Sapa Vietnam - On The Go Tours
FROM: R16,900 pp

See the sights of Hanoi and take a day trip to the Red River Delta before heading north to the picturesque highland town of Sapa where you’ll trek through scenic valleys, encounter the Red Dao and Black Hmong ethnic hill tribes and cruise the Chay River.

Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Hanoi - Ba Dinh Square, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilts, One Pillar Pagoda and the Museum of Ethnology
Cao Son - Market and Flower Hmong village
Sapa - Lao Chai village of the Black Hmong, Tan Van village of the Dzay and Giang Ta Chai & Ta Phin villages of the Red Dao
Red River Delta - Hoa Lu, cycle to Tam Coc and cave system of Trang An
Chay River - Boat ride and Trung Do village


6 breakfasts and 3 lunches
2 overnight sleeper trains (soft sleeper A/C 4 berth) Hanoi - Lao Cai and Lao Cai - Hanoi
Guided sightseeing - Hanoi, Hoa Lu, Sapa and hill tribes of the area
Boat ride through the Trang An Grottoes and Cruise along the Chay River
Escorted by an English-speaking Vietnamese tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)
4 nights 4 star & special class hotels
Airport arrival and departure transfers days 1 and 7
Scenic bicycle ride to Tam Coc
A trek through the scenic Ma Tra Valley
All transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa.
Entrance Fees: USD$15-25, paid in USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$20-30, paid in USD


Day 1


Sunday. Welcome to Hanoi. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Hanoi

Day 2

Day trip to Ninh Binh

This morning we transfer to Ninh Binh where we visit Hoa Lu, the erstwhile capital of Vietnam in the 10th and 11th centuries, home to palaces, pagodas, tombs and pavilions. From here we cycle to Tam Coc, passing through rice paddy fields and beautiful landscapes en route, and stopping for lunch upon arrival at a local restaurant. This afternoon we drive to Trang An, where we’ll take a boat through a remarkable cave system. Returning to Hanoi we’ll embark on a walking tour of the city.
Overnight: Hanoi  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Hanoi city tour

Hanoi - Lao Cai. Today we start with a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, followed by a stop at Ho Chi Minh’s house-on-stilts and the nearby One Pillar Pagoda. Next up is a visit to the Museum of Ethnology, which provides an excellent overview of the country’s ethnic groups, their customs and ways of life. After time to freshen up we take the overnight train to Lao Cai (soft sleeper).
Overnight: Sleeper train  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Cao Son market & Chay river

Lao Cai - Sapa. Early this morning we arrive into Lao Cai, a province in mountainous northern Vietnam. After enjoying breakfast in a local restaurant, we drive uphill through the Muong Khuong district onto Cao Son commune, passing terraced rice paddies, tea farms and pine plantations along the way. At Cao Son local market, we browse the wares on offer. Leaving the market, we take a short walk to Flower Hmong village before a break for lunch. The road then takes us along the Chay River through mountains, valleys and hamlets before we arrive at the Coc Ly Bridge. Boarding a local boat, we cruise along the Chay River to Trung Do village before continuing onto Sapa.
Overnight: Sapa  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Days 5-6

Northern hill tribes

Sapa - Hanoi. On day 5 we meet the ethnic hill tribes of northern Vietnam with a visit to the Black Hmong minority village and Dzay hill tribe. After our picnic lunch, we walk through the bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao minority village and take a break at the waterfall.

On the morning of day 6 we enjoy a trek through the scenic Ma Tra Valley, with views of verdant terraced rice paddies on steep hillsides, to the Ta Phin Village of the Red Dao group. Returning to Sapa there's free time before taking the overnight train back to Hanoi (soft sleeper).
Overnight: Sapa (1), Sleeper train (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1

Day 7


Saturday. Arriving into Hanoi we visit the Quang Ba Flower Market and Truc Bach Lake before breakfast at a local restaurant. From here you’ll be taken to the start hotel of your next tour booked with us, or to await your departure transfer to the airport. If departing Vietnam today, please ensure that you book a flight departing Hanoi after 12 noon.

Extend your holiday

This tour can be conveniently packaged with our Journey to Angkor Wat, Hanoi to Hoi An or Very Vietnam group tours to take in the very best of Vietnam and Cambodia.


The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Sunway Hotel, Hanoi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

This ambient, boutique hotel combines traditional appeal with modern pleasures. Rooms are furnished in a contemporary fashion with an array of amenities for added comfort. Its restaurant provides a great variety of Vietnamese cuisine and you are welcome to enjoy cocktails and live music in the Jazz Bar or relax in the hotel's health spa.

The Ann Hotel, Hanoi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

In the centre of Hanoi sits the contemporary and sophisticated The Ann hotel. Guest rooms are spacious and well appointed with delightful en suite facilities including bath and shower. The hotel boasts both a bar and restaurant. The swanky A lounge offers a wonderful selection of beverages and diners can enjoy the Onyx house for delicious local and international dishes on A la carte or buffet style. Our top tip is to head to the roof top pool for a refreshing dip and wonderful views across the city.

Sunny Mountain Hotel, Sapa

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

In the heart of Sapa town, the Sunny Mountain Hotel offers great accommodation with fantastic views of the surrounding area. The deluxe guest rooms have either a garden or mountain view and are beautifully designed with excellent amenities. The hotel has an onsite restaurant which serves up an array of local and international cuisine as well as tasty beverages. There is also a spa at the hotel as well as a heated swimming pool and gym.

In Brief

Hotel Rating
4 star & Special Class
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 3
Click to play videoHawker selling wares on the streets of Hanoi
View of the verdant countryside in Sapa
View of the verdant countryside in Sapa

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