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: Hanoi – Sapa by bus with a short trek to Cat Cat village (L/D)
6.30 – 7.00: Pick up from your hotel/stay, get on big bus and depart for Sapa.
9.30: Follow the highway to Lao Cai city with the first comfort break
11.00: Second comfort break at Lao Cai city before approaching Sapa
13.00: Arrive Sapa Town with colorful traditional costumes of H’mong, Dzao, Tay ethnic People.
Welcome drink and itinerary briefing
Enjoy the lunch with local Vietnamese dishes, check-in procedures
14.30: A short drive to the gate of Cat Cat village which is home of Black H’mong ethnic people and is located near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. Our local guide will show you the daily life activities of the locals, trek down to the valley bottom to the waterfall where the French built a Hydraulic Power Station; stop for photo with bridge and waterfall then you will walk uphill for bus to pick up to get back to Sapa in the afternoon.
Trekking distance is about 2.5 kms and it lasts for 2 hours
17.00: Come back to Sapa Town. Have dinner and overnight in hotel with night activities.
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Sapa – Hanoi by bus with a long trek Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B/L)
7.00 – 8.00: Have breakfast at hotel, check out the room and prepare light pack for trekking. (Big luggage keep in hotel store)
8.00: A short drive to Y Linh Ho then trek through the rice terraces and along Muong Hoa Stream to the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai to see the spectacular landscape of Hoang Lien Son Mountain after that heading to Ta Van village – home of Dzay ethnic people.
Trekking distance is about 9 kms and it lasts for 3.5 hours
11.30: Bus picks you up at Ta Van Bridge to Sapa.
12.30 – 13.30: Have lunch in the hotel.
13.30 – 14.45: Relax and leisure on your own, have shower in the public bathroom in the hotel if you want.
14.45 – 15.00: Meet all group members at hotel to get ready for Hanoi.
15.30: Get on bus to go back to Hanoi with two comfort breaks.
21.15: Drop off at bus station (Take car/taxi to your hotel on your own. Bus station near Old Quarter area). Trip ends.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
PRICE: in USD per Person
2 Days 1 Night
3 Star Hotel
4 Star Hotel
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 1 dinner, 2 lunches, 1 breakfast with local dishes
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)