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

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Activity provider: Go Asia Travel

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

Activity provider: Go Asia Travel
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Discover the valley of Muong Hoa on this 2-day tour of Sa Pa from Hanoi. Get comfortable with a homestay in Ta Van Village and trek through the mountains with the ethnic people of Hmong, Zday.

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  • Explore the Sa Pa Valley with English-speaking guides
  • Admire the traditional costumes of the ethnic peoples
  • Trek through the lush green rice paddies and terraces
  • Experience life in the mountains and spend the night at a homestay
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Reconnect with a more simple way of life on an amazing 2-day tour of Sa Pa from Hanoi. Spend the night at a homestay of the ethnic minority people and learn more about their way of life in the mountains. Day 1:

In the morning hop on the bus departing for Sapa via Lao Cai. Continue to Sa Pa and see the colorful costumes of the Hmong, Dzao and Tay people. The representative in Sapa will welcome you at the bus stop and take you to the hotel to relax, and enjoy a lunch of local dishes in Sapa town. Trek through the rice terraces and along the Muong Hoa Stream. Arrive in the Black Hmong village of Lao Chai surrounded by Hoang Lien Son Mountain. Continue to the ethnic village of Ta Van to check into your homestay and get to know the family. Day 2:

Enjoy breakfast prepared by the family before your morning trek through the rice paddies and bamboo forest. Get a panoramic view of Giang Ta Chai village before crossing the Giang Ta Chai Bridge, where a bus will take you back to Sa Pa for lunch and a shower before the return trip to Hanoi. The bus stops at the meeting point from there you get to your hotel by yourself.

  • Round-trip bus ticket between Hanoi and Sapa
  • English-speaking guide in Sapa
  • Homestay accommodation in Tavan village (single mattress) with clean water, fresh food
  • 2 Lunches
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Breakfast
  • Drinks
  • Government tax (8%) and travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Surcharge for Traditional Tet Holiday in Vietnam from January 20 - January 25, 2023: ₫ 700.000/person (to be paid to your guide)
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  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

You are required to be at the meeting point at 6.20 am. It is in 204 - 206 Tran Quang Khai street, it is near the building of Vietcombank. This is the place where the big bus stops for passengers getting in. However, sometimes, the bus can move further due to traffic conditions.

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash
  • Scarf
  • Trekking gear

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • The 9-kilometer trek is not recommended for senior citizens
  • Handicapped people and children under 6 years old should not take part on this tour
  • The homestay is basic with simple facilities
  • Bring warm clothes, a scarf, hat and a cap
  • Trekking shoes, sun glasses, sunscren and insect repellent are also necessary
  • It can be foggy in Sa Pa from December through March
  • Bring cash in the local currency (Vietnamese Dong) as the banking system in Sa Pa can be unreliable. US Dollars, Euros and Australia Dollars are accepted
  • Although there are some pharmacies in Sa Pa, you should bring any medicines with you
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4.6 /5

based on 91 reviews

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The bus ride is very long (6 hours), but you do get a small break every 2 hours. There are toilets at the stops but you do need to pay for them if there is someone outside. Remember to bring plenty of water as there is none for free - all drinks need to be paid for. The homestay itself was simple but nice. The guides where helpful (though they do try to sell you things afterwards- remember to haggle as the prices are initially quite high). The walk to the homestay is also quite long (6 hrs of walking, 2 on the way back). The walking is slow though so it is not too difficult. I recommend good shoes although the locals do walk it in sandals and wicker backpacks.

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November 7, 2022

This is a great way to see northern Vietnam if you don’t have a lot of time to stay. Everything went smoothly and Harry was very attentive, always made sure we were okay, and answered all our questions. Our guide in Sapa was very nice, as were the other women who helped us along the way. The homestay was what we expected and certainly a unique experience. Our only complaint was the second day felt very rushed, we walked much faster despite it being rainy and very muddy. It felt a bit less safe and was harder than the first day, even though it was a much shorter trek. But overall it was a good experience I would recommend to others.

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June 25, 2022

First time on a sleeper bus but really enjoyed it. You can only drink water on the bus. You cannot eat or drink anything else. There will be two rest stops. The first will be 10 minutes and the second will be 20 minutes. There is food and drinks there but you'll have to be quick if you want anything. Several of the seat belts didn't work on the bus so make sure you pick a seat with a working seat belt. You cannot move around the bus when its moving. Wifi was spotty at best so dont rely on it. Treks were slightly difficult as it had rained that day. I rented rain boots from the hotel for 40k VND. I highly recommend wearing sturdy hiking boots that you aren't afraid to get dirty. The homestay was more like a hostel with lots of space. It's cold at night so bring warm clothing. Food was great and they provide way too much to eat. It's always served family style with the other guests. Wonderful trip! Highly recommend.

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December 5, 2019

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