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Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 333

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Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 1: Hanoi - Sapa

Included transfer from Hanoi Airport to the city before taking the overnight train to Lao Cai, departing at approximately 8.30pm.

A lady from one of the hill tribes near Sapa

Day 2: Sapa

Arriving into Lao Cai early on day 2 we transfer to Sapa for breakfast before visiting a local market, where the diverse hill tribe communities meet to sell their wares. Then we take a leisurely, scenic walk to Cat Cat village which is home to the Black H’mong tribe. Here we pay a visit to a local family to gain an insight into their fascinating culture before continuing our journey to the beautiful Cat Cat waterfall for lunch. In the afternoon we follow a trail through the mountains surrounded by spectacular scenery to Y Linh Ho village before driving back to Sapa for the evening. (Total trekking time - approximately 3 hours).

A local child in Sapa

Day 3: Sapa

On day 3 we travel to Lao Chai Village to begin our trek. We walk to Ta Van village - home to the Dzay hill tribe, where we gain an insight into rural life and enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing our journey through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, which is home to the distinctive Red Dao tribe, who dress in beautiful embroidered trousers topped with bright red turbans and chunky silver jewellery. Before driving back to Sapa we visit another beautiful waterfall for some R&R. (Day 3 total trekking time - approximately 4 hours).

Villagers in Sapa

Day 4: Sapa - Hanoi

The following day is free to independently explore the area or simply relax and enjoy the surroundings before boarding the overnight train back to Hanoi.

A street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi

Day 5: Hanoi

After an early arrival into Hanoi we visit the colourful and bustling Quang Ba Flower Market, before taking a stroll to Truc Bach Lake to see the locals doing their morning Tai Chi as the sun comes up. After breakfast at a local restaurant arrangements come to an end.