChai and TaVan village). Stay in TaVan at a Dzay family. Picnic lunch on the way and dinner at the family. Overnight at TaVan village. (6 hours trekking, 16 km, 3 villages).
Day 2: TaVan - Giang Ta Chai--Sapa ( B, L , D )
Breakfast at the home-stay, take the road to GiangTaChai village to see the Red Dzao people via the paths through terraces and bamboo forests. Visit a waterfall, a suspension bridge. Picnic lunch and cross the river. Visit an H’mong village up to the mountain. Take a jeep back to Sapa. Visit the ancient stone circle on the way back. Check in hotel. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at your proposed hotel in Sapa. ( 5 hours trekking, 14 km, 2 villages. )
Day 3: Sapa - CocLy Market - Boat Trip on Chay River ( B, L , D )
Breakfast at the hotel. 7 : 00 am depart for CocLy market which is situated far from Sapa. Enjoy the peaceful life of different minority peoples ( Flower H’mong, Black Dzao, Tay, Dzay). The market is the chance for the minorities to meet and share joy and sorrows after the crops, to exchange one another’s experience. Say goodbye to the market and get down onto a boat along Chay river. You are bound to feel great and find yourselves smaller among high Rock Mountains and to be surprised at white and breathtaking waterfalls. Get off the boat to visit a village of the Tay Minority ( TrungDo village) by the river. After the boat trip, visit a small town - BaoNhai and then back to Laocai Station for the night train to Hanoi. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight on the A/c soft sleeper Cabin.
Pick you up at train station by car and the tour is end of services
280 USD/ person (2 persons).
250 USD/ person (from 4 to 7 persons).
** Single Supplement: US$ 110