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SP 02: Sapa Homestay Adventure

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Duration: 3 days Transportation: Train, Bus/Car, Trekking

Route: Hanoi - Sapa - Hanoi

Languages: Deutsch English Français Tiếng Việt Русский (View map)

from US$ 170
(per person)

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.



  • Experience the daily life of Vietnamese people in the suburb of Sapa town and enjoy the beautiful landscape, fantastic view from Heavens gate.
  • This is an easy hiking trip for almost every one with average fitness and mobility. Exploring the magnificent Muong Hoa Valley, to enjoy its breathtaking landscapes, you will also paying visit to small and isolated hamlets and villages, meet the Black H’mong, Zay and Red Zao at home and at work. The home-stay in Ta Van is a nice experience of local life.
  • Trek through untamed land to reach the area's hidden villages
  • The climb is rough, wet and cold, but the views are rewarding.
  • Travel from Hanoi by overnight train in an air-condiitoned sleeper cabin

Y Linh Ho Village
Located about 7km southwest of Sapa town, on the west side of Muong Hoa River. Y Linh Ho is a small commune composed by a dozen of small hamlets scattering on the very tough mountain terrain with high and steep mountains. There are some hundred inhabitants from the Black H’mong only living in this commune. They built their rudimentary houses on their farmland and mainly cultivate corn and dry rice on the steep hillsides. The only way to get to the commune is on foot from the main road. It is also the place where we start many of our hiking tours.

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 Village
Next to Lao Chai on the same side of Muong Hoa River is Ta Van village where the Zay and H’mong ethnic people live together. This is one of the best places to see the different traditional ways of living as well as cultural assimilation. The Zay live a sedentary style and always choose the low land near valleys’ bottom and river for growing wet rice while the H’mong prefer higher elevation for corn farming. Especially some decade ago when poppy cultivation for opium was not forbidden. Recently, the H’mong changed from sifting into sedentary way of life they gradually move to lower land and learn many things from others. At this moment Ta Van can be reach by car, Jeep, mini van. However a trail up and downhill from Y Ling Ho through Lao Chai to Ta Van offers superb and romantic rout to hikers.

Giang 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.

Su Pan Village
Also located along Muong Hoa Valley like Lao Chai and Ta Van but Su Pan Commune can be referred to as “mountainous commune”. Occupying the highland on the east side of the main road about 17 Km from Sapa town, Su Pan including 4 small hamlets of the Black H’mong and Red Zao looks down to the Muong Hoa Valley and is one of the poorest commune to Sapa due to the thin and poor soil. Walking uphill from the road, one can see rudimentary houses built on the rocky farmland where the locals cultivate corn for their staple food.

Cat Cat Vilage
Cat Cat is a village of the Black H’mong, about 5 Km west of Sapa Town. Located near the bottom of a deep valley right at the foot of Fansipan, the village is surrounded by high mountains and terraced rice paddies on hill slope. There is a waterfall near the village where the French built a hydraulic power station and It is really a beautiful sport. A short walk from Sapa Town to Cat Cat Village, especially in late afternoon to admire magnificent landscape is worthwhile.


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Day 1: Lao Cai - Sapa - Explore Muong Hoa Valley - Homestay  (B, L, D) 
Sapa | Y Linh Ho | Lao Chai | Ta Van Village (5 hours trekking 14 km, 2 villages
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. Freshen up and have breakfast in a local restaurant. You can leave some baggage at the hotel you are staying next day if you don't want to carry it all during the trek.
Departing from Sapa, you will enjoy an easy walk downhill and along Muong Hoa River for a 4 to 5 hours, through terraced fields passing some hamlets of the H’mong people such as Y Linh Ho, Lao Chai…, watching locals at work, paying visit to local homes for a fantastic discovery of their living ways. Arriving in Ta Van village of the Zay people in the afternoon, you may wish to spend the rest of the day wandering around the village or just sit down a table enjoying a cup of tea over viewing the valley at sunset, hearing sounds of live while your escorted guide prepares dinner.
Night 2: Overnight at Homestay in local house.
Meals included: Breakfast at local restaurant. Picnic lunch on the way and dinner at the home-stay.

Day 2: Ta Van - Giang Ta Chai Village - Sapa (B, L, -)
Giang Ta Chai | Su Pan | Sapa (5 hours trekking, 14 km, 2 villages)
Get up early in the morning to enjoy daily life of the ethnic minorities in the village. Breakfast with noodle soup or omelet. You will be escorted to Giang Ta Chai village of the Red Dzao minority via the paths between terraces and through bamboo forests. Visit silver waterfall and suspension Rattan Bridge then get to a local house nearby.
After lunch, cross Muong Hoa River up to the mountain to visit the last village of the trek - Su Pan village of the H'mong.
Heading up to the main road for transfer to Sapa town. On the way back, enjoy visiting the ancient stone circle where stones are decorated with ancient carvings. Check in hotel. In the evening, you’re free to do as you wish. You can explore the town of Sapa at night.
Night 3: Overnight at Hotel in Sapa.
Meals included: Breakfast at the home-stay. Picnic lunch on the way and Dinner on your own.

Day 3: Cat Cat Village - Sapa - Lao Cai - Hanoi (B, L,-)
Cat Cat village | Sapa market | The old cathedral
Breakfast at Hotel.
9:00 AM You will be picked up from hotel lobby by your local guide then depart 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 hospitability. 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.
Check out your hotel room and clear bills. You will have lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch 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. You will have dinner on your own.
In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to Lao Cai railway station to catch the overnight train back to Hanoi leaving at 20:15.
Night 4: Overnight in the A/C soft sleeper wooden cabin (4 people/cabin or 2 people/cabin on request).
Meals included: Breakfast at hotel and Lunch at local restaurant. 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)

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
- Meals as mentioned in program (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner).
- Accommodation as program: 1 night at home-stay (standard) and 1 night at Hotel in Sapa town.

What's Not Included:
- Beverages, Travel insurance in tour
- Meals not indicated on the itinerary
- Tips for tour guide, driver
- Expenditure of a personal nature, tips, such as souvenirs, laundry, emergency transfers & etc
- Others which are not mentioned above

Good to Know:
- If one person prefers to stay in one room, the single room supplement must be paid as follows:

Hotel category  Price per person for 1 night stay
02/05/2016-30/9/2016  01/01/2016-29/04/2016
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 because of traffic, weather, or any other conditions not under our control such as war, strike, fire, acts of government, riot, etc.
- Peak season surcharge will be applied for cruises on 24/12, New Year’s Eve 31/12 and Tet Holidays
- 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.
- Special requests on food (diet or vegetarian) please inform us before departure.
- 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.


Children Policy: 
Children up 9 years old will be charged as adult price.


Language Guides:
- French speaking guide: more US$ 10.00/day per group.


Cancellation Policy: 
- 14 days before departure date: No cancellation charge.
- From 3 to 14 days: 50% of total tour price
- Less than 72 hours – No Show: Full charge.

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