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From Sapa: Waterfalls, Trekking and Tribal Villages Tour

1. From Sapa: Waterfalls, Trekking and Tribal Villages Tour

After meeting your local guide and driver, head about 30 minutes out of Sapa Town to visit the Silver Waterfall, Love Waterfall and Tram Ton Pass. Explore the area before leaving for the traditional village of Ban Khoan. From there, begin your trek. The trek, about 4 hours and 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), takes you along mountain trails and through remote tribal villages. Enjoy amazing views of the surrounding rice paddies, and take plenty of photos as you learn about the unique cultures of the Hmong and Red Dzao people. Take a break for a picnic lunch before continuing the trek to the home of the Red Dzao tribe in Ta Phin Village. In the afternoon, meet your driver to begin the 30-minute transfer back to Sapa.

SaPa Muong Hoa valley trek and Local ethnic Villages

2. SaPa Muong Hoa valley trek and Local ethnic Villages

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 reach the Red Dao ethnic minority village of Giang Ta Chai. Having a short rest at a nearby waterfall before climbing uphill to get the main road where the driver is waiting for you to take you back to SaPa. 

Private Hoang Lien National Park & Tribal Village Trek

3. Private Hoang Lien National Park & Tribal Village Trek

Meet your local guide and driver at your hotel in Sa Pa Town at 09:00 AM. Depart for the first tour stops, located a 30-minute drive away, visiting the Silver Waterfall, the Love Waterfall and Tram Ton Pass. After discovering this area, leave for the O Quy Ho Pass, where the trek will begin. The trek is a 10km long dirt trail through the bamboo forest of Hoang Lien National Park, offering great views of the surrounding rice paddies. Enjoy a picnic lunch at 12:30 PM, being served at a beautiful spot in the wilderness.  Continue your trek after the lunch break to Sin Chai village, where the community-based tourism in Sapa takes place. Proceed with the tour to visit the nearby village, inhabited by the Black Hmong people, one of the largest ethnic minority groups in the Sapa area. Explore some native houses to learn more about the culture, customs and handicraft skills. Take the transfer back to Sa Pa in the early afternoon. You will arrive at around 03:00 PM and will be dropped off at your hotel in Sa Pa Town.

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

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

Depart from Sa Pa, about 20 minutes walk along the stunning road heading to the Muong Hoa Valley, visit the Y Linh Ho village of the Black Hmong tribe, 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.

From Sapa: Motorbike Tour with Silver Waterfall

5. From Sapa: Motorbike Tour with Silver Waterfall

Benefit of a convenient hotel pickup at 7:30 AM then and ride up to Thac Bac waterfall (also called the Silver Waterfall). Take in one of the most stunning landscapes in Sapa and admire the view of the Fansipan mountain on clear days. Then, ride down weaving tracks through local villages such as Xin Chai and San Sa Ho where you can experience the local cultures and marvel at high mountains, deep valleys, and rice terraces. Stop at the villages Lao Chai & Ta Van located at Muong Hoa valley and meet the friendly locals. Tackle the challenges en route and ride through steep passes, over curvy roads, as well as buffalo trails. Then, start descending into the valley of the largest rice terrace in the Sapa area. The guide will provide you interesting information about rice and its production. If the time permits, enjoy a cup of coffee next to a stream in Ta Van village before riding back to Sapa.

Sapa: Full-Day Private Muong Hoa Valley Tour

6. Sapa: Full-Day Private Muong Hoa Valley Tour

Depart from Sa Pa and walk along the main road, heading south for about 20 minutes. You will soon enter the Muong Hoa Valley and visit the Y Linh Ho village of the Black Mong tribe to interact with the locals and experience their everyday life at the market. Later, arrive to the village of Lao Chai where you will get spectacular views of some of the most beautiful rice terraces in Vietnam. There you will enjoy lunch near the river and taste the local produce of the Black Mong 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. You will later learn more about rural life and meet members of the Dzay tribe to learn of their customs and costumes with the Black Mong people. Finally, take a private car back to Sa Pa, where you will be dropped off at the local office upon arrival.

From Hanoi: Two Day Sapa Tour Trekking and Ethnic Villages

7. From Hanoi: Two Day Sapa Tour Trekking and Ethnic Villages

Enjoy a 2-day tour from Hanoi to Sapa, visiting Cat Cat village and Trek through the rice terraces and along the Muong Hoa Stream Day 1:  Hanoi – Sapa – Cat Cat village (Meals: lunch, dinner) Depart Hanoi for Sapa in the early morning. Stop for short breaks before arriving in Sapa town. Enjoy lunch with local Vietnamese dishes. 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. Head back to Sapa town for dinner. Overnight in your Sapa hotel. Day 2: : Sapa – Lao Chai, Ta Van, Giang Ta Chai – Hanoi (Meals: breakfast, lunch) After breakfast, 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, Get a panoramic view of Giang Ta Chai village before crossing the Ta Van Bridge, where a bus will take you back to Sa Pa for lunch at the hotel and a shower before the return to Hanoi. At around 8.30pm, the bus stops at the meeting point, finish your tour.

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What people are saying about Sa Pa

This is a fun hiking trip, in the beginning you will need to climb up the mountain a bit. After that it's mostly descending. You will see beautiful sceneries and the guide will inform you about the life of the tribes etc. Which is quite interesting. Make sure to wear good shoes as some parts can get slippery. The tribe women will help you in case of need. They are very lovely. When having lunch they will ask you to buy something, which I think is the least thing you can do for them.

We had a great guide Lan that was very knowledgable and told many stories and facts about the area. The tour was at a great pace and we appreciated the choices to customize our experiences. Lunch was wonderful spread by a local. Overall we enjoy the trek very much

What an incredible experience and our guide was so lovely and informative. I really recommend. We really enjoyed this!

Thanks for the great tour, all the informations, nice treatment and exciting day. It was a pleasure for both of us.

Nice guide who talked us about her village, her tribe, her culture, traditions... It was incredibly beautiful.