DAY 1 SAT: HANOI - TRAIN TO LAOCAI
Pick up at hotel in Hanoi and transfer to Hanoi train station for the soft sleeper train to Sapa.
Overnight trip to Lao Cai in sharing comfortable sleeping cabin of Livitrans. The train departs approx. 8:40hrs
DAY 2 SUN: ETHNIC MINORITY VILLAGES(B,L)
Arrival Laocai station early morning (approx. 06:00 hrs),transfer to local restaurant for refreshment & breakfast. A 2-hour drive through scenic mountain areas brings you to Muong Khuong, a small settlement bordering China's Yunnan province. Every Sunday the otherwise sleepy town is transformed into a bustling place full with various ethnic minorities. Here visitors can meet more of Lao Cai’s colourful Flower H’mong people, plus Nung, Dzao Tuyen, Tu Di and a number of other ethnic groups such as the Thu Lao, the Pa Di, the La Chi and the highly-photogenic Lo Lo. Drive back Laocai. Lunch at local restaurant then continue to drive (38km) on winding roads up the mountains brings you to Sapa. Overnight at hotel in Sapa
DAY 3 MON: SAPA VILLAGES (B,L)
Breakfast at the hotel. We then embark on a lovely walks that will take us along rice field paths and villages trails and through several hill tribe villages of Y Nin Ho, Lao Chai and Tavan, home to H'mong, and Dzay people. This is a absolutely spectacular walk through stunning scenery inhabited by some of the friendliest people you can meet. Once on the valley floor you can really appreciate the wonderful scenery that surrounds you. The walls of the valley are covered with multi-layered rice terraces and scattered villages. Opportunity to visit and see the local weaving and dying used natural indigo dye. Picnic lunch provided. Overnight at Hotel in Sapa
DAY 4 TUE: SAPA - HANOI (B,L)
Morning hike along the path of Matra villages, home to H'mong people to old church where our car take us to Taphin Red Dzao village. Visit H'mong and Red Dzao minority villages.
Lunch in Sapa. At leisure to visit Sapa market and shopping ethic craft.Later in the afternoon drive to Laocai , then transfer to train station, where you will board the overnight train to Hanoi at around 21:15 hrs back to Hanoi.
DAY 5 WED: ARRIVAL HANOI
The train will arrival Hanoi early in the morning. You will be transferred to your hotel or to airport for departure flight (accommodation in Hanoi not included).
- Accommodation in twin/double share rooms with air-condition and private bath room
- All transportation and transfers
- Meals as stated in the program (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Tours with English or French speaking guide
- Round trip soft sleeper train with A.C.
- Entrance fees
- International airfare& airport taxes
- Travel insurance
- Visa and visa arrangement
- Surcharges for compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and
- Peak season surcharges (which will be advised at time of booking) ,
- Personal expenses
- Tips & gratuities
This tour is private for each group of passangers. This is a sample itinerary so the cost really depends on number of people in your group, hotel class and time of travel. Please contact us for your best rates.
If you have any special requests or want to have customised tours, please contact us to customize this itinerary and price to meet your needs and budget.
In the itinerary, we would like to suggest the the following hotels:
Royal View Hotel
Chau Long Hotel
Victoria Sapa Hotel
Note: Hotels can be changed to other similar hotels as your request or in the case of unavailability