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SP01: Sapa 5 Villages - Easy Trekking Tour

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Duration: 2 days Transportation: Train, Bus/Car

Route: Hanoi - Sapa - Hanoi

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Located 38km from Lao Cai City, Sapa is a mountainous district of Lao Cai Province. Sapa is very well-known with Sapa Townlet, a beautiful and romantic resort. At the height of 1,600m above sea level, the average temperature of the area is 15-18°C. It is cool in summer and cold in winter.

The first thing you notice when approaching the resort town are some detached wooden mansions and villas perched on a hill top or hillside, behind thick pine forests and almost invisible on this foggy morning. Old and new villas with red roofs now appear and now disappear in the green rows of pomu trees, bringing the town the beauty of European towns.

Visitors to Sapa will have opportunities to discover the unique customs of the local residents.  

Cat Cat village was founded since the 19th century and about 2km away from the centre of SaPa town. People are mainly Mong minority and often build houses spaced out dozens meters apart by mountain sides. They grow rice in terrace fields and maize on the mountain according to the handicraft cultivation method.

Lao Chai Village About 8 – 9 Km southeast of Sapa town on the west bank of Muong Hoa River, Lao Chai is a commune composed by three large villages with over 100 families of the Black H’mong ethnic. From a high point of the main road 8 Km from Sapa town, great view of the whole village open wide to offer the marvelous panorama of the village, backed by high mountains and facing the river. The H’mong people in this village experience rice intensive farming on the lower land near the bottom of the valley as main source of earning while growing corn on the mountain slopes at the back of the village.

Ta Van is a small village set within a picturesque valley not far from the northern Vietnamese mountain resort of Sa Pa. The area is renowned for its colourful ethnic minorities, and Ta Van is home to two such groups. A stay with one of the farmer families here will give you a close-up experience of the life-style and culture typical of the area. Trekking in the surrounding area is most satisfying.

Ta Chai Village Opposite to Su Pan on the other side of Muong Hoa River and valley is Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Zao ethnic, nested under shade of the trees and bamboo hedges near a large and magnificent waterfall. The Red Zao people here built their houses on the rocky land and little bit reserved to outsiders. From the main road, a narrow trails as a string down to the river and a romantic suspension bridge cross to the other side, passing the foot of the waterfall to the village.

Within only 2 days, this journey will bring you a brief understanding of Sapa and its tribal peoples while enjoying its fascinating scenery, paying visit to Sapa town and 3 tribal villages of Black H’mong and Zay peoples which is well-known for its breathtaking scenery. You will spend 2 nights on the train in 4 bed cabin with air-conditioning and 1 night at hotel in Sapa.

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Hanoi - Lao Cai - Sapa
Night 1: Hanoi - Lao Cai by Train
You will be picked up from your hotel lobby by our representative at 20:00 for a short transfer to Hanoi Railway Station for boarding to Lao Cai by Express Train at 21:10. Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 people/cabin or 2 people/cabin on request).
Day 1: Lao Cai - Sapa - Cat Cat Village (B, L, -)
Sapa market | The old cathedral | Cat Cat village
6:00 AM - Arrive to Lao Cai train station. Welcome by your local guide and driver. Take a drive of 40km for over an hour drive uphill to Sapa. After freshen up and Breakfast in a local restaurant you will enjoy a walk around this charming town, paying visit to Sapa market and the old cathedral where you can meet a lot of local ethnic minority peoples such as Black H’mong and Red Zao wearing their traditional colorful dresses selling their farming and gathering products and handicrafts for souvenir.
Check in your hotel, having Lunch and noon Break before departing for a walk to Cat Cat village locating near the bottom of a deep valley at the foot of Fansipan Peak. Spectacular scenery of mountains and terraced rice paddies changes after every corner as you walk downhill. Getting through Cat Cat village of the H’mong, you will pay visiting to some local homes, witnessing their daily life activities and experiencing their hospitality. Continue walking down to the valley bottom, having a break at a stunning waterfall where the French built a hydraulic power station, you will walk uphill and make a loop around the valley and get back to Sapa. Dinner on your own. In the evening, you’re free to do as you wish. You can explore the town of Sapa at night.

