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  • From Sapa: Motorbike Tour with Silver Waterfall

    1. From Sapa: Motorbike Tour with Silver Waterfall

    Benefit of a convenient hotel pickup at 7:30 AM then and ride up to Thac Bac waterfall (also called the Silver Waterfall). Take in one of the most stunning landscapes in Sapa and admire the view of the Fansipan mountain on clear days. Then, ride down weaving tracks through local villages such as Xin Chai and San Sa Ho where you can experience the local cultures and marvel at high mountains, deep valleys, and rice terraces. Stop at the villages Lao Chai & Ta Van located at Muong Hoa valley and meet the friendly locals. Tackle the challenges en route and ride through steep passes, over curvy roads, as well as buffalo trails. Then, start descending into the valley of the largest rice terrace in the Sapa area. The guide will provide you interesting information about rice and its production. If the time permits, enjoy a cup of coffee next to a stream in Ta Van village before riding back t...

  • From Hanoi: 2-Day Spectacular Sapa Trekking and Bus Tour

    2. From Hanoi: 2-Day Spectacular Sapa Trekking and Bus Tour

    Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa 6:45 AM - 7:00 AM: Pickup from your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and depart for Sapa. 9:30 AM: Follow the highway to Lao Cai city where you will make your first stop for breakfast. 11:00 AM: Stop off at Lao Cai city before approaching Sapa. 12:30 PM: Arrive at Sapa Town, where you'll see the colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao and Tay People. Here enjoy a lunch of local Vietnamese dishes. 2:30 PM: Take a short trek to the gate of Cat Cat village, home of the Black H’mong ethnic people and located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. A local guide will give you insight into daily life of the locals. Trek down to the bottom of the valley to the waterfall, where the French built a hydraulic power station. Stop to take photos before walking back uphill to meet the bus. The trek is approximately 2.5 kilometers and ...

    Overall was good. But due to some construction works carried out during our trip, our tour guide has decided to detour by using more difficult trail. There were 2 local people followed us along the trail, help us to pass through all those difficult path. They followed us till Vin Tan village and started begging us to buy their souvenir. Please make sure to wear right trekking shoes as the trail was a bit slippery.

  • From Hanoi: Sapa 2-Day 1-Night Trip By Bus With Hotel Stay

    3. From Hanoi: Sapa 2-Day 1-Night Trip By Bus With Hotel Stay

    You will be collected by bus from your hotel in Hanoi's Old Quarter, then depart for Sapa. After a comfort break, you will arrive into Sapa Town, where you can see the colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao, and Tay ethnic people. After a welcome drink and itinerary briefing, enjoy lunch and check in to your hotel. You will then go on a short drive to the gates of Cat Cat village which is home to the Black H’mong ethnic people and is located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. Your local guide will show you the daily activities of the locals, before you trek down to the valley's bottom to the waterfall, where the French built a Hydraulic Power Station. Stop for a photo then come back to Sapa Town for dinner. The next day, after breakfast, you will drive to Y Linh Ho then trek through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa stream to the Black Hmong villa...

  • From Hanoi: 2-Day 1-Night Sapa Tour by Overnight Train

    4. From Hanoi: 2-Day 1-Night Sapa Tour by Overnight Train

    Day 1: Start the tour with an 8:00 PM departure from the local operator's office. The tour guide/driver will drive you to Hanoi station where you board the overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. Enjoy the night on the train and reach your destination in the next beautiful morning. Day 2: Hanoi to Sapa and Short Trek with lunch and dinner Meet your tour guide at the train station then to Sapa at 6:00 A.M. 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. Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch and then trek through Cat Cat village for a duration of around 2 hours. Stop at local homes and engage with the community. Meet your group at the hotel and head to the bus station at 3.30 P.M. Get dropped off in Hanoi at the bus office in Ha...

  • 2-Day Overnight Sapa Tour by Bus from Hanoi

    5. 2-Day Overnight Sapa Tour by Bus from Hanoi

    Head to Sapa and enjoy an overnight stay in the mountains of northern Vietnam. Trek to ethnic minority villages and experience local culture and hospitality. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Hanoi to Sapa and Short Trek (Lunch, Dinner) Meet the tour guide for the bus to Lao Cai and Sapa (duration roughly 5 hours). Check-in at your hotel, then take a walk around Sapa, visiting the market and old cathedral, and meet Black H’mong and Red Zao ethnic minorities selling handicrafts. Enjoy a Vietnamese lunch and then trek through Cat Cat village, stopping at local homes and experiencing the hospitality. (Trekking distance approximately 2.5 km; duration about 2 hours) Return to the hotel for dinner at 5:00 PM and overnight stay. Day 2: Long Trek and Sapa to Hanoi by Bus (Breakfast, Lunch) Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before checking out and headin...

    The tour guide was helpful and spoke good english, it was cloudy so not the best time of year to go, really beautiful though, make sure you bring good shoes with grip as it is slippery, the sleeper bus was comfortable however drivers were a little rushed. Hotel was great and the best 3 star I've stayed in.

  • From Hanoi: 2-Day Trekking Tour in Sa Pa with Homestay

    6. From Hanoi: 2-Day Trekking Tour in Sa Pa with Homestay

    Learn about the ethnic minority people of Vietnam on a 2-day trek through the Hoang Lien Son mountains. Spend the night at a homestay and more. Day 1: Hanoi – Sa Pa (L, D) Journey towards Lao Cai past rice fields and peaceful scenery. Arrive in Sa Pa and take a walking tour to visit the local market and meet ethnic minority Black H’mong and Red Zao people in their traditional costumes. Trek through the Muong Hoa valley after lunch. Brave the suspension bridge to Y Linh Ho village, where you can watch the H’mong people go about their daily lives. Continue up the mountain to Lao Chai village, and then check into your homestay, where you can learn about the mountain life of the Dzay ethnic minority people.  Day 2: Ta Van – Giang Ta Chai – Sa Pa – Hanoi (B, L) Trek from Ta Van village and see the terraced rice fields, small hamlets and ba...

