Itinerary in Details:
The night before:
8h30 PM our Car picks you up at your hotel in Hanoi to Hanoi Railway Station for the night train leaving at 9:30 PM for Lao Cai. Overnight on train in a 4-berth sleeper cabin with A/C
Day 1: Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van
Trek: 14 km, 2 villages
Picked up at Laocai Station early in the morning by our bus. Arrive at Sapa round 8:00 AM; Breakfast start at 10h30am to get to Lao Chai village. Enjoy the overall pictures of the villages among terraces. Visit the H'mong living in wooden and bamboo houses. Continue going to Ta Van village to visit the Dzay minority. Stay the night in Ta Van village at a Dzay family. Picnic lunch on the way and dinner at the home-stay
Day 2: Ta Van - Ban Ho
Trek: 18 km, 3 villages
Breakfast with the local family and then get to a village located at the foot of HoangLienSon range via bamboo forests. Visit a waterfall and a rattan bridge. After visitting Giang ta chai village, get down to the river, cross it and keep going to Su Pan village for 2 minorities - The H'mong and the Red Dzao. Get off the main road to trek down hill to Ban Ho village. Overnight at Ban Ho with a Tay family who have houses on stilts. Picnic lunch on the way and dinner at the family.
Day 3: Ban Ho - Thanh Phu
Trek: 15 km, 3 villages
Get up early in the morning for fresh air and peaceful daily life of the people. Breakfast and leave the village for a hard day. Walk uphill to a smallest and almost untouched village of the Red Dzao (Namtoong). Go further to another village on the same side of the mountain range to see the Xa Pho ethnic group in Nam Ken. Get down to the river and go up to My Son to visit the Xa Pho again. Spend the night in Thanh Phu village at a Tay family. Picnic lunch on the way and dinner with the local family.
Day 4: Thanh Phu - Sapa
Trek: 12km; Jeep ride: 23km
Breakfast at Thanh Phu village. Trek back to Su Pan Village where to take a jeep back to Sapa. On the way back, visit the ancient stone circle (stones decorated with ancient carvings which are said to have described the life of the people lost in the mists of prehistory) Check in hotel. Lunch at Su Pan and dinner in Sapa.
Day 5: Cat Cat – Lao Cai - Hanoi
Breakfast, visit village of the black H'mong (Cat Cat), walk around visiting people in the village and the hydroelectric power station built by the French in the old days. Back town have lunch and check out hotel, free to explore the town until take bus to Lao Cai Station for the night train back to Hanoi. Overnight on train 4berth soft sleeper cabin.
Day 6: Hanoi Arrival
Arrive in Hanoi around 5.00 AM. Check in a hotel for refreshment and breakfast check out at noon. Tour ends.
• Return train tickets (soft sleeper 4-berth A/C cabin)
• All entrances, permissions and sightseeing fees
• Jeep or minibus transfer, english/French-speaking guide
• Hotel and home-stay (twin sharing), meals as indicated in tour program
• Visa to Vietnam, departure airport taxes
• Personal travel & medical insurance, all personal & daily expenses
• Gratuities and tips for drivers and guides, things not mentioned in the program
What to bring: Suitable walking shoes, raincoats, jackets, torch, insect repellent and sunscreen