The mountain town of Sapa is known for its terraced rice fields, traditional lifestyle, and ethnic Hmong community. This 2-day small-group tour from Hanoi strips away the tourist trappings and lets you experience authentic local life with guided trekking, overnight in a farming family’s home, and the chance to work in their fields: an experience near-impossible to recreate independently. Free time in Sapa, sleeper bus transport, and meals are included.
Day 1: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van village – Muong Hoa valley (-/ L/ D)
06:30: Free pick up at your hotel in the Old Quarter of Hanoi and transfer to Sapa Express’ Office, No.12 Ly Thai To Street.
07:00:Start departure to Sapa. The tour guide will explain to you about the trip and Sapa. Then you will be served mineral water and some snacks. Along the way, you will have chance to contemplate the beauty of northwest mountains that terraced fields are sparkling in sunlight or dim in thick fog. Have a short break for 30 minutes then continue the trip to Sapa.
12h30: Arrive in Sapa.
14h00: You will begin yours 12 km trek on small trails down the Muong Hoa Valley toward Lao Chai village of Black H’mong ethnic people. Here we will discover their daily life and how they make traditional clothes, handicraft, indigo… We will visit the biggest valley which provides the best view for golden rice terrace fields in Vietnam. After Lao Chai we walk to Ta Van village of Giay people. It is a small group of ethnic people in Vietnam with a rich culture and beautiful houses located on rice paddy fields.
Lao Chai & Ta Van Villages, about 8 km from Sapa town, where black H’mong and Dzay people are living, it is also the beginning of the valley which is called Muong Hoa. From a high point of the main road, great view of the whole villages open wide to offer the marvelous panorama views, backed by high mountains and facing the river. Here you will enjoy the fresh air, see terraced fields and stream, discover and visit some of Black H’mong families. You will have a welcome feeling at any house of the hospitable people there. You can interact them, learn about their culture and customs… Dinner and overnight at homestay with a local family in Ta Van village.
Day 2: Ta Van – Dzang Ta Chai villages – Hanoi (B/ L/-)
After breakfast, we continue to visit Red Dzao people at Dzang Ta Chai village where we also see a waterfall. The Red Dzao women have very colorful red embroidery and coins on their clothing. On their head they wear a red scarf. Some of them have shaved off their eyebrows because of a nice Red Dzao Legend.
We will walk to the rice paddy fields where we’ll have a nice photo session of the amazing surrounding landscapes. A trek through the bamboo forest soon follows which gives you the experience of Vietnam tropical jungle. Along the way, we will stop by a waterfall to have a panorama view of Dzang Ta Chai village and have lunch. Then walk to the main road to take a bus back to Sapa.
15:00: Back to Sapa and free time at leisure…
16:00: It‘s time to say “Good bye Sapa!” and drive back to Hanoi. Along the way, once again you have a chance to enjoy the magical beauty of the northwest mountains.
21:30: We arrive in Hanoi.
PRICE: in USD per Person
Standard Option: 1 Night dorm room homestay with sleeping bus transfer: 85 USD/person
Supperior Option: 1 Night private room homestay with sleeping bus transfer: 105 USD/person (Single supplement if you are solo traveler: extra 20 USD)
Deluxe Option: 1 Night bungalow with sleeping bus transfer: 115 USD/person (Single supplement: 25 USD)
NOTE: You can choose upgrade to cabin bus or limousine bus: Extra fee 15 USD/person/one way
Modern air – conditioning bus with comfortable seats from Hanoi – Sapa and return
2 bottles of water 2 ways/person on bus Ha Noi – Sapa – Ha Noi
Modern bus in Sapa with experienced drivers
English speaking tour leader escorted during the bus trip Hanoi – Sapa – Hanoi, local guide escorted in Sapa
Meals as mentioned on itinerary (B: breakfast, L: Lunch, D: dinner).
Accommodation as homestay in local village (dorm or private room depend each option)
All entrance tickets to indicated sites
Hotel room in Sapa View hotel or Sapa lodge hotel or similar on twin sharing basis
Insurance during the time using bus.
What’s not included
Beverages, travel insurance, VAT, personal expenses
Others not clearly mentioned above
Thing to bring:
Warm clothes, scarf, hat, cap because the weather in Sapa is pretty unpredictable. It is normally cold in September, October, November, December, January, February and March.
Due to altitude of Sapa, it is sometimes foggy in December, January, February and March.
Trekking shoes, sun glasses, sun cream, insect repellent are also necessary. You should take cash with you in Vietnam Dong because banking system in Sapa sometimes doesn’t function well. US Dollar, Euro, Australia Dollar are accepted in Sapa.
You should take medicine with you although there are some chemist’s shops in Sapa in case you get sick.
Homestay is totally different from hotel due to its basic and simple facilities. Its in local village: with basic single bed (hot water, mosquito net, blanket)