    Very unnecessary long treck. Only good for Athletic persons or Young who Love Nature. Food is just enough but the sleeping area dela itchy.

  • Sapa 3-Night Trek & Homestay with Overnight Train

    7. Sapa 3-Night Trek & Homestay with Overnight Train

    Start the tour with an 8 PM departure from your hotel lobby in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, or choose to meet at the local operator's office on Au Trieu Street. The tour guide/driver will drive you to Hanoi station where you board the overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. The next morning at 6 AM, get picked up from Lao Cai station for a 1-hour drive in a shared minivan to Sapa.  After freshening up and stopping for breakfast in a local restaurant, explore Sapa on foot. Stop to visit the local market and the old cathedral. Meet local communities such as Black H’mong and Red Zao. Browse fresh produce and handmade souvenirs. At 10:30 AM, return to the operator's Sapa Office and embark on your hike to the Muong Hoa Valley. Follow the main road heading south for about 1 hour before turning onto a footpath that leads downhill through the valley. Admire the spectacular scenery of the highest p...

    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.

  • From Hanoi: 3-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Fansipan Cable Car

    8. From Hanoi: 3-Day Sapa Trekking Tour with Fansipan Cable Car

    Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa - Cat Cat village You’ll be picked up from Hanoi early in the morning. Admire the scenery as you travel through the countryside. Stop at Lao Cai for a break. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of mountains and rice terraces along the way from Lao Cai to Sapa city. At 1:00 PM, arrive in Sapa Town, where you'll view the colorful traditional costumes of the H’mong, Dzao, and Tay local people. Enjoy a lunch of traditional local Vietnamese dishes. Then, enjoy a trek to Cat Cat village, home to the Black H’mong. In the evening, have dinner. Day 2: Sapa - Easy Trek to Lao Chai and Ta Van – Sapa  After breakfast, trek to Lao Chai village, about 8km from Sapa town. Here you will discover the daily life of the locals and how they make traditional clothes and handicrafts.  After lunch in one of the local houses, you will walk to Ta Van village, home to the Dzay people. These peopl...

  • From Sapa: Waterfalls, Trekking and Tribal Villages Tour

    9. From Sapa: Waterfalls, Trekking and Tribal Villages Tour

    After meeting your local guide and driver, head about 30 minutes out of Sapa Town to visit the Silver Waterfall, Love Waterfall and Tram Ton Pass. Explore the area before leaving for the traditional village of Ban Khoan. From there, begin your trek. The trek, about 4 hours and 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), takes you along mountain trails and through remote tribal villages. Enjoy amazing views of the surrounding rice paddies, and take plenty of photos as you learn about the unique cultures of the Hmong and Red Dzao people. Take a break for a picnic lunch before continuing the trek to the home of the Red Dzao tribe in Ta Phin Village. In the afternoon, meet your driver to begin the 30-minute transfer back to Sapa.

    We had a great guide Lan that was very knowledgable and told many stories and facts about the area. The tour was at a great pace and we appreciated the choices to customize our experiences. Lunch was wonderful spread by a local. Overall we enjoy the trek very much

  • Trekking Mu Cang Chai Tour 3 Days

    10. Trekking Mu Cang Chai Tour 3 Days

    From Hanoi, you will head to Nghia Lo town – the home of Thai people, one of the main ethnic groups in Yen Bai. Arrive in Tu Le town, walk around the rice fields and explore the lifestyles of the Thai and Mong people. Go on a trek then spend a night in a homestay. After breakfast the next day, you will move to Mu Cang Chai. Drive over the Khau Pha pass (one of the four greatest passes in Northern Vietnam, connecting Tu Le and Mu Cang Chai). These scenic roads offer a lot of stops for picture-taking. When you arrive in Mu Cang Chai spend around 3 hours trekking from La Pan Tan to Rasberry Hill – one of the most famous destinations in the country. Eat a simple lunch at a Hmong house in Mu Cang Chai. After lunch, you will continue to enjoy some trekking from Che Cu Nha to Kim Noi village. Stay overnight in a stilt house. The next day you will trek up to Sang Nhu or Lao Chai village, where...

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What people are saying about Sa Pa

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 175 reviews

A great experience! Our cheerful, tireless and very warm guide Chu accompanied us on very beautiful and varied paths, protected us from stray dogs with a height of only 1.45 m and told a lot about life and her tribe to the Black H'mong. Lovely hosts in the homestays and delicious food everywhere on our way. The trip was a bit different than announced or booked. No picnics, no houses on stilts and no return trip on the train. Dear GetYourGuide team, to avoid disappointment or irritation, it would be good if the travel plan and the execution were congruent. However, these changes did not harm our enthusiasm. A real asset!

We had a great guide Lan that was very knowledgable and told many stories and facts about the area. The tour was at a great pace and we appreciated the choices to customize our experiences. Lunch was wonderful spread by a local. Overall we enjoy the trek very much

I loved seeing the local culture and Sapa is truly beautiful! The only downside is that you’re constantly harassed by the local women to purchase their crafts, even during the trek. Also, if you’re staying in the winter, it will be very cold.

Loved the experience! The agency is excellent, they took good care of me all the time and our guide was amazing! Super fun and patient. The family that hosted us is a love.

It s a great tour. You don t want to miss it. Very nice and friendly guides, good hotel with great food and kind staff. The walk is fantastic as the scenery.