4 day escorted tour itinerary

Sapa Explorer Tour

Hill tribes and rice terraces

Lying in the very north west of Vietnam, Sapa is a small market town surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the Tonkinese Alps. With its mercifully cool climate, here you find beautiful valleys, waterfalls, verdant rice terraces and discover the authentic Vietnam of colourful H'mong and Dzao hilltribes who sell their produce and handicrafts in the town's market.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Colourful markets and traditional hill tribes.
  • Stunning mountain scenery and pleasant walks in the countryside.

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
4 days
Destination Breakdown
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • English speaking local guide.
  • All entrance fees as appropriate.
  • Air-conditioned transportation.
  • Accommodation as detailed with private facilities.
  • Meals included as detailed.
Not included
  • International flights
  • Tips for the driver/guide
  • Visa fees
  • Optional excursions

Itinerary Breakdown

Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi and transfer to the station for the night train to Lao Cai, departing at approximately 21.00 hrs in an air-conditioned cabin.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Onboard the night train to Lao Cai or similar

Upon arrival at Lao Cai, transfer to the former hill station of Sapa and check in at your hotel.

After breakfast at the hotel, drive from Sapa town down to Lao Chai village. Views of the Muong Hoa Valley and magnificent surroundings of mountains and rice terrace fields can be seen from this road. Along the road, people from many ethnic minority groups (H’mong, Zay, and Red Dao) are likely to be met, and there are stalls along the way that serve tea, fruits and sweets. Soon after turning off the main road and taking a local path, you will arrive in the Black H’mong village of Lao Chai, where you will experience the daily life of the villagers. Continue walking from Lao Chai to Ta Van village, where the Zay hill tribes live. Here you take a rest and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your local guide in a local house.

After lunch, continue walking to the meeting point for your transfer back to Sapa town. The rest of the day is at leisure. Discover Sapa town on your own, its bustling market, the colourful dresses of the ethnic people, tea and coffee shops as well as the local life in this mountain town.

Points of Interest

  • Lao Chai Village

Overnight Accommodation

  • U Sapa Hotel or similar

Today enjoy a full day of trekking.

Visit Suoi Ho village with its tea plantations and cardamom gardens. Follow the buffalo trails to visit the hospitable villages of the Black Hmong minority people in Ma Tra. After passing a school and enjoying scenic views en route, a picnic lunch will be served.

After lunch, continue trekking to Ta Phin village where you will meet Red Dao people who are famous for their weaving skills. Proceed to the meeting point and transfer back to Sapa. After a short rest (time permitting), transfer to Lao Cai railway station where you will board the overnight train to Hanoi at around 20:15 hrs.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Onboard the night train to Lao Cai or similar

You will arrive back to Hanoi around 06:00hrs and transfer either back to your Hanoi hotel or to the airport for your onward journey.

Points of Interest