As the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is considered to be the cultural center of Vietnam, where every dynasty has left behind their imprint.Even though some relics have not survived through wars and time, the city still has many interesting cultural and historic monuments for visitors and residents alike.
North-west Vietnam offers travellers some of the country’s most spectacular scenery. The mountainous areas are home to many distict hill tribes, some still living as they have for generations, despite ever-increasing Vietnamese and Western influences.
- Day 1: Drive onto Son La (L,D)
- Day 2: Visit the villages of Black Thai, White Thai, Meo and Muong peoples (B,L,D)
- Day 3: Visit tiered tea plantations and verdant rice terraces on the way to Lai Chau (B,L,D)
- Day 4: Visit Ta Van village (B,L,D)
- Day 5: Trekking along the rice terraces (B,L,D)
- Day 6: Explore Sa Pa town, great shopping in the market (B,L,D)
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Day 1: Drive onto Son La (L,D)
8h00 Pick up at the hotel. Travel through the verdant Red River Delta and witness the day to dayly life of the peasant farmers. Stop in Mai Chau for a short walk then drive onto Son La – the capital of Son La province. Overnight in hotel.
Hotel in Son La
Day 2: Visit the villages of Black Thai, White Thai, Meo and Muong peoples (B,L,D)
Son La has an old French prison and museum, perfect for a small walk to visit in the morning before your departure. From here you’ll carry on to Tuan Giao, then onto Muong Lay (formerly Lai Chau) for the night. You’ll enjoy the picturesque scenery as you pass the villages of Black Thai, White Thai, Meo and Muong peoples.
Day 3: Visit tiered tea plantations and verdant rice terraces on the way to Lai Chau (B,L,D)
Free at your leisure in the next morning. From Muong Lay, the drive to Sin Ho is stunning with tiered tea plantations and verdant rice terraces carved into the landscape. Continue to Lai Chau (formerly Tam Duong) for the night. If you happen to be in Lai Chau on a Sunday morning, the town is bustling with activity as the local hill tribes gather for their weekly market day here. Overnight in a hotel or guesthouse.
Hotel in Lai Chau
Day 4: Visit Ta Van village (B,L,D)
Free at your leisure in the next morning. From Lai Chau to Sa Pa you pass through Tam Duong (formerly Binh Lu), up over the 1900 meter Tram Ton pass, considered the most beautiful stretch of road in Vietnam. Sa Pa is nestled at over 1600 meters in the Hoang Lien Son Mountains and the valley truly is breathtaking. Enjoy lunch and relax before a 3 hour short trek down this stunning valley, which is sculpted with steep rice terraces, to Ta Van village for a homestay. Trekking Sapa’s guide will cook you a savoury dinner of traditional Vietnamese food that you’ll be raving about, as you enjoy the hospitality of your Dzay hosts.
Day 5: Trekking along the rice terraces (B,L,D)
Free at your leisure in the next morning. A good day trekking along rice terraces, through lush bamboo forest and local villages including that of the colourful Dzao hill tribe, and down to a rolling stream for a picnic lunch. After lunch, continue trekking along the rice terraces, trails and dirt roads into Ban Ho for an insightful night with your Tay hosts, where you’ll sleep in the cozy loft complete with comfy mattress and a mosquito net.
Day 6: Explore Sa Pa town, great shopping in the market (B,L,D)
Free at your leisure in the next morning. Short trek to the dirt road for the jeep ride back to Sa Pa. Enjoy a afternoon to explore Sa Pa town, great shopping in the market for local produce and you can buy handicrafts from many of the local hill tribes selling their wares there. Bus departs Sa Pa at 4:30pm, arrive Lao Cai 6:00pm Night train back to Ha Noi (soft sleeper aircon). Trip ends 5:00am at Ha Noi station. Trekking Sapa’s Guide can arrange additional customized trips for you if the above itinerary does not match your expectations.
Sleep on Train
|Number in Group Price/person(US$)||2-3||4-5||6-8||Single Sup|
|Hotels||Mid-range (3*)||Superior (3*+)||Deluxe (4*)|
|Sapa Lodge Hotel, Bamboo hotel or similar||Chau Long hotel in New Wing room||Victoria sapa resort & Spa|
What's Included in this trip
- Russian Army Jeep and driver
- Trekking tour in Sa Pa: 2 nights’ homestay
- Meals as mentioned
- Meal as mentioned in program ( B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner )
- Sightseeing fees
- Jeep transfer from Su Pan to Sa Pa.
- Et Pumpkin / Friendly Cafe soft slee,per train Lao Cai- Ha Noi
- English / French speaking tour guide
- Hotels based on double/twin standard room
- All entrance fees and permits
What's Not included in this trip
- Personal expense (drinks, telephone…)
- Tips and gratuities
What to Bring?
- Prices are per person (US$), based on double occupancy
- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Mondays & Fridays from Mid-September to Mid-November.
- Price excludes Personal expenses, gratuities to guides and drivers
- Vietnam & Foreign departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges are not included (subject to change).
- Holiday surcharges and/or compulsory gala dinners apply between Dec. 23 – Jan. 02 and during period of Lunar New Year.
- Prices subject to change without notice
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