Lao Cai Province
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Sapa 3-Night Trek & Homestay with Overnight Train

1. 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 part of Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range. On a good day, you will be able to see Fansipan Peak in the distance. Cross the river by a suspension bridge and then take a challenging uphill hike to the Y Linh Ho Village. Visit H’mong families and see their daily work. After a picnic lunch, continue along the undulating trail for about 2 hours until you reach Lao Chai, a large village that is home to the H’mong. Then, follow the river bank to Ta Van village which is home to the Zay people. Take the opportunity to visit local homes and village schools. Settle down in Ta Van village for an overnight homestay. On the second day, say goodbye to your host family and depart Ta Van village after breakfast. Take the uphill trail, passing incredible terraced rice fields and some small hamlets belonging to the H'mong peoples. Hike through a beautiful bamboo forest then stop for a well-deserved break as to admire the magnificent scenery. Continue walking for half an hour to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zao peoples which sits on the top of a hill and looks down over the Muong Hoa River. Spend some time visiting the village, making friends with the locals, and experiencing their hospitality. Cross over the river by another suspension bridge and then continue uphill again to Hau Thao village. Here, spend some time visiting a local handicraft center where H’mong and Zao women gather to exchange experiences and skills. Stop for a late lunch nearby and chance to relax. Get acquaintance with local school boys, girls, and their teachers. At 5:30 PM the guide will transfer you back to Lao Cai station where you will board the overnight train to Hanoi. Arrive in Hanoi at 5 AM the following morning.

Train Ticket Hanoi to/from Sapa (Lao Cai Station)

2. Train Ticket Hanoi to/from Sapa (Lao Cai Station)

The Chapa Express Train is one of the newest trains in Vietnam and makes the overnight journey between Hanoi and Lao Cai - Sapa, one of style and comfort with 14 compact yet fully equipped cabins featuring air-conditioning, reading lights, comfortable beds and Sapa-inspired décor. Travel through the night with the gentle swaying of the train to rock you to sleep, allowing you to arrive refreshed and ready to take on the day. Daily train departure from Hanoi (Tran Quy Cap Railway Station at 01 Tran Quy Cap Street) will be at 22:00 and daily departure from Lao Cai Railway Station will be at 21:40. High-speed internet, restrooms, toiletries and hot/ cold water will all be available on-board for your convenience. Feel right at home with complimentary welcome drinks, snacks (biscuits/ fresh fruits) and hot/ cold towels. Well-trained, professional and multilingual Chapa Express Train staff will also be on hand to assist you throughout the journey. All Chapa Express Train guests have access to the Chapa Lounge in the Lao Cai Railway Station with shower facilities, food and beverages and complimentary Wi-Fi.

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

3. 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 Hanoi Old Quarter at 10:00 P.M.


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What people are saying about Lao Cai Province

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 48 reviews

The organization was perfect and the guides very friendly. We were accompanied on the trekking tour by women from the village, who were very gracious and did not help the steadfast participants with the steep passages. In the end, they then offered bags and jewelry they made themselves (we knew beforehand). Then bought three really nice bags for $ 10 and the ladies were also very grateful that they could make a little money. A win win win situation. The landscape and the village were simply overwhelming and everyone was incredibly open and friendly. Even if you haven't bought anything, nothing has changed.

I really enjoyed this tour! Everything was well organised and it went very smoothly. It was only a small trekking group of 3 + our guide which was great. And our guide Chau was absolutely fantastic, she answered all of our questions and told us lots of great information about the area and her village. The overnight train was very clean and comfortable - although if you are a solo traveler you will just be in a cabin of 4 with other members of the public, but that was still okay. The homestay was fantastic, the food was really great also. And there were enough opportunities for food and showers.

Hiking in the rice fields was one of our absolute highlights during our Vietnam trip. The incredible scenery and getting to know the people who live there was unique.

I spontaneously booked on the VM and was already on the way to Lao Cai in the evening! Everything was super organized and staff very friendly

Great tour, everything arranged well. Highly recommended. We have booked another tour with the same tour operator which was also fine.