Sapa Retreat - 5 Day Private Tour

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What To Expect

Sapa is a former French hill station situated in the valleys near the Chinese border. Its high elevation of 1,600 meters creates its cool climate. This inspired the French to build villas there as a summer retreat. Today, Sapa still attracts visitors for its stunning scenery, comfortable climate, colorful markets, and a variety of ethnic hill tribes living in nearby villages.

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Vietnam from Hanoi
Departs From:
Hanoi
Meeting Point:
Hotel pick-up
Duration:
5 days / 4 nights
Availability:
daily at 8:00 AM
Product Code:
5695
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Hanoi - Sapa - Hill tribe villages - Hanoi

Sapa is a former French hill station situated in the valleys near the Chinese border. Its high elevation of 1,600 meters creates its cool climate. This inspired the French to build villas there as a summer retreat. Today, Sapa still attracts visitors for its stunning scenery, comfortable climate, colorful markets, and a variety of ethnic hill tribes living in nearby villages.

Day 1: Hanoi - Sapa

Our trip starts with an overnight train journey from Hanoi to Lao Cai.

Day 2: Sapa

Arrive early morning in Lao Cai and take a vehicle to Sapa (approx. 45 mins). Check into the hotel, freshen up and have breakfast. We then start with a five to six hour trek to the hill tribe villages of Cat Cat, Ta Van and Cau May. As we walk through these villages nestled in the valleys below Sapa, we will meet some of the local ethnic minority people. These minority people, including the Red Zao, H'mong and Tay people, walk to Sapa to trade at the markets. Overnight in Sapa town. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3: Sapa

Today we walk to Ham Rong Mountain for a panoramic view of Sapa and its surrounds. Once we have come back down, we will then drive six kilometers out of town. From here we commence an hour-long walk to Ta Phin, situated in a wide valley and surrounded by rice paddies. Ta Phin is a Dao community. Dao women are particularly striking as they wear a large red turban often covered with old coins or jewelry. They also shave their hair and eyebrows. Here we have the opportunity to visit a Zao household and learn a little about their way of life. From here we will return to Sapa for lunch and have free time in the afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 4: Sapa - Hanoi

Today we have an optional market day trip. Depending on the day of the week, this may either be Bac Ha (Sunday), home to the flower H'mong hill tribe minority people or Can Cau takes part on Saturday, Coc Ly on Tuesday. Alternatively you may relax in Sapa town and enjoy the views and local restaurants. Early evening we head back to Lao Cai for an overnight train back to Hanoi. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 5: Hanoi

We arrive back to Hanoi station in the early morning. Our guide will arrange a transfer back to your hotel.

Includes

  • All transfers and transport

  • English speaking national guide

  • Accommodation using 3 star hotel

  • Meals as specified

  • Entrance fee during guided time

  • Reasonable supply of bottled water during trekking days

  • Local guide in Sapa

Excludes

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expense

  • Optional activity costs

  • Guide on overnight train

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 44 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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