This 3-day 4-night tour is a wonderful offer from Hanoi Rendezvous
Hotel, not only with trekking to the hidden villages, staying at their home but you can also visit one of the most colorful tribal market in Vietnam with lots of activities of trades between the locals from villages out here. This is on Sunday only, so please schedule your departure from Hanoi on Thursday’s night.
Night 1: Pick up from Hanoi Rendezvous hotel to Hanoi station for boarding the train at 20.30 pm, You will be sharing cabins of AC soft sleepers with 3 other passengers to travel up Lao Cai town.
Day 1: Lao Cai – Sapa, trek to Ta Van (~ 4 hours)
The train arrives in Lao Cai at 6.30 a.m, our driver or tour guide with the sign of your name will welcome you. On a Russian jeep, we ride to Sapa in about 1.5 hours, you will be taken to a small guesthouse for a morning showers then your breakfast at a local restaurant here. We will get a short ride from Sapa to our trekking base, we start here and will trek through the villages of H`mong, chances to meet the locals working on the mountainsides or the rice terraces. We will break for a picnic lunch en route, keep trekking to Ta Phin village of the Zay and H`mong people where you will be warmly welcomed by the host, share the dinner with them, and stay at their traditional house. (B,L,D)
Day 2: More trek and back to Sapa
At the first of gleam of daylight, you will see the locals here start working early, you can join them at some of their activities, like feeding the animals; cleaning their houses, garden or preparing breakfast…After today’s breakfast, we will be trekking down hills on a valley route and back up hill to a main road (~4 hours). Alternatively, for this long trek, you can do it at your own pace to do some light walk this morning in about 1 hour, results more time to be with the host family and other locals in the villages. For both options, you will be supported with our jeep back to Sapa (30 min). Our late lunch served here in Sapa town and you will have this afternoon relaxing in town. Overnight in hotel in town. (B,L)
Day 3: Sunday: Sapa to Bac Ha market and night train to Hanoi
Getting up early for breakfast, checking out the hotel, and then driving down to Bac Ha market (106 km from Sapa). When we are about to arrive, we will see a lot of hill tribes carrying with them the home-made products or pulling dogs, buffalos on their way heading to the market. You are free to get around the market and witness their trading activities, please be soft and nice to the locals since they will not like being taken photo without their permission. You might like to have your lunch here at the stall inside the market? Let’s see what is like then you can decide there In the afternoon, we transfer to Lao Cai town before dark, dinner at your own before our train ride at 8.50 p.m back to Hanoi. Arrive into Hanoi by 4.30 a.m. Please order our private pickup service or find your own way back to your hotel, taxi normally costs you a set of USD4
Included: Transfers, Ac soft sleeper train, E.S. guide, admission fees, homestay, meals as specified, hotels: Standard (Sapa Bamboo, Royal View & Goldsea hotel); Deluxe(Chau Long Sapa hotel);
Excluded: Insurance, drinks, other personal expenses. Tips are welcome!
What to bring: It is wise to travel light, here are things you have; passport, comfortable footwear for trekking, rain gears, hat, sun cream, warm clothing, change of clothes, towel, camera with lots of films, medical kits and your sense of adventure.