You will arrive Lao Cai train station by 6h00 when you get picked up and taken to the restaurant nearby for breakfast and some break time, Leave for Market after your breakfast , Arrive after 2 hours. Free time for visiting one of the most colourfull market in the world. This bigest local market in north west Vietnam filled with many different hill-tribe peoples such as Flower Hmong, Dzay, Tay ..people. At the market, you have chance to enjoy local people’s simple but unique kinds of food with special wines made from rice, cassavas, corn and different sorts of fruits such as plumps, apples, peaches… talking to the minorities through the guide’s interpretation. After lunch leave the market for short walking to see the villages where is homeland of hill-tribes. Say good bye to market and get back to Lao Cai City. On the way back, drop into see the Vietnamese and Chinese Harbor Mouth in LaoCai. Transfer up to the romatic mountain town – Sapa.Tour ends in Sapa by 5PM
After freshening up and having breakfast, tour-guide will take you a walking around the charming little town of Sapa. Pay a visit to the fascinating market and or the old cathedral where you can meet and greet some of the local ethnic minority people. The Black H’Mong and Red Zao come into town daily to sell their farming produce and hand made crafts – you will spot them easily in their bright traditional dress.
At 9:30, back at the Sapa Luxury hotel, we will set off to begin trekking and exploring the Muong Ho valley.
We begin by walking about 3 kms to Cat Cat village. This village is home to the H’Mong. There is a pretty waterfall to enjoy and an old hydro power station built by the French is nearby. A further 12kms of trekking will see us visit Y Linh Ho and Lao Chai villages. Here we will have lunch with a local family or in a drinking shop by the river, we continue hiking to Ta Van village (here resides the Dzay people) where we settle for the night in a local village family home. This provides a great opportunity to share their customs and home life. Your tour guide and host family will set up a temporary cooking class so you can share a Vietnamese cooking experience!
Leaving Ta van village after breakfast, you will head off on an uphill trail, past fascinating terraced rice fields and small pockets of H’Mong housing before walking through a bamboo forest to a picturesque waterfall. Here, we rest briefly and admire the scenery, following this we continue walking for about half and hour to Giang Ta Chai village, home of the Red Zao people- this sits on top of a hill and overlooks the Muong Hoa River. After spending time with the villagers and enjoying their genuine hospitality we will cross the river via a suspension bridge and head upwards again to visit a local handicraft centre where H’Mong and Zao women gather to share their crafts and skills and have a good chat! A late lunch will be prepared for you near the craft centre and then it is time to relax and become acquainted with the local school children and their teachers. Later, a short drive will return you to Sapa, you are free to shower and enjoy a couple of hours free time in town before transferring down the mountain to Lao Cai station.
– Transfers as tour’ programs
– English speaking guide
– Accomodation at Sapa Luxury Hotel (Deluxe double/ twin bed with mounatin view and balcony)
– Reasonable supply of bottled drinking water
– Whole meals as indicated in the itinerary
– Entrance fees and permits
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner