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Lao Cai Province

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Sa Pa: Muong Hoa Valley Trek and Local Ethnic Villages Tour

1. Sa Pa: Muong Hoa Valley Trek and Local Ethnic Villages Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Sa Pa, and then start your 10-kilometer trek through the beautiful valley. Admire the rice terraces hidden behind the morning mist as you follow a small trail to cross the Muong Hoa River. Continue past well-tended, terraced rice fields on your way to the village of Lao Chai, where a local Black Hmong ethnic group live. Hike to the village of Ta Van Giay and trek along the route of the Muong Hoa River to cross a small suspension bridge roughly 2 kilometers from the settlement. Discover a fascinating collection of ancient rock carvings that depict images of men, stilt houses and different decorative patterns. Enjoy lunch at a local house in the village before hiking through a bamboo forest and reaching the Red Dao ethnic minority village of Giang Ta Chai. Enjoy a short rest at a nearby waterfall before climbing uphill to the main road where the driver will be waiting for you to take you back to SaPa. 

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

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

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.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Cultural Exchange Tour with Homestay

3. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Cultural Exchange Tour with Homestay

Day 1: Begin the day with pickup at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter (or at the meeting point if you’re staying outside this area). Get on the sleeping bus and depart for Sapa. Make a couple of stops for comfort breaks before arriving in Sapa around lunchtime. After lunch, begin your hike to Y Linh Lo. Trek downhill through the Muong Hoa Valley, passing by rice paddies and small hamlets where you will learn more about the life of local tribes. Continue trekking through villages and rice terraced fields to Ta Van village, a place settled by the Dzay people and is commonly considered to be the most beautiful in the area. Whilst in Lao Chai village, you will also be able to exchange communication with the local villagers. overnight with a local family of the Dzay people in Ta Van. Stay with your family overnight for an evening of rest and relaxation.  Day 2: Commence your day of adventure with a nourishing breakfast prepared by the family you are staying with before setting off on your trek. The trekking distance for this part of the tour is 4 kms and lasts 2-hours. Start your scenic trek to the rice paddies, where upon arrival you will have a fantastic opportunity to take some unique holiday photos of the surrounding landscapes. Enjoy a walk through a bamboo forest and stop to have a panoramic view of Giang Ta Chai village – home of the red Dzao People. Continue on your trek through the Ciang Ta Chai Bridge to the main road, from here, a bus will pick you up to head back into Sapa town.  Upon your arrival in Sapa Town, you can shower in your hotel, check out, have a bite to eat, or relax until all group members are ready to depart. Board your bus back to Hanoi, with two comfort breaks along the way, and be dropped off on Tran Quang Khai street.

From Hanoi: Two-Day Sapa Tour with Fansipan Peak Visit

4. From Hanoi: Two-Day Sapa Tour with Fansipan Peak Visit

Enjoy a 2-day tour from Hanoi to Sapa, visiting Cat Cat village and taking a cable car up Fansipan Peak – the Roof of Indochina. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa – Cat Cat village (Meals: lunch, dinner) Depart Hanoi for Sapa early in the morning. Stop for short breaks in Phu Tho Province and Lao Cai city before arriving in Sapa town. Be greeted by a representative in Sapa and enjoy lunch with local Vietnamese dishes. In the afternoon, trek to Cat Cat village, the home of the Black H’Mong people. See the Cat Cat Waterfall and the hydrofoil constructed by the French during the 19th century. Visit a local H’Mong family and learn about their culture and customs. Then, trek back to Sapa for dinner. Spend the night in a hotel in Sapa. Day 2: Sapa – Fansipan Peak – Hanoi(Meals: breakfast, lunch) After breakfast, transfer to the cable car station. Your driver will help you buy your cable car ticket. Then, take the 20-minute cable car ride up Fansipan by yourself. Admire the spectacular scenery, visit the pagoda, and climb the 600 steps to the peak, known as the Roof of Indochina. Return to Sapa and have lunch at the hotel. Enjoy time to explore Sapa on your own before boarding the sleeper bus back to Hanoi.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa, Fansipan, and Muong Hoa Valley Tour

5. From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa, Fansipan, and Muong Hoa Valley Tour

Day 1: Hanoi – Sapa – Fansipan peak via cable car Pick-up around 6:30 am from Hanoi Old Quater or your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter to Sapa by hightway Hanoi - Laocai, it's an opportunity to discover amazing mountain landscapes in the north of Vietnam. You will arrive in Sapa around 12:30 am where you will be welcome by your local tour guide, who will then take you to your hotel for the check-in, and having a hot shower and short relax before begining your trip. Around 2:00 pm, you will head towards the cable car station where you will have 25 minutes to travel to Fansipan Mountain which is considered to be the most beautiful landscape in Vietnam now. Reach the altitude of 2800 meters, you have a good time seeing the view and taking photos, visiting the pagoda the spiritual destinations and trekking up to 600 steps you will reach the peak of Fansipan - the Roof of Indochina. Day 2: Sapa – Muong Hoa valley – Hanoi After breakfast, you start your trek through Muong Hoa valley, visiting Lao Chai village of the Hmong, and Ta Van village of the Dzay people. Along the way, you will also drop in to visit local homes, local schools and enjoy interaction with local people. (You can choose to take a light or hard trek depending on your fitness level). Prepare your camera for fascinating photos along the way. Lunch at a local home in the Dzay village of Ta Van. Enjoy some time to wander around or take a swim in the Muong Hoa stream. Get picked up by van back to Sapa town and enjoy your time free to wander around exploring the town. 14:30: Transfer back to Hanoi. 19:30 PM: Arrival at Hotel in Hanoi, check-in and relax. (Hotel on your own charge)

Sa Pa: 2-Day Trekking Trip with Ethnic Minority Homestay

6. Sa Pa: 2-Day Trekking Trip with Ethnic Minority Homestay

Learn about the customs of different ethnic minority groups on a 2-day trek through the Muong Hoa Valley from Sa Pa. Spend the night at a Dzay homestay. Day 1: Sa Pa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (L, D) Start your 11-kilometer trek through the Muong Hoa Valley and meet the Black H'mong ethnic minority people in the village of Y Linh Ho. Get beautiful views of Fansipan mountain and the surrounding rice paddies, and look inside one of the typical wooden houses. Pass different ethnic minority settlements, such as Lao Chai on the trek to Ta Van village. Check into a homestay of the Dzay ethnic minority people for the night.  Day 2: Ta Van – Bamboo Forest – Giang Ta Chai – Sa Pa (B, L) Enjoy breakfast at the homestay before the start of your 8-kilometer trek along a dirt trail. Pass a small village of the H'mong people before reaching a beautiful bamboo forest. Take a break at a waterfall and cool off with a swim in the Muong Hoa River. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before driving back to Sa Pa.

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

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

Embark on a multi-day trip from Hanoi to the city of Sapa, discover picturesque villages along the way, and join a scenic trek to a beautiful waterfall. Enjoy first-class tickets for the overnight train and some included meals. Day 0: From Hanoi to Lao Cai by overnight train If your hotel is in the Old Quarter, around 9pm our staff will catch a taxi for you and take you to Hanoi Railway station (120 Lê Duẩn street) where you board the overnight train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. If our hotel is outside the Old Quarter, please move to the destination to meet our staff. The train leaves at 10pm. Enjoy the night on the train and reach your destination in the next beautiful morning. Day 1: Hanoi to Sapa and Cat Cat village (B, L, D) 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. Start the trekking 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 the surrounding area. After the trek, you'll have lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon and evening is your free time to rest and relax or self explore. Overnight in a 3-star hotel Day 2: Sapa – Y Linh Ho – Lao Chai – Ta Van (B, L) Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and then walk down to the southeast of Sapa along the side of the Muong Hoa Valley to the Y Linh Ho Village of the Black H’mong. Continue trekking down to the Lao Chai village of the H’mong. Enjoy lunch and then walk through terraced rice fields to Ta Van Village of the Dzay minority people Around 2 PM, pack your things and prepare to leave Sapa. Hop in your limousine back to Hanoi at 2:30 PM. Enjoy drop-off at your hotel in Hanoi at around 9-10 PM. ***Kindly note that there will be local ethnic people try to accompany you the whole trekking way in order to ask you for money or sell local items with high price. Please ignore them and stick to the guide. This has been a pressing matter in Sapa, yet haven't been solved by the authority. We're truly sorry for this inconvenience in advance!

From Sa Pa: 5-Hour Muong Hoa Valley Trek and Ethnic Tribes

8. From Sa Pa: 5-Hour Muong Hoa Valley Trek and Ethnic Tribes

Depart from Sa Pa and walk for 20-minute along the stunning road heading to the Muong Hoa Valley to visit the Y Linh Ho village of the Black Hmong tribe. You will interact with the locals and experience their everyday life at the market. Arrive in the village of Lao Chai and get spectacular views of some of the most beautiful rice terraces in Vietnam. Enjoy lunch near the river and taste the local produce of the Black Hmong community. Next, trek to Ta Van village and visit the local houses to learn more about the traditional crafts of the minority people, such as weaving and rice cultivation. Learn more about rural life and meet members of the Dzay tribe to contrast their customs and costumes with the Black Mong people. Take the bus back to Sa Pa, where you will be dropped off at the local office on arrival.

Daily Transfer Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi in Luxury Limousine

9. Daily Transfer Hanoi - Halong - Hanoi in Luxury Limousine

1.Hanoi Old Quarter to Halong Bay Transfer by Highway 2,5 Hours In the morning: the Limousine will pick you up from Hanoi Old Quarter or meeting point Hanoi Opera House 8:00 - 8:30 am at your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter. The Limousine Bus will arrive at Halong Bay around 11:30 AM - 11:40 AM 11:30 - 11:40 pm dropping you off at The Halong Bay International Port 11:30 - 11:40 pm dropping you off at The Tuan Chau Port Please send details your pick-up point at Hanoi Old Quarter, the hotel name or AirBnB, hostels and any details address in Hanoi Old Quarter. If you stay out side of Hanoi Old Quarter, please come to Hanoi Opera House around 8:00 AM for pick-up and inform to operator by email. 2. Halong Bay to Hanoi Old Quarter Transfer by Highway 2,5 Hours Limousine bus will pick up you at your port Halong Bay International Port ( Sunword Port) or Tuan Chau Port depending your booking request for port pick-up 11:50 - 12:00 pm Pick-up at The Halong Bay International Port 11:50 - 12:00 pm Pick-up at The Tuan Chau Port Drop Off Time: 3:00 PM at all of hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter Please send details your drop off hotels or any address in Hanoi Old Quarter Note: we not pick-up and drop off out off Hanoi Old Quarter.

From Sapa: Terrace Fields and Local Villages Trek with Lunch

10. From Sapa: Terrace Fields and Local Villages Trek with Lunch

08:00 - 08:45am: The local tourguide pick you up at your hotel in Sapa town. Tourguide walks to hotel by hotel to pick up guest and it might makes 30 - 45 minutes for pick up depending on your hotel's location in Sapa town. This is a nice experience to see more clear Sapa town. Explore the beauty of Sapa’s terrace fields on this trek with a local guide. Learn about local villages and their ethnic minorities, and get a taste of local cuisine at lunchtime. After meeting your guide in your hotel in Sapa, start trekking through Sapa town to see daily life at work. After leaving the town, explore terraced rice, corn, and potato fields on a non-touristy route. Take in spectacular views of the landscape and breathe in the fresh air as you hike. Hear about local culture, customs, and habits from your guide as you make your way to Lai Chai, a small village on the tribal hill. Feel like a part of the family as you trek through local villages to get a better understanding of the ethnic minority in Sapa. See terrace field upon terrace field in front of you, and stop at a lovely waterfall to relax and take photos. After your trek, replenish your energy with lunch at a local restaurant. Tantalize your taste buds with the varied flavors of local cuisine, then take a shuttle bus back to your hotel in Sapa.

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Amazing guide who told us many cool things about Sapa. She showed us around in a village and gave us a good lunch. Even though it was foggy we saw some really nice places and views. Would recommend for everyone as you could choose between an easy and hard way.

The cost was very pricey for what's to offer and the food was ok no drinks included. My tour guide was amazing and friendly

Our guide Laan was amazing. Despite fog everywhere she gave us great insights about Sapa‘s countryside and people.

The other locals who followed us on our tour were very pushy to be paid for their uninvited servicee

It was very interesting and informative, easy trip and very enjoyable