Night 2: Overnight at hotel in Sapa town.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch at local restaurant. Dinner on your own
Day 2: Sapa - Explore 3 Minority Villages with Night train to Hanoi (B, L)
Lao Chai | Ta Van | Giang Ta Chai (7 hours trekking, 12 km, 3 villages).
Breakfast at Hotel then check out hotel room. 9:00 AM You will be picked up from your hotel lobby by your local guide and transferred south towards Muong Hoa Valley, and then descend by foot through the largest terraced rice paddy area in the Sapa region. Our walk takes us through the village of Lao Chai, home to the Black Hmong minority, then on to Ta Van village, inhabited by the Giay minority. We have a great opportunity to observe the daily life and traditional hospitality of these people and then stop to rest and enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by your guide in a local house.
After lunch, continue your walk on a hilly trail through a bamboo forest to Giang Ta Chai, a Red Dao ethnic minority village. After taking a rest nearby a waterfall to refresh, climb uphill to where your car will be waiting for your journey back to Sapa town where the full day trip ends. You will have dinner on your own.
Late afternoon you will be transferred to Lao Cai railway station to catch the overnight train back to Hanoi.

Night 3: Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 people/cabin or 2 people/cabin on request).
Meals included: Breakfast at Hotel and Picnic Lunch. Dinner on your own
Arrival in Hanoi around 5:00 AM next day. You will be picked up at Hanoi station and walk to our Hotel - Hanoi View 2 Hotel (5 minutes walking) for breakfast and short rest. Check out time is on or before 12.00 (noon)
Tour ends

What's Included:
Transportation by air conditioned vehicle as tour program indicated.
- Return train ticket basing on first class 4 berth shared cabin with air-conditioner (Soft sleeper wooden cabin)
- Sightseeing fees and permits.
- Local English speaking guide (French speaking guide on request at additional cost US$ 15.00/day per group)
- Meals as mentioned in program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)
- Accommodation as program based on twin sharing or double (on request).

What's Not Included:

- Drinks, except otherwise mentioned
- Meals not indicated on the itinerary

- Mineral water and chilled tissue served on trip

- Insurance, Personal expenses, Tips and emergency transfers.

Good to Know:

- Prices are per person. Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Christmas period (Dec 24-26), New Year period (Dec 31-Jan 02).
- For additional hotel night cost to the packages, please contact us for the rates.
- If one person prefers to stay in one room, the single room supplement must be paid as follows:

Hotel category Price per person per night
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Economy (2 star hotel) US$ 20
US$ 20
Standard (3 star hotel) US$ 25 US$ 25
Deluxe (4 star hotel) US$ 21
US$ 40
Luxury (5 star hotel) US$ 55
US$ 75

- 2 bed cabin on the night train at extra cost US$ 98 per person on request.
- The private escorted tour is customized for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other travelers will join in your group.
- Joining group tours are only applicable for maximum 3 paying persons.
- Itinerary of joining group tours may be changed.
- This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your Sapa travel plan. You can also disregard full package tours and choose whatever travel items you need. We can quote the tours you really want. Usually travel insurance is not covered in our quotations.
- Keep your luggage and money by yourself.
- Inform in advance if you are vegetarian.
- Take original passports, good and comfortable trekking shoes, insect repellent, torches, sun scream, towels, rain gear and extra warm clothes. All customers must obey the order of your guide for your safety.

Very important notice from TUN Travel:

- Child definition: from age of 3 to 9 Years (usually enjoying 10%-20% discount. Contact us for the actual discount for your case). 9 Years old and above will be charged as Adult Price.
- All tours & transfers are all based in English Speaking local guides. For other languages, please contact us for new quotations. 
- Itinerary Change to the confirmed itinerary may happen because of traffic, weather, or any other conditions not under our control such as war, strike, fire, acts of government, riot, etc. We will do our best to make sure that all the travel will be similar. Tun Travel can substitute the itinerary upon your agreement.
- Transportation and Restaurants: The cars, vans or coaches for the land transportation should be in good shape with air conditioner. All restaurants should be tidy and clean.

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Mr. Jonny Australia Stayed 21/05/13 10:56

Good: " A very pleasant and well organised tour. The hotel was very comfortable and the day tours were varied and enjoyable. A memorable visit to a beautiful part of the world. "

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