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Splendor of Sapa





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The mountainous landscape of Sapa is renowned for its near divine scenery, the undulating ranges so beautiful that it seems they could be home to no one but the gods themselves. Mountains are inked to the edge of the sky and rimmed with gold at dawn and dusk. With the Splendor of Sapa tour you will explore the beaten paths around Sapa for some of the most spectacular views the highland area provides. Experience a homestay with the locals at Ta Van village for an insight into the local lifestyle.

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Hanoi – Lao Cai
Day 2: Lao Cai – Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van
Day 3: Ta Van - Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai – Sapa
Day 4: Sapa – Ma Tra – Ta Phin – Sapa – Lao Cai
Day 5: Lao Cai – Hanoi


  • Brocade by Red Dao Ethnic Minority in Sapa
  • Ethnic Children in Sapa
  • Giay Ethnic Minority in Sapa 2
  • Giay Ethnic Minority in Sapa 3
  • Giay Ethnic Minority in Sapa
  • Hmong Ethnic Minority in Sapa
  • Sapa Streetfood
  • Shopping at the Ethnic Minority Market in Sapa
  • Terrace Farm in Sapa
  • Yellow Rice Field in Sapa
" Our trip to Sa Pa was a fantastic journey that was totally unlike anything I've ever seen before… the local scenery is absolutely breath taking and we did enjoy trekking very much!..." Mr. Jose Manuel.
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  •  Take the overnight train through Vietnam’s northern provinces
  • Drive from Lao Cai city to Sapa town, a scenic drive affording you a view of beautiful valleys and tiered rice fields
  • Trek through spectacular mountain scenery
  • Visit beautiful waterfalls and bamboo forests
  • Visit local villages for an insight into the life and culture of the ethnic minorities
  • Wander through the exquisite orchid gardens in Sapa
  • Spend a night in a comfortable hotel with Sapa views, and a night in a homestay with the local people for a unique authentic experience
Detailed Itinerary
  Day 1: Overnight train to Lao Cai Station:   
In the evening you will be collected by our bus and English-speaking guide. You’ll be dropped off at Hanoi train station, from which you’ll alight your overnight train trip to Lao Cai station. Bring some snacks to nibble on and cards to play with as you enjoy the fun of a long train ride. Adjust your personal light to get some sleep to the gentle rhythm of the train.
  Day 2: Lao Cai – Sapa – Lao Chai – Ta Van - Homestay (B, L, D):   
From Lao Cai take your transfer about 40 minutes through gently winding road up to Sapa road. The views from the drive are just a preview to the stunning vistas awaiting you in the rest of Sapa. Once you arrive in Sapa Town you’ll have breakfast at a local restaurant before preparing for you adventure trek into the breathtaking Muong Hoa valley. Carefully tread winding paths and twisting trails to reach Lao Chai and Tavan village, where you’ll pay a visit to the Tay and Day tribes. Have a picnic lunch on the mountainside before continuing to the base of the valley. In the evening there’ll be a cooking demonstration from the local people before your overnight in a local house.
  Day 3: Ta Van - Sapa – Cat Cat – Sin Chai – Sapa (B, L):   
You rise at dawn with the villagers for a sunrise breakfast before heading back to Sapa town. Prepare for your last day of trekking. You first sneak through the market, already abuzz with activity, then continue to leave the busy town behind. After a couple of minutes, you will be following a rocky road leading downhill to Cat Cat village. Take a rest here before you trek downhill to get Sin Chai village, where you’ll might see the tribespeople at work dying cloth, painstakingly embroidering patterns, tending the fields or huddled over a hunk of stone, attempted to carve figurines to sell at the market.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure to explore the town; take a wander around the town lake, explore the town markets, or walk up the stairs to Sapa’s beautiful flower gardens. Your overnight will be in a hotel in Sapa.
  Day 4: Sapa – Ma Tra – Ta Phin – Sapa – Lao Cai Station (B, L): :   
After a refreshing morning breakfast you’ll set out from Sapa towards local Ma Tra village, about 5km to the North East of Sapa. From Ma Tra you will trek 9km up to Ta Phin, through the wild beauty of tangled highland forest. Allow the clear mountain air to fill your lungs and crackle in your blood. Along the way you’ll stop for a picnic lunch on the mountainside.

Once you’ve reached Ta Phin village you’ll get a first hand experience of the local lifestyle, with an introduction to village handicrafts and customs handed down from generation to generation. Soak up the awe-inspiring landscape before heading back to Sapa. Take a much welcome shower back at the hotel before dinner and then the drive back to Lao Cai for your overnight train back to Hanoi.
  Day 5: Hanoi arrival:   
Arrive in Hanoi at around 5h30 in the morning. You are picked up from the train station and taken to your hotel where your tour will end.

Prices per person in USD from 1st Oct, 2014 to 30th Sep, 2015

Number of pax 1 2 3-4 5-8 9-12 13-16 Over 16 SGL
Superior 580 388 342 297 286 282 283 33
Deluxe 716 456 411 365 354 350 351 101
Tour prices include:
  • Breakfast, 1 night accommodation in a twin/double room and 1 night homestay in the local house with cooking demonstration
  • Pick-ups and transfers by air-conditioned vehicle as specified in the itinerary above
  • Return train tickets: Hanoi - Lao Cai – Hanoi (Oriental Express 4 soft sleeper A/C cabin)
  • Travel in an appropriate air-conditioned vehicle and/or a Jeep with an experienced safe driver
  • The services of experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary
  • Freshen up service (shower on the last day in Sapa)
  • Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the program
  • Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in local restaurants, or picnic meals where mentioned
Tour prices do not include: 
  • International flight tickets and airport tax
  • Visas
  • Dinners, except as specified above.
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Insurance
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Trip note
Guests should be aware there will be visits to various places of worship, which may require respectful dress and behavior. Female visitors must often wear clothes covering much of their skin – and nothing too revealing.

For all our trekking tours – guests should be in reasonably good health – and bring walking equipment.

Attention: The itinerary may be subject to change due to the unfavorable weather conditions


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