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Sapa: 3 Days 3 Nights Trek & Hotel with Overnight Train

4.7 / 5

22 reviews

Activity provider: Crossing Vietnam Tour

Sapa: 3 Days 3 Nights Trek & Hotel with Overnight Train

Activity provider: Crossing Vietnam Tour

From US$ 210 per person

Trek through the Muong Hoa Valley to the hill tribe villages of the Hmong, Zay, and Red Zao peoples. Experience traditional hospitality during a 1-night homestay in Ta Van village.

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Duration 3.5 days
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English

Experience

Highlights
  • Trek to the mountain villages in the Muong Hoa Valley
  • Learn about Vietnam’s ethnic minority groups
  • Visit a local handicraft center where women gather to exchange skills
  • Spend 1 night at a homestay with the Zay Hill Tribe
Full description
Day 0: Transfer from Hanoi to Lao Cai by overnight train - At 9pm you need to be at Hanoi station (120 Lê Duẩn street) where you board the overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. The train leaves at 10pm. Enjoy the night on the train and reach your destination in the next beautiful morning. Day 1: Sapa center - Cat Cat village (L,D) - Morning: Meet your tour guide at the train station then to Sapa at 6am. Then, indulge in breakfast at your hotel before taking a walk around Sapa, visiting the market and old cathedral, and meet Black H’mong and Red Zao ethnic minorities selling handicrafts. A walk down to the South-west of Sapa (around 4 km) to visit Cat Cat village of the Black H’mong. Relax at the foot of the stunning waterfall and the vestige of a hydroelectric power station that was constructed by the French during colonial time in Vietnam. Enjoy picnic lunch by the side of the river, and then next 3 km to Sin Chai, the village located at the foot of Fansipan Mountain, “the roof of Vietnam and Indochina”. From here you can enjoy huge stunning landscapes before climbing up on the way back to Sapa. - Evening: After dinner, you are free to explore the charm of Sapa by night, enjoy roasted corn, baked eggs beside a charcoal fire or go shopping. - Overnight in Sapa Hotel ( 3 stars hotel) Day 2: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B,L,D) - Morning: Have breakfast in hotel. And then 6km of walking down to the south east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village of the Black H’mong. Continue on 2km of trekking down to Lao Chai village of the H’mong. - Enjoy a cooking class and lunch at a local family, and then walk through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people where we stay for the night. It gives you a worth chance for you to learn about the local house architecture which is full of their daily life styles and exclusive custom. Enjoy the landscapes. - Overnight in a local homestay Day 3: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Su Pan – Sapa (B,L,D) - After breakfast, continue on trekking to visit 2 villages of the red Dzao, the H’mong. Visit a beautiful waterfall and rattan bridge. Enjoy landscapes… through bamboo forest to the main road to catch the Car to return to Sapa. - If any roads are too far or too difficult to trek, we can go by electric car or motorbikes. - Afternoon: around 2pm you’ll be back and pack your things. Say good bye and preapre to leave Sapa, get on the limousine back to Hanoi at 2.30pm. - Evening: around 9-10pm drop off at your hotel in Hanoi. End of tour
Includes
  • Overnight train based on 1st class 4 bed shared a cabin with air-con from Hanoi to Lao Cai
  • 1 night's accommodation at homestay in Ta Van Village.
  • 1 night's accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Sapa center.
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transfer from Lao Cai station to Sapa in shared minibus
  • Sightseeing fee, tax, and services charge
  • Local English-speaking tour guide
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Hanoi Railway station 120 Lê Duẩn street

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • The 9-km trek is not recommended for older guests or children
  • Bring warm clothes, including a scarf, hat or cap as the weather in Sapa is unpredictable; it is normally cold from September to March
  • Due to the altitude of Sapa, it is sometimes foggy in December, January, February, and March
  • Please bring trekking shoes, sunglasses, sun cream, and insect repellent
  • Please bring cash in in Vietnam Dong as the banking system in Sapa sometimes doesn’t function well; US Dollars, Euros, and Australian Dollars are accepted in Sapa
  • Please bring medicine with you in case of illness
  •  If your hotel is not in the Old Quarter, please select the meeting point option.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 22 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.6/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Although the weather was clearly not on our side in Sapa (rain, muddy, foggy, and cold), yet, we had an enjoyable and memorial trip. Lana proactively provided a guidance and an arrangement before the trip. The night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai was really comfortable with private beds. Thanks to Lana, we luckily got a free upgrade to a private cabin. Our favourite tour guide, Lily (an ethnic local lady) who was nice, supportive, and knowledgeable. During the trip, we learned a lot about the richness of the local culture and the insight stories. The home stay at the village was also excellent, where we had a good evening and chat with other visitors and the locals. The foods were average but the hot drinks were outstanding. The home stay could consider providing heaters rooms for the cold nights. The hotel was good. The return trip to Hanoi on a Van (called Limousine!) was interesting as we sat on the first row to experience the “traffic”. We would definitely recommend the tour.

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December 31, 2022

The tour itself was good, but for the amount of money we pay for these tours, the local guides only get like $8 per day pay, so I personally dont know if this one was worth it. Perhaps its better to book a tour with your hotel, and research the best tour operator who pays the guides better. Also, no drinks are included with any of the meals, they all have to be paid for. And when you arrive back to Hanoi, you do not get a transfer back to the hotel, that was an annoying inconvenience to find out at 4am, when a bunch of drivers are swarming around you, trying to overcharge you. As well as that, we got no choice in either top or bottom bunk on the overnight train, and I got top bunks both times, which was really inconvenient.

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January 16, 2020

The organization was perfect and the guides very friendly. We were accompanied on the trekking tour by women from the village, who were very gracious and did not help the steadfast participants with the steep passages. In the end, they then offered bags and jewelry they made themselves (we knew beforehand). Then bought three really nice bags for $ 10 and the ladies were also very grateful that they could make a little money. A win win win situation. The landscape and the village were simply overwhelming and everyone was incredibly open and friendly. Even if you haven't bought anything, nothing has changed.

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January 14, 2020

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