Established as a hill station by the French in 1922, Sapa today is the tourism centre of the northwest.
Sapa is orientated to make the most of the spectacular views emerging on clear days; overlooking a plunging valley, with mountains towering above on all sides. Views of this epic scenery are often subdued by thick mist rolling across the peaks, but even when it's cloudy, local hill-tribe people fill the town with colour.
If you were expecting a quaint alpine town, recalibrate your expectations. Sapa's French colonial villas fell into disrepair during successive wars with the French, Americans and Chinese, and modern tourism development has mushroomed haphazardly. Sapa today is undergoing a construction boom and, thanks to rarely enforced building height restrictions, the skyline is continually thrusting upwards.
But you're not here to hang out in town. This is northern Vietnam's premier trekking base from where hikers launch themselves into a surrounding countryside of cascading rice terraces and tiny hill-tribe villages that seems a world apart. Once you've stepped out into the lush fields you'll understand the Sapa area's real charm.
Day 1: HANOI – SAPA – CAT CAT VILLAGE (L/D) - hotel
6.30 – 7.00: Pick up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter /meeting point, get on big bus and depart for Sapa Town.
9.30: Follow the highway to Lao Cai city with the first comfort break
11.00: Second comfort break at Lao Cai city before approaching Sapa
13.00: Arrive Sapa Town with colorful traditional costumes of H’Mong, Dzao, Tay ethnic People.
Get pick up from the bus office in Sapa at 12:30PM to take you to our office
Have Lunch and check-in the room. We will then depart from the hotel at 2:30pm and walk down 3Km to Exploring Cat Cat Shin chai village of H’mong – A colonial French discovered area and a renowned resort to officials from the early twenty centry.
Arriving to Cat Cat village, visitors will be visiting the Hydropower station, the waterfall of Cat Cat village as well as learning about the culture, customs and unique people here with traditional crafts such as weaving, carved silver, hand forged agricultural tools. After that you will walk back to Sapa (3Km)
Relax and have dinner at 6:30PM or 7:00PM -Overnight at the hotel in Sapa
Day 2: SAPA – Y LINH HO – LAO CHAI (B/L/D) - homestay
Breakfast and check-out the room before 8:30AM.
We will then depart from the hotel at 8:30am to walk down to Y Linh Ho, a village inhabited by the Hmong minority. This is a great opportunity to take photographs of hereditary terraces that are estimated around 100 years old. From Y Linh Ho we will make our way to Lao Chai village where you will visit the Hmong home town. Stop in Lao Chai for lunch break around 1 hour.
You will then continue to Ta Van, an established Hmong and Giay village. Here you will be warmly welcomed by a local Giay family and stay here for the night in their home-stay
Cooking and having dinner with local family
Day 3: GIANG TA CHAI – SAPA – HANOI (B/L)
Get the wake up by a rooster or the pigs, have breakfast with some pancakes, hot tea or hot coffee out door — you will be treated to sensational views across the rice terraces. After breakfast you'll say good bye to the local then trek through an enchanting bamboo forest, silk waterfall to Giang Ta Chai. After a few hours of trekking, we will stop and enjoy a picnic lunch with our scenic views. We then walk back to the main road and catch a car or mini van back to Sapa Town!
Get back to Sapa at around 2:00PM. Have shower at our hotel. At 3:00PM we will got a shuttle to drive you to the bus office, check-in the bus for you to go back to Hanoi. Before you leave we got to prepare you some sandwiches to take a way with you
New shuttle bus with AC for Hanoi - Sapa - Hanoi
Free pick up and see off in Hanoi Old Quarter
2 bottles of water, tissues /2 ways/person on bus Ha Noi - Sapa - Ha Noi
Modern bus in Sapa with experienced drivers
English speaking tour leader escorted during the bus trip Hanoi – Sapa - Hanoi, local guide escorted in Sapa
Meals per itinerary
Accommodation in Homestay + Hotel in Sapa
Others not clearly mentioned above
Free of charge for children under 4 years sharing bed with parents.
Surcharge 75% rate of adult for children (5-9 years) sharing bed with parents.
Over 9 years is adult’s rate
A couple travel with 2 chidren. The 2nd Child will be charge 100% adults ticket
Quote price is applied for the booking of group of 2 up
Quoted price is not applied for the tour departs on: Christmas Day (24-26 Dec), Eva New Year (29, 30, 31 Dec, 1 Jan), Lunar New Year, Liberty Day (30 Apr), Labor Day (1 May), Independence Day (2 Sep)
Surcharge US$30/pax for those booking departs on Holiday as mentioned above
Old people, kids should not attend the long trek (9 kms)
You may stay overnight at homestay for 1st night or you may do on 2nd night. Our tour leader will inform you on bus to Sapa.
Thing to bring:
Warm clothes, scarf, hat, cap because the weather in Sapa is pretty unpredictable. It is normally cold in September, October, November, December, January, February and March
Due to altitude of Sapa, it is sometimes foggy in December, January, February and March.
Trekking shoes, sun glasses, sun cream, insect repellent are also necessary. You should take cash with you in Vietnam Dong because banking system in Sapa sometimes doesn’t function well. US Dollar, Euro, Australian Dollar are accepted in Sapa.
You should take medicine with you although there are some chemist’s shops in Sapa in case you get sick.