Located 1500m above sea level, Sapa is a former French hill station, nestled in the rugged Tonkinese Alps and surrounded by lush valleys and verdant rice paddy fields. Here, farmers in conical hats plough the fields with water buffalo and local ethnic minority groups (such as H’mong and Dzao) maintain their age old traditions and way of life, including their own language and wearing intricately embroidered traditional clothing. Cooler than the city, Sapa is ideal for hiking in pristine scenery and visiting the ethnic minority villages.
days 1 & 2 - Tuesday, included transfer from Hanoi Airport to the city before taking the overnight train to Lao Cai, departing at approximately 8.30pm. 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).
days 3 & 4 - 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). 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.
day 5 - Saturday - 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.
|Sojourn to Sapa - 5 days||All Dates||$969||$279|