This 2 day trip is a perfect combination of trek and culture while visiting hill tribes villages AND an ethnic minority market at a pace and style that complements you. During the trip, you will participate in ethnic life and learn about the different cultures of Vietnam. This is an unforgettable soft adventure and market visit that should be part of everyone’s time in Vietnam.
• Sapa area, Muong Hoa valley, mountainside roads, high passes.
• Weekly colorful hill tribe market
• Explore the beautiful Muong Hoa valley
• Trade stories with colorful local hill tribes such as Flower H’Mong people, Tay, Dzay and Red Dzao
• Visit a colorful mountain market
• Breathtaking scenery
• Authentic hill tribe experience
• A great combination of a unique market, scenic drive, and light trekking
[Night 1] Hanoi – Lao Cai
Meals: N/A | Accommodation: cozy cabin on train
8.30pm: We depart the hotel for Hanoi Railway Station to catch the night train (soft sleeper with air conditioning) to Lao Cai.
[Day 1] Lao Cai – Bac Ha market- Sapa
Meals: Lunch | Accommodation: hotel
06.30: Pick up from Lao Cai railway station, you’ll then have time for breakfast (pay by your own account) and refreshment at a local restaurant before departing to Bac Ha Sunday market.
Bac Ha hosts the biggest fair near the mountainous highlands and the Chinese border. It is a trading centre and meeting place for couples, friends, and relatives, and it is a typical weekly activity for the H’Mong and other minority groups living in the locality. Local products for sale or barter are carried on horseback.
At the fair, adventurous gastronomes can try thang co blood porridge, a popular dish of the H’Mong and other local people.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll have more time to do some trekking around Ban Pho before returning to Lao Cai and continue your journey uphill to Sapa. The bus ride up hill to Sa Pa takes a little over an hour giving you a glimpse of the stunning vistas and impressive rice terraces.
With your free time, you can go up to Ham Rong peak where you will be able to experience a great view over the town of Sapa. This is a great chance for some unforgettable photos! This is only recommended for a good weather afternoon (Entrance fee is not included).
Bac Ha market is available on Sunday only. Should you travel on other dates, there are different options for you as following:
Tuesday : Coc Ly Market ( 56km from Lao Cai )
Wednesday : Cao Son Market ( 81km from Lao Cai )
Thursday : Lung Khau Nhin Market (65km from Lao Cai )
Saturday : Can Cau Market ( 87km from Lao Cai )
Sunday : Bac Ha Market ( 67km from Lao Cai )
Trekking distance: about 4km
Trekking time: about 1.5 hour
Trekking grade: 1.5/5
Trekking route: easy
[Day 2] Sapa – Ta Van- Giang Ta Chai- Su Pan – Lao Cai – Hanoi
Meals: breakfast | Accommodation: night on train
8:00AM You will start by a short driving south toward Muong Hoa valley which is the largest rice paddy terraced among Sapa area. The walk commences at a point near an ancient rock field which was uncovered by a French researcher in 1925. There are 159 carved rocks on an area of eight square kilometres in Muong Hoa valley in Hau Thao and Ta Van Communes. The shapes of the carved rocks have provoked the curiosity of both local and foreign researchers wishing to decode the mysterious messages for nearly a century. After a short time for discovery the rock field, you follow a dirt trail going downhill to Rattan Bridge, waterfall and Giang Ta Chai village of Red Dao people. This portion of the trek offers stunning view of Muong Hoa valleys as well as chances to understand life of tribal peoples in remote land when paying visit to a local house of Red Dao. (Approx: Grade 2 of 5/ 1 hours driving/ 1,5 hours walking)
If you are willing to do further trek for one more hour, we can continue our way toward Su Pan village of Black H’mong people then up to main road where your car is awaiting for a transfer back to Sapa. Back in Sapa early evening and have free time to wander around.
In the afternoon, you’re free to explore the town, its market and sloping streets with many colorful handicrafts.
5.00pm: transfer to the train station in Lao Cai.
7.35pm: Night train back to Hanoi.
Around 4.30am the following morning: Tour ends at Hanoi Railway Station.
Note: Transfer from Hanoi Railway Station back to the hotel is not included in the tour price but it can be arranged up on your request. Please contact our sales person for better arrangement.
Distance: about 6km|about 2.5 hours| grade: 2/5|route: partly changed both up and down hills
• Hotel in Sapa (Sunny mountain-deluxe or Sapa Centre (deluxe), Amazing hotel (deluxe) for sup opt, or Victoria hotel-superior room for deluxe tour price)
• Meals as specified in the program
• Transfer on the 1st day from Handspan office to the railway station
• Both way train ticket (Hanoi – Lao Cai- Hanoi) in air conditioned, 4-berth soft-sleeper cabin, one ticket per person
• Travel in an appropriate air-conditioned support vehicle with an experienced driver
• The services of an experienced, English-speaking guide
• All entrance fees
• VAT and other taxes
• Hotel in Hanoi
• Presence of the tour guide on the train
• Beverages, gratuities and personal expenses.
• Camera fees (if any)
• Surcharge in peak season (Christmas & New Year)
Price & Include
Standard Option (Applied until 31st Dec, 2016)
|Group size||1 pax||2 pax||3 - 5 pax||6 - 8 pax|
|Tour cost (per person)||$394||$247||$213||$189||$25|
For the Superior & Deluxe options, please contact our Sales Team for updated